June 6, 2011
JAMES BARNETT: Definition of Beauty


“There have probably been days where I saw 300 vaginas before I got out of bed.” John Mayer on his love of porn (Playboy Interview here)

Right now, somewhere in America, there is a teenage girl who feels neglected and rejected by her father. She can’t figure it out but, for some reason, he…

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June 4, 2011
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death."

— Philippians 1:20 (NIV)

May 20, 2011
Love Your Enemies

Jesus told a parable once about a servant who owed the king 10,000 talents. The king forgave the debt because the servant could not pay it. (A low estimate would make this sum a little over $2 billion.) The servant later went and demanded another servant pay him back 100 denarii (about $5,000). The servant who owed the money could not pay it, so the first servant demanded retribution, and had him thrown in prison. When the king learned of it, he was angry, and had the unforgiving servant thrown into prison until he paid off the $2 billion he owed. (Read Matthew 18:21-35 for the original text.)

In one sense, because forgiveness is hard, this parable can be frightening, and perhaps it’s okay that it is. But while on one level I find it intimidating, on another I find it encouraging, because it adds perspective. In the story, the king may have dismissed the $2 billion debt that his servant owed him, but that also meant the king lost $2 billion. Similarly, God has dismissed my offenses, but it cost Jesus’ life. And when I meditate on how much I have personally been forgiven, I find it easier to let go of the offenses others have committed against me. I find it easier because my grievances often seem petty next to what I have been forgiven. That awareness helps me let go of those debts and vendettas.

excerpt from Come&Live!’s blog Love Your Enemies. If you’d like to read the whole blog, click here.

May 14, 2011
5:02 AM: God is a surgeon and gardener.


Sometimes we have things that we do not know are bad, like a disease or infection we cannot see or feel. But we know that it is eating us inside, and it is destroying us. Even though we may be numb to it, even though we may be okay living with it, we know it needs to be treated. Sometimes the…

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May 14, 2011

Paul tells us in Philippians 2 that we should have the same attitude as Jesus himself.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

 6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, 
   did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 
7 rather, he made himself nothing 
   by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, 
   being made in human likeness. 
8 And being found in appearance as a man, 
   he humbled himself 
   by becoming obedient to death— 
      even death on a cross!

 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place 
   and gave him the name that is above every name, 
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
   to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:5-11 NIV

The magnitude and beauty of Christ’s sacrifice amazes me!