Jesus and the Judgement Game

'Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.'    (Mt. 7:1) I saw three energetic boys—aged about 6, 8, and 10—as I was walking down the aisle in the airplane.  I hoped that I wouldn’t be seated in front of them, but I was. As soon as we were in the air those …

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A Royal Priesthood

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people…    (1 Pt. 2:9) For 30 years I encouraged people to become “the priesthood of all believers.” Go find your pulpit—those places where you can share good news.  Go find your altar—those places where you can lift up ordinary things …

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God’s Heart is For All People

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality…’ (Acts 10:34) Recently a friend shared a situation that was bothering him. He said, “A few days ago I went into a colleague’s office.  He’s black.  I told him I was unhappy about race relations in the country right now, …

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The Love We Share

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.  (1 Pt. 4:8) He was a difficult man.  Everywhere he went he was disruptive and disrespectful.  People tried to avoid him. One day he burst into my office and said, “Today I’m going to tell you my story.”  I didn’t …

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God’s Love Has No Limits

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s only son, full of grace and truth.   (John 1:14) One day as I read these words to a group of about 60 men I felt like I was hearing what these words meant to each …

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Wisdom, Understanding and Gentleness

Who is wise and understanding among you?  Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.  (James 3:13) Let me call her Gloria.  From my first day as the church’s new pastor, she complained and grumbled.  The church had been shrinking for decades, and I felt called to turn …

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