The Life of Your Mind (Ecclesiastes 2:1-3)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-3

“Our whole life is an Education — we are ‘ever-learning,’ every moment of time, everywhere, under all circumstances something is being added to the stock of our previous attainments. Mind is always at work when once its operations commence. All men are learners, whatever their occupation, in the palace, in the cottage, in the park, and in the field. These are the laws stamped upon Humanity.” These were the words of Edward Paxton Hood in his Self-Education: Twelve Chapters for Young Thinkers, published in 1852. Continue reading

What Did Jesus Teach About Marriage (Matthew 5:27-30) – Sermon on the Mount Series, Part 2

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Matthew 5:27-30

The authors of a popular marriage book say we grow up believing the romance myth. We believe that if Cinderella happens to meet Prince Charming, they will live happily ever after. However, if friction arises or a couple “falls out of love,” they believe they married the wrong person and are destined to live “unhappily ever after” or need to get a divorce. In such a culture, marriage becomes a whimsical ideal rather than an accessible reality. Continue reading

Ghosted by God? (Romans 1:20)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 1:20

In our popular culture being “ghosted” means to cut off all communication with someone without explanation. Many people feel they have been ghosted by God. So where is God? Have you looked for him? Why is he hidden from us? If he is sovereign and all powerful and loving, would it not be wise to reveal himself more readily to humanity? Continue reading

Don’t Lose the Source (Colossians 2:16-23)

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Colossians 2:16-23

Someone once told a fictitious story about Peter that went like this. One day Jesus said to his disciples, “I would like you to carry a stone for me.” Since Jesus had not given any specifics in regard to weight or size, and since Peter was of the practical sort, Peter picked up a small stone and put it in his pocket. Continue reading

You Are More Precious Than Diamonds (Isaiah 43:4)

You Are More Precious Than Diamonds

Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Isaiah 43:4

Back in the 1980’s there was a DeBeers Diamond commercial on TV that showed an elderly couple and a young couple walking hand in hand in a park. It has become a classic of sorts, as commercials go, and is often referred to as “Hands”. The voice over says, “There are two things that last longer than time; Love is one of them…” The music score was the beautiful In the Mood for Love (aka Yumeji’s Theme). Continue reading

Why Not a King? And the Answer. (Colossians 2:8-15)

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Why did our nation’s forefathers not choose a king or queen for our government? No one had ever had a “president” before. Continue reading

Physicians of the Soul (2 Timothy 3:16, 4:2)

Physicians of the Soul

Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

2 Timothy 3:16; 4:2

I work in the medical field as a nurse. I work with an experienced and mature Medical Doctor who is also a Christian. In the course of a day we encounter a wide variety of medical problems, most are physical ailments, disease and age related. Yet many are mental, emotional, and addiction related. These are all discussed in strict privacy.

The subject spoke of least of all is spiritual ailments. Continue reading

The Overflowing Thankfulness of Christians (Colossians 2:6-7)

The Overflowing Thankfulness of ChristiansColossians 2:6-7

In the town of Wellsboro, Pa, where I live, we reached record-breaking rain fall. Water was overflowing everywhere. Every stream roared with rushing water. Every hollow was filled. Every depression in our yards seemed fit for an ant’s kayak. The apostle Paul identified overflowing with thankfulness as one mark of the Christian life (Colossians 2:7). Continue reading

Sacred Time: Part 2 – The Gift of Time (Psalm 90:2)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Psalm 90:2

Time is sacred. Theologian Carl F.H. Henry characterized time as “the divinely created sphere of God’s preserving and redemptive work, and the arena of man’s decision on his way to an eternal destiny.” Continue reading

Do Not Be Deceived by Fine-sounding Words (Colossians 2:1-5)

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Colossians 2:1-5

The Apostle Paul said to the Colossian Christians, “I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments (Colossians 2:4).” In this information age, we need this exhortation no less than the Colossian Christians.

We have become a society obsessed with getting attention and support – financial and otherwise – from everyone and anyone. Politicians cleverly use polling data and test verbiage in order to secure a favorable outcome from voters. Websites, app designers, and social media platforms design complex algorithms aimed at stimulating the pleasure center of your brain, so that you keep coming back for more. Continue reading