Bloom without End

Photo by Carrie McKamey If you’ve followed The Voice of One at all, you know weakness is a theme that comes up regularly.  I’m thinking about it again tonight.  Weakness usually comes to mind when personal failures or shortcomings break out of me like a caged animal.  Or when it seems my soul is surrounded…

Give Me Your Worst

Sketch by Patrick Murphy “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). “Grace” is the Life which can suffer and die yet be raised again.  Christ in us is grace.  He can go through weaknesses, difficulties, persecutions, and the like (2 Cor. 12:10).  Not only do these not…

The Holy of Holies in Action

The following is an entry from my journal written in December 2007. *** Sometimes I worry that I’m not with the Lord enough, that He is always shoved out by circumstances.  Today, the Lord is again telling me to trust Him.  As I was trying to pray, He said, “Can’t you see how much striving…

What the Lord Said Today

Picture by Darrell Creswell Something the Lord said to me today: “You have been discouraged about who you are. Be encouraged by who I am.” ” Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the…

What More Do You Want?

I was mildly stunned by what she said.  In my hands was a letter from a lady with whom I had been corresponding about spiritual things.  To paraphrase, she said something like, “What more can you offer people other than Jesus and His wonderful sacrifice?”  I can’t remember what I wrote back word for word…

Seeing for Ourselves

My wife and I moved from Texas to Washington in March of 2000.  Just before moving, we went to our Wednesday night prayer meeting.  Someone was sharing about how Mary Magdalene saw the risen Christ and was sent to tell the disciples about the One she had seen (John 20:17, 18).  As I listened, the…

Harvest and Completion (Tabernacles Part 3)

Tabernacles, we mentioned, celebrated the maturing and harvesting of the whole crop.  Often, the idea of harvest is associated with evangelism, “reaping” souls for the kingdom of God.  But evangelism is probably more like scattering seed and conversion like seed sprouting.   No one harvests seeds or sprouts.  Only mature plants bearing grain or fruit are…

Firstfruits

Picture by Patrick Murphy http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ On the 16th of the first month, the day after Unleavened Bread started, the Israelites were to bring a sheaf of new grain to the priest.  This was also “the day after the Sabbath,” or Sunday (Lev. 23:11).  This new grain was the first of the harvest to ripen, the…

Pan…Jesus? (Part 2)

Image from USGS This post is continued from the previous post “Eber had two sons. One was named Peleg, for during his days the earth was divided;       his brother was named Joktan” (Gen. 10:25). So here’s my two cents about how we might see Jesus in Genesis 10:25.  Eber means, “across or…

Change Clothes!

We have this affection for ourselves, for our old life.  We do not really want it to die.  We want to help it, to change it, to rehabilitate it, and we want God to share our sympathy with self.  This is as when Abram prayed that God would bless Ishmael, the fruit of his flesh…