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    He First Loved Us In The Hard Seasons

    It was a Sunday morning.  Just like all the other Sundays during that hard season, I stood during our morning worship welcome time with my eyes cast downward, trying to hide my tear-streaked face. Poor choir!  Our third-row-pew afforded the choir members an up-front-and-personal view of raw emotion so visible that I know it grew somewhat irritating and tiresome for them to endure every Sunday.  Week after week turned into month upon month.  When would it end? That’s the way it is with a prodigal season of shame, sadness, and indescribable grief.  Well, that’s the way it was for me, at least.  If you’ve experienced a season of brutal betrayal,…

  • LACKING in LOVING and Leaving The Church

    There’s a story of D.L. Moody directing his Sunday School class in Chicago long ago.  A boy in his class walked several miles to that church for Sunday School rather than attending a church closer to his home.  Someone asked him why he walked so far to the church over there  when he didn’t have to. His reply is why we should treat others among us carefully and lovingly.  His reply demonstrates why people leave a particular church and never go back.  It might even prove why people are leaving the church, period.  His reply: Because they love a feller over there. Think about that.  Is your church loving of…