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Author: Joseph Duchesne

Original Sin… What’s Wrong with the Human Race?

There is a famous scene in the 1999 movie The Matrix. In this movie humanity has been in an age old battle with artificially intelligent machines. Humanity has for the most part lost the battle. There are only very few of them still alive deep in the bowels of the earth. Most humans, according to the movie, are now used as batteries for the machines since the sky has been scorched and the sun no longer shines on the earth. According to the story, humanity scorched the sky because it was believed that the machines wouldn’t be able to survive without the sun’s energy. The scene comes towards the end of the movie when Agent Smith, one of the machines tasked with getting access to the access codes to the human base prophetically called Zion. Here is a link to the scene if you want to watch it. I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There...

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Is Jesus Coming Back With Everyone Who’s Gone to Heaven?

What happens when we die? An age old question that human beings have been wondering about since time began. Do we go to heaven when we die? Do we sleep in the grave? What about the wicked? Where do they go? Let’s take a few moments to consider a few bible verses… There are a number of bible texts that teach some pretty surprising things. Consider Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate...

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Forever | Examples Where it Doesn’t Mean Eternity

The Bible is wonderful. You can read it quickly and get one level of understanding or you can slow down and savor each word. You can also continue to go over the same verse or passage again and again and continue to mine new meaning and application to one’s life. We can easily forget that the Bible wasn’t written in English. It was written mostly in Hebrew and Greek with some Aramaic thrown in. Furthermore, some parts of the Bible were written over 3,500 years ago! It stands to reason that when so much time passes, we could lose some of the nuances and meanings of certain words. One of those words is the English word forever. When you hear the word forever, what do you think of? Generally we think of something that will go on for eternity. Something that never ends. It will always continue. Indeed, many times the word ‘forever’ carries this meaning but not always. There are a number of times in the Old Testament where the word normally translated ‘forever’ simply means until they die or for the rest of their life. Let’s look at a few examples. Exodus 19:9, the LORD appears to Moses says, “And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may...

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How are we going to reach the cities for God?

I recently had to go to Hamilton, Ontario to bring my mother-in-law back home. I like the city of Hamilton because it feels like home to me since I’ve spent many years living there. As I write this however, I now live in a whole different world. Where I used to live in the big city, I now live in farm country. Where in a prior life I loved the convenience and accessibility found in the big city, I now find myself much calmer and refreshed living in the peacefulness of country life… Here’s the thing though. As I come back to visit the big city I’m struck by how many people can fit in such a small space. Out in the country where I live we see very few people go by. Even if you count the cars that drive by our home, it isn’t unusual to have ten minutes or more go by between cars… I must confess that I like this quietness and solitude. I love the open spaces and the occasional smell of manure… I love hearing the sound of crickets at night and being able to see the sky literally bursting with stars at night in one of God’s truly breathtaking sights in nature… Having said all this however, I have a problem. God loves the sinner. God doesn’t want a single person to...

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Trials are a good thing!

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith”— (Philippians 3:7-9 ESV) Are you going through a difficult time? It’s easy to get discouraged when things get tough. Discouragement can hit anyone. Last week I found out that a well known evangelist I knew committed suicide. It was a shock to say the least. The man was 51 years old and had an 11 year old daughter. He had built up a decent sized ministry and had led many people to Jesus over his 30 year career as an evangelist. Despite all that God had done through him however, he still chose to end his life. He was facing an unknown personal crisis and it caused him to lose hope… What is your limit? As long as we follow God in our own strength, there will always be a limit to what kind and what amount of trials and difficulties that...

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