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    Take Me To Your Leader

      Written by Dave Lenehan   In 1996, the Christian band The Newsboys released their sixth studio album, Take Me to Your Leader. The title track and accompanying video played off of the success of an alien/space theme with matching retro space uniforms, spaceship looking set pieces and a moonlike landscape (but with flowers and water).  The lyrics, written by Newsboy Peter Furler and long-time collaborator, satirist and fellow musician Steve Taylor, point out that how we live as followers of our leader, Jesus, can truly make an impact on those who interact with us.   “He says: I don’t know why you care I don’t know what’s out there I don’t know how…

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    Without Jesus?

      Written by Dave Lenehan   Over the holidays, we got together with our former church small group. We hadn’t been together for months and, as you might guess, a lot had happened in our combined lives over time. We gathered at one of our host homes to catch up on life and pray together.  As each couple seated around the table shared one or two stories of a wayward adult child or other relative, it would have been easy to get weighed down with the heaviness of the conversation.   You know those stories.  You’ve heard ones of someone close to you who has totally walked away from or…

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    Dust Off The Sword

    Written by Dave Lenehan You’ve got to admit that swords are cool.  Maybe it’s because we don’t see them in use on a daily basis (and that’s probably a good thing). Perhaps it’s because our first memory of seeing or even holding a sword likely has a cool story to go along with the blade’s cool factor (watching Braveheart, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings or Narnia included). When I was in high school, I won newspaper Carrier of the Year from our local Cape Cod Times  through Parade magazine; that award carried with it an all-expense-paid trip to Spain for 10 days.  I had only flown a few times in my life and never out…

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    A Bike Shop & A Sand Dune

    As you go through this first semester of the school year, be on the lookout for ways you can show the love and care of Jesus to others.  It might be a conversation, a cup of coffee or a slice of pizza, an hour under the hood of their car…just be sure you respond.  You might not come up with something as revolutionary as the Wright Flyer, but in the life of that person you reach out to, you might just be the agent of change they need.

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    Blessed Are The Peacemakers

    In the Anglican tradition and others that are like it, there is in fact a specific portion in the service dedicated to “passing the peace.” While some may view this as an opportunity to shake someone’s hand with a smile and a greeting, the more ancient tradition reveals a time where Christian brothers and sisters are encouraged to confirm with one another that there is peace within the body and that all can approach the communion table in clear conscience.

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    The Immorality of Private Revenge Pt. 2

    Jesus eliminated the Old Testament allowances for private revenge by redeeming the land of Israel and the sins of the whole world through the shedding of his blood.  He replaced the principle of blood vengeance with forgiveness, as seen in the verses from Matthew.  The New Testament is clear that private revenge is morally wrong.

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    Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

    Jesus draws near to us when others push away, and the very tools we use to keep people back are the instruments that Jesus uses to see and call to our inner self. And like Nathanael all we are able to say is, “How do you know me … Rabbi, surely you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

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    The Immorality Of Private Revenge Pt. 1

    Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; but the revenge of that wrong putteth the law out of office. Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior…