Living the Life in Christ

How to be present to God’s peace

How can we allow ourselves to be present in God’s peace that passes all understanding?   I open myself to it   I set aside doubt of myself   I take a break from control   I align myself with God’s will   I embrace all that I am   I set aside expectations   […]

Be Still

  There are three passages in the Old Testament that speak of being still, silent, quiet before God. The first one occurs as the Pharoaoh changed his mind about pursuing the Hebrews; Moses in Exodus 14:14 said, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” He means that the Lord will […]

Gratitude Is The Way

5.13.19   If we’re living the life in Christ and coming to have the mind of Christ,[1] one thing that really helps us proceed down this path is gratitude. Gratitude is the proper response to God for all that we have been given. Each time that we are grateful to God for something or someone, […]

Being True to Oneself

4.27.19            It is obvious that we humans live a physical/emotional/mental existence, but that we live a spiritual existence as well is much less known and experienced. The ocean offers us an apt metaphor for our lives. In the ocean much of the busyness of waves, storms, choppiness takes place in […]

Have you ever walked a labyrinth?

4.10.19  Have you ever walked a labyrinth? Have you ever slowly prayed your way through all its twists and turns seeking an answer from God? Walking a labyrinth can be a walking meditation or prayer. It can bring long-sought answers to the basic questions of your lives, if one walks it prayerfully and with intention. […]

Believe in and Follow Jesus

3.25.19 Would you describe yourself as a Catholic or Protestant or Evangelical or Orthodox or Independent or other kind of Christian? There seem to be so many differences among Christians and those differences appear to be more important than the one thing we have in common—our belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. […]

Awed by the Early Spring

March 8, 2019   As I’ve been driving around Charlotte this week, I’ve loved seeing the flowering trees in bloom, but have been more struck by the leafless oaks and beeches and other deciduous trees which are not even budding yet. I see the pattern of branch and limb support, I see all the different […]

Recognizing God’s Voice

How do I know I am following God’s voice, His instruction? Isn’t it just as likely that I am following the devil or my own desires, not God’s will?   Here is what I have learned over 35+ years of following that “still, small voice”[1] of God’s.   We have to know what our own […]

Gratitude Is the Way!

Gratitude is the way   If we’re living the life in Christ and coming to dwell in His mind, one thing that really helps us proceed down this path is gratitude. Gratitude is the proper response to God for all that we have been given.   We could start with gratitude for the life we’ve […]

Confession

Confession of our sins is at the heart of Christian beliefs. How can we bring our whole selves—heart, soul, mind and body– before God in love, as Jesus commanded, without confessing all that we are, all that we have said and done that is contrary to His message, all that was done to us? How […]