Flames (Leviticus 19:1-2; 17-18)

Flames (Leviticus 19:1-2; 17-18)

Leviticus doesn’t beat around the bush. Rebuke your neighbor frankly. When you see there’s an issue, when you notice a fire, run towards it. Don’t run away from it. Run straight into it. Rebuke your neighbor frankly. Because here’s the thing. It’s natural - human - for us to have conflict in our lives. Conflict in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it can be very, very good.

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The Worst Kind of Villain (Mark 14:42-52, 66-72)

The Worst Kind of Villain (Mark 14:42-52, 66-72)

Jesus never asked us to wallow in shame, to feel really, really bad about ourselves and carry the weight of it all on our shoulders for the rest of our lives. Jesus never asked us to give him an eye for an eye, to pay him back, because no amount of beating ourselves up or paying him back can undo the damage of our sin and no amount of hard work can merit God's forgiveness. Jesus does not ask you to die for your sin. He already did that.

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Beauty Will Save (Mark 14:12-26)

Beauty Will Save (Mark 14:12-26)

As humans made in God’s image, we are designed to delight in beauty, just like God does. We desire it, we admire it, we recognize it when we see it. We have an innate instinct to respond to it. Beauty can confront apathy and strengthen courage. It can give us vision to imagine hope, and can warn us of the consequences should we just blithely maintain the status quo.

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Fast. Pray. Love. (Mark 12:38-44)

Fast. Pray. Love. (Mark 12:38-44)

What would you think, if you were Jesus in that moment? What would you be feeling? Would you be pleased with what just happened? Would you encourage others to do the same thing? No. I don’t think Jesus was pleased with what she did. I think he looks at this system that has been oppressing the poor, and he sees the poor being oppressed one more time right in front of him, and I think he’s outraged.

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