Parental Love from the Pit (1 John 3:1-3)

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1 John 3:1-3

In the 2002 film, John Q, a son with an enlarged heart is denied a heart transplant, because John’s health insurance will not cover the procedure. John, the father, decides to take matters into his own hands and holds the hospital hostage at gun point. When no viable donor heart can be found, John puts the gun up to the temple of his own head and says to the surgeon: “Somebody’s gotta die in order for him to live. I’m his father; it’s me!” Continue reading

Mirror, Mirror (Genesis 1:27)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Genesis 1:27

What is a mirror? Almost all of us get up in the morning and look into one. We look into the mirror and we recognize ourselves. This is unique in all of creation. A dog or cat, for example, sees a stranger or an intruder when they gaze into a mirror. Continue reading

The Fall and Redemption of Our Work (Matthew 11:29)

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Matthew 11:29

Last week I concluded that our work has dignity and goodness. If this is so, why do so many people experience work as dismal, distressing, and drudgerous? Continue reading

The Dignity and Goodness of Our Work (Genesis 1:26-28)

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Genesis 1:26-28

Where do you think the Bible first mentions work? Over the next two weeks we are going to look at the theme of faith and work. What is the relationship of our faith to our work? Continue reading

Stop Showing Favoritism (James 2:1-13)

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James 2:1-13

It has been said, “birds of a feather flock together.” Our natural inclination is to gravitate toward those who seem and look the most like us. Not only this, but we tend to align ourselves with people whom we view as having something to offer us, whether it be a rich relationship, wealth, popularity, or something else. This is one of the reasons that people hound celebrities. It is also the reason that “favoritism” insidiously infects our lives and society. Continue reading

Orphans and Abortion (James 1:27)

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James 1:27

Last week I said that one of the difficulties of our current, polarized political climate is that to speak up on any controversial issue is to be pigeon-holed into a political party or agenda. As Christians our loyalty lies not on a political platform, which will rot and decay, but on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, which lasts forever. It is important to say this again, before addressing another hot-button topic. Continue reading

Orphans and Children Separated at the Border (James 1:27)

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James 1:27

One of the difficulties of our current, polarized political climate is that to speak up on any controversial issue is to be pigeon-holed into a political party or agenda. As Christians our loyalty lies not on a political platform, which will rot and decay, but on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, which lasts forever. It is important to say this before launching into a brief response to the current crisis of children being separated from their parents at the border. Continue reading

Religion that Works (James 1:27)

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James 1:27

The word “religion” often times has a negative connotation. We think of empty rituals, moralism, legalism, etc. The word seems too wooden, too void of feeling. But, when James says, “Religion that God our Father accepts,” he means much more. Continue reading

The Gospel is the Great Equalizer (James 1:9-11)

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How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as the world sees you? Or, do you see yourself as you are in Christ? Continue reading

The Ultimate Black Swan (John 20:1-29)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

John 20:1-29

Have you seen a swan lately? Believe it or not White Tundra Swans start out in Alaska and migrate south in February and March. Recently my wife and I observed a “bevy” of White Swans locally numbering 50-100. Continue reading