The complicated intertwining of life’s demands sometimes look like a bowl of twisted spaghetti…upon which we are sprinkled like parmesan cheese, resting on top but eventually slipping down and being absorbed.  We are no longer able to see the “view from the top.”  We sink down so deeply we can’t sense any way of escape…

The “elder son.” There is enough familiarity with Luke 15:11-32 throughout Christian conversation that the companion description of “prodigal son” often pops into mind whenever “elder son” is mentioned. The elder son. The responsible son. The proper son. The obedient son.  And, as the parable unfolds, the son who co-owns everything that belongs to the father….yet settles for a superficial relationship,…

Are you deeply buried? The Message translation of John 12:41 states that the Old Testament prophet Isaiah had gotten “a glimpse of God’s cascading brightness that would pour through the Messiah.” Cascading brightness pouring out.  That is what is offered to you and me….every day, by God’s Presence indwelling our lives. And there appears to…

On his website, overflowglobal.com, worship musician and author John Belt recently wrote, “The Lord wants to establish people in His Presence where they can live there, not just have a visit.  I’m speaking figuratively because the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us.  God has given us ‘full access’ to the glory that He has deposited within…

Psalm 138   “I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods.  I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day…

Last week’s reflection of I Corinthians 13 and the concept of “devotion” surrounded John Belt’s quote, “To the degree we surrender our hearts in devotion, to the same degree He (Holy Spirit) makes us His abode.”* John Belt has shared four guidelines he considers significant in encouraging the manifestation of  a “life that is filled…

I like The Message translation of I Corinthians 13.  Verse 12-13 is worded, “We don’t see things clearly.  We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.  But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!  We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him…

Nations.  That’s where the topic started last week.  Judgment or calamity – that’s the added wrinkle this week. The heart of God.   Who is carrying the banner of that representation into this battlefield?  I’m a-thinking…that role  belongs to us…and it sometimes brings “hostile fire” from foe and friend alike. Here is the out-of-nowhere statement that served as…

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