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GOOD NEWS FOR EVERYONE

By Doug Ponder on Dec. 12, 2018

Into the Lion's Den Paul had to have seen it coming. All the signs were pointing in the same direction, confirming what was revealed by the Spirit through Agabus the prophet. Paul was headed for certain capture, imprisonment, and probably death. But he went anyway. Never mind that the Jews had received fal...

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  • ACROSS THE STREET & AROUND THE WORLD

    By Doug Ponder on April 4, 2018

    The following article is the product of years of observation and reflection. I'm especially indebted to Darren Carlson and The Gospel Coalition for their original research and contribution to the discussion, some of which has been included below.  The Popularity of Short-Term Mission Trips A...
  • WHY YOU’RE NOT PATIENT

    By Doug Ponder on March 28, 2018

    The Illusive Virtue “Patience is a virtue,” as the popular saying goes. But it’s also a command from God: “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn ...
  • REJECTING THE WRONG JESUS

    By Doug Ponder on March 21, 2018

    Mistaken Identity According to her death certificate, 18-year-old Whitney Cerak died on April 26, 2006. Nearly 1,400 people attended her funeral before she was buried in her hometown in Michigan. Six years later, Whitney got married in the same church where her funeral service had been held. You read that corr...
  • LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR

    By Doug Ponder on March 14, 2018

    Recipe vs. Job Description Jesus summarized the shape of the Christian life with two simple commands: ‘Love God with all your heart and all your brains and all your abilities,’ and ‘love your neighbor like your love yourself’ (Mark 12:30-31). These commands are not a recipe to follow in or...
  • NO LONE RANGERS

    By Doug Ponder on March 7, 2018

    The Original Lone Ranger A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi-yo, Silver' – it’s the Lone Ranger! So began the intro to the TV series about the fictional hero of the American Old West. The Lone Ranger was infamous for appearing and disappearing quickly, for f...
  • EVERYDAY IS SPIRITUAL

    By Jessica Ponder on Feb. 28, 2018

    Doing the Everyday, Every Day Some days my life seems to be oozing with repetition and simplicity. It feels like there’s nothing special or unique about most of what I do. I rarely see the significance in cleaning the house, making zucchini bread, doing laundry, buying groceries, making phone calls, respond...