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by Jody Ponce - 4 months ago

The Death of God

Perhaps many of you have, at some point in your lives, heard the famous quote by Fredrick Nietzsche: “God is dead; we have killed him.” This quote comes from Nietzsche’s book, The Gay Science written in 1882. In it, Nietzsche tells a parable of a mad man who runs into the marketplace. The parable is relatively short, so I will include most of the text below: Have you not heard of that ...

by Jody Ponce - 6 months ago

In the Secret Place with Christ: Going Back to Our Gospel Roots

What a year it's been! 2020 has felt to me as if the whole world has been shaken - a global pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions, death and tragedy, political polarization, economic catastrophes, riots and fires and pain. As I said, what a year! Where is God in all of this you might ask? He is working his eternal plan (Romans 8:28)! It is interesting that even as we observe the world being shaken,...

by Jody Ponce - 7 months ago

From the Christmas Tree to the Tree of Calvary: The Meaning Behind Advent

What does "advent" mean? Well, the word itself means: "The arrival of a notable person or thing." At this time of year we celebrate the arrival of the most notable person of all time, Jesus Christ. Advent has taken on different traditions throughout the course of Christian history, the advent calendar, lighting the advent candles, and in some Christian traditions, it is marked by a time of fasting. Advent...

by Jody Ponce - 8 months ago

The Purpose of Life in a Secular Age

There is a question that lurks at the back of our minds, niggling, scratching, attempting to penetrate our consciousness. We keep it at bay with busyness, distractions, vanity, and ambition, but it still scratches. The question is this: What is the purpose of life? What is the point of it all? What will remain of me when I take my last breath? That is the question that has scratched at the brain of every thinking ...

by Jody Ponce - 1 year ago

The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness

Tim Keller once said, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." Self-forgetfulness is the key to living a happy life. In the book of Esther, we meet a very interesting character named Haman. He was an extremely successful, wealthy and powerful man. He was second in command to King Xerxes, who ruled over the globe-spanning Persian empire. Haman seemed to have it...

by Jody Ponce - 1 year ago

Why Do We Suffer?

Of all the problems in the world, suffering is the hardest to face. Why is there so much suffering in our world, and why does God allow it? Recently, Psalm 91 has been helping me to understand suffering in a new light. It might strike you as a little strange because Psalm 91 would seem to indicate that we will never suffer any harm at all. It says things like, “A thousand may fall at your side,...

by Jody Ponce - 1 year ago

Transcendent Beauty in a Beastly World

In the movie Beauty and the Beast, we see how looking beyond an outward beastly appearance to the beauty within can be a positively transformative experience. Beauty is heralded and powerful. The poet John Keats said, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty—that is all." If beauty is truth, then all the base and ugly things in our existence are coverings, clothing which conceals the true beauty and value of people...

by Jody Ponce - 1 year 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 - 2 years 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 years 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 ...