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Subject: When We Miss The Target
Date Posted: 10/6/2007 9:56 AM ET
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Read the first verse of Matthew’s gospel. Jesus knew David’s ways. He witnessed the adultery, winced at the murders, and grieved at the dishonesty. But David’s failures didn’t change Jesus’ relation to David. The initial verse of the first chapter of the first gospel calls Christ “the son of David” (Matt. 1:1 KJV). The title contains no disclaimers, explanations, or asterisks. I’d have added a footnote: “This connection in no way offers tacit approval to David’s behavior.” No such words appear. David blew it. Jesus knew it. But he claimed David anyway. He did for David what my father did for my brother and me. Back in our elementary school days, my brother received a BB gun for Christmas. We immediately set up a firing range in the backyard and spent the afternoon shooting at an archery target. Growing bored with the ease of hitting the circle, my brother sent me to fetch a hand mirror. He placed the gun backward on his shoulder, spotted the archery bull’s-eye in the mirror, and did his best Buffalo Bill imitation. But he missed the target. He also missed the storehouse behind the target and the fence behind the storehouse. We had no idea where the BB pellet flew. Our neighbor across the alley knew, however. He soon appeared at the back fence, asking who had shot the BB gun and who was going to pay for his sliding-glass door. At this point I disowned my brother. I changed my last name and claimed to be a holiday visitor from Canada. My father was more noble than I. Hearing the noise, he appeared in the backyard, freshly rousted from his Christmas Day nap, and talked with the neighbor. Among his words were these: “Yes, they are my children.” “Yes, I’ll pay for their mistakes.” Christ says the same about you. He knows you miss the target. He knows you can’t pay for your mistakes. But he can. “God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins” (Rom. 3:25 NLT). Since he was sinless, he could. Since he loves you, he did. “This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (1 John 4:10 NLT). He became one of us to redeem all of us. “Jesus, who makes people holy, and those who are made holy are from the same family. So he is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters” (Heb. 2:11 NCV). He wasn’t ashamed of David. He isn’t ashamed of you. He calls you brother; he calls you sister. The question is, do you call him Savior?
Date Posted: 10/7/2007 12:18 AM ET
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Just speaking for myself, no I don't.

 

 



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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 10/8/2007 12:53 AM ET
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LOL Beverly.  Neither do I. :)

Date Posted: 10/8/2007 12:06 PM ET
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I do!  :D

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 8:35 PM ET
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Me too!    \O/

Date Posted: 10/11/2007 8:59 PM ET
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Me three,  Brenda and Jenny!

Date Posted: 10/12/2007 9:46 AM ET
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I do, too!

Date Posted: 10/13/2007 3:22 AM ET
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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 10/13/2007 3:29 AM ET
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Dang Chris, you're good!

http://maxlucado.icontact.com/archives/archive/posts/when-we-miss-the-target.html

 

Date Posted: 10/13/2007 9:04 PM ET
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No, Christianity is not my religion, but I do enjoy some of the parables, and of course, the Christmas story.

Date Posted: 10/13/2007 11:10 PM ET
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Chris is the Research Queen! 

I took a class in graduate school on Women in Early Christianity.  It was soooo interesting.  The early days of the Christian religion were so much different than what the religion has turned into today. 

 

Date Posted: 10/14/2007 9:59 AM ET
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Yes, I do with all my heart.

Date Posted: 10/14/2007 1:11 PM ET
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Not me. 

Date Posted: 10/14/2007 7:24 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/15/2007 3:50 PM ET
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I did not claim to write what I posted, I really like max Lucado and thought that others might to! I kinda felt that I was being mocked when I posted this, I am not a writer and do not ever tend to be, I thought that maybe someone needed to see what I POSTED not WROTE!!!

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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 10/15/2007 8:10 PM ET
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Susan, I'm not sure why you're upset.  I don't think anyone is mocking you ...(?)  Chris just said it was written by Lucado.  I, for one,  wouldn't have known. It's ok, really!!

Date Posted: 10/15/2007 8:19 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/16/2007 8:07 AM ET
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I sort of felt that way, butafter re reading it, I apologize, I have been in pain as of lately and misread what you all were saying~
Date Posted: 10/16/2007 9:40 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/27/2007 11:30 AM ET
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I believe Jesus was an incredile prophet, sent by God to brings a message. His works, His life was/are an incredible ministry which aided many to see the divine light. Again my next statement is according to my belief ONLY. Jesus was very mortal, not a deity, not the son of God or God. When asked by Pontius Pilot who was trying to incriminate him, "are you the son of God", Jesus replied...."you say that I am". He never claimed to be more than a man, a man on a mission from God, but never the less, a man. His followers after his death/dissapearance at the time and many years after deified him.

 We all have beliefs and truths we know, your truth is just as sacrd and just as much a truth to you as mine is to me. Perspective is whats the key.

 

                                          peace and blessings

 

                                                       bill

Date Posted: 10/27/2007 11:40 PM ET
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Bill, please don't take this wrong, but I ask just out of curiosity, have you ever read the Bible?

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 10:09 AM ET
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The question is "which Bible" ?  There are so very many variations and translations, not to mention the Apocyphal Books, the dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi scripts.  Then there is the question of how to read "The Bible", is it to be taken literally, metaphorically, or is it all in code?  As Bill has said before, truth is in the mind of the beholder.  "In my Father's house are many mansions."  There is room for us all.

Cheers, Margaret

 

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 11:17 AM ET
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My answer to "have I ever read the bible", is answered like this. Have you ever read or explored other faiths ??...As most I have met, their knowledge is limited to only their own faith, this is a breeding ground for exculsivity and bigotry.  There are many views, many faiths, and to hold that only one is solely correct to the point of saying all others are wrong is partly what is wrong with the world today. We all need to reach beyond what we have been told and taught, if for no other reason than to see another's perspective.

   For the record, I was raised in a Catholic home, went to Catholic school from kindergarten to 9th grade. On top of that I have spent many years researching most of the worlds religions. I have been able to see through others eyes, and explore many paths to God. Once you get past the dogma you can see much in common, the deeper you search the more commonality you will find. However with closed eyes, there is very little you will see.

 

                                        peace and blessings

 

                                                        bill

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 3:19 PM ET
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Sure I've explored other religions--lots of them.  It was just a simple question, for heaven sakes.  It wasn't an attack, or even to say that if you had read the Bible, you'd think differently.  I simply wondered if you had read it, is all.

That's why I prefaced my question with, "please don't take this wrong".  And it's obvious you took it in a way that was not intended.  As if I was judging.



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Date Posted: 10/30/2007 2:16 PM ET
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in answer to Susan's question...............YES, YES and YES!!

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