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by Jody Ponce - 1 week ago

Engaging Opposition: Expressing Love Through Conversation

The philosopher Immanuel Kant once said, “All persons are owed respect just because they are persons.” There was a time when philosophy could be engaged in a safe space, where those with differing views could come and reason together without being offended by other people's divergent opinions. Indeed, the very idea of having your views questioned and being given the opportunity to respectfully defend your point of...

by Jody Ponce - 1 month ago

Turn Down the Noise: How We Can Expect to Hear the Holy Spirit

How can we expect to hear the Holy Spirit when our lives are filled with constant noise? If we would like to see the gifts of the spirit and the fruit of the spirit working in our lives then we must make a choice to turn down the noise. if we wish to hear the Holy Spirit lead and guide us, we must make the conscious, intentional choice to carve out time to be quiet and listen to Him. Also, we must...

by Jody Ponce - 2 months ago

What is the Lord Building in Your Life Right Now?

What is the Lord building in your life right now? The Lord is always working in our lives. We might know about two or three of the things He is doing with us, but in fact, there are thousands of areas He is working in us, minute by minute, that we don't even know about. "It is He who works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). So I ask again, what is the Lord ...

by Jody Ponce - 4 months ago

Isaiah 41: Easter and the World

As Easter approaches, it makes me consider the way people think about Jesus in the world I live in. I live in Cork, Ireland. Ireland is a modern western society, embracing all things liberal and running full tilt away from its religious heritage. In Ireland these days, it seems you can be anything you want, but if you decide to follow Jesus with your life and put your trust in Him, there is an air of mocking and e...

by Jody Ponce - 5 months ago

How Can I Understand Sacrifice in a Self-Promoting World?

In the world we live in today, fame is no longer confined to places like Hollywood; the flicker of fame resides in the heart of everyone with a social media account of some description. In a moment of almost prophetic genius, Andy Warhol said in 1968, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." How right he was. In an era of viral videos and Instagram accounts, just about everyone i...

by Jody Ponce - 5 months ago

Three Lessons from St. Patrick

St. Patrick's Day is approaching, and Ireland is ramping up preparations for a colossal national celebration. There's the quintessential St. Patrick's Day parade, street parties and festivals around the country, and of course, the pubs of the nation are stocking up for a busy and boozy weekend. How did we get here? Many of these celebrations are a far cry from the man who devoted his whole life to bring the Gospel...

by Jody Ponce - 8 months ago

'Tis the Season to Be Vulnerable

Christmas time is often marked by cards with perfect family pictures on the cover. Everyone smiling, everyone wearing cute Christmas sweaters. The perfect family on the perfect card. In reality, however, life is not very often like the cover of a Christmas card. Life is messier than that; it is, for all of us. But we don't want anyone to see. Why is it that being vulnerable is so hard? Here's a d...

by Jody Ponce - 10 months ago

The Post Modern Blasé Attitude: Have You Been Infected?

In 2010, a horrific incident happened in New York City. A woman was accosted by a man on the street. Another man named Hugo Tax-Yale stopped to help her, but he was then stabbed by the woman’s assailant. The woman ran off in one direction and the assailant in the other. Hugo fell to the ground and lay bleeding and dying. Many people walked past this man, but nobody stopped to help him, hours later, when someone fi...