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The Gospel Cannot Be Chained: A Grace Paraphrase of Paul’s Four Prison Letters

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The Gospel Cannot Be Chained is Mick Mooney’s paraphrase of Paul’s four prison letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. Mooney’s paraphrase places a special emphasis on the message of grace throughout each letter. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his paraphrase and I’ll probably read it again from time to time. I thought the paraphrase was respectful to the original while giving a modern, personal flair (such as his reference to DNA). What more can I say? Read a couple brief excerpts for yourself:   At one point in time, we all assumed we had to keep our distance from God; believing, in our minds, that our weaknesses and shameful behavior made us an enemy of God. But how wrong our thinking was! For the very God we believed was against us actually journeyed from heaven to earth in order to reach out to us with the truth of his eternal love. Oh, what a wonderful revelation...

God’s Blessings: A Message from the Heart

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Dear Friends, I feel like God has picked me up by one foot to shake the faulty beliefs out of my pockets. Okay, maybe it’s not quite like that but God is shaking things up and my years of frustration and utter despair are starting to make sense. It’s amazing how much bad stuff can be caused by faulty beliefs, even when you’re a well-studied Christian. Perhaps that’s the problem. No matter how much we think we know about God, the Bible, or theology systems, we can’t rely on those things for a firm footing—only Christ is our sure foundation. That is to say, the Bible is reliable and sure, but our understanding of it can be faulty on one (or many) points and these faulty beliefs can slowly erode our footing until we fall. For the past few years, I’ve been desperate for help from God. I lost a long-held job because of a bipolar manic episode that got out of control and my insubordination...