Authenticity is Impossible Without Trust (thoughts on salvation, providence, fatalism, and free will)

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing …

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applying Occam’s razor to Christianity…

When (Barnabas) arrived (in Antioch) and saw evidence of God’s grace, he was overjoyed and encouraged everyone to remain fully committed to the Lord. Barnabas responded in this way because he was a good man, whom the Holy Spirit had endowed with exceptional faith. A considerable number of people were added to the Lord. Barnabas …

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The Easter Imperative: “Roll up your sleeves and get to work!”

- the Garden Tomb: empty The women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid."Matthew 28:8-10 - gardening at Maul-Hall April …

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love is never transactional

The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love. This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. - 1 John 4:8-9Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things …

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The Jesus Imperative (live like you mean it)

"The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act." - Jesus, John 14:10 - author Derek Maul It's an interesting sensation to know that tens, hundreds, possibly thousands of people are reading …

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Making Ordinary Time Extraordinary!

This is the day that the Lord has made;     let us rejoice and be glad in it! - Psalm 118:24 This - above - is the view from my study window this morning. Misty, cold, melted snow, leftover slush, the promise of rain, messy. The vista is shrouded in clammy winter cloud, everything drenched with cold …

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