Dealing with offense

The second greatest commandment, as given by Jesus, is to love your neighbour as yourself. It sounds so simple, but in practice, it is difficult to live out fully - even with the people closest to you. So often offense gets in the way, and the longer we focus on how we're feeling the worse the situation gets, but perhaps there is a way to shift our focus which makes loving and forgiving others become second nature.

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Ancient Songs for Modern Problems: The Search for Identity

“Who am I?” It’s a question we all ask. Everyone is on a search for their identity. It’s an important question because our identity often determines our behavior, but we often turn to the wrong things in our search for identity, which ultimately leads to believing false identities about ourselves. But Psalm 8 helps us to understand who we really are and where our true identity is found.

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Ancient Songs for Modern Problems: Overcoming Guilt

Everyone experiences guilt at times, but how do we handle it? Religious people often turn to religious acts to appease their god or gods. Irreligious people often attempt to redefine moral standards, dismissing guilt as unnecessary. But are either of these approaches effective? In Psalm 51, we get to see how David dealt with his guilt in a way that brought about the transformed heart that God desires.

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Ancient Songs for Modern Problems: Discovering God’s Goodness

One theologian wrote “What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.” What comes into your mind when you think about God? How did you reach those conclusions? Often it’s our trials and disappointments which form our beliefs about Him. But what if our conclusions are wrong? What if God is better than we think? That’s what David discovered and that is why he invited us “to taste and see that the Lord is good.”

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