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Called to Live in Community

Called to Live in Community

God has been speaking to me lately about the importance of community. It is quite uncanny sometimes how God gets the same message to you over and over again until you take notice. On Monday I blogged about how the only way to be fully alive is to live openheartedly and in community. Today Kurt Bubna reminds us in his new book Epic Grace, Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot that we are not meant to live alone, how we need…

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Be Church Together

Be Church Together

The writing prompt today from Five Minutes Friday was ‘together’. My immediate association was Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s wonderful but challenging book Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community. Bonhoeffer teaches us how to be church together, how to live out faith the original way. Faith is not just an individual affair, no matter how much we would like to be independent. Faith is not just a communal affair, no matter how much we would like to keep it social….

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Our Father in Heaven

Our Father in Heaven

Jesus taught us to pray “Our father in heaven”. As Mary DeMuth points out there are no singular pronouns in the entire Lord’s prayer. Jesus did not say MY father, he said OUR father. We are all included in the prayer. We are all God’s children. We are a community of God’s beloveds. And that’s how we should pray too. Communally. For each other. For those difficult people. Because that’s what being a family is meant to be. And we…

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Faith, Family and Forgiveness

Faith, Family and Forgiveness

Faith is not an abstract idea. Nor it is a passive acceptance of certain set of beliefs. Faith is not merely a matter of eternity, either. Faith is God in action within us now. Faith is God changing us inside out. And then we are sent to live out our faith in our communities. Because faith needs to be lived and shared. That way it becomes visible. It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes…

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Many Parts, One Quilt

Many Parts, One Quilt

Living in grace is liberating and empowering. Grace gets us into the loving presence of God and it validates our existence.  The only accurate way to understand ourselves is in relation to God: We are God’s children and we love because God loved us first. I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure…

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Take the Mercy – Accept the Help!

Take the Mercy – Accept the Help!

Accepting help is sometimes very hard. We are supposed to be independent and manage on our own, right? Hence it is terrifying to admit that we do need help, at least, once in awhile. We would like to be perfect and self-sufficient. Maybe that’s pride talking because we were created to live together. That’s why practicing giving and receiving help creates community and it paves a way for Christ to enter our hearts and minds. Asking forgiveness is sometimes very…

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