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Creation Care - Part Three

Creation Care Part One

In the first blog in this series, I suggested that Christians must respond to news of global environmental devastation with open minds. In the second blog, I wrote that we should also react with broken hearts. In this blog, I suggest another response. When we hear news of planetary destruction, as believers in Christ, we should respond with undying hope. In 2017, Eric Ho...

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Creation Care - Part Two

Creation Care Part One

A lot has changed in this world over the course of my lifetime. The yearly global production of plastics has increased by almost 600%. Over a million new synthetic chemicals have been developed. Microplastics have come to permeate oceans, rivers, and soil throughout the world. And a floating patch of garbage twice the size of Texas has formed in the Pacific Ocean. When yo...

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Creation Care - Part One

Creation Care Part One

Creation Care Part One When compared with the age of the earth, the span of any human life is microscopically brief "a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes" (Jas. 4:14). Yet since I was born in 1962, our planet has experienced more environmental devastation than that witnessed by all the generations of our ancestors combined, since the time of Noah. I...

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Learning to trust the Shepherd

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known portions of the Bible. It is often read at funeral services and other important occasions. Many people have committed the psalm to memory. You sometimes see verses from Psalm 23 displayed decoratively in people's homes or tattooed onto their arms. It is a very popular psalm. The reason Psalm 23 is so popular is because it is beautifu...

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Growing in Christ, Part 3 - Its Importance

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In this three-blog series, are looking at 2 Peter 1:3-11 to learn how believers can grow in their relationship with Christ. In the first blog, I focused on the power for spiritual growth. In the second blog, I wrote about the process of growth. In this blog, I'd like to explore why spiritual growth is so important. In verses 8-11, the Apostle Peter describes four benefits...

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Growing in Christ , Part 2 - The Process

Process of Growth

In this three-blog series, we are looking at 2 Peter 1:3-11 to explore the ways believers grow in their relationship with Christ. In the first blog, I focused on the power for spiritual growth. In this blog, I want to talk about the process of growth. Peter describes the process of growth in verses 5-7: "For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodnes...

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Growing in Christ, Part 1 – The Power

Power

How do Christians increase in character and virtue? What makes their relationship with Christ grow in depth and authenticity? Why are some believers so fruitful in their spiritual life? How did they get that way? 2 Peter 1:3-11 is an amazingly helpful portion of scripture when it comes to answering these questions. In these verses, the Apostle Peter explains, the power, t...

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Dare to be Different

Dare to be Different

There is a famous photograph taken in 1937 that records the launch of a newly built ship for the German navy. In the picture, hundreds of shipyard workers have their arms extended in a Nazi salute. If you look closely at the photo, however, you will find one man with a smirk on his face, standing with his arms folded defiantly across his chest. The worker has been identifi...

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Summer Book Club: Life Together

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Years ago a friend gave me a copy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book,Life Together. I have since read it more than once and would list it as one of the most important Christian books I own. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor who lived in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich. A critic of the Nazi party, Bonhoeffer had escaped Germany to study overseas and landed a ...

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Why Does God Want Us to pray?

Why Pray

According to Scripture, God clearly wants his people to call on him in prayer (Matt. 7:7-8; Eph. 6:18; Col. 4:2). But have you ever wondered why God wants us to pray? The Bible describes God as all-knowing, all-powerful, and never-failing in his love. So, if God knows what's best for us, has unlimited power to work in our lives, and loves us dearly, why does he require us...

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