Living the Life in Christ

Discipleship has two sides to it

Discipleship has two sides to it.  1st there is the person we are following, being discipled so that we can become like that person, in this case, Jesus Christ. And 2nd there are the people we are walking along with, nurturing their spiritual journeys, being there for them, discipling them. For discipleship is about community, […]

Silence. Ceasing The Mind’s Hold On Us. 2.10.20

“Our own awareness, our own interiority, runs deeper than we realize. If we turn within and see only noise, chaos, thinking, anxiety—what R. S. Thomas calls ‘the mind’s kingdom,’ then we have not seen deeply enough into the vast and expansive moors of human awareness. When the wandering, roving minds grows still, when fragmented craving […]

What Are We Enslaved To?

1.20.20            The major story of the Old Testament is the Exodus story which takes 5 books of the Bible to tell.  It is the story of God leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt through a long stay in the wilderness and finally to the Promised Land, Canaan. God would do the same for […]

Live the Adventure of Following Jesus!

Live the Adventure of following Jesus! Here are some of what you might experience in following Him:   Be born again as Jesus was born into this world! Really that means to be born again and again for us, because it takes a lot of time to give up all that the world has taught […]

God Speaks

12.16.19  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.   He is challenging, not easy: “How can […]

Complaints vs. Gratitude

We just don’t or can’t realize how much of who we think we are, what and how we think and feel comes between us and God. It is not just the big sins like “sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed which is idolatry;”[1] but also the subtler things, “anger, rage, malice, slander and […]

A Process for Loving Yourself as Jesus Taught

November 15, 2019 Jesus’ Two Great Commandments are about love: love God with all of yourself and love your neighbor as yourself. What gets overlooked is to love yourself as in love your neighbor as [you love] yourself.  And I think that we often do love our neighbor as poorly as we love ourselves. We […]

Surrender, Then Embrace

November 4, 2019 It is so hard for us Americans to give up control of our lives and what happens to us. We are supposed to in charge of what happens to us, determinative of the direction of our lives. So we resent anything that happens to us that was not in our plans. Even […]

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 take […]

Two Principles of the Spiritual Life and One Great Practice

1st Principle: Quieting Your Mind So That You Can Hear              the Voice of the Indwelling Spirit of God “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46 10 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:7 “Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the […]