Mount Ranier in the background
Snow capped peaks in the Olympic Mountains
Sea Shore on West Coast of Vancouver Island
Olympic Mountains at Sunset
Deer by small lake in Olympic Mountains
Small alpine lake in the Olympic Mountains
Near the small town of Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada
Olympic Mountains with fresh snow
Olympic Mountains in the early summer
Shoreline near Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada
Snow capped peaks in the Olympic Mountains

Welcome

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The majesty of the mountains and the expanse of the oceans remind us of the majesty, wisdom, and power of God.  It causes us to question and reflect upon our purpose and role within creation. Who is the Creator of the universe and what is our relationship to this Creator?  What should our relationship be to other humans as well as to the rest of creation?

What is the relationship between faith and reason?  Why is evil such a difficult problem?  What is the purpose of death and the grave?  Are they the final end of our human existence when we die and become food for microbes.  There have been numerous and conflicting answers to these questions during the course of history.  So, maybe we should ask ourselves if it is even possible to know whether or not our answers are correct?  Maybe the answer is that there are no real answers to life's questions.  Perhaps, our questions are just the meaningless occupation of over-sensitive fools.

Total Depravity & the Image of God

What is meant by the expression Total Depravity? I think the expression conjures up many different ideas. Some think of a depraved creature as an evil freak of nature. It would be something from which everyone would run in horror. For others, a depraved human is someone who looks deceptively good on the outside, but who is always plotting evil deeds on the inside. Even what may appear to be a noble deed must have some evil ulterior motive.

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Dead in Sins: What does it mean?

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
(Ephesians 2:1 NIV)

But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
Isaiah 59:2 NIV

But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
1 Timothy 5:6

Some view the expression, dead in sins, in Ephesians 2:1 to mean that humankind is like a dead corpse in the death chamber of a funeral morgue—still, motionless, and cold to the touch. Consequently, it is impossible for the dead sinner to respond to the gospel message, anymore than a dead body in a cemetery can comfort the cries of the loved ones who are left behind.

 

What Is Your Life in Christ Like:

Dead, Sleeping, Awake, Waiting, Watching, Working, Fighting?

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Fight the good fight of the faith..
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called
and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:12 (ESV)

Dead

You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Revelation 3:1

Atheist Delusion

The majesty of the mountains and the expanse of the oceans remind us of the majesty, wisdom, and power of God. It causes us to question and reflect upon our purpose and role within creation. Who is the Creator of the universe and what is our relationship to this Creator? What should our relationship be to other humans as well as to the rest of creation?

What Is Your Relationship To Christ:

Virgin, Widowed, Divorced, Profane or Harlot?

I promised you to one husband, to Christ,
so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
2 Corinthians 11:2 (NIV)

Faith: Is it a gift infused, a gift received, or a decision to believe?

For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves;
it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJ)

There are several views of the role of faith in Ephesians Chapter 2 verses 8-9. It might be helpful to examine briefly these views. These two verses are acknowledged by all who accept the inspiration of scripture. The different concepts of the role of faith come from trying to understand what these two verses mean. There are, at least, three basic views regarding the role of faith in these two verses.

Mercy

Why Both the Spirit of God & the Spirit of Christ?

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. Romans 8:9 (NIV)

Mercy

The Lord’s Eyelids

His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
Psalms 11:4

We might ponder the words of David in Psalms 11, where he mentions the Lord’s eyes and His eyelids.

Eyelids closed

In Love

he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16

Couple on the beach at sunset

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