I have been pondering again…… 7/19/17 I think I have discovered a spiritual gift that will not exist in heaven! And it is one that has been given to me….in essence, as I pursue it I am working myself … Read More
Sermon- July 2, 2017 Carillon Beach Community Chapel “Ebb and Flow, Come and Go, To and Fro” Scripture: Acts 2: 1-12 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came … Read More
5-29-17 The word “lifehack” has come to mean a cheap, quick, easy adaptation that addresses an immediate need or offers an alternative solution to something more costly and permanent. The Urban Dictionary offers this: Life hack (or life hacking) … Read More
Psalm 104:4 He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. This morning the Titus 2 ladies and I went to help with the Community Breakfast at Trinity Center of First United Methodist Church. It was a wonderful morning! … Read More
I’ve always been intrigued by Simon Peter’s name change dubbed by Jesus and the way in which, at particular times of reprimand, Jesus would resort to his former natural flesh-life name and when Jesus was seeing something more promising and … Read More
Christ’s teaching of the authority one has to make the choice of surrender or not, the free will of each of us, and one’s knowledge that because of the power of that choice to surrender, anyone may come to the Father through Christ, even those who offend the religious elite, is what got Christ crucified. It offended them when he said it in the synagogue in Nazareth after his baptism and it offended them here at the end of him ministry, described in John 10:13-19
“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” 19 A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.
Matters of motive, authority, sacrifice, surrender, free will, and who gets in and who doesn’t…….Such things divide those who pursue the letter of the law at the expense of the spirit of the law. .
Reprise On Being an EGR (Extra Grace Required) At least two or three times a week I check in on my weblog, www.disciplerofself.org, as I prepare a post. There is an application with it that keeps stats on visitors to … Read More
There are occasions when meek, emotionally-controlled, wounded women come to Titus 2 who have been subjected to abuse in one or more forms- emotional, physical, financial, sexual, psychological, spiritual, or relational. They often have learned to be “people pleasers” … Read More
I was visiting with someone about recent spiritual growth that had been brought about by some circumstances that were difficult. She experienced great growth in her faith and ability to trust God through it. Her insights had led her deeper … Read More
As I talk with a number of female friends, students, those with whom I journey in spiritual education or spiritual counseling, etc. this issue of appropriately biblical marriage dynamics comes up again and again. As 45 years of marriage will … Read More