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Posts by David Sproule

“Skip to the end!”

One of the most memorable scenes in cinema is the wedding of Prince Humperdinck and Buttercup in “The Princess Bride.” “Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeva today!” As chaos and a battle begin to ensue outside the palace during the ceremony, the Prince orders “The Impressive Clergyman” to “Skip to the end!” Hmm. Skip to the end. Mawage (a.k.a. marriage) can be tough. There is a…

It’s what everybody else is doing

Sometimes we think about the topic of “peer pressure,” and we may categorize that as a problem limited to young people. Such a mis-categorization has led some adult Christians to believe that it cannot impact them. Wrong! Follow a Christian into the workplace and the business world. Is there any “peer pressure” there? How many Christians use a little foul language at work because “it’s what…

The “Sleep” of Death?

What does it mean when the Bible talks about death as “sleep”?  Does it mean that the person who dies goes into a state of unconsciousness?  Does it mean that the soul itself enters a state of sleep until the return of Jesus?  Or is it talking metaphorically about the body as being “asleep”?  Let’s examine the Scripture to understand this matter.…

“Hey, you! Get out of the way!”

How often have you been driving down the road and someone is in your way—maybe another car driving very slowly, maybe some road workers, maybe a cyclist or pedestrian. Have you ever thought (or even said), “Hey, you! Get out of the way!” You know, life is like that. Sometimes we can be driving down the road of life, and things or people get in…

“I don’t have to be part of the church!”

It is interesting to hear what some people think about the church sometimes. So many folks look at the church like some kind of human organization, which they think they can “take it or leave it” (which usually means they’re going to “leave it”). Sometimes they will make comments like, “I’ve got my relationship with Jesus. I don’t have to be part of the church!” Is…

Mark?  Really?

It is interesting to consider who God used to write the books in His Bible.  It is intriguing that He would use a converted tax collector (a highly despised class of people) to write the first book of the New Testament.  But such is the nature of God.  To see that nature even deeper, consider who God used to write the second…

No more patience

Have you ever reached the “end of your patience” with someone—maybe with your children or a sibling or a coworker? You had been extending patience for a long time, but you reach your end and just cannot extend any more? What happens when you reach the “end of your patience”? Do you know how much patience God is extending to us? SO MUCH! The Bible plainly…

Tell no one?

It may seem strange (and even counterproductive) to us that after certain miracles Jesus told the individuals to keep the news to themselves and to “tell no one” (Matt. 8:4; 9:30; 12:15-16). Why would Jesus command such? Didn’t He want everyone to know about Him?  Think about what did happen when “everyone” found out about Him. On the one hand, those who legitimately were trying…