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Shame is a powerful motivator in making us want to conceal who we really are with our friends, our family and even with God. This game of hide and seek is one that can do a lot of damage in our lives – if we ignore it.
In John 4, Jesus interacts with a woman who felt she had to conceal all the parts of her life to gain acceptance, and yet, Jesus’ prescription for her would stop the game – and change her life, forever.
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Everyone’s different, but we all love someone or something. The system we live in tells us that it’s okay to love ourselves and put ourselves first. It tells us that it’s okay to lust after others and call it love. It tells us that it’s okay to love those who love us and treat us well – and to hate those who hate us, and treat us badly. In our world system it’s okay – natural – to love ourselves and the people in our circle – and not give much thought to God. Jesus said that loving God with all we are – needs to come first. It’s thinking like that that renews our minds and transforms us into truly loving persons – because God is the One who increases our capacity to love, be generous, show kindness, goodness, patience and compassion. The goal is to leave love and kindness in our wake.
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So first we have the Crusades – slaughtering innocent Jews and Muslims; then we have the inquisition – torturing people because what they believe is a little different. Then we have the witch trials. Then we have the scandal of priests who molest children, televangelist scandals, and the rise of the Christian Right – who treat people with different perspectives horribly. Why would I want to become another religious hypocrite?
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What happens when you get really mad… and you stay really, really mad? Pastor Kent shares how anger can take us to a place we don’t want to go.
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