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THE CHOSEN FEW AND YOU

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Israel had a rich historical relationship with the Almighty. The nation wore the title ‘Chosen Ones’. Everyone in the nation knew that there was an expectation with the religion. They had a track record for obedience/disobedience and success/failure.
Many would live with the tension of knowing the Law and falling short of its ideals. Still, they had national pride knowing that God was on their side. It would not be dissimilar from people who think of Canada as a country founded on Christian principles, or Americans believing themselves to be a Judeo-Christian nation. There is a sense of destiny and protectionism that comes from this kind of pride.
As Jews in Jesus’ time listened to their teachers, they would hear a message of repentance. God was issuing a recall to His people to come back and be restored. The teachings of the rabbi Jesus were especially tough calling for a level of performance that not even the Pharisees had achieved.
As Jesus taught the heart values of the Law, many lis…

BOOK REVIEW: CLOSE ENOUGH TO HEAR GOD BREATHE

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Greg Paul's book 'Close Enough To Hear God Breathe' tells intimate stories of the author's life illustrating God's great intimate story of Creation, The Fall, Redemption and Consummation. He talks about his family, children, failure and success in marriage, sex and street ministry.
I read this book with a lump in my throat ready to shed tears on any given page. The great themes of God are manifest in our mortal existence. Greg reminds us of that.
Greg Paul is not a haphazard writer. He writes brilliantly and is too provocative to avoid an enduring legacy.
Greg Paul is a pastor and member of Sanctuary (Toronto), an inner-city church where saints and sinners worship together. It is a church without the protective, social insulation more prevalent in 'nice' safe suburban communities. It is the church Jesus frequents when He is in Toronto.
Get this book.
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NOTES FROM THE ARMCHAIR CRITIC

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KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR

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QUICK THOUGHT FOR SEEKERS

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THANKS FOR ASKING

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INVITATION TO INAPPROPRIATENESS

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