Living the Life in Christ

The Trajectory of Our Lives

The Trajectory of One’s Life 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 […]

God In My Thoughts

Sometime in the late 1980s I began to try to meditate, and at first I couldn’t stand being quiet and alone with my thoughts. So I quit after a few tries. Then, a few months later I tried again, because I knew how important meditation was to hearing God’s “still, small voice.”[1] This time I […]

Isolation/Community

4.27.20 Facetime and Zoom and other platforms are great substitutes for communities when we are so isolated in our homes without a park or restaurant or coffee shop or church to meet in, but they lack the closeness that community usually brings us, the ability to read another’s body language and vibes that being with […]

Dealing with the pandemic

How do we deal with the coronavirus and tall the changes to our lives that it has brought? Here are my suggestions:   That we pray for peace of mind and that we might see all the blessings the Lord is showering on us and our families during this crisis. That we go outside every […]

Belief/Faith/Discipling

#199 akoloutheo p.1525: to follow accompany to follow or be a disciple of a leader’s teaching or disciple #3412 p.1568, mathetes n. disciple, student committed learner and follower of Jesus Greek word noun pistis #4411, verb pisteuo #4409 – faith, faithfulness, belief, and trust with an implication that actions based on that trust must follow. […]

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 […]