Archive for the ‘Theology’ Category

Praying Because We Care, and Caring Because We Pray

I am a habitual garden-killer. In the past 5 years, everything from tomatoes to cucumbers to cilantro to corn has met its demise at my hand. In almost all of these cases, the death of these herbs and vegetables did not come from violence, but instead came through neglect. I harbor no ill-will towards plants; [...]

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Beware the Idol of Self-Preservation

The natural progression of life is to move from dependence to independence. When you are a child, you are dependent on someone else for everything. First for even the bare necessities of life, and then into things like clothes, education, and wisdom. But you begin to grow, and you become more self-sufficient in these areas [...]

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The Glorious Familiarity of Home

Every day it’s the same thing. You leave the office and begin the fight with traffic to go home. At first, you’re thinking about what you left behind—a to-do list that only seemed to grow; responsibilities that will be there in the morning; boxes to be checked, meetings to be had, and calls to be [...]

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Two Traits of God-Honoring Gratitude

Sometimes as a parent, I think, your job is to teach your children the habits and traits that will serve them well in the world. Take, for example, how to handle money. We have tried from an early age to help our kids know how to divide the money they have into a plan, giving [...]

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Jesus Doesn’t Need Our Protection

“The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever” (Isaiah 32:17). She didn’t mean to be incendiary. She was just asking a question. My daughter not long ago during a family discussion about the Bible asked us, “How do we know these stories are actually true?” The question [...]

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Why You Need a Day on the Calendar for Easter

We, as Christians, are people of the cross. The cross of Jesus Christ shows us what love is. Not our circumstances, not the state of our world, not our perceived blessings – it is the cross by which the love, forgiveness, and mercy of God is proven. It is the cross by which the justice, [...]

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You Are Not Your Trials

NaCl. That’s the chemical formula for one of the most common ionic compounds to our everyday life – that of table salt. It’s a 1:1 ratio, meaning it is in equal parts sodium and chloride. When those two elements come together and form a compound, you get salt. Both are an essential part of making [...]

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The Courageous Choice to Stay

Courage is a spiritual thing. That’s because courage and faith are linked for the Christian. It takes no courage to make the choice where an outcome is clearly seen and the outcome is favorable. If you have the choice to go down Path A and Path B, and Path A looks like it was transported [...]

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The Maturing of Self-Awareness is Self-Forgetfulness

John Calvin wrote in the beginning of The Institutes of the Christian Religion these words in regard to knowledge of God and knowledge of self: “Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But as [...]

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God Not Only WILL Do; He Is Doing

What we say really does matter. We shouldn’t be surprised; it was Jesus who said beginning in Matthew 12:33, speaking to the Pharisees: “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you [...]

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