How Can We Know We Have Eternal Life?

How Can We Know We Have Eternal Life?

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I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13 (ESV) Have you ever struggled with knowing that you have eternal life?  If so, welcome to the family!  From this statement in John’s...
Growing Deeper, Reaching Higher

Growing Deeper, Reaching Higher

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I heard on the radio this week that looking at a tree for 20 minutes a day will improve your mental clarity and sharpen your thinking skills. I realized that since I didn’t see this on the internet, it might not be true. So I decided to put it to the test.  When I...
I Hope You Feel Pain

I Hope You Feel Pain

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My wife and I have raised six children into adulthood (or at least some version of it), and we are now proud grandparents to three, soon to be four, granddaughters. The rule at our house concerning our grandchildren is that whatever is necessary to keep them happy,...
Can Non-believers Do Good Works?

Can Non-believers Do Good Works?

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One of the many conversations sparked by a study of “goodness” as a fruit of the Spirit might have gone something like this: “If goodness is a fruit of the Spirit, then only people with the Spirit, that is believers, can do good works.” “So you are saying that...
Finding Peace

Finding Peace

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Last month, I found myself sitting on a beach on the Atlantic coast of Florida with my wife, an umbrella, a beach chair and a book.  No phone, no computer, not many people.  Just the waves and the cool breeze.  I remember saying to Kathy, “This is so peaceful.” And...