Celebrating One Solitary Life–Dennis Patrick

Painting by Salvador Dali The following is a piece by my father-in-law, Dennis Patrick.  Dennis writes a weekly column called “The Passing Scene,” which appears in the Mountrail County Promoter.  “Celebrating One Solitary Life” appeared in the March 27 edition of The Promoter. ***  Eastertide is as good a time as any to reflect on the many positive…

Childish Things

Years and years ago, I wanted to be a prophet.  God began giving me prophetic words in church.  As time went on, I decided I should trust God in new ways so that my prophetic gift would grow.  More than once, I gave prophetic words to people I barely knew. One time, as I prayed…

The Prayer of St. Francis

St. Francis is a hero of mine.  Below is a prayer attributed to him.  Whether or not he wrote it, the prayer perfectly describes the way we are meant to function by the life of Love Himself. *** Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring your love. Where there…

C U L8er

I’ve got some family visiting so I’m going to take a 10-ish day break from blogging.  Please read past posts, booklets I’ve posted, or check out some of the awesome blogs I follow. A word before I go: Yesterday, I was meditating on verses that talk about the blood of Jesus cleansing us from sin….

To Judge or Not to Judge (Part 3)

In part one we found that judging is appropriate when the source of a judgment is God and not self.  Part two suggested ways we might know whether a judgment is from God.  Knowing whether a judgment is from God or not is a good start but it isn’t the whole picture.  We can know…

To Judge or Not to Judge (Part 2)

Previously, we explored the subject of judging and the confusion it can cause.  We discovered that judging in itself isn’t wrong but that it does matter who the source of a judgment is.  If God is the source, we are called to express that judgment.  If self is the source, our judgment is wrong. The…

To Judge or Not to Judge. That Is the Question…

For many Christians, judging is a confusing subject.  “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged” is an ever-ready verse in discussions about judging (Matt. 7:1).  Yet being a Christian automatically involves a person in judgments.  Christianity claims Christ is the only way to God and calls a number of socially acceptable behaviors sinful…