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The Significance of the Smithsonian and a Synagogue

Many people across the nation and the world recognize the authority of the Smithsonian in regards to the pursuit of historical truth. The Smithsonian museum in the nation’s capital city is a must-see for anyone who happens to be in the area. So, what does it mean when an institution like this reports on the…
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With all Your Mind - Loving God with Your Intellect

With all Your Mind – Loving God with Your Intellect

When asked which commandment is greatest of all, Jesus responds with a simple, yet unfathomably complex statement: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Many of us hear this verse and take it to mean saying we love God a lot…
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The Serious Dangers of Confirmation Bias

The Serious Dangers of Confirmation Bias

The serious dangers of what, now? Confirmation bias? You may not be familiar with the term, but once explained, you may recognize its reality and how it may have affected your life. Confirmation bias is defined as “the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories.” In other words, it’s…
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doubt and faith

Crisis of Faith – Does Doubt Mean I’m Done?

Ah, the joys of growing up as a Christian. How lovely it is to have the assurance that God loves me, and that I’m not forsaken like those outside his grace, and that I will never truly die and that eternity is…. oooh shit. I’m not sure if I believe this anymore. Does this sound…
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How do I love people I just don’t like?

You just make a choice. But seriously. I think sometimes we try to make somethings cuter than they are. Just choose. I mean, if it’s simply that you don’t like the person, well, c’mon man. There will always be those people we don’t like. That’s life. So instead of bemoaning it or allowing it to…
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Is there anyone I don’t have to love?

Unfortunately for some of us, no. Well, honestly, I guess unfortunately for all of us because we all have those people who have hurt us deeply and we just wish we could be done with them.   We are called to love everyone. However, we are also called to be wise. So what does wise…
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What does “faith expressing itself through love” actually mean?

Once we accept Jesus’ unconditional love for us, we are begin healing. We begin to feel accepted. Worthwhile. Secure. We stop looking to everyone and everything to make us feel okay. We look to Jesus. And this allows us to love and to serve others. We are whole people. We are forgiven. We are free.…
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Why is it so hard for us to extend Jesus’ unconditional love?

Why do we have trouble loving others unconditionally? Two reasons:   We don’t love ourselves. We aren’t receiving love from anyone.   If we don’t love ourselves, we will be unwilling to receive love from others because we believe we are unworthy. Because there is no love going in, we have no love going out.…
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Are Jesus Followers afraid of guilt by association_

Are Jesus Followers afraid of guilt by association?

Yes. Yes. and Yes. A million times yes. YAAAAAAAS. So, that pretty much sums up this blog post. Bye Felicia. Okay I’m back. I guess the question is why? Or how do we make the madness stop? For the love of all things sacred and holy, I don’t know. Except that Jesus Followers have an…
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What Happens when You Treat Love as a Choice and not a Feeling_

What happens when you treat love as a choice and not a feeling?

We get by with choosing who to love by using the excuse of feelings. Dose that person make you mad? Does that person hurt your feelings? Does that person scare you? Does that person annoy you? Do you just not “mesh” with that person? Do you just not get along with that person? The extension…
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