What does the fact that Jesus was attracted to sinners say about him?

What does the fact that Jesus was attracted to sinners say about him?That wasn’t meant as a rhetorical question. Actually think about how Jesus conducted himself in interactions with regular folks . . .  the ones who were“good,” the ones who thought they were “good,” and the ones who knew they weren’t so “good.” After all, this is “God in a bod” interacting with mere mortals who in actuality…

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When you say you “follow” Jesus…

When you say you “follow” Jesus, are you hanging onto his coattails or straining to see his tail lights? It’s really easy, isn’t it, to say “I am a Christian!” Do you know why? It’s because each of us has a different definition of what a “Christian” is. Just take the question to 100 people on the streets and you’ll…

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Hello, God. Are you out there?

Hello, God. Are you out there? One of the more frustrating aspects of living life as a follower of God is that he is totally “other,”  unlike anything or anyone we know, and we cannot adequately compare Him to any earthly standard. That’s probably a good thing in that we ought not worship a “super US,”but troubling to…

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Better “NOT” call Saul

Better “NOT” call Saul. When I think of King Saul and the record of his “accomplishments” in 1 Samuel, I can’t help be reminded of the TV comedy series “Coach” which aired from 1989-1997 and the brawny, inept, clueless Assistant Coach called Dauber. You might recall the prophet Samuel anointed Saul king after Israel pleaded with him. Israel was willing…

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Are God’s commands “white noise,” or is Jesus still changing your life?

Are God’s commands “white noise,” or is Jesus still changing your life? Don’t answer too quickly. Think about it. Let’s consider the value of a little sanctified introspection. What are the “metrics” you’ll use to evaluate? Have you ever really taken time to seriously evaluate where God has taken you from the moment you asked him to take…

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I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians…

“I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” This is a quote from philosopher/civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi. These words sting a little, don’t they? I can’t conclude whether a statement like this is “fair” or not. I suppose it depends on the representative sample one draws from. We…

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Go for the gusto or don’t go at all!

“Go for the gusto or don’t go at all!” That’s how Schlitz beer advertised in the 1970’s. You may be thinking“ there are better beers” and you’re probably right, but their slogan isn’t half bad. Today we are heard saying“go big or go home” or “all in” (if you’re a poker player) and I believe…

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Most of us have heard of “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Most of us have heard of “Sleepless in Seattle.” But do you know about “Speechless in Judea?” There’s a lesson here that is a reminder that none of us are too old to return to “spiritual boot camp.” Yes, it can be hard on someone “spiritually mature,” especially for one who has exhibited a life…

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Welcome to Moes!

Welcome to Moes! If you’ve been there you’ve heard it. It’s sort of a greeting. It’s also sort of a policy. That can shave a little of the “dear” off endearing, but heck, it’s a stab at hospitality. At the very least, you’ve been noticed. They know you exist. When it comes to expressing hospitality…

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People today don’t need Jesus

People today don’t need Jesus. Or at least they think they don’t. We ponder how we can possibly reach “good” people with the gospel which illuminates their “not so goodness” and need for assistance. For the ones who are content with life – they have health, reasonable wealth, satisfying relationships, and no present challenges –…

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