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Let's face it - some pretty awful things have been done in the name of Jesus.  It is true that not everyone who does things in the name of Jesus is really following Him (so of course all true Christians can't be rightfully blamed for those things) but even true Christians can get out of whack and do things that are utterly ridiculous and even downright wrong and sinful.

Sadly, too many churches and Christian groups decide to just cover their imperfections and transgressions in the name of sharing the Good News of Jesus - not realizing the harm they are doing in turning people away from their hypocrisy.

In reality, when we see wrong and/or inconsistency in the church and Christian community, we need to address it and deal with it.  Otherwise the world will have no interest in the Message of Jesus because of such fake living. 

We need to fallow the example of the Apostle Paul in reaching out to the world by reaching into the inconsistency that sometimes arises within the church.

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Eventually, if we are presenting Jesus to others, opposition will arise from somewhere.  When this happens,  it's important to know the law of the land we are living in in order to take every advantage of any rights and privileges given to us as citizens.  The Apostle Paul understood and demonstrated the importance of this in his ministry.  He is an excellent example for us to model our outreach after.

(Our apologies for the static that is in part of this recording.) 

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Understanding the religion of the people we are defending Jesus to is important. Constantly talking about how the truth applies to ourselves - without consideration of their own spiritual beliefs and concepts - will only make our interactions with them like two ships passing in the night on a stormy sea. 

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When we want to make a successful presentation of Jesus as the Savior God has sent to the world, it's important for us to understand the culture and sub-culture of the people we are talking to. Blindly dumping the truth on people without consideration of where they are coming from most often just turns them away from even considering what we say to them.  

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The fact that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever is more than a comfort that God will always treat us the same. 

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A discussion about Truth and Reconciliation with two members of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation, and a member and Chief of the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation.

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