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The purpose of this website is to gather a number of my personal writings into publications. I write from a Christian perspective because I find that it provides crucial insight into an extremely complicated world. During my life I have gone through a number of impossible challenges, where I have had the privilege of receiving God’s saving intervention. My objective is to share an account of these extraordinary experiences so as to help others in similar situations. My hope is to reach as many individuals as humanly possible through the use of technology. It is my opinion that the Good News of Jesus Christ should be distributed freely and without monetization. I feel that there are numerous issues within the contemporary church which must be addressed in order to regain its credibility and establish unity. Thiselton explains, “Pentecostalism has undoubtedly reached a new stage in its development. The movement now boasts such world-class theologians as Amos Yong, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Frank D. Macchia, Allan Anderson, Donald Miller, Ogbu Kalu, Simon Chan, and many more. Pentecostal New Testament scholars include Gordon Fee, Roger Stronstad, and Robert P. Menzies. But what is most impressive is the plethora of contributions to several Pentecostal web sites by many ordinary Pentecostals, whose insights are beginning to address issues that have plagued Pentecostal circles for some thirty years. I have seen nothing like this commendable self-awareness and even self-criticism among leaders of the renewal movement in the major denominations, who can presumably shelter behind the main denominations while subtly or openly changing the tone of their worship and practices.” My understanding of the biblical message is that humankind were created in the image of God; a claim that sets it apart from any other religion (Genesis 1:26-31). DeGroat explains, “This image represents God’s original union with us. We were made in and for relationship, for union and communion with God, one another and God’s blessed creation. This is the ‘you’ that each of us has. It is the you that God knit together, the you known personally and intimately by God, your true self.” This encourages by belief that every human being, regardless of gender, race or social class, is the object of God’s affection; a treasure hidden in a field, or pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44-46). This message also maintains that God lowered himself to become reunited with humanity; another distinct aspect of Christianity. While other religions require humankind to attain to a higher level, the Gospel exemplifies God’s coming to us. Regardless of our shortcomings, God seeks to have deep relationship with his creation and for us to become more glorious than what we are. Pinnock explains, “The Christian message is good news, not just for the well-behaved and pious, not just for Jews and Christians, not just for the elect few; it is good news for the world, for all sinners without discrimination, for all the hopeless, the forgotten, the marginalized.” I am convinced that our greatest accomplishment in life can only be a renewed relationship with the source of life himself. My intention in these writings is to reveal the heart of a Saviour who not only embraces but provides favour to those seeking his help. I have become amazed at how God can choose the lowest of individuals and powerfully use them for good. To not share these accounts would be a terrible mistake. While each of us has a story to tell I believe that no one person has it all. Your comments are welcomed on this website so long as they are constructive. I hope you will enjoy.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NIV) 26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Philip Pickard
 
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