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HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

We all aspire to have healthy relationships. But these can be more elusive than we often think. We typically assume if we are getting along with someone, that the relationship must be healthy. But that may not always be the case.  In fact, sometimes the smoother a relationship is, the more unhealthy it can be, namely because one person has dictated it on his… Read More

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WHAT IS ASH WEDNESDAY & LENT?

  What is Ash Wednesday?  The simple answer is that it marks a time of fasting and prayer for Christians. It is the beginning of the forty days of the Lenten season in preparation for Easter. The challenge with this holiday we are celebrating today is like all other Christian holidays, they evolved over time. Lent, short for Lenten, is drawn from the Old… Read More

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AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIP Part 2.

The 8 Key Character Traits of True Friendship in the Life of Jesus In this two-part series, we are looking at eight key character traits of Jesus that formed the foundation of a healthy relationship. Missed Part 1?  Click Here https://apostlesri.org/authentic-friendship-part-1/ Advocacy (for the Other) It is not coincidental that the name Satan, the arch-enemy of God and mankind actually means “accuser.” There is… Read More

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AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIP – Part 1.

The 8 Key Character Traits of True Friendship in the Life of Jesus The term “authentic” has become one of those trendy buzzwords among the up and coming generations. Unfortunately, its redundant use and elusive definition spell little more than a platitude to most. Yet there is something so right about “authenticity.”  Should we then despair to attain to true authenticity in our relationships?… Read More

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown! “And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of… Read More

Your Story & Your Scars?  The Scars of God and His Healing Story

No matter how dull or uninteresting we might think ourselves to be, we all have a story. That story also says a lot about us and is rich with triumph and tragedy. For better or for worse, we live through it. With it secretly playing in the background of our consciousness, it unfolds in the caverns of our psyche like a movie soundtrack. Like… Read More

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The Beauty in Credulity

I had the fine privilege of obtaining my graduate education at one of the great bastions of Neo-Evangelicalism, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I cannot say enough good about Trinity, its faculty, and it’s legacy. There I studied Hebrew Bible and theology amidst a distinguished faculty and in an environment of stalwart commitment to the Christian Scriptures. This has served as a boon to my… Read More

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Taking a Stand for Truth

  One thing that characterized the earliest Church was its unwavering stance on moral issues. These issues always drew a sharp line in the sand between the saved and the unsaved, between the Christian and the Pagan, between the Church and the rest of the Roman world.  The Church’s Catechesis was imbued with detailed lists of moral expectations. These are rooted in deep reflection… Read More

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A Low, Dishonest Age

This morning, September 1, 2019, marks exactly the eightieth anniversary since the start of World War II. On this date in 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland starting one of the most apocalyptic losses of human life in history. The death toll is estimated between 70 and 85 million souls that perished in the conflict—one driven by greed, ideology, and above all, human sin. Our… Read More