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Bringing Home the Faith (eighteenth installment)

However, if you are thinking at this point that allowing Jesus to be Lord of your life does not seem like a very pleasant way to live, I understand. It does sound, at first, as though you will stop being “you”; that your friends will start to think you’re strange and you won’t have fun anymore. But that’s just not true. Only when you give Jesus complete control of your life can you begin truly to become the delightful, kind-hearted, and contented guy you were meant to be. This is the only way you’ll ever find real happiness in life. Continue reading

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Losing Control (fifteenth in a series)

Yet we Christians have a way of excluding our financial resources when we surrender our lives to Jesus. I remember hearing a sermon about stewardship a while back where the preacher made an analogy between Charlemagne’s soldiers, who held their sword above their head when they were being baptized, and modern Christians who figuratively hold above their head their debit and credit cards. His point was that Christians today are no different from those ancient warriors in wanting to be free to use what they hold in their hand for their own purposes – and not place it under the authority of Christ. I think this preacher was on to something. Martin Luther addresses the same problem in the quote above. It is never enough to surrender just our heart and mind to the Lord; we must also surrender our “purse.” Continue reading

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Losing Control (fourteenth in a series)

Therefore, all relationships, especially our most cherished ones, must come under Jesus’ authority. We must seek his will in our dealings with those whom we love and not our own. When our relations with others do not come under his authority, we turn the people we care about into idols or use them as cover for our insecurities and end up causing them significant spiritual harm. Continue reading

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