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  • What Is Love?

    Scripture Study Friday, September 1, 2017
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    If I tell you that you are loved, how does that make you feel? We’re all dying to know that we’re loved. There are no words more powerful, or more likely to disappoint us after we hear them. The problem is that the love we’re talking about doesn’t mean the same thing to different people and in different situations. We use it to describe a lot of things, like our...SEE MORE

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    A popular screenwriter on the Avengers movies was asked recently why superhero movies had become such a phenomenon in recent years. His answer was vague. People like a struggle for good and evil, he surmised, what he calls “myth-making,” and admitted he didn't have a smarter answer than that. I think that's only part of what's happening. Something much more basic is at work,...SEE MORE

  • From the Inside Out

    Scripture Study Thursday, June 15, 2017
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    My kids are growing into adults. I stand by with some amazement as they change and develop into what I hope is the people they are meant to be—the people that God created them to be. My job is to help them reach that goal. It’s not always easy to know how to do it. Christian parents in today’s world have a difficult challenge, trying to impart values and Christlike character to their children.SEE MORE

  • How Will It Be?

    Scripture Study Saturday, June 3, 2017
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    One of the ways we end up looking foolish is by spending our time and money on things that, in the course of time, don’t matter at all. I’ve spent money on things that I’ve rarely or never used. Or paid for extended warranties for things that don’t break in the time you’ve insured them for, possibly because you didn’t need them or use them much in the first place.SEE MORE

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    Mainstream American culture shows an increasingly permissive attitude towards non-marital sex. Outside of a few ethnic subgroups (communities which have morals that are resistant to these changes) the percentages show a rapid and significant shift away from traditional Christian norms regarding sex over the last 40 years. In the early 70s, for example, 29% of Americans believed premarital...SEE MORE

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    I was in San Diego with my kids last year, and we were spending the day in Balboa Park. As we were walking around, we noticed a table set up in the courtyard, run by a group of atheists. They were there to share their opinion on why Christianity was false. It was a kind of counter-evangelism; or maybe better to say, evangelism to their own brand of faith in scientism, by means of attacking...SEE MORE

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    If I tell you I have good news and bad news for you, which do you ask to hear first? I usually take the bad news first, because I have the fear that the bad news will counteract the good news. I’d rather face reality than get my hopes up. I don’t know if that’s true of most people, though; it’s probably a reflection of my past disappointments. We like to avoid bad...SEE MORE

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    My son plays video games. It’s a great pastime of this generation, and I have no doubt I would have been equally captivated if such games had been available when I was his age. It was only when I was older that these games appeared, though for a long time you could only find them for a quarter in the back room of pizza parlors. Now there are businesses that offer hundreds of networked...SEE MORE

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    We are all in pursuit of happiness. It’s in the Declaration of Independence as one of the unalienable rights that have been given to all people by their Creator, alongside liberty and life. How it made its way into the list is a good question, because it isn’t the same kind of thing as freedom or life. At least, not in any obvious way. Thomas Jefferson created the draft behind...SEE MORE

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    We live in a culture which views family obligations loosely. It’s normal for children to leave their parents’ home after high school and venture out on their own. In fact, the prospect of a child never leaving the home is frightening for many of us. We want our children to be independent; it’s a mark of accomplishment in our culture, to get out from beneath your parents’...SEE MORE

  • The Mystery of Messiah

    Scripture Study Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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    A couple of weeks ago we had a combined worship service with the Messsianic Jewish congregation that uses our church facilities on Saturdays. Gentile and Jewish Christians together were singing praise to Yeshua, which is the Hebrew name for Jesus (the English form, “Jesus,” is derived from the Greek version of his name). One of the songs we sang together was a celebration of Jews...SEE MORE

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    Sometimes we walk through life seeing what we want to see. We are caught up in our lives, our desires, our dreams for personal success and happiness. The decisions we make are the things that help us reach our goals, to obtain the objects we pursue. We become blinded by our desire and can't see how far we've drifted, away from the path the Lord placed before us. We justify our sin as we take...SEE MORE

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