Procrastinator’s hope: “The nice thing about things that are urgent is that if you wait long enough they aren’t urgent anymore.” Amos Tversky, psychologist It is interesting how, when life goes off the rails, one can completely disengage from significant … Read More
Several people attempted to convince me of the value of the Enneagram in counseling 20 years ago. I wanted nothing to do with it. A spiritual friend I see occasionally lives and breathes its principles. For years I had … Read More
Life today is so much more peaceful, calm, and joy-filled than it was a year ago and in the 4 years prior to that. So many life changes converged in that season of my life, from the time of the … Read More
Wisdom from Sean Dietrich in his social media blog post for January 1, 2018: “This year, it’s okay not to achieve your dreams. It’s okay to come in last place. There is no exit exam for life. No gradebook……….Some people … Read More
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. .