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KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD

By Doug Ponder on Jan. 16, 2019

The Great Search I don’t know any Christian who hasn’t wondered about the will of God for their life. What does God want me to do? How can I know if God’s will, not mine? What am I supposed to do next? Unsure of what to do, many people feel that they must "pray hard," "live rig...

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  • THE CITY AND THE CROSS

    By Doug Ponder on May 23, 2018

    A Tale of Two Cities Within every city there are two “cities” that coexist: the first includes all that is good and right and beautiful; the second is everything that we long to see changed. I can see both cities from my backyard. Less than a mile as the crow flies is Richmond’s skyline,...
  • COUNSELING LIKE JESUS

    By Doug Ponder on May 16, 2018

    A Counseling Encounter Sitting on a hard plastic chair in a stuffy little room, I waited anxiously for my guidance counselor to arrive. To pass the time I traced the lines of the painted cinder-block walls. I was worried. “Why did she call me here? What had I done to deserve this?” The knob turned qui...
  • ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

    By Doug Ponder on May 9, 2018

    Growth in the Christian Life Jesus describes our relationship to him as that of a vine and its branches, with God the Father as the master gardener (John 15:1ff). In another place Jesus compares life in his kingdom to the growth (or not) of plants whose seeds are sown along a path, in rocky places, among ...
  • DIFFERENT BY DESIGN

    By Doug Ponder on May 2, 2018

    The Problem with the Biebs In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Sometime after that God created humanity in his image to reflect him and represent him in all of creation. To succeed in our glory-reflecting mission, God created us as male and female. It’s worth noting tha...
  • WHY PREACHING MATTERS

    By Doug Ponder on April 25, 2018

    Why Preaching Matters Chances are, like most people, you've probably not thought much about what preaching is, what it's supposed to do, or why it matters. On one level, that makes sense. You're probably not a pastor, so you think, "Why would I need to know about all that preaching...
  • VIRTUAL FRIENDSHIPS

    By Doug Ponder on April 18, 2018

    The Reality of Virtual Friendships Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, Flickr, LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr, Imgur, or whatever comes next—social media have changed our relationships in significant ways. With the touch of a button on a small device I carry in my pocket, I can...