Genesis 1:26-27

Jul 24, 2023

7.24.23   All people on this earth are made in the image of God. That means several things. First, all men and women and children are created by God, loved by God, and potentially forgiven for all their sins. Secondly, every single person has the potential to turn back to God, to repent and change […]

Love

Jul 17, 2023

7.17.23   Love, that is, love in a spiritual context, is not just a feeling. It is love in action, in support, in forgiveness, in walking alongside someone, and in so much more. When we decide to follow Jesus, human love needs to grow out of its being about ourselves and who we love or […]

Symptoms of Inner Peace

Jul 10, 2023

7.10.23            Symptoms of Inner Peace   One of the great gifts of the journey of following Jesus is the emergence in us of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) as step by step we give up one issue after another that stands between us and God. The qualities that we most long for, I […]

The Purpose of Our Lives

Jul 03, 2023

7.3.23  The Purpose of Our Lives   God participated in our creation, creating each one of us, and marking us for a purpose in His kingdom which would fulfill us in all that we do. Of course, as we grow up in childhood several other things are implanted in us. First, our self-image is crafted […]

The Fruit of the Spirit

Jun 26, 2023

6.26.23   In Galatians 5:19-23, Paul contrasts the “acts of the flesh” with the ‘fruit of the Spirit.’ The flesh deals in all that we feel free to do in the world, regardless of the objections of our conscience or the laws of God(v. 19-21). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, […]

6.19.23 Stages of the Spiritual Journey

Jun 19, 2023

6.19.23            The four Stages of the Classic Spiritual Journey   Benedict J. Groeschel, a Catholic priest and Franciscan friar, in his book, Spiritual Passages: The Psychology of Spiritual Development, writes about the traditional journey of following Jesus Christ with its four stages of spiritual depth: Awakening, Purgation, Illumination, and Union.[1] As I work on my […]

The Changes In Us Add Up As We Follow Jesus

Jun 12, 2023

6.12.23   As we follow Jesus, we will begin to see and feel the changes that He offers us as He heals each issue that stands between us and God that we lift up to Him in prayer. Step by step, issue by issue, the freedom from the world’s ways that He offers us begin […]

6.5.23 Our Personal Lens

Jun 05, 2023

6.5.23   Each human being grows up in a family and a culture that influences so much of who we become as we mature. That influence is largely unconscious, but it becomes the lens through which we see the world and make our choices. So, we follow those directives about our lives without really realizing […]

5.29.23 Being Present to God

May 29, 2023

5.29.23   Last week I wrote about being present to others, that is totally—heart, mind, soul, and body—with them. Perhaps I should have started with being present to God, because that is where and how we learn to be present to one another. In fact, it is the main lesson to learn as we follow […]

Being Present

May 22, 2023

5.22.23   When we live in this world and are of this world, we cannot be present to anything, much less access our deeper selves or God or anyone else. There is so much noise in our minds about what we need to do next or our unspoken reaction to what is being said or […]