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There's a lot of emphasis on excellence and greatness these days, even in the church. The temptations of Jesus caution against all that.
I refuse to worship a jealous god, the kind of god that requires the destruction of others' sacred space.
Alan F. Parker
Ed described himself as a Jewish atheist communist. For good measure, he added with a smile, "And sort of a Buddhist." He was the youngest resident at the assisted living facility.
I have seen the limit to all perfection more times than I can count.
Sometimes in relationships, organizations, a call, or even with God we can feel mired in darkness. But love, like the dawn, is not a feeling—it's an eternal promise.
"The Word of the Lord!"
Sir John Hargrave
Jesus said, "Love your enemies," but if you're leading a relatively stable lifestyle, you probably don't have many outright enemies. Who are we supposed to pray for? ISIS?
Jesus sees an old woman, her back hunched, tattered pocketbook held in a plastic grocery bag. I think "pathetic." But, when he sees her Jesus sees himself.
Did the widow have hope that by giving Jesus something he could give her something?
After Christmas one year I drove five hours to visit my father, who had Alzheimer's.