Bart Simpson Christianity

This week I am unexpectedly busy with projects, some of which have deadlines. As I prioritized things, I thought I should take a break from blogging this week, which is important to do from time to time. But when I asked the Lord about it, He said, “Who is your source?” As usual, the Lord’s…

One Thing…

During church this past Sunday, the Holy Spirit stirred my heart; I found myself drawn to Jesus, desiring Him more, wanting to know Him more…something along those lines.  It was sort of undefined. Later that day, I spent time with the Lord.  I felt the same calling—not to ministry or activity, just to Christ within….

Dream Sonnet III

This is the third in a series of sonnets. (Read the first here and the second here). My aim was to create a dream-like quality by connecting images inwardly more than outwardly. To me, using a structured form like the sonnet was an interesting contrast to the less structured content. III. Wandering over fields, a…

Divine Nature Ancestry (DNA)

Genesis 24 finds Abraham getting on in years. He asks his head servant “who managed all he owned” to find a wife for his son, Isaac.  Abraham insists his servant not find a wife for Isaac among the Canaanites; he asks him to return to the land of his family to find a wife for…

Jesus Is Coming. Look Busy.

Paul ends his letter to the Thessalonians with final instructions for the community. His directives culminate in verses 23 and 24: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will…

Am I Growing?

Not long ago, it was my turn to share from scripture at a men’s group I attend.  As I asked the Lord what to talk about, I found my mind turning to questions: Am I growing spiritually?  If so, how do I know?  I decided to raise these questions at the men’s group to see…

Which Nature?

The other day, a guy in a truck blew a stop sign, pulled right in front of me, and sped down the road.  I was super annoyed and wished all kinds of misfortune on him (“LET HIM GET PULLED OVER, LORD!”). Seconds later, I thought about my reaction and judgments.  The driver was reckless and…

What a Waste

One night as I sat praying, I found myself thinking what a waste spirituality is (in one sense).  Case in point, there I was, sitting, doing nothing.  Not long ago I wrote that much of my prayer time is taken up just sitting with the Lord, feeding on His presence.  There aren’t many great revelations;…

Everything Will Fall

On December 1st I woke from a dream that left me unsettled.  It was a long rambling dream, but I knew the end was from the Lord.  In the dream, I was talking with a friend who pastors a church.  He was telling me the church suddenly fell apart and closed.  He said, “Everything seemed…

IN

In 1 Thessalonians chapter four, Paul turns to discussing behavior and growing in separation to the Lord (1 Thess. 4:1-12).  But he starts with a phrase, easily overlooked, that provides vital context for what follows: “We ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus….” (1 Thess. 4:1).  In other words, “in Jesus” is where Paul’s…