JOINING TOGETHER

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joining-together:New  Human  Adults  who  have  just  made  it  to  the  back  of  the  movie  theater  will usually display some common personality traits. First, they begin to understand there are possibilities that were inconceivable to them as a Human Child. Even their freedom to walk around is a new sensation that takes some getting used to. Being up and out of their seats has given them new hope and new energy. They don’t necessarily understand what’s happening, but it excites them to find out, to exercise this freedom and explore these…

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Making a Mess of Marriage

There is no area in which God’s power needs to be more graphically demonstrated than in marriage. Today, over half of all marriages end in divorce. Compounding this tragedy is the fact that not only are the marriages of non-Christians being destroyed, but believers are streaming into the divorce courts as well. For Christians to experience such defeat is an embarrassment to the kingdom of God and an insult to the Creator of marriage.The Bible tells us that God has the power to do anything He wills. Although God is…

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Male-Female Marriage: What No Human Being Must Separate

Among the Gospel readings last month was Mark 10:1-12. It’s a passage we know well, that we hear at almost every wedding ceremony.Crowds gather around Jesus. The Pharisees press upon him. They ask if it’s lawful for a man to divorce his wife. They are testing Jesus. An exchange follows regarding Moses and the law. Jesus then gives a universal, timeless statement on man, woman, and marriage. He states: “From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and…

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Human Trafficking in God’s World

Genesis 3 records the terrible day when humanity fell into sin and shalom was violated. This was a moment of cosmic treason, when Adam and Eve violated their relationship with God by rebelling against His command and fell into the severe ignobility we all experience. The entrance of sin wrecked the order and goodness of God’s world; it was the disintegration of peace. Sin inverted love for God, which in turn became idolatry, and inverted love for neighbor, which became exploitation of others.One clear way this exploitation of others takes place is human trafficking. Trafficking…

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