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)

Soul Satisfied

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

A Place Where God Dwells (Ephesians 2:19-22), Part 1 of Growing Together in Christ

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Ephesians 2:19-22

Lisa was looking for a church. She wanted to find a church where her children could learn the things she learned as a child, where she could participate in the church’s music, and where sermons were interesting and relevant to her life. The First Church of Anywhere fit the bill. But, when the church laid off the youth pastor for budgetary issues, when the music program became flat, and when sermons seemed less interesting, she left the First Church of Anywhere and ran to the First Church of Anywhere Else. Continue reading

Grace Alone (Ephesians 2:1-10), Solas of the Reformation, Part 3

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Ephesians 2:1-10

I used to run with a group of boys who were a mild terror to our neighborhood. Continue reading

Keep this Book of the Law (Joshua 1:7-8), Part 2 of “Get Ready”

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Two weeks before the Christmas of 1995, the sky turned red in Lowell, Massachusetts. A devastating fire was consuming the Malden Mills textile factory. By morning, all that remained was ashes. Continue reading