The Truth About My Wife

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I don’t really know how to begin this. And I am positive that my wife will not like this. But I made a vow 7 years ago that I would be open and honest about my life with anyone and everyone, especially those that do not ask but need to know that they can do the same. That I would make sure to model to others what it looks like to “live in the light” by bearing the realities of life – whether positive or negative realities -before other people. I intend to do that here.

Six months ago I married what I thought was the woman of my dreams. Among the many things I thought at the time, “She is beautiful and at least loves Jesus” were front and center. But after our marriage, all of that changed. Things began happening that I could not have prepared for prior to marriage. No matter how much counseling, how good the counseling, how often the counseling, it could not prepare me to realize this:

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Where is God?

Where is God?

Where is God when everything falls apart around you?
Where is God when a financial crisis leaves you desperate?
Where is God when your spouse is diagnosed with terminal illness?
Where is God when you fail out of college even though you did your best?
Where is God when your brother is a heroin addict?
Where is God when you don’t understand why you cannot stop lusting?
Where is God when you are confused about your gender?
Where is God when you lose your job and your home?
Where is God when you lose your family?
Where is God when your father is beating your mother?
Where is God when you are being abused?
Where is God when a child is trafficked for sex?
Where is God when thousands of children die everyday because of poverry?
Where is God when no matter how much you pray, your spouse dies, you lose everything, you’re still jobless, your brother is still addicted to heroin, you are still battling lust, you are confused about your gender, your family has abandoned you, your mother is still being beaten, you are being beaten, children are still being trafficked for sex and dying everyday because of poverty, and everything in your life has fallen apart?

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John 14: The Holy Spirit is God verse-by-verse (Part 2)

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12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

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John 14: Jesus is God verse-by-verse (Part 1)

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John 14: Jesus Reassures the Disciples

CONTEXT

John 14 takes place just after the upper room discourse where Jesus calls out Judas Iscariot as the betrayer (13:21; 13:26-27). Jesus also spends this time explaining – albeit cryptically – to His disciples that He is going to soon face death (13:33-38). Jesus describes His death by telling the disciples that He will be going somewhere that they cannot come. Peter immediately tells Jesus that he – that is, Peter – will follow Jesus wherever He goes, even exclaiming that he will lay his life down for Jesus. That is where John 14 begins.

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I’m an American, and Here is Why Duterte is My President

But it’s probably not for the reason you think it is.

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Let me first give some background. I’m 25. My wife is Filipino. I live in the Philippines. And that basically makes me half Filipino (right??). Here’s us:

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I have been living in the Philippines on and off for the past two years. Shortly after Typhoon Yolanda, a team from my hometown came over to aid in reconstruction, rehabilitation, and redevelopment. I was part of that team.

That’s where this all begins.

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God of Wrath, or God of Grace?

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        In 140ad, the Turkish merchant and ship owner Marcion of Sinope began proclaiming throughout the regions of Rome and Turkey that the God of the Old Testament (OT) was incompatible – no, completely contrary – to the God proclaimed by Jesus of Nazareth in the New Testament (NT). Marcion rejected the entirety of the Old Testament and even redacted the New Testament in such a way that every Old Testament reference was edited out. Ironically, Marcion also only accepted the gospel of Luke as legitimate (because of the overwhelming amount of Old Testament usage in the other gospels). Marcion was widely regarded as a heretic with all of his teachings being biblically refuted by scholars such as Tertullian and Justin Martyr (among many others). But why? Why was Marcion regarded as a heretic? Why did Marcion reject the God of the Old Testament in the first place?

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Love is…

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“…patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love never fails.”
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)

The Greek word that Paul uses here for our English translation “love” is agape. The word Agape is always the word used for love when the Bible talks about God’s love toward us. It is especially pertinent because when the New Testament talks about God’s love for us, it is almost always in reference to the sacrificial love Jesus displayed at the cross. God gave His life for us (agape) and we are called to give our lives for others (agape). Agape love is a self-giving love that puts others before itself.

But what is self-giving love practically?

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