Give Him Your Cloak, Too

Matthew 5:38-48; The Message (MSG) Love Your Enemies 38-42 “Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more […]

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Lent is Not a Weight Loss Program

I grew up in the church. So, I have always practiced Lent.   Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (the night before Easter Sunday) and is 40 weekdays long. It is symbolic of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, following his baptism.       For me, I have always given up something that is tempting for me, such as chocolate. Or sugar. Pretty much always chocolate or sugar. I had always made the assumption that I should be giving up something that […]

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