amy sent me a scripture today…


it was Matthew 9:13.

i looked it up on my phone and YouVersion lets me change translations and paraphrases.  once again i love how Eugene Peterson shares the verse in the Message.

Go figure out what this Scripture means: “I’m after mercy, not religion.I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”

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and that’s what i’ve see the church do for years, coddle the insiders.  take care of the money people.  make the people who are already there happy.  well…

THAT’S NOT WHAT JESUS CALLED US TO DO.

He came that we might show mercy to those who might not look, act or spend like us.  He called us to live a life of invitation and reconciliation to those who are on the outside.

so if you want to know what i resolve for 2009.  read Matthew 9:13

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