Christian Living

Love God and Do As You Please

“Love God and do as you please.” I think that is a great statement. Don’t agree? Well, don’t label me a heretic just yet. That is actually a quote from St. Augustine of Hippo, or rather a modern version of a quote from Him. Augustine’s exact quote within it’s surrounding context is this: “Once for(…)

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to God’s People?

  “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We hear that question a lot. It very well could be the oldest cliche in the English language. As a Christian, we know the default answer: “There are no good people.” Right? I mean, Jesus Himself told the rich young ruler, “No one is good except(…)

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Celebrating New Year’s for Eternity

Well, it is now the last week of 2011. It almost seems as though the year just began, and now it’s over. Many of us at this time of year begin to do some introspection of ourselves and analyze our lives over the past 12 months. We ask what we did well, and what we(…)

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An Open Letter to Sasha Laxton

If you have not yet read any of the recent news articles about Sasha Laxton, the child whose parents are raising him as “gender-neutral,” you can do so here. ————————————————————————————————— Dear Sasha, I know that you are too young to understand what I want to tell you right now. I also know that you will(…)

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Pixelated – Taking a Closer Look at Our Lives

I have a graphic design friend who is a genius at his job. Watching him work photoshop is like watching a master pianist quickly playing his keyboard to create something beautiful. Out of sheer inspiration after seeing him work his magic, I decided that I need to learn to do what he does. Unfortunately, as(…)

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Salvation Leads to Salvation

The other day, I started reading the book of Matthew, and as I typically do while reading, I had some thoughts come to mind that I wrote down to come back to and think on later. And it didn’t take long in Matthew for one of these thoughts to come to me. The book of(…)

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The Tangible Kingdom

As I have been slowly working through the book of Matthew in my devotion time, there are certain themes that seem to recur again and again in the ministry of Jesus and the disciples – things like “the Kingdom of Heaven,” the testimony of things  seen, and the idea of bearing fruit. Very early on,(…)

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Empowered to Serve

Last week I wrote a blog about the reality of God’s Kingdom touching earth through miraculous deeds, and the fact that the Bible testifies that those things continue in the church today. Knowing many people who read my blog personally, I know that the “charismatic,” “continuationist” viewpoint is one that some do not agree with,(…)

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Christ in You: The Hope of The World

I have slowly been working my way through a very large book called, “John G. Lake: The Complete Collection of His Life Teachings” compiled by Roberts Liardon. Last night, as I read one of Pastor Lake’s sermons from April 26, 1914, I was stirred to pray that God would give me the grace to become(…)

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Rules Don’t Equal Righteousness

What is the essence of true spirituality? What does it look like for someone to live out  in the world the life they received through new (spiritual) birth in Christ? These questions have been weighing on my mind a lot lately as I have been discussing with others the call of the Christian as an(…)

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