Today, this morning, I am simply writing what I am thinking. I am not sure how this will come across. Friends, I am hurting! Tears are literally welling up in my eyes as I am thinking. It pains me deeply to say what I am about to say. There is a certain reality that hits … Continue reading From my Heart
Prayer! Prayer is so much more than saying a few words with our heads bowed and hands folded. Prayer involves our entire concept of God. Prayer connects deeply to our faith. Our life as a child of God is to be a life of prayer. Prayer is not simply an emergency line to God, although He … Continue reading Even More on Prayer
Tragedies, tornadoes, floods, fire, drought, earthquakes, wars, terrorism, violence, crime, economic crisis, gas prices, health care, and agendas against Judeo-Christian values only begin the list of issues we face as Christians. With all that against us; what, on earth, do we have to shout joyfully about? Yet when we turn to Psalm 66 we read … Continue reading Making a Habit of Joy
Yes, I am referencing Phil Collin's song from the 1980's. One of his best in my opinion. This Sunday our lessons at Central Church of Christ will be about our Attitude Toward the Poor and How We can Help the Poor. Phil Collins' song helps me realize my blessings and my responsibility not only as … Continue reading Another Day in Paradise
Prayer. People still ask for prayer. Even people with no identified faith ask for "positive thoughts" - I think they mean prayer. Prayer. "Say a little prayer for me, will you?" He asked. I am sorry, but I cannot do that. There is no such thing as "a little prayer." Prayer is not a miracle. Prayer … Continue reading “The Lord’s Prayer”
I recently learned (or remembered from high school geology) that a rock that has a different origin than the igneous rock in which it is embedded is a xenolith. The picture to the right of this text shows what a xenolith looks like. As magma flows, it collects other objects including rocks. When that magma … Continue reading Xenolith Christians
The Church is a group of individual Christians drawn together by a common faith in Jesus as Christ (Messiah) for worship and service. The Church is a free fellowship, that is, her members are those who choose to be members. Her members wear only the name of Christian, but do not claim to be all … Continue reading What is – – – Who Are the Church?
From deep in the files comes this type writer copy of a poem of unknown origin (I did make some updates for inflation and current culture): Funny how twenty dollars looks so big when we take it to church; But so small when we take it to the store Funny how long a 60 minutes … Continue reading Funny?!?
This week in my chronological reading of the Bible, I am reading about the Children of Israel as they flee Egypt. As they learn more and more about God who delivered them, they learn His desires. One thing God wants is to be present in their lives. To help them know He is near, He guides them … Continue reading God’s Dwelling Place
(An edited and expanded version of a post from September 2011.) A well-to-do family hired a maid to keep the house and laundry clean. All the first day the new maid wore her hat, the family thought that in the excitement of a new job and wanting to get right to work she had simply … Continue reading Take off Your Hat and Stay