Who We Are As A People – The Syrian Refugee Question 3

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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. With respect to

Culture Wars

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What does the term culture wars mean? Simply put, it means that there is a fight to change the underlying culture of this country. However, with all the turmoil in the world, I’m pretty sure that term applies to most

He Has Risen From The Dead!

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Easter means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To those who actively follow Jesus it means that He has risen from the dead! Even though the story is a couple thousand years old I’m always

Take Up the Cross, And Follow Me.

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Take up the cross, and follow Me. Those words were spoken by Christ to the rich young ruler, but they apply to all of us. That young man had plenty of evidence that he was ‘right with God’ in that

Who We Are As A People – The Syrian Refugee Question 2

An active European street scene with two police scooters driving away from the viewer, numerous people walking and standing around between shops on either side of the street.

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. Merkel, like Obama,

A Catalyst of Change

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A catalyst is typically thought of as an agent used to cause or promote a change in the environment into which it is introduced, a change which otherwise might take longer to achieve – if at all. The term catalyst

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

An active European street scene with two police scooters driving away from the viewer, numerous people walking and standing around between shops on either side of the street.

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

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