Eavesdropping

“Esau realized that his father Isaac disapproved of the Canaanite women, so Esau went to Ishmael and married, in addition to his other wives, Mahalath daughter of Ishmael, Abraham’s son” (Gen. 28:8-9). Isaac sends Jacob to Laban in Paddan-Aram to find a wife. He sends Jacob off with a command: “Do not marry a Canaanite…

The Unknown Within

Originally posted on The Voice of One:
“I watched the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him. I didn’t know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The One you see the Spirit descending and resting on—He is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and testified…

I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ for Christmas

Originally posted on The Voice of One:
? Last December, I had to discipline my four year old son. (I can’t even remember why). I could not have guessed what happened next. He teared up and asked if he would still get Christmas presents. I was shocked. My wife and I *never* leveraged Christmas gifts…

Those JELL-O Loving Antichrists

Originally posted on The Voice of One:
Scripture tells us “God is love,” and that God’s love was most profoundly shown through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross (1 John 4:16; John 3:16; 1 John 3:16).  At one point in my walk I wondered: Is Jesus the historical person important?  Or is it just the spirit…

Just a Thought…

  The longer I walk with the Lord, the more I aspire to be forgiving rather than perfect….

The Fruitlessness of the Cross

Originally posted on The Voice of One:
The following is excerpted from a booklet I am close to finishing–Despising the Lamb: Pictures of Contempt in First Samuel *** First Samuel opens with a story about Elkanah and his wives, Hannah and Peninnah.   Hannah was unable to have children.   Peninnah bore children for Elkanah…

Another Face in the Crowd

Originally posted on The Voice of One:
Minions from Despicable Me  Most of the time, I don’t feel very spiritual.  I feel average.  My day is filled with mundane things like brushing my teeth, going to work, caring for kids, taking out the garbage, etc.  Amidst daily responsibilities and stressors, sometimes I keep my humor, sometimes…

Call Me Bitter

Originally posted on The Voice of One:
What follows is something the Lord started dealing with me about just the other night.  It’s rather unrefined but I wanted to share it anyway. *** The book of Ruth opens with a story about a woman named Naomi.  Naomi moves to Moab with her husband because there…

Do This in Memory of Me

Originally posted on The Voice of One:
Memorial Day is a time each year when Americans remember those who have died while serving their country in the military.  It is a time of reflecting on the ultimate sacrifice some have made to ensure the prosperity and safety of others.  Since Memorial Day is observed on…

Lord of the Dead and of the Living

Originally posted on The Voice of One:
Picture by Patrick Murphy Death and resurrection cannot be separated.  This is so obvious it seems like a platitude.  Often our words and thoughts divide these into separate categories.  For the sake of clarity it’s sometimes helpful to consider them separately.  But it’s disastrous in real life.  Perhaps…

Time Out

I won’t be blogging for a few days.  My plan is to resume early next week.  Please browse previous posts.  Or, check out the links at the top of the slide viewer.  One of the links is “Suggestion Box.”  This is a place for asking questions or submitting topics you’d like to see a post…