Jesus has a very unique way of communicating with and reaching people collectively and personally. Three scenes mentioned back-to-back highlights three very different messages from Jesus. In Luke 8:39, Jesus instructions are "go home" and "declare". "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout … Continue reading Wisdom After the Miracle
I am thankful for the valleys. I do not like the valleys. However, I am fully aware of the necessity and power of the valleys. The valleys are full of darkness, cold hearts, heartlessness, hurt, pain, and death. These and similar moods, attitudes, and actions are the shadows. They follow us, chase us, and are … Continue reading Not Fearing the Valleys
Lord, I praise You and worship You. Your grace is sufficient. Your unmerited, undeserved favor is sufficient. It is more than what I need. Lord, I repent for pride, arrogance, and lack of humility. I rent of my rebellion, sin, and doing things for the wrong reasons. Jesus, help me to accept and receive Your … Continue reading Accepting His Grace
Lord, I praise and worship You. You are my God. There is none like You. You established the heavens and the earth. You made man in Your likeness. You made man in Your image. Jesus, thank You for Your Holy Spirit. Thank you for Your grace. We need Your Spirit to lead, guide, and comfort … Continue reading Grace Needed
The Cross never stopped Jesus from being who He was. It was wicked, vile, evil, horrid, and an absolute demonstration of darkness. However, it did not stop Jesus from being Healer, Keeper, Redeemer, Savior, Master, Rabbi, Friend, Brother, and everything else that He was (1). If anything, it confirmed who He was (2). Hana Houfani … Continue reading Same Person, No Pain? Ashamed Person, Of Scars?
The continual sacrifice (1) of praise to God is not simply screaming and yelling to the top of our lungs. It is not only shouting phrases of adoration. Many houses of worship minimize worship to Christ by extensive and overly long services in the name of accessing the presence of God. It is also minimized … Continue reading Continual Praise
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.
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.