A Splinter in the Mind (Mark 3:11)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Mark 3:11

Ever had a splinter? A splinter is a small thing. It can be biological, usually wood or bone, or sometimes non-biological like glass, metal or fishhooks. A splinter is a small thing that can cause great distress in your finger or wherever else it may be. It hurts and throbs and distracts you. Some splinters have led to amputations and death. 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

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

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

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 Wisdom of the 100 Aker Wood (Proverbs 27:17)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Proverbs 27:17

Recently my lovely wife and I took our grandsons to see the Disney movie Christopher Robin at our local theatre. It brought back wonderful memories of the original Disney Winne the Pooh and how the movie and the books helped me through difficult times as a child. C. S. Lewis said, “When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” Continue reading

The Daily Grind (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

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1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

When I prepare my coffee, I first grind the coffee beans. Did you know there are basically five types of grinds? Coarse like rock salt, medium like sand, fine finer than table salt, extra fine almost like flour, and Turkish-like flour. That daily grind helps determine how the coffee tastes.

The dictionary defines daily grind as the everyday monotonous routine of life. Continue reading

All God’s People Have a Position on the Field (Ephesians 4:7-13)

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Ephesians 4:7-13

An estimated 103.4 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl LII. While the game afforded an exciting opportunity to see an underdog accomplish the unthinkable, it did point out a humorous absurdity about the sporting event phenomenon. Over 100 million people, many of whom were desperately in need of exercise, watched 22 men on a field, many of whom were desperately in need of rest. While such participation is understandable for a sporting event, may it never be so in Christ’s Body, the Church. Continue reading

Is Christianity Just a Bunch of Rules? (Ephesians 3:14-21)

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Ephesians 3:14-21

Many people say that Christianity is just a bunch of rules: don’t steal, don’t cheat, don’t have sex outside of marriage, don’t use the Lord’s name in vain, don’t do this, don’t do that. If Christianity is just following an agreed upon set of rules, we would all fail. Continue reading