Introduction to Hebrew 

File:Frank-ruehl.pngA year and a half ago I wrote a post about an article I read which urged pastors to go and learn Hebrew in order to more fully understand the Bible. Well, I’m not a pastor, but I’ve finally decided to take my own advice and learn Hebrew. I started a month or two ago and have barely scratched the surface. I’ve discussed it with some others and there are a few people who also have an interest in learning Biblical Hebrew.

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Posted by James Meyer Friday, March 15, 2013 9:36:00 PM Categories: Hebrew

Mission Trip To Ecuador 

Flag of EcuadorAs many of you know, on Wednesday, I will be leaving for Ecuador for 12 days with 5 teenagers and 5 other adults from our local church.

While there, we will be building 5 structures in 5 villages that can be used as churches, schools or whatever else they might need a larger structure for. These are called "One Day" structures, meaning they can be put up in a single day and providing space to a village that does not have the means to meet their needs.

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Posted by James Meyer Sunday, October 28, 2012 1:32:00 PM Categories: Church Mission Trip

What I Learned From the Mormon Missionaries 

Mormon_LogoFor the last couple of months, Mormon missionaries have been coming to our house on a weekly basis to “share the restored gospel” with us. 

I’ll admit, at first I thought they were completely off their rocker, but after listening to them for many weeks, I’ve come to realize that they are merely misguided.  

But, the purpose of this post is not to argue theology or doctrine.  The people who knew they were visiting us always asked the same question first: “Why?”

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Posted by James Meyer Saturday, September 01, 2012 8:55:00 PM Categories: Church Fasting Parenting Theology

The Role Of Fasting In A Christian’s Life 

Fasting is not something that is discussed in a Christian context these days except rarely among those considered “extremely pious”.  Occasionally you may hear slips from pastors saying they fast, or an elder, perhaps, but generally not laymen.  Many denominations suggest “fasting” for lent, but no one does a complete fast, they just give up something, like chocolate or TV.  

So, what has happened to the practice of fasting?

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Posted by James Meyer Saturday, June 30, 2012 7:55:00 AM Categories: Fasting Theology

Meditation On Luke 7:47 

LukeThis meditation verse was given out by my pastor (Francis Douville from Living Word) back in February, and I’m finally getting around to it catching up.

Now, the KJV has the verse as such: 

Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Luke 7:47 KJV 

and I’ve had a hard time with it.

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Posted by James Meyer Saturday, June 23, 2012 7:48:00 AM Categories: Meditation Theology

Biblical Finances: Be Content 

Content_In_The_MudThis is the final post in my series on Biblical Finances.  We’re going to wrap up with learning what it means to be content with your finances, no matter what stage of financial management you are at.

After all these posts about financial management, about investing, debt, focusing on finances, etc., this posts is intended to bring it all into perspective.  Finances are not the end-all and be-all.  They are a stumbling block that needs to be managed.  Finances are an aspect of your life that needs attention.  If you do not pay attention, it will distract you.  The danger is to be distracted on the other side of the spectrum, to chase money, to love your money.

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Posted by James Meyer Saturday, June 09, 2012 8:31:00 AM Categories: Finances Theology

Biblical Finances: Borrowing Is Bad 

Cut_Up_The_Credit_Cards_Debt_Is_BadDebt is a growing problem in our world.  Canada has a debt of about a half a trillion dollars at the time of this writing.  The average Canadian holds over $26,000 in consumer debt.

In the previous posts, we discussed some of the reasons for the debt (lack of savings, lack of planning/budgeting).  In this post, we’re going to discuss the Biblical stance on debt, borrowing the payment of outstanding accounts.

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Posted by James Meyer Saturday, June 02, 2012 8:04:00 PM Categories: Finances Theology

Biblical Finances: You’ve Got To Give 

Giving Back To GodThis is the fifth post in a series on Biblical Finances. So, now that you know it’s God’s money, you know how to get money (working) and you know you have to plan, the next step is to plan to give some back to God. So, usually the first question people have if they aren’t giving money to the church is “If God gave me the money, why do I have to give it back?” So, why do we give?  I can’t answer for all Christians, I can only answer for myself and my family.

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Posted by James Meyer Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:03:00 PM Categories: Church Finances Theology

RESPs = Free Money From The Government 

Free MoneyThis morning we started Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP) for our children.  I’m a little surprised to write that, because I was always of the opinion that you should pay your own way in school.  I paid for my tuition, my wife paid for hers.  It’s just the way we were raised.  But recently something changed my mind:  The government will give you money to save for your kids.  How much?

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Posted by James Meyer Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:37:00 AM Categories: Education Finances Parenting
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Who Are We?

Our Family

Welcome to our blog.  My name is James Meyer, and my wife and I blog about our attempts to apply neo-conservative christian theology to practical daily life.  We are both 31 years old, we've been married we were 20, and our marriage improves daily.  We have 4 kids, 5 years old and under.  We're heavily involved in church life.  I (James) own my own business, but am contracted full time as a software engineer/manager, so I experience an odd mix of self-employed and corporate life. Christina is a stay at home mom, and that is a full time job in and of itself.

This blog is our journey in continuous self improvement and our constant attempt to walk with God daily and follow His will in our lives.

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We do not write this blog in any professional capacity.  All subject matters are our own opinions, experiences and research and should be treated as such.  Before acting on any suggestions, following our lead, or having a related thought, one should do their own research be aware that they act under their own free will and as such are fully responsible in and of themselves.

Our Church

Living Word Hamilton Seventh Day Adventist Church

Living Word Christian Fellowship is a Seventh-Day Adventist Church located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  We are "conservative" in our theology on biblical principles while being "liberal" in our worship style and church organization.

Our church is one of very few cell-based churches in our denomination and we believe that through small groups (in people's houses) real growth, evangelism and relationship building occurs.  Our weekly worship services (in the church building) are just that, a weekly event to attend to worship God together.

If you're interested in learning more, please visit www.livingwordhamilton.org