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VerseD: 1 Peter 4:8

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8, ESV

Because of God’s love and grace to us, we can give grace to others of the love given to us by our Lord and Savior.

This Sunday at Church: Find Out About and Biblically Support the work towards the Youth

Our youth group (I am the Youth Pastor) does meet outside of main service (it was one of my conditions!) so that they are with family and heart the main message. I occasionally remember to have a game, but if anything we usually do a small ice breaker. The entire focus during our meetings is “What does the Bible say, and how can we understand it and live it out?” Apologetics is a major element, as well. We see too many people today saying things like “no one talked about … had answers to …”
Further, they are involved in ministry in and through the church. 4 or 5 even get to read the weekly passage before the Sunday morning message! (It’s still a little weird to me that I can say “4 or 5” having started with 3.)
It also helps that almost all of the parents do ministry, too.


The Domain for Truth

For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Find Out About and Biblically Support the work towards the Youth.

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VerseD: 2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
2 Corinthians 7:10, ESV

Are you bitter or heartbroken over your sin? Are you stuck in the past, unable to let go of your mistakes and sin, or have you seen the truth that, yes, you sinned, but Christ has paid for your forgiveness and freedom from those sins?

Is Christianity a Tool of European Colonialism?

I had been considering a similar post, but I will take all of SlimJim’s work and re-share it. It is easier on me.
Christ’s Church is not European, though Europe was the central launch point for centuries. Like said in many of these points, so much of the Bible is against the slavery and tyranny seen in many of the colonizing nations. It was the truth of the Gospel that eventually led to some of the most powerful empires and societies eventually denouncing slavery and tyranny.
Just a couple extra cents’ worth of my thoughts.


The Domain for Truth

I want to answer a question someone has about an objection of what if Christianity is a tool for European colonialism.  Here’s my response:

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VerseD: John 5:24

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
John 5:24, ESV

Do we believe God and His Word?
Live out His commands.
Love others.
Help them believe the truth of Christ.

VerseD: Hebrews 12:14

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14, ESV

We have been given the peace of Christ to share with the world, as well a the holiness of Christ that hands us eternal life.

VerseD: Luke 6:38

“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6:38, ESV

Through Christ, God has given us mercy, grace, forgiveness, love, and all that we need. We ought to be praying this along.
Likewise, it can encourage others to do the same and even lead others to Christ.

VerseD: Philippians 1:9-10

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ
Philippians 1:9‭-‬10, ESV

Our love for God should grow, leading to a love for His unadulterated Word and for people to know and live according to that love and Word.

VerseD: Colossians 3:1

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1, ESV

It is not enough to call yourself Christian. If you are not seeking Christ and His Kingdom (and sharing the truth of the Gospel) you are in danger of showing you are not a Christian.

VerseD: James 1:22-24

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
James 1:22‭-‬24, ESV

Merely listening to biblical teachings

(and talking about being a Christian) and never obeying or acting out the teachings is like having amnesia or being an actor.
Don’t play a part. Obey and love.