Tag: The Jesus Experiment

Weekend Review: Love Your Enemies

This past weekend, we dove into the well-known, less-practiced, teaching of Jesus from Matthew 5:43-48 (NRSV)… “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your…

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The Jesus Experiment: Love Your Enemies

This weekend, we are launching into one of the most beautiful, challenging, and important teachings of Jesus. In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus is going to tell us to “love our enemies.” And, yes, by enemies, He actually means “those” people. Like that person at work you can’t stand. Like that neighbour that drives you nuts. Like…

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Weekend Review: Revenge

This weekend, we looked at a very famous and misunderstood teaching of Jesus. He says this in Matthew 5:38-42 (NRSV)… “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the…

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The Jesus Experiment: Revenge

This weekend, we want to talk about the plot of basically every movie ever: Revenge. Hate. And, getting even. Because, this is a theme that runs throughout our culture – that if we are hurt, we should hit back. It’s called the cycle of violence, and we live with the myth of redemptive violence. Jesus…

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Weekend Review: Divorce and Oaths

This weekend, we looked at two of Jesus’ teachings. The first was a very contextual directive on divorce in Matthew 5:31-32. And, here we see that Jesus is raising the bar for faithfulness within marriage, specifically calling men to a different standard. Then, Jesus taught about oaths, again in a highly contextualized way. He says…

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The Jesus Experiment: Divorce and Oaths

This weekend, we are continuing in our series, The Jesus Experiment, seeking to live life in the way of Jesus – to experiment with actually simply putting into practice what Jesus asks and says. In the message, we are going to look at Jesus’ teaching on divorce and oaths. And, at first, these two directives…

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Weekend Review: Dealing with Anger

This past weekend, we looked at one of Jesus’ teachings on anger. And, this teaching is difficult to practice, but I just have the driving assumption that if Jesus says it, we should do it, regardless of how difficult it is. As G.K. Chesterton once famously said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found…

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The Jesus Experiment: Dealing with Anger

This weekend, we are looking at something that we need to examine in our day and age. We are looking at the topic of anger. Because, I don’t know if you see this, but I see so much anger all around us. People are angry while driving. People are angry on social media. People feel…

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Weekend Review: Law and Order

This past weekend, we opened up a really complex teaching of Jesus. He says this in Matthew 5:17-20 (NLT)… “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven…

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The Jesus Experiment: Law and Order

This weekend, we are continuing in our series, The Jesus Experiment, looking at what if we actually just do what Jesus says. That, if Jesus says it, we should just do it. But, before we get to the more well-known sayings like, “Turn the other cheek” or “Love your enemies,” Jesus wants to discuss the…

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