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HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

We all aspire to have healthy relationships. But these can be more elusive than we often think. We typically assume if we are getting along with someone, that the relationship must be healthy. But that may not always be the case.  In fact, sometimes the smoother a relationship is, the more unhealthy it can be, namely because one person has dictated it on his… Read More

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AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIP Part 2.

The 8 Key Character Traits of True Friendship in the Life of Jesus In this two-part series, we are looking at eight key character traits of Jesus that formed the foundation of a healthy relationship. Missed Part 1?  Click Here https://apostlesri.org/authentic-friendship-part-1/ Advocacy (for the Other) It is not coincidental that the name Satan, the arch-enemy of God and mankind actually means “accuser.” There is… Read More

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AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIP – Part 1.

The 8 Key Character Traits of True Friendship in the Life of Jesus The term “authentic” has become one of those trendy buzzwords among the up and coming generations. Unfortunately, its redundant use and elusive definition spell little more than a platitude to most. Yet there is something so right about “authenticity.”  Should we then despair to attain to true authenticity in our relationships?… Read More

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THE PARADOX OF TRADITION

THE PARADOX OF TRADITION: The Impossibility of Living Humanly Without Tradition “Tradition” is one of those great words that was revered for millennia but now holds a place of suspicion in the minds of many. Ironically enough, what has often gotten the Church into trouble is tradition, and at the same time, it has also paradoxically kept her on the rails of fidelity. Tradition:… Read More

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DOCTOR ASSISTED SUICIDE

DOCTOR ASSISTED SUICIDE This article will be difficult to read, not from the ability to understand it, but from the perspective of being heart-wrenching as we try to wrap our heads around the issue of suicide in the realm of “medical choices”. As was projected during the fight to protect the unborn child from death in the womb, the next frontier to which the… Read More

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Love is the Fulfilling of the Law—The Role of the Last Five 

Love is the Fulfilling of the Law—The Role of the Last Five  Commandments in the Christian Life In our lectionary readings for last week, the first week of Advent, one of the texts we read was Romans 13:8–14.  This is a special text for a couple of reasons: First as in all of Paul’s letters, they are broken into two major parts, (1) a… Read More

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Mere Immortals | Your Weight in Heavenly Treasure

Mere Immortals | Your Weight in Heavenly Treasure Of all the good and beautiful things that we regularly take for granted, foremost among them is each other. It has been said, “familiarity breeds contempt.” This could not be more true than with closest relationships. How often do we snap sharply at those close to us, and afford social graces to strangers? How impatient are… Read More

+ The Gospel is not hard to understand, but living the way Jesus called us to live presents an entirely different challenge.

Why the Gospel is Simple – Not Easy

WHY THE GOSPEL IS SIMPLE—NOT EASY The simplicity of the Gospel message can be summed up in the two great commandments.  The first comes from Deuteronomy 6:5 “and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” Jesus then says (Matt. 22:37–39) that the second is like unto it, “you shall love… Read More

Your Story & Your Scars?  The Scars of God and His Healing Story

No matter how dull or uninteresting we might think ourselves to be, we all have a story. That story also says a lot about us and is rich with triumph and tragedy. For better or for worse, we live through it. With it secretly playing in the background of our consciousness, it unfolds in the caverns of our psyche like a movie soundtrack. Like… Read More

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LIFE TOGETHER

At our last Council Meeting, Superintendent Todd lead the Devotion Time by presenting a portion of a book entitled Community – Life Together. Here is a portion of what was shared at the meeting: “ The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer. Longingly, the imprisoned apostle Paul calls his “dearly beloved son in the… Read More