Blessed Are Those Who Mourn…

May 28, 2018

             “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” This second of the Beatitudes addresses all those who have lost someone or something dear to them. There is an emptiness in the people who mourn, a loss that hurts terribly. And yet death is the most natural of things that happen to every […]

Blessed Are The Poor in Spirit

May 21, 2018

  “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” [KJV] Today I am starting a nine-week series on the Beatitudes, looking at each one from several different points of view. I’ll be referencing the works of Dallas Willard, Cynthia Bourgeault, Neil Douglas-Klotz, Jean-Ives Leloup, Jim Forrest and the Message. Let’s […]

Fruit of the Spirit

May 14, 2018

Paul described the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-3: peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Fruit is the end product of a long growing season, the product the plant or tree offers the world. That this “fruit” comes from the Spirit of God means that it is given to us, […]

Benefits of a God-Centered Life

May 07, 2018

It is hard to imagine from the world’s point of view just how we would benefit from giving our lives over to Christ. To give up control over our lives? To surrender our ways? Our expectations? Assumptions about life? Preferences? It just doesn’t sound worth it when viewed from our human, world-influenced points-of-view. Why would […]