Whole Bean Or Pre-Ground?

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 9, 2018

Do you like your coffee to have the maximum amount of freshness, flavor, and wonderfulness? Then you want whole-bean coffee. Remember from October, that the biggest factor affecting the freshness of your coffee is its exposure to air. When you grind your coffee the amount of surface area that is exposed to air multiplies exponentially.…

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The Eternal Word

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 6, 2018

John begins his Gospel with a profound treatise about the eternal nature and deity of Christ. Christ is described as the Word (John 1:1), who was with God and was God. He is the one who made all things (John 1:3). Indeed, when you read Genesis 1, everything that was created was created by the…

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Why do you come to Jesus?

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 6, 2018

In the first chapter of John we see many different people coming to Jesus for many different reasons. The Pharisees came to investigate a possible threat to their own position and power. Jesus asked two of the first disciples to follow Him what they were seeking (John 1:38). They wanted to be with Jesus and…

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The Fulfillment of the Law

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 6, 2018

The Old Testament is vital to our faith and understanding of God. It makes up 2/3 of the Sacred Text. Yet, John draws a sharp contrast between the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ (John 1:15-24). Jesus is greater than Moses, who delivered a law that was not able to fulfill the justice…

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Review of Smallfoot

By Leah Hopkins | Oct 13, 2018

I had seen a trailer a few months back about a yeti discovering that humans were real, and it looked funny, so when I saw that it was in theaters I decided to take the boys to see it yesterday. We settled in with a bucket of stale popcorn, the movie started, and I noticed…

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The Importance of Fact-Checking

The Importance of Fact Checking

By Justin Hopkins | Jul 2, 2018

In 1 Kings 13, a prophet is sent by God to the northern kingdom of Israel with specific instructions. Among those, he was commanded not to eat or drink anything until he had returned home to Judah (1 Kings 13:8-10). As he was heading back home, he was met by another man who said that…

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The Treasure of Knowledge

The Treasure of Knowledge

By Justin Hopkins | May 15, 2018

This week the National Center for Education Statistics released the results of a study, which found that over ninety-four percent of teachers spent their own money on providing supplies and learning resources for their students, with each spending an average of $479. This information is coming to light at a time when many teachers around…

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The Joy of Mothers

The Joy of Mothers

By Justin Hopkins | May 7, 2018

This weekend our nation celebrates a holiday that is officially just over one hundred years old: Mother’s Day. Church attendance will see a slight bump, and restaurants will be packed as families gather to honor “the hand that rocks the cradle.” Since the beginning of time, mothers have had an important place in the home…

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Taking A Stand that Matters

Taking A Stand That Matters

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 30, 2018

This weekend the holiday of Cinco De Mayo will be celebrated here in Itasca, and in many communities in the American Southwest. No, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, which occurred over fifty years after Mexico declared independence from Spain. In the aftermath of the Mexican-American…

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