The Commonness of Suffering (1 Corinthians 10:13)

1 Corinthians 10:13

This pandemic has made us all do things in new and different ways. There are few corners and crevasses of life that have gone untainted by the virus.

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How our Risen Lord speaks your name (Romans 8:34)

Submitted by Andy McIlvain

Romans 8:34

In the book of Job there is a lot of talk in the heavenly realm about humans on Earth. But what has changed is that now at this present moment our risen Lord in his physical self is talking to God the Father concerning his children (all of us), based on his experience as a human on earth.

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Membership Matters Series: The Goals of Growth (Ephesians 4:11-13)

Ephesians 4:11-13

For many the church is a quaint place where religious people meet. As romantic of a picture as that might be, the church embodies so much more. 

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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)

Submitted by Andy McIlvain

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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Being Oddly Good When Violence is the Norm (1 Peter 2:11-12)

1 Peter 2:11-12

For those of us living in modern Western civilization, it is hard to imagine a time when Christians were a minority group. Nevertheless, at the time Peter wrote his First Letter, Christians were verbally berated and sometimes hunted down and killed. They would not give in to all the values and customs of the culture around them and were scorned for doing so. Tacitus, a Roman historian and a near contemporary of Peter, said of Christians, “…an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted […]. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight expired.”

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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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Let Love Bloom (1 Peter 1:22-25)

1 Peter 1:22-25

There is a flower more exquisite than any found on earth. The purity of its white hue, the fragrance of its perfume, the permanency of its bloom compares with nothing else. I speak figuratively of the Christian way of love. It is the fruit of the faith, the hallmark of Christian belief.

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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