Our Age of Distraction (Mark 10:45)

Mark 10:45

Submitted by Andy McIlvain

We live in the most distracted age in history. And we in the West are the most distracted.

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Racism and Our Distorted Image (Psalm 17:15)

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Psalm 17:15

Racism is as old as mankind. It is a sin and an attitude that finds its roots in our pride. We as Christians should be offended by it at the least and do whatever we can within our sphere of influence to keep it from happening.

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Be a Steward of the Truth (John 15:26)

Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

John 15:26

You are the keeper of your story. For as long as God permits you to live you have a responsibility to be morally responsible, virtuous, and truthful. That lifelong process of spiritual growth begins by understanding that what you are in private, what is at the center of your heart is what God sees. Our secret, silent and private sins are hidden from no one. When we think or overtly commit sins, we do two things: we deny God’s omnipotence and we go against his absolute righteousness.

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The Blessings of Covid-19 (Romans 8:28)

Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 8:28

As I sit at home with my wife under a stay at home order for our state I am grateful. Just a few short months ago the world went about its everyday routine at a frenetic pace, nothing could affect us (or so it seemed), we were – we thought – masters of our own fate. Now store shelves are empty, many things are in short supply and will become even harder to get. This virus, this disease we now call Covid-19 is seemingly the topic of most of our conversations and the focus of our day. Yet what we have is a forced slow down, a grinding to a halt of all economic and social systems.

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Fear and the Future (Acts 17:30)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Acts 17:30

Recently I met a friend I had not seen since the pandemic began. He was not his characteristic confident self. He was fear stricken. Understandably being in his 70’s he must be prudent and safe, but his demeanor was that of anxiety and fear as was our conversation. Continue reading

What Will You Pray For? (Romans 12:12-13)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Romans 12:12-13

What will you pray for? As this slow calamity unfolds around the world and in America what will you pray for? At some point in the future, we may be able to look back and discern some of what God is doing through this worldwide calamity. But not now. Now we must reflect and pray. 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

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

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

All Our Yesterdays and Tomorrows (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-22)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-22

Macbeth Act 5 Scene 5
There would have been a time for such a word.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

We see in this quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth that the theme of Ecclesiastes is felt and expressed by all men in all of history. Continue reading