Author Archives: Joe Ginder

On Knowing God’s Will

I was asked a question by a young friend in the congregation recently: In what ways can we know God’s will? For example I feel sometimes I want to know all of God’s will for my life up front so … Continue reading

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A Special Christmas Message from Ray Bakke

This is a timely and timeless Christmas message from Ray Bakke, given at Every Nation Church in Seattle. Ray’s son and my friend Brian Bakke thoughtfully provided a link to the recording – one of the best Christmas gifts ever! … Continue reading

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2021 Advent Resources

I mentioned in a Zoom worship time that there are many Advent resources that you may find helpful during this Advent season. This is the list of links to resources that I promised. I may update the list from time … Continue reading

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Advice on Discerning God’s Will

When unsure and seeking God’s calling on your life, Ray Bakke advises: Follow Jesus, start loving your neighbors, and somewhere in there your calling will come. Rick Villodas reports a helpful question from Bishop Robert Barron to consider when trying … Continue reading

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On God’s Love (quoting Dallas Willard)

We must understand that God does not “love” us without liking us – through gritted teeth – as “Christian” love is sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father cherishes … Continue reading

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Major Resources for Revelation 2021 Messages

These are the three major resources I’m revisiting for the 2021 series of messages on Revelation. I’m using the series to address topics requested by members of the congregation that can fit into this approach. Apparently there is a lot … Continue reading

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Isn’t tissue from an aborted fetus involved in making the Covid-19 vaccines?

For a Christian, this is the most serious objection to taking the Covid-19 vaccine that I have heard. Here (in a nutshell) are the facts as I have found in my research. According to the Nebraska Medical Center and the … Continue reading

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“Is accepting a Covid-19 vaccination taking the Mark of the Beast?”

Short answer: No. How can I be so sure? Because biblically speaking, the “Mark of the Beast” as noted in the Apocalypse of John (aka Revelation) is a way of declaring a higher allegiance to a power other than Jesus/God. … Continue reading

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“God told me not to get a vaccination”

To start with, you might want to read David French’s column It’s Time to Stop Rationalizing and Enabling Evangelical Vaccine Rejection. I will try not to repeat what he has already said quite clearly in what I write below. I … Continue reading

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Remembering Andrew Walls

Andrew Walls has graduated on to that next level of existence that those of us who follow Jesus look forward to by faith. He was born in 1921! I never met him; but I heard him speak and read his … Continue reading

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