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Intersection of Heaven and Earth

We must ignite our thinking about prayer!  In prayer we find ourselves in an environment in which God is the pivotal center of action.  Prayer places us in a posture of receptivity before God.  He orients us to His person and purposes.  As we pray, we become aware that we are taken seriously, we acquire…

Recognizing How and When God Answers

A Christ-follower needs to understand and leverage the privilege and the responsibility of prayer.  The believer needs to assimilate and acclimate to the ways God answers prayer.   The next post will challenge the disciple to explore and discover how to keep the communication of prayer both continual and creative. When and how does God answer…

Evening, Morning, and at Noon

New believers are often told that to “grow in the Christian life” they must participate in certain basic disciplines, such as Bible reading, prayer, witnessing, and of course, giving.  With the exception of giving, we receive very little instruction on these concepts in our churches.  This eventually leaves the immature Christ-follower discouraged or stunted in…

A Reasoned/ Reasonable Hope, 3

“Declaring truth in an age of universal delusion is a revolutionary act” (Orwell).  “The worth of a person is determined by how much truth they can tolerate” (Nietzsche).  We live in a day of interactive communication where people are relentlessly involved in self- promotion: presenting themselves, explaining themselves, defending themselves, and selling themselves.  Our culture…

A Reasoned / Reasonable Hope, 2

This post builds on our critical need for civil conversation. Before engaging cultural issues outside the church, Christ-followers initially need to discuss their theology, faith, convictions, and preferences among themselves.  This will not happen randomly, but intentionally and organically through a Spirit guided and guarded checks and balances process instituted by Jesus Christ in Matthew…

A Reasoned / Reasonable Hope, 1

Civil conversation is on the endangered list in our culture; it’s perilously close to extinction.  There are those who refuse to discuss issues, choosing to remain comfortably numb: in their apathetic or fearful silence they are complicit in the difficulties and/or evils of society.  Others are arrogant and see interaction as competitive with the goal…

A Prophet in the Midst

Ezekiel, whose name means “strengthened by God,” was both a prophet and a priest who ministered to the nation of Israel while they were in captivity to the Babylonian Empire.  He was a contemporary of Jeremiah and Daniel.  Along with Jeremiah and the apostle John [in the book of Revelation], he was told to “eat…

A Messiah Poem

Rescued, snatched, delivered from the dominion of darkness. Transformed, translated into the brightness and radiance of Christ’s kingdom. We experience and enjoy forgiveness of sins! In Jesus we see the God we cannot see. We see in Jesus God’s original purpose for all creation; visible and invisible, height and depth, authorities and powers. He was…

The Just Shall Live by Faith

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is a well-known discourse on men and women in the Old Testament whose lives were defined and characterized as being faithful to God. The phrase “the just shall live by faith” is found four times in the Scriptures.  The first occurrence is in Habakkuk 2:4.  Then it is found three…

A New Kind of Human

I’ve heard about your trust in Jesus, our Master.  And I know of your outpouring of love to all of His followers.  I cannot stop thanking God for you; it provokes me to remember you in all of my prayers.  This is what I ask for you… I pray that the Father of our Master…