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You Become Like the God You Worship

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It is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. It becomes assimilated to that which it is accustomed to love and reverence.1

We become like …

The Fairness of Hell

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I was going through my notes this afternoon, and was wanting to better organize them for future retrieval. I figured this was as good a place as any to put them.

I happened across this website several months ago. I haven't gone through the whole site, so I can't attest …

Why Didn't God Write the Whole Bible with His Finger?

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bible witnessing

One of my friends recently became interested in studying the Bible. She is as smart as a whip, and frequently approaches me with lists of questions. Deep questions.

Many of the questions that she asks are questions that I've wrestled with in the past. In my studies, I've only found …

Young People, Go to Board Meeting

Posted in Reflections
young people church

I'm hearing it on both sides of the aisle. Old people are complaining that young people aren't getting involved. Young people are complaining that they're not being given a chance at leadership. And young people are leaving the church in droves.[citation needed]

My solution: get all of your young …

Nine Reasons to Stop Gaming

Posted in Reflections
addiction games

It's 9:36 on a Thursday evening, and I've just destroyed my save file for the Kittens game, and uninstalled Pokemon Go.

If there's one addiction that Jonathan has yet to overcome, it's an addiction for video games, especially idle games. Here's how it goes:

  1. Jonathan is interested in how …

The Church Retirement Plan

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For a long time, I struggled with this notion of sacrificial giving for the Church. It didn't seem like a responsible thing for people to give everything that they had to advance the mission of an organization. Back in the days of Acts, people would cash out their houses and …

Thief on the Cross – My Kingdom is Not of This World

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thief on the cross

So what did Jesus mean when He said "You will be with me in paradise?" When you Google the phrase "Paradise" in the Bible, theologians almost unanimously say that Paradise is the place where the righteous go when they die.

There's some disagreement between exactly what this looks like. Here …

Thief on the Cross – The Scarlet Cord

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thief on the cross

Jesus was always dutiful to ensure that His ministry as the Messiah was in accordance with Old Testament Prophecy (John 10:35, Matthew 5:17-18, John 19:28). Jesus frequently did things, "so that it would be fulfilled." Matthew particularly includes these markers in his account (Matthew 8:17, Matthew …

Thief on the Cross – I Say Unto You "Today"

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One day, while having lunch with some of my Christian friends, the topic of the thief on the cross was brought up. I shared that Adventists traditionally argue that the comma should be placed after "today," so that the statement reads, "Verily I say unto thee today, thou shalt be …

Thief on the Cross – Adventist Perspective

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As we dive into a series of posts about the Thief on the Cross, I want to lay out the conventional treatments on Luke 23:42-43.

Many Christians interpret this passage to mean one of two things:

  1. Jesus promised the Thief on the Cross that the thief would be with …

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