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Individuality in Community: The Lesson of Mutuality

Posted September 25, 2017 by Duane Covrig

“Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator—individuality, power to think and to do. The men in whom this power is developed are the men who bear responsibilities, … Continue reading

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Male and Female, In His likeness

Posted May 28, 2017 by Duane Covrig

The creation story, God creating Mankind in His own image and likeness, is retold often in the Bible. We need to hear it even more often these days as our identity is hid deeply within that story. In Genesis one … Continue reading

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The Gift of Voice and Self-Distrust

Posted May 2, 2017 by Duane Covrig

“Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” Is 5:21 One of the signs of moral maturity is self-distrust. We have learned we can be wrong, especially when we thing we are … Continue reading

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Burying or Bearing Institutions

Posted April 22, 2017 by Duane Covrig

I have gone to or worked in schools, colleges and universities for over 45 years. I have attended church for over 50 years. I have been in a family for all my life. These three great social institutions have sustained … Continue reading

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Plan B — God’s Glorious Reinstatement of Humans as Co-Leaders

Posted December 10, 2016 by Duane Covrig

“They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb.” Revelation 14: God created humans with his divine image imprinted and implanted in us. And that was just … Continue reading

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8 Areas or Ways to Improve Your Teaching and Learning

Posted October 24, 2016 by Duane Covrig

We can improve learning, ours and others. We can!!!! As an Adventist university teacher I feel deeply my inadequacy to teach and to learn. I get overwhelmed with how little I have learned and how limited the development of those … Continue reading

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Conversation, Community and the Creativity that Cares

Posted October 23, 2016 by Duane Covrig

“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures … Continue reading

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Judgment’s Cure for Judgmentalism

Posted August 27, 2016 by Duane Covrig

Somewhere in my teens I developed a deep judgmentalism. I can’t blame my family. My parents gave us lots of freedom, were very non-judgmental and their positions as a teacher and a nurse, gave them skills of nurturing. I can’t … Continue reading

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7 Rests Worth Entering

Posted June 21, 2016 by Duane Covrig

I had one of those four and a half hour nights recently. I was running low on energy and high on bad attitude the next day. The next night was different. 7-8 hours of sleep does wonders for me. It … Continue reading

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Authority in Ethics–Introduction (1)

Posted January 17, 2016 by Duane Covrig

The word “authority” does not usually breed warm feelings. People picture a prickly boss or government official rigidly applying a law or abusing power. Most fear freedoms will be taken away and rights violated when the “trump” card of authority … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Son’s Father has Love….and Food

Posted July 17, 2015 by Duane Covrig

The story of the family with a Prodigal Son and Elder Brother (Luke 15:11-32 ) is a favorite parable. It continues to dazzle our understandings about God, ourselves and the human race. It teaches us a lot about moral living. … Continue reading

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Right vs Righteous

Posted January 17, 2015 by Duane Covrig

He was the paragon of perfection. He was the epitome of the Jewish lifestyle well lived. He honored his parents, managed his money well, worked hard six days a week and rested the Seventh. He controlled his anger and was … Continue reading

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Resolutions & Regrets: A New Year

Posted January 12, 2015 by Duane Covrig

What are you plans for 2015? Finish a degree? Get married? Have children? Help the children you have? Travel more? Survive cancer? A web site tracking resolutions list the top 10 as: Lose weight Get organized Spend Less. Save More. … Continue reading

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Speaking the Truth in Love—Body Anger

Posted November 20, 2014 by Duane Covrig

Our group at church has been going through the small group DVD series by Chip Ingram, Overcoming Emotions that Destroy: Practical Help for Those Angry Feelings That Ruin Relationships. As with other Ingram DVD’s series, his ideas have been well-received … Continue reading

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Three Stories that Frame the Moral Life: God’s, Satan’s, and Yours

Posted September 9, 2014 by Duane Covrig

The following is longer than usual and Adapted from a talk given at Andrews Academy, Sept 9, 2014….   Seniors, Thank you for letting me talk with you on your special day. Your motto “Bene in Christo” is in Latin. … Continue reading

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They Follow Me

Posted June 19, 2014 by Duane Covrig

One of the great temptations in life is to think you are the ultimate leader, you are in control of the ultimate outcomes, and to forget there is a God, and you are not Him. The other great temptation is … Continue reading

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Why God created marriage and Satan Hates it?

Posted October 5, 2013 by Duane Covrig

The Bible gives overwhelming support for the institution of marriage as the union of a man and woman. From Genesis 1-3 through Song of Solomon to the teachings of Christ in the Gospels to the dominant metaphor in Revelation, we … Continue reading

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