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Losing Control (tenth in a series)

The strange thing about Christianity is that some people will think it odd, or even dangerous, if you do exactly what Jesus instructed his disciples to do and follow him as your Lord and Savior. As I wrote two weeks ago in my post, some Christians think of their faith as something they add on to their life; it does not remake and reorder their priorities or utterly transform their way of thinking and living. Faith in Jesus is something they have or hold, like an opinion or a hobby. It’s a part of their life, but it does not define their entire life; it does not shape every thought and action. Continue reading

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Losing Control (ninth in a series)

With sin as our lord fear and anxiety will always be nipping at our heels. We will find ourselves haunted from time to time by the thought we haven’t done enough or that something will go wrong and we won’t be able to fix it. We will be hemmed in by an inability to forgive or receive forgiveness. We will lack the ability to be compassionate in a healthy way and we will probably find ourselves burdened by our own sins or the sins of others. To be sure, our self-image will be skewed and our relationship with God disrupted. Such is the life of someone who is not yoked to Jesus. This is the cost of not losing control. Continue reading

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