I gave a talk yesterday. I’ve always enjoyed giving talks and the idea doesn’t make me nervous. Many other things make me nervous, but not giving talks. However, in the past I’ve always written at least an outline of what I’m going to say. I’m not very good at reading a paper, so I don’t … Continue reading Depending on God for Every Word
Like everyone, I am frustrated by misunderstandings and miscommunications. But God gave me a different perspective while I was reading about the Tower of Babel from a children's version. The story talked about how perfect communication was used by the enemy to turn the people against God. As a result, now we have imperfect communication … Continue reading God Restores Communication
I’ve been reading the book For the Love of God by Justo L. and Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez. This book is about the Epistles of John. It is dense reading (at least to me) and takes time to wind through it. However, the authors have offered some interesting insights, particularly the contemplation of the absolute perfection in unity … Continue reading For the Love of God
God did a miracle on Sunday. Well, at least I consider it a miracle. He made something happen that only He could make happen. The thing is … that doesn’t really define a miracle. It simply means that God responded to the cry of my heart, in the way that He knew was best. He … Continue reading Miracle? Or Everyday Occurrence?
I’m amazed at how quickly and completely God can refresh us, if we let Him. I left for about 8 days of vacation. (I don’t think it’s a coincidence that 8 is the biblical number of “new beginnings.”) When I left, I was a mess. I was so exhausted that I was almost non-functional. I … Continue reading God Revives!
It’s starting to get chilly in north Georgia. I’m glad. This was a long, hot summer and I am looking forward to some cooler weather. I love the fall season. It’s my favorite time of year. It was my favorite when I was young, although the intervening years brought some hardships with the fall season. … Continue reading The Chill of Autumn and the Warmth of God
Yesterday I mentioned the fruit of the Spirit and I’d like to look at that some more. A while back, I went through the different fruits of the Spirit and asked God which one He would work on in me. He nudged me toward “gentleness” and we had an amazing season together working on that. … Continue reading New Fruit
I watched a movie last night. I won’t say which one, because I don’t want to recommend it. It’s too violent. However, I learned something in it. The story revolved around a group of warriors who served their “lord.” They did everything humbly, through service, through honor, through excellence, through self-discipline … and by spending … Continue reading Honor Him
Ever since I took a class on Christian History in seminary two summers ago, I have been fascinated with the Desert Fathers and Mothers. These were the Christians who, after Rome made Christianity a “state religion,” went into the desert to seek spiritual purity directly from God. They felt that “official Christianity” was becoming diluted … Continue reading Keep the Reservoir Pure
Last week I talked about some of what happened over the summer. I’d like to start this week in the present. Where is God working in my heart right now? He is helping me recognize the ways I haven’t been abiding with Him. I’ve been busy lately – busier than I should be. I’ve compromised … Continue reading Abide