Changing the Conversation

Matthew is perhaps most famous for writing one of the four gospel accounts about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Not only did Matthew write what would end up being one of the four authoritative, preserved, and passed down accounts of the life of Christ, Matthew was also famously one of the original twelve

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It’s Good News

It’s good news. It’s not bad news. The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news. Salvation, healing, restoration, blessings, abundance, peace, fulfillment, joy, and success are all good news. Jesus conquered sin and death once and for all, granting every person the guaranteed opportunity of eternal life with Him. And, what’s more, Jesus said He wasn’t

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Boldly Declare Grace

Shame. Guilt. Fear. Judgment. Condemnation. Punishment. Isolation. For thousands of years these have been the prescription for and the expected result of sin. They have been codified in legal systems, embedded culturally in societies, and preached from pulpits the world over.  They have transcended dogma and tradition, reaching from the major world religions all the

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Which is Easier to Believe?

Which is easier to believe? There was a man.  Now whether this man was a good man or a bad man we do not know.  What we do know is that his body had stopped responding to his brain in a healthy fashion and so he was paralyzed.  Maybe it was ALS.  Maybe it was

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Actual Mistakes

It’s one thing to be forgiven when it wasn’t actually your fault.  It’s something else entirely when you have actually caused a problem, felt the impact, and then discovered grace. “Your sins are forgiven.”- Luke 7 (NLT) The most revolutionary idea that Jesus introduced to the world during His time in Galilee was that actual

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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

For many years trash was just trash.  Some of the richest archeological finds have been discovered while digging through the garbage heaps of earlier civilizations.  Imagine, then, what the seas of refuse that our civilization generates will tell future generations about the world as it exists today. According to the EPA, in 2011 the United

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A Few Little Keys to the Kingdom

Jesus left more than a few keys of the kingdom in the hands of his followers.  He never intended that anyone would horde them, or intentionally deprive others of them for their own selfish gain.  But starting with the first apostles, and then bishops, and then popes that is exactly what happened — people used the

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