Author: Ladan

No Support

When someone says, There are no absolutes, my response is often, Are you absolutely sure? I recently heard of a statement made to a missionary that wentWhat makes you think anything you say is true? To which I thought, could the one making that statement apply what he said to what he just said? In both of these examples the individuals position doesnt support itself. The same is true of Atheism, Naturalism, Secularism, or Materialism. These isms, which exclude the necessity of God, cant support the argument for their truthfulness. Worldviews which dont recognize the Judeo Christian God cant...

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Stinky Fish

At FCS we teach our upper grade students logical fallacies because we want them to glorify the LORD with their thinking. One such fallacy is a Red Herring (Ignoratio elenchi). The term Red Herring comes from the smelly dead fish used to get a tracking dog off the intended scent he was pursuing. In our case, a Red Herring is an irrelevant topic introduced to distract from the real question. My uncle, in his humorous way, would say in response to my question, Because chocolate doesnt have any bones, to which I would just laugh. We observe Red Herrings...

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Danger Near the Coast

One of last years prayers spoke of venturing out on wider seas where storms will show your mastery. There is greater danger near the coast for ships than on the open sea. Full submission to Gods will for our lives is actually the safest place for us. This poem by Hezekiah Butterworth beautifully illustrates this truth. When life was young my white sail hung Ore oceans crystal floor; In the capes alee was the dreaming sea, And the deep sea waves before. And a Gloster fisherman called to me From the piers extremest post: Strike out, my boy, for...

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Dad Tracking

A little boy and his father were walking through a garden where there were tender vines. Now, Papa, says Ned you be careful That you step in just the right place, For right in your footsteps Im stepping Ah! That, sighed the father is the case. Lets stop now and think ere we journey, Would we travel the road just ahead If we knew that our own cherished darlings Would follow the path we have led? Ada Clarke From all my experience, Dads seem to have the greatest influence (humanly speaking) on their children. Children tend most often to...

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The Lost Art of Edification

While preparing to lead a men’s Bible study group I was reminded again that love for your wife exhibits itself in loving actions. One of the more uncommon actions is edification. A husband who loves his wife will edify and praise his wife unto God, to her and to others, sincerely and frequently such that you would think more highly of his spouse than of him. I find this type of praise uncommon and when done, frightening at first, then weird, then awkward and it can take a while before its normal then expected then valued and eventually essential....

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Whats so bad about Heaven?

The way Christians talk, you wonder if Heaven is not such a good place. When people are planning to go to Disney Land, take a cruise, or a Hawaiian vacation, they are usually excited and talk about it with others. The future new heavens and earth will be exponentially better than Hawaii and did you know that the kind of person we are here on earth will determine the rewards and responsibilities which will be ours on the new earth? That got me thinking, do we also have a short sighted view of education? Should we ultimately be shaping...

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To Be A Lawyer Or Not To Be

That is the question. The Supreme Court of Canada is deliberating the case between Trinity Western University and the Law Societies of Ontario and British Columbia. Trinity Western is fighting for the right to train lawyers who can practice law across Canada. The decision the Supreme Court makes will have far reaching implications especially for Christian schools like ours. Please pray for a decision in favour of Trinity Western. A defeat in this case will mean the further erosion of religious freedom and freedom of association. Sadly we live at a time of competing conceptions of the Good, the...

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Velveteen Friendship

How do you think The Velveteen Rabbit demonstrates the virtue of friendship? If you do not know the story, be sure to read it so you can know the love of the Boy to bring about life to his toy. In reading Practicing the Presence of People by Mike Masson, I am becoming more aware of the virtue of friendship. People are inherently filled with wonder and beauty and we confirm or deny this truth everyday by how we interact with each other. Are we like the Boy bringing about life to the Velveteen Rabbit by our love for...

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