The Truth is Out There, Trust No One (John 18:37)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

John 18:37

One of my favorite TV shows is The X-Files. In my opinion, it is a classic like The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits and Night Gallery. To quote from Wikipedia, “…it turned into a pop culture touchstone that tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality.” Continue reading

Words for the Discouraged (Haggai 2:1-9), Part 3 of Haggai series

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There come times in our lives when we feel discouraged, particularly when the task is great, the sacrifice significant, and we begin to question the value of our efforts. That was the case for the Jews who had returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. Some 27 days after they had started the project, discouragement set in. Continue reading

Heart Problems (Jeremiah 17:9)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Jeremiah 17:9

I have a heart problem…and so do you.

I work in healthcare. As a nurse, I am privileged to work with many gifted and talented doctors, nurses, office workers, and other healthcare professionals. I work with a gifted cardiologist. He begins his day by turning off the light in his office, turning on two monitors, and looking at videos of people’s echocardiograms. Continue reading

We Will Obey (Haggai 1:12-15), Part 2 of Haggai series

 

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Haggai 1:12-15

In a culture that prides itself on individuality, self-expression, and self-license, the word “obey” seems out of place. According to a search of Google’s database of literature, the verb “obey” and its related noun “obedience” have been used at less than one third the rate over the last couple decades, as it had two-hundred years ago. We live in a “have it your way” society. Rather than obey anyone or anything, we are told, as one advert slogans, “obey your thirst.” Continue reading

Infinity and Beyond (2 Corinthians 12:9)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Somedays I have a problem with my finitude. Well let’s be real here, every day I have a problem with my finitude. Continue reading

How to Align Priorities with Purpose (Haggai 1:1-11), Part 1 of Haggai Series

 

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Haggai 1:1-11

Take a piece of paper and write down three big picture priorities you have for your life. Continue reading

Whose Am I? (John 16:12-15)

 

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John 16:12-15

“Discover your passions and desires and then pursue them despite any opposition,” is a common message in our current culture. Christianity does indeed validate the importance of our desires – a cursory read of the lamentation psalms makes that clear. However, Christianity is not as interested in answering the question, “Who am I?” as it is in answering the question, “Whose am I?” Continue reading

Mocking the Holy (Psalm 22:7-18)

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Psalm 22:7-18

Stripped naked, robed with scarlet, crowned with thorns, mocked, spat on, hit, clothes divided; Jesus fulfills in fullness the mockery of Psalm 22: Continue reading

The Holy Spirit Convicts the World (John 16:1-11, part 2 of 2)

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John 16:1-11

We have an incredible ability to rationalize our behavior. Even though we do things that others might know are clearly wrong, we come up with many reasons for why what we did is right. Continue reading

How to Stand Up to Persecution (John 16:1-11, part 1 of 2)

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John 16:1-11

“They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering service to God (John 16:2).” These were the words of Jesus to his disciples before his departure. They were not the words his followers wanted to hear, but Jesus’ forewarning came true. Continue reading