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MONDAY MOTIVATION: Misfits on Mission

(image courtesy: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058536/) Hey, HOPE-lovers, and happy Monday!  I hope you all had great holiday weekend.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year so let’s get motivated! If you and your family are anything like mine, this time of year is bursting with Christmas movies, lights, and trolling the ancient yuletide carols. Case in point, our family just enjoyed …

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The (Carl Lentz) View

I feel the need to address a recent controversy that involves me, my family, and my church.  First off, I am in NO way a spokesperson for Hillsong church — any of them. And pastor Carl Lentz can handle himself.  My main issue in all of this has been the willingness (or even excitement) for some to just “light up …

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TUESDAY TRANSFORMATION: 4 Ways A Hipster Makes Peace

  Hello, hipsters and welcome to the first ever: “Transformation Tuesday!” Today, in pursuit of transformation, we will explore how peace is possible, both personally and globally. I am so excited!  This is why HOPE4Hipsters exists because far too many have experienced the pain and punishment of not “fitting the mold.” Let’s take a look at how peace is both …

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Jesus Does Not Hate You: More of My Story (Philippians 3:7-11)

“There are five gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, and some will never read the first four.” ~ Gypsy Smith The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things …

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Who Let the Dogs Out? Chronicles of a Religious Busybody (More Philippians 3)

All dogs go to heaven…let’s hope not. Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all bark and no bite. All they’re interested in is appearances—knife-happy circumcisers, I call them. The real believers are the ones the Spirit of God leads to work away at this ministry, filling the air with Christ’s praise as we do it. We couldn’t carry this …

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More Repentance: Where Is My Love?

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and …

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Pastors Gone Wild!

So I’m not positive that I should have these videos in the “Funny” section considering what is displayed here is very tragic (the last video is not really tragic, more funny)! Nonetheless, this NEEDS TO STOP!  No excuses, just plain wrong. Remember, you never judge a philosophy based upon it’s abuse.  The behaviors exhibited here are so contradictory to the …

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I’m SO Sorry: A Jihadist for Jesus Repents

   Once you’ve cut off a person’s nose, there is no point in giving him a rose to smell. ~ Indian proverb Romans 2:1-5 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2 We know that the judgment …

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Philippians 3: Where I Am, Have Been, & Am Going

So I know it doesn’t take much effort to make a blog post out of someone else’s words, but I have two reasons for doing this: 1)  It’s the Word of God…what words could be better?! (Isa. 40:8; 55:11; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12) 2) Why reinvent the wheel?  If it’s been said just point people to the source. I …