Posts from May 2013

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GRACE

by Ladd
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Legalism is the most lethal weapon in Satan’s arsenal for destroying the Christian’s relationship with God. I don’t care how well meaning these people are, they are wrong to impose their works based teachings on their fellow Christians. In the book of Galatians Paul pulls no punches when confronting the churches about their drift into […]

Forgiveness

by Ladd
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Frank Reed, who was a hostage in Lebanon, disclosed that he hadn’t spoken to a fellow hostage for several months because of a minor disagreement. Most of the time these two men who were at odds with each other were chained together and unable to leave each others side. Philip Yancey in his book What’s […]

Running Ahead

by Ladd
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The Bible writers understood that it is not always easy to depend upon the Lord when things look their worst.  Because we have a tendency to look at the largeness of the problem, our God always is made smaller. It is one thing to trust God when everything is going well, but it’s quite a […]

Contentment

by Ladd
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One of the most beloved texts in the Bible is found in Philippians. It reads, “Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret […]

Consider the Ravens

by Ladd
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In the gospel of Luke are these words, “therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens; they neither sow nor reap, they have neither […]

The Great Balancing Act

by Ladd
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Ross Douthat in his book Bad Religion writes, “In this America, too, the Christian teaching that every human soul is unique and precious has been stressed, by the prophets of self-fulfillment and gurus of self-love, at the expense of the equally important teaching that every human soul is fatally corrupted by original sin. Absent the […]

Busy Busy Busy…

by Ladd
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Have you ever wondered how some people seem to have time to do everything that needs done? They are faced with dozens of chores for the day, yet they glide through them effortlessly. I always stand in awe when I’m around these super organized tornados of productivity. Give me five or six things to do […]

Family and Friends

by Ladd
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Ruth and I, along with my sister and her husband, flew to Edmonton yesterday to visit family. The reunion at the airport with my brother and sister-in-law was the highlight of my year so far. On the drive back to their home I started thinking about how important family and friends really are. When we […]

Sleep Well Tonight

by Ladd
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Recently, a group of students at a Christian University were asked what justification meant to them. The sad reality was, not one student had any idea what the term signified. I think if we went out into the streets of our cities and towns and asked the same question we would probably receive the same […]

The Dawn Chorus…

by Ladd
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This post is the result of a handful of Robins that have taken up residence in our neighborhood and make their presence known around four-thirty am. Today, they were exceptionally emotional in their singing and once I woke up I couldn’t get back to sleep. So, what does one think about as he lies in […]