Ever Change from Carbon to Chlorine-Based?

I had the following article published in the religion column of our local paper. You’ll notice they re-titled the article. But I’m not the first author to differ with an editor 😉 *** Each year, a change comes over our house the day after Thanksgiving. A tree grows in the living room bearing brightly colored,…

Whose House?

Years back, the Lord opened the book of Haggai to me in new ways.  (See the booklet “Haggai: Feast” for more about that).  Verse 1:4 is probably the heart of the book: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” The temple was…

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…

Headwaters

Better to sit at the waters’ birth, Than a sea of waves to win; To live in the love that floweth forth, Than the love that cometh in. Be thy heart a well of love, my child, Flowing, and free, and sure; For a cistern of love, though undefiled, Keeps not the spirit pure from Phantastes…

The Rejected King

Sketch by Patrick Murphy Below is an excerpt from “Despising the Lamb” a booklet that will soon be available at The Voice of One. *** Samuel led Israel until he was old. His sons were dishonest and greedy (1 Sam. 8:1-3). The elders of Israel approached Samuel and said, “[A]ppoint a king to judge us the same as all…

Given Like a Star, Given Like a Tree

The Starry Night (Vincent Van Gogh) The following is something I wrote in my journal four or five years ago. *** I don’t know how to put this into words, so I won’t even try to do it well… I was sitting outside tonight, enjoying my yard, enjoying the night.  Suddenly, the world was opened…

Self-Denial and Cross-Bearing (Part 1)

Sketch by Patrick Murphy: http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ This series is excerpted from a piece written by an author at Christaslife.com.  The author wished to remain anonymous. *** Jesus was the most self-giving person who walked this earth.  His mission was to sacrifice Himself so that we might have new life.  It is surprising to me then, that He would…

St. Francis Wasn’t a Sissie

Francis of Assisi Francis of Assisi is known for giving it all.  His father, a wealthy merchant, demanded Francis relax his zeal for Christ or renounce all claims to his inheritance.  Francis answered by removing his clothes and returning them to his astonished father.  This attitude marked the rest of Francis’s life. I have always…