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My Problem With Covenant vs. Contract

Are all commitments unconditional? Are all promises kept regardless of what the other person does? Or are we grossly oversimplifying the truth? Here's my problem with "Covenant vs. Contract". In the 80s and 90s, people of faith were swept by the phrase, "It's not a religion, it's a relationship". The term religion had been broadly used to describe the Christian worldview, from its customs to its outworking in daily life. If you regularly went to church or the tabernacle, you upheld certain traditions and lived your life a certain way, you were said to be religious. One day, somebody woke up ...

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10 Things People Don't Usually Know About Me

Looks can be deceiving, and even after knowing someone for a while, they can still surprise you. Here are 10 things I find that people don't usually know about me. Isn't it amazing how long you can know someone and they can still surprise you? I remember catching up with some people last week I had known for several years, and finding out things I never knew about them. Jobs I never knew they had, fears I didn't know they carried, issues they had faced in their families. It was a real surprise. I find it fascinating if I ask people ...

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When What You Love Dies - Easter 2017

A seemingly broken promise, the end of hope, and the death of what was supposed to be. This Easter, what do you do when what you love dies? It is a time of great uncertainty in the world today. There have been numerous attacks and great tragedies across multiple nations. Governments are in breakdown, millions of dollars are being removed from people's livelihoods because of the actions of a single plane crew, children are being shot in schools, and at the time of writing this, I am hoping that a thermonuclear war hasn't broken out. And yet I feel like in light of ...

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10 Reasons We Withhold Love From Each Other

Everyone wants to be loved, and yet so many times, love is the hardest thing for us to express and receive. Here are 10 reasons we withhold love from others, and maybe why they withhold it from us. I like to climb the nature reserve next to my house every Saturday morning, and yesterday I was joined by a friend of mine. He's a pretty smart guy and likes asking questions about things he already has good ideas about in an attempt to learn more about it. Yesterday he asked me what my thoughts were on what it means ...

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Beauty And The Beast 2017 Review: An Ironically Realistic Love Story

Tale as old as time... but is it worth seeing again this time? Here's my Beauty and the Beast 2017 Review. I have the great fortune of living walking distance from a cinema. Granted that it's a 20 minute walk up and down some hills that even some cars will struggle on, but even so. Tonight as I was choosing a movie to watch, I was easily able to extend my selection to those at my local Event given its proximity. I chose to brave the rain and have a look at Disney's latest live adaption remake in a string of ...

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Are You Actually A Christian?

She's doing all the right things, but her heart is far away... he's a church leader, but he unapologetically abuses his family... are you actually a Christian? NB. The following post is intended for a professing Christian audience and addresses some very raw subject matter. You have been warned. It's 5am on a Saturday morning, and I'm awake churning a number of difficult cases I've heard over the past few years, as well as some of the most contentious, undiscussed passages of Scripture that are around. For those who know me, I try to tend more towards the encouraging and uplifting tones ...

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My Breath Of The Wild Review: Stellar Heights With Diminishing Returns

Before it came out I was apathetic, when I started it I was amazed, but after the credits roll I am... conflicted. Here's my Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review. I am a massive Legend of Zelda fan. Most people who come over my house will comment on the giant Ocarina of Time poster on my back wall, as well as the large number of Zelda games in my collection. A few Zelda games made it into my top 10 favourite games of all time, and I've replayed all the games extensively (well, most of them). And so you may ...

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6 Pros and Cons of Wanting To Be Friends First

When it comes to relationships, it's either someone you don't know, or someone you do. Here are 6 pros and cons of wanting to be friends first. In movies in general, there is an extreme bias towards the tall dark handsome stranger, or the bubbly new girl who sweeps you off your feet. You know, she's going through a hard time, he's giving up on dating and love, then all of a sudden, in through the doors walks this perfect equation that answers every concern. Attractive but distant, unknown yet mysterious, this magical stranger is the answer to all the hopes ...

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What It's Not You, It's Me Really Means

The most common breakup line of all time. Here's what "It's not you, it's me" really means. I'm amazed sometimes at how willing people are to be open about their love life online. It's not even really that direct all the time - it's usually through the form of resharing existing posts or those Insta-poem things, tagging friends in memes about how they reject every girl or guy, or sometimes even writing long comments about the state of their marriage or relationship (sometimes even tagging their husband/wife/partner in their negative comments... yikes). I think all someone would need to become an ...

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6 Pros and Cons of Quitting Social Media

Not enough Likes, too many fake friends, and perhaps creating more problems than it solves - here are six pros and cons of quitting social media. It seems like every few weeks, I see that one statement pop up on my news feed. That one statement that people routinely frequent, or try for the first time, or truly commit to following through on it forever: "I'm quitting social media" I dunno if you know this, but there was actually a time before social media existed. I know I know. Breathe. Relax. Don't freak out. We struggle to remember our lives without Snapchat, Facebook, ...

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