Author Archives: Roy Heggland

Graceful Giving

As the Apostle Paul begins his letter to the Romans, he paints a picture of the human condition which is so stark and bleak that we find ourselves without any hope of avoiding the wrath and punishment of God. But when it seems that all is lost, Paul, in Romans 3:21, uses the words “but

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How Do you Read the Signs?

Have you ever read a sign and then realized that it could be read in more ways than one? Sometimes the sign maker has one thing in mind, and the sign reader gets a different message. I enjoy reading signs to see if I can come up with an entirely different meaning from what was

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Truly Good Works

When you are taking a walk, cleaning your house, taking out the trash, eating lunch, changing a baby’s diaper, sleeping, working at your profession or replacing a lightbulb in your closet, you are engaging in everyday things that often seem to have no significance. Even as a Christian, much of your life revolves around these

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An Incomplete Gift?

An irrevocable trust is a technique used by estate planners to remove assets from a client’s estate for tax or asset protection purposes. The assets the client wants protected are placed in the trust. But there are downsides to an irrevocable trust. First of all, the client loses all control over the assets. Second, the

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The Christian and Money

We are all born with a desperate need for love, purpose and security. Those are good things to desire. Unfortunately, since our sinful nature is absolutely and resolutely opposed to God, we will search for those things everywhere except the one place we can find them…in God himself. Since our society equates all three—love, purpose

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The World is Not Our Home

For much of the 20th century, we Americans lived in a nation that at least paid lip service to the Judeo-Christian values upon which our nation was founded. As a Christian, it was pretty easy to feel “at home” in most places in America. What you heard on Sunday mornings in your church was not

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Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

God’s love is entirely different from every other type of love we experience. Trying to define it based upon our human love is like trying to explain what someone looks like from the shadow they cast on the ground. The person casting the shadow remains ever constant, but our view of the shadow can change with

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