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April 4th, 2020

Preparing for Passover — New Insights about Paul and Passover

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Paul and PassoverPaul and Passover — A Reliable Witness

Paul’s Testimony about Passover is something that even atheist and agnostic scholars acknowledge as solid historical evidence of Jesus’ life and ministry. At this time of year it is important to consider the foundation of our faith as Christians. So it may come as a surprise that even secular historians give credence to the veracity and trustworthiness of the gospels and Paul’s writings. Scholars support the eye-witness reports of scripture as authentic accounts of historic events. So let’s consider Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as recounted by these faithful witnesses. More

March 29th, 2020

Passover Sacrifices and Life beyond the Pandemic

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Passover SacrificePassover Sacrifices and the Four Horsemen

Passover Sacrifices may seem to have little to do with the fears many people are voicing over the spectre of pandemic disease. People are conjuring up the biblical visions of the four horsemen.  These plagues of false religion, war, famine and disease have been the scourge of society for millennia. And today, perhaps the fear is that these horsemen are now riding once again.  Some are wondering if they will bring death to them or their loved ones. But is there an antidote to this spectre of death and destruction? Is there a sacrifice that will protect us in times of insecurity, and guard our lives? How does the ancient story of the Passover sacrifice speak to our concerns in this century? What lessons can we learn? More

March 22nd, 2020

The Antidote to Fear – Fear No Evil

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love casts out fearWhat are You Afraid Of?

In a world awash in fears, is there an antidote to fear? Some fears are reasonable and they prompt us to take measures to protect ourselves and others. The fear of a communicable disease should motivate us to quarantine and practice good hygiene. And these are reasonable measures to take when dealing with contagions. But, other fears are unreasonable. They undermine our health, and in reacting to them we bring the consequences we feared upon us. But as Christians, followers of Jesus, we do not need to be overwhelmed by our fears. For Jesus has given us a gift of peace and that peace will calm our fears. But how do we receive this gift? And what exactly is this peace that Jesus promises? More

March 14th, 2020

Lessons from COVID-19 — the Corona Virus Pandemic

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Lessons from COVID-19The Bible and Lessons from COVID-19

Are we learning lessons from COVID-19? Our world is seemingly very fragile now, as stock markets, business, tourism, and education all react in panic to the declaration that COVID-19 is a pandemic. But this is not the first pandemic, nor will it be the last. So what wisdom can we gain and what action can we take when it comes to the spectre of contagious disease? The bible offers wisdom that can alleviate fear and give us positive steps to take to protect ourselves and our communities. Moses penned this advice millennia ago, but it is well worth reviewing. More

February 26th, 2020

Spiritual Battle – Gird Our Loins with Truth!

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Gird our loins with truth

Are We Prepared for Battle?

Our spiritual enemy is powerful and relentless, so scripture tells us that we need to gird our loins with truth. Jesus having done battle with the Adversary, knew we needed to stay alert and be prepared. In his final prayer before his crucifixion, Jesus asked the Father to protect the disciples from the evil one. They had to live in a world under the sway of this enemy, but they would not belong to his world. They were a part of the Father’s Kingdom and could rely on his help to do spiritual battle. Jesus in his example prayer reminded us to pray that the Father would rescue us from the evil one, the Father would not fail to do his part. So are we preparing and doing our part? More

February 23rd, 2020

Exercising Discernment in Difficult Times

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Looking for Leadership in Difficult Times

When it comes to making political choices in difficult times we may wonder what to do? In a democratic society we do have a responsibility to elect leaders, but the options may seem less than ideal. Paul however, suggested that people pray for those in authority. Why? So we can live peaceful, quiet, godly lives. Some political options that may be our present reality could make this impossible. There are those who would support values that would put us at odds with the state, and condemn us for obedience to God. On the other hand there are those who support the sanctity of life, and want to uphold our freedom of religion, conscience, and speech. So in difficult times we need to be wise and understand what is really important to living the Christian life. And pray for our leaders. More

February 21st, 2020

I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life – Jesus’ Message

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Jesus is the way

I am the Way

If you are a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, then you know that he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.’ In a disquieting time, a time of turmoil, this knowledge is crucial. It is in believing Jesus that we can put our troubled minds to rest and have confidence in the future. But do we understand what Jesus meant? How is Jesus the way? What is the truth about his mission? And how will he bring us eternal life? More