34. Prayers of a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Holy and Gracious God, In the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to cast off the works of the flesh by separating ourselves from sexual immorality, impurities, sensuality, idolatry, and sorcery, fleeing from from enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, dissensions, divisions, and envy, refusing to engage in drunkenness and orgies. Through the example of […]

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Puerto Rico

“Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”  (Jer 1:4-5 ESV) Puerto Rico By Stephen W. Hiemstra One of the formative events in my emerging career as […]

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Ortberg Sees Open Doors

John Ortberg. 2015. All the Places to Go—How Will You Know? God has Placed Before You an Open Door: What Will You Do? Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra When I was in my twenties, overwhelmed with the immense uncertainties of life, I made a promise to myself—that I would […]

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33. Prayers for a Life in Tension by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Great Physician, Prince of Peace, Lord of the Sabbath, Where can we find peace but with you? Holy Spirit grant us your peace. As our bodies are at war within us… We want to be filled with your peace, impatiently filling our stomachs beyond need and beyond capacity looking for you but finding only the refrigerator. repeatedly popping pills for […]

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The Audition

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. (Jas 1:2–3) The Audition By Stephen W. Hiemstra At the end of my second summer working as an aquatics instructor at Goshen Scout Camps, I pooled my summer’s earnings with savings […]

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Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit By Stephen W. Hiemstra Luncheon for the Soul, Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Trinity Presbyterian Church, Herndon, Virginia Welcome Good afternoon. Welcome to the Luncheon for the Soul. My name is Stephen Hiemstra. I am a volunteer pastor from the Centreville Presbyterian Church and a Christian author. Today’s message focuses on […]

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Dichosos Los Pobres En Espíritu

Dichosos Los Pobres En Espíritu Por Stephen W. Hiemstra, Almuerzo para el Alma, Miércoles, 15 de Junio, 2016, Iglesia Presbiteriana de Trinidad, Herndon, Virginia Bienvenido Buenos tarde. Bienvenido al Almuerzo para el Alma. Mi nombre es Stephen Hiemstra. Soy un voluntario pastoral de la Iglesia Presbiteriano de Centreville y también un autor cristiano. Nuestro mensaje de […]

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Chase and Jacobs Debate War and Peace

Kenneth R. Chase and Alan Jacobs (Editors). 2003. Must Christianity Be Violent: Reflections on History, Practice, and Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company (Brazos Press). Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra We live at a time when peace is illusive and violence is on everyone’s mind. Peace is illusive because modern media reports crimes and […]

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