Do you ever feel like you’re the only bird on the wire that’s upside down? Things aren’t going your way? It’s funny how we sometimes think repentance means not getting to do what we enjoy. I like the explanation of “repentance” on patheos.com: The Greek word for repent in the New Testament is “metanoeo” which… Read More Repent?
In Numbers 13:1-2, as the Israelites are getting closer to the promised land, God instructs Moses to send out scouts to “explore the land”. Moses then instructs men to go see what the land is like, whether the inhabitants are strong or weak, and if the soil is fertile. The scouts return with their report,… Read More Note To Self: Remain Faithful
We have a habit of comparing ourselves to others, even in the church. Those with positions and titles may be esteemed by those of us that sit in anonymity. There is a warranted degree of respect for leadership. Even so, they are called and specifically equipped by God, same as you and me. This habit… Read More A Bird, A Fish, And A Porcupine Walk Into A Church…
We have smooth polished crucifixes on our churches. We wear gleaming necklaces of gold and silver. Our church buildings are adorned with ornate statues and beautiful stained glass windows. Is it possible that we make nice with these images and icons because we cannot bear to look upon the rugged and ragged cross that we… Read More Undone
Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the… Read More Obedience
I like words. I always have. I especially enjoy the written word, which is why I have a blog instead of a vlog. Even so, my vocabulary and expertise is neither broad nor deep. While I wish to use words in the manner of Winston Churchill, however my applications are more like those of Yosemite… Read More WHO’S or WHOSE?
As the saying goes, “You can pick your friends. You can pick your nose. But you can’t pick your friend’s nose.” It’s a boundary issue, apparently. Boundaries are everywhere. Doors. Locks. Red lights. That miniature arm rest between airplane seats. Deadlines for filing taxes, completing work projects, applying for loans. Sales with “limit 2 per customer”.… Read More Respect The Boundaries
“YOU’RE FIRED!” OK, it didn’t really go like that. Actually my former boss and I both thanked each other and went our separate ways with mutual respect and gratitude. In November I wrote that my company announced it would close its doors in 2018. It wasn’t a huge surprise when my position was eliminated a… Read More Divine Protection
I have an affliction. There are times when I am so engaged in my job, everything else becomes an interruption, sometimes even an annoyance. It manifests when I am faced with co-workers that want to chat, or an impromptu meeting is called, or an unexpected phone call rings. My automatic response isn’t the result of… Read More The Work Zone
We mourn the loss of possessions, youth, vitality, money, relationships, status, power, jobs. We mourn the loss of our idols. We would be rightly judged as embracing “loss prevention”. We eventually struggle with the final loss of death. In a recent message, my pastor described death as “the vehicle that takes you to God”. Death… Read More Blessed
As a kid, I looked forward to Halloween. Who wouldn’t? Masks and sugar (candy)! Later, there were occasional Halloweens with adult-level fun. Another good reason for drinking, in my opinion. Not that I needed a good reason. Or any reason. It was the same concept: masks and sugar (alcohol). We love our Halloweens. The Halloween… Read More The Mask
From the heavens, You see me: small, needy, weary. In You I find great peace; You are everything that I need. God Almighty, God All Mighty. You are healer of my wounds. You are power to my weakness. You are light in my darkness. You are friend in my rebellion. Though I have nothing to… Read More Light In The Darkness
My company has experienced tumultuous times over the last couple of years. Our department has diminished to a handful of hard-working employees. In the last few months we lost two long-time and heavily-invested people who were once deemed critical to the company’s success. There was fear that one of these individuals might leave the company:… Read More Remembered
In the years of its existence, my church has been meeting in buildings owned by other churches. We haven’t had a building of our own. Our little church has grown in number, outgrowing the capacity of the building we’ve borrowed these last few years. This week my church will move into our new building. It… Read More OJT: On The Job Training
The second step of the 12-step recovery program is “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” In the great scheme of recovery, this step is often treated as a minor one. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of action involved. Yet it is not only a… Read More In My Defense, I Was Insane At The Time
For years I credited God for His power and might and will… but with the caveat that humans are not entirely trustworthy and do not always (usually?) line up. In hindsight, I see that was my “out”, my loophole for not believing the answer was already on the way. Sad, I know. I have been… Read More All Aboard?
It is encouraging to look back over the past and see how troubling times turned out well in the end. Many places in the Bible refer back to the story of the exodus from Egypt, and how God’s divine intervention forever changed the course of history. Remembering when God brought good out of troubled times… Read More Tell Your Story
On the busiest days spend more time with God, not less. When plans are disrupted, destroyed, delayed, remember that plans are simply expectations. When expectations are not met, resentments are born. Let go of expectations, and ask God to show you what He is doing in these moments. Love your neighbor; whomever God places in… Read More 10 Things I Forgot To Remember This Week
I had a really hard day. And I didn’t do some things I’ve been taught to do on days like this. I didn’t call my closest friends. I didn’t journal. I didn’t pull up a Bible app on my phone and read from Psalms. I didn’t find a quiet place to meditate with my Jesus.… Read More Hard Day
Back when I was thinking about starting a blog, I attempted to thoroughly examine my motives and the usual suspects of character flaws, looking for the escape hatches. Do you know what I mean? Those little hidden doors we use to get out of doing something we previously committed to do? One of my favorite escape hatches… Read More Dirty Little Secrets