Butterflies for Shelly

Butterflies for Shelly

In the ladies’ room of the county courthouse, my daughter Shelly collapsed in my arms and sobbed, mascara smearing her cheeks. “Mom, I have to go on the witness stand next, and I don’t think I can do it. I’m … Read the rest

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The Covenant of Vocation

The Covenant of Vocation

“What is your calling?” If we were visiting over tea, what would your gut response be? Would you think for a while before answering, or would the words drip freely from your mouth?

Embedded within humanity is this deep-felt desire … Read the rest

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Uprooting the Tree of Temptation

Uprooting the Tree of Temptation

The Bible contains many guiding scriptures to help us overcome, but it also provides understanding of the cycle of temptation and sin that grows, figuratively, from tiny seed to burgeoning tree. We find this understanding in both the Old and … Read the rest

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Biblical Revelation

Biblical Revelation

This series attempts to pre–sent a sound rationale for believing that the Bible is from God to man. Apologetics is about knowing why we believe this. We admit that our belief in God is based on faith, but faith is … Read the rest

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In the Hard Places

In the Hard Places

I have prayed for a husband since 2006, when I felt the Lord nudging me to do so. At the time, I thought it meant that marriage was coming sooner rather than later.

But now it’s later — eleven years … Read the rest

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A Journey to Grace

A Journey to Grace

The Church of Christ (early 1860s) in Michigan was the earliest predecessor to the Church of God (Seventh Day). Her doctrine of salvation through Jesus Christ, or soteriology, was stated by Enos Easton, editor of The Hope of Israel magazine: … Read the rest

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This We Believe

This We Believe

Statement of Faith 3

Man, Satan, Sin, and Death

 

This we believe:

Humanity was created in the image of God as sinless, but not naturally immortal. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve yielded to the temptation of … Read the rest

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Talking TULIP

Talking TULIP

As we begin a yearlong journey exploring our Statement of Faith, we consider profound questions related to the relationship between God and humanity. Central to such discussions is the Calvinist vs. Arminian debate, which raises questions regarding God’s will, human … Read the rest

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Yahweh: God Shares His Name

Yahweh: God Shares His Name

Considering our “Knowing God” theme, there is no better word to explore in this first “In a word” feature than the personal name of God. Found about 6,800 times in the Old Testament, much mystery and meaning surround the Tetragrammaton, … Read the rest

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Holy Spirit Formed

Holy Spirit Formed

This we believe:

The Holy Spirit is the promised divine helper who proceeds from the Father and Son. The Spirit is God’s presence and power in the world and indwells believers. By the Holy Spirit, God inspired and illuminates the … Read the rest

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