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Christian Living / by Mike Dente - 10 months

Example of God's Constant Presence From 1870 Paris

There are times in history that seem difficult to find the Gospel light (periods when Christians appear to be lost in the background of governmental upheavals and war). Often, these are used by critics of the faith who point to a Christian country teetering towards chaos, the atrocities that follow, and say, "Where was your God then?" One such moment in history was the Siege of Paris by the Prussian Ar...

Christian Living / by Mike Dente - 11 months

Where Did the Word "Refugee" Originate?

It is no understatement to say the refugee crisis in the West is troubling. I find myself looking nervously at images of the masses fleeing one situation while they etch out a hope for a better existence. The situation continues to grow and become more devastating. Camps have been displaced; volunteers are in great demand, but we are far from a political solution. Oddly enough, the situation vaguely reminds me of ...

by Mike Dente - 12 months

The Balance Between the Spiritual & Physical World

Twice a month we have a kids club in our neighborhood. As the main teacher, I get to interact with the kids and sharpen my teaching skills. On one occasion, I was teaching about how we show our faith by what we do. I used the example of electricity. We show we believe in the power of electricity by the fact that we turn on a light switch when we enter a dark room. That's when I was blind-sided by a precocious seve...

by Mike Dente - about 1 year

Why Does God Make Us Wait?

Every large city has it's habits and particularities. In Paris, one of these is how we wait. On one hand, this is nonsense because the city demands the luxury of having all things readily available most of the time, but on the other, there is a subtle Parisian paradox to waiting. A line in Paris is not single-file like it is in the United States. Everyone is expected to wait their turn, but the line f...

by Mike Dente - about 1 year

Trafficking Hope with Karl Marx

Why are those who preach that “religion is the opiate of the masses,” are now pushing for legalizing marijuana? Maybe they see opiates for the masses as a more acceptable option. Somehow that doesn’t sound right. Even so, there is a movement in Europe that would like to follow Amsterdam and parts of the United States to legalize marijuana. In France the move is lead by the Socialist Party candidate for president, ...

by Mike Dente - about 1 year

Stop! Drop! And Listen!: Practical Tools for Effective Communication

The election season is not the best for human relations on social media. As people think through the issues, sometimes they voice opinions like ultimate declarations. Those who agree rally to "like" the comment. Those who don’t, ignore, un-friend or troll the post. That's when I’ve noticed those who are not so open to discussion have inflicted their deadliest verbal wounds. It's a world we help to create one post ...

by Mike Dente - about 1 year

An Unexpected Blessing for Bible Teachers

Don’t we love what we do? Isn’t there something wildly exciting about teaching the Bible? It’s a spiritual work. Bible teaching is from another dimension because of Who inspired it. In the end, its content will out-last everything in our physical world. Unfortunately though, there are so many competing projects and various levels of urgencies that sometimes that, “jump out of bed joy because I can’t wait to dig in...