Did Jesus Come to Atone For Our Sins or to Show Us How to Live and Love?

Feb 24, 2020

The end of Jesus’s earthly life certainly ends in his death on the cross, His resurrection and His eternal life in God in Heaven. And we’ve taken that to mean that He had to die to atone for mankind’s “original sin,” to redeem the choice Adam and Eve made in Eden to disobey God. Personally, […]

Journey to Love

Feb 17, 2020

I did a 30-day apprenticeship with Jesus in November last year following a book of the same name[1] by Gary W. Moon. There were readings every day plus a focus issue or question. It was a deeply felt study that revealed a lot of what is still going on within me—impatience and anger especially, but […]

Love

Feb 10, 2020

Jesus’s two great commandments tell us to love God with all of ourselves and to love our neighbor as (we love) ourselves. He added, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”[1] The two commandments also summarize all His teaching.  to follow Jesus, we need to understand what it means to love. […]

Prayer

Feb 03, 2020

“Prayer is not primarily saying words or thinking thoughts. It is, rather, a stance. It’s a way of living in the Presence, living in awareness of the Presence, and even enjoying the Presence.”[1]   So often I think that we limit prayer to just another ”should” in our lives. “I should pray for myself and […]

Who Has the Right Beliefs?

Jan 27, 2020

Christians confront and challenge each other, denigrating those who don’t believe the same as they so. “I’m going to heaven and you’re not!” or “I’ve got the right beliefs and you don’t.” So many denominations, so many definitions of faith. And who is right? And who is wrong? To me these quarrels are ego-driven, taunts […]

Live the Adventure of Following Jesus

Jan 20, 2020

I can’t see two feet in front of me. I don’t know what will happen next. There is no way to know the future, because it has not come yet. This is so different from the way I used to want things to be. I wanted to know years in advance what was going to […]

Piety vs. Total Engagement in God

Jan 13, 2020

I was born nine months before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and our entry into World War II. I can vaguely remember the celebrations when the war ended in 1945. That’s my first memory. So I grew up in the post-war era, coming of age in the early 1960’s. My parents were dedicated Christians; we […]

Looking Back On Our Lives

Jan 06, 2020

When I look back on my life, I can clearly see God in everything that happened: from spending my formative years in a hell-fire-and-damnation church to allowing me time to grow up, to mature before I had kids, from leading me out of the church into a cult where I learned that there are different […]

Love God With All of Ourselves

Dec 30, 2019

Isn’t it interesting that we Christians argue over beliefs, over who has the right ones and who is going to heaven and who isn’t. We argue over faith vs. works. All we have to do is to turned to Jesus’s Two Great Commandments showing us exactly what He thought our journey in Him should be. […]

Gratitude

Dec 23, 2019

“How often I expect life to go well because, well, because I’m a good person and I deserve it. How we privileged folks take our blessings for granted. What if I were to shed that arrogance, lay down the burden of expecting everything to be fine, and greet every grace with wonder and amazement? I’d […]