Conflicting opinions, without conflict

Category: News
After years of enjoying shared interests and an enriching and supportive friendship, as politics, health care, and other major issues increasingly dominated the news I found I was at odds with every opinion of one of my good friends. If I expressed my views, we argued; if I kept silent, I felt

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A La Carte (May 21)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
There are a couple of commentaries in today’s Kindle deals; the Galatians volume is a great buy at that price. (Yesterday on the blog: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Following a Parenting Method) The Subtle Art Of Growing Chris Thomas writes about writing. “Though the act of writing has helped,

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Words

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation” Revelation 3:14 Recently, during my quiet time with God, I began using a series of books entitled, The Indescribable Christ by Charles Rolls. My thoughts were directed to the amazing words of Christ.

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Guard My Mouth

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”  Psalm 141:3 Thought How important is our speech? Jesus said it revealed what was going on in our hearts. Proverbs repeatedly tells us that our words can wound or heal. The apostle Paul tells us to speak only what

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When it looked as if we’d lose the company

Category: News
I was traveling with my family. We had to catch a flight. The clock was ticking. As I was at the hotel checkout desk, family members were still packing. Moreover, items wouldn’t fit in our luggage. It was all very stressful and confusing. Should I try to reschedule the flight? I didn’t know

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A La Carte (May 20)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
Today’s Kindle deals include all kinds of good books about prayer. (Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped One Sunday in May) End-of-Life Comfort Measures: A Realistic Assessment “When our critically ill loved ones cannot speak to us, we wrestle with impossible decisions of whether to press

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Compassionate Father

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“I have it all planned out—-plans to take care of you, not abandon you.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message) We have a Father who is filled with compassion, a feeling Father who hurts when his children hurt.  We serve a God who says that even when we’re under pressure and feel like nothing

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To Whom It May Concern

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
If you’re reading this letter, you’re concerned. About kidnapped girls. Missing planes. Wayward children. A diagnosis. You’re concerned about a loved one. A bend in the road. A misunderstanding. A hurting friend. There’s much in this world to bring concern. Concerns can rightfully be called

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Every Day Glory

Category: ALL, Interviews, Outreach
Gerald R. McDermottEveryday Glory: The Revelation of God in all of RealityGrand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2018.Available at Baker and Koorong By Laura Thierry Romans 1:20 declares that God’s ‘invisible attributes…have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that

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Newton’s third law of human nature

Category: News
In all likelihood, you have not spent much time today considering Newton’s laws of physics. Fair enough. The nature of entropy in isolated systems does not make for enthralling watercooler conversation with Ted from accounting, perhaps. But here’s a bit of wisdom: For every action, there is an

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On the Origins of Divine Christology

Category: ALL, Interviews, Outreach
Andrew Ter Ern LokeThe Origin of Divine ChristologySNTSMS; Cambridge: CUP, 2017.Available at Amazon.com This book is a critique of evolutionary schemes of christological development as well as an argument that the only reason why the early church believed that Jesus was “true God” is because he

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Pursue Peace

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”  Romans 8:6 (NLT) Do you live at peace or is your mind wild and full of worries? What if I tell you the answer depends more on you and your decisions than

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The Easy Yoke

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28 Jesus words […]

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