Why would he do that?

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When Jesus was approached by soldiers to be arrested and killed, Peter picked up a a sword and cut off the ear of a man named Malchus. Jesus told Peter to put his sword away, then picked up the ear and put it back on Malchus’ head. We imagine the dialogue: “I’m sorry about my disciple Peter. I’ve been work on him for three years, haven’t gotten very far. I apologized about the ear thing.”

Imagine when Malchus got home for dinner that night, and his wife asked, “How did work go today?” Malchus: “Well, my ear got cut off, but the strangest thing happened. The man who I came to have crucified healed me. Why would he do that?”

–John Ortberg
Who is This Man?

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The need to worship

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I need to worship because without it I can forget that I have a Big God beside me and live in fear. I need to worship because without it I can forget his calling and begin to live in a spirit of self-preoccupation.

I need to worship because
without it I lose a sense of wonder
and gratitude and plod through life
with blinders on.

I need worship because my natural tendency is toward self-reliance and stubborn independence.

― John Ortberg

Precious and valued

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There is such a love, a love that creates value in what is loved. There is a love that turns rag dolls into priceless treasures. There is a love that fastens itself onto ragged little creatures, for reasons that no one could ever quite figure out, and makes them precious and valued beyond calculation. This is love beyond reason. This is the love of God.

–John Ortberg
Love Beyond Reason

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The need to worship

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I need to worship because without it I can forget that I have a Big God beside me and live in fear. I need to worship because without it I can forget his calling and begin to live in a spirit of self-preoccupation. I need to worship because without it I lose a sense of wonder and gratitude and plod through life with blinders on. I need worship because my natural tendency is toward self-reliance and stubborn independence.

–John Ortberg

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