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Day 5: Classy Ruth

Day 5: Classy Ruth

An Olympian does not boast in oneself
An Olympian is one who treats others with dignity at all times
An Olympian is one whose victory is rooted in faith and tempered by grace.

Day 8: Trusting Children -Isaac and Samuel

Day 8: Trusting Children -Isaac and Samuel

An Olympian raises to the occasion and makes the big sacrifice
An Olympian cherishes the godly parent and shuns bad company
An Olympian is not one that makes excuses based on their upbringing
An Olympians trusts in God knowing that family is not limited to blood but bound in love
Samuel and Isaac are Olympians

Is it unfair to say they compromised their faith?

Is it unfair to say they compromised their faith?

In an article I recently read online, eight Christians living in Bangladesh were kidnapped and forced to return to Buddhism by their captures. “The Buddhists held a pastor, a church secretary, a village leader, and five members from a Baptist church in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh,” said Caroline Anderson, a well-informed writer in […]

The Certainty of Uncertainty

The Certainty of Uncertainty

I hate uncertainty. That feeling of not knowing. That absence of concrete information. The gray area. That irritating lack of clarity. Define it however you want, but know that I definitely hate it. This is probably a side-effect of my western upbringing where everything is five-year planned, written down in several different documents and signed […]

Culture first, Christ later

Culture first, Christ later

I met her my second week in Thailand. She doesn’t speak much English but her smile speaks volumes, making up for what words cannot say. She has a Thai nickname that is easier to remember and so it has been easy for us to become friends. She comes to church every weekend, most Friday nights […]

Lesson 5: Justification and the Law

Lesson 5: Justification and the Law

Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. – Romans 3:31 In Romans 4, we get a fantastic look at what it means to be justified by faith. Paul takes it all the way back to Abraham and, step by step, shows how it was Abraham’s faith, […]

Lesson 4: Justification by Faith

Lesson 4: Justification by Faith

“Justification by Faith”, a topic that has been one of the most challenging subjects to understand by few people, a one that has been a favorite topic for theologians to discuss, a one that remains to be a doctrinal area of research and analysis for few other intellectuals, and a topic for the rest of […]

Lesson 11 — Optimism: Happiness and Healing

Back when I was a teenager, I distinctly remember many times a particular girl, when she would host AY, would invariably begin with asking if everybody was happy to be there. Just before she moved on to whatever she was going to say, she would add, “Yes, we’re always supposed to be happy, because we’re […]

Lesson 3: Celebrating Spiritual & Physical Fitness

The wise man said for everything there is a season. And if you live in Canada you know there are two seasons: winter and not-winter. For me the end of winter signals the start of netball season (think basketball for girls) and the start of five months of intense sporting activity that will undoubtedly force […]

Newly Dried Ground

Newly Dried Ground

Part of the sermon today focused on Israel’s confrontation with the Red Sea. (See Exodus 14). Before them lay an insurmountable obstacle. On either side were mountains. And coming up behind them was Pharaoh’s murdering army. In parting the Red Sea, God teaches to us what Charles Spurgeon was later to explain: “The Lord will […]