Michael A. Macdonald (North Carolina)
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Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, . . . fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
If I could omit one part of the New Testament, it would be the story in Matthew 2:16-18. I wonder why Matthew included it when Mark, Luke, and John were able to tell the good news without including this horrific account. Perhaps Matthew did not want us to confuse sentimentality...
“Prayer, searching the scripture, and service are means of entering into and sharing the heart, mind, and work of Christ. A balanced spiritual practice helps us get in step with the transforming rhythm of Jesus’ life with God: work and worship, engagement and rest, service and Sabbath, contemplation and action.” Read more.