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[4 Feb 2009 | No Comment | 240 views]

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.

Inspiration »

[4 Feb 2009 | No Comment | 756 views]
Hug Grand Rapids!

I wanted to post about a great outreach we’ve been doing in our community for the last few years. It has been a hit each year, and annually we do more and more hugs.
For Valentine’s Day, our small(but big-minded) church buys bags of Hershey’s Hugs, thousands of ziplock snack bags, and confetti, and printed up business cards with our “Hug” graphic (you can download it, and several other high-quality, printable card graphics I designed by clicking here.)

We assemble over a thousand of these bags during a church fellowship time, putting …

Illustrations and Research »

[3 Feb 2009 | No Comment | 368 views]

The work of the Holy Spirit in communicating God’s truth to man is now seen to have two stages. The first and objective stage is “revelation,” the disclosure of the truth in Scripture. The second and subjective stage may be called “illumination,” the enlightenment of our minds to comprehend the truth disclosed in Scripture. Each process is indispensable. Without revelation we have no truth to perceive; without illumination no faculty with which to perceive it.
Understanding the Bible Expanded Edition Copyright © 1972, 1976, 1984, 1999 by John Stott

Illustrations and Research, Inspiration »

[2 Feb 2009 | No Comment | 235 views]

Recently, I was asked the question by a friend in the ministry, “Does God make our flesh, or do our parents?” The explanation behind his question was as follows;
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. I know God places an individual and unique spirit in each of us. We call it a soul. But does God actually create the flesh, or is it the combination of male and female genes? Would it make a …