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Don’t Quit on the Gospel

Don’t Quit on the Gospel

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 18: Don’t Quit on the Gospel. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas (Peter) before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew,...
Can You Be Transparent?

Can You Be Transparent?

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 17: Can You Be Transparent? For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me...
Confessing the Worst about Yourself

Confessing the Worst about Yourself

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 16: Confessing the Worst about Yourself For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his...
What Indicates True Turn Around?

What Indicates True Turn Around?

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 15: What Indicates True Turn Around? But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back...
Withholding Forgiveness

Withholding Forgiveness

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 14: Withholding Forgiveness The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you,...
Facing Cultural Blindness

Facing Cultural Blindness

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 13: Facing Cultural Blindness Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20...
Bruised Reeds and Cultural Blindness

Bruised Reeds and Cultural Blindness

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 12: Bruised Reeds and Cultural Blindness I have the right to do anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV) Not all bruised reed’s hearts are hard-hearted. There comes a time when we need to challenge them to examine their...
When People Become Toxic

When People Become Toxic

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 11: When People Become Toxic But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or...
What If They Are Not Listening?

What If They Are Not Listening?

Bruised Reeds, Second Chances and Finishing Well Part 10: What if they are not listening? But if they will not listen…If they still refuse to listen…if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Matthew 18:16-17 (NIV)...