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WILL THE DEAD RISE?  How Many Selves Are

WILL THE DEAD RISE?  How Many Selves Are There? (Part Three) This is the third installment of a series on “the self” – the identity, character, or essential qualities of a person. Each of us is a “self,” and we move through the years of life as a unique person. There has never been, nor […]


WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH? How Many Selves Are There? (Part Two) This is part two of a study of the human “self”: the identity, character, essential qualities, and total “being” of a person. The self is who one “is” at their core, first of all materially (bodily) but also, as time passes, who one is […]

How Many Selves Are There?

How Many Selves Are There? (Part One) Recently, my wife’s 95 year-old mother went to be with her Lord in glory. Judy’s much-loved mom, Blanche Engevik, was a faithful, delightful, and unselfish servant of God. Judy is the second of eight children, all still living, who miss their mother greatly, but rejoice in her homegoing. […]


Ants Are you willing to challenge the status quo, step out of the Ant column, and move with the assurance and joy that God gives? Robert V. Rakestraw, PhD Originally published on January 2, 2013 at “The Benediction Project” There is an image I have had in my mind for many years, and I am glad for it. […]

Some Thoughts for the New Year

Robert V. Rakestraw December 28, 2015 As we begin a new year I invite you into my thoughts, with regard to both thanksgiving for the old year and hope for the new. My thoughts have been all over the map lately, literally, concerning the joys and sorrows among the peoples of the world, near and […]

Beautiful Things

I’m sick and tired of ugly—anything and everything ugly. I’m sick of violence, war, famine, human trafficking, disease, rape, materialism, injustice, idolatry, hunger, rage, lying, adultery, greed, loneliness, grief, self-hatred, addictions, corruption, senseless noise, and a thousand other evils! Here I want to focus on beauty. The Oxford American Dictionary defines beauty first of all […]

God’s Mouth

Job 23:10-12    GraceQuestMinistries        What is your mouth? What is my mouth? Sometimes when I think of my mouth I consider it to be just a hole in my face, surrounded by lips. It is such a hole, but it is not just a hole. Our mouths are so much more than moist caverns […]

God’s Arms

GraceQuestMinistries      Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; Leaning, leaning; Leaning on the everlasting arms. For many years God’s people have been singing these comforting words from a hymn written by Elisha A. Hoffman. This greatly-loved song expresses the words of Moses shortly before his death: The eternal God is your refuge, and […]

God’s Heart

Jeremiah 32: 37-41     GraceQuestMinistries.    God has a heart, but he does not have a physical heart like we do. Where the Bible writers refer to God’s heart, they are using a figure of speech for God’s emotions, thoughts and desires. Hundreds of years before the time of Jesus, the prophet Jeremiah (appropriately […]

God’s Nostrils

2 Samuel 22:7-16     GraceQuestMinistries     God does not have a nose. At least, there is no mention of one in the Bible. But the Bible does speak of God’s nostrils and God’s smelling. If anyone wonders how God can have nostrils without a nose (try picturing that!), it is helpful to keep […]