The Comings and Goings of Wind

Fire, wind, and an earthquake happened because of God’s presence but God was not in them (1 Kings 19:11-12). Manifestations or experiential hallmarks of God’s presence are not God. Signs follow those who believe but signs are not God (Mark 16:17). Jesus healed many people but healing is not Jesus. Jesus is healing. Jesus raised…

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…

Purpose

Years ago, almost 15 years ago in fact, I sat waiting for someone to unlock the building next to our church.  It had been a busy week.  While I waited, I decided to pray.  The Lord spoke a few short sentences.  I have never forgotten them.  These few short sentences continue to define my understanding…

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…

The Hall and the Vision

Back in October, I wrote about the day I was born again.  That was a powerful experience.  But I wasn’t ready to follow the Lord afterwards.  The next four years, there was little evidence of Christ in me.  I investigated Taoism and made a go at practicing Buddhism.  My personal life continued in its immoral,…

From Christ to the Cat Box

The following is an entry from my journal in 2009. *** This morning, I was lamenting all the things that impinge on my being with God—responsibilities related to family or church, people that need ministry, home or auto maintenance, and 1,000 other things right down to my cat who, when I have a second of…