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The Word This Week
"Hate is such a strong word...but in this case not nearly strong enough!" That was a bit of a catch phrase my dad used frequently when I was a kid. It was always in jest about some food we didn't like, or a chore that was especially onerous. Hate is a strong word, and it is one we try not to use lightly and we teach our kids not to use it. So it surprises us that Jesus ever used the word of either himself or of his followers as a commendable attitude. Luke 14:25-35 is one of three times where Jesus instructs or praises "hatred" in His disciples. This is one of those times where we see something that is challenging and difficult in Scripture and it is an invitation to "lean in" rather than "look away". It is in theses difficult passages where we can often grow the most. I look forward to exploring this passage with you all on Sunday. Marcus