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  • Out Of Context (Week 4)

    Out Of Context
     (Week 4)

    September 2: God (Still) Has Plans For You

                   

    These words from Jeremiah 29 are found on coffee cups and Pinterest art. They remind us that God has plans to bless and proper his suffering people. But make sure to read the context. Jeremiah spoke these words to people who had been taken captive in war. And they were not about to go home. God had great plans for his people, but they didn’t involve a quick fix to all their earthly problems. In the same way, God’s plan to prosper your spiritual life might not be the path you prayed for.

  • Out Of Context (Week 3)

    Out Of Context
     (Week 3)

    August 26: God Strengthens Us Against Temptation

                   

    The Bible does talk about God not allowing you to be tempted “beyond what you can bear.” But make sure to read the context! The Apostle Paul wrote those words as both a warning and a comfort, a warning not to rely on our own spiritual strength and a comfort to rely on the God who can sustain us in all kinds of temptation.

  • Out Of Context (Week 2)

    Out Of Context
     (Week 2)

    August 19: Jesus' Guide On Dealing Well With Sin

                   

    These words are a comforting punchline when barely anyone shows up for church. But make sure to read the context! Jesus spoke these words at the end of his message on dealing with sin in the church. He offered a great comfort to churches that do the hard work of dealing with sin, warning the hard hearted, and practices church discipline. He is with them, even in those agonizing conversations with those who are clutching their own sin.

  • Out Of Context (Week 1)

    Out Of Context
     (Week 1)

    August 12: Judge Jesus' Way

                   

    Some have said that Jesus’ words about judging are the most famous in modern America, surpassing even John 3:16. Jesus did indeed say, “Judge not!” but make sure to read the context. Jesus was not against being judgmental. Yet he was very against the hypocrisy of many judgmental people who overlooked their own flaws in a zealous attempt to point out the flaws of others. His words, clearly understood, encourage us to look in the mirror first and judge others in love afterwards.