The Divine Gift of Sledding

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Ps 91:11) The Divine Gift of Sledding By Stephen W. Hiemstra After living in the dormitory at Iowa University and taking all my meals in the cafeteria, when I was admitted to Cornell University I decided to live off campus. […]

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Navigators

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! (Eccl 4:9-10) Navigators By Stephen W. Hiemstra My first small group consisted of […]

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The Owl

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Prov 12:18) The Owl By Stephen W. Hiemstra In eleventh grade I wanted to learn to type. I loved to write letters and often composed my letters with the flourish of a fountain pen, but I was […]

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The Road Ahead

that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Phil 3:10-11 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra In writing about the movements of the spirit in our lives, I have used […]

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Surprising Priorities

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Heb 4:15) By Stephen W. Hiemstra When we accept Christ into our lives, we begin the journey from our natural selves to the person […]

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Living Testimony

“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do […]

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Persecution Can Be Transformative

“And Saul approved of his [Stephen’s] execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.” (Acts 8:1 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra In my grandparents’ home, every meal began with prayer and ended with […]

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Suffering Predates Salvation

“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.” (Isa 25:8 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra In both the Old Testament Books of the Law and Books of […]

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Persecution Gets Personal

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” (Matt 5:11 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra The ninth beatitude is the capstone beatitude and it repeats beatitude eight emphatically. The parallel in Luke’s Gospel is even more explicit. The ninth beatitude also […]

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Blessing Those that Persecute

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.” (Romans 12:14 ESV) By Stephen W. Hiemstra Increasingly even in America, Christians find themselves the target of isolation, persecution, and even murder. During 2015 alone, a woman was jailed for publically espousing Biblical views on marriage [1], a church was the site of a […]

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