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Daily Scripture Reading: Thursday, October 20

John 8:31-41 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall...

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Invigorated & Exhausted

As a part of our Kingdom Color series, we’ve asked members of our community to share how they experience the intersection of race and faith.  Truthfully, when I think of the national conversation on race, it’s a mix of feeling invigorated and exhausted. I feel invigorated because I think it is such an important conversation to...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Wednesday, October 19

John 8:12-30 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on...

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Living in Alignment

As a part of our Kingdom Color series, we’ve asked members of our community to share how they experience the intersection of race and faith.  I had just started at a private, Christian school after being at a diverse, public school in the neighborhood where my family lived. I was now one of a few non-white...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Tuesday, October 18

John 8:1-11 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Monday, October 17

John 7:45-52 45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” 46 “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. 47 “You mean he has deceived you also?” the Pharisees retorted. 48 “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees...

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Matt’s Blog: Solutions to Conflict

One of the most often repeated solutions to conflict in the community is “love.” But if the first duty of love is to listen, as author and theologian Paul Tillich suggests, it seems that our task may be more challenging than at first glance. That’s because as a culture, we have lost our ability to...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Saturday, October 15

John 7:25-44 25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? 27 But we know where this man is from;...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Friday, October 14

John 7:14-24 14 Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?” 16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone...

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Daily Scripture Reading: Thursday, October 13

John 7:1-13 1After this, Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him. 2 But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, 3 Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there...

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