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Ephesians 1:3

I, James, have been reading through the book of Ephesians lately in my devotions and can't help but be amazed at the words that Paul uses to describe how God values us and our relationship with Him. I'm also trying to teach myself to do a little journaling while I read, and I thought I would share some of my insights here. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has...
Published 2010-12-17

The Five Pillars of Manhood

If you've ever watched the movie Second Hand Lions, there is a part where one of the main characters gives his "What it means to be a real man" speech to a few young punks.  I always wondered what the content of that speech might have been.  Perhaps it was something like this.  (see bottom for original source) WE NEED MEN OF GOD WHO WILL LOVE & RESPECT WOMEN OF FAITH...NEXT STOP "MANHOOD". I spent...
Published 2010-11-30

Ashamed to be Called a Christian

Sometimes, I am ashamed to call myself a Christian.  This is not because I am ashamed of God, or Christ or anything like that but rather because there are SO MANY "belief systems" here in North America who all call themselves "Christians".  An example of this came to me again just the other day when my wife and I met a very nice person at a local store.  During our brief discussion it came out...
Published 2010-08-16

Encouraging Thoughts on Evangelism

I was realizing that I had not written anything for a while, so I thought I would take this opportunity to send you a little encouragement.  This morning, we had a TruthMedia monthly strategy meeting to discuss our direction as a team and encourage each other through hearing stories and updates on what the various areas of the team are doing.  As part of this meeting, we had Leonard Buhler come and encourage us in...
Published 2009-04-01

This Next Century

If the planet warms by 4 °C, which could happen this century, the world will be unlike anything humans have ever known. Rising sea levels and expanding deserts will lead to massive population shifts. A radical new world order may be our only hope...
Published 2009-02-28

Big Money

This blog post was sparked by a conversation at the lunch table today about money.  The question to answer is... what would you do if you suddenly had twenty million dollars?  Would you spend it all?  Would you save it all?  Would you buy everyone presents?  Would you fully-support your friendly neighbourhood missionary?  :D For myself, I think I would do the following... $2 million would automatically be tithed and split between the church and...
Published 2009-02-26

The Parable of the Seed

Many of us know the story of the parable of the sower, where the farmer scatters the seeds and they fall on various types of ground, but have you heard the parable of the seed? It actually comes right after the parable of the sower, and can be read as follows in Mark 4:26-29. 26 Jesus also said, "The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and...
Published 2007-11-02

Chicken Isn't Meat!

Well, it's official. Chicken is no longer considered to be meat. Personally, I had suspected this for a while, and some of my co-workers have had similar feelings, but I never knew that it was official until now. This separation between meat and chicken was found recently on the website of a very reputable organization who will remain nameless in order to protect their identity from the ensuing rush of mixed emotion on the topic....
Published 2007-09-12
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