Fishy Christianity

Some Christians in the early Christian church used a fish symbol to identify themselves to other Christians. The symbol was simple – two arcs draw to make a fish. Some think this symbol originated during Roman persecution. It was subtle sign given to other Christians to identify each other during...

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One In Christ

To be one with Christ, is to be one with each other. Obeying the word of God makes us family to Jesus and each other. “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother...

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Hate Speeck

HATE SPEECH I find it hard being a Christian.  I am judged before I speak.  I have been pushed out of social circles when I mentioned my faith.  My personal beliefs have been ridiculed.  My vocation is considered a joke at best and suspicious at worst.  I am tired of...

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A Call for Christian Risk

By removing eternal risk, Christ calls his people to continual temporal risk. For the followers of Jesus the final risk is gone. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). “Neither death nor life . . . will be able to separate us from...

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Groaning

What makes you groan? Do you think it is ok for Christians to groan?  According to Romans 8 groaning is normal. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  The creation groans becuase it is out of kilter, and wants to be...

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Psalm 95 – Dwelling in Us

O come, let us sing out to the Lord… Growing up, we read Psalm 95, out loud, every week or two in church. I can say it in my ‘church voice’ without looking at the book. This is not a brag: it’s thanks to other people. I wasn’t the one...

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What Is Your Home?

I’m not worth it, you see | For I’m the type of boy who is always on the roam | Wherever I lay my hat that’s my home… Paul Young turned this old Marvin Gaye song into a hit in 1983. He sings to the girl who loves him that...

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Trivia

If someone asked you what the word trivia meant, what would you say? According to the Oxford dictionary trivia is “Details, considerations or pieces of information of little importance or value.”  Whenever I think of trivia I think of game shows, pubs, and boardgames.  Yet recently I have realised that...

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Calendars

At the end of every year, as part of my preparation for the following year,  I set up my calendar.  My calendar is a useful tool to manage my time so that I have energy for my priorities.  I list all the important events that I need to be part...

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What If the Worst Happens

What if the Worst Happens I found myself growing fearful. Not a heart-stopping, all-encompassing fear, but the kind of constant gnawing that occurs when you look at the discouraging trends of the present and assume things will never change. When you think about the future and wonder, “What if the...

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