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Christians, Politics, and Learning the Hard Way What Really Matters

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If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how Christians can align themselves on opposite ends of the political spectrum. After all, we read the same Bible and serve the same God. How can we end up on “opposite” sides? Or are we? As a general rule, I live by a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to politics. Heaven knows I generate enough controversy on the other social taboo—religion—because I’m a Christian author. But I’ve decided, no, I feel compelled to break my own rule and speak on politics because I think we all need some grace and understanding to help us put up with one another. “Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13, NIRV).   Does Jesus Take a Side? Every few years you’ll see books or articles claiming, “Jesus was a democrat” or “Jesus was a republican.”...

Margaret Feinberg (@mafeinberg) on the Wonder of Forgiveness

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As Christians, we all say we believe in forgiveness. That is, we believe in receiving forgiveness. But when it comes to extending forgiveness to someone who has hurt us, we suddenly believe in justice. Funny how that happens. Forgiveness is a very important topic to me, but it seems as if the church doesn’t effectively teach the necessity and blessings of forgiveness. That’s why I was delighted to see Margaret Feinberg discuss a vulnerable and thoughtful process of forgiveness she went through. Here is a small portion of what she shared about forgiveness in her book, Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God. Book Excerpt When others hurt us, the wounds they leave behind are sometimes gaping, leaving us breathless in the aftermath; or sometimes the wounds are shallow, and we don’t realize the harm done until months later. However, when we don’t allow the healing power of forgiveness...

A Quest for More by Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp)

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A Quest for More Living for Something Bigger Than You Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp) 2007 217 pages Available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback and ePub editions. I read the Kindle edition.   There really is no place for Christ in many people’s Christianity. Their faith is not actually in Christ; it is in Christianity and their own ability to live it out. –Paul David Tripp, A Quest for More, quote from Chapter Eight: In the Center of It All.   Never before have I encountered a book that stripped me of everything I believed without making me feel naked and forced me to see myself for who I am trying to be so I could better see the image of who God wants me to be. A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger than You kept me awake at nights thinking about what I had read and how it applies to my life. It was like God...