A Spirit of Gentleness

There’s one word that those who know me best would NEVER use to describe me: Gentle! I don’t know if it’s my “creative” use of language or just my deep suspicion of spineless mediocrity or that I’m afraid of being called a “girl!” I am rarely what you might call “gentle.” I tend toward the “over-the-top” and brash black and white mindset of a hard nosed conservative, former police officer, by-the-book rule…

Strange Teachings!

“Nobody told me there’d be days like these!” Well, that not exactly true. St. Paul did warn that “in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its…

If We Live by the Spirit…

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” With this revelation from our Lord Jesus, He set the standard of communion and community for those who claim to follow Him. And, it is this ongoing and historical reality that set the Christian Church apart from all other religious systems of the Lord’s day. It is also why just 300+ years after the Lord…

They Devoted Themselves

The first time I heard this, it hit me like a ton of bricks! “Let us commend ourselves, ONE ANOTHER, and our whole life unto Christ, our God. To You, O Lord.” “One another?” How do I “commend” someone else to “Christ, our God?” Aren’t they responsible for themselves? What does this mean? Well, of course, each of us are responsible for ourselves, but, from the very beginning when Cain asked God…

No Better Than a Slave

She was, to say the least, frustrated! I mean to the point of flaying her arms, tears in her eyes, and “saying” (if by that you mean “yelling”) “I can stay by myself! I’m a big girl!” OK, so I smiled just a bit at that since my 4 year old sometimes thinks she’s “bigger” than she really is. You see, I had just told her, she was going to have a…

With A Little Help from my Friends

OK, I know this will be controversial, and I admit to being torn about this, but The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers album “may” be my favorite Beatles album (It’s in competition with the “White album”). And one of my favorite songs is “With a Little Help from my Friends.” Great song! Because it’s really true. I really do “get by with a little help from my friends! This is an old idea that…

I Must Decrease!

I was once confronted by a wise and spiritual man about some of the consequences of my actions. Specifically he was confronting me about the dangers of a false humility. You see, I had spent a great deal of time building up another gifted minister and this wise man confronted me about my motives. He wanted to know if I was actually “preferring my brother” over myself, or was I just doing…

I Bear Witness

Ralph Waldo Emerson once suggested that the greatest invention of humanity is friendship. But Emerson is mistaken. Friendship isn’t man’s invention. It is God’s. No matter how hard we try to hide it, our hunger for intimacy, relationships, and communion always “spills” out of our hearts. That’s why we hunger for friends and companions. That’s why, as rare a true love may be, true friendship is rarer still. And yet, we long…

I NEED to be Baptized by YOU!

Have you ever come to a crossroad in your life? I have. Many times. A wise man once said “When you come to a crossroad, take it!” Cute, but unhelpful. All of us come to moments in our lives that turn out to be crossroads in our future. Many times we can see these moments coming, like a marriage proposal, or that first purchase of a home, or a career advancement, some…