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
Wax Museum Elders are those who appear, even on close examination, to be believers working for the Kingdom of God. But who, in reality are fixed, cold. Empty. Changing posture is impossible. Any amount of heat and they melt away...
"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
When she was a puppy she was perfect in appearance - well, better than that - she was puppy cute. Now though, life shows on her. And those lumps and marks each have a memory.
Something we're working on: "The Narrow Gate" -- book proposal.
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 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.
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?
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
Are we convinced that Jesus is not our adversary? Occasionally we need defend Christ, even to those in the Church whom we respect. Mistaken impressions about His nature and role in our lives stunt many believers in their faith.