Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 A metaphor demonstrating the origin of and making the case for the existence of love -proceeds from observing a mother and her infant child. The relationship requires no prior thinking, evaluation or consideration. The relationship just is. And being of it's own, with … Continue reading Inconsolable

Just for an hour #1

"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

Blessings, Prayer and Woes. Scriptural Alignment of Spiritual Truths in Matthew

We had recently noticed the parallelism or 'alignment' of the Beatitudes (Mt. 5) and the Woes (Mt. 23) given by Christ. There are 8 of each. (note: that NIV translations omit Mt 23:14, referring to it in a text note.) Taken in order and in cross-comparison we have an astonishing portrait. Godliness versus Godlessness. Looking … Continue reading Blessings, Prayer and Woes. Scriptural Alignment of Spiritual Truths in Matthew

The Model Life Pictured: Sermon On the Mount.

The Beatitudes are window; a lens through which we can view scripture and apply it in life. This is "Recovery" from living wrongly. The arrangement of the Beatitudes leads forward, ordering our relationships. First with God, then ourselves and then others. Further, these 'blessings' outline what we will do as a result living in right relationships, and the consequences of living for Christ. The order and arrangement of the Beatitudes is a formula for life.

Ultimate Truth. Is it different is 2015?

Almost 2000 years ago in the following Scene: Pilate asks a question that is just as relevant today as it was then. "Jesus said, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.' 'You … Continue reading Ultimate Truth. Is it different is 2015?

Busy Season

If memory serves, this year we first encountered Christmas advertising sometime in August.  The pressure to accomplish all of what's expected of us really begins to mount with the arrival of Halloween. By Thanksgiving, it's in our face and the messages we hear drown out the real meaning of the season. It's difficult to avoid being swept … Continue reading Busy Season