Earlier this week, I unexpectedly stumbled onto a blog which described a scenario that was positively frightening:  “This present state of helplessness and great concern has now finally engulfed the hearts of those Americans who had once clung onto optimistic appraisals and hopes.  They have now finally come to understand that the very hour in…

When I read through the Gospels and think about the opposition and challenges Jesus encountered, I picture Him as resolute, always standing strong and never neglecting His “going about the Father’s business” while in the midst of adversity. At least I thought that was what Jesus was going through…until I looked up references to the word “adversity”…

It was 11:15.  Yes, at night.  And I was already in bed. And the Spirit rose up and poured out such a wonderful piece of prose and praise to the Father and Son – a psalm, actually –  that I went into the kitchen to write it down. “From Your seat in the highest heavens,…

I was stunned by a convergence of personal learning and national events, last week. First, the personal learning:  the resilience of the Lodgepole pine tree, especially in regards to its survival after a devastating forest fire.   My “Outdoor Family Guide” to the Grand Teton/Yellowstone area had this to say:  “Lodgepole are specially adapted to fire;…

Are you functional….or do you function? That’s an awkwardly phrased question.  I admit it.  When defined as a noun, Merriam-webster online describes “function” as a “professional or official position,” and I suspect that is where most of us live our lives, that is the boundary around which we set expectations and interactions. But I think God’s heart is…

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