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Yo-Yo: Roller Coaster (Bummed) - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Mar 07, 2017

"I have heard all this before. What miserable comforters you are!"  
 
The world’s cheapest and least productive commodity is unsolicited advice. Nowhere is this more true than when we’re suffering, but unfortunately people are quick to provide a long list of “do this, do that’s” to ease our pain. 
 
A few years ago, Pastor Rick Warren’s son, Matthew, age 27, committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness. A year later, Rick’s wife, Kay, posted the following advice on her Facebook page:
 
The truest friends and "helpers" are those who wait for the griever to emerge from the darkness that swallowed them alive without growing afraid, anxious, or impatient. They don't pressure their friend to be the old familiar person they're used to; they're willing to accept that things are different, embrace the now-scarred one they love, and are confident that their compassionate, non-demanding presence is the surest expression of God's mercy to their suffering friend. They're ok with messy and slow and few answers … and they never say, "Move on."
 
“Messy and slow answers.” I love that… because it’s real. Have a friend who’s depressed? Rather than saying, “Smile more, pull yourself together, read a good book, or just get over it,”  why not just say, “I’m here for you. I care. God loves you. So do I. With His help, we’ll get through this together.”   
 
People need understanding before they need a litany of solutions. They usually need a hug more than a sermon; a friend more than a favorite verse. Paul said, Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)   
 
In the garden, on the night before his crucifixion, Jesus said, My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. (Mark 14:34) I’m glad His disciples didn’t just hand Him a DVD or a good book and walk away.
 
The best thing to do is listen and care. Let your love be compelling and your words few.  
 
  • Ask God to lead you today to someone who needs to be heard; then listen.

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director

Yo-Yo: Roller Coaster (Bummed) - Monday

Posted on Mon, Mar 06, 2017

I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.  
 
I like Elijah’s honesty, don’t you?   When the bottom drops out in life and we can barely hold our nose above the water, we usually don’t feel like singing a hymn; at least I don’t. And you know something, that’s okay. If I’ve learned anything about God, it’s this: He can handle my honesty. In fact, He welcomes it.
In his book, Psalms of My Life, author Joseph Bayly writes,    
Dear God, I am alone tonight, all alone, a thousand miles from home. There's no one here who knows my name except the clerk, and he spelled it wrong. There's no one to eat dinner with, no one to laugh at my jokes, no one to listen to my gripes, no one to be happy with me about what happened today and to say, "That's great." No one cares. There's just this lousy bed and the slush in the streets outside between the buildings. I feel sorry for myself, and I have plenty good reason to. Maybe I ought to say I'm on top of it, praise the Lord, things are great; but they're not. Tonight it's all gray slush. (1)
We’re talking about depression In our devos this week… those times when everything feels like gray slush. As I said yesterday, I don’t know the answers, but I do know how to be honest about it, especially with God. Like the prophet, Jeremiah, I tell God how I feel, no strings attached (Lamentations 3). No more pretending, friends. God knows how we feel, and He’s never shocked or mad when we share our emotions. In fact, every emotion that is in us, is in Him. We’re made in His image. So He wants to listen. It’s one of the ways He says to us, “I love you.”
  • Spend some time today telling God how you honestly feel. He’ll still love you when you’re finished. Promise.
  • Read Lamentations 3. Note the transition in verses 21-24.  
(1)   “Psalm in a Hotel Room,” Joseph Bayly, Psalms of My Life, 

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director

Sticks and Stones: Debbie Downer - Friday

Posted on Fri, Mar 03, 2017

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’’
 
Have you ever wanted to stand out from everyone else? Had the desire to be called special? I think we all feel that way from a very young age. It’s like the mother who was sitting at her baby girl’s dance recital. She watched as each tiny ballerina took her turn twisting and twirling; they would stand on their toes and look out into the audience, searching for the face of their mama. Looking for approval and affirmation. Looking to make sure she was looking at them. It was as if each of them were saying, “Do you see me? Are you watching me? Are you proud of me?” They wanted to know, even if they weren’t the best dancer, that their mom was locked into only them. And one by one, as the mom’s locked eyes with their daughters they each nodded approvingly, proudly. Sometimes it doesn’t even take words to give someone approval or disapproval. Sometimes all it takes is a knowing glance. A smile. A thumbs up. Our world is full of negativity and disappointment, and you have the opportunity to let someone know that they are loved just the way they are. Not everyone is going to be the best dancer, but each of us is worth being seen. At the end of our lives, God is going to do that for us. We all long for the day we will hear him say the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” What we might not realize is that God has given us the ability to do that for others this side of Heaven.
 
  • Your words are powerful. You have the ability to speak life and positivity into another person. Who do you need to affirm today?

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

Sticks and Stones: Debbie Downer - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Mar 02, 2017

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him, the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
 
No. It’s one of the first words babies learn. From an early age, we learn the power of the word “no,” and it’s ability to oppose another person. “Hanna, do you want to take a nap?” “NO!” “Do you want to clean up your toys?” “NO!” We can choose who we want and don’t want to be with this simple two-letter word. But sometimes the tables turn, and God tells us, “No.” What happens then? This powerful word, when quickly said, can pack a lot of disappointment and pain. There are so many things that the Lord has said “no” to in my life. Prayers prayed in earnest that were not answered the way I had hoped. Circumstances I have begged Him to change that He hasn’t. Heartbreak I have prayed to avoid that came crashing down anyway. There are some people that will try to tell you that God is happy when you get everything you want. And while it is true that God loves to bless His children, it is also true that sometimes that blessing comes in the form of a “no.” Here is what I am learning about God’s character: while He loves to bless us with the specific things we want, what He loves, even more, is to bless us by giving us Himself. Recently, I was asking God why He hadn’t delivered a particular thing I so desperately wanted, and He whispered to me this truth, “You won’t get everything you want in this life, but in the middle of every single ‘no,’ Christ Himself is always your ‘yes.’” In your pain, can you have more of Jesus? Yes, every time! In the middle of your anguish and despair, in your disappointment and brokenness, is He drawing near, giving you more of His comfort and love? Yes
 
  • Have you ever stopped to think that there could be a real blessing in God’s “no?” If you are hearing “no” from the Lord today, lean in and ask Him for more of Himself.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

Sticks and Stones: Debbie Downer - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Mar 01, 2017

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
 
Did you see the article about The Bachelor this week? What about Donald Trump’s last tweet? Our culture loves a good controversy. And we are constantly consuming it. With our social media driven minds, nothing gets everyone going like a little bit of online controversy. Everyone is tossing nasty words back and forth for the whole world to see. Facebook, eat your heart out. I hear these words all the time: “Did you see what so and so posted on Twitter? I couldn’t believe he said that!” “Did you see her video on Instagram this morning? How did she think that was ok?” All of the sudden we have become the rightful critics of online controversy. We feel it is our job to share our opinions - sometimes the more hateful the better. We sit comfortably behind our computers hurling insults and negative comments on people’s feeds, but I think we have to be careful. There is something different about posting a hateful comment online, a numbing that happens when we post without repercussion. In the analog world (aka the real world) when you share a negative opinion with someone, you have to deal with the emotion it causes. If I call you stupid to your face, I have to watch it hurt your feelings. Today’s verse says “a harsh word stirs up anger.” Sometimes I think that kind of anger can be a good thing because it acts as a deterrent. The likelihood of you saying that harsh thing again is slim to none, because it didn’t just hurt the person you insulted, it hurt you too. The truth is, you can’t watch a face fall in an Instagram comment. But make no mistake, the face still falls, the hurt still happens.
 
  • We have to think about our words and how we use them. When you are sharing on social media, ask yourself, “Would I say this to their face?” If the answer is no, then don’t put it on their feed. Instead, encourage someone with your words today.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

Sticks and Stones: Debbie Downer - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
 
I have felt multiple times over the course of the last several months that I have received a “sentence of death.” Not a literal sentence of death, but I have felt the rot of despair creep into my soul. And I have asked the Lord “why?” more times than I can count. Maybe you’ve recently had a diagnosis you’d never imagined possible. Maybe you lost your job or a close relationship has failed you. Maybe you, too, have found yourself asking God, “Why?” If there is a guy in the Bible who could sympathize, it would be Joseph. Joseph got the raw end of the deal more than once. Long story short, Joseph was his father’s favorite, but that made his brothers hate him. So much so, that Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. Shortly after, Joseph found himself the victim of a vicious rumor and ended up in prison. I imagine Joseph sitting in that cell, saying our same words, “Why, Lord?” The truth is, God doesn’t promise us an easy life, but He does promise to be with us. Look at the second half of today’s verse. “This happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead.” There is nothing that Joseph could do to fix his own circumstances. But our great God had a plan in mind that nobody, not even Joseph, saw coming. In a strange turn of events, Joseph interprets a dream for the king; then he gets pulled out of prison and is elevated to the highest position in Egypt, second only to the king. At the end of Joseph’s story, he says these words, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” God turned Joseph’s “sentence of death” into good, and I have to believe He can do that for me and you, too.
 
  • What do you need be raised to life in you today? Tell the Lord! Don’t be defeated by negativity. We serve a God who raises the dead. Read Joseph’s whole story here.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

Sticks and Stones: Debbie Downer - Monday

Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2017

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 
 
It’s an ugly world out there. You don’t have to look very hard to see it. The headlines are angry. Our country, divided. Our twitter feeds, full of insults and hatred. There are so many possibilities to be worried about, to be afraid of, so many horrible acts happening all around the globe. Negativity is hanging around us like an old wet blanket, and it’s beginning to mildew. The question is, as Christians, what do we do? In a world that is so negative, cynical, pessimistic, sarcastic and cold, what can we bring? I don’t have all of the answers, but one thing I know to be true: we cannot join the world in its negativity. We have a very real enemy who wants nothing more than for us to be caught up in the controversy, in the stench of the negative haze. Jesus promised that there would be trouble in this world. And honestly, we should not be surprised by the state of the things. But Jesus’s next sentence is what is so powerful. He said, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Take heart! The phrase “take heart” means: to receive courage or comfort, to be infused with hope. How cool is that? Right next to the promise of trouble, Christ’s words infuse hope and give courage. In His words, I think Jesus models the very thing that we are called to do. In times of trouble and negativity, infuse hope! Give others courage! Your words have power. Power to tear down and power to lift up. You can join the world in negativity and trouble, or take heart, and remember that Christ has already overcome the world.
 
  • Jesus’ words imply action. He tells us to take heart. He wants you to take His truth and apply it to your life. What does it look like for you take heart in a current difficult circumstance?

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

Sticks and Stones: The Rumor Mill - Friday

Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2017

So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body
 
As people, when someone gives us a directive, our natural instinct is to try to understand why. Why do I have to go to bed on time? Why do I have to eat my vegetables? Why do I have to drive the speed limit? Clearly the list could go on and on. 
 
Our inquisitiveness isn’t restricted merely to human commands either. When God asks or requires somethings of us, we also want to know why. Why do I have to submit to authority? Why do I have to love my enemies? Why do I have to give sacrificially? 
 
Every precept God has even given can be traced to an underlying principle, and every principle can be traced to the personhood of God. So the order goes: Precept. Principle. Person. 
 
Let’s take the precept about language: God says: “Don’t lie. Don’t gossip. Don’t manipulate language. Don’t exaggerate. Instead, always tell the truth.” Why? Are these simply arbitrary commands pulled out of the air? Or is there something behind them? Beneath them?
 
Using the pattern we discussed, let’s look for the principle. Deceit is evil and truth is good. Hatred is evil and love is good. Manipulation is evil and sincerity is good. All the precepts about speech emerge from overarching principles. And those principles emerge from the personhood of God. 
 
Look at what the Scriptures teach:
 
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
 
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
 
It is impossible for God to lie.
 
God is loving. God is compassionate. God is truthful. From God’s personhood we discover principles. And from those principles we discover specific precepts. This is how all the commands of Scripture ultimately work. 
 
  • Do you feel like your language genuinely reflects the character of God? If people listened to your conversations, would they know you follow Jesus?

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

Sticks and Stones: The Rumor Mill - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
 
Can you remember the first time you told a lie? Shamefully, mine was about shampooing my hair! I had this routine as a kid where I asked my mom to time me when I showered so I could track how fast I was. One day I came out of the shower with a particularly quick time, and then for some reason my mom asked me if I had washed my hair. I thought about it, remembered not doing it, but then thought to myself, “There’s no way she could know.” So I said, “Yeah I washed my hair.” She asked again. I lied again. She asked a third time, I lied a third time. Thinking the conversation was a bit strange, I slowly raised my hand to up to my head….my hair was as dry as a tumbleweed. Busted. Spankings quickly commenced. Five for each lie. 
 
Why do we lie? And why are we tempted to lie? Though there are certainly many reasons, two are typically toward the top of the list: (1) We want to protect ourselves or (2) we want to promote ourselves. 
 
If we have done something wrong sometimes we try to protect ourselves by sweeping it under the rug, evading the question, redirecting the focus, or by outright lying. 
 
If we want others to think more highly of us sometimes we try to promote ourselves by exaggerating details, embellishing stories, telling one side of the conversation, or by flat out making something up. 
 
Though occasionally our instinct is to think that lying will result in protection or promotion, it always has the reverse effect! Lying brings hurt and shame, not shelter and fame. 
 
Let’s be people who tell the truth and let God be the one to protect us and promote us. Our responsibility is to live and speak with integrity… and then leave the rest to Him. 

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

Sticks and Stones: The Rumor Mill - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ.
 
There is an old Jewish tale of a man who began spreading gossip throughout his village. Everything he said was spun to make himself look a little better and others look a little worse. Without even intending to, he ended up hurting a lot of people. He then humbled himself, sought out the village rabbi, and asked him, “What do I need to do to make it right?” The rabbi responded, “There are two things you need to do. First, take a pillow up to the top of the hill above the town and release the feathers so they are scattered by the wind.” The man was pleased by the ease of the task. After completing it he returned to the rabbi and asked, “What is the second step?” The Rabbi answered, “Go and pick up all the feathers.”
 
Gossip causes real damage. Yes, forgiveness can be given -- both by God and by others -- but even with forgiveness, the damage sometimes remains. Hearts can be wounded. Reputations can be lost. Trust can be eroded. 
 
When we come to the awareness (or conviction) that we have spread gossip, we face a fork in the road. We can try to take the path of least resistance and simply ignore it. Or we can do the right thing by going to the person we gossiped to (and potentially the person we gossiped about), confessing what we did, asking for forgiveness, and earnestly making whatever reparations necessary. Confessing gossip is hard. Really hard. Embarrassing. Intimidating. Humiliating. But right. 
 
Becoming a person of integrity is a double edged blade. Yes, it means we commit to only telling the truth from this day forward. But it also means confronting any gossip or lies from our past, owning up to them, and telling the truth. 
 
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to search your life and highlight any gossip or lies you may have shared, and what you need to do to make it right. 

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

Sticks and Stones: The Rumor Mill - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Feb 21, 2017

And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both freshwater and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.
 
In the middle of World War II the United States government needed to find an effective way of encouraging American citizens to be careful with their speech. If they were too flippant or careless, there was a chance that crucial information could be leaked and lives could be lost. So the memorable phrase was coined and circulated: “loose lips sink ships.” 
 
In the same way that loose lips could eventually lead to wrecked ships, loose lips can eventually lead to wrecked relationships. When you speak about people, does love, goodness, and kindness naturally emerge? Or do you sometimes catch yourself putting people down? Sharing unnecessary and hurtful information? Inflating your own heroics while slightly degrading the status of others? If we aren’t intentional about the purity, integrity, and wholesomeness of our language, our character and our relationships will eventually sink beneath the water. 
 
When a witness takes the stand in a court of law they are asked, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” This shouldn’t only be the standard for official courtroom speech; this should be the standard for all our speech. 
 
And we could add another question, too: “Do you swear to speak lovingly, compassionately, and carefully at all times, with the same level of kindness, consideration, and discretion you would want others to show when they speak about you?” 
 
Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking we gain something by putting others down. The truth is -- we don’t. Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking think we have the right to share hurtful information. The truth is -- we don’t. 
 
  • As you go throughout this week, strive to protect and promote the reputation of others more so than your own.

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

Sticks and Stones: The Rumor Mill - Monday

Posted on Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
 
As a college student, the Lord taught me a memorable lesson about the power of words. Toward the end of a church service someone made an announcement and didn’t do a very good job. It seemed awkward and unprepared. After the service, I saw a friend across the sanctuary, and when I greeted him I began the conversation by making fun of the person who gave the announcement. We laughed a bit and carried on. Little did I know my mentor was within earshot. 
 
A few days later, during our weekly meeting, my mentor handed me a black Sharpie. I was a bit confused at first. He then asked me to remove the cap and make a mark on my index finger. After I did, he said, for every time you use words to make a mark on another person’s life, I want you to take out this marker and make a mark on your hand. It seemed intense, but I agreed. Foolishly I figured his challenge would never even be applicable, as I wasn’t in the habit of gossiping. But by the end of the week, I had black lines all over my hand. 
 
Sometimes, even without intentionally doing it, our language digresses to the point of speaking negatively of others. Others whom we say we love. Others whom we know God loves. And whether we mean to or not, whether we had malicious intentions or not, we make a mark against their life. 
 
James tells us that we are to have consistency with our words. If we use our mouth to praise God, we need to use it to express love of God’s people. Without exception. 
 
  • Take note of your conversations this week. Ask the Spirit to highlight any words you speak that don’t express genuine love for Him or others. 

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

Sticks and Stones: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire - Friday

Posted on Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Don’t steal. Don’t lie. Don’t deceive anyone.
 
Sadly, it seems many people no longer view lying as dangerous behavior these days. We think that if no one else knows, we somehow “got away with it.” But it’s simply not true. We know. And God knows. He isn’t fooled when we lie. But did you know people around you may also be wise to your game? Pamela Meyer is an expert lie-spotter. In her book, How to Spot a Liar, she shares a few simple ways to tell when someone is not telling the truth. There are easily recognized word choices, body language, facial expressions, and physical actions that come into play when people are telling a lie, faking their smile, pretending they like you, or trying to deceive. Did you know that most people who are making false statements will inadvertently shake their head “no” while lying? Their body cannot help but physically disagree with what they’re saying.
 
With God and ourselves being aware when we lie - and now even others who potentially can see right through us - there’s ultimately not one lie that’s hidden from sight. But, somehow, knowing it will all come out in the end doesn’t seem to be an effective lie-deterrent. Why? We’re short sighted. All of us. And it comes down to two words: sin and selfishness. 
 
In his Confessions, Augustine says we sin to try to make things easier or better for ourselves. But in so doing, we only succeed with inadvertently making things harder or worse in our world. When we sinfully seek to conceal the truth, we truly believe we’re just trying to make things better. But we discover over and over that we can’t keep the toxic radiation from spilling into other areas of our lives. We need God’s help to tell the truth. As we draw near to Him, He develops in us a freedom from fear and approval addiction. He wants us to live in truth. Today.  
 
  • Ask God to guard you from the sin and selfishness that inspires us to lie. Pray He guards you from the temptation to try to manage your life through lying to yourself or others.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Sticks and Stones: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2017

You certainly will not die.
 
Five little words. The first lie. You certainly will not die. I remember the first time I made a conscious choice to lie. I was in the second grade. It didn’t kill me as far as I can tell. We’d all be dead by now if lies were lethal. So, I got away with it. Or did I? You see, that first lie opened my entire life up to the idea that I might somehow be able to manage impressions. Make people think better of me than they should.
 
The serpent’s lie is the ongoing lie, isn’t it? The half-truth that they wouldn’t die instantly. But as Dietrich Bonhoeffer shared in his book Creation and Fall, they removed God - the source of all life - from the core of their being and placed themselves at the center instead. It was like unplugging an extension cord from the wall and plugging it into itself. By doing so they suffered instant spiritual death. And, eventually, physical death as well, returning to the dust from which they were formed. 
 
They didn’t instantly keel over. I didn’t when I told my first lie. But our lies never fail to flirt with our demise. They are usually aimed at avoiding little deaths. We strive to evade capture. We work relentlessly to avoid being tagged with our sin. We run from dying to self and owning up to the truth that we are sinful and cannot find even a tiny shred of justification or pardon on our own. So we run and hide from this crucifixion of sorts. But it’s never going to be “good enough”.
 
It’s an impossible mission trying to avoid these little deaths all the way to the grave.  Ultimately, we don’t get away with lying. God sees and knows. God came to give us life. And we can begin tasting our forever-life only as we live in truth.
 
  • Replacing lies with truth builds trust and helps our relationships thrive. If you haven’t already this week, settle your decision to tell the truth right now. Tell God about it. And share your decision with a friend.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Sticks and Stones: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. 
 
The military base in Germany where we lived while I was in middle school had a little store called the Post Exchange. The P.X. carried a tiny selection of various goods from the States. Just browsing the shelves was like a taste of home. The clothes on the sparsely populated racks were of a style that the local economy hadn’t quite grasped yet. Some of the larger bases had bigger P.X.es. Ours was about as small as you could get. So for example, in 1986 when the new Air Jordan shoes arrived, there were only 3 sizes. If you were a half size or your feet were unusually small or large, you were outta luck. 
 
I was a “skater” back then, so when those orange and yellow Ocean Pacific shorts finally arrived at our P.X… I begged my Mom to buy them for me even though they weren’t exactly my size. I’m not sure how I managed it, but she finally caved in and I proudly donned the (slightly too small) shorts the next day, squeezing my scrawny legs into them. Surely my friends would be dazzled by the embroidered OP logo on the leg, right? Their jealousy of the emblem would cause them to look beyond the fact they were not just small, but way too small. I was thoroughly humiliated that day by the comments from other kids. 
 
I wanted those shorts so badly that I lied to myself. Sure they were genuine. They were the real deal. But they were the wrong size. We have got to stop lying - to ourselves, to others, to God. As today’s Scripture reminds us, we can leave the ill-fitting clothes from that old way of life. Because nothing fits us like the truth.
 
  • Have you tried living with ill-fitting lies? Not sure how to untangle the mess? Give Jennifer a shout to learn more about talking with someone who can help. 

Will Briggs
Care Pastor


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