...describing how discipleship works. This is a very, very messy business. Not sterile, but hands on. People come. They go. They come back. This is a battle and the sword of the Word cuts deeply. Warriors for God will have blood on their hands but survive to dance in the streets like David did.
“I have to do something about my situation” is a work of this flesh, anchored in a willful sense of personal power. But I surrendered to Jesus. I have no power of my own. It’s pride sneaking in. And that comes before a fall. Humbly, I serve … or I can’t serve at all.
"I no longer fear, or am depressed, angry or anxious about what to do in the future, for the first time in years all these emotions fell away and I am content. No, I am excited for my life ahead." Message from an Inmate to Prison Fellowship volunteers.
"Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see, The problem was not with the world, but the problem was me." Inmate Poetry...
It's a great thing: That God calls men who are sensitive to his voice. It's been said that "God does not call the qualified. He qualifies those He calls." Enlightenment from within is so much more important than formal education. These thoughts are for "pastors" with perhaps just a 9th grade education. One we know serves in … Continue reading Ministry: M.Div Not Required
Sometimes prison focuses not only the mind, but the heart. Prayers requests are a window to this process.
... if all I do is offer my hand to the stranger as a greeting at Church? With a disingenuous, superficial "God Bless You"? I'll never have to worry about being challenged, or about being attacked.
Otherwise, if I step out and actually try to help; If I'm willing to get messy - yup, there are risks. Not only to me, but to my "good reputation." The enemy will challenge me. And so I will know: I must be doing something right!
As a place holder for a function we're calling a "Musical Fellowship" we gave our appearance at the 2016 CR Sutherlin BBQ the name of the "Lost and Found" band. Josh, Ian, Bryon, David, Michelle, Brent, Sam ... and others. Here's to "next things!" We should note that this is not the first time that band … Continue reading The “Lost and Found” band inaugural gig
Alzheimer's steadily encroaches on it's victims awareness, and in Lynn's case she has protected the things that matter most to her with great effort. In succeeding minutes, a new moment arrives in her awareness and her concern for these very beautiful sentiments resurfaces. Then naturally so also do the questions re-occur to her. And so she asks ...
"Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep? Couldn't you keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37 "Just for an hour..." is an unannounced musical appearance, aimed at placing worship in public spaces. This time it was solo, and that makes it easy. But in the … Continue reading Just for an hour #1