The Pastor’s Pen

The Official Blog of Ted Haggard

The Thirteen Folds

If you’ve attended a funeral honoring a veteran who served our country, perhaps you witnessed the folding of the flag that once covered the casket of a loved one. Each of the 13 folds of the flag holds great significance.

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Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to remind you that there are natural benefits available to everyone who is thankful.

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Elections and Wisdom in Our Great Country

Though some elections go my way and others don’t, I have learned that as long as they are free and fair, the right person ends up in the right place most of the time. And when we elect the wrong person, our constitutional system of checks and balances works just fine.

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How Much Are You Worth?

The development of self-driving vehicles has required that we write algorithms to determine who will be protected in an accident: Humans over animals? Young people over the elderly? Females over males? Pedestrians over passengers?

It makes us question: what are we worth?

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Is Water Baptism Relevant to Your Eternal Life?

John the Baptist was saying that we all need to turn from the evil that is within us and seek God’s goodness in order for our own hearts to be transformed. Our human goodness is insufficient, even if we express our goodness by trying to please God. As every student of history knows, human attempts at goodness in the name of God often result in horrific tragedy.

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Will Only Those “In Christ” Be Resurrected?

We human beings never cease to exist. Instead, we all will continue exist past our initial death, so we should understand that the quality of our everlasting life will be decided according to our actions that reflect our relationship with Christ or our actions that reflect no relationship with him.

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Finding Truth

As a society, we used to embrace the idea that mob rule and lynching without a rational and reasonable due process was not the way to determine truth and dispense justice, but that view has been overruled with our advocacy press corps, shared ignorance on social media, and the politicization of truth.

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A Brief Exhortation on Faith

Biblical faith in God is much more powerful than our human abilities. It’s more than positive thinking, it’s biblical thinking. It’s more than saying the right things and maintaining optimism, it’s saying what God says and seeing the way God sees. All human beings have intrinsic power, but faith unleashes a greater power. Faith is an infusion of God’s plan into us to bring God’s purpose to Earth. It’s an impartation of Heaven.

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Is Hell a Literal Place?

Some have strong opinions about God, thinking that their views are facts. I do not believe that it will serve us well to think we are superior to God or in a position to judge him. God is God, and we are human. We like it when the Lord accepts us like we are, which he does. He also likes it when we accept him as he is, which is difficult for many.

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