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Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.

And churches aren’t supposed to be meeting places for the holier than most crowd either.

It just seems that way sometimes.

Jesus said it’s the sick that need a doctor, not those who think they are well,or at least are trying to act like they’re well.

That being said in reality a church should really be a spiritual hospital with Dr. Jesus as the Great Physician.  Allot of churches are finally getting that. Thank God mine is one them.

We recognize that there are allot of hurting people out there who if they have to pretend everything’s perfect in their life they’re going to explode.

At Grace Fellowship in the Albany NY area we just started a whole bunch of workshops on a whole slew of issues. Everything from dealing with various addictions, to caring for elderly parents, to Understanding Depression.

The latter was the one that caught my eye.

Most of the time I talk about spiritual issues over at “Lucky Loser” but this needed to be said here.

If your house of worship isn’t a place where there’s a safe place to let your guard down you need to find a place where you can.

Imagine a hospital in the natural  where you had to act like you were well most of the time.

That would suck rotten eggs wouldn’t it?

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What I’m Thankful For

November 26, 2009

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I am thankful for . . .

My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

That my family can worship Him the way we want

in the church of our choice

that all of us can blog like we do

even when it’s as off the wall as this.

I am thankful that when I lost my job

it was quickly replaced and now we have better health coverage

(Without any public option thank you very much)

I’m thankful for all the wonderful loving people at Grace Fellowship

and at Grace North.  Especially all the kids and all my fellow volunteers in Kid’s Celebration!

I’m thankful for all our women and men in uniform all around the world

all our heroic first responders

and for all you blog surfers out there

Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving 2009!!!

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For Rifqa and Paula 2

November 22, 2009

I’ve been thinking allot about Rifqa Bary’s conversion to Christianity.  It’s to the point where I’ve nicknamed her “Paula” after the great apostle who had his own very dramatic conversion.

It doesn’t matter what this young lady does once she’s free from her parents.  Even if she drops out of sight forever her life and testimony will have a great impact.  Rifqa is a challenge to every on the fence lukewarm Christian everywhere, especially those in our youth groups all across the USA.

It’s time to go all in people.  What if you had to lay on the line as this young lady has?  Would you be willing to pay the price like Rifqa has?  (That goes double for the youth group in my church and triple for everyone in Campus Life where I found the Lord)

Her on fire faith has already inspired thousands to remember her and all those like her around the world whose faith is tested every day.

God bless you Rifqa, we’re praying for you!

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Not In America

September 17, 2009

There’s a young lady who is in danger of losing her life because of her faith. That’s not supposed to happen here in America.  This country was founded mainly as a refuge for religious freedom.  And yet if the court finds that she is not in danger she will have to be returned to her parents who she believes will have her killed.

These are not the rantings of a melodramatic rebellious teen they are the pleas of someone who fears for her very life.


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