Daddy’s Little Helper

My son and I restained the railing mentioned in the post below so I thought I’d repost it.  It’s been a few years, and my son is now seven.  But the truths involved still apply.  Best of all, my boy told me again how happy he was to do a project with me where we…

New Jerusalem, New Man

Below is the introduction to one of my booklets, The New Jerusalem. *** Revelation chapters 21 and 22 contain descriptions of God’s Holy City, the New Jerusalem. This city is called “the bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:9). When she appears, John hears a loud voice saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with…

Crayola Jesus

My wife leads children’s church at our fellowship. Last Sunday, she did a craft with the kids that portrayed Jesus walking on water. My six year old son colored Jesus purple. A girl in the class scolded him and said God would be mad because he colored Jesus wrong. My wife gently suggested that God…

Go Out…Come In

Something I hear periodically is that we need to go outside the church if we want to be where God is moving. Other permutations: We need to get out of our box (church building); God isn’t moving in the church, He’s moving outside. I don’t disagree with these sentiments. God is moving outside the church….

Life through the One New Man

Early in my walk with the Lord, I attended a prayer meeting at church. As we prayed, Adam’s formation came to mind: I imagined particles of dust swirling together, sculpting Adam’s body in mid air (Gen. 2:7). When the body was formed, God breathed life into the whole of him. Adam rose to his feet….

Hospice, Not a Hospital

Today’s post ran in the local paper where I live. I adapted it from a post that appeared on The Voice of One last year.  *** Last year, I read Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.” In it, the Pope lays out his views “on the environment and human ecology.”…

Too Many ‘What Ifs’ for 3:00 AM

Years ago, I became impatient with those I was ministering to.  The Lord had given me vision.  I knew where the people of God needed to go.  But I wasn’t seeing a lot of progress.  Chomping at the bit but unable to run I ended up stymied and stewing…prayerfully, of course  😉 One night, the Lord…

Finished

The Lord gave me the following word to speak in church on February 28: Let the work be finished.  Let what my Son did when He died and rose again be enough.  You find all kinds of ways to hang on, to keep the responsibility.  Let me take your burden.  I have already borne your…

Abandon Ship!

Over the years, I’ve read things by people who have left the church but continue to identify as Christians. There are a variety of things that lead to such a decision. Some have had bad experiences in the church and are connecting with God elsewhere. Others are reacting to a navel-gazing form of Christianity that…

Our Favorite Whipping Boy

But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I told Cephas in front of everyone, “If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?” (Gal. 2:14). Peter (AKA Cephas)….  It’s always Peter, right?  All…