Sticks and Stones
Do we allow sticks and stones to take the place of spiritual life? Recently in a discipleship time, a pastor friend shared a heartbreak that was his main prayer request for the day. A deacon’s meeting had stirred up more heat than light. One man was upset that Christmas decorations had been placed on the […]Read more
Did You Kiss the Fish? (Is Jesus the Only Way)
This post is for people with fish breath. Let me begin by saying that I do not generally address a topic such as this in my blog posts because it is written to an audience other than the three people who read my posts. I confess I am intrigued by the title of Wolsey’s book, […]Read more
Lord, You will Never Wash My feet.
In some cultures it is considered poor manners to sit in such a way as the bottom of your feet show. Imagine what Jesus’ actions in the upper room must appear like to those who consider feet to be such a dirty part of the body as to be offensive. While Leonardo Da’Vinci’s painting of […]Read more
Trust and Obey. There is no other way.
Trust God. Rarely do I quote Proverbs 3:5-6 in a group of Christians that they do not join in affirmation reciting it with me. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” But quoting and […]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
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 “Watch” of Waiting.
When Jesus instructs us in Acts 1:4 to wait for the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit in our lives, He calls us to “watch” with Him in prayer. There is no better example in all of scripture of faithfulness to the ministry of prayer than Jesus. We see Him during His ministry […]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
Forgiveness! No political roots.
An interesting conversation, actually an emotional conversation with someone that I had just met produced an interesting take on forgiveness. “I guess I am just forgiving because I am a democrat.” Seriously, that is an exact quote from a conversation I had with someone yesterday. Now I am not suggesting that a democrat cannot forgive, […]Read more