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[December 7, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Ian Adnams
The English language is perplexing at times, especially as it reflects cultural leanings. At this time of year we hear a lot about gifts. People are busy looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one. Christians celebrate God giving the gift of His Son to rescue us from our life of sin.
Lately, in some advertising I’ve noticed a curious addition to the concept of gift and it has even crept into our own Christian phraseology—the concept of “free gift.” This implies that there must be something …

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[September 13, 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

by Ian Adnams
We are all born spiritually broken and deserving death. Our soul’s natural state is one that is cut off from God. We neither have the desire to seek Him nor follow Him. In this state of sin, with a broken relationship with our creator, He seeks us, taking the initiative to heal the broken connection yet at the same time understanding that our natural, inborn inclination is to tug at that connection.
In baptism He draws us back into His family as our sinful state is drowned, washed away, …

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[July 26, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Ian Adnams
What a troubling week for our troubled world. First, news of famine in East Africa and then the horrific murder of 76 persons in Norway. It’s heartbreaking enough for humans, but we can never imagine how these events must break the heart of God.
The World Food Programme reports there was evidence of warning signs for famine in East Africa years ago. The developed west took no notice and whoever is in charge of Somalia (the country defines the phrase ‘politically unstable’) made it impossible for Christian and western-based relief agencies to help avert …

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[May 23, 2011 | No Comment | ]

What can we learn from the Harold Camping “Rapture” experience?
1.   False prophets are still with us. They aren’t confined to biblical times
2.   Teaching about the end times and the return of Christ, even with believers, is confused and littered with false teaching.
3.   Scripture interprets scripture and it is mandatory to look at the “whole counsel of God.” If Camping had taken the word of the Lord seriously about no one knowing when Christ would return, he wouldn’t have made his prediction.
4.   Believers need to know the Word of God so …

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[May 16, 2011 | One Comment | ]

If Statistics Canada asks you to fill in the 2011 National Household Survey, at some point you will answer a question about your religion.
For some it’s easy because they practice their religion regularly by attending church, synagogue, mosque or other places of worship.
For a number of Canadians it won’t be so simple. It may be a matter of where they observe annual religious celebrations. Others may relate to a baptism or confirmation certificate, maybe even discover where grandparents or great-grandparents worshipped.
But if you are going to answer “Lutheran,” what does …

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[April 22, 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

by Ian Adnams 
By some strange coincidence, this year Good Friday, the day Christians remember the death of Jesus Christ for the salvation of humanity, is also Earth Day, the day environmentally-minded people encourage us to focus on ways to preserve God’s creation.
The lead-up to Earth Day included a report that the government of Bolivia was set to present the United Nations with a resolution to enshrine “Mother Earth” with the same rights as humans. Apparently, this is already the case in Bolivia. The goal is to guard against further violence …

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