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07/11/2016Posted by on
His bottom lip trembled as I leaned in with my stethoscope. Although his eyes shimmered with a thin sheen of tears, he did not recoil. As had his toddler sister, he waited, straight, silent, and obedient, and he studied me. I crouched to his level, and we connected for a heartbeat or two. I listened to the cadence of his breath; he searched my face. Read more of this post
06/05/2016Posted by on
02/18/2016Posted by on
Thank you Josh Groban and Amanda Cole
02/07/2016Posted by on
Read all the cards and reflect on your life…
Hey there! I’m Emanuella. I’m a Christian. I have been a “good” Christian most of my life. It was my identity. I used to like to tell people how “good” I was, how I kept all the Commandments. I thought that was “Good”……
Then I realized something…I Failed!!! “Christian” was just a name I wore…kind of like a pretty coat over a dirty body…It didn’t match my heart. Here’s why:
If you were an Atheist or Agnostic or anything else…And if you didn’t agree with me…I would disdain you as a person. I feel like a hypocrite! I feel disgusting! And I can’t take it anymore! I wasn’t interested in being your “Friend”. I just wanted to change you. I thought that was my job.
Christianity is about being like “Christ”. Read more of this post
12/24/2015Posted by on
08/11/2015Posted by on
Whatever it takes! Get it! He loves you this much!
08/03/2015Posted by on
Scott Sauls brings us a fresh perceptive on grace, God’s grace.
When I heard the news of this man’s conversion to Christianity, for a brief moment I thought to myself, “I’d almost rather be damned than spend eternity with someone like that.”
With self-hatred written all over him, Lou asked boldly, “Pastor, do you really think there could be room in Jesus’ family for someone like me? It seems so impossible.”
It’s hard to believe that this bully resembling Hitler ended up writing one-third of the New Testament, isn’t it? It’s hard to believe that through grace, his violence was transformed to gentleness, his vitriol to tenderness, his sword to a healing salve, his racism and violence to reconciliation, and his rage to love. It’s hard to believe that eventually he, too, would be imprisoned and mercilessly executed for his faith in Jesus.
So then, there are really two possible “Christian” responses to a perpetrator:
On the one hand, if a perpetrator demonstrates no sorrow or restitution for her or his abuses, the faithful response is to keep a safe personal distance while also confronting the evil by all means possible. Victims can also prayerfully celebrate that God, who will ultimately judge all and punish all evil, will achieve a complete and satisfying justice in due time… …
On the other hand, if a perpetrator demonstrates proven sorrow – a sorrow that endures, and that is accompanied by restitution, wherever possible, of what has been taken from the victims – she or he may be viewed as a candidate for grace… …
07/27/2015Posted by on
I need his grace…
04/30/2015Posted by on