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JL's Journal

March 17, 2008

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“…the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through His own blood.” (Heb. 13:11-12)

Dear NDI Partner,

Easter is a time to be “outside the gate” of religion and society.  For me personally, it is not a time to be “in church.”  While that is certainly a very appropriate way to celebrate Easter, it is not the primary place God has called me to.  That’s because the first Easter events did not take place within the boundaries of social society.  Nor did it take place within the gilded walls of religion.  As the verse above clearly reveals, Good Friday and Easter took place “…outside the city gate.”

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March 13, 2008

Recently Patt and I had the privilege of teaching a Marriage Conference for the Wakefield Family Church, a predominantly African American Church located in Raleigh.  The Conference was held at the lovely water front Embassy Suites Hotel at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach.  This wonderful church is led by Pastors Rodney & Valerie Frazier and Pastor Danny Peebles and his wife Monica.

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March 12, 2008

Dear NDI Partner,

One of the uniquenesses of Biblical relationships is the authentic empathy that we feel toward other brothers and sisters within the Body of Christ.  While we have a certain pathos and pity toward the plight of any hurting member of the human family, we have a more deep and personal empathy with family members who have experienced sorrow.  As the Bible says, we are to “…weep with those who weep”” (Rom. 12:15).

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