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The TP we need in the COVID crisis: Trust & Perspective
Toilet paper (TP) has become a hot commodity. It’s hard to find. Just mention Charmin and it evokes a wide
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The TP we need in the COVID crisis: Trust & Perspective
Toilet paper (TP) has become a hot commodity. It’s hard to find. Just mention Charmin and it evokes a wide
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April 6 – Through the thresher
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat.” – Luke 22:31 Scripture reading:
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April 5 – Seeking greatness
“For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who
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April 4 – A new supper, the Lord’s Supper
Luke 22:19b–20 “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the
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Saturday Selections – April 4, 2020
3 things to remember when you’re feeling anxious (3 min) “It’s striking that the most frequent command in the entire
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April 3 – A longed-for Passover
“And he said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I
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BOOK REVIEW: Hunger Winter
by Rob Currie 2020 / 236 pages Author Rob Currie drops his readers right into the action in the opening
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April 2 – Betrayal
“Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred
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Tidbits – April 2020
Are we only after better-behaved pagans? Christians have made a habit of advocating for Christians positions without advocating for them
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30 days of April
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and
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April 1 – Introduction to the month of April
Our calendars tell us that Easter is this month. There is much debate on the accuracy of the date and
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FREE FILM: The Amazing Adventure
Drama / Black & White / Family 62 minutes / 1936 RATING: 7/10 Ernest Bliss (Cary Grant) is a young
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March 31 – The Lord Jesus Christ and God’s goal of creation
“So Abraham called the name of that place, ‘The Lord will provide;’ as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount
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the 99 percent
5 things Christians should know about income inequality
Income inequality is still at the forefront of conversation for many people. Thankfully, there are biblical principles that help Christians understand
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March 30 – God’s guarantees to bless the nations through Abraham and his descendants
“And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.” –
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March 29 – Wholeheartedly living in the Spirit through faith and the goal of God’s creation
“He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer
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March 28 – Baptism as a sign of the goal of God’s creation
“In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the
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Saturday Selections – March 28, 2020
John MacArthur on the coronavirus crisis (17 minutes) While the coronavirus quarantine led to the canceling of the Ligonier conference,
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An update on Conversion Therapy Bans in Canada
To fulfill an election promise, the federal Liberal government has introduced a bill to criminally ban conversion therapy. As I
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March 27 – Circumcision as a sign of the goal of God’s creation
“You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me
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March 26 – God’s second covenant with Abraham and the goal of creation (2)
“And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting
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6 free short videos well worth watching
These 6 videos are about as different as different can be, covering art, adoption, Noah’s Ark, the Gospel behind bars,
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March 25 – God’s second covenant with Abraham and the goal of creation (1)
“I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may
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March 24 – The flesh of the world and the flesh of our own hearts
“And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived.” – Genesis 16:4a Scripture reading: Genesis 16:1-16 Last week Wednesday, I
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20 read-aloud suggestions…
I’ve been reading out loud to my girls since they were born, and now that they are older we’re still
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March 23 – The blood of the Covenant
“For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins…” – Matthew 26:28 Scripture reading: Matthew
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March 22 – The land of Canaan and the New Heaven and the New Earth
“For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.” – Hebrews 11:10 Scripture reading:
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March 21 – God’s first covenant with Abram and the goal of creation
“On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram…” – Genesis 15:18 Scripture reading: Genesis 15:7-21 I trust you have not
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Saturday Selections – March 21, 2020
How is the moon’s design evidence for creation? (6 minutes) The unique characteristics of our moon – its size and
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March 20 – Faith and its reward
“And he said to him, ‘I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to
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Community Outreach Worker
The Edmonton Mission Board, based out of Immanuel Canadian Reformed Church, is looking for an individual to lead the work
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3 ways of confronting the problem of diminishing attention spans through the Great Books
How many books do you finish? How many blog posts do you really read? I am guessing that you, like
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March 19 – Doubting the fulfillment of God’s mission for His glory
“And Abram said, ‘Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.’” –
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Calvinism in the time of coronavirus
When I was about nine or ten, at the height of worldwide panic about AIDS, I stumbled across a newspaper
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March 18 – Succeeding in being a blessing for the world
“So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” – Galatians 3:9 Scripture
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What must Ben Shapiro do to be saved?
Does a person need to put their faith in Jesus to be saved? That was the underlying question conservative political
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March 17 – Failure to be a blessing for the world
“They went after false idols and became false, and they followed the nations that were around them, concerning whom the Lord had commanded them
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March 16 – Blessed to be a blessing
“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so
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By what standard? God’s World…God’s rules
Documentary 2019 / 110 minutes RATING: 8/10 The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the United States,
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March 15 – Called to be a blessing for the world
“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land
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March 14 – The rainbow as a sign of the goal of God’s Creation
“I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the
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Saturday Selections – March 14, 2020
The only question that matters in the abortion debate Greg Koukl shows how to simplify the abortion debate Christian myths
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March 13 – God’s covenant with Noah and Creation
“Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you….”
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Jenny Geddes: the Reformer who let fly…
You can download or listen to the podcast version (5 minutes) here. **** Our story is about what should have been
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March 12 – The recreation of Creation
“And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided.” – Genesis 8:1b  Scripture reading: Genesis 8:1-9:7 After
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March 11 – The uncreation of Creation
“…on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.” – Genesis
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Gentleness: a gift to your family
Do you want your children to see you as someone they can trust? Do you want your spouse to take comfort
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Some pro-life arguments are not pro-life arguments
Editor’s note: the short pro-life film Crescendo is very well done – it is compelling, emotional, and has wonderful musical accompaniment. It’s very
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The cost of an old earth: Is it worth it?
Until recently, most Christians believed that the Bible teaches us that the earth was only a few thousand years ago.
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March 10 – God’s covenant with Noah (2)
“But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and
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The Lord of the Rings animated “trilogy”
Peter Jackson wasn’t the first to put J.R.R. Tolkien’s books on film. Two decades before the first of Jackson’s live-action/CGI films
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March 9 – God’s covenant with Noah (1)
“But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and
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March 8 – God’s decision to destroy humanity and Creation
“So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals
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March 7 – Finding rest in the Lord Jesus Christ
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 Scripture reading: Hebrews
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Saturday Selections – March 7, 2020
Caterpillars feed on exploding seed pods! (3 minutes) Wait for it….wait for it….. Don’t leave kids to their own devices
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March 6 – The Sunday as a sign of the goal of God’s creation
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” –
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Why read biographies?
More importantly, why stop? Any Christian who reads the Bible has been already been reading biographies. Let’s start with Genesis,
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BOOK REVIEW: The Great Cake Mystery
by Alexander McCall Smith 73 pages / 2012 Precious Ramotswe must ranks up there with some of the best-loved fictional
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March 5 – The Sabbath day as a sign of the goal of God’s Creation
“It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on
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March 4 – Entering God’s rest
“And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and
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A Christian perspective on 2+2
What does math have to do with God? Many people see no connection. Aren’t logic, numbers and geometry the same
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March 3 – God’s glory and God’s rest
“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from
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Tidbits – March 2020
It’s so easy to get things wrong While doing evangelism, Christian apologist Ray Comfort will often ask his conversational partner
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The Silver Fleet
Drama/ Black and White / War 1943 / 88 minutes RATING: 7/10 This is well-done, almost unknown World War II
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March 2 – God created for His glory
“And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light,
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March 1 – Introduction to God’s mission for His glory
This month’s meditations will be about God’s mission for His glory. God created the world for His glory, that humanity
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February 29 – Taw
“I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.” – Psalm
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Saturday Selections – February 29, 2020
Could giraffes fit on the ark? Answers in Genesis has made a 30-second commercial for their Ark Encounter in Kentucky.
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February 28 – Sin and shin (2): Shalom!
“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” – Psalm 119:165 Scripture reading: Psalm 119:161-168
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February 27 – Sin and shin (1): Perfection
“Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.” – Psalm 119:164 Scripture reading: Psalm 119:161-168 One of
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Dawkins on eugenics: evil uncloaked
Richard Dawkins has been called one of the “Four horsemen of atheism” and is famed, as well, for being one
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200+ free e-books worth checking out
We live in an age in which so many wonderful resources are available for free. Of course, with the sheer
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February 26 – Resh: Look, consider, and act
“Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law. Plead my cause and redeem me;
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Tortured for Christ
Historical drama 77 minutes / 2018 RATING: 8/10 Tortured for Christ is a must-see film about Richard Wurmbrand’s courageous and faithful
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February 25 – Qoph: Reliance
“Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life.” – Psalm 119:149
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On the Trinity: Augustine, the American Revolution, and my Jehovah’s Witness friend
I have a friend in a nursing home whom I visit regularly. Her name is Dinah and she is a
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February 24 – Tsadhe (2): Righteous by faith
“My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words…Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may
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February 23 – Tsadhe (1): Righteousness
“Righteous are you, O LORD, and right are your rules…Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true.” –
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February 22 – Pe: Revelation
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple…Make your face shine upon your servant and
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Saturday Selections – February 22, 2020
Roe vs. Wade trailer Coming soon, a film about the politics, ignorance, and deception behind the Roe vs. Wade Supreme
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Prince Jonathan on showing up
Israel’s very first prince lived at a time when God’s people were facing a foe that was large, powerful, and
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February 21 – Ayin: Action
“I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors…It is time for the LORD
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I believe in theistic evolution
I recently realized I believe in/affirm theistic evolution.  Depending on your perspective, have I sold out or have I finally
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February 20 – Samekh (2): Justice
“You spurn all who go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain. All the wicked of the
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February 19 – Samekh (1): Mercy
“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word…Hold me up, that I may be safe
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The Wild Brothers: 8-episode DVD series (+ free vlog series)
Reality / Documentary Each episode is 28-30 min / 2015-2016 Rating: 7/10 Everyone in our family enjoyed this DVD series,
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February 18 – Nun (2): Resolve
“I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.” – Psalm 119:112  Scripture reading: Psalm 119:105-112 The
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February 17 – Nun (1): A lamp for my feet
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105  Scripture reading: Psalm
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BOOK REVIEW: Brave Ollie Possum
by Ethan Nicolle 373 pages / 2019 If you were ever a scaredy-cat, or if you might have one in
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February 16 – Mem: Praise for the God of the book
“I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me.” – Psalm 119:102  Scripture reading: Psalm 119:97-104
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February 15 – Lamedh: God has the whole world in his hands
“You have established the earth, and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are
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Saturday Selections – February 15, 2020
Newsies learn to clickbait (4 minutes) Who knew that fake news could be so toe-tapping? Canadians waiting longer to receive
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Love is…
Love is a mostly misunderstood word – it’s mistaken for sex, for sentimentality, for some sort of chemical thing that
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February 14 – Kaph: Longing
“My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word. My eyes long for your promise; I ask, ‘When
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Daughters in sports
Women and men are different, so they should play differently **** I promised in a previous column that I would
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February 13 – Yodh: Fear God and keep his commandments
“Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your testimonies.” – Psalm 119:79  Scripture reading: Psalm
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Jan/Feb 2020 issue
WHAT’S INSIDE: The great moon hoax of 1935 / “Seven Wondrous Words” book excerpt / Why we should be life-long
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February 12 – Teth: God is good
“You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word…You are good and do good; teach me
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BOOK REVIEW: The Winter King
by Christine Cohen 351 pages / 2019 15-year-old Cora lives in a time of horses, and swords, and meat pies.
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February 11 – Heth: Permanence
“The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words…The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
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The Missing Project
Documentary 2019 / 75 minutes RATING: 8/10 2019 was the 50th anniversary since Pierre Trudeau’s government first legalized abortion in
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February 10 – Zayin: Living and active comfort
“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” – Psalm 119:50  Scripture reading: Psalm 119:49-56
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February 9 – Waw: Walking and talking
“And I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. I will also speak of your
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February 8 – He: Put on the new self
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and
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Saturday Selections – February 8, 2020
Long story short: Homology (8 minutes) One of the main arguments Darwin used for his theory was homology – that very
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February 7 – Daleth: Give me life
“My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!…My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me
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On angels and guardian angels
Does everyone have a guardian angel? Many people are convinced that they have an angel as their special protector. In
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February 6 – Gimel: Open my eyes
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” – Psalm 119:18  Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians
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What you need to know to survive and thrive in your secular science class
If you’re heading into a secular university or high school science course, and you’re a little intimidated, here’s something to
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February 5 – Beth: Pure living
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” – Psalm 119:9 Scripture
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BOOK REVIEW: The City of Ember
12-year-old Doon wants to save his city but he’s got quite the problem because he has no idea how to
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February 4 – Aleph (4): I will praise you
“I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do
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Brain, Heart, World – a fantastic, free, 3-part documentary on pornography’s harmful impact
Documentary 90 minutes / 2019 RATING: 8/10 Fight the New Drug is an anti-poverty group that’s come up with an
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February 3 – Aleph (3): Blessed
“Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but
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February 2 – Aleph (2): Delighting in Torah
“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!” – Psalm 119:1 Scripture reading:
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Tidbits – February 2020
Lightbulb moment I was in my 4th-year neurophysiology course, learning about the brain, when the professor used a curious word:
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Saturday Selections – February 1, 2020
World’s largest pro-life march, in 60 seconds This past week hundreds of thousands came to march in Washington D.C. to
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Introduction to the month of February – Aleph (1): Torah
Psalm 119 is special in several ways. It is the longest chapter in the Bible, containing 176 verses. How often
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When the Word of God is not preached
Half-truths, little tidbits of information used for one’s own interpretation and advantage, can be harmful, even damnable. Zeal without knowledge
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January 31 – Proverbs on the home
“The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just.” 
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Why I am a six-day evolutionist
We all know that fish is a good source of protein, but did you know that some are a good
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January 30 – Proverbs on prayer
“The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.” – Proverbs 15:29  Scripture reading:
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BOOK REVIEW: The Seraph’s Path
by Neil Dykstra 2019 / 475 pages Maybe I should have gotten someone else to review this, what with me
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January 29 – Proverbs on money
“The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” – Proverbs 10:22  Scripture reading:
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Is the human population getting colder?
The average normal temperature for a human being is supposed to be 37°C (or 98.6°F) but did you know that
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January 28 – Proverbs on violence
“The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they refuse to do justice.” – Proverbs 21:7  Scripture reading: Proverbs
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January 27 – Proverbs on mockers
“A proud and haughty man —”Scoffer” is his name; he acts with arrogant pride.” – Proverbs 21:24 Scripture reading: Proverbs
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January 26 – Proverbs on honesty
“Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD, and dishonest scales are not good.” – Proverbs 20:23 Scripture reading: Proverbs
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Saturday Selections – January 25, 2020
The Gospel vs. Sorcery in Papua New Guinea (30 minutes) In Papua New Guinea the fear of  “sanguma” – sorcery
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January 25 – Proverbs on the duty of the mothers
“My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother.” – Proverbs 6:20 Scripture reading:
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Trump speaks up for the unborn at the March for Life
On January 24, Donald Trump became the first US president to attend the March for Life in Washington, DC. As
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January 24 – Proverbs on justice
“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” – Proverbs 21:3 Scripture reading: Proverbs 24:23-26 
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Marriable Men
Two qualities dads should look for in boys who want to date our daughters ***** Here’s a topic that’s best
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January 23 – Proverbs on adultery
“Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths; For she has cast
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January 22 – Proverbs on stewardship
“Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds; For riches are not forever, nor
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January 21 – Proverbs on giving
“He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.” – Proverbs
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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Family / Classic 127 minutes / 1954 RATING 7/10 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is a childhood favorite that I’ve
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The Gospel Comes With a House Key: an instructive, inspiring, downright intimidating look at Christian hospitality 
by Rosaria Butterfield 2018 / 240 pages ***** This is a scary book. I have heard of several people putting
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January 20 – Proverbs on the future
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; For
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Sanctuary cities for the unborn?
In a brilliant twist, small American towns are taking a tactic, popular among the Left, and using it to defend
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January 19 – Proverbs on dealing with fools
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7  Scripture
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Saturday Selections – January 18, 2020
Pine tree fire vaults (2 minutes) God has designed these trees to preserve their seeds until after a forest fire
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January 18 – Proverbs on women
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” – Proverbs
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January 17 – Proverbs on work
“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before
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Does the birth control pill cause abortions?
Our Father knits us together in our mothers’ wombs in a very unique way that has never been duplicated in
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January 16 – Proverbs on wicked people
“The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will come through trouble.” – Proverbs 12:13
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No, complementarianism is not inherently misogynistic
Complementarianism is the belief that God made male and female different and gave them different but complementary roles in the
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The Qur’an gets the Trinity wrong
Islam teaches that the Qur’an is the perfect revelation of Allah, but that presents a problem for Muslims then when
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January 15 – Proverbs on divine protection
“Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” – Proverbs
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Humor and the life of faith
“And I knew there could be laughter On the secret face of God”  – G. K. Chesterton ***** Nothing is
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January 14 – Proverbs on politics and politicians
“Mercy and truth preserve the king…” – Proverbs 20:28 Scripture reading: Proverbs 16:12-13 Most people, when they hear of politicians,
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Compulsory voting is only for show
Should everyone have to vote? This past September the polling group Research Co. asked 1,000 Canadians if voting should be made
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January 13 – Proverbs on the unchangeable Scripture
“Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.” – Proverbs 4:13 Scripture
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January 12 – Proverbs on lying
“He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.” – Proverbs 12:17  Scripture reading: Proverbs 6:12-19 The tongue,
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January 11 – Proverbs on love
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.” – Proverbs 10:12 Scripture reading: Proverbs 17:9-14 Love is not the
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Saturday Selections – January 11, 2020
If conversion therapy is bad why is “sex reassignment” good? It’s been said that our culture wars are really just
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January 10 – Proverbs on giving and receiving honor
“By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life.” – Proverbs 22:4  Scripture reading: Proverbs
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January 9 – Proverbs on friends and neighbors
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17  Scripture reading: Proverbs 19:1-6
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The case for biblically-responsible investing
God calls his people to be good stewards of what He has entrusted to us, whether that’s our talents and
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Jungle Beat – fun for the kids that will have the adults laughing too
Family / Animated 537 min RATING: 10/10 I’m always on the hunt for films or shows my kids will enjoy
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January 8 – Proverbs on discipline of children
“Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.” – Proverbs 19:18 Scripture
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I started my business for the wrong reasons
Why did you start your business? When people ask me that question, I often respond with, “So I could spend
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Edith Cavell: a brave guide
Some 150 years ago, on December 4, 1865, English woman Edith Cavell was born. And 100 years ago, on October
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January 7 – Proverbs on taking advice
“By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom.” – Proverbs 13:10 Scripture reading: Proverbs 1:25-27 Some
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This isn’t your parents’ Katy Keene…or Archie Andrews
This February, Katy Keene will be the latest Archie comics character to get a modern updating. While the original Katy
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January 6 – Proverbs on alcohol
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” –
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January 5 – Proverbs on the poor
“He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, and He will pay back what he has given.”
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Saturday Selections – January 4, 2020
A Mighty Fortress is our God (8 minutes) This is a pretty amazing performance of Martin Luther’s most famous hymn.
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January 4 – Proverbs on food
“Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit.” –
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January 3 –  Proverbs on anger
“A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.” – Proverbs 15:18 Scripture reading:
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What a Savior! Christ on the cross intercedes for his enemies
In Dr. Wes Bredenhof’s new book “Seven Wondrous Words” (available in Canada here, and in the US here) he shares Christ’s seven
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January 2 – Proverbs on fear
“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.” – Proverbs 29:25  Scripture
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Introduction to the month of January
We do not preach a lot of sermons from Proverbs, but it is not Solomon’s fault.  He was inspired by
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Tidbits – January 2020
Why fossil fuels are a blessing According to Kathleen Hartnett White, in her study Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case “man-made
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May I judge?
I hear repeatedly that we’re not supposed to judge another.  Young people express themselves this way, and that’s not surprising
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December 31 – The return of the King: Enjoying paradise forever!
“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to
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Exposing the poor research fueling the anti-spanking campaign
“Spanking is linked to aggression, antisocial behavior, mental health problems, cognitive difficulties, low self-esteem, and a whole host of other
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Ringing in the New Year
It’s that time of year again – time to ring in the New Year with dramatic resolutions fueled by the
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December 30 – The character of the King’s return
“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the
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December 29 – The timing of the King’s return
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” – Matthew 25:13  Scripture reading: Matthew 25:1-13 As our
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Saturday Selections – December 28, 2019
John Piper: You are not addicted to pornography (5 minutes) “The fact is 99 percent of those who give way to
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December 28 – Departure & arrival announcements
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself,
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December 27 – Enjoying the Savior’s presence: blessings flow far as the curse is found
“The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up
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Propaganda disguised as Sex Education
In 2009 Dr. Miriam Grossman (a medical doctor) released a book that explains the problems and agenda of the modern
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One simple question: “What do you mean by that?”
In the May 17, 2016 Breakpoint Daily, John Stonestreet shared a few questions he uses when he finds himself in a
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December 26 – Celebrating the Savior’s coming (2) with gentile Wise Men
 “And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.
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December 25 – Celebrating the Savior’s coming (1) with Jewish Shepherds
“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will
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BOOK REVIEW: Greg Dawson and the psychology class
by Jay Adams 2008 / 149 pages This is a novel, but it’d be more accurate to call it a
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December 24 – A frequently forgotten advent figure: John the Baptist
“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” – John1:29 “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at
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The boy that drove the plow
“If God spare my life, ere many years pass, I will cause the boy that driveth the plow to know more
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December 23 – Prophets promise Christ’s coming (2): A backwater birthplace
“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come
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The Top 10 articles of 2019
It’s said that the Internet is causing people to have shorter attention spans. If that’s true, you can’t look to
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December 22 – Prophets promise Christ’s coming (1): A Christmas stump
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”
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Saturday Selections – December 21, 2019
Worldview 101 (4 minutes) Chuck Colson on why worldview matters – it’s only by understanding our own Christian worldview that
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December 21 – The exile: The end?
“Thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: ‘An end! The end has come upon the four corners
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Wait till it’s free
Documentary 2014 / 82 minutes Rating: 9/10 Why would Canadians be interested in watching a Scotsman take a look at
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December 20 – Picture #6: The Promised Land
“On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of the land of Egypt into a
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#chairchallenge highlights male/female divide
We live in a curious age in which the self-evident isn’t. So if you have a friend muddled about whether
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December 19 – Picture #5: The Tabernacle
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt (tented, tabernacled) among us.” – John 1:14  Scripture reading: Exodus 26:1,6-7,14; 29:43-46; 40:33-35
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I Have A Son Seven Years Old; He is to me full dear…
This a short story about World War II, the immigrant experience…and much more Chapter 1.  The teacher Perhaps it is
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December 18 – Picture #4: A snake
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that
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Comedy as a calling
An interview with the Panic Squad’s Andrew Bright (he’s the upside down one)  ***** Andrew Bright is a professional comedian and
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December 17 – Picture #3: Bread
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.
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“Yes, Virginia, there was a Santa Claus”
In 1897, The Sun newspaper was asked a doozy of a question. Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wanted to know: “is there
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December 16 – Picture #2: Water
“Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will
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December 15 – Picture daily #1: The Last Supper, the first Passover
“Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” – 1 Corinthians 5:7b  Scripture reading: Exodus 12:1-7, 12-13, 21-30 It would be
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Saturday Selections – December 14, 2019
Hummingbirds are way cooler than you knew… (3 minutes) Did you know their tongues aren’t straws so much as skinny
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December 14 – The deliverer: Moses
“Then the LORD said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard
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December 13 – Jacob’s son Judah: A lion to look forward to
“Judah is a lion’s cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down; he crouched as
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What does it mean to be Reformed?
The religions of the world are many, each offering their own understanding of the deity or deities (as the case
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December 12 – Abraham (2): Looking forward from Mount Moriah
“God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but
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Buddy Davis’ Amazing Adventures
Buddy Davis is a musician, dinosaur sculptor, and children’s entertainer. In his “Buddy Davis’ Amazing Adventures” series, he’s teamed up
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December 11 – Abraham (1): Looking forward from Ur
“And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In
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Merry X-mas
“Why in the world would you write that?” “What are you talking about?” “Obviously, that X in Christmas.” “What wrong
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Reforming Canada’s electoral system?
During the 2015 federal election, the Liberals campaigned on bringing in electoral reform. While they didn’t deliver on that promise,
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December 10 – Noah: Cleansing of creation through watery judgment
“Behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth….Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will
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December 9 – Enoch & Lamech: where loyalty leads
“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had
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The Great Moon Hoax of 1835
You can download or listen to the podcast version (7 minutes) here. ***** Back when I was studying history as
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December 8 – Cain & Abel: Two lines, two heads, the first quake
“Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, ‘For God has appointed another seed
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Saturday Selections – December 7, 2019
FREE E-BOOK: Why sex is the best argument for creation The folks behind the fantastic documentary Is Genesis History have created
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December 7 – One fault line, two lines of loyalty
“He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.’”– Hebrews 12:26b  Scripture reading: Genesis
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The Supreme Court did not find a right to abortion
Is the “right” to abortion found anywhere in Canada’s Charter of Rights? To hear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk of
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December 6 – Promise in paradise (2): Through a new set of clothing
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with
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Nov/Dec 2019 issue
WHAT’S INSIDE: Why dystopian fiction is worth reading / That morning I listened to Kanye West / 8 free films
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December 5 – Promise in paradise (1): Through a curse on the serpent
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed. He shall bruise
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December 4 – Punishment
“The wages of sin is death.” – Romans 6:23a “Sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” – James
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The question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life
by Armand M. Nicholi Jr. 2002 / 244 pages While C.S. Lewis was 40 years younger than Sigmund Freud, he
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December 3 – Problems begin
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and
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Tidbits – December 2019
Darwin’s theory and Kipling’s Just So Stories Brett Miller is a cartoonist for the website Creation-Evolution Headlines (CrEv.info). While his
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December 2 – Permission & prohibition
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of
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Gospel Patrons: people whose generosity changed the world
by John Rinehart 2013 / 170 pages Are you a giant? Church history is full of such people. William Tyndale
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December 1 – “Looking forward to the coming of Christ” series
Looking Forward: My guess is that as you turned the page on your calendar from November to December, your first
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November 30 – A certain knowledge
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called
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Saturday Selections – November 30, 2019
Is surrogacy the same as adoption? (4 minutes) This short video offers three ways in which surrogacy is different than
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Reading films: are Christians as discerning as they used to be?
“Moving pictures” have only the briefest of histories, spreading throughout North America early in the twentieth century. The first movie
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November 29 – The Tree of Life
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1 Scripture reading: Romans 8
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How to get our boys to read
In a 2010 Wall Street Journal article, Thomas Spence argues that the way some “experts” were trying to encourage boys
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November 28 – A new nature
“Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that
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November 27 – A twofold life
“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the
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November 26 – Compelled by love
“For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our
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Eight Twenty Eight: When love didn’t give up
by Ian & Larissa Murphy 208 pages / 2014 I really enjoyed this book. It is the true story of
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November 25 – Enslaved to love
“For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting
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Mike Ditka and Abraham Lincoln’s temporary comfort
Pithy bits of folks wisdom are everywhere – kitchen counters, business meeting room walls, even email tag lines display sayings
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November 24 – Devoted to grace
“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you
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November 23 – Baptism saves
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
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Saturday Selections – November 23, 2019
The power of words One of the greatest challenges of marriage is how you speak to your spouse. Science says
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November 22 – The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can
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“Whose am I?”
Are you your job? Does your gender define who you are? Your ethnicity? Your feelings? Or is your identify found in
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November 21 – Total love
“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now
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“I will fight for our young people. Will you?” – a pastor’s plea to Christian parents
This essay comes from the heart as a passionate plea to parents out of our shared concern for our covenant
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November 20 – Justification
“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the
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Did YouTube ban a video because of this one sentence?
A couple of years ago The Daily Signal published a video by Dr. Michelle Cretella on transgenderism. It was titled “I’m
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Ode to hurt…or why my tolerant nature can’t stand your opinions
I’m hurting I am, and I want you to know, That the pain I am feeling, isn’t likely to go.
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November 19 – True love
“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans
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Dragons or Dinosaurs? Creation or Evolution?
Documentary 84 minutes / 2010 Rating: 7 / 10 The Chinese lunar calendar cycle includes twelve animals, eleven of which
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November 18 – Made by love
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die
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November 17 – Spiritual glory
“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in
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Saturday Selections – November 16, 2019
How do starlings flock in murmurations? (4 minutes) These living clouds are jaw-droppingly astonishing. God is awesome! Rosaria Butterfield on
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November 16 – A new standing
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans
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November 15 – The law of faith
“Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No,
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Bataan
Drama / Black and White / War 1943 / 114 minutes RATING: 8/10 This is a movie unlike any other
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Tearing down tyranny, one joke a time…
November 9 marked the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which, for 28 years, divided socialist East Germany
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November 14 – The life of faith
“…the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:” – Romans
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Flying Tigers
Drama / War / Black and White 104 minutes / 1942 RATING: 7/10 On January 3, 1942, just one month
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November 13 – But now
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear
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The Faith of Christopher Hitchens
by Larry Taunton Biography 181 pages / 2016 The late Christopher Hitchens is best known for his book god is
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November 12 – Faith alone
“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall
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November 11 – The Gospel’s power
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who
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War through the eyes of a child: Alice Kuik shares her memories of World War II
“The horror and sacrifices of those who endured a war must be recorded and remembered. If we fail to do
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November 10 – The power of God
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who
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Saturday Selections – November 9, 2019
Humans don’t earn their value In this video, Amy Hall makes the vital point that our value is not earned.
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November 9 – A powerful word
“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing
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November 8 – The means of faith
“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing
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What is conversion therapy and why does it matter?
When Christians think of conversion, we generally think of a religious conversion experience or “the dying of the old nature
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November 7 – A new tongue
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the
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Countering Tim Keller’s case for evolution
Examining Tim Keller’s white paper Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople **** Tim Keller’s trusted place among Reformed and Presbyterian folk
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5 powerful pictures book
Julia Gonzaga by Simonetta Carr 64 pages / 2018 This is another book in Simonetta Carr’s “Christian Biographies for Young
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November 6 – A new love
“To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace
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Global warming crisis? A brief biblical case for skepticism
My hope here is to encourage an exploration of what Scripture says that’s relevant to the issue of global warming.
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November 5 – A new belong
 “…including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ…” – Romans 1:6 Scripture reading: Romans 1 Great leaders, like Paul,
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Tidbits – November 2019
On breaking your TV habit Want to cut down on your TV watching but find it a battle? Gary North
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November 4 – A new creation
“…through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his
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November 3 – A new life
“…and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection
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Saturday Selections – November 2, 2019
Male and females are different (6 minutes) The Bible tells us that God created us male and female (Gen. 1:27)
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November 2 – An Old Testament gospel
“…which He promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures…” – Romans 1:2 Scripture reading: Romans 1 Everyone has
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Curious George: Royal Monkey
Animated / Children’s 2019 / 86 minutes RATING: 7/10 In this homage to The Prince and the Pauper, our monkey friend George
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November 1 – Introduction to Rev. Jared Beairdis’ series on Romans 1-8
The Epistle to the Romans is a letter for the Christian mind. Luther said, “Every Christian should know it by
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October 31 – Preserving grace
But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the
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The Bible doesn’t have a lot say about ___________
We often hear it said, “the Bible really doesn’t have a lot to say about ________” Into this blank liberals will
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October 30 – Preserving grace
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they
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That morning I listened to Kanye West
I’ve never been a Kanye West fan. About a year ago, I was flipping through the radio channels while driving.
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October 29 – Unstoppable grace
“…his dominion is an everlasting dominion. . . He does according to his will among the host of heaven and
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Original Sin: Luther’s other life-changing doctrine
Every Reformation Day we remember how God used Luther to teach the Church that we are justified by faith alone, not by
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October 28 – Christ’s successful death
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her,
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October 27 – Chosen, not choice
…”For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be
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October 26 – Very, very bad
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts
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Saturday Selections – Oct 26, 2019
The Mischevious Protestant’s guide to Catholic Rome (10-minute read /6-minute video) Did you know there are two statues of Martin
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Learning like an adult
When school is done your education isn’t ***** Students sometimes talk of graduation as being set free. We might be
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October 25 – Ascension and succession again
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of
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October 24 – Ascension and succession
“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,  and that
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Winning at all costs?
Does sport build character? And what does the way you play sports reveal about your character?  **** I recently had
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October 23 – Our God is a consuming fire
Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice
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October 22 – Living like an atheist
The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  And those who know your name
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When we understand our opponent isn’t our enemy….
In Dean Register’s Minister’s Manual, he tells a story about a pastor, Leith Anderson, who grew up as an avid
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BOOK REVIEW: Love That Dog: a novel
by Sharon Creech 2001/ 86 pages A review of a read-aloud book, to be read aloud. ***** As I started
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October 21 – Does the Lord not see?
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is
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October 20 – Does the Lord not see?
This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God,
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October 19 – The righteous sufferer
So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Therefore let us
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Saturday Selections – October 19, 2019
Beauty, Darwin, and design (8 min) “Charles Darwin once wrote that the sight of a male peacock’s tail made him
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Jagmeet Singh, abortion, and illogic
The topic of abortion came up at the Canadian federal leaders’ debate (October 7, 2019), and logic took a beating.
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October 18 – From desire to death
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with
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CD REVIEWS: Bach and Beethoven for kids (and adults)
C.S. Lewis once made mention of a man who did not like children. Now some of our dislikes are simply
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October 17 – Carrying the cross for Christ
And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife
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Christians now forced to stand on the Bible, not the dictionary
“Ain’t” is in the dictionary, and something else you might not expect is now too. In September, the US’s oldest
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October 16 – Joyfully serving Christ
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions,
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“Inferior” design: a proof of evolution?
“Suboptimal” design in nature is supposed to be the result of, and evidence for, evolutionary trial and error ***** Everybody loves
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October 15 – The Voice of grace and judgment
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon
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Animals by design: exploring unique creature features
by ICR illustrated by Susan Windsor 125 pages / 2018 Mexican walking fish, lantern fish, immortal jellyfish, and zorses –
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October 14 – Covenant prosecution
Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he
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October 13 – Discouraged
Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my
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Saturday Selections – Oct. 12, 2019
Why not give in to peer pressure? After all, everybody’s doing it. (2.5 min) This is an old commercial on
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October 12 – Effective prayer
…I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah
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October 11 – Showers of blessing
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature
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October 10 – The contest
I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved
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October 9 – Divided hearts
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will
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After Lewis and Tolkien
A conversation about Christian Fantasy with Bell Mountain author Lee Duigon It’s hard to believe but C.S. Lewis has been
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Tidbits – October 2019
Doing homework on Sunday? “When I was in college and seminary, I made what was a bold decision at the
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Sept/Oct 2019 issue
WHAT’S INSIDE: The vital, foundational, educational calling of parents / A wealthy millennial’s moral confusion / What is “Sovereign Grace
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October 8 – The King and his servants
But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and
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October 7 – Resurrection life
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us
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BOOK REVIEW: Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat
by Andrew Wilson illustrated by Helene Perez Garcia 32 pages / 2019 The story, written in engaging rhythm, opens with
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October 6 – Revive us again
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. – Romans 8:1 Scripture reading: 1 Kings
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BOOK REVIEW: What’s your worldview?
by James N. Anderson 112 pages 2014 If you’ve got fond memories of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books you’ll really enjoy this adult
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Saturday Selections – Oct. 5, 2019
Man embraces woman who killed his brother, urges her to give life to Christ The brother of Botham Jean –
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October 5 – Marvelling at His grace
Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you,
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October 4 – Not by bread alone
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did
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October 3 – God’s gracious judgement
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is
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October 2 – God’s man
Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before
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University rejects Christian group for not wanting to be LGBT group
Duke University’s student government has rejected a Christian student group’s request for official status. They turned down Young Life because,
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October 1 – Introduction
The word of God is living and active. It is not only something we study, it studies us. As the
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8 free films for your study group
I was asked this past month if I had any recommendations of free online films that might be good material
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Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America
Documentary 102 minutes; 2011 Rating 8/10 Two interviews with public school teacher Sarah Laverdiere serve as stunning bookends for Colin
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September 30 – One last consideration
Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD! –
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September 29 – Happy in God, because of God
Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD! –
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Saturday Selections – Sept. 28, 2019
South of Royal: You remain faithful While their indie-synth-pop stylings might not be to everyone’s tastes, South of Royal’s lyrical,
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September 28 – Walking in agreement with life and peace
That our oxen may be well-laden; That there be no breaking in or going out; That there be no outcry
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Abortion supporters don’t believe in equality
There are two ways society views human worth. Which leads to a better society? **** In his now famous TedTalk,
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September 27 – God creates civilization
That our oxen may be well-laden; That there be no breaking in or going out; That there be no outcry
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September 26 – Handling the blessing
That our barns may be full, Supplying all kinds of produce; That our sheep may bring forth thousands, And ten
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What is “Sovereign Grace Singles”? An interview with founder Dean Scott
Dean Scott started Sovereign Grace Singles to help Reformed singles meet and mingle with other like-minded, and like-hearted, Christians. In
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September 25 – God of food and finance
That our barns may be full, Supplying all kinds of produce; That our sheep may bring forth thousands, And ten
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September 24 – Erecting trees and pillars
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, Sculptured
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Dutch doctor acquitted in euthanasia case
The threshold for euthanasia in the Netherlands is already low. And a Dutch court just lowered it even further. On
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BOOK REVIEW: Still Thinking: more delightful doodles, and deep thoughts
by Jason Bouwman and friends 187 pages / 2019 This creative, challenging, accessible, readable, godly book is quite hard to
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September 23 – God’s victory in covenant
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, Sculptured
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C.S. Lewis onstage: the most reluctant convert
Biographical drama 76 minutes / 2018 RATING: 7/10 Imagine having the opportunity to go back in time and visit with
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BOOK REVIEW: Timothy, Titus & You: a Study Guide for Church Leaders
by George C. Scipione 55 pages / 2018 (originally 1975) Crown and Covenant Publications Many Bible study books are full
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September 22 – Delivered by God from the worst attacks
Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouth speaks lying words, and whose right hand is
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September 21 – Delivered by God to the worst attacks
Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouth speaks lying words, and whose right hand is
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Saturday Selections – Sept. 21, 2019
Real men know when to cover an offense (4 minutes) When we’re sinned against, we have two options: to lovingly
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September 20 – I need to be saved
The One Who gives salvation to kings, Who delivers David His servant from the deadly sword.– Psalm 144:10 Scripture reading:
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September 19 – God saves
The One Who gives salvation to kings, Who delivers David His servant from the deadly sword.– Psalm 144:10 Scripture reading:
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BOOK REVIEW: The Amazing Dr. Ransom’s Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies
A Field Guide for Clear Thinkers by Douglas Wilson & N.D. Wilson illustrated by Forrest Dickison 320 pages / 2015
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Public doubt: Josh Harris abandons God, and Hillsong’s Marty Sampson struggles
In July, Josh Harris, the author of the 1990s Christian bestseller, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, declared he was kissing his
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September 18 – So why sing?
I will sing a new song to You, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises
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News or fake news: third of Brits have dinner in silence?   
In September, at least five of the United Kingdom’s online newspapers shared the results of a study claiming one-third of Brits
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September 17 – The God worthy of song
I will sing a new song to You, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises
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CitizenFour
Documentary 113 minutes / 2014 RATING 7/10 In 2013 Edward Snowden let the world know that their emails, phone calls,
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New study: Universe may be younger (or older) than scientists previously thought
The Associated Press headline read, “Study finds universe might be 2 billion years younger.” While that wasn’t a complete come-to-creationism capitulation – even
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September 16 – Living with liars
Whose mouth speaks vain words, And whose right hand is a hand of falsehood. – Psalm 144:8 Scripture reading: Psalm
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September 15 – God contra mundum
Whose mouth speaks vain words, And whose right hand is a hand of falsehood. – Psalm 144:8 Scripture reading: Psalm
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Saturday Selections – Sept 14, 2019
The lie of realism (10 minutes) “The reason I write fantasy novels is because I am a realist.” – Nate
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September 14 – I can’t even lift my arm to say I need to be saved
Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, From the hand of foreigners,
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2081: Everyone will finally be equal
Drama 2009 / 25 minutes RATING: 8/10 “The year is 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal
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September 13 – Divine activity
Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, From the hand of foreigners,
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September 12 – Learning to be a child again
Flash forth lightning and scatter them; Shoot out Your arrows and destroy them. – Psalm 144:6 Scripture reading: Psalm 144
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Only one question to debate: What are the unborn?
Abortion advocates love clouding the real issue. We don’t have to let them. ***** The answer to the question, What
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Martin Luther on the vital, foundational, educational calling of parents
Martin Luther loved God’s Church so much he risked his freedom and life for it. He boldly took on princes,
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September 11 – Asking God to fight our battles
Flash forth lightning and scatter them; Shoot out Your arrows and destroy them. – Psalm 144:6 Scripture reading: Psalm 144
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September 10 – Will we be consumed?
Bow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. – Psalm 144:5 Scripture
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Porn addiction isn’t just a guy thing
“… but you’re a girl!?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that given the context that
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September 9 – The blaze of His glory
Bow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. – Psalm 144:5 Scripture
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September 8 – Day of rest for those passing on
Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow. – Psalm 144:4 Scripture reading: Psalm 144 “The
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September 7 – God is not like us
Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow. – Psalm 144:4 Scripture reading: Psalm 144 Well,
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Saturday Selections – Sept 7, 2019
Is college worth it? (5 min) If you want to be a nurse or architect, college is vital. But if
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After politicians decline, “stones” start defending the unborn
Politically, the last two weeks have not been auspicious for the unborn. South of the border we saw Democratic presidential
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September 6 – Putting ourselves in place
LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man that You are mindful of
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Scarred Earth (The Grand Canyon)
This half-hour video is divided into two parts. The opening 15-minute are an investigation into how the Grand Canyon was,
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September 5 – The condescending mercy of God
LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man that You are mindful of
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Church, Home, and School – A Two-Legged Stool?
A popular metaphor for education in the Reformed community is the image of a triangle, a tripod, or a three-legged
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September 4 – Taking possession of what God gives
My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take
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God is visible to any with eyes to see
Our universe, if just slightly different, would never have been able to support life. For example, a proton’s mass is
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September 3 – My powerful fortress of safety
My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take
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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Illustrated lecture 49 or 85 min; 2015/2012 RATING: 7/10 While this is little more than a powerpoint lecture, it was,
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September 2 – My hands?
Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle – Psalm 144:1
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September 1 – Introduction to Psalm 144
Repetition. If you have lived for a few years, you have already learned the value of repetition. God has placed
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Saturday Selections – August 31, 2019
Real men are courageous Driving your car fast might get you an adrenaline rush, but it doesn’t make you brave.
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August 31 – Choose you this day
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. But as for me and my house, we will serve the
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On Union Membership: voices from the past
On March 9, 2017 the Abbotsford Canadian Reformed Church held a forum on “Christians and Union Membership” and I was
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August 30 – A witness between you and us
“Let us now prepare to build ourselves an altar, not for burnt offerings nor for sacrifice, but that it may
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A sad tale of a wealthy millennial’s moral confusion
A few years back my wife heard a young woman share that she had felt guilty for being able to
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August 29 – Take careful heed
“But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you.”
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Harder Truth
Documentary 9 min / 2003 This film changed me. It is a video, taken in the womb, of an abortion.
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August 28 – Divine faithfulness
“Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came
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August 27 – divine sojourners
“So the children of Israel gave to the Levites from their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities
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In defence of Biblical spanking
Why would anyone want to write an article defending spanking? This is one of those topics which the modern world
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He who has ears, let him hear
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about Him,
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August 26 – Divine justice
“The LORD also spoke to Joshua, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, saying: “Appoint for yourselves cities of refuge,
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August 25 – The deceitfulness of sin
“And it happened, when the children of Israel grew strong, that they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did
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Saturday Selections – August 24, 2019
The Joel Osteen sermon that changed Oprah’s life (13 minutes) While we prefer to focus on what’s good and right
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August 24 – Wholly following the Lord
“Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the
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Worldviews and Dogviews: what are they?
“What’s a worldview?” I asked. “It’s a way of viewing the world,” my helpful friend answered. “Um, thanks.” ***** Long
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August 23 – As the Lord had commanded
“As the Lord had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did; and they divided the land.” – Joshua 14:5
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August 22 – An ominous warning
“Nevertheless the children of Israel did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maachathites, but the Geshurites and the Maachathites
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A multi-level warning about multi-level marketing
Multi-level marketing’s end is nowhere in sight. Years ago, my personal ministry was. Yours truly accepted the invitation of another
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The Board of Covenant Canadian Reformed School invites applications for the 2019-2020 school year for a: Temporary Full-Time Grade One Teacher Maternity
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August 21 – The divine promise
“Them I will drive out from before the children of Israel.” – Joshua 13:6 Scripture reading: Joshua 13:1-7 With Joshua
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August 20 – He left nothing undone
“As the LORD had commanded Moses His servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone
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12 free Creation videos that’ll have you awestruck
There’s something to be said for short and sweet. Each of the following dozen clips is just 6 minutes or
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Flight: the Genius of Birds
Documentary 63 minutes, 2013 Rating: 9/10 I watched this with my three-year-old daughter and we had the exact same reaction:
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August 19 – The sun stood still
“The LORD heeded the voice of a man.” – Joshua 10:14 Scripture reading: Joshua 10:12-15 When they come to this
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August 18 – The battle belongs to the Lord
“And the LORD said to Joshua, ‘Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a
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August 17 – The Gibeonite deception
“Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord.” –
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Saturday Selections – August 17, 2019
What to expect when your kids head off to college  “Hundreds of years of bad philosophy are about to immerse
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On the difference between punishment and discipline
Both punishment and discipline are painful, but that pain is put to very different purposes by God. God disciplines his
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August 16 – From conquest to covenant
“…and afterward read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written
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August 15 – The Church in the hands of an angry God
“So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger.” – Joshua 7:26 Scripture reading: Joshua 7 God’s wrath against
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Science Uprising: a revolutionary case for Intelligent Design
The Bible tells us this world and this universe were spoken into being by God Himself, and that Mankind is
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BOOK REVIEW: If we survive
by Andrew Klavan 352 pages / 2013 “We came to Costa Verdes to build a wall. I just wish I
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August 14 – The Lord fought the battle of Jericho! – Part 2
“So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of
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August 13 – The Lord fought the battle of Jericho! – Part 1
“And the LORD said to Joshua: ‘See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men
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A 2,000 year history of Christian pro-life activity
The pro-life movement began in the early 1970s as a result of the legalization of abortion in Britain (1967), Canada
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August 12 – Judgment begins
“Then the Commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where
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August 11 – Covenant renewal
“Then the LORD said to Joshua, ‘This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.’” – Joshua
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August 10 – A sign among you
“That this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these
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Saturday Selections – August 10, 2019
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Jane Goodall have a plan to save the planet Once again key figures in the
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Cremation: why and why not
Three things got me thinking about cremation. One was a phone call from someone asking me if I would like
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On “the Overton Window” and talking crazy
There are two ways to encourage our country to turn in a godly direction. Both involve talking. **** Glenn Beck,
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August 9 – The marvelous miracle
“The waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away.” – Joshua 3:16
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August 8 – The glory of God
“The waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand
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July/Aug 2019 issue
WHAT’S INSIDE: A biblical case for global warming skepticism / Technology and our anxious hearts /  Rachel Jankovic’s You who?
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August 7 – The ark of the covenant
“When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it,
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August 6 – The profession of a prostitute – Part 2
“And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted: neither did there remain any more courage in anyone
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August 5 – The profession of a prostitute – Part 1
“So went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.” – Joshua 2:1 Scripture reading:
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Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels
Documentary 2014 / 96 minutes Rating: 10/10 I’ve watched this at least 5 times now, and many sections many more
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August 4 – Turning promise into possession
“Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, “Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross
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August 3 – Prophetic foreshadowing
“Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I
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Saturday Selections – August 3, 2019
A very unique way to share the Gospel (5 min) Here’s an inventive way that one church is reaching into
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Online dating as seen from the other side
Editor’s note: In “The pros and cons of online dating” Peter Riemersma shared how he met his wife via a
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The pros and cons of online dating
I first wrote on online dating more than a dozen years ago, back when the Internet was still young, and
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August 2 – Divine assurances
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the
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August 1 – Introduction
For many churchgoers today, the Old Testament Book of Joshua is only about ancient battles and bloodshed. Sure the walls
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The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the plot to kill Hitler
by John Hendrix 176 pages / 2018  The world “pastor” is not often paired with words like “plot” or “kill.”
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July 31 – The way to victory
“As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall
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Mankind is rusting out…and that’s a problem for evolution
We’re breaking down. In a 2016 talk geneticist Dr. John Sanford explained that there are two conflicting worldviews at battle in
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July 30 – Doing the work of faith
“And the LORD said to Joshua, ‘See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men
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July 29 – Coming to judge the living and the dead
“…he said, ‘No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.’ And Joshua
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Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution I
Documentary 47 min / 2006 Rating: 7/10 As narrator Dr. Jobe Martin explains, he was once an evolutionist and only
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July 28 – Humbled by God’s grace
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God Who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those
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July 27 – Whose side are you on, anyway?
“Joshua went to him and said to him, ‘Are you for us, or for our adversaries?’ And he said, ‘No;
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Saturday Selections – July 27, 2019
Seal bearing name that appears in the Bible was discovered (3 min) It’s tiny, but it’s big – this recent
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July 26 – It’s all about God
“When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him
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Boys and sports
Why moms should want their sons breaking tackles and snagging rebounds **** Yes, you read the header right. I really
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Sales as a noble calling
We might not think of sales as a good job for Christians…but we should ***** Many years ago, when I
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July 25 – Taste the goodness of the Lord
“And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes
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Bolivar
by Sean Rubin 224 pages / 2017 New York is the busiest city in the world, and people there are
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July 24 – Remember and believe, so that you can stand firm in faith
“While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month
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July 23 – Trust, and obey, for there’s no other way
“And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love
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John Hus: A journey of no return
Docudrama 2015 /55 minutes Rating: 7/10 This docudrama covers the last months of Reformer Jan Hus’s (1369-1415) life when he
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July 22 – He has rolled away the reproach of Egypt
“And the LORD said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.’” – Joshua 5:9
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Babies are murdered here
Documentary 2014 / 54 minutes Rating: 8/10 This must-see is first and foremost an encouragement for anyone sitting on the
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July 21 – First things first
“At that time the LORD said to Joshua, ‘Make flint knives and circumcise the sons of Israel a second time.’”
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Saturday Selections – July 20, 2019
The programmer? (6 min) Our DNA is more remarkable than any man-made computer program. So who programmed it? When your
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July 20 – Brought from death to life
“About 40,000 ready for war passed over before the Lord for battle, to the plains of Jericho.” – Joshua 4:13
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July 19 – A monument at Gilgal
“…the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord
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Losers are part of the plan
As far as many politicians and voters are concerned, “going green” is the equivalent of “motherhood and apple pie.” Typically,
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July 18 – The last enemy to be defeated
“… the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the
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BOOK REVIEW: You Who? Why you matter and how to deal with it
by Rachel Jankovic 235 pages / 2019 I began reading my wife’s copy of You Who? only after she shared
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July 17 – All things must work together for your salvation
“The LORD said to Joshua, ‘Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they
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July 16 – Consecrate yourselves
“Then Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.’” – Joshua 3:5
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180: from pro-choice to pro-life in minutes
Documentary 2011, 33 minutes Rating: 7/10 The trailer for 180 showed people being interviewed on the street declaring their support for
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July 15 – Keep your eye on the ark
“As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God being carried by the Levitical
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The Riot and The Dance
Documentary 2018 / 83 minutes Rating: 8/10 Biologist Gordon Wilson is excited about God’s creation, and it’s catching! In The
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July 14 – Do not fear; only believe
“Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he
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July 13 – Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone
“…as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of
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Saturday Selections – July 13, 2019
Fined $8.2 million for pro-life work, this pastor wouldn’t pay Randy Alcorn’s name is well known in Christian circles for
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July 12 – The scarlet cord
“And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.” – Joshua 2:21 Scripture reading: Joshua 2:8-21 People wonder about the
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I can only imagine
Drama 2018 / 110 minutes Rating: 8/10 This is the life story of MercyMe singer Bart Millard, or, more specifically,
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Human Rights need God
Do human rights need God? Bluntly stated, it all depends on your god. Those who reject that there is a
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July 11 – The battle belongs to the Lord
“…we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out
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July 10 – Rahab the prostitute
“And she said, ‘True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And when
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July 9 – Commitment to exercise Church discipline
“Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death.” – Joshua
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BOOK REVIEW: Know why you believe
by K. Scott Oliphint 2017 / 221 pages There’s a need for different types of books on apologetics. We need
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Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants
Animated / Family 2014 / 89 minutes Rating: 7/10 In this utterly unique film, a lost ladybug teams up with
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July 8 – Commitment to the unity of faith
“And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, ‘Remember the word that Moses the servant
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Sunday July 7 – Only believe
“Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are
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Saturday Selections – July 6, 2019
Parents: don’t squelch your kids’ interest in Creation (1 min) Global warming hopelessness In response to climate-change cataclysmic predictions, some
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July 6 – Israel’s savior was careful to do what God commanded him
“And Joshua commanded the officers of the people, “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare
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July 5 – Salvation through the obedience of the Savior
“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses My servant commanded
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July 4 – Only be strong and courageous
Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers
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Questioning daycare and preschool: how young is too young?
In this twenty-first century, more and more children are being relegated to daycare or other institutions that look after them
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Should Introverts be expected to act like Extroverts?
“You are a wonderful person and I like you. But now please shush.” This quotation from a tongue-in-cheek article by
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July 3 – Immanuel is our comfort
“Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to
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How do you like me now? When a child, parent, spouse, or sibling says they’re gay
Documentary 2016 / 88 minutes RATING: 7/10 The powerful, aggressive, LGBTQ lobby has been very successful in its efforts to
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July 2 – Not even Moses could save them
“Moses My servant is dead.” – Joshua 1:2 Scripture reading: Joshua 1:1-9 Moses’ name is mentioned three times in the
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5 great chapter books
With the start of summer what parents everywhere need are some fantastic reads for their young’uns. The chapter books below
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July 1 – Introduction
How do we approach the book of Joshua, the story of the conquest of the promised land, the story of
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Tidbits – July 2019
Doubt your doubts… “We don’t just need answers for people’s difficult questions. We need questions for people’s easy answers.” –
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June 30 – You shall not live by bread alone
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did
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June 29 – Elected unto victory
And when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, you must devote them to
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Saturday Selections – June 29, 2019
John MacArthur: Calvinism vs. Arminianism (6 min) How can God be sovereign over everything and we still be responsible for our
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Audacity: Love can’t stay silent
Drama 50 minutes / 2015 Rating: 8/10 I once thought that the main flaw with so many Christian movies was
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June 28 – Elected unto obedience
You shall therefore be careful to do the commandment and the statutes and the rules that I command you today.
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June 27 – Election and God’s character
The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples
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June 26 – Covenantal allegiance
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and
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Can Christians do pro-life undercover work?
Earlier this month pro-life undercover journalist David Daleiden lost a bid to get a $195,000 fine against him overturned when
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June 25 – Centered on God
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your
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Why Do We Suffer? Buddhism vs. Christianity
The current prevailing philosophy in our western world is that everyone’s opinion is equal and no one is wrong or
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Is it ever permissible to lie?
When Reformed Perspective first started, we had regular contributions from Dutch politician and journalist Piet Jongeling.  In this article, from the October
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June 24 – The only Holy God
Hear, Oh Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. – Deut. 6:4 Scripture reading: Deut. 6:1-6 There is
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June 23 – God’s prayer
Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments that
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Saturday Selections – June 22, 2019
Preparing parents for the sex talk This 11-minute video from a conservative Christian group has some great thoughts for parents
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June 22 – Israel’s prayer
For who is there of all flesh that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the
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June 21 – The unveiled word
These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out of the midst of the fire, the
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June 20 – Trust and obey
Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on earth
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Fossil fuels are essential to the modern world
“Magical” thinking won’t provide us with the energy we need **** Concern about climate change has reached a fever pitch
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A true story of a journey from sexual exploitation to freedom
As a little girl I had big dreams of all the possibilities that would await me when I grew up.
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June 19 – Knowing God and the discipline of God
Out of heaven He let you hear his voice, that He might discipline you. And on earth He let you
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Highflying comparisons, down-to-earth questions, and truthful declarations – apologetics in 3 steps
Bill Muehlenberg is one of Australia’s most insightful commentators, and in his recent column “Sex Wars: Can’t get no satisfaction”
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June 18 – Going deep into history
For ask now of the days that are past which were before you, since the day that God created man
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Tactics in defending your faith
In 2018, Stand to Reason‘s Tim Barnett teamed up with Reformed Perspective, traveling to churches across Canada to speak on “Tactics
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June 17 – A fading glory
Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and
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June 16 – Punished in order to picture Christ
But the Lord was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. – Deut. 3:26 Scripture
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Saturday Selections – June 15, 2019
Bigger than big! (5 minutes) God has crafted our universe on the grandest of grand scales! Pinterest permanently bans investigative
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June 15 – The prayer of a righteous man
Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon. –
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June 14 – United in rest
All your men of valour shall cross over armed before your brothers, the people of Israel… until the Lord gives
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Age
Editor’s note: When Dr. Adams turned 90 this year, his colleague, Donn Arms, was reminded of a prayer Adams had
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June 13 – God overflows with good things
Jair the Manassite took all the region of Argob, that is, Bashan, as far as the border of the Geshurites
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May/June 2019 issue
WHAT’S INSIDE: How God’s providence should impact our politics / Mental illness: responsibility and response / James Higginbotham: last of
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Why should we study Scripture together?
It’s too easy to take for granted the blessings God has heaped on us, so let’s stop for a moment
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June 12 – Trembling at God’s judgment
This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the
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Technology and our anxious hearts
As a pastor I get to talk to lots of people. After some conversation, I start to get a sense
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June 11 – So that the nations might fear God
This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the
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How then shall we watch?
Imagine the following scenario. A Christian friend invites you over for a movie. The evening hasn’t progressed far, however, before
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June 10 – Rise up and take the salvation God has given
Rise up, set out on your journey and go over the Valley of the Arnon. Behold I have given into
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June 9 – A greater purpose
And when you approach the territory of the people of Ammon, do not harass them or contend with them for
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Saturday Selections – June 8, 2019
Dude Perfect’s does more than bottle flips If you and your family don’t already know about Dude Perfect, these guys
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June 8 – A failure in holy war
The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did in Egypt before
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Henry VIII’s reformation, Big Bird, and the end coming to us all
Komm, süßer Tod, komm selge Ruh or “Come, sweet death, come, blessed rest” is a melody Johann Sebastian Bach composed in
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June 7 – Self-deception
And you murmured in your tents and said, “Because the Lord hated us he has brought us out of the
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10 tales to help us clear away transgender confusion
We live in a time when the obvious is not so. How exactly can we explain to someone who doesn’t
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June 6 – You have the anointing of the Holy One
And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My Lord Moses, stop them.” But
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Apologetics 101: Stay on message
Step 1. Figure out what you’re really trying to say Step 2. Don’t let anyone or anything distract you from
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June 5 – Moses’ inability
At that time I said to you, “I am not able to bear you by myself.” – Deut. 1:9 Scripture
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June 4 – Authority comes from God
Choose from your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads. – Deut. 1:13
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Tidbits – June 2019
As seen on a t-shirt We live in an emoticon, headline-reading, 280-character tweet, fly-by-level-of-engagement world. But short doesn’t always mean
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June 3 – Who defeated Sihon and Og?
Moses spoke to the people of Israel according to all that the Lord had given him in commandment to them, after
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June 2 – Sin and grace at the boundary
It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-Barnea. – Deut. 1:2 Scripture reading: Deut.
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Saturday Selections – June 1, 2019
Six ways not to read the Bible (4 min) Dr. Dane Ortlund shares 6 ways that we do, but shouldn’t, read
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June 1 – Introduction, and Reflection at the boundary
Pastor James Zekveld started his ministry with a sermon series on the book of Deuteronomy. June’s devotions are a summary
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May 31 – The pillars of the exodus
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. Let them thank the LORD
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Do not worry…
Cheer up, ye saints of God, there’s nothing to worry about! Nothing to make you feel afraid, nothing to make
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May 30 – Life in the shadow of your wings
Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Saviour of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand. Keep
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May 29 – Life without the leaven of pagan Egypt
Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, and no leaven shall
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Mental illness: responsibility and response
Back in Grade 6 my twin daughters came home talking about that day’s lesson in Health class. They were learning
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New York Times takes dads to task about housework
When will men stop shirking their share of the housework? That was the question a recent New York Times article asked,
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May 28 – Life after the night of watching
And the people of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and
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7 ways to help a foster family
So you’re not able or ready to plunge into foster care? That doesn’t mean you can’t still be involved! Here
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May 27 – Life during the night of death
It was a night of watching by the LORD, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this
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May 26 – Life when the destroyer comes
None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass
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May 25 – Life before the night of judgment
When your children say to you, “What do you mean by this service?” you shall say, “It is the sacrifice
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Saturday Selections – May 25, 2019
Ordinary amazingness (2 min) It’s a dandelion. And here, too, the Creator has crafted his magic, putting it on display
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5 ways God’s providence should impact how we approach politics
This is an edited version of a devotional given at an ARPA Canada “God and Government Conference,” May 4, 2019,
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May 24 – Reset your clocks to Exodus time
This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for
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Why you should consider fostering
May is Foster Care Awareness Month and I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a little of our journey
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May 23 – Not a dog shall growl against you
Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die… There shall be a great cry throughout all the land of
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The Long Goodbye: The Kara Tippetts Story
Documentary 88 min / 2019 Rating: 10/10 “I feel like I’m a little girl at a party whose Dad is
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Unbroken: Path to Redemption
Drama / Christian 98 minutes / 2018 RATING: 8/10 Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010best-selling biography of Louis Zamperini was so good two
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May 22 – He will let you go from here
The LORD said to Moses, “Yet one plague more I will bring upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt. Afterward he will
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The Pursuit
Documentary 77 minutes / 2019 RATING: 7/10 “From 1970 until today the percentage of people living at starvations door has
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May 21 – God commands the darkness to swallow Egypt
They did not see one another, nor did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the people
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May 20 – God commands the heavens to strike and the locusts to destroy
“By now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would
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May 19 – God commands the animals to die and the dust to bring distress
“The LORD will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt, so that nothing of all
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Saturday Selections – May 18, 2019
Caterpillars feeding on an explosive treat (3 min) BBC Earth is all about getting viewers closer and deeper into Nature
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May 18 – God commands the dust and the flies to afflict Egypt
The magicians tried by their secret arts to produce gnats, but they could not. So there were gnats on man
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Hostility to Unplanned helps get its message out
Unplanned tells the true story of how Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director, changed her mind and now
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May 17 – God commands the frogs of the Nile to invade Egypt
Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants
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F.R.E.E.D. – an acronym to help us defend and use our religious freedom
If you’re pro-life, you know the value of a good acronym. For years S.L.E.D. has helped us remember there are
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Patricia Polacco gets woke
In my idyllic and very Christian small town I keep forgetting that even here there’s a spiritual war going on.
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May 16 – God commands the water to become blood
Thus says the LORD, “By this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, with the staff that is
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May 15 – The Lord warns and Satan still tries to deceive Pharaoh
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh
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May 14 – They shall all know that I am the Lord
Though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I
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How to Answer the Fool
85 min / 2013 RATING 8/10 Some Christians will try to provide atheists with reasons for why they should believe
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May 13 – Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night (Jesus I come to Thee)
Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit
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Little white lies and why we tell them
Your wife discovers some flowers in the kitchen and thanks you with a hug and a big kiss for “such
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May 12 – I am and I will
The LORD said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand
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May 11 – I’m Pharaoh and I will not
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me
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Saturday Selections – May 11, 2019
The world is rated R (50 minutes) It is a parental impulse to shelter our children. But is our end
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The foundation of Human Rights? God’s prohibitions
Human rights. A noble phrase, to be sure. But in a godless world, there are no rights, because a human
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May 10 – Let me go
Moses took the staff of God in his hand. And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to
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Five fantastic and free documentaries
The Fool – the true “banana man” story (1 hour) This is the true story of how evangelist Ray Comfort
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May 9 – Are we sufficiently equipped for what lies ahead?
Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or
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May 8 – It shall not harm you
The LORD said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”–so he put out his hand
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2 to help us understand the Muslim holy book
WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE QUR’AN by James R. White 311 pages / 2013 More than ever,
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May 7 – Who shall I say you are?
Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your
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#4: the forgotten commandment?
In Celebrating the Sabbath pastor Bruce Ray warns that there are two ways to fall off the horse when it
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May 6 – How can we come near?
God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do
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May 5 – God’s ways are not our ways
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens
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Saturday Selections – May 4, 2019
The 16 most amazing nests built by birds The amazing tailorbird crafts camouflage for its nest by using grass or
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May 4 – The defender of the oppressed
When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. And
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May 3 – Delivered
By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off
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SI’s swimsuit edition: from barely-there to burkinis
The annual Sports Illustrated (SI) swimsuit edition is best known for the next-to-nothing that models wear. So why would this year’s
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May 2 – The collision of two great powers
But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were
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Tidbits – May 2019
The world’s love hurts In a presentation by Jonathon Van Maren on euthanasia and assisted suicide the pro-life apologist repeatedly
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May 1 – The central Character in the story of all our lives
Introduction to the month of May This month we will be looking at Exodus 1-13 in order to see the
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Gosnell: the trial of America’s biggest serial killer
Drama 2018 / 93 minutes RATING: 8/10 “Are you going to be the first prosecutor in American history to charge
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April 30 – Joy with Jesus
Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given me, may be with me where I am…– John 17:24
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Donald Trump, the pro-life rabble-rouser?
In April the president of the United States made headlines for a movie he didn’t watch, and didn’t comment on.
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April 29 – Future joy
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning
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April 28 – Joy in worship
True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. – John 4:24 Scripture reading: John 4:1-26 Since joy, in
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Saturday Selections – April 27, 2019
Real men exercise David Murray’s Christian Man Academy offers men, young and old, straightforward advice on what it means to be
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April 27 – Angelic wonder
…things into which angels long to look.– 1 Peter 1:12 Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:3-12 I’m curious about angels. Not the
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Talking to your neighbor about Islam
Islam spawns violent terrorism, and yet lots of Muslims aren’t violent. So how does that make sense? And if we
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April 26 – Counterfeit joy (4)
May my meditation be pleasing to Him, for I rejoice in the Lord.– Psalm 104:34 Scripture reading: Psalm 104:1-35 I
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April 25 – Counterfeit joy (3)
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?– Mark 8:36 Scripture reading: Mark 8:31-38 C.S. Lewis once said: “It would
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Rahab the whore…mother of Christ
“…the LORD your God is He who is God in heaven above and on earth beneath…” – Joshua 2:11 ***** In
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On the proper role of Government (and the footnoted Belgic Confession article 36)
A review of P.J. Hoedemaker’s Article 36 of the Belgic Confession Vindicated Against Dr. Abraham Kuyper  ***** Anyone who has ever
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April 24 – Counterfeit joy (2)
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had
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Remembering the head nurse and other people
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I consider the work of Your hands.  (Ps.
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April 23 – Counterfeit joy (1)
By faith Moses… refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of
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April 22 – The joy of believing
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.– Hebrews 11:1 Scripture reading: John
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Rome’s Catacombs art was created to encourage fellow Christians
Imagine a vast, underground series of zigzagging passageways covering an area several miles in length, 590 acres in size. Ponder
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April 21 – Resurrection joy
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” – John 20:18 Scripture reading: John 20:1-18 It
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April 20 – For the joy set before him
Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured
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Saturday Selections – April 20, 2019
Preferred pronouns or jail? This is American but has ready application for most other Western nations. Raising motivated kids (20 minutes)
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April 19 – Jesus’ seventh word on the cross
“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!” – Luke 23:46 Scripture reading: Luke 23:44-49 This word, like the fourth
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Charles Darwin’s grave mistake
One hundred and thirty-seven years ago, on April 19, 1882, a seventy-three-year-old man died at home in his bed. He
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Mar/Apr 2019 issue
WHAT’S INSIDE: Are we “blessed” or “privileged”? / Maintaining the motivation of officebearers / On tidying up with Marie Kondo
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April 18 – Jesus’ sixth word on the cross
“It is finished.” – John 19:30 Scripture reading: John 19:28-30 You and I might not finish something we’ve begun. Due
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Come now, let us reason together
They say that the optimist sees the glass half full, the pessimist sees the glass half empty, and that the
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April 17 – Jesus’ fifth word on the cross
“I thirst.” – John 19:28 Scripture reading: John 19:28-30 Jesus’ fifth word on the cross is only one word in
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April 16 – Jesus’ fourth word on the cross
…”My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” – Matthew 27:46 Scripture reading: Matthew 27:45-56 I wonder if the onlookers
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Devilish correspondence: Lord Foulgrin’s and Screwtape’s letters
Some 75 years ago, as C. S. Lewis reports it, he intercepted correspondence between two devils, the one a senior
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The subterranean origins of certain Equality and Justice doctrines
A Page From Hell’s Playbook **** If I were the devil – which some of you may believe after reading
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April 15 – Jesus’ third word on the cross
…He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from
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The Giver (the graphic novel adaptation)
by Lois Lowry adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell 2019 / 176 pages It’s a hundred or so years
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April 14 – Jesus’ second word on the cross
And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”– Luke 23:43
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April 13 – Jesus’ first word on the cross
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”- Luke 23:34 Scripture reading: Luke 23:18-34 Looking
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Saturday Selections – April 13, 2019
Is it a sin to be angry with God? (2 min) R.C. Sproul gives a clear answer to this question.
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April 12 – Jesus’ joy
But now I am coming to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my
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Singleness: on being active and included in the body of Christ
Singleness. I often think there should be some kind of thunderclap after that word. This word and what it entails
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April 11 – Joy in this world
But now I am coming to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my
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Kids and alcohol: parents are more influential than they may know!
Your teen is at a party with some of the “coolest” young people he knows. He’s encouraged to have a
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April 10 – The fruit of joy (ii)
…rejoice that your names are written in heaven. – Luke 10:20 Scripture reading: Luke 10:1-10 The reason that joy is
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Why haven’t we heard from ET?
Some 70 years ago physicist Enrico Fermi looked up at the stars and wondered where everyone was at. With billions
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The ordinary is extraordinary: Dr. Gordon Wilson at Creation Weekend 2018
During the Creation Science Association of Alberta’s Creation Weekend 2018, Dr. Gordon Wilson was the feature speaker, giving three lectures.
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April 9 – The fruit of joy (i)
But the fruit of the Spirit is… joy…– Galatians 5:22 Scripture reading: Galatians 5:16-25 My family and I lived in
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April 8 – Joy in tribulation
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces
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April 7 – Worship with gladness
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! – Psalm 100:2 Scripture reading: Psalm 100:1-6 Since joy in
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April 6 – Joy in God’s revelation
In the way of Your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches… I will delight in your statutes;
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Saturday Selections – April 6, 2019
5 ways dads can encourage our daughters This isn’t all that long but it’s worth reading through slowly and considering
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J.I. PACKER – Another person we should know better
James Innell Packer is a rather well-known author in Reformed circles. In fact, many people assume that Packer himself must
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April 5 – Joy in the God of my salvation
I will take joy in the God of my salvation. – Habakkuk 3:18b Scripture reading: Habakkuk 3:1-19 When the Bible speaks
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April 4 – Joy & peace
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.
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Male rapper “breaks” women’s weightlifting record
For a world increasingly confused about gender, February was an illuminating month with not one, but two well-publicized examples of
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Career over kids: South Korean women aren’t having babies
A new report has South Korea population beginning to decline in just ten years’ time. Statistics Korea reported in late
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April 3 – Abide in me
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be
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Tidbits – April 2019
Strong men can laugh “Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.” – G.K. Chesterton An
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April 2- Tidings of comfort and joy
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the
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Bad news for PP is good news for unborn babies!
If something makes Planned Parenthood sad, then it’s likely there’s something for the unborn and their advocates to celebrate. That
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April 1 – Good news of great joy
Introduction April’s theme is “The Christian’s Joy.”Joy is the possession of every child of God. The triune God is a
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March 31 – Be firm in your faith! 
Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout
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Saturday Selections – Mar. 30, 2019
Marijuana increases the risk of psychosis Marijuana is often presented as a near harmless indulgence. But a recent study finds
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March 30 – Your adversary 
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1
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March 29 – He cares for you 
…casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 Scripture reading: Psalm 55 Verse
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Are you “blessed” or “privileged”?
They might seem close synonyms but the Devil is in the details **** A couple of years back a viral
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March 28 – Are you humble? (2) 
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you. –
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Atheists can’t explain evil
Given an atheistic or even an agnostic starting point, how can someone be outraged by evil? Without God, being outraged
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The destiny hermeneutic
We confuse ourselves focusing only on the here and now ****  What in the world is a hermeneutic? You might
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March 27 – Are you humble? (1) 
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another,
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Even the world should agree…Christians activism is good for democracy
Many among the Left, and even some on the right would like Christians to just stay out of politics. These
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March 26 – Biblical leadership  
So I exhort the elders among you,… shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under
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March 25 – Are you prepared?
…but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who
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The Genesis Account: A theological, historical, and scientific commentary on Genesis 1-11
by Jonathan Sarfati 786 pages / 2015 Outside of sermon preparation, it is not often that I read a commentary
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March 24 – Who can really harm you? 
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should
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Saturday Selections – March 23, 2019
#1 reason & #2 reason you shouldn’t worry about global warming In reason #1, Del Tackett and Dr. Larry Vardiman
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March 23 – The war against your soul 
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against
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Bruce Jenner & Micklewhite: Adult problems lurk amongst the picture books
It was a beautiful day. The temperature had soared to eighty degrees plus and one of our daughters and four
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March 22 – Our privilege and responsibility 
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you
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The Christian job description
When I was a young seminary student, I had to read an extensive commentary by a Dutch theologian. I had
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March 21 – We are living stones
…you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer
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3 provocative, powerful, PG-rated, dystopian novels
The best dystopian books warn us of an undesirable future that seems far too likely for our peace of mind.
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March 20 – Our living stone!
As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious.
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A careful look at the issue of birth control
Children: a calling and a blessing **** God calls the Reformed husband and wife to bear children. Just as marriage
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March 19 – Desire pure spiritual milk
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for
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Do what the guru says? Public schools are spiritual too.
If I’ve ever wondered why we spend so much effort on our Christian education, it’s become clearer recently, since I’ve
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March 18 – The shortness of life   
…for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower
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March 17 – Born again
…since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of
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March 16 – An earnest love 
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from
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Saturday Selections – March 16, 2019
Turning pro-choicers into pro-lifers in seconds? (2 min) Ray Comfort has another 30-minute pro-life film, coming out on May 9.
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The Man in the Dark
by Douglas Wilson 258 pages / 2019 Some books only merit a quick read, others should be slowly savored, and
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March 15 – Made manifest for us!
He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake,
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The Giver
Drama / Family 97 minutes / 2014 RATING: 8/10 My brother Jeff wrote a review of the book this film
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March 14 – We are redeemed by precious blood
…knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver
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God gives rest: On the 4th Commandment
Years ago I blew my first shot at university. I goofed off, got lousy grades, and ending up with a
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March 13 – Live in fear?
And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear
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March 12 – We are to have a right moral standard
…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written,
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How important is “nothing”?
My Grandmother found me in the pantry of her house and demanded, “What are you doing?” My quick response was
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March 11 – We are to have right obedience
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance. – 1 Peter 1:14 Scripture reading:
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March 10 – We are to have right thinking
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought
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Saturday Selections – March 9, 2019
How a bird is built (5 minutes) The creation of a bird is “an elaborate dance, it’s like a ballet
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March 9 – The prophets spoke about him
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring
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Reformed Harmony: a new tool promotes friendship…and sometimes marriage
“We’ll love you until somebody else does.” This light-hearted, rather amusing slogan belongs to the Facebook phenomenon known as Reformed
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10 questions to discuss when “interviewing” someone for marriage
These 10 questions were crafted for Reformed Harmony by Taylor DeSoto, with the hope that they could provide guidance for
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March 8 – How can we see him?
…whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible
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Ready Christian answers to life’s deepest questions
There’s no end of mysteries to explore in this weird, wacky, and wonderful universe. How is it that light can
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March 7 – A genuine faith
…so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by
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March 6 – Rejoicing in tough times
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, as was necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.
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Real progress: Canada is warming up to an abortion law
In October of 2011, Reformed Perspective published an article I wrote called “Saving some is not a compromise – the case for
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March 5 – Guarded by God’s power
…who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
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Tidbits – March 2019
Chesterton on whether love is blind The world tells us that we shouldn’t try to change those we love, that
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March 4 – The Christian’s inheritance
…to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you… – 1 Peter 1:4 Scripture reading:
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March 3 – Why should we praise God the Father?
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us
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Saturday Selections – Mar. 2, 2019
The Kara Tippets documentary is coming soon When an regular Christian mom was diagnosised with terminal cancer, she decided to
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March 2 – The Triune God saves us
…To those who are elect…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience
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The JFK assassination and apologetics: the facts don’t speak for themselves
Movie director, Oliver Stone, unleashed a Pandora’s Box at the box-office in 1991 with the release of his controversial film, JFK.
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March 1 – Introduction, and encouraged by election
For the month of March, we will do a study based on the Epistle of 1 Peter. I am not
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Maintaining the motivation of elders and deacons
The following is a rough transcript of Rev. Moesker’s 45-minute presentation above. **** I’ve been asked to speak here and
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Thursday February 28 – Wholehearted commitment
So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen
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Wednesday February 27 – Resurrection power
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who
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Why is dystopian fiction worth reading?
In dystopian fiction we get a glimpse at some sort of looming, foreboding future: maybe it’s humans devolving into separate
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Redeemer University
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Covenant Canadian Reformed School: High School Math/Science
The Board of Covenant Canadian Reformed School invites applications for: High School Math/Science Teacher Covenant Canadian Reformed School (CCRS) is a vibrant
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Trivan and ITB: Now Hiring!
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Tuesday February 26 – Lukewarm?
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. – Revelation
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Educating Royalty
 We must teach our children to be Kingdom heirs—not just laborers in the marketplace **** “Who are you?” a university
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Monday February 25 – Warnings of God fulfilled
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the
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Sunday February 24 – History as His story
The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of
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Saturday February 23 – The deadly power of sin’s enticement
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one
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Saturday Selections – Feb. 23, 2019
Doing Jordan Peterson one better   Jordan Peterson has inspired many a young man struggling with aimlessness. But Peterson isn’t
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Why so much Rap is Reformed
Evangelist Ray Comfort once said of Rap, “I love hearing it…end.” He’s not alone. Many Christians don’t think much of
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Friday February 22 – God’s perfect timing
… Just as Gehazi was telling the king how Elisha had restored the dead to life, the woman whose son
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Teaching boys to fight
Boys today are no longer expected to become warriors as a rite of passage to manhood. And that’s a good
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Thursday February 21 – So close, yet so far
There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets
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On tidying up with and without Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo has been famous in Japan for almost a decade, but only gained fame in North America in 2014
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Wednesday February 20 – The floodgates of heaven
But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” – Luke 18:27 Scripture reading: 2 Kings 6:32-7:2
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Do we “like” sin?
Welcome to the Information Age. With apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, we now have a window into the lives
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Tuesday February 19 – Worldly sorrow and true repentance
I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin. – Psalm 38:18 Scripture reading: 2 Kings 6:24-33 King Jehoram
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Jan/Feb 2019 issue
WHAT’S INSIDE: Teaching our boys to fight / Smartphone contract for our kids / “Interview” with Francis Schaeffer / $33
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Monday February 18 – God’s angelic army
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I
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Sunday February 17 – He cares for you!
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its
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Saturday Selections – Feb. 16, 2019
The Top 10 Scientific Problems with Biological and Chemical Evolution (20-minute read) This is a long but fascinating introduction to
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Saturday February 16 – God is not mocked
He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. – Psalm 7:15 Scripture
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The ethical issue of transsexuality
Editor’s note: though this article is 20 years old, it is just as relevant today as when it was first
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Friday February 15 – God knows your heart
So he went out from his presence a leper, like snow. – 2 Kings 5:27b Scripture reading: 1 John 1:5-10
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The good lie? Calvin vs. Luther
During World War II, when my dad was just three, the Nazis came to his house looking for my grandfather.
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Thursday February 14 – God’s just judgment
For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. – Ecclesiastes 12:14 Scripture
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The Bible and Alcoholics Anonymous
The following is a transcript of a Feb. 21, 2016 Truth in Love podcast produced by the Association of Certified Biblical
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Wednesday February 13 – A gift that cannot be bought
Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver
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Irreplaceable – What is family?
Documentary 104 min / 2015 RATING: 8/10 Everyone knows something is wrong with the family these days. But what? For
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Tidbits – February 2019
Satire, impactful satire Turnabout is fair play Rebutting a secular argument can be as simple as applying its logic more
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Tuesday February 12 – A terminal condition
…He was a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. – 2 Kings 5:1 Scripture reading: 2 Kings
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Monday February 11 – A childlike faith
“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
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Sunday February 10 – The bread of life in Gilgal
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread
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Saturday February 9 – Life from above
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins …But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love
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Saturday Selections – Feb. 9, 2019
Unplanned trailer This one looks interesting: Unplanned is the true story how Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson ended up defending
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Friday February 8 – Straight to Christ
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace
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An interview (of sorts) with “Gay Girl, Good God” author Jackie Hill Perry
Jackie Hill Perry is an American poet and recording artist on the Humble Beast label. Married to Preston, she is
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Thursday February 7 – The debt paid
…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as
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Why men are superior to women – a pro-life analogy
What follows is the text of a brochure that was delivered to more than 20,000 houses in Edmonton, Alberta during
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Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914
by John Hendrix 40 pages / 2014 I was raised with stories of the Dutch Resistance and the Canadian liberators
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Wednesday February 6 – Three kings and God’s prophet
When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD. – Proverbs 19:3 Scripture reading:
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The Queen on our coins testifies to Canada’s Christian roots
If you look at the back of any Canadian coin you will see an image of Queen Elizabeth II. Someone
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Tuesday February 5 – God’s use of the insignificant
…Not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.
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Monday February 4 – Bethel or Beth-Aven?
So Jacob called the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel. – Genesis 35:15 Scripture reading:
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Sunday February 3 – Living water in Jericho
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10b Scripture reading: 2 Kings
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Saturday Selections – Feb. 2, 2019
New government regulations shut down church program feeding the homeless Everyone understands that because government laws impact thousands and even millions,
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Saturday February 2 – Taken into glory
Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven,
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February 1 – Introduction, and our dependence on God alone
On the road to Emmaus, two disciples walked with the resurrected Lord Jesus. Luke describes how beginning with Moses and
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…but I have a couch
Rosaria Butterfield’s The Gospel Comes With A House Key came highly recommended, and after reading it I understand why. Rosaria
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Thursday January 31 – The feast of booths
On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy convocation. – Numbers 29:12 Scripture reading: Numbers
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The leading cause of death in the world
The leading cause of death in 2018 was not heart disease or stroke or AIDS or cancer or traffic accidents.
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God made Me and You: Celebrating God’s design for ethnic diversity
by Shai Linne illustrated by Trish Mahoney 32 pages / 2018 Reformed rapper Shai Linne has written a children’s book
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Wednesday January 30 – Strive side by side
…we will take up arms, ready to go before the people of Israel, until we have brought them to their
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The $33/hr minimum wage?
As of January 1, the minimum wage in New York City was boosted to $15 an hour, a more than
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Tuesday January 29 – Joshua – the new leader
And Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and made him stand before Eleazar the priest and
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Monday January 28 – The daughters of Zelophehad
The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father’s brothers and transfer
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Sunday January 27 – The second counting
Among these the land shall be divided for inheritance according to the number of names. – Numbers 26:53 Scripture reading: Numbers
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Saturday January 26 – Baal Peor
Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has turned back my wrath from the people of Israel,
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Saturday Selections – Jan. 26, 2019
For C.S. Lewis geeks only A new introduction to The Screwtape Letters has been found, and it turns out this manuscript didn’t first
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Friday January 25 – Balaam: prophet against his own will
“… but speak only the word that I tell you.” – Numbers 22:35 Scripture reading: Numbers 22:22-37 Having seen what
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Abortionist: “God performs way more abortions than I do…”
In a Dec. 29 tweet abortionist Leah Torres went viral by claiming: “God performs way more abortions than I do…”
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26 richest people own as much as the world’s poorest 3.75 billion
The 26 richest people on the planet hold as much wealth as the poorest 50% of the world’s population. So
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Based on a true story
“Um, excuse me?” I am kneeling next to a newly planted row of tomato starts and pulling weeds when I
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Thursday January 24 – Many nations He struck down
…and gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to his people Israel. – Psalm 135:12 Scripture reading: Numbers 21:21-35
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3 picture books that tackle anxiety, anger, and failure
Children get anxious. And angry. And they can get frustrated when they fail. As adults, we often struggle with these
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Wednesday January 23 – Inheriting the land is by faith alone
And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. – Numbers 21:9 Scripture reading:
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Tuesday January 22 – The Lord shows Himself holy at the waters of Meribah
Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel,
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Monday January 21 – Made clean to serve
For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer,
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Sunday January 20 – Provide for the support of God’s servants
Behold, I have given you charge of the contributions made to me, all the consecrated things of the people of
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Saturday Selections – January 19
Defending the unborn can be as simple as asking the other side to explain themselves   Marie Kondo and her
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Saturday January 19 – How can we come near to God?
And the people of Israel said to Moses, “Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone. Everyone who
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A smartphone contract for our kids
The ““Lights at Stewart’s Place” Facebook page is normally about the Stewart family’s incredible Christmas light display. This past December
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Anger is not your friend
Anger: sometimes it just feels right. Anger is happy to assume its place as your advocate, your defense against unfair
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Friday January 18 – The high priest stops death and gives life
And the LORD said to Moses, “Put back the staff of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept as a
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Thursday January 17 – Jealousy is the root of rebellion
Therefore it is against the LORD that you and all your company have gathered together. – Numbers 16:11 Scripture reading:
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Proverbs 18:17: the antidote to Fake News
In the era of, not so much fake, but exaggerated, partisan, and selectively reported news, how can we discern the
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Wednesday January 16 – How to live as God’s people in God’s land
When you come into the land you are to inhabit, which I am giving you… – Numbers 15:1 Scripture reading:
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Who do you want to know better?
In a holiday ad (for Spanish speakers) the furniture giant IKEA gathered several families, seating each clan around a large
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Tuesday January 15 – Two reports
Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread
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Monday January 14 – Put away all envy
Why were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? – Numbers 12:8 Scripture reading: Numbers 12 “So put away
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Sunday January 13 – Is the Lord’s hand shortened?
Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them! – Numbers 11:29
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Saturday Selections – Jan. 12, 2019
Parents, should we pay our children to do their chores and homework? This isn’t a specifically Christian article, but it
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Saturday January 12 – God shall arise and by His might put all His enemies to flight
Arise, O LORD, and let your enemies be scattered. – Numbers 10:35 Scripture reading: Numbers 10:11-36 The day of departure has
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Calvin’s Magnum Opus: a review of “Institutes of the Christian Religion”
A “magnum opus” is an author’s greatest work. When it comes to John Calvin his Institutes of the Christian Religion is one
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Calvin’s Institutes: Which edition should you read?
John Calvin published five different Latin editions of his Institutes, expanding on it with each new edition. The 1536 edition
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Friday January 11 – The trumpet shall sound
They shall be a reminder of you before the LORD. – Numbers 10:10 Scripture reading: Numbers 10:1-10 The LORD commands
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Jonathan Edwards: The pastor who packed them in the pews while preaching the wrath of God
Much like today, during the early colonial years in America, preachers rarely spoke about the wrath of God – this
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Thursday January 10 – The Lord leads his people
At the command of the LORD the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the LORD they
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Tidbits – January 2019
Why did the _____ cross the road? One of the wonderful things about children is that they are a new
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Wednesday January 9  – The first anniversary
Let the people of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time. – Numbers 9:2 Scripture reading: Numbers 9:1-14 One year
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Tuesday January 8 – Walk in the light of life
When you set up the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand. – Numbers 8:2
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Dance at Grandpa’s
by Laura Ingalls Wilder illustrated by Renée Graef 33 pages / 1994 I’d expect most everyone has heard of Laura
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Monday January 7 – Regular voluntary contributions
…and the chiefs offered their offerings before the altar. – Numbers 7:10 Scripture reading: Numbers 7:1-11; 84-89 Not only is
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Sunday January 6 – Threefold blessing
So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them. – Numbers 6:27 Scripture
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Saturday January 5 – The vow of the Nazarite
Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the LORD, he shall be holy. – Numbers 6:5
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Saturday Selections – Jan. 5, 2019
Is our galaxy in the center of many others? This is a tentative finding that the Institute for Creation Research
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Most overlooked articles of 2018
We’ve previously shared a Top-10 list of RP’s most popular posts of 2018. While every article on that list was fantastic,
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Friday January 4 – How to deal with sin?
…that they may not defile their camp, in the midst of which I dwell. – Numbers 5:3 Scripture reading: Numbers
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Thursday January 3 – You are a holy nation
They shall guard all the furnishings of the tent of meeting, and keep guard over the people of Israel as
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Thoughts on Deepak Reju’s “She’s got the wrong guy”
Sometimes a pointed comment sticks with you for years. A decade back, a dad of two unmarried mid-twenties daughters exclaimed
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Wednesday January 2 – Decently and in good order
The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ houses. They shall
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A passage from “The Hiding Place” I can’t manage to read out loud…
Corrie Ten Boom’s autobiographical The Hiding Place is best known for its account of her war time experiences. But one of the
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Tuesday January 1 – Introduction, and the LORD counts Israel
The Book of Numbers describes the travels of the People of Israel from Sinai to the Promised Land. The LORD
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Macarius: great works vs. grace
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift
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Parents: Understand that much depends on you
In this modernized excerpt, from his book “Duties for Parents” J.C. Ryle points to the enormous role God has given
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Monday December 31 – The joy of living with, and for, God
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. –
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Sunday December 30 – The power of the Holy Spirit
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in
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Saturday Selections – Dec. 29, 2018
Mutations show devolution, not evolution (3 min) Beneficial mutations do happen, but they happen via a loss of information. And such information-losing
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Saturday December 29 – Making disciples of the nations
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… – Matthew 28:19a   Scripture reading: Matthew 28:16-20 When Jesus rose from the dead and
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A call for Christian journalists: an interview (of sorts) with Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky has been many things – the Editor-in-Chief of World magazine, a journalism professor, the author of more than
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Friday December 28 – Conversation full of grace and seasoned with salt
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each
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Thursday December 27 – Following Jesus and shining like stars
…shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life… – Philippians 2:15b, 16a  Scripture reading: Philippians 2:12-17 In
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Being a witness: an interview (of sorts) with Francis Schaeffer
Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) has long since been retired from his earthly duties, but the Presbyterian pastor, philosopher, and apologist was
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Pieter Jongeling (1909-1985): husband, father, Nazi-fighter, prisoner, Member of Parliament, children’s author…and Reformed journalist
When one writes about Reformed journalism one inevitably thinks about the sort of journalism that for so many years published
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Wednesday December 26 – Keeping the joy of Jesus coming
For my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for
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CONNECT: Real help for parenting kids in a social media world
Documentary 70 minutes / 2018 RATING: 8/10 Connect offers “real help for parenting kids in a social media world” and the
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Tuesday December 25 – Remembering why Jesus came into the world
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! – Luke 2:14  Scripture
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J.C. Ryle on teaching our children to pray
In his book “Duties for Parents,” J.C. Ryle encourages parents to take seriously the admonishment in Proverbs 22:6 to “Train
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Monday December 24 – Remembering how Jesus came into the world
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their
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Sunday December 23 – Living out of God’s great love for the world
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish
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Saturday Selections – Dec. 22, 2018
Young love: what are you waiting for? When we get married isn’t always under our control. But there is a
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Saturday December 22 – Setting apart Christ in our hearts and lives
But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who
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Friday December 21 – The example of Thessalonians
For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith
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RP’s 2018 in review…and plans for the future
To see what Reformed Perspective has been up to, and hear about our plans for the future, check out our
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Thursday December 20 – Going out with confidence with the Word of God
...I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. – Matthew 16:18b  Scripture reading: Matthew
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Miss Universe pageant decides gender is only skin deep
The annual Miss Universe beauty contest was held this past Sunday, and while the winner was Miss Philippines, most of
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Wednesday December 19 – Taking our stand for the battle
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and
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Top 10 articles of 2018
The top ten posts of 2018 show that Reformed folk have had wide-ranging interests this past year… #10. Movie Review:
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Tuesday December 18– Seeking more workers for the harvest
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send
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Monday December 17 – Ambassadors for Christ
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. – 2 Corinthians 5:20a Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 In the
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Song of Songs (A Christine Farenhorst Christmas story)
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely
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Sunday December 16 – Being a salt and light to the world
You are the salt of the earth . . . You are the light of the world. A city on
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Saturday December 15 – Declaring God’s glory to the world
Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the
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Saturday Selections – December 15, 2018
Merry Christmas from the moon On Dec. 24, 1968, three American astronauts, orbiting the moon for the first time ever,
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Genetically-engineered babies have now been born
Human experimentation has been happening around the world for the past four decades, with research scientists actively carrying out experiments
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Nov/Dec 2018 issue
WHAT’S INSIDE: World War II through the eyes of a child / Parenting our parents / Reagan’s challenge to his
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When should we unwrap presents?
Should we open our presents on Christmas Day? No one asked this question during the panel discussion at the 2016
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Friday December 14 – Desiring others to join the family of God
And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; for the Most High
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Santa Claus at Nicea
As we continue to celebrate Advent, we need to deal with a competing story. But it would probably be more
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Thursday December 13 – Going forward with the joy of God’s shining face on us
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way
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Wednesday December 12 – Taking the gospel to others with optimism
And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be
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Tuesday December 11 – Attracting people to our Lord
In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew,
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Monday December 10 – Being blessed to be a blessing
The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you, He
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BOOK REVIEW: Beating the college debt trap
Getting a degree without going broke by Alex Chediak 212 pages / 2015 In Canada, the average student debt among
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Sunday December 9 – Refined to be a blessing
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will
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Saturday December 8 – Trusting that there is power in the Word of God
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it
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Saturday Selections – December 8, 2018
Christian professor pressured to call male student by female pronouns The professor agreed to avoid using pronouns altogether and just use
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i am n
Inspiring Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremists by the Voice of the Martyrs 293 pages / 2016 The “n” in
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Friday December 7 – Being an active member of Christ’s kingdom
It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be
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Beyond Monopoly – They’ve taken the bored out of board games
When it comes to traditional board games the joke about bored games holds a certain amount of truth. Everyone knows
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Thursday December 6 – Being instruments in God’s hands shows that God cares
And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city. ..? – Jonah 4:11a  Scripture reading: Jonah 4 One of the hard things
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What’s in a name? Payless prank had people paying $600 for their shoes
Payless sells their shoes for as low as $20. So why were people paying $200, $400, and even $600 for their
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Wednesday December 5 – Being a kingdom of priests
Now, therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among
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Tuesday December 4 – God can change and use anyone to fulfill His promises
Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the
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Monday December 3 – Sacrificial service comes from true faith
And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By myself I have
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Sunday December 2 – God uses sinful people to bring forward his promise
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great,so that
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Saturday Selections – Dec. 1, 2018
The lowly dandelion is way cooler than we knew Scientists have discovered that dandelions use a never-before-discovered means of flight.
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Backing away from Big Brother: government overreach doesn’t just happen in China
Who should get to decide what information you see? And who would you trust with your own personal information? On
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Saturday December 1 – Introduction
For the month of December, we will be looking at a number of passages in the Old and NewTestaments that
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Tidbits – December 2018
Feminism’s two errors “ the heresy that women and men are not fundamentally different and that women ought to be
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Wax on, wax off: the world’s increasingly shaky understanding of tolerance
A man who says he is a woman is using the BC Human Rights Tribunal to make life difficult for
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Friday November 30 – Conclusion: Blessed to be a blessing
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! – Psalm 67:3 Scripture reading: Psalm 67
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Thursday November 29 –The Church’s mission (7): Fighting idolatry
Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them. – Psalm 115:8  Scripture reading: Romans
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Whom Do You Serve? Sphere Sovereignty and the need for limits on power
Children are often told to obey many different folks. Listen to your mom and dad. Listen to the policeman. Listen
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Wednesday November 28 – The Church’s mission (6): Life together, for the sake of the world
And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. – Acts 2:47b Scripture reading:
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Tuesday November 27 – The Church’s mission (5): Life together
And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. – Acts 2:47b Scripture reading: Acts
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Monday November 26 – The Church’s mission (4): In all of life
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give
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Sunday November 25 – The Church’s mission (3): The preaching of the Word
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17 Scripture reading: Romans 10 In what
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Saturday November 24 – The Church’s mission (2): To the end of the earth
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in
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When we have to parent our parents: help and hope for caregivers
Paul pulled the car into the driveway. “Okay, Dad, now stay there and I’ll come around and help you out of
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On equality…
I was recently confronted with the disturbing statistic that evidences the ultimate case of gender inequality: the life expectancy of
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Friday November 23 – The Church’s mission (1): True children of Abraham
Go… so that you will be a blessing. – Genesis 12:1a, 2b Scripture reading: Genesis 12:1-9 (one more time!) We arrive
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I Survived “I Kissed Dating Goodbye”
Documentary 78 minutes / 2018 RATING: 8/10 Aug 3, 2019 UPDATE: This past month Josh Harris used his Instagram account
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Thursday November 22 – The future of our mission (2): A new creation
By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. – Revelation
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Wednesday November 21 – The future of our mission (1): The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered
By your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. – Revelation 5:9 Scripture
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BOOK REVIEWS: Two on depression and joy
SPURGEON’S SORROWS: Realistic hope for those who suffer from depression by Zack Eswine 144 pages / 2014 Drawing on over
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Tuesday November 20 – Jesus fulfills Israel’s mission (5): Go, make disciples!
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. – Matthew 28:19a Scripture reading: Matthew 28:16-20 Until He returns, Jesus has given
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Our modern Underground Railroad: a case for foster care
Nestled in the sagging seat of her dad’s gigantic green recliner sits a freckled faced 12-year-old girl, with a book
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Monday November 19 – Jesus fulfills Israel’s mission (4): You are the light of world
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give
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Sunday November 18 – Jesus fulfills Israel’s mission (3): ” I am the light of the world”
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in
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Criticizing like a Christian
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do” – Dale Carnegie ***** In his bestseller How
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Saturday Selections – Nov. 17, 2018
Canadian doctors get ready for child euthanasia Doctors and bioethicists associated with the children’s hospital in Toronto are pushing to be
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Saturday November 17 – Jesus fulfills Israel’s mission (2): The true son of Abraham
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. – Matthew 1:1 Scripture reading:
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Is gambling wrong? And if so, what about buying stocks?
Some Christians won’t invest in the stock market because they believe that investing in stocks is really no different than
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Friday November 16 – Jesus fulfills Israel’s mission (1): The Good News of the Kingdom
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 4:17 Scripture
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The Golden Rule: the biblical response to self-pity
Sin is devastating. An eight-year-old tries to be kind to his older sister. She responds with, “That was stupid!”  Michael is crushed.
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Living out Lord’s Day 1: a Cuban story
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm
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Thursday November 15 – A promised Kingdom
And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be
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Wednesday November 14 – Singing of mission (4): The Lord says to my Lord
Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power. – Psalm 110:3 Scripture reading: Psalm 110 Psalm 110
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Tuesday November 13 – Singing of mission (3): Christ shall have dominion
May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! – Psalm 72:8
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Monday November 12 – Singing of mission (2): Blessed to be a blessing
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations
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Sunday November 11 – Singing of mission (1): Why do the nations rage?
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. – Psalm
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Forgive me!
The waiting room was full. I pulled a number – 135. I just knew it would be a long wait.
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Saturday November 10 – Israel’s mission (7): It shall come to pass in latter days
And all the nations shall flow to it. – Isaiah 2:2b Scripture reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 Even as Israel received judgment for
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Friday November 9 – Israel’s mission (6): The failure of Israel
And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my
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Thursday November 8 – Israel’s mission (5): In the sight of the peoples
Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples,
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5 books to help us never forget
Next week will mark Remembrance Day, and to help us remember these men and women – many in uniform, and also
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Sgt. Stubby: an unlikely hero
Animated / Family 2018 / 84 minutes Rating: 8/10 I read a review by a parent who arrived at the
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Wednesday November 7 – Israel’s mission (4): All the Earth is mine
Now, therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all
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Why we remember
My grandfather was active in the Dutch resistance movement against Nazism and you can read more about him in my
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Tuesday November 6 – Israel’s mission (3): The Gospel beforehand
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In
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BAPTISM DEBATE: Credo vs. Paedo
On Sept. 27 two Reformed pastors debated “SHOULD WE BAPTIZE INFANTS AS WELL AS ADULTS?” The edited version of this
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Prayer and comfort in Sachsenhausen
This is the story of my paternal grandfather’s last year on earth. He was a man of unwavering faith despite
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Monday November 5 – Israel’s mission(2): The call of Abram
…and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.– Genesis 12:3b Scripture reading: Genesis 12:1-9 The call of
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Sunday November 4 – Israel’s mission (1): Genesis 12 comes after Genesis 1-11
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1 Scripture reading: Genesis 12:1; Genesis 1 Yesterday we
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Saturday November 3 – The big picture (3): To all nations
 …and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
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Saturday Selections – Nov. 3, 2018
Do you read the Bible literally? Stand to Reason‘s Greg Koukl on how reading the Bible literally isn’t the same
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Friday November 2 – The big picture (2): Everything written about Me
Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead. – Luke 24:46
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Thursday November 1 – The big picture (1): Jesus on the road to Emmaus
This month we will be asking and answering the question of our mission as the church of Jesus Christ. Why
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Tidbits – November 2018
Lame Dutch joke of the month A Canadian and a Dutchman were out riding horses. Canadian: “We’ve got quite the
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Wednesday October 31 – Contending for the faith
I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered
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27-year-old man becomes first Transage winner in World Under-10s Cross Country Championship
Warning: this piece may contain traces of satire. **** A 27-year-old man from Great Britain, who identifies as an 8-year-old
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Tuesday October 30 – The Word of Life
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked
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The Reformation comes to Strasbourg
This past year we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and with the focus on Luther, but also other
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Charles Spurgeon with some advice for the Internet age
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) died a century before Mankind mastered the ability to pass along unverified news stories and unfounded rumors
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Monday October 29 – Pay much closer attention
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. – Hebrews 2:1
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Sunday October 28 – Making purification for sins
After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high… – Hebrews 1:3b Scripture
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Saturday October 27 – For the sake of the elect
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in
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Saturday Selections – Oct. 27, 2018
Should prostitution be legal? An important one to watch….but not with the kids around What happy teens do By one
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Scottish minister charges police with hate for their hate crime campaign
The Scottish government and Scottish police have joined together under the banner “One Scotland” to campaign against hate crimes using
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Friday October 26 – The Word of God is not bound
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am
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Thursday October 25 – The Spirit of Wisdom
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and
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Wednesday October 24 – Chosen before the foundation of the world
In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his
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BOOK REVIEW: The Hiding Place
by Corrie Ten Boom 1971 / 225 pages This was such an encouraging story, and in so many ways. If
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They shoot horses, don’t they?
If the stress of euthanizing animals drives some vets to suicide, what will happen to euthanasia doctors? **** Every year,
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Reagan’s challenge to his dying atheist father-in-law
Earlier this year a note was discovered in Nancy Reagan’s personal effects – dated August 7, 1982 – written by Ronald
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Tuesday October 23 – No other Gospel
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we
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Monday October 22 – Removing the veil
Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the
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Sunday October 21 – Holding fast to the Word
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and
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Saturday Selections – Oct. 20, 2018
How our sun and atmosphere show evidence of being Intelligently-designed (3 minutes) A different take on pro-abortion bully Jordan Hunter When
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Saturday October 20 – The message, not the method
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. – 1 Corinthians 2:2 Scripture reading: 1
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Friday October 19 – The wisdom of God
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the
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Sept/Oct 2018 issue
WHAT’S INSIDE: C.S. Lewis on real happiness / A most important question: What is Man? / How bad is the
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Thursday October 18 – The word of the cross
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved
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Christ’s Psalms, Our Psalms
edited by Rev. Peter H. Holtvluwer 383 pages / 2018 The Psalms are a rich treasure for God’s people: so
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Is recreational marijuana sinful?
God says we should honor the governing authorities (Romans 13:1-6) in as far as they don’t require us to violate
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Wednesday October 17 – A living sacrifice
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy
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Tuesday October 16 – The future salvation of Israel
I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until
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Monday October 15 – Faith comes from hearing
For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So, faith comes from hearing, and hearing
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Woman identifies as a man who identifies as a dog
Any journalist knows there’s nothing newsworthy about a dog biting a man, but when a man bites a dog then
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Sunday October 14 – Paul’s great anguish
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him
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Saturday Selections – October 13, 2018
Conservative group confronts students with a smile and a $100 bill Campus Reform offered college students $100 to name just
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Saturday October 13 – The Christian hope
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what
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Ninja’s take on the “Billy Graham rule”
Tyler Blevins is known around the globe as “Ninja,” an online gamer making $500,000 a month by streaming his game
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Friday October 12 – The righteousness of God
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear
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A secular defense of the Sabbath, and how it falls short
Fast Company is a secular business magazine, as likely to pass on presentation tips from industry leaders as it is
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Thursday October 11 – Unashamed of the Gospel
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who
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Wednesday October 10 – The Gospel of God
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. – Romans 1:1
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Tuesday October 9 – Many are my people
For I have many in this city who are my people. – Acts 18:10b Scripture reading: Acts 18:5-11 Leaving Athens, Paul
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6 Duties of Parents
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from
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Swallows and Amazons
Drama / Family 2016 / 96 minutes RATING: 7/10 I remember my older brother reading Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons to me
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Monday October 8 – Times of ignorance
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. – Acts 17:30 Scripture reading: Acts
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Sunday October 7 – He was baptized for His family
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” – Acts 16:31 Scripture reading: Acts 16:25-34
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Saturday Selections – October 6, 2018
Alberta’s NDP says Christian school cannot state that God’s authority supersedes human authority If the idea that a Canadian provincial
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Saturday October 6 – The Macedonian Call
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying,
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Friday October 5 – World missions
The Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
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Choosing Evolution: Bad reasons for a big departure
How I Changed My Mind About Evolution is a recent book featuring 25 evangelical theologians and scientists, each taking a chapter
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The limits of the “two-books” metaphor
There is an idea, common among Christians, that God has revealed Himself to us via “two books”: Scripture and the
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Thursday October 4 – Ananias and the persecutor
And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized.
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Wednesday October 3 – Repent and be baptized
For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the
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GOODBYE HOLLAND: The destruction of Dutch Jewry
Documentary 90 minutes / 2004 RATING: 8/10 I grew up reading Piet Prins’ Scout books and Anne DeVries’ Journey Through
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Tuesday October 2 – The promise of the Spirit
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in
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Tidbits – October 2018
How to be a revolutionary When a Christian conference is titled “How to enrage the culture” you might think it
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Monday October 1 – Introduction
During this month, we will be studying “Christian Missions” as they are described in the New Testament. In his Gospel,
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Sunday September 30 – The presence of the Holy Spirit
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God
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Saturday September 29 – Preaching and the Holy Spirit
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17 Scripture reading: Romans 10:5-17 The Christian
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Saturday Selections – September 29, 2018
My big flaw: I am an impatient parent Being on time is a virtue. Taking it out on your kids
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Friday September 28 – The Word and the Spirit
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the
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Thursday September 27 – The divinity of the Holy Spirit
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have
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Eve: the mother of all living
“…she said: ‘God has appointed for me another child…’” – Genesis 4:25 How sad the reflections. Hunched down in front
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Wednesday September 26 – The strength of the Holy Spirit
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he
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Should we baptize infants? Resources that make the case
On the evening of Sept. 27, 2018, two Reformed pastors debated “Should we baptize infants as well as adults?” (A
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Tuesday September 25 – The sacraments and the sealing Spirit of Christ
… is the guarantee of our inheritance…. – Ephesians 1:14 Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:11-14 The Holy Spirit regenerates, but He also
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BOOK REVIEW: Ed Welch’s “Blame it on the Brain?”
Blame it on the Brain?: Distinguishing chemical imbalances, brain disorders, and disobedience by Edward T. Welch 1998, 208 pages A boy
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C.S. Lewis on real happiness and real Christianity
So who does not want to be happy? We all do, but wanting something is not the same as finding
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Monday September 24 – The renewing of the Holy Spirit
… have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. – Colossians
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Sunday September 23 – Unity in the one Spirit
For through we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. – Ephesians 2:18 Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:12-22 Christ not
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Saturday Selections – September 22, 2018
The myth of the ongoing papacy “If we believe the popular myth, we might think that there has been an
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Saturday September 22 – The governance of the Holy Spirit
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the
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Stepping into the story: Hamlet with a happy ending?
It all starts with an invitation from the Grade Twelve English teacher, Tom Van Swift, to come and enjoy the
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A history of Healthcare…and why Christians have done it different
Within a short time span hospitals and medical care have greatly changed. In fact, today a man of seventy can
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Friday September 21 – The anointing of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to
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What makes a salesman good?
I didn’t know too many salesmen while I was growing up, so my perception of them was shaped in large
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What if selling could be a beautiful thing?
“I hate sales.” That phrase came up again and again while I was working with a group of Christian not-for-profit
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Thursday September 20 – The new birth of the Spirit
Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again.” – John 3:7 Scripture reading: John 3:1-15 Scripture
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Wednesday September 19 – The assurance of the Spirit
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…. – Romans 8:16 Scripture reading: Romans 8:12-16
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Tuesday September 18 – The fruit of the Spirit: SELF-CONTROL (5)
The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23 Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Christian self-control bears with it many virtuous
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Monday September 17 – The fruit of the Spirit: SELF-CONTROL (4)
The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23 Scripture reading: Matthew 26:47-56 Self-control flows from gentleness and meekness. Being gentle
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Sunday September 16 – The fruit of the Spirit: SELF-CONTROL (3)
The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23 Scripture reading: Galatians 5:1-15 Self-control has many edifying virtues: Self-control does not
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Saturday September 15 – The fruit of the Spirit: SELF-CONTROL (2)
The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control – Galatians 5:22-23  Scripture reading: Titus 2:1-14 When we find ourselves controlling our tongue, appetites
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Saturday Selections – September 15, 2018
Mark Schultz on standing with, and praising God for, those who are devastated by grief In the first of these
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“Homemaking is the ultimate career” – C.S. Lewis (sort of)
There are some quotes so good you desperately wish they were real. This one below, often attributed to C.S. Lewis,
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Our dangerous diet of clips, tweets, memes, and headlines
We live in a 200-word blog post /140-character tweet /30-second YouTube clip /headline-reading kind of world. People read and watch
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Friday September 14 – The fruit of the Spirit: SELF-CONTROL (1)
The fruit of the Spirit is…self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23 Scripture reading: Titus 2:1-14 Most of us have heard the saying, “business
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What is Man?
Three thousand years ago, an ancient sage gazed at the world and asked the most important question anyone could ask
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Thursday September 13 – The fruit of the Spirit: GENTLENESS (3)
The fruit of the Spirit is…gentleness…. – Galatians 5:22-23 Scripture reading: Philippians 4:10-20 It is not natural to have the gracious
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Can you cut your grocery bill in half?
A summary review of Steve and Annette Economides’ Cut your grocery bill in half with America’s cheapest family ***** Is
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Wednesday September 12 – The fruit of the Spirit: GENTLENESS (2)
The fruit of the Spirit is…gentleness…. – Galatians 5:22-23 Scripture reading: 1 Peter 3:1-6 Paul’s teaching that the fruit of the
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Tuesday September 11 – The fruit of the Spirit: GENTLENESS (1)
The fruit of the Spirit is…gentleness…. – Galatians 5:22-23 Scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Gentleness connects with faithfulness. In order to
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The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island
Animated / Children 82 minutes / 2018 RATING: 6 out of 10 My kids loved this – we rented it
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Monday September 10 – The fruit of the Spirit: FAITHFULNESS (3)
The fruit of the Spirit is…faithfulness…. – Galatians 5:22 Scripture reading: Matthew 24:45-51 Christian faithfulness is to be God-directed, but it
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Sunday September 9 – The fruit of the Spirit: FAITHFULNESS (2)
The fruit of the Spirit is… faithfulness…. – Galatians 5:22 Scripture reading: Psalm 34:1-10 As we mentioned yesterday, faithfulness is meant
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Saturday Selections – Sept. 8, 2018
Porcupine quills and a half dozen other examples of “Nature’s” foresight Porcupines are able to make it through the birth
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Saturday September 8 – The fruit of the Spirit: FAITHFULNESS (1)
The fruit of the Spirit is…faithfulness…. – Galatians 5:22 Scripture reading: Psalm 100 Faithfulness speaks of devotion to the faithful and
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Ignore your inner defense attorney!
My friend Paul Tripp writes that becoming our own defense attorney is a dangerous and destructive practice.  In less formal language
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Friday September 7 – The fruit of the Spirit: GOODNESS
The fruit of the Spirit is…goodness…. – Galatians 5:22 Scripture reading: Psalm 37:1-9 Goodness is a reflection of God, Who is
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DIRECTION MATTERS: the difference between legal, decriminalized, and regulated abortion, & why we support gestational limits
It has been 30 years now since the Supreme Court struck down Canada’s last abortion law in their R. v.
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Thursday September 6 – The fruit of the Spirit: KINDNESS
The fruit of the Spirit is…kindness…. – Galatians 5:22 Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 Kindness does not follow patience arbitrarily,
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