The Hall and the Vision

Back in October, I wrote about the day I was born again.  That was a powerful experience.  But I wasn’t ready to follow the Lord afterwards.  The next four years, there was little evidence of Christ in me.  I investigated Taoism and made a go at practicing Buddhism.  My personal life continued in its immoral,…

‘Tis So Sweet

I’ve had the hymn, “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” on my mind today.  There are a couple things I love about it. One, it speaks of the restful, abiding relationship we have in Christ.  He is the vine, we are the branches.  We need only live in Him and draw from Him (John…

No Greater Love

Image from The Passion of the Christ (Mel Gibson, 2004) In the garden of Gethsemane, tears and bloody sweat dripped from Jesus’s face.  He was praying hard, asking if there was any way out of the cross: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as…

The More I Come to Know You–Musical Guest Post

Emee O’Reilly is a dear friend and leads worship at our church.  Over the years, the Lord has given her many songs.  Emee’s music has a way of bypassing all my defenses.  There is a quality about it that leaves me completely vulnerable before the Lord.  Today’s post features a song from her album, The Alabaster…

The Temple of the Son

Near the end of Ezekiel, the prophet has a vision of God’s glory returning to a restored temple (Ezek. 43:5).  He has no vision of the temple being built; it is already built–without hands.  As the temple’s design is unfolded to Ezekiel, he sees that the altar lies at the center of the temple.  The…

These Are the Wounds

For Good Friday, I wanted to share the words of a song the Lord gave me years ago. These are the wounds that I received in the house of my friends who turned against me. He with whom I ate bread has lifted his hand against me, and I am lonely. But the Spirit of…

Fact & Fiction

The fiction: Trying circumstances, instability within or without, personal failure, weakness, a lack of spiritual discipline, temptation, and the devil can separate us from God. The fact: “Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put…

Jesus Done Got Hitched

Comic by Chan Lowe So maybe you heard: Some scholar says Jesus may have had a wife.  I won’t bore you by rehashing a debate that amounts to nothing.  You can read about it yourself if you want. Big, fat zero or not, I felt annoyed when I first read about it.  Once again, non-Christians are…

Hard Pressed but Not Crushed

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also…

David & Michal

One of the high points of King David’s reign was when he brought the ark into Jerusalem.  Priests carried the ark into the city of David.  Wearing a linen ephod (priestly boxers), David danced and leapt around worshiping with abandon.  The people blew the top off the city with shouts, praises, and trumpet blasts.  It was…