Discipline & Training on the Spiritual Journey

  1 Corinthians 9:24-27 If you are like me, and many people I know then exercise and the disciple of healthy living is a bit of a battle. I start out on a diet and exercise program with every good intention. Soon it becomes drudgery, and then I find myself sitting with a bowl ofContinue reading “Discipline & Training on the Spiritual Journey”

Continue in Christ

1 John 2:24-29 1 John 2:28 (NIV) 28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. Continue in Him. This is John’s message of hope to us all. Life can seem hard, and near impossible at times. It may seemContinue reading “Continue in Christ”

Christ-like Living is Following Obediently

1 John 2:3-6 When we were children we may have played follow the leader or Simon says. The goal was to imitate the motions and action of the leader. The one who followed the closest was the winner. Jesus called his disciples by saying “come follow me”. That call still remains true of those whoContinue reading “Christ-like Living is Following Obediently”

Light Over the Darkness

1 John 1:5-7 Light and darkness are themes of the Bible, especially in how we walk within the world. When we come into a room in the dark of night and flip a light switch the darkness retreats, except into the smallest corners or under the furniture. Light seems to overpower darkness, yet we areContinue reading “Light Over the Darkness”

Who’s On The Journey With You

“Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together”- Hebrews 10:25.   We need others in our life.  We are created to be in communion (union) with one another. We are created to be reunite with God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  God is then in relationship with us. I have often heard peopleContinue reading “Who’s On The Journey With You”

Learning from St. Patrick’s Love

This Irish prayer is credited to St. Patrick, and often titled “St. Patrick’s Prayer”.  I found the worlds to the prayer on a  the Catholic.org website, where they list many of their prayers, and writings.  I first came across this prayer over ten years ago, and it blesses me every time read it.  May itContinue reading “Learning from St. Patrick’s Love”

Staying Steady In the Waves of Life

James 1: 5-6 James tells us that if we need help or wisdom to “ask God” (v.5).  He also says that we “must not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave…blown and tossed by the wind” (v.6).    Eugene Peterson translates verse 6 to say, “Ask boldly believing, without a second thought” (TheContinue reading “Staying Steady In the Waves of Life”

Steadfastness Is One Step At A Time

“Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 (RSV)” Finishing the race is a very important theme in the New Testament.  PaulContinue reading “Steadfastness Is One Step At A Time”

Catch a Wave

Have you ever been at one of the Great Lakes or the Ocean, and jumped into the waves?  Have you ever tried surfing waves?  Maybe you have at least seen others surfing on a movie or T.V.  One of the things that is important to surfing is to know which wave is a good waveContinue reading “Catch a Wave”

Revival over Resolution

        Earlier in January, while I was up in Michigan I took some time  to sit in prayer and listen to God. During this time I began to  think about the year gone by and the year ahead.  Many people  set out New Years Resolutions, and most are broken within a  few days of the new year .In Christ we are not called to mere resolutions,  but revolutions of our lives.  In essence our call to repent and be  born again is to reverse and go another way, which is a revolution  within our heart, soul, and life.          I contemplated these thoughts and prayed about where my life, the church within which God has called me to  minister, our community,  and our world.  The more I thought and prayed the more I felt the call  to revival.  Many people look at the term revival and think of some  special services, where they bring their unsaved loved ones to hear the gospel.   However, to be revived  really means to bring back to life or consciousness,  to impart new health, to renew, or to restore validity or effectiveness.       Continue reading “Revival over Resolution”