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Applied Belief: The greatest April fool

On what we call Good Friday, the Devil, yes there is a Devil, celebrated the death of the man who stated he was God. Jesus hung on a cross and the Devil believed he finally had won. Since Jesus was born, Satan — the dragon of the book of Revelation — had tried to kill Jesus. “And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth so that when she bore her ...

 
 

Applied Belief: Biblical Eagles

Whether it was God's will for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl or not this year, there is no doubt that starting with their quarterback and going down the line of Nick Foles, Chris Maragos, Zach Ertz and others know that the only thing that lasts forever is the Word of God. "The Grass withers, the flowers fade, but the Word of our God will stand forever" (Isaiah ...

 

Applied Belief: Are the Eagles God’s team?

I am not from Philadelphia, so I cannot claim to be an Eagles fan for my whole life. I grew up with America's past time, baseball. As a Puerto Rican, I was born with a ball and a mitt in my crib. Football became one of my favorite sports, surpassing baseball when I met my future, late, father in law who was a lifelong Cowboys fan. While I did not care for football ...

 

Applied Belief: The right time to kneel

Should you take a knee or stand? What started as a protest over oppression and inequality by one football player has now for many become a way to protest not only oppression but the president of the United States. There is a national conversation taking place on this issue and you can find a whole host of opinions and perspectives. We cherish our first amendment ...

 

Applied Belief: Take down your statue

During the last month, there has been a national conversation taking place about statues and monuments. Much of the debate has revolved around Confederate statues and monuments. What is interesting is that I do not remember this being a major issue or point of contention over the last couple of years. Yes, there was the whole movement to take down Confederate flags ...

 

Applied Belief: Post truth

“What is truth,” Pontius Pilate asked Jesus prior to the crucifixion. The question remains as relevant now as it was then. The cover of Time Magazine dated April 3, 2017, read “Is truth dead?” The article to which the cover alluded addressed what seems like a constant flow of false information and as has been coined now “fake news.” Timothy Snyder, in his little book ...

 

Applied Belief: Jesus never said sorry

Guess how many times Jesus said sorry. How many times did he apologize for something he said or did? Let me help you out there. The answer is somewhere between zero and zero. Now you might be thinking that we can't possibly know because we don't have every single word that Jesus said because Jesus has always existed and the Gospels are not an exhaustive documentation ...

 

Applied Belief: Jesus still weeps

In one week we will celebrate Palm Sunday. This is a day we remember what is called the triumphal entry of Jesus. The gospels record that this was a day filled with shouts of acclamation but perhaps more significant, we find only the second recorded time when Jesus weeps. The first being when Jesus’ friend Lazarus died. Luke records, “And when he [Jesus] drew near ...

 

Applied Belief: So much for Lent

For Lent this year I am giving up smoking. And guess what, I don’t smoke. Confused? Let me explain. The point is this. For many, Lent has become an annual ritual. People chose something to give up or “fast” from for 40 days, if they can last that long. It almost feels like the New Year’s resolutions people make. “I will give up fast food this year.” The problem is, ...

 

Applied Belief: Sex is all you need

In 1967, the Beatles released their infamous song “Love is all you need.” This song came out during a time deemed in popular culture as the “sexual revolution.” Now for transparency let me be clear I was not around in 1967 nor was I even a thought in my parent’s minds since they were 15 and 12 years old then. This song highlights the concept of love and that in the ...

 

Applied Belief: God doesn’t need you

Merry Christmas! Yes, it is that time of year again. It is truly amazing that we are less than 30 days from a new year. It has been a long year and many are excited to celebrate Christmas and move on to 2017. With a new year comes new challenges, but also the opportunity once more to try to keep and achieve some resolutions that you have tried every new year. As we ...