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Lumen Weekly episode 4

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episode 4: Hearing the Shepherd’s Voice

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“We live in a world where groups close up, thinking that they and their traditions are the best. They oppose others, either to bring them to the so-called truth or to take more land. It’s the reality of history. Jesus entered into this world to love people as they are.”

–Stanley Hauerwas

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Scripture Reading: John 10:1-10

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It’s far too easy to find reasons not to love people—especially the ones who get on our nerves. Unfortunately, that’s just a kind of theft. Jesus wants to give everyone—including you and the ones you don’t get along with—a rich and satisfying life. He wants to love all of us as we are. So here’s a challenge: choose just one person that seems difficult to love and just love them as they are, not as you wish they were. Try it for a week and see what happens.

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Lumen Weekly episode 3

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episode 3:
Experiencing the Unnoticed God

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“Without the Resurrection, Jesus is simply a failed Messiah who did not live up to the messianic expectations of rebuilding/cleansing the Temple, rescuing Israel, and bringing God’s justice to the whole world; with it, Messiahship must be reunderstood in the light of Jesus.”

–N.T. Wright

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Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-25

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Do you think you understand Jesus? What His death and resurrection really meant, not just for you but for the world at large? Take some time this week to dig into the contextual meanings of Messiahs in the world of first-century Judaism and prayerfully ask God to help you gain a deeper understanding of what Jesus as a paradigm-shifting Messiah meant to the world then and what ramifications it holds for the world now.

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Lumen Weekly episode 2

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episode 2:
Doubts, Questions and the God in the Middle

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“We turn the gospel into cheap grace when we think of the cross only in terms of what Jesus has done for us. The cross is also the way we are called to follow—the way of endless enemy-love. An honest reading of the Gospels makes an offer of cheap grace impossible. We too are called to love our enemies. We too are called to forgive our transgressors. The bully who has made your life a living hell. The ex-husband who betrayed you. The ex-wife who left you a lonely man. The backstabber who sabotaged your career. The criminal who violated your security. The abuser who violated your dignity. The activist who advocates everything you oppose. And on it goes. We are called to love, forgive, and bless these enemies. The consumer Christianity of self-preservation and self-promotion will never be able to meet the challenge of taking up the cross and forgiving an enemy.”

–Brian Zahnd

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Scripture Reading: John 20:19-31

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Though it may feel unjust, forgive someone today. Write them a note that expresses your forgiveness. You don’t have to send it to them—you’re welcome to destroy it right away, honestly—but the act of writing will help to make your act of forgiveness concrete for you.

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