June 6th, 2020
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Noah a Man with God’s Spirit
Pentecost envisions a future far different from our present world. Future historians may well look back on our time and describe an age of broken people leading broken lives. And this malady of the human spirit has a long history. Even in the time of Noah, the broken nature of civilization resulted in a situation where people’s imaginations were continually evil. They too, were broken people with broken lives. But in the midst of this society there was one man who walked counter to the culture of his time. There was one who embraced God’s goals and was motivated by God’s spirit to accomplish his will. More
May 23rd, 2020
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Hope for Humanity
Is God’s hand unable to save? Or can we still trust God and have faith as our guarantee in times of trouble. World War II ended 75 years ago, but the effects of the deaths of over 50 million people are still with us. And in the past 75 years the world has continued on an endless cycle of war – 350 wars or armed conflicts have taken their toll. But is this God’s fault? Isaiah concludes that the iniquity, lies, injustice, evil, violence, and blood shed are the result of choosing crooked paths. People have not known peace because they have not known or chosen God’s ways that lead to peace. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, came as a light revealing the way to peace, and offering himself as a sacrifice to atone for our evil ways. So there is hope for humanity, but it requires change. And that requires faith. But what kind of faith? More
May 20th, 2020
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Briton Rivière- Daniel in the Lion’s Den (1890)
Do Trials Boost or Bust Faith?
During times of crisis, whether personal or national, do we have the faith to endure? In a time of national or global crisis the economic system is fractured, places of worship are closed, and lives are disrupted. But what is our personal response? Are we able to do as scripture admonishes? Can we “hold fast without wavering … persist, endure, and stir up others to good works?” Do we have unwavering faith and confidence, the faith to endure whatever the trial that we must face. Curiously, a recent poll showed that a quarter of the people experiencing hardships now, felt their faith had been strengthened. Perhaps, they had learned the lesson that the James taught about what should happen when our faith is tested. More
May 9th, 2020
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Where is the Source of Living Water?
Do you know the God you worship? Is your God the source of living water and the hope of eternal life. There are many competing world views and many who claim to have knowledge of God. Often we find groups of people who are very zealous for “God,” but their zeal is misguided. Why? Because their knowledge is either incorrect or misguided in its application.
Is Sharia, the Way to Living Water?
But what is the reality according to the biblical narrative? Who is the source of living water? Both Islam and Christianity claim that the bible has authority as a reliable source of divine instruction. They both claim that their God is the true, eternal, all knowing, powerful Creator. But are they the same God? Is Allah the same being as God the Father? Answering these questions will help us discern the reality. More
May 2nd, 2020
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Do You Know When You’re a Slave?
How can you escape slavery, if you do not know you are a slave? This was the dilemma as expressed by Frederick Douglass the American abolitionist reformer in the 1800’s. He did not know he was a slave until he could no longer do the things he wanted to do. In our present situation with ‘stay at home’ orders, the lock down of many businesses, and the control of movement many people are becoming worried about the power of the state overriding constitutional rights. In North America we have to this point cherished our freedoms: freedom to speak, to move, and to defend ourselves. And yet have we succumbed to a different kind of slavery? More
April 26th, 2020
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The Invincibility of Spiritual Experience
When Miracles are not Enough
Are you looking for a miracle to bolster your faith? The sad reality is that miracles are not enough. Paul made this reality very clear in writing to the brethren at Corinth. They had made an amazing transformation by accepting the biblical message and rejecting their pagan roots. As a result, they were now ‘spiritual Jews’ and the children of Abraham through baptism, even though gentiles by birth. But Paul had a warning for them and for us. He reminded them of the history of their ancestors, the Israelites in the wilderness. And Paul explained the pitfalls that tripped them up, even though they had seen God’s amazing deliverance. It was evident that the miracles were not enough. For intimate personal experience with God’s miracle working power did not transform the people or build their faith. So what is the lesson for us? More
April 19th, 2020
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The Wave Sheaf and the Son of God
Paul was eager to preach the gospel, and in doing so he helps us understand the message of the wave sheaf. He wanted everyone to know the reality of the Messiah. For what he had witnessed had given him confidence that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Messiah. And it was through the Messiah that all people would experience ‘salvation’ and the hope of eternal life. And yet, as we read the gospel account of John, Jesus plainly said that though he was a king, the Son of God, his kingdom was not of this world. As a result the Jewish leaders went to Pilate to demand that Jesus be crucified for blasphemy, as he equated himself with the Lord God of Israel. More