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City Blog: June 2015

June 05, 2015

Greed is idolatry

Benjamin Spalink
Paul names greed as idolatry (see Colossians 3:5).  Imagine being a 1st century Jewish person.  You recite the Shema daily, and now you're being told you're an idolater because you're greedy.  It would be shocking and offensive. But here's God's challenge to us - inordinate desires for things like money, sexual gratification, physical pleasure (like the pleasure we derive from food, drink, entertainment, etc...) constitute sin on the same level as making and worshiping idols made of wood and stone. Inordinate desires point to allegiance and ...
June 02, 2015

Die with me

Benjamin Spalink
All of us are called to die with Jesus.  These aren't just nice sounding words. They have real life application. Someone once suggested to me that everything that is "spiritual" in the Christian faith has real world implications. Spiritual means real. This dying is not just spiritual. It's real. We are really called to die to things in our lives that are not true reflections of the new reality of who we are in Christ.  But this dying is a gradual process. It doesn't happen overnight, nor does it happen at once upon conversion. It is one which ...

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