Part IX ~ The Father’s Blessing On The Broken

“Jesus’s teaching consistently attracted the irreligious while offending the Bible-believing, religious people of his day. However, in the main, our churches today do not have this effect. The kind of outsiders Jesus attracted are not attracted to contemporary churches, even our most avant-garde ones. We tend to draw conservative, buttoned-down, moralistic people. The licentious and…

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Who Me? Out On A Limb? (gulp!)

  I just finished up a bible study group called, “Open Your Bible.” Mostly “the basics” but I enjoyed the coffee and fellowship time we had together at our local Starbucks. (Which was the real point for me.) I really didn’t think this study could hold many surprises, but I was wrong. The writer positively…

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Part VIII ~ What’s So Scary About Grace?

“The targets of this story ( The Prodigal Son ) are not “wayward sinners” but religious people who do everything the Bible requires. Jesus is pleading not so much with immoral outsiders as with moral insiders. He wants to show them their blindness, narrowness, and self-righteousness, and how these things are destroying both their own…

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Broken To Bless

I think it was Ruth Graham who wrote, “…there is a broken heart in every pew.” Many years down the road, with many a “breaking-experience” under my belt, I can say a healthy amen. We in The Church are “a building” built from broken things. I recall when I was the editor of my women’s…

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The Table (Part 3 ~ Moses-Moments)

I believe there are Moses-moments that all of us will encounter. Experiences that we walk through; things that happen to us that change us forever. They may come unbidden or unwanted. They may be a result of our choosing, or of another’s choices. But the result is nevertheless the same—we change permanently. From that moment…

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The Table (Part 2 ~ Unexpected Places)

Okay, I have my list. I’ve got my plan and I’m headed to the import store for, table cloth, check. Napkins and utensils, check. In my head, I see it—this table of mine in a sea of china, silver, and crystal. Only my table is the exact opposite. Instead of china, wooden plates with plain…

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The Table (Part 1 – Social Doofus)

  I wonder how many people are like me? I live in this weird parallel universe of making myself do what I need to do, while at the same time feeling totally incapable of doing it. (I think it’s a holdover from my childhood.) I remember the first time dad stood me on a kitchen…

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Beloved Prodigal… (Part 4 ~ What’s Your Name?)

WHAT’S YOUR NAME? On Pinterest, I call myself “Molly-O.” I chose Molly because I wanted a nickname for Martha. “O” is because I aspire to become an Overcomer each day, whether I feel like it, or not. And… Jesus gets every bit of the credit for any overcoming ’cause I still struggle some days, and yeah,…

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