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Day 3 of “One Another” December 3, 2017

Be at Peace with One Another” “Be at peace with one another.” (Mark 9: 50, 1 Thess. 5: 13, 1 Pet. 3: 8) Where do we get peace? How do we get peace?  How do we keep peace? What is peace?  Jesus is our peace!  Ephesians 2:14-16    For He Himself (Jesus) is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,  and ...
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Day #2 of “One Another” December 2, 2017

Serve One Another  “Wash one another’s feet… serve one another in love.” (John 13:14, Galatians 5: 13)  When Jesus washed the disciple’s feet (including Judas the betrayer, Peter the denier,  Thomas the doubter and all the disciples whom He knew would desert Him within hours) he was serving as the lowest servant would.  In that day there was no sewer system. People often threw their raw sewage in the road. Dogs and cats were in the road. Horses were in the road. There were no city workers with machines to clean up the excrement.  People – including the disciples – ...
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Day #1 of “One Another” December 1, 2017 — Lose the D!

Lose the “D” Before birth we are one with our mother. There’s no us and her. No “one”–me…and “other” –her. We’re in her and she’s in us. It’s her food, oxygen and blood that nurtures and grow us. When she goes somewhere, we go too.  How could we not? We are one with each other.  Two entities…but together.                                                                                      ...
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‘Safe’ vs Free ~Paul Gray November 29, 2017

When the top is up on a convertible, nothing from the outside can get in…it can feel safe. But while it may feel safe, it’s very restricted, limiting and closed off.  It’s exclusive. You’re inside, all walled in and protected…and you’re also excluded from what really is! That’s a picture of religion. Religion is any attempt to gain or maintain a right relationship with God by our own efforts. Religion fosters judgment, condemnation, shame, exclusivity and generally believes in a fictitious g.o.d. of our own imaginations…not Jesus’s Papa, the only true God! Convertible means much more than just a type ...
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Have A Convertible Mindset

Things aren’t always what they appear to be. You can look at my car (a 2007 Pontiac G6) from a number of different angles – you can even ride in it – and it appears to be a hardtop. You can say “This car is a hardtop” – but you’d be mistaken! I’ve found that something dramatic usually has to happen for us to change our mind…to come to see that something’s not what we thought it was. My car is a hardtop convertible, it’s capable of being changed. If you weren’t familiar with my car, you wouldn’t believe it’s ...
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What we think we know

Jesus eventually told me that, like with Saul of Tarsus, He knew that I had to try my absolute hardest for a long period of time to gain and maintain His approval by things I did, so that I would eventually “break,” “come to my senses,” and confess (agree with Him) that what I was doing wasn’t working…and ask Him to do it instead of me continually trying to do the same religious things over and over and hoping for different results (they call that insanity). His teaching involved showing me His true nature; how He is for me; His ...
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