Signature of Heaven

I used to think that I couldn’t have a deep relationship with God until I had met certain criteria: Grow a bit more, overcome more sin, know more of my Bible, was better at prayer, you know-matured. But what was wrong was my focus, I was looking in all the wrong places. If I could…

A Satisfied Mind

The late singer songwriter Johnny Cash covered the song A Satisfied Mind so did the late Jeff Buckley and  many others for that matter. It was probably because the song tells of a lasting truth. The song gets to the deeper question of where does our satisfaction lay? Solomon, arguably the wisest and probably with…

Dancing with God

I know very little about dancing except that you need rhythm and there should be a leader. I notice that our walk with God can be like a dance. Then I see that dancing with God, often I at times try to take lead and step on his toes. I feel like because I can feel…

The Lasting Seed

I have seen and probably you have seen the people who have drifted away. This breaks my heart and pains me to write that I know people personally who this can be said of. There was a time they walked with the Lord and now they do not. I hear that the percentages are about %50;…

Losing "I" Religion

There have been many things to steal our peace this year. I was thinking about prayer and my relationship with God. I know that often, probably too often, my prayers begin with “I” statements or “I” requests. Sometimes even in an attempt to be humble, my I statements might be self-deprecating in order for some…

Boats and Leaderships

After spending time watching the first two seasons of the 100 I have to believe that the writer was trying to say something about leadership. There are so many difficult and life altering decisions to be made always with the commentary that that is what it means to be in leadership. Thankfully I will probably never…

A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Conflict. Have you ever wondered why other Christians fail to follow the Word of God? What is their problem, don’t they read their Bibles? Geez! If they would we wouldn’t have problems in the church. We wouldn’t have conflict and everyone would love the sermons and the music and the decor and the pastor’s tie….

Growing and Play Things

It can be a burden to always address heavy topics but that’s where we are in our country and the church should always be prepared to respond with the hope that they have. Thankfully other things are also important in the Christian life. Raphael is 2 years old now, he is bigger and he is requiring more…

On Painting People

Our country is wrought with unrest. People will not get along, people will not communicate but God calls us to peace. “What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.” I hope we can manage a better response than Tybalt. But he did have a point, he…

Searching for Purpose

God’s Will, this is something that I think follows well with last week’s post on our passions, as it ventured into the area of vocation a bit. The song My Place in This World by Michael W. Smith may be dated at this point but I don’t think the sentiment is. I believe every believer…

Passionate Digression

Sharing our faith is always a good thing to do, but asking why and how are also good things to do. So…do we love our passion? They are ours to love so yeah I guess so. Is our passion God? How do you speak about God? A good question, maybe it is one I just…

Where is the Spirit?

I am about to paint with extremely large brush strokes, larger than even Paul Bunyan would have used if he was into painting, but it is for a reason, bear with me. Pentecostalism and Charismatic are a side of the church that tends to focus on the Spirit that many do not know about or…