When Emptiness Means Everything (Mark 16:1-8)

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What is the greatest fear of every person? Death. If we think we have been a bad person, we fear that we will be held accountable for the bad we did. If we think we have been a good person, we fear we did not do enough. If we do not believe in an afterlife, we fear we will be forgotten, so we seek to get our name on a building or to start a charity in our namesake or do something that no one will forget. Continue reading

Disease, Suffering, Death, and COVID-19 (Job 1:21-22)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Job 1:21-22

In my day to day employment in healthcare, disease, suffering, and death are ever before me. The list of names of patients, many of them friends that have suffered and died on my watch, is lengthy. Continue reading

Remember the Palm Sunday Colt (Mark 11:1-11)

Remember the Palm Sunday Colt

Mark 11:1-11

Imagine you were walking down Main Street and came upon a car with its keys in the ignition. You get in the car and turn the key. The owner of the car, startled, sees what you are doing and cries out, “Stop!” You respond, “God needs it.” How far do you think you would get till you heard the police car siren? Continue reading

Men, Be a Spiritual Father! (1 Corinthians 11:1)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

1 Corinthians 11:1

Men are you a spiritual father? Does your family and friends, the people you meet know that you are a Christian and that the Lord is the center of your life? If we want our children or anyone for that matter to be lead toward Christ, we must be able, like Paul to say, “Watch me.” Continue reading

Will Our Response to COVID-19 Be Judged? (Matthew 25:31-46)

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Matthew 25:31-46

Throughout Church history, Christians have gained a reputation of running into the flames when others have run away. Continue reading

The Theology of Balaam’s Donkey (Revelation 2:14)

The theology of Balaam's Donkey

Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Revelation 2:14

In the Bible, God’s Holy Word, we find two accounts of animals that spoke human language. The first took place within the Land of Eden, in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 3, a Serpent speaking to Eve. Then, in Numbers 20-24, the wicked prophet Balaam was rebuked by his donkey for beating him. Continue reading

Glory that Surpasses Suffering (Romans 8:18-25)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18-25

When I was a Youth Director, my good friend and mentor was diagnosed with breast cancer. Miss Debby, as she was affectionately called, had been the Christian Education Director and director of the church’s daycare and school for decades. She never married or had any children of her own. Her life was fully dedicated to Christ and nurturing children and adults alike. Miss Debby suffered two rounds of chemo over the next year. It was hard on her. It was hard for us to watch. Continue reading

Do You Know The Ten Commandments? (Matthew 5:17-18)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Matthew 5:17-18

There was a time in the American culture when children and adults knew what the 10 Commandments were. They memorized them and attempted to apply them to life. Unfortunately, most Christians today cannot name them. Continue reading

A Christian Response to COVID-19 (Romans 8:38-39)

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Romans 8:38-39

At the time of writing this article, toilet paper and hand sanitizer are nowhere to be found. Flour and sugar are quickly disappearing from shelves. There are over 179,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, resulting in over 7,000 deaths. No vaccine is yet publicly available. In Pennsylvania, testing kits are in limited supply and schools are closed. Continue reading

Extinguishing Hell (John 16:11)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

John 16:11

Since the fall, since pride and sin contaminated the world, men have tried to deny or explain away Hell. God’s judgement is that there are consequences to our sin, evil thoughts/deeds and behavior. Hell is the ultimate consequence of our unbelief and our choices. Continue reading