Pretend you are a new Christian, in a group of fervent new believers. You have just received a letter, from a famous missionary, whose faith is so strong that he has been jailed for it. To get an idea of what this letter would have sounded like to the Ephesians, read it in a paraphrased version, like the Message. Remember that they received it not as an ancient tome, but as a letter written in their own contemporary vernacular…

Forgive Me for Being Lukewarm

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:19). Lord, I am selfish and easily distracted from following Your will. I find myself attracted to every new, shiny interest, and leaving You behind. Lord, forgive me. I felt youContinue reading “Forgive Me for Being Lukewarm”