Author: Carla Alvarez

On Hanukkah, Hypocrites and an Open Letter to Ted Cruz

It’s Christmas time, but Hanukkah comes first. Tonight on the evening of December 12th, the first light of Hanukkah will be lit beginning the eight day festival of lights. As Christians, we don’t always pay attention to this holiday, but we should for several reasons. The first is that this was a celebration in which Jesus participated. John’s gospel relays an account of Jesus in the Temple during the Feast of Dedication, (John 10:22-23). However, there are other lessons to be learned from this observance. This time has a long history of significance in Judaism. The first day of...

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On Forgiveness, Justice and Matt Lauer

The past two months have been a series of revelations.  Beginning with Harvey Weinstein, one powerful man after another has been exposed as a liar, deceiver, and manipulator.   It seems everyone knew about Weinstein. 1 Ronan Farrow, “From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories,” The New Yorker, October 10, 2017, accessed December 1, 2017, https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/from-aggressive-overtures-to-sexual-assault-harvey-weinsteins-accusers-tell-their-stories.   His sexual abuse and manipulation of women was so flagrant, so persistent, and so notorious that not only did insiders know about it, but references to it were included in Oscar 2 Seth MacFarlane, “pic.twitter.com/z8cyxrd693,” Tweet, @SethMacFarlane, October...

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What Does God Mean by That?

When reading the Bible people often ask “What does that mean?” Some things are very clear, such as God’s plan of salvation. Some points of connection in God’s overarching theme throughout the Bible are clear such as God’s command to put the blood of a slain lamb on the entrance to the home, saving the Israelites from death in the tenth plague of Egypt was a foreshadowing and a physical confession in the salvation of God . . .Yeshua. Why All the Differences of Opinion in the Christian Church? However, we often enter murky waters beyond that when it...

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15 Bible Verses About Love

Our culture talks a lot about love. Everyone is looking for it. Most of our songs are about it: finding love, being in love, or losing love . . . Or in the case of Taylor Swift, it is all three. But what does the Bible say about love? Here are 15 Bible verses about love The Characteristics of Love Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ~ Ephesians 4:2   Hatred stirs up dissension, but Love covers all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12 Who We Are to Show Love to A friend loves at...

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What does God think of your house?

Would God be happy with your house?   Psalm 101 tells us what God expects from us, how he wants us to live, and what the lifestyle of people who are called by his name is supposed to look like. It addresses both our own actions as well as those with whom we associate.  Actually, the associations are part of the life of personal integrity David commits to in verse 2.   I will be careful to live a blameless life—    when will you come to help me?I will lead a life of integrity    in my own home. Then begins a...

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