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Ponder A Little (Blog)

ARE YOU TEMPTED TO BE DISCOURAGED?

Posted on February 2, 2019 at 1:05 AM

None of us are immune to times of discouragement.  It’s a common poison that quickly weakens our faith in God.   It is perhaps Satan’s favourite tool because even mature Christians can easily succumb to its temptation.  Well known pastors even admit to struggling with discouragement when their idealism and enthusiasm is not shared by the church leaders and members around them.


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ARE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS OK?

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 11:20 AM



The top 3 New Year's Resolutions are to eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight.   There is certainly nothing wrong with these resolutions.   I have even made them myself.


So what does God have to say about them?   Read 1 Timothy 4:8 which says, "Training your body helps you in some ways but serving God helps you in every way by bringi...

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HOW CAN GOD BE JEALOUS?

Posted on September 22, 2018 at 3:20 PM



The Bible repeatedly tells us that God is a jealous God. What does this mean? Isn’t jealousy a sin.? So, if God is holy and perfect, how can He be jealous?


There is a righteous jealousy just as there is a righteous anger.


The answer to this conundrum is found by looking at the context of the use of the word in the Bible. When God d...

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HOW DID JESUS INTERACT WITH UNBELIEVERS

Posted on September 16, 2018 at 7:45 PM


I recently read the book, “Jesus Outside The Lines”, which gave me a fresh perspective of Jesus and how he related to the culture of His day that was strongly opposed to His message. Jesus did very well at what I and many Christians today find so very difficult.


Daniel Darling said, “A certain ugliness accompanies the way evangelicals ofte...

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WHAT DOES GOD SAY ABOUT GIVING?

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 4:15 PM


Why are tithing and Christian service hot and sensitive subjects for some people?   Was it in the early church?   Not that I can see.  People gave generously to make sure needs were always met.  Today, it seems people want to hoard most of their extra time and money for themselves.  I hear some Christians getting offended by any preaching on giving, yet the preaching is straight from ...

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AM I SUPPOSED TO BE THANKFUL IN HARD TIMES?

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 8:05 AM

How can Christians be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18)?   Is it possible?   Does this even make sense?  Are we supposed to be grateful for bad news?  The death of a relative, the loss of a job, a terminal diagnosis.   Surely God does not expect us to smile and boast gratitude for these events in our lives?


No, He doesn’t.  God is not mo...

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ARE YOU A BYSTANDER?

Posted on March 28, 2018 at 11:50 AM

On the Christian calendar, Easter rates #1 for celebration! But the 20th century finds many of us getting caught up with chocolate bunny rabbits, Easter egg hunts and family reunions. So, plenty of people are only bystanders during the Easter season. They are present at the event but miss the true celebration.


The first bystander of Easter was Simon of Cyrene. Simon was visiting Jerusalem during the...

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WHY ARE CHRISTIANS SO JUDGEMENTAL?

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM



Judgemental words from Christians are commonly seen as a problem both inside and outside of the church. Studies show that many people will not come to church and many leave the church primarily due to personal experiences with Christians who pass judgement.

So, what’s going on? Why is this such a huge problem? Why are so many people (ev...
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WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 6:05 PM



Most people believe that discovering their purpose in life starts with themselves. But for the Christian, everything starts with God. If we want to learn our true purpose in this life we need to determine it from God’s perspective, not our own.


According to God, real life is only what’s built on eternity. We were created for an eternal purpose...

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WHAT ABOUT HYPOCRITES IN THE CHURCH?

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 9:25 AM


It has been heard time and time again that people are not interested in church because there are too many hypocrites.


Sadly, there are some hypocrites in the church! Even in Jesus’ day there were hypocrites and he rebuked them numerous times (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16; 7:5; 15:7; 22:18; 23:13, 15; 23:23, 25, 27, 29; 24:51; Mark 7:6; Luke 6:42; 12:56; and 13:15).

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WHAT DOES GOD REALLY SAY ABOUT MONEY?

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 10:15 AM



I’ve heard non-Christians mistakenly quote the Bible saying, “Money is the root of all evil” and they assume that God thinks wealth is a bad thing. But the Scripture verse actually says that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). So, what God doesn’t like is greed and pride.


God has blessed many ...

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ARE YOU A PASSIONATE FOLLOWER OF JESUS?

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 7:15 PM



What does it mean to be a passionate follower of Jesus? What does it look like? How do we achieve it?


Passion is defined as “a strong and barely controllable emotion”. Passion is intense! There is no half-hearted, wish-y-wash-y-ness about it.


A passionate follower of Jesus is first of all, passionate about Jesus. So, he plans his life and each day around J...

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WHAT IS AGAPE?

Posted on February 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM



Agape is one of the many Greek words for love. Agape is love at its very best! It is not a family love, friendship love or romantic love. It is a self-sacrificing love that comes from God.

 

Rarely is a human capable of such a deep love. It is the love God has for each one of us. It is a love that sent Jesus, God’s Son, to the cross to die for our sins.

 

Do you know anyon...

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WHY READ THE BIBLE?

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 9:40 AM


Christians around the world read the Bible.  Why?


Because it is God's very words to us.  In 2 Tim. 3:16 we read that the Bible is "God-breathed" which means the writers were inspired by God.  It is a book filled with historical facts, scientific accuracy, fulfilled prophecy and infinite wisdom.  Only God ...

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HOW TO PRAY

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 2:10 AM



New Christians often wonder how to pray. They are nervous about it and wonder how to do it correctly… Only there is no “special formula” or “right way” to pray.


The most important thing when praying, is to do it from your heart. It should be an open and sincere communication with God. There are no special words to use. There...

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WHAT IS GOD'S GRACE?

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 1:10 AM



Simply put, grace is God’s unmerited favour towards man.


Grace is the foundation of God’s relationship with man. It is the most important concept in the Bible. It encompasses God’s amazing love and mercy for a sinfully rebellious mankind. The only religion with grace is Christianity.


C.S. Lewis said, “To be a Chris...

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HOW BIG IS GOD'S LOVE?

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 11:15 AM



Imagine the depth of love you have for the closest person in your life and multiply it by infinity! That’s God’s love for mankind. There is simply no comparison… ever! God’s love for each one of us individually is beyond what we can even fathom.


So how do I know this? The Bible makes it very clear again and again. It not only says...

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WHY CHRISTIANITY?

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 6:40 PM



Did you know that Christianity is the only fact-based religion in existence? I kid you not!


That’s right… All other religions do not have historical evidence to support their beliefs. Much of the Old Testament of the Bible still exists today in its original scroll format. The Dead Sea Scrolls are over 2000 years old. It is mind boggling that they are still...

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IS CHURCH RELEVANT TODAY?

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 11:15 AM



A recent survey revealed vast and differing answers to the question of the church's relevance for society today.


Some hold to the value of the Bible's historical and prophetic credibility and even endurance through time.  Others admit that most people today no longer want our Christian heritage to be upheld because it is seen as outdated and of no value.


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