The Spirit Amplifies What We Do

May 20, 2019

  God is the gardener, the pruner of the vine which is His son, Jesus Christ. Where we fit into this metaphor is as the branches off the one true vine. As the Gardener prunes our branch, He heals our sufferings and discards the unnecessary or the aberrant. He will bring us to our true […]

Created in God’s Image

May 13, 2019

Genesis 1:27 says that we are created in the image of God. What does that mean? That we look like God? That we are God? That we resemble Him?  As with many phrases in the Bible, it is open to interpretation, but I think of humans being created in the image of God in this […]

Suffering

May 06, 2019

  “The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity—even under the most difficult circumstances—to add a deeper meaning to his life.[1]   Suffering of all different kinds seems to be our lot in life on […]

A Vessel of God’s Light and Love

Apr 29, 2019

A vessel, a conduit, a carrier, a container, a receptacle —-I’m not sure what the right word is to express how we might reveal God’s light and love in this world and in us though the Indwelling Spirit of God. But it certainly wouldn’t be me doing any of it. I’d have to get out […]

Obedience v. Faithfulness

Apr 22, 2019

Personally, I dislike the word obedience. It reminds me of my childhood and having to do everything exactly the way my parents or my teacher wanted. No wonder that as teen-agers we are so rebellious; we are almost old enough to decide what and how and when to do something or not—on our own! Obedience […]

Obedience v. Faithfulness

Apr 22, 2019

Personally, I dislike the word obedience. It reminds me of my childhood and having to do everything exactly the way my parents or my teacher wanted. No wonder that as teen-agers we are so rebellious; we are almost old enough to decide what and how and when to do something or not—on our own! Obedience […]

Accepting and Living In God’s Love

Apr 15, 2019

    I am convinced that the hardest thing for us to do in the spiritual life, the life lived in the mind of Christ is this: to accept God’s love and forgiveness and to feel loved and forgiven in every cell and bone of our body. Our own self-concept and the world’s ways of […]

God Chooses the Flawed to do His Will

Apr 08, 2019

  When I think about who God chooses to do His work in this world, I am amazed that God would choose such flawed people. He abstains from using the “perfect” ones in order to transform and use the imperfect. There are lots of examples of God’s choosing a flawed man or woman for His […]

From Judging to Loving

Apr 01, 2019

  If we meet a person and judge their lives by what we see on the surface—how they dress or look, or what they have done, we are not loving him or her.  If we don’t get to know their story and why they are the way they are, then we are not open to […]

Contemplation

Mar 25, 2019

  In stillness and quiet our souls emerge as the place where we rest in God; this is called contemplation, just being in the presence of God. There are, of course, all kinds of spoken prayers, petitions, the Lord’s Prayer, institutional prayers, but contemplation is a whole other category of prayer. In a sense it […]