Living with your heart flung wide open

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“Jesus came to awaken our heart. Religion too often makes God about rules and rituals, duties and doctrines. It defines our holiness by our allegiance and compliance to the organization, tradition, and system. Over and against religion, Jesus showed up and calls for an awakening of the heart. Jesus invited all people to allow themselves to be loved by God – to open our hearts and know that we are lovable… ever last single one of us. Jesus said look at me and see what God is like, and then he knelt in the dirt to rescue a woman who had been written off by religion. Jesus taught us that love is not an idea. It’s something you feel in your heart, and then you bring expression to it through your humanity. The truth is not a sterile and indifferent philosophy, or a theological creed. Jesus said, “I am the truth,” and then he lived a life of love. He flung his heart wide open to God and the world.”

– Jim Palmer, Notes from (Over) the Edge: Unmasking the Truth to End Your Suffering

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  1. Cristina Nole says:

    Jim,
    I love your writing and the way you are able to express what I have been feeling for years. I just finished your Nashville book and getting ready to devour your Devine Noodle book. OK, I am horrible with remembering titles but stories, oh, not them. Thank you for sharing your gift with those of us who will not conform.

    Cris from California

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