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orphan spirit
As a father, the thought of orphans touches my heart. Imagining kids without parents is saddening. Abandoned, discarded, not cared for, fatherless, needy, without an identity are some words that come to my mind when I think of orphans. On a mission trip in Odesa, Ukraine, I had a first-hand encounter with thousands of orphans. Parents had abandoned their children...
teaching transgender in the classroom
First, let me begin by reaffirming there is much to praise in our school’s reproductive health curriculum. Greater understanding around biological changes, anatomy, pregnancy, STDs, bullying, peer pressure and drawing healthy boundaries are all topics I believe our children should be armed with. I take no issue with these topics and am pleased they constitute a majority of the...
girl in the corner
Dear younger me—yeah, you—the girl in the corner with a heavy heart from striving for too long: Who are you? And yes, I truly am inquiring this of you because it is imperative this be established before venturing onward. Who are you? Where is your identity found? I can tell you where my identity used to be found: Missionary Soccer captain All-State defender ...
battle ready faith in spiritual warfare
The Marvel movies have made millions at the box office. We love superheroes and secretly wish we had their abilities! We all love to prevail against all odds! Our warfare as Christians is against an invisible enemy. We see the effect of evil every day and it seems to be getting stronger and stronger. Thankfully, our enemy’s days are...
pamphlet tribulation or rapture which oswald smith
I once believed in the pre-tribulation rapture. So did Dr. Oswald Smith, one of Canada's greatest Bible teachers. After 50 years in the ministry--while reading his Greek New Testament--Dr. Smith saw "after the Tribulation" and connected it with the Apostle Paul. He reversed his position--after 50 years--and wrote a beautiful pamphlet, "Tribulation or Rapture - Which?" They said he was senile. No, he...
Mephibosheth and David
Shame is ugly. We often try to hide our embarrassing exposure. Guilt says a mistake has been made but shame goes a step further and says we are a failure. This identity is paralyzing. In 2 Samuel 9, we see a story were grace conquers shame and mercy rejoices over judgment and undeserved favor is given. Mephibosheth had nothing to offer...
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