Is It Real?

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There are so many turbulent things going on in the world that we sometimes ask ourselves, “Is it real?” Political intrigue and unrest, changing social mores, and different teachings in the church, are evidence of significant change. These events are

Who We Are As a People—The Syrian Refugee Question

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The following [Who We Are As A People-The Syrian Refugee Question] is adapted from a lecture delivered at Hillsdale College on October 12, 2016, sponsored by the Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship and Pi Sigma Alpha. Nothing has provoked the

The Mirror Test – Part 5

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The mirror test is a great way for us to determine if our own life shows up in the actions we allow, or if we have died to sin and allow the Spirit to live through us. So how can

The Mirror Test – Part 4

A peaceful, early dawn lake scene looking out across the water to a tree covered hill on the opposite shore. The sun is just rising so the distant trees are dark and somewhat obscure, with the still water reflecting the hillside and sky overhead like a mirror. There is a thinly-leafed tree in the right foreground of the image.

The mirror test is used to see if a person is living their own life or if they are allowing the life of Christ to shine through them. When you hold a mirror up to a person’s nose and mouth

A More American Conservatism – Part 5

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The following [A More American Conservatism] is adapted from a speech delivered on December 2, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. We do not know what this election means.

The Mirror Test – Part 3

A peaceful, early dawn lake scene looking out across the water to a tree covered hill on the opposite shore. The sun is just rising so the distant trees are dark and somewhat obscure, with the still water reflecting the hillside and sky overhead like a mirror. There is a thinly-leafed tree in the right foreground of the image.

How do we apply the mirror test to other believers? Can we apply the mirror test to ourselves? Is it even Scriptural to test people, including ourselves? These questions are all answered in the Bible. Testing Other Believers Are we

The Mirror Test – Part 2

A peaceful, early dawn lake scene looking out across the water to a tree covered hill on the opposite shore. The sun is just rising so the distant trees are dark and somewhat obscure, with the still water reflecting the hillside and sky overhead like a mirror. There is a thinly-leafed tree in the right foreground of the image.

If you have committed your life to following Christ then you should be subject to the mirror test. Now, what do I mean when I say Christians should be given the mirror test? I mean this; we should test to

A More American Conservatism – Part 4

A photo of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. The angel is taken from the far end of the Reflecting Pool with the monument slightly off-center, trees on either side of the pool are in full, green summer foliage and the sky is bright blue.

The following [A More American Conservatism] is adapted from a speech delivered on December 2, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. The kind of education going on in Hillsdale’s

The Mirror Test

A peaceful, early dawn lake scene looking out across the water to a tree covered hill on the opposite shore. The sun is just rising so the distant trees are dark and somewhat obscure, with the still water reflecting the hillside and sky overhead like a mirror. There is a thinly-leafed tree in the right foreground of the image.

In the past, when somebody died people conducted certain tests to make sure those folks were really dead because they didn’t have the clinical tools available to them that we have today. People may appear to be dead when in

The Difference Between Wisdom and Knowledge 5

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This same spiritual principle, the difference between wisdom and knowledge, applies to people in the church as well as to the lost. It applies to everyone simply because it is a spiritual principle. I call them universal life lessons. They

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