The Ascension (Hebrews 4:14-16)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Hebrews 4:14-16

Christ was raised from the dead.

His life, death, and resurrection are historical facts corroborated by numerous sources outside of the Bible and were seen by many eyewitnesses. Continue reading

Resisting the Old Way of Life (Colossians 3:5-11)

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Colossians 3:5-11

The Apostle Paul said: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourself of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Colossians 3:5-11)

When I was a youth, our youth group had an annual fall retreat. Part of this retreat included a half-hour hike up to a mountaintop overlook we called “The Ridge.” Continue reading

The First Religious Ceremony on the Moon (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

July 20, 2019 marked the fiftieth-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. I vaguely remember, as a 13-year-old on July 20, 1969, watching the landing with my family, in a home in Pasadena, Texas. Most of us, however, were unaware that Buzz Aldrin, a Presbyterian elder, became the first person to hold a religious ceremony on the Moon, when he privately took communion. Continue reading

So Heavenly Minded to Actually Be of Earthly Good (Colossians 3:1-4)

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Colossians 3:1-4

People say Christians are so heavenly minded they are of no earthly good. While this sadly may be the case for some Christians, it ought not be so. Rather, it is the reverse. Christians are to be so heavenly minded they are actually of earthly good. Continue reading

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

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)

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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