Scott Hoefker serves as the pastor of United Church of God congregations in North and South Carolina, is a staff member and writer for Vertical Thought , and contributes articles for the Good News. He and his wife oversee and travel regularly to serve congregations in Latin America.
"I'm saved—I can feel Jesus in my heart!" "I had an awesome experience with the Lord!" "Oh, the Spirit leads me with feelings overwhelming!" Emotion-based religious sentiments seem to be the norm these days—but is that a good thing?
If God wanted you to constantly use a cell phone, He would have had you born with one glued to your ear. If He wanted you to be on Twitter all the time, He would have "tweeted" you by now. Is our electronic media producing what God intended for communication, or not?
More and more voices in society attempt to run down marriage, claiming it's out of date and seeking to change its definition. But there's still much to be said for this relationship God instituted when He first made man and woman.
Spring Break is all too well known as the monumental rite of passage for college students and young adults all over the world. Every year multiple tens of thousands of young adults travel to top tropical destinations where they experience the wildest parties, the most beautiful beaches, and the most outrageous resorts!
“Disgusting though Lycans may be, they, at least, are evolved. It was only these later generations that learned to channel their rage.” – Andreas Tanis, character, Underworld series (Underworld.Wikia.com)
How much are we – you and I – focused on the literal presence of God? What are the lessons that we should learn from the Feast of God? I would ask us to consider, as we go and keep it this year and keep those days: Do we have the ability to see God?
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