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March 9th, 2019

God’s Nature: Who and What God Loves

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God loves righteousnessWhat God Loves

The truth often comes in simple words. Our love grows as we walk with God. Why? Because that is his nature. “God is love” was John’s emphatic statement after having experienced a close personal relationship with the Creator. But can we discern what God loves?
As the Father of the family of believer, God loves his children. He has a plan for his family and they belong to Him. His fondest hope is that all those drawn by him into his family will choose to abide, or live with him. Why? More

January 26th, 2019

What Should We Remember?

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Have we forgotten important things that we should have remembered? God gives us some advice about remembering and not forgetting.

December 23rd, 2018

Good Works — Agents of Change in the Family

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good works in the familyCreated for Good Works

We are God’s artwork, created for good works! From the very beginning God had planned a path for us to walk and work for us to do. As God’s workers, drafted into his service, he is able to empower us to accomplish his purposes. He gives us the faith, the divine persuasion and loyalty, to fulfill our purpose with strength and energy. And he asks us to do his will and embrace our spiritual journey with him. He expects good works.  More

November 3rd, 2018

Good Works — Becoming Agents of Change

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good works and faithLuther’s Legacy

There has long been contention in the Christian world concerning the relationship between faith and good works. Over 500 years ago in late October, Martin Luther, opened up this “can of worms” in the fall of 1517. He had posted his 95 Thesis on the Wittenberg church door in the hopes of stimulating intellectual debate. But 4 years later at the “Diet of Worms” he found himself fighting for his life over the questions he had raised. He had broken the church monopoly and championed the ideas of freedom of conscience, speech, and religion. This was a great boon to all those who wanted to embrace the principal of ‘sola scriptura’ and reject the authority of church councils.

Modern “Framework” has Medieval Roots

Unfortunately, Luther’s tentative steps towards recapturing the ‘faith once delivered to the saints’ were limited due to Medieval misconceptions. More

October 31st, 2018

Heirs of Abraham — Faith and Costly Obedience

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faith and costly obedienceThe Seed of Abraham

Paul was given a mission by God. He was to preach to the Gentiles a message of hope. He taught that if we belonged to Christ then we were Abraham’s children and heirs of Abraham. This was a startling message! And, if we were heirs of Abraham, then, we were heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. As a result, we would inherit all the blessings God had promised faithful Abraham. It did not matter our gender, ethnicity, or cultural heritage, for we would become God’s children. But there was a condition! What was it? More

October 28th, 2018

Peace in a Time of Cyber Warfare — Peace that Passes Understanding

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peace that passes understandingPeace When there is No Peace

Appearances can be deceptive. Living on a “peaceful” island we may be unaware of the devastation others are experiencing due to hurricanes or flooding. Scripture speaks to us of the peace that passes understanding. This is a peace or wholeness that comes from God. We have this peace in spite of fearful, troubling circumstances. In the world we will face problems, difficulties, and disappointments. But Jesus promises us peace and contentment. This is not because we do not suffer with the world at times. Rather, in our suffering we trust in God and his promises. Whether we face the destructive forces of nature, or are embroiled in the midst of ethnic tensions or warfare, the peace that passes understanding comes from our hope in God.

Peace in a Time of Cyber Warfare

But there is a new war on a variety of battlefronts than many now face. It is the battle for the mind. Foreign Policy magazine warns of the ever-evolving nature of modern warfare and the “hacking” of people’s minds. More

October 27th, 2018

Will God Re-Establish Zion? Will He Fulfill His Promise?

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restoring ZionWhat Happened to the Promise to Re-establish Zion?

In the first century believers in the Messiah were already becoming willfully ignorant of God’s purpose and promises. Peter however, as an eye-witness to Christ’s ministry had a great confidence in the message of Jesus Christ and the prophets. He was assured by Isaiah’s prophecy that Christ would indeed lay a sure foundation in Zion. In Zion an administration would be established with righteousness its plummet, and justice its measuring line. Zion would be founded on the impartial, equitable application of God’s laws, by the Messiah, the King of Kings. Is Zion here yet? More