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Free Will: Myth or Reality?
Sooner or later, every thinking Christian must attempt to reconcile the dilemma — a sovereign, omnipotent Creator who governs a universe filled with free creatures. If God maintains control over the affairs of men, are we truly free? It’s a … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Arminianism, Calvinism, choice, choose, Christ, determinism, election, free will, gentleness, God, God's sovereignty, goodness, human freedom, Jesus, kindness, love, molinism, patience, relationship 2 Comments
Reflections on Psalm 119
Psalm 119:1-8 (א Aleph) There are potent rewards for obeying God’s law and seeking Him earnestly, which come to all who put off the sinful nature and resolutely submit to God.
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged choose, compassion, disobedience, divine, evil, God, grace, idolatry, Jesus, judge, judgment, law, love, mercy, obedience, patience, rescuing, salvation, Savior, sin, submission, surrender, wandering, waywardness, wrath Leave a comment
A Pointed Reminder
I just got corrected by God. It wasn’t a harsh correction. To the contrary, my own conscience supplied all the bite. A member of my family came forward to apologize for hurtful things he has done and said. I admit, … Continue reading
Posted in Faith Tagged anger, apology, blood promise, charity, commitment, contempt, contrition, faith, faithful, Father, forgiveness, gentleness, grace, grieve, Holy Spirit, hope, hostility, indifference, invalidation, kindness, love, patience, secure, tears 2 Comments
Stream of Consciousness
I’ve had an article nearly completed for about a week, but I can’t finish it. The part that is holding me up is what I call the “heartswell” portion.
Posted in Grace Tagged blessing, confession, discovery, divine, enlightenment, grace, growth, law, legalism, liberty, license, love, patience, power, speech, stream of consiousness, truth 2 Comments
Postcards From the Mohave
“My heart is stirred by a noble theme. My tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” –Psalms 45:1 The first time I read this verse, my jaw dropped. I had just finished going through an entire week without speaking
“Westboro Baptist Church targets Taylor Swift,” the headline read. The article had a flavor of outrage, and rightly so. Fred Phelps, WBC’s leader and tireless purveyor of damnation, is at it again. This time, as chronicled by Pop Spy’s Jennifer O’Dell, … Continue reading
Posted in Christianity in Politics Tagged condemnation, damnation, debauchery, decadence, evil, forgiveness, fornication, Fred Phelps, God, Gospel, grace, heathen, immorality, Jesus, kindness, love, lust, mercy, patience, politics, press, promiscuity, sexual immorality, sin, Westboro Baptist Church 2 Comments
Relational Power Tools
I love it when someone commits an offense against me. I’m not being facetious. I was pedaling my Gary Fisher in the rain this morning when it hit me: interpersonal offenses are opportune moments in a relationship.
Posted in Forgiveness, Friendship, Grace, Kindness, Love, Trust Tagged altruism, connection, cynicism, distrust, forbearance, forgiveness, friends, friendship, goodwill, grace, human, humanity, kindness, love, mistrust, nobility, patience, relations, relationships, suspicion, trust 2 Comments
I had a personal experience years ago that taught me how much joy can be had in doing the work of a peacemaker. The life lesson came about by happenstance, and I still think of the whole incident as a … Continue reading
Posted in Forgiveness Tagged forgiveness, harmony, making peace, patience, peacemakers, resilience 1 Comment
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” –Matthew 7:2 There is a phenomenon described in social psychology as the fundamental attribution error, which … Continue reading
Posted in Friendship, Grace, Kindness, Love Tagged distortion, endurance, friendship, grace, kindness, love, patience, peace, peacemakers, perception 1 Comment