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loving others
The Biblical narrative provides both the example and precedence for our participation in the accountability element of each other’s journey of faith.  In the Old Testament, the Mosaic civil law prescribed behavior expectations, restitution requirements, punitive effects, and a sacrificial element. In the New Testament Jesus’ followers are to be actively encouraging each other to...
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Romans 13 does not ask you to submit unconditional to government. It does tell you that God has established a citizen & government relationship that is required for harmony to happen in any good society.  It requires both citizen and government to fulfill their duty! If one side does not fulfill their duty, you will have...
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In Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8-10 we find that the early church is polarized by the issue of purchasing and eating meat used in idol worship.  This meat was generally cheaper in the markets because it was donated to “feed the pagan idols” and later sold to fund the pagan temples.  In the early...
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Over the last several months, I’ve received many questions from believers about how they ought to relate to government and through these interactions, I’ve realized:  1. Churches and Christian leaders have not put a great emphasis on discipling people in this area of their lives. There are few classes, sermons, or small groups focused on relating...
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In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.Rupertus Meldenius We all know this famous line but it is much easier said than done.  Especially because there isn’t always an agreement in the articulation about what the “essentials” and the “non-essentials” are.  Years ago, the Committee on Evangelical Unity in the Gospel attempted to...
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In ancient Athens, citizens of the state would gather in large amphitheaters to decide community matters through oral debate and a decibel voting system. This early method of democracy was very simple. Individuals on either side of a position would present their case and the rationale for their view.  Voting would take place via mob yelling.  The...
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Psychologists have studied what effective communication looks like for married couples for decades. After uncovering what factors contribute to effective communication, some clever people have combined these ideas into a simple model that we share here. This model is known as the Awareness Wheel and Listening Cycle. Communication skills can improve all kinds of relationships....
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Do you realize that Jesus set boundaries for his family, his disciples, and those he ministered to? Boundaries are healthy and we need to learn how to set them in our life.
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