Greg Boyd’s Prayer: Teach us to be free, forgiving even our worst enemy

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1/7/2007 – The Outsider’s Kingdom, Greg Boyd – sermon length is 48:39 minutes
The Kingdom of God is incredibly different from any kingdom of this world. One of the major ways this is so is in the way that God’s Kingdom includes everyone in its benefits. When it comes to God’s love, no one is left as an outsider!

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“I pray, Lord God, that you just teach us how to in our thoughts and in our words be humble. Help us, Lord God, to see all others’ sin as a mere dust particle compared to our sin, which is a tree trunk….

Lord God…set them free from the bondage of judgment, the bondage of religion, the bondage of self-righteousness, that false source of life. Set them free from that demonic idol, and liberate them to live in the freedom of the ollie-ollie-in-free kingdom.

And to wish for every person on this planet, including their worst enemy, including our national enemy, to wish for them ‘Father forgive them, they know not what they do.’

And have this desire to see all not receive vengeance, but receive the year of jubilee.

Let it be done. This is your kingdom.

And we give you the praise….”

– Gregory Boyd
Pastor of Woodland Hills church in Minneapolis
Author: “The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church”

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Greg Boyd: In the kingdom of God, we are not allowed to have any enemies. All body-bags are equally tragic.

“It’s normal for the kingdom of the world to consider the boys in body-bags on our side more important than the boys in body-bags on their side. But from a kingdom of God perspective, we would consider all body-bags to be equally tragic.

The kingdom of the world is always involved in conflict, because it’s a power-over kingdom, and if you’re getting in the way of my power-over we’ll have to go to war over this. And usually in the kingdom of the world you demonize your enemies to rally up power against them.

But in the kingdom of God, we are not allowed to have any enemies. We’re forbidden to have enemies of flesh and blood. The ones who think that they are our enemies, we are commanded to love them, to serve them, to lay down our life for them.

While the kingdom of the world is about conflict, the kingdom of God is about reconciliation.”

– Gregory Boyd
Pastor of Woodland Hills church in Minneapolis
Author: “The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church”

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske from:

4/25/2004 – The Difference Between the Two Kingdoms, Greg Boyd – sermon length 43:43
The kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world are two very separate things. One uses the sword (power over) to influence people; the other uses love (power under). To understand this distinction is much easier than letting it affect the way we live. Greg continued to discuss the differences between these kingdoms and how we are to live within the distinction.

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[Video] Greg Boyd on ‘Charlie Rose’: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church

(video) Greg Boyd on ‘Charlie Rose’: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church

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