From my readings this morning: "They forgot what He had done, the wondrous works He had shown them. He worked wonders in the sight of their fathers. ...He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink as abundant as the depths. But they continued to sin against Him, rebelling in the desert against the … Continue reading Mercy.
Once upon a time, I had a change to make. I was doing one thing, and I felt in my belly that it was time to do another thing, and in a move that surprised precisely no one except myself, I didn't do it. I like to fancy that I'm quick to obey. Key word: … Continue reading The Fallow Year.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good;And what does the Lord require of youBut to do justly,To love mercy,And to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 NKJV I know that I need mercy. I know that the people I love need mercy. I know that the people that drive me nuts need mercy. Pick any reputable (or irreputable, if … Continue reading Loving mercy.
I heard someone say recently that "the best way to pause your spiritual maturity is to not forgive someone." If you asked me what I believe about spiritual maturity, I would tell you forgiveness is the foundation of our faith. We, sinners undeserving, found forgiveness in Christ; we are therefore to forgive freely, as Christ … Continue reading Forgiveness + The Kettle
Welcome to Fluffy Sci-Fi Fridays. On Fridays (not every Friday, okay?), we're gonna get a little nerdy here. Still love doctrine. Still love pews. But I love some Doctor Who. So we're gonna talk Who. We're gonna talk some Star Trek TNG (because Picard 2020 can you even!). We might even tiptoe carefully into Middle Earth - … Continue reading You’re My Favorite – a Companion Compendium.
“God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” Psalm 68:6 I don’t remember the moment when I first read Psalm 68:6, but it was some time within my first year of surrendering my life to Christ. Over the first few … Continue reading He sets the lonely in families.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 I have an eight year old son who is my pride and joy. He has the energy of a border collie and a heart of gold. As I get to watch him grow up, I have found my … Continue reading Loving Well.
“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies … Continue reading Truth.
I'm fresh out of witty transitional anecdotes for you this morning, but I do have a fresh batch of "snap the heck out of it," so let's have at it; Have you ever been so tempted or so wearied by a trial, that you genuinely felt you were losing part of yourself? I'm talking about "The Weary" - … Continue reading On Truth and Feelings.
"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on … Continue reading The Beauty and Burden of Not-Friends; or, Loving Your Enemies.