David’s Story of Integrity

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Question: Some argue that imperfect Old Testament leaders, like David, are proof that we should not have high standards for our political leaders. Is that right? What does David’s story tell us about the role of sinful men in government leadership? Goliath David would not wear Saul’s armor to fight the offending enemy of God’s people. Everyone thought he was throwing his life away, and throwing away the chance of winning the contest. The story of David and Goliath is a story of integrity and faith. Saul David would not betray the …

Love via Think/Be/Do Cycles 

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Jesus says the goal/telos of life is love. Love the LORD in your thinking, being and doing. Love your neighbor as someone who is also created to love in their thinking, being and doing. We pursue the goal via repentance, realignment and renewal. Repentance changes our beliefs; how to think. Realignment changes our identity; who to be. Renewal changes our actions; what to do. This dynamic forms a continuous growth cycle of THINK/BE/DO that begins and ends with Love. God’s love coming into us and then from us is developed through disciplines of study, prayer and practice. …

Work that Grace!

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“Grace” is one of the most important words in the Christian faith. Do we use it correctly? Some of us learned the word through an acronym: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense Or we learned the word grace in contrast to mercy. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. But often many of us immediately pair grace with an antithesis works. All of these contribute something to understanding Christian grace, but there are challenges. What do we do with grace when we use biblical teaching to talk about biblical responsibilities to do …