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Little Saviors & Cleaning Up Your Act — Marci Preheim

Little Saviors & Cleaning Up Your Act — Marci Preheim

My friend Marci Preheim is here this week, hanging out with me. So instead of a devotional, I thought it would be appropriate to share an excerpt from her book, Little Saviors: How Moralism Kills Intimacy and the Gospel of Grace. From Chapter 8: Moralism and the False Religion of “Cleaning Yourself Up” See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather…

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Easy Believism? LOL!

Easy Believism? LOL!

Some will not be able to say this, though they may actually love Jesus more than they are aware they do. If you are one who would like to love Him but who has not been able to do it, at least to your satisfaction, let me assure you that you will never learn to love by imposing it upon yourself as a duty. You will never love by saying “I will love, I will love, I will love” anymore…

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It’s OK To Let Her Cry: A Father’s Day Post

It’s OK To Let Her Cry: A Father’s Day Post

Slumped over in a chair next to an empty glass, weeping uncontrollably, as the aroma of vodka filled the air. “Are you okay?” The words hit me like the final wave, ending the life of a tiny boat caught in a giant typhoon. I was holding on for dear life, but that question proved to be my brink. I was far from being okay. It was the Saturday before Father’s day. Father’s day. I’ve always hated that damn day. For…

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Trading Treadmills for Trust

Trading Treadmills for Trust

“Are you so foolish? After starting in the Spirit, are you now finishing in the flesh? Have you suffered so much for nothing, if it really was for nothing? Does God lavish His Spirit on you and work miracles among you because you practice the Law, or because you hear and believe? Even as Abraham believed in God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Gal 3:4-6 Men fast, pray, watch, suffer. They intend to appease the wrath of God and to deserve God’s grace by…

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Karma’s Antagonist

Karma’s Antagonist

Grace does not do things tit-for-tat; it acts finally and fully from the start. – Robert F Capon, Between Noon and Three We’ve been well conditioned by this world to always expect a catch when something good happens. We enjoy the moment until suddenly, deep within us, a fear quakes. Our hearts and minds respond to the muscle memory of that proverbial shoe that has always been faithful to drop. Our eyes squint with skepticism. We can’t completely relax and…

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How Nonsensical!

How Nonsensical!

Growing up, I had this reoccurring dream about Jesus. He would show up and just stare at me with the strangest smile on his face. I would be filled with terror because I was acutely aware of all the “bad things” I was doing at the time, that I was hiding from everyone else. As he smiled at me, eyes deadlocked into mine, I knew he knew. For whatever reason, at this point in my dream I would begin to…

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Confess Your Death Already!

Confess Your Death Already!

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:4) I sat yesterday, so filled with frustration, that I was unable to move or breathe for what felt like an anxiety ridden eternity. Nothing was going right with an editing program on my…

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Game Over

Game Over

Grace cannot prevail until law is dead, until moralizing is out of the game…until our fatal love affair with the law is over – until finally and for good, our lifelong certainty that someone is keeping score has run out of steam and collapsed. As long as we leave, in our dramatizations of grace, one single hope of a moral reckoning, one possible recourse to salvation by bookkeeping, our freedom-dreading hearts will clutch it to themselves. – Robert F. Capon,…

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Affairs Don’t Start with Texts

Affairs Don’t Start with Texts

Don’t do in private what you wouldn’t do in public. It’s an important message. If we took it to heart, our communities would be better off. Conversation Doesn’t Equate to Infidelity It’s not helpful to assume that conversation between a woman and a man leads to sex. Would there be less sex if men and women didn’t talk? Perhaps. But while we’re stoking the fear that conversation leads to fornication, are there other values we should consider? Are we really…

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The Emperor’s New Clothes: A Salvaged Story of Grace

The Emperor’s New Clothes: A Salvaged Story of Grace

The following guest post is written by my good friend, Mauricio Escobar. You can find him on Twitter: @TheEscoMo Hear him preach on SoundCloud: TheEscoMo *OR* If you can handle a substantial amount of beard observing, watch him preach on YouTube: here I was born to a single mother on the small island province of San Andres, Colombia. My mother had been told she could not have children, so she was surprised when she found herself expecting. Prior to this, she had become disillusioned from her family’s culturally Roman Catholic faith, which she…

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