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

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-22

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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

The sacrifice that reconciles (Leviticus 1)

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Leviticus 1

The late teacher and theologian R.C. Sproul once told about an encounter he had with the holiness of God. He was in college and a recent convert to Christianity. One afternoon, he felt compelled to leave his dorm, brace icy weather, and make his way to the chapel. There he sank to his knees, speechless. Terror overcame him, which gave way to deep peace. Continue reading

Have You Not Heard? (Isaiah 40:28)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Isaiah 40:28

We must not forget Christmas is about celebrating the Incarnation of God, Jesus fully God and fully man. Before he was born, the Ancient of Days thought about being born. The form God chose to enter and experience his creation was an infant that grew and matured and was born in the same way as you and I. Somehow God’s infinite power was contained within a fragile infant. Continue reading

Why is the world a mess? (Genesis 3:1-7)

 

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Genesis 3:1-7

The Bible begins with the affirmation that both creation and humanity were created “very good” (Genesis 1:31). In last week’s article we discussed what it meant for humanity to be created good in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27).

If God created humanity and creation good, what happened? Why all this strife, conflict, division, and suffering? Continue reading

Nursing In a Fallen World (Jerimiah 30:17)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Jerimiah 30:17

I have been in the nursing profession for 10 years now. I am an LPN and have experienced nursing in a hospital setting, home health, and now in family practice. We in America, despite the dysfunction of our medical system, live in a time and place of unprecedented health benefits. Although many people do not get the health care they need, many do. We should be thankful to God for these blessings. Many people travel from around the world to have health care in our country. 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

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

Ex Cruciatus and The Scandal of the Cross (1 Corinthians 2:1-2)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

1 Corinthians 2:1-2

Jurgen Moltmann states in the first line of The Crucified God, “The cross is not and cannot be loved.” Continue reading

The Holy Spirit Convicts the World (John 16:1-11, part 2 of 2)

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John 16:1-11

We have an incredible ability to rationalize our behavior. Even though we do things that others might know are clearly wrong, we come up with many reasons for why what we did is right. Continue reading