Author: Carla Alvarez

The Duggars, Servants, and Our Post-Modern World

I don’t watch the Duggars and don’t have an opinion on them other than holding the opinion that you shouldn’t be taking about “God’s Will” in relation to family size unless you are actually raising a baby the way we were naturally designed to do, which is extended and on demand nursing and weaning between ages 2 to 3 rather than at 6 months. Google, I guess, seems to think I am interested in them as this article was suggested in my feed. The headline: Jim Bob and Michelle Keep Calling Their Kids Servants The uproar began over an...

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Atheists, Cessationists, and What They Have in Common

Atheists and cessationists are those who hold two very different belief systems. One says that there is no God, the other believes in God and Christ as Lord, so what could they have in common? Definitions First, let’s define our terms: Atheist: An atheist is one that believes that there is no God. Buddhism is one of the few religions that believes that there is no God. It is atheistic. Theist: A theist believes that there is a God or multiple gods. Most religions of the world are theistic. They believe in some sort of Supreme Being even if...

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The Scent of the Spirit of Christmas

Do you know what Christmas smells like? Maybe when you think of Christmas, it reminds you of the smell of evergreens, cinnamon, and spice. The sense of smell is considered the bridge between the physical and the spiritual or unseen realm. For those who do not see with their eyes into the unseen realm, the sense of smell is a bridge for discerning that other spiritual realm. There are specific scents that are associated with individual spirits. There is a spirit of Christmas and there is a very specific fragrance that comes along with it. I have been encountering...

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Experiencing the Spirit of Christmas

The holidays can be a busy time with end of term tests and papers, concerts, parties, and one volunteer effort after another. The activity load can be so intense that it can be easy to equate “stress” with the “spirit of Christmas.” However, the “things” and the “doings” are not Christmas. Certain things, traditions, can help us remember the past and build memories for the future, but it is not the thing that Christmas is itself. The Spirit of Christmas is Family The Spirit of Christmas is family. Christmas is a time when families get together, whether they like...

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