Faithful Christians Who Hate…Aren’t

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Matthew 5 includes the beatitudes and one of the least honored teachings of Jesus: 43-47 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and …

Relational Needs? Active Empathy.

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Be ye “telos”… relationally. Matthew 7:1–12 The Beatitudes built a pattern with the main point being: grow up like your Father in Heaven (MT 5:48).  Concerns about our most basic needs [physical, relational and spiritual] are then addressed.  Matthew 7:1-12 is addressing some the concerns we typically have which distract us from taking responsibility to grow up relationally; our obsession with what is wrong with others instead of responsibility for who we are. What will not help you grow up in relational maturity [Mt 7:1-6] Judging gets you judged – …

What is The MAIN Thing? A Missionary’s Question

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What Is the Main Thing in Missions? As a Christian, called to an apostolic ministry, what is the “main thing” I am to be about? When do I know I am on course to hear “Well done my faithful servant” instead of “I never knew you, away from me you evildoers.” Let’s start with the disturbing one and move from there to hope. To whom does Jesus deliver these most unsettling words? Jesus’ warning is aimed at people who call Jesus Lord and have dynamic ministries; people with proclamation, deliverance …