Orphans and Abortion (James 1:27)

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James 1:27

Last week I said that one of the difficulties of our current, polarized political climate is that to speak up on any controversial issue is to be pigeon-holed into a political party or agenda. As Christians our loyalty lies not on a political platform, which will rot and decay, but on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, which lasts forever. It is important to say this again, before addressing another hot-button topic. Continue reading

Orphans and Children Separated at the Border (James 1:27)

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James 1:27

One of the difficulties of our current, polarized political climate is that to speak up on any controversial issue is to be pigeon-holed into a political party or agenda. As Christians our loyalty lies not on a political platform, which will rot and decay, but on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, which lasts forever. It is important to say this before launching into a brief response to the current crisis of children being separated from their parents at the border. Continue reading

Religion that Works (James 1:27)

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James 1:27

The word “religion” often times has a negative connotation. We think of empty rituals, moralism, legalism, etc. The word seems too wooden, too void of feeling. But, when James says, “Religion that God our Father accepts,” he means much more. Continue reading

The Gospel is the Great Equalizer (James 1:9-11)

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How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as the world sees you? Or, do you see yourself as you are in Christ? Continue reading

The Ultimate Black Swan (John 20:1-29)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

John 20:1-29

Have you seen a swan lately? Believe it or not White Tundra Swans start out in Alaska and migrate south in February and March. Recently my wife and I observed a “bevy” of White Swans locally numbering 50-100. Continue reading

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