It’s Complicated! And downright Non-Cooperative.
It’s Complicated! Or is it? We are Cooperative people. Or are we? I admit it! I confess! I converted from Presbyterianism to Baptist faith for a deeply significant reason. My friend from down the street invited me to church with him, and after the first visit I was hooked. There was no turning back. The […]Read more
Do Nothing Prayers.
Is prayer the same as doing nothing? About a week ago I read a blog post with a readership I could only hope for one day. The article said that the first assignment that Jesus gave to the disciples was to “Do Nothing.” I whole-heartedly disagree with what that implies. I think I agree with […]Read more
Pray, Give, Go! Wait and then . . .
In Revelation 7:9 we discover that a day is coming when there will be representatives of every single people group standing before the throne of God giving to Him the glory that He deserves. It will consummate the story of reconciliation that returns all to God’s original intention. Day by day I pray, based on […]Read more
The Intercession of Waiting.
Interecession is a critical part of the “Wait.” Contrary to what some may suggest, I do not believe that Jesus’ command to “Wait” given in Acts 1:4 is instruction or even permission to do nothing. It is a command to prepare for the fulfillment of the Promise of the Holy Spirit. Already, I have suggested […]Read more
Vine Life: To abide in Christ.
John 15 instructs us in the importance that we abide in Christ. While I was still in college, someone said, “To abide in Christ means to live in moment by moment conscious dependence upon Christ.” The definition rings true somehow in my heart with the context of the chapter. Jesus compares our relationship with Him […]Read more
Living at Optimum Capacity.
Optimum. I love a good cup of coffee in the morning. In fact, I love having two or three. When Keurig became popular it changed the way we do coffee at our house. Every coffee is like freshly brewed pot. We have been hooked for a while. One problem, however, is that we have been […]Read more
Working Like Jesus!
Waiting before God for when He fulfills His promise also includes working the works of Christ. I am convinced that we too often attempt the work of God in our own strength and without His power. We are action oriented, and we have contingency plans in place just in case God doesn’t act. We seek […]Read more
The “Wrestling” of our Wait!
At times there is a “Wrestling” with God, perhaps more specifically God’s will in our prayer. Jesus told us to “wait” before God for the “When” of His promise. (Acts 1:4-8). Yesterday I mentioned that Jesus invited James, John, and Peter to “Watch and Pray” with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. We said that […]Read more
Changed by Joy
Grandchildren change you! I can remember the “dirty looks” I would get from my parents and my in-laws whenever I threatened to discipline my children. It would infuriate me that they would have the audacity to interfere. But something happened. My children asked me one day after watching me with the Grands, “Dad, what happened […]Read more
Ananias and Saphirra were “posers”.The urban dictionary defines a poser as someone who pretends to be someone that they are not. When we come to the opening verses of Acts 5 we are introduced to two early church posers, a husband and wife team. Chapter 4 had ended with the incredible generosity of a man […]Read more