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Why Religion's Rules Don't Make Sense (Ep 52)

Jesus said that following him was the only route to experiencing “The Good Life.” But how does religion, and especially all of its rules, give us a good life? Maybe the rules are not what Jesus had in mind at all. Maybe he was talking about something so much better and real than simply practicing a religion.

Episode Breakdown:
1:00 Let’s Eat Cake! HBD TFS! One year!
2:40 I’m Not Giving Up Montage
6:30 This Rules, with Jon (The Good Life pt III)
26:30 Giveaway & Newsies

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▶ Suggested Bible Readings:
Colossians 2:16-23
Matthew 11:28-30

▶ Additional Resources:
Jesus vs. Religion series (TFS, July 2020)
You Are Special by Max Lucado

Suggested Readings:
2 Corinthians 5:13-21
Romans 7:15-8:17

Music we listened to making this episode:
Jon Foreman, Your Love Is Strong
GOB, Underground
The Beatles, Lady Madonna

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  1. How have you seen God working in your life this week?
  2. What in this week’s episode and/or passage surprised, annoyed, shocked, or encouraged you?
  3. Read Matthew 11:28-30. Do you see a difference from what Jesus said to the religion(s) you’ve seen or experienced in the past? If so, why do you think there’s a difference?
  4. What are the barriers/challenges you have to accepting or living out the freedom Jesus offers? How can your group pray for you in that this week?