Right now, I am feeling all the feelings. I am feeling the entire spectrum of feelings from rage, anger, and betrayal to the other end where love, grace, and mercy resides. Each part of who I am holds and houses it's own unique set of emotions and they are simultaneously being experienced by me right … Continue reading All The Feelings: From Rage to Remembrance
Do people really mean "...though He slay me, I will trust Him..."? It is a text preached from often and one audiences and congregations swoon over in excitement, jubilee, and joy. But what does it rally mean? The man, husband, father, and businessman responsible for these words spoke them in response to great loss - … Continue reading Though He Slay Me?
We are more than our storms. We are pilgrims passing through. Journeying through to the other side-the promise land. Living one day as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. He, Christ the King-Jesus, rose from the dead shall return. We shall meet Him in the sky, dead first, than all who … Continue reading More Than Our Storms
What is in your heart? One writer reported that we ought to "keep our hearts with all diligence for out of it flow the issues of life" (1). What does the ebb and flow of content that moves in and out of your heart look like? What issues - chronic and acute - have you … Continue reading The Content of Your Heart Can Develop or Destroy.
There are moments in this walk with God where a believer does not “feel” His presence. There are moments where the glory of God seems painfully far away. The devotions, church attendance, worship, praise, prayers, and all the things that one does to “feel” near to God seems to no longer work like they once … Continue reading The Sidelines
We do not know how to be still. We do not know how to be still in thought. We do not need to be still in heart. We do not know how to be still in deed. The biofeedback loop between man and machine, man and devices, and man and mechanisms are perpetual, and non-stop. … Continue reading Man’s Mechanical Worship
As I look at the numbers for increased opioid addiction and its alternatives, I do not see a drug problem. I see a self-medicating problem. Similar to many other substance abuses, this is an escape from reality, a numbing from internal noise, and a running as fast as one can in place but needing something … Continue reading It’s Humanity. Not Drugs.
What we must remember and know is the old Sunday School speech and passage of scripture many across the world have learned. The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. It can be difficult to see green pastures and … Continue reading Good Shepherd. Green Pastures. Still Waters.
When there is no hope, it is inevitable that there will be hate. When hope is lost, hate will live. It will not simply survive, it will thrive, and it will grow. If those, of all groups and people, before me could hope amidst dehumanization, devaluation, murder, and absolute evil through the tools of being … Continue reading Hope. Love. Light.