Pentecost – Can it Happen Again? (Acts 2:1-13)

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Acts 2:1-13

On the day of Pentecost we are told that Jesus’ followers were gathered and filled with the Holy -Spirit. They began declaring the wonderful things of God in languages that they previously had not known. (Acts 2:1-13) What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Is the Pentecost event to be repeated in some way? In this brief article, we tend to these questions. Continue reading

Fatherhood (Ephesians 3:14-15)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Ephesians 3:14-15

As men, as fathers our model is God the Father.

A good Father is a miracle formed by God. No man has the necessary gifts, strength, and determination to love a woman and their children in a way that happily and selflessly sacrifices for their needs and consistently leads them to Christlikeness.

Many of us grew up with fathers that did not lead their children to God and his love; instead they thoughtlessly and selfishly provoked us to discouragement and anger. Continue reading

Are You Willing to Suffer? (Colossians 1:24-29)

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Colossians 1:24-29

Millions of Pacific Salmon migrate from their saltwater sea home to inland freshwater streams and rivers every year. They often traverse hundreds of miles against the current, facing barriers, predators, sudden shifts in temperature, and many other obstacles to reach their destination. Many do not make it, but those who do die within days or weeks of their arrival. Continue reading

Once Alienated; Now Reconciled (Colossians 1:21-23)

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Colossians 1:21-23

I can’t think of a person today who would want the words “alienated and hostile toward God” applied to them. Yet, the Apostle Paul refers to the Colossian Christians in this way, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior (Colossians 1:21).” Continue reading

Old Books: The Clean Sea Breeze of the Centuries

The Clean Sea Breeze of the Centuries

Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Recently at an estate sale I purchased a set of 8 small books. They were published in 1910 by Merrill Publishing. One book in particular caught my eye: Selections from the Writings of Abraham Lincoln. In its preface it states, to paraphrase; “The speeches have a deeper significance and a higher mission…They are exponents of a character and the mirror of life.” The book was published only 45 years after Lincoln’s death. Continue reading

Christ is Sovereign Over All (Colossians 1:15-20)

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Colossians 1:15-20

Abraham Kuyper, former prime minister of the Netherlands, once said, “…there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human life of which Christ, Who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” Continue reading

Doing Theology (Romans 15:4)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 15:4

Does theology matter? Can you be a Christian without it?

Theology (Greek logos, or “word,” with theos or “God”) is words or knowledge concerning God. Scripture is the God-given foundation and only infallible source for all true theology. All Scripture is “breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16) and is “the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him” (Westminster Shorter Catechism 2). Continue reading

Never Stop Growing in Christ (Colossians 1:9-14)

Never Stop Growing in Christ

Colossians 1:9-14

Are you still growing in Christ? In the eighties, a popular book came out titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I mean no disrespect to that book, but a similarly titled book ought never be written about Christianity, All I Really Need to Know About God I Learned in Sunday School. We are to be continuously growing in our knowledge of God. Continue reading

Live Like You Fear God (Isaiah 41:10)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Isaiah 41:10

The Fear of God, what does it mean? God loves us, he is our Father yet he is a Holy Supernatural being so far removed from us it that it is death (Exodus 33:20-22) for sinful humans to look upon him. Christ then is the way we see God. We fear him because we have rebelled against him. Continue reading

Hope in Heaven Makes a Difference (Colossians 1:1-14)

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Colossians 1:1-14

The Christian hope in Heaven has often been criticized for being a form of escapism. Christians believe in a time when all will be made right, therefore they exempt themselves from doing any earthly good is how the argument often goes. But, is such criticism fair? Continue reading