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  1. Jim says:

    Awesome 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Jim!

  3. Michael, love it! Love you too my friend!

  4. Michael says:

    Likewise ,G…thank you, my friend!

  5. Jean says:

    Great thoughts to chew on (and apply) going into the weekend. Thanks Michael!

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, Jean. 🙂

  7. Gosh, amen and amen. So true. I am so done with the ranting christians who are consumed with the smallness of America, the President, the LBGTs, you name it.

    Hello, God is VAST and still in control.

    Where is our faith? Where is the love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness and SELF CONTROL? The planet and our US culture do seem to be in a pretty dark mess. Our Hope has always been in the Lord and His Kingdom and His Righteousness.

    I am feeling more or less officially unchurched and ok with it for now.. My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness.

  8. Nonnie says:

    Good word. We need to acknowledge the difference between hurt and disappointment versus anger. There are aot of hurting and wounded folks that are still seeking to please God.

  9. Em says:

    angry – it’s a funny sounding word, the definition isn’t, tho, is it?
    God has the capacity for anger – I suspect that is one reason that we are told to pray for those who curse us Believers

    angerrr doesn’t sound as funny as angreee – no point “just sayin”

  10. Michael says:

    Paige,

    You finished the article for me…amen.

  11. Michael says:

    Nonnie,

    True…and there are places where anger is justifiable as well.
    It’s the constant state of anger in many that concerns me.

  12. Michael says:

    Em…the place is better when you’re here.
    Thank you.

  13. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    You hit the nail on the head

  14. Michael says:

    Thank you, Solomon. 🙂

  15. Em says:

    did anyone see/hear the 15 year old Palestinian boy whose family had been hit by an Israeli missile? he is focused now on growing up to become a suicide bomber – the human race doesn’t do anger well…
    Please. I am not trying to begin a discussion here of who is right and who is wrong in that conflict…

  16. Em says:

    Michael, thank you – you are gracious to the old people who post what must seem to be irrelevant and rambling comments…

  17. Michael says:

    Em @ #15…at some point we need to understand that all these expressions of anger elicit anger in return…sometimes with catastrophic consequences.

  18. Michael says:

    Em,

    I’ve never found you to be either irrelevant or rambling…our readers love you too.

  19. Reuben says:

    Be angry and sin not. I figured that was a given.

  20. When I see that bumper sticker that says “Jesus is coming and boy, is He pissed”, I just want to barf.

    I/We seriously need to read the Bible in context and keep a solid view of our own frailty and sinful nature. The only boast we have to claim is in His Righteousness.

  21. Michael says:

    Reuben,

    It’s easier said than done…we have a tendency to get stuck in our anger.
    At least I do…

  22. Jean says:

    “at some point we need to understand that all these expressions of anger elicit anger in return…sometimes with catastrophic consequences.”

    That’s the million dollar answer to the question: How is biblical Christianity counter-cultural?

    That’s what Jesus came the first time to show and teach us. That’s the most difficult thing to discuss among Christians today.

  23. Michael says:

    Jean,

    Amen and amen…

  24. Jean, IMO, we are definitely seeing that return anger and IMO, it’s is deserved. The challenge now is to “bless them that curse’ us in genuine humility.

  25. AA says:

    A great reminder Michael, to dwell on the fruits of the spirit and not on the things of this world. It’s all too easy to get stuck in that angry state. Thanks everyone else for your input too!

  26. Nonnie says:

    As a Christian I believe I can be extremely disappointed and even struggle with anger over the way another has treated me, and yet at the same time, still want God’s best for that person. I’m convinced that God’s best will sort things through…ie reconciliation and changing hearts (mine included).

  27. Michael says:

    Thank you, AA. 🙂

  28. Michael says:

    Nonnie,

    I take God at His word that He’s for me…and He’s working it all out.
    The biggest changes he can make through me, are in me.

  29. Jean says:

    I used to be a person who kept score; never forgot a slight; took personally insults, disrespect and being ignored; etc. I don’t know about y’all, but it’s darn hard to pray when you’re angry, in fact it’s practically impossible for me. I discovered that the anger I held hurt me much more than the person who I was angry at. It was like surrendering my autonomy to the person who hurt me. Crazy! Worst of all, anger separated me from my relationship with God and the love he wants me to internalize.

    Although I have to be vigilant for the seeds of anger, God has blessed me by transforming the way I internalize what others do or say to me. I have learned and am continuing to learn the blessing that comes from forgiveness, and the relationship between “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

  30. Nonnie says:

    Amen, Jean and Michael.

  31. Babylon's Dread says:

    Very good original post. I have not read the comments lest I get angry.

  32. Judy says:

    I think that the worst part about the being angry all the time is when angry people are waiting to pounce on someone when they say something the angry one disagrees with or when they actually set people up so they can pounce on them. I’ve been pounced on a lot and I’ve been set up a few times and it’s made me very, very gun shy with Christians online because I often don’t know what to expect. There are a lot of angry Christians online and I try to stay away from them.

  33. Em says:

    I am angry, in fact I am blankety blank mad at what the devil is doing in these days in which we live, but then I know that God – in a way that must make the devil insane – is weaving the tapestry of time to a good and necessary end… I pray that we continue to grow in Faith and number even in these threatening times
    it’s been a good day following the posts here and trying to learn and discern…found that the Bible was translated into Flemish before Luther was even born… I’ve lived long enough to realize that historians don’t always know as much as they think they do, but I know even less – only superficial data points
    hope to get back here before my time on earth is done – it’s been a good day thanks to the Phoenix Preacher family

  34. Dan from Georgia says:

    I gave up Facebook for several reasons, but one reason was that I was tired of being such an opinionated blowhard.

  35. brian says:

    When I was deep in church culture it was not anger as much as it was utter total absolute terror. Terror I would fail God and be cast into hell, Terror I was really not “saved” because my belief did not line up with every single doctrine in our house of cards. Terror of loosing friends and being kicked out of church. Terror of the end coming, being left behind and eventually taking the mark. Terror of the coming plagues, wars, wrath of the Lamb. Utter constant all encompassing terror. I just got so tired.

  36. Dude says:

    Michael
    Good post today….right on the nail head.I’ve been given a challenge…how do I defriend 5 angry FB friends without them becoming angry at me.

  37. Michael says:

    Dude,

    I haven’t defriended anyone…but I’ve sure lost a bunch from being defriended.

  38. London says:

    Dude…
    Just in follow them. Then you don’t have to see their nonsense unless you want to

  39. Dude says:

    London
    Good advice……Just fed up with all the right wing propaganda machine.The left is just as bad.
    Bush haters=Obama haters…gag

  40. Justhadtosay says:

    I am angry that I do not have face book…LOL!

  41. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, excellent article. Although I come close to getting back in the ring on occasion, I’ve given up arguing with people on FB. The results, me being angry, confirming some people’s notion that christians are a bunch of Bible-wielding haters, and wasting time that I could be studying, spending time with family, or making disciples…well, just wasn’t worth it.

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