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A Birthplace of Creativity

If you have read Edith Schaeffer’s book What Is A Family? you will probably agree that it belongs among the masterpieces, and is certainly one of the most inspiring and useful books about the concept of family that you can find. A new reading of chapter three, however, can provide…

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Posted in Christian Living Getting to Know God

Trusting God

What does the Bible say about trusting God? Is there ever a time in which “trusting” could be too risky? What about false trust? A Matter of Faith Let’s begin by reading Hebrews 11:1-40. It is a passage about faith (our inner or spiritual trust in God and God’s Word)….

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Posted in Christian Discipleship The Church

The Meaning of Baptism

Rituals were a prominent part of Old Testament worship. Christianity, in contrast, has only two basic rituals: baptism and the Lord’s Supper — and there are no detailed regulations for either observance. In a religion in which faith is primary, why have any rituals at all? The primary reason, I…

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Posted in Christian Living Suffering and Grief

Walking Through the Valleys

As I walked through the valleys of abuse, unfairness, pain, depression, loss and grief in my own life, nothing has been more important to me than remembering the Lord’s promises and listening to the words of comfort that He shares with us in His word. Some of them have come…

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Posted in Christian Discipleship Christian Living Dealing with Sin

What Is Sin?

People sometimes ask us to explain what the Bible means when it speaks of sin. When they ask about the nature of sin and God’s purpose with us, they are asking about a truly cosmic subject. In this short article we’ll discuss the biblical teaching of sin as well as…

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Posted in Christian Discipleship Getting to Know God

Responding to God with Faith

God is powerful, and He is good. He always uses his enormous power to further his promise of love and grace toward his people. He is gentle, loving, slow to anger and full of mercy. That’s good, but what difference does it make in our lives? How do we respond…

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Life in Christ: Living Like a Christian

Christians are saved by God’s gift, not by works. Good behavior cannot earn us salvation. But Christianity does have behavioral expectations. It involves changes in the way we live. God created us for relationships, and so he has certain desires for the way we interact with other people. We are…

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Posted in Christian Living Getting to Know God

The Reason for the Season

The Advent Season leads up to and culminates in the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Each week we review a step towards that awesome and remarkable event. It is a good time to pause and ponder the act that changed everything. What appeared to…

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Posted in Christian Living Christianity at Work Suffering and Grief

Stress Management

Stress — in many ways an unavoidable effect of living — could be the very thing that is slowly killing you. We hear about it all the time, and we experience its detrimental effects. In some cases we may even be unknowingly looking for it. Yet, few really understand it,…

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Posted in Christian Living Christianity at Work

The Purpose of Work

When we think about work, all too many seem to believe that it is a necessary evil. They would rather be somewhere else, enjoying some other activity they find much more pleasurable. Others, instead, actually find their identity in what they do. To them, work is a necessity, a distraction,…

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A Theology of Ministry

The New Testament uses the common term diaconia to express the concept of ministry. This term describes the service that constitutes the function of the diaconos or minister. In our context, it indicates service within the Christian church. Ministry, then, is service: service to God first, and to God’s people…

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Posted in Christian Living Relationships

Step-Parenting: Mission NOT Impossible

Taking on the role of a step-parent may seem like stepping into an episode of Mission Impossible, but it really does not have to be that way. Surely, the role of a step-parent is difficult and challenging, but it is NOT impossible. The Lord has given you this opportunity. However,…

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Posted in Christian Living Dealing with Sin Relationships

Forgiveness

Perhaps the best way to start our study on forgiveness is to actually pause and think. Yes, let’s think together. Can anyone of us claim to be sinless, that we have never done anything wrong? Indeed, we are all sinners, and we have all rebelled against God in one way…

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Posted in Getting to Know God The Bible

Evolution: Fact or Faith?

How good is the evidence that life evolved naturally, without a Creator? The first verse of the Bible tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” It does not tell us precisely how He did it. It is “by faith [that] we understand that the universe…

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Posted in Dealing with Sin Getting to Know God Suffering and Grief

The Problem of Evil

Evil is a daily reality. Our suffering, as well as the suffering of others, vividly marks its presence in our world. In any given day, every newspaper contains many examples of evil and its painful consequences. Entire religious systems have come from human attempts to explain the presence of evil…

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