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Bible Questions / Study / Burning Like a Fire
« on: March 03, 2020, 11:07:48 AM »
Burning Like a Fire

Not all anger is poison. Anger can be holy fuel to right the world’s wrongs. But I can’t fool myself: not all my anger is holy. A lot of my anger is poison.

Source: Burning Like a Fire

Bible Questions / Study / Perfected Distraction
« on: March 02, 2020, 05:21:27 AM »
Perfected Distraction

Perfectionism may leave us paralyzed, afraid to do anything for fear of getting it wrong. My tangle with this word, perfected, distracts me from the truth: God is love.

Source: Perfected Distraction

Bible Questions / Study / Foreigners Included
« on: March 01, 2020, 05:20:26 AM »
Foreigners Included

There is no valid appreciation of what God has given us, without the inclusion of foreigners: those who are in our neighborhoods and those who are at our borders.

Source: Foreigners Included

Bible Questions / Study / The Burden of Money
« on: February 29, 2020, 05:16:50 AM »
The Burden of Money

Money is a deeply spiritual issue because it has tremendous power over our psyches and well-being. Fear and shame about money do the work of evil just as much as our love of it.

Source: The Burden of Money

Bible Questions / Study / When the Devil Quotes Scripture
« on: February 28, 2020, 11:10:26 PM »
When the Devil Quotes Scripture

Before you tell your sibling that God has a purpose for their suffering, maybe check whether your faith is unnecessarily saddled with the baggage of Scripture-as-litmus-test.

Source: When the Devil Quotes Scripture

Bible Questions / Study / Wings
« on: February 27, 2020, 11:13:48 AM »

How much room is there under a God-wing? Enough for me and you, says the psalmist. I guess that’s also nice, but then I’m like, wait, does that mean everybody gets to come in?

Source: Wings

Bible Questions / Study / Mic Drop
« on: February 26, 2020, 11:48:38 AM »
Mic Drop

Walk a little longer. Listen a little more intently. Pray a whole lot more. Open your heart just a bit wider and watch what the gracious, merciful, slow-to-anger God can do.

Source: Mic Drop

Bible Questions / Study / Sorry
« on: February 25, 2020, 05:21:47 AM »

Dear God, as we prepare to enter Lent, remind us that bearing the sign of the cross on our forehead is not enough. Guide us toward true acknowledgment and sincere amends.

Source: Sorry

Bible Questions / Study / Meetings
« on: February 24, 2020, 05:13:07 AM »

My hunch is that our many meetings might be redeemed, or at least different, if we entertained the notion that our main reason for meeting together is to encounter God. 

Source: Meetings

Bible Questions / Study / Blackness
« on: February 23, 2020, 05:17:36 AM »

We do not blame the night sky for being night. We rest in it. And that Blackness is beautiful. 

Source: Blackness

Bible Questions / Study / Questions that Begin with How
« on: February 22, 2020, 05:13:02 AM »
Questions that Begin with How

As children of God, we have the opportunity to ask different questions than the rest of the world asks. Questions that help us truly meet one another on holy, even ground.

Source: Questions that Begin with How

Bible Questions / Study / Beating Up Brother
« on: February 21, 2020, 05:00:48 AM »
Beating Up Brother

It’s hard to be obedient to your parent when you’re bent on bashing your brother.

Source: Beating Up Brother

Bible Questions / Study / Sketch
« on: February 20, 2020, 05:39:54 AM »

Next time you get to church early or the sermon gets boring, look around. Ask yourself: which parts of this building look like heaven? Conversely, which ones fall short?

Source: Sketch

Bible Questions / Study / Still, Though
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:21:45 PM »
Still, Though

“I'm looking for a sign,” said my friend.

Source: Still, Though

Bible Questions / Study / Somebody’s Watching You
« on: February 18, 2020, 05:08:16 AM »
Somebody’s Watching You

It’s easy to get so consumed in a crisis that you think the crisis is all about you. It’s easy to forget that even in times of stress, our lives are testimonies of the Holy Spirit.

Source: Somebody’s Watching You

Bible Questions / Study / Wait for Each Other
« on: February 17, 2020, 05:13:03 AM »
Wait for Each Other

At the world’s table, the wealthy, the privileged, and the strong devour everyone’s share of life. At the Lord’s table, mutual deference is the sacrament’s outward sign.

Source: Wait for Each Other

Bible Questions / Study / Trying to Get There
« on: February 16, 2020, 11:26:52 AM »
Trying to Get There

O God, get us to the heavenly feast. And when we arrive, may we meet one stranger after another who welcomes us, as though we truly belonged.

Source: Trying to Get There

Bible Questions / Study / Keeping up with the Phoneses
« on: February 15, 2020, 05:11:02 AM »
Keeping up with the Phoneses

Cultural messages that I thought were harmless growing up, I now realize were problematic all along. Blessed are those who manage to get it all right! I am working to do better.

Source: Keeping up with the Phoneses

Bible Questions / Study / Dear John
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:35:59 AM »
Dear John

I love you. There. I said it first. I hope—though the world keeps breaking your heart—that you take it as a sign your heart is actually working as it was intended.

Source: Dear John

Bible Questions / Study / Resistance Training
« on: February 13, 2020, 05:05:00 AM »
Resistance Training

Everywhere we turn, we are offered opportunities for resistance training. The path of least resistance is also the path of least growth.

Source: Resistance Training

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