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[18 Aug 2015]
Not the Easy Path

by Paul Hettinga John 15: 11-15 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.” I’ve often wondered: How do I know that I believe in God, in Jesus Christ, in eternity, the presence of the Kingdom of God and so on? If I say the words “I believe” does that make it so? Or if I do my best to live an honest/upright life following ...

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[4 Aug 2015]
Prayer for a Signboard and Two Variations

by Angier Brock “WE ARE STILL ONE NATION UNDER GOD.” Thus saith the latest church signboard to capture my attention and fire up my imagination. What prompted it? I wonder. And what does it intend to convey to those of us who see it as we drive along Virginia’s busy Route 17? The slogan first appeared during an intense few weeks in June and July in which Momentous Decisions were being announced nationwide. The Supreme Court had decided that both Obamacare and same-sex marriage were constitutional. The South Carolina legislature had decided to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds, and other legislatures had begun debating similar issues. Headlines rolled across the country like waves crashing onto a beach, gladdening some, maddening others. Perhaps the signboard was meant to remind us that that even fellow Americans who hold different points of view are beloved by God. “WE ARE STILL ONE NATION UNDER ...

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