Pentecost – Can it Happen Again? (Acts 2:1-13)

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Acts 2:1-13

On the day of Pentecost we are told that Jesus’ followers were gathered and filled with the Holy -Spirit. They began declaring the wonderful things of God in languages that they previously had not known. (Acts 2:1-13) What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Is the Pentecost event to be repeated in some way? In this brief article, we tend to these questions. Continue reading

Are You Willing to Suffer? (Colossians 1:24-29)

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Colossians 1:24-29

Millions of Pacific Salmon migrate from their saltwater sea home to inland freshwater streams and rivers every year. They often traverse hundreds of miles against the current, facing barriers, predators, sudden shifts in temperature, and many other obstacles to reach their destination. Many do not make it, but those who do die within days or weeks of their arrival. Continue reading

Once Alienated; Now Reconciled (Colossians 1:21-23)

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Colossians 1:21-23

I can’t think of a person today who would want the words “alienated and hostile toward God” applied to them. Yet, the Apostle Paul refers to the Colossian Christians in this way, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior (Colossians 1:21).” Continue reading

Christ is Sovereign Over All (Colossians 1:15-20)

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Colossians 1:15-20

Abraham Kuyper, former prime minister of the Netherlands, once said, “…there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human life of which Christ, Who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” Continue reading

Never Stop Growing in Christ (Colossians 1:9-14)

Never Stop Growing in Christ

Colossians 1:9-14

Are you still growing in Christ? In the eighties, a popular book came out titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I mean no disrespect to that book, but a similarly titled book ought never be written about Christianity, All I Really Need to Know About God I Learned in Sunday School. We are to be continuously growing in our knowledge of God. Continue reading

Hope in Heaven Makes a Difference (Colossians 1:1-14)

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Colossians 1:1-14

The Christian hope in Heaven has often been criticized for being a form of escapism. Christians believe in a time when all will be made right, therefore they exempt themselves from doing any earthly good is how the argument often goes. But, is such criticism fair? Continue reading

The Lord Lovingly Descends to Our Doubt (John 20:25-29)

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John 20:24-29

In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter and Susan are troubled by their youngest sister Lucie’s claim she had entered a magical world through a wardrobe in a large, old house. Lucie claims their brother Edward visited this world too, but Edward denies it. Peter and Susan decide to visit the professor, who owns the house, for advice.

To their surprise, the professor says, “How do you know…your sister’s story is not true?” Continue reading

Give Thanks to the LORD (Psalm 118)

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Psalm 118

I came across an online article entitled “3 ways to harness positive psychology for a more resilient you.” This was the first way: “Expressing gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have – from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you. When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself. In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.”

This pop psychology is not wrong. However, Christianity can give a “name” to that goodness outside ourselves better than any other worldview. Continue reading

How to Start Your Day (Psalm 5)

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Psalm 5

Have you ever had a morning when the alarm went off and you hit the snooze button and pulled the sheets over your head, because you knew what lay ahead of you that day? Though I am rarely one to tarry in bed, I have had many mornings when the task list seemed insurmountable, and I was dropping balls faster than I could pick them up. How we start our day can determine how our day will unfold. Continue reading

How to Pray for Your Enemies (Psalm 4)

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Psalm 4

We often hear that we are to love and pray for our enemies. But how does one do that? Psalm 4 gives us an example. Continue reading