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Blessed Assurance

A question I often ask people in our church membership classes is, “If you were to die tonight, would you go to heaven?” Many people answer something to the effect of, “I hope so.” To be honest, that is what I would have said growing up and for the first few years of...

Learning More about Heaven

This past weekend (July 10), we examined Revelation 21 and the vision of heaven (in particular, the new heaven and the new earth) the Apostle John received as a way to correct misperceptions that people (both kids and adults) have about heaven, including what it is like and how to get there. If...

Thoughts on Spiritual Warfare

Back in May, we hosted a “Hot Topic” night at Faith Dyer on the topic of “What is Spiritual Warfare?” Due to a scheduling conflict with the speaker we had planned, I ended up being the speaker! This forced me to go back and examine Scriptural teachings about the topic...

True Freedom and Independence

July 4th is “Independence Day,” the day in which our nation celebrates its independence from England. This day is associated with freedom, as the establishment of independence from the British empire was designed to offer the colonies that formed the United States of America the...

Reflections on a Week in Minnesota

Last week Laurie and I spent a week in Minnesota visiting our daughter and son-in-law, Caitlin and Ross, and our new grandbaby, Summit. What a blessing it was to be able to spend time with this little bundle of joy! It’s hard to deny what a beautiful state Minnesota is: the lakes...

Two Words to Know, Two Dangers to Avoid

People sometimes talk about how Christians can speak “Christianese”- using terms that only make sense to other Christians and would make no sense to people outside of the church or who have not gone up in the church culture. (for more on that, see this list of words). I realize that...

The Rest of the (News) Story

Our fast-paced world often jumps from news story to news story, reporting on something for a time but then moving on; front page news quickly recedes into the back pages. At times, there are new developments in sensational news stories that do not get the same publicity as the original story...

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