Your work today matters (Haggai 2:20-23)

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Haggai 2:20-23

One would expect a book about the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple to end with the completion of the Temple. That is not how the Book of Haggai ends (Haggai 2:23). Continue reading

What Is Your Purpose on Earth? (Romans 12:2)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 12:2

Why are you here, what is your purpose? To ask and answer these questions requires words. Continue reading

Help me to live holy (Haggai 2:10-19), Part 4 of Haggai series

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Haggai 2:10-19

Carl Jung is often attributed with saying, “The world will ask you who you are, and if you don’t know, the world will tell you.” I have my doubts as to whether Carl Jung said this. Nevertheless, it is a profound statement, one that applies to our spiritual lives. Continue reading

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