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My generation is the most fatherless and insecure generation thats ever lived, and we are willing to sacrifice everything if we just can be told we are loved.
If only we knew just how loved we really are.
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When I was trying to earn Jesus by being good, I missed the real Jesus who wants us to love him and serve him not for what he gives but for who he is-dangerous, unpredictable, radical, and amazing.

— Jefferson Bethke

Trying to live without community is like trying to live without oxygen. We weren't created to do it.

— Jefferson Bethke

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep lowing concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

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But I always wonder why we Christians are the ones who get slapped with the too-narrow-and-exclusive card when everyone's point of view is the same. Think about it: Every worldview is exclusive to itself. Even by that classmate saying I was arrogant for thinking my was right, she was doing the same thing-saying I was wrong, and she was right. How arrogant of her-not really, but according to her own logic. yes.

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I think thanksgiving is the secret to a healthy Christian life.

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God is faithful.

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Isn't that the story for many of us in America? Christianity is our default setting.

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The problem with wearing masks is even when we receive love, it's really the mask that is receiving the love, not us. Whatever gets thrown at us will always hit the mask and can't penetrate our souls. So it is with God's grace. Every second of every day he pursues us and offers grace, but until we take off our masks, we will never be able to accept it.

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The biggest difference between between religious people and gospel-loving people is that religious people see certain people as the enemies, when Jesus-followers see sin as the enemy.

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He actually does the opposite. He says, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it."1 If Jesus wanted to grow a church, didn't he know telling people they need to daily pick up an instrument of torture, death, and shame wasn't the way to do it? Jesus opposed the pharisaical legalism of his time, but he also opposed the watered-down, flimsy, cultural religion. He was essentially saying, "I know my miracles are awesome. I know I have immense power. But don't follow me for the wrong reason. The cost is high. The road to follow me is tough, it's painful, it hurts, and you might even face death, but I promise there is joy on the other side. Do you want in?

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The issue isn't whether someone is good or bad, but whether he is repentant or unrepentant.

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One of the most dangerous things about the Bible is that it is big enough to say whatever we want it to say if we are willing to remove the context.

— Jefferson Bethke

My generation is the most fatherless and insecure generation that's ever lived, and we are willing to sacrifice everything if we just can be told we are loved.
If only we knew just how loved we really are.

— Jefferson Bethke

Having joy in God not because of circumstances but despite circumstances is what makes God look great-and it's a true joy that comes from within.

— Jefferson Bethke

The reality is that it's harder for religious people to come to Christ than anyone else because they think they are already good to go.

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Many people had been sold religion with a nice Jesus sticker slapped on it. Many people had been burned by so-called Christians. Many people had been abused, hurt, mistreated, and maligned all in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But what their souls were craving was the true Jesus. The One who heals. The One who redeems. The One who gives life.

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I don't know where you are or where you're coming from, but I know Jesus has a better plan for your life than you do. He is a better king of your life than you are. No one has caused me more hurt, shame, guilt, and pain than me. He knows, and he rescues me. He can do the same for you. Just come as you are.

— Jefferson Bethke

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