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Similar: How To Restore Broken Things

How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.

Fred Rogers

Most all of us have friends. Most all of have been hurt by friends at some point. Some of us have given up on friends that have hurt us.

We learn in the Gospels that Jesus was hurt by His friends. He surrounded Himself with 12 completely unqualified people and potentially questionable morals.

Tax collectors.
Zealots.
Selfish.
Greedy.
Thieves.

Jesus wasn’t afraid to be associated with these people. He didn’t avoid the “very appearance of evil.” He was in the world but not of it. He chose to relate to those who were outcasts, outliers, and outside.

Jesus was, and is, a master restorer.

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Hard: How To Change Everything With A Simple Step

It’s hard to believe in Jesus! To believe in Jesus fully, to believe in Jesus as more than a personal Savior, to believe in Jesus without qualifications, to believe in Jesus as God’s way to run the world, to believe in Jesus and his Sermon on the Mount, to believe in Jesus as the unimagined solution for a world gone wrong and not as merely chaplain or cheerleader for our favorite version of the status quo is very hard to do.

Brian Zahnd, A Farewell to Mars

It’s said that “Jesus is perfect theology.” Amen. That is a loaded statement and there’s a lot to unpack in that one short sentence. But if we believe that Jesus is the exact image of God then we should expect to see Heaven in our lives and on earth.

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Expression: How to Get the Inside Out

Jesus does not call us to do what he did, but to be as he was, permeated with love. Then the doing of what he did and said becomes the natural expression of who we are in him.

– Dallas Willard, A Divine Conspiracy

Love.

We’ve covered this topic several times on this blog. This is a favorite topic if you will.

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Believe: How To Hold On When The Wind Blows

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen.

This is our faith. This is our tether. This is our bedrock.

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Action: How To Get a Better Deal

“Because of his boundless love, Jesus became what we are that he might make us to be what he is.”
-Irenaeus

Why did Jesus come? What made the Creator come to His creation? What caused the All Powerful to become helpless? Love in action is all that matters.

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Save: How To Break the Rules and Win

When I go to the pool I don’t ask the lifeguard to be my personal savior if he sees me drowning he saves me that’s what he does. Jesus is the savior of the world my faith does not create his forgiveness, it accepts it.

Connor Shram

I used to be on the swim team when I was younger. I was pretty good at it if I do say so myself. During my tenure on the team, we went through an abbreviated lifeguard training class. It was hard but I loved it. They taught us the first rule of lifeguarding.

Don’t drown with a drowning victim. Save yourself first.

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Wrapped: How To Go Cross Eyed

“Being disguised under the disfigurement of an ugly crucifixion and death, Christ upon the cross is paradoxically the clearest revelation of who God is.”
– Hans Urs von Balthasar

Love wrapped in hate.

Beauty wrapped in ugliness.

Healing wrapped in pain.

Joy wrapped in sorrow.

Hope wrapped in despair.

Peace wrapped in discord.

Salvation wrapped in destruction.

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Incarnation: How To Fit a World in a Wardrobe

Here’s a small collection of quotes about the incarnation of God. God becoming man is something to celebrate, meditate on, and cherish.



“The nativity mystery “conceived from the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary”, means, that God became human, truly human out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus, his “climbing down of God” is: Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes also from this human being. Born of the Virgin Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God, he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. He is not only similar to us, he is like us.”
– Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline


“… without the incarnation, Christianity isn’t even a very good story, and most sadly, it means nothing. “Be nice to one another” is not a message that can give my life meaning, assure me of love beyond brokenness, and break open the dark doors of death with the key of hope.

The incarnation is an essential part of Jesus-shaped spirituality.”
– Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality


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Redefined or How To Meet New People

Now if all were included in his death they were equally included in his resurrection. This unveiling of his love redefines human life! Whatever reference we could have of ourselves outside of our association with Christ is no longer relevant.
This is radical! No label that could possibly previously define someone carries any further significance! Even our pet doctrines of Christ are redefined. Whatever we knew about him historically or sentimentally is challenged by this conclusion. (By discovering Christ from God’s point of view we discover ourselves and every other human life from God’s point of view!)

2 Corinthians 5:15-16, Mirror

You may have heard this before, but it bears repeating, Jesus changes everything. We can no longer know anyone according to human standards. That’s tough. From birth, we are taught to judge, scrutinize, and analyze everyone.

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Risk or How To Stick Your Neck Out

“Craving clarity, we attempt to eliminate the risk of trusting God. Fear of the unknown path stretching ahead of us destroys childlike trust in the Father’s active goodness and unrestricted love.”
– Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffins Guide to God

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had this phrase running through my mind, “The risk of trust.”

Why is it so hard for us to trust? I’ve been thinking about this in regards to God’s unconditional love.

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