The Secret Filter of Suffering

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man     and makes flesh his strength,     whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert,     and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,     in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who […]

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Isaiah 66 reveals Principles of the Prophets

It was in Isaiah that I first noted the repeated themes I’ve been showing here on my blog. The message God burdened Isaiah with was the same one every other prophet spoke, and the same message given by Christ and his apostles. The Principles of the Prophets are the themes of the Bible. Isaiah by […]

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Canva: A Fun Way to Assess Student Achievement

Projects and presentations ultimately assess student learning. There are many good resources out there for presentations in history. As I mentioned in 10 Elements for Teaching History, resources like Prezi and Youtube are fun and stimulating for students. The free design tool Canva provides another great resource for a classroom, not only for history projects, but […]

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“We are willing to suffer all external losses”

// A Declaration for the Sake of the Christian Faith, // | Chinese Churches face Persecution 2018 | The princes of the peoples gather     as the people of the God of Abraham. Psalm 47:9 The Ancient of Days has always had this plan. Peoples (from every nation) would become one people: the people of God. These […]

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Use the Rainbow, Please!

In the name of one thing, they hang a banner declaring the character of God, his BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, PATIENT LOVE. The problem with society’s use of the Rainbow today is the ironic REAL DECLARATION they unknowingly make. If you fly the flag, you preach the Bible to all God’s faithful people. You are reminding us […]

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(video) Big Questions 2: What Has God Written on the Wall?

This world is filled with Big Questions. People who know their God can understand the Big Questions, like Daniel could read the Writing on the Wall: “Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin.” God wrote two books. Both books give the same message, both together answer all of the Big Questions of life. –Video 2 in the Writing […]

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Christian Dragons & Fairies & Droids, Oh My!

Magical Creativity in Christian Fiction A Christian Approach to Alternate Reality Stories Recently, I was asked on Quora about Christian use of magic and alternate reality in fiction. After thinking about it for a while, I wrote to a guru on the topic, Steve Laube. Steve began Enclave Publishing to build credibility for a uniquely Christian […]

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(Video) Big Questions 1: How Can I Know God?

  This world is filled with Big Questions. About God. About our Future. About Suffering and Grief and Disaster. About Religion and Morality. About Love and Hate. These Big Questions assault us from every angle, and never leave us alone. Like Belshazzar who saw the confusing writing on the wall, these Questions need an answer, […]

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What to Do about Hypocrites in the Church

“We wouldn’t have most of the New Testament letters if it weren’t for problems in the church.” Flavien Pardigon. Big Problems Why are there so many problems between believers? Why are there so many hypocrites and just plain mean people in the Church? Why do even I fail in being the kind of person I […]

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Separation Filters: Isaiah 9

The story of King Ahaz, the Syrian threat versus the Assyrian hope, the Immanuel promise, and the names of Isaiah’s sons all point to one amazing truth: This suffering world is the venue for sorting people both by their deeds and by God-given faith. The first verses of Chapter 9 parallel last three verses of […]

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