All posts by Lucas Hawkins

Each day that I wake I give thanks

Living in Gratitude

This issue on gratitude is very special to me because I’m able to bring forth one of my favorite Scriptures that is loaded with love, grace, and mercy that God has shown to us. God is serious about bringing reconciliation to us. He had planned

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The Compassion of Our Savior

Picture Him, the eyes of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah did, in heaven’s temple, high and lifted up, seated upon His throne. Then see Him, as Peter and the other disciples did, on Golgotha, high and lifted up, hanging upon the Cross. Whether it

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Gospel of Grace

The Lord has blessed me greatly, words cannot express how I feel about His grace, His mercy, His love and the Finished Work of Jesus Christ. “What Has Jesus Done?” instead of “What Would Jesus Do?” cliché is the most important question to ask the

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Who Do You Say That I Am?

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected

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Putting on the Mind of Christ

I know from my own experience that, I as well as many other people, have been deceived in the understanding of what was required for salvation. I came from a Church of Christ belief of hell, fire and brimstone and that God was an angry,

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Blessing Our Persecutors

How can we bless our persecutors when they believe we are practicing sinners and on the way to hell? How do we defend our faith when the churches, our family and friends tell us that homosexuality is a sin and that we are not worthy

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Stand Firm

This May / June 2001 issue of standing firm is very important to me because I will be able to describe to you my experiences with gender dysphoria. It has caused me so much pain, as a distinct reminder of who I am and what

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Letting Go of Our Fear

Consider the words, “Here in is our love made perfect.” Multitudes of Christians today lack an understanding of how to make love perfect. It is not intentioned, but if only we could grasp how this love is made perfect in us, then we would enter

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Angry With God? Not Anymore!

I am a female to male transsexual. Since I was old enough to understand what I was not male I was very uncomfortable about how I felt, how I looked and how people treated me. I was very confused and scared. I was brought up