Imago Dei (2 Corinthians 3:18)

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2 Corinthians 3:18

Imago Dei “image of God” describes how humans mirror God’s divinity in our moral, spiritual, and intellectual nature. “And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).” Continue reading

How to Start Your Day (Psalm 5)

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Psalm 5

Have you ever had a morning when the alarm went off and you hit the snooze button and pulled the sheets over your head, because you knew what lay ahead of you that day? Though I am rarely one to tarry in bed, I have had many mornings when the task list seemed insurmountable, and I was dropping balls faster than I could pick them up. How we start our day can determine how our day will unfold. Continue reading

Ex Cruciatus and The Scandal of the Cross (1 Corinthians 2:1-2)

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1 Corinthians 2:1-2

Jurgen Moltmann states in the first line of The Crucified God, “The cross is not and cannot be loved.” Continue reading

How to Pray for Your Enemies (Psalm 4)

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Psalm 4

We often hear that we are to love and pray for our enemies. But how does one do that? Psalm 4 gives us an example. Continue reading

When Enemies Abound (Psalm 3)

When Enemies Abound

Psalm 3

All of us face adversity at various points in our lives. These adverse occasions take on various forms. They can be emotional, physical, economical, relational, etc. There are few people in history who have faced graver times of adversity than King David. In Psalm 4, we find David contending with his son Absalom, who has forced his father from the royal city, usurped his power, and sought to end his father’s life with the help of an army of soldiers. In the midst of his adversity, David’s response can serve as an example to us. Continue reading

Savior Magnified, Soul Satisfied (2 Corinthians 4:16)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

2 Corinthians 4:16

As I walked in the back door of the hospital, and down the hallway to the room were my 91-year-old mother lay dying, I suddenly realized that 62 years ago she had given birth to me in this very building. I passed the small chapel in which in years past, as a nurse, I had prayed with patient’s family members as their loved ones also stood on the precipice of death and a new life. Continue reading

The Power of Love (Psalm 33:22)

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Submitted by Andy Mcilvain.

Psalm 33:22

“Maybe we’ve spent too long trying to figure all this out with theory. So listen to me, when I say that love is not something we invented. It’s observable, powerful. It has to mean something. Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.”

Amelia Brand (Ann Hathaway) made this statement in the movie Interstellar. Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Christopher Nolan. The film follows a group of astronauts who travel through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new home for humanity. Continue reading

Who Rules the World? (Psalm 2)

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Psalm 2

Who rules the world? President Donald Trump? Chancellor Angela Merkel? Google? Jeff Bezos? The question is important, because how we answer it vastly impacts whether we have hope and to what degree of certainty we have that this hope will materialize. Continue reading

The Span of Our Influence (Luke 14:7-11)

The Span of Our Influence

Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Luke 14:7-11

In Luke 14:7-11, Jesus’s advice to his guests becomes a lesson about life in the Kingdom of God.

When Jesus spoke this parable, he knew by his deity and in his humanity how our sinful natures twist us to selfish preoccupation. All of us have felt the tug of self-exaltation. Bigger, better and greater, be famous, have your 15 minutes of fame, be number one; you deserve it. This is the mantra of our culture and the futile goal of much of humanity. Continue reading

The Blessed Life (Psalm 1)

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Psalm 1

In the 1986 movie Short Circuit an experimental military robot struck by lightening develops self-awareness and escapes from his creators. He is constantly looking for more information and tells the young woman in whom he found sanctuary that he needs more input. His output is often determined by his input. When good goes in, good goes out. When garbage goes in, garbage goes out. Continue reading