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The Emoticon Gospel John 11:1-45

The Emoticon Gospel

It’s okay to get emotional when faced with misfortune and tragedy. Jesus did. So we’re allowed.

At a Glance

This material doesn't deal too much with the raising of Lazarus. What interests us is how this event affected people on an emotional level. Jesus and his friends were affected by the emotional component of their human nature. Likewise, Christians today aren't exempt from the raw experience of human emotion; we should express these emotions without hesitation because doing so is both honest and redemptive.

Editors' Pick

For a different approach to this same text, we suggest looking at "High-Ceiling Thinking," March 9, 2008.

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