The Coronavirus

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The coronavirus has created a furor.  The store shelves are empty of hand cleanser and other such products; prices are steeply rising for supplies related to the pandemic; the media has rung alarm bells while calling people to calm; the restaurant where I ate breakfast this morning was empty but…
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Values and Virtue–the Difference

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The fundamental difference between values and virtue is a matter of where they originate.  God defines virtue, called fruits of the Spirit in Paul.  People choose values that may be good or bad.  Virtue is always good.  Christians are always to choose what is good. They are always to choose…
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Is Transformation Possible?

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People change, but can they be transformed?  Change in a human being may be for the better or worse.  Transformation, or conversion, is always for the better, and it is radical.  The most significant, if not the only transformation, has to do with conforming to Jesus Christ.  Only by God’s…
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Self-control and American Culture

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Last time, the discussion was about the importance of self-control.  Especially in these times, little support from the general community exists for the exercise of this fruit of the Spirit.  In American culture the media and educational institutions encourage the cultivation and expression of inordinate desire.  Lack of restraint has…
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The Need for Self-Control

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A few days ago as I was driving to Easton, I thought of the importance of self-control in our lives and in our dealings with others.  I felt such an urgency that I decided to interrupt the articles on “Encounters with Jesus in the Gospel of John.”  We will return…
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Encounters with Jesus in the Gospel of John–Nicodemus

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Nicodemus, the Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus by night to inquire of Him about His ministry.  He recognizes Jesus as a teacher from God because of the signs that He does. The passage (John 3: 1-21) is wrought with irony. When Jesus says that a person must be born again…
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Confused Mind and Inconstant Heart

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The modern age is characterized by much confusion.  What accounts for this situation?  Many different perspectives on the meaning of life and the world (See Charles Taylor, A Secular Age ) would be among the most important reasons.   A very competitive marketplace of ideas exists in 21st century America.  One can imagine that…
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