A Believer, a Follower or a Disciple?

Jun 24, 2019

The choice is ours: to be a believer, a follower or a disciple of Jesus. Each one is a big step into the full life that Christ offers us. To be a believer is to accept the teachings of the Bible, to embrace the life Jesus lived on this earth, to join with others in […]

Recognizing God’s Voice

Jun 17, 2019

  The voices in our head, especially the repetitive ones we’ve lived with since childhood, are loud and clear about what we are supposed to be doing. They constitute the great “shoulds” of our lives, because they are still trying to get us to make up for the problems we had obeying our parents and […]

From Birth to Death to Resurrection

Jun 10, 2019

Did you ever think that Jesus’ story from His birth to His death and resurrection might echo how He comes to us: first as a baby, a tiny commitment that matures and matures in us until we can see the risen Christ and we have been truly reborn? Every year our church calendars detail the […]

Rebellion or Surrender

Jun 03, 2019

In my own experience of being faithful to God, I have come across many areas of resistance that I have had to lay on the altar to find help in overcoming, to be healed of, to let go of. The Bible uses the timeline of 40 years to suggest a long, long time, for the […]

My Answer to “There is no god!”

May 27, 2019

I get comments from time to time questioning my beliefs about God, that we can’t see Him, that He doesn’t exist. I don’t usually answer them, but I do think about what I would say to them.   I look at the universe, its beauty and its depth, its complexity and its interdependence, and I […]

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 […]