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I’m a businessman, elder in one of the more conservative mega churches in Grand Rapids, Michigan and for over 25 years a full time spiritual mentor of men. I love introducing people to Jesus and truth from God’s perspective. I’m also an NPR listener and student of our culture because I want to understand how the world and a younger generation think, so I’m prepared to engage in conversations which are true to the Bible, intellectually honest and gracious.

Following Jesus is the only hope I have of living this life with purpose, energy and expectation. I hope to end my days on earth still meeting young men at Starbucks who have no interest in God, being the patriarch of my family, cheering them on to godliness, making sad people smile and the lonely – laugh, giving the poor hope, pointing wayward men back to their families, teaching the whole counsel of God and keeping myself unstained – God’s reputation and mine intact.

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Will We Be Punished In Heaven?
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A guest blog post from Chip Ingram 

The Bible tells us that in Heaven, all believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

But, does this mean we will be punished for the bad things we’ve done? Many Christians seem to think so.

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What Happens When Christians Fail to Forgive Others?
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For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15

Like most Christians who read these verses, I had some real questions. I thought once a person was truly born-again, all their past, present and future sins were forgiven. But these verses are pretty straightforward.

Some sins, like our failure to forgive others, have consequences both in this life and the next and therefore are not fully forgiven or forgotten by God.

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Love Your Enemies
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Every Christian knows the following teaching of Jesus, but let’s be honest, very few of us have much interest in actually doing that.

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48

This passage is pretty straightforward. Regardless how others treat us, we are not to be unkind to them. Period. God expects us to be god-like in that regard. Does that mean God “likes,” enjoys or admires his enemies? Apparently not.
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The Deafening Silence of Evangelicals on Racism and Hateful Talk
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I go out of my way to not be political in my blogs. But occasionally, I just have to ask, “Does anyone else notice how racism and hateful talk about our ‘enemies’ is rearing it’s ugly head again, and getting worse?” I’m not ready to call any politician a “racist” (yet), but as an evangelical and historically a Republican, I’m ashamed that the leaders of our party and pastors of evangelical churches do not courageously stand up and call out as sin, any statement that pits one race against another, or values one race, or nationality, higher than another.
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