Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Acts 4:32 is very specific. The early community of Christ-followers lived communally. 32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to theContinue reading “… distributed to each as any had need.”
Can we talk about death? There are two kinds of death. There is spiritual death, meaning permanent separation from God as a result of unredeemed Sin. And then there is death of the worldly physical body, which Christians know as the gateway to eternal life with God in His eternal kingdom. For God so loved the world, thatContinue reading “Death”
Remember Pinocchio, the marionette made by the woodcarver, Gepetto? He was created a wooden puppet but he dreams of being a real boy. But what was wrong with being a puppet? After all, that’s the way his creator made him, carefully crafting each part of the lifelike marrionette with love and expert craftmanship. Sometimes whenContinue reading “Pinocchio”
This is not about Lady Gaga’s singing or acting talents. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta a.k.a. Lada Gaga, has won 12 Grammy awards, an Academy award, 2 Golden Globe awards and 18 MTV Music Video awards … among other things. She is one of the world’s best selling musical artists. She’s also a survivor of childhoodContinue reading “Lada Gaga’s Gift”
A friend told me a story recently. It started with him looking out the window one morning and praying, “God, use me today.” He then went on to tell how God had used him that day in an unexpected way. That story penetrated my heart in a way my friend couldn’t have anticipated. It wasn’tContinue reading ““Use Me Today””
9 Count off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks to the Lord your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the Lord your God has given you. Deuteronomy 16:9-10 Last night was the first night of the Jewish festival of Shavuot, described inContinue reading “The Festival of Weeks”
Today is the 1-year anniversary of my experience of being born-again in Christ. I’m not sure what exactly I thought life in Christ would be like when I became born-again. But whatever I thought at the time, I can tell you it hasn’t been that. Clearly I hadn’t read enough of the Bible yet toContinue reading “Happy (Re-)Birth Day to Me!”
I majored in Philosophy in college. Its always a little bit exciting when I get a chance to use rather than just mention that fact. In analytic philosophy there has been a lot written about the use vs. mention distinction. Most of it is irrelevant to this Blog … but not all of it. Basically,Continue reading “Use vs. Mention”
There are varying traditions for celebrating some version of Mother’s Day around the world. In the USA, pacifist Julia Ward Howe’s view of war as sin holds a strong place in the history of the holiday. In her 1870 “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world” – later known as “Mother’s Day Proclamation” – she lamentsContinue reading “Mother’s Day”
“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Mark 10:14-15 I recently ran across some amazing things that children between the ages of 4-8 have said about LoveContinue reading “Children and the Kingdom of God”
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