"Authenticity" has become a pretty hip word to use in the church scene these days. I gotta be honest, I use it all the time. It's mainly because the word "authenticity" implies a sense of honesty with the reality of life. In our efforts to be real and genuine with the complexities of our current … Continue reading A Righteous Authenticity
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing" John 14:12 Believing in an invisible God can make one weary after a while. It’s not that God owes us an appearance in the sky every so often, but the journey of faith is not always an … Continue reading Healings in a Classroom and on the Sidewalk!
For anyone of you who has read through the book of Ruth I'm sure you were blessed by this story of a foreign woman finding her way in a new land. While reading through this book in preparation for our wedding last year, all we kept on seeing was a picture of God through the … Continue reading Boulders I Never Saw
There's a yearning again, a thirst for discipline...
Although I walk and talk as though I am completely satisfied in Him alone, at times I submit to deception and wander the world in hopes of finding what my skin is looking for. I walk around with the treasure and pearl in my pocket blindly reaching for garbage and filth. It's like I'm attempting … Continue reading Treasure in my Pocket
I think this video is a good introduction into finding the essence of church. The question this entry aims to discuss is...What are the essential parts of church that a community of believers cannot be without?The part that stood out to me the most was how Floyd emphasizes the substance within the container rather than … Continue reading Finding the Essence
"All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely. But dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don't tiptoe."Anonymous "What is, therefore, our task today? Shall I answer: "Faith, hope, and love"? That sounds beautiful. But I would say - courage. No, even that is not … Continue reading A Call for Courage
“God’s emphasis in the Bible is opposite from ours: a few loaves and fishes, a pinch of salt or leaven, tiny mustard seeds, Gideon sending soldiers home, Jehoshaphat opening his city gates to the enemy, Jesus telling Peter to put away his sword. “My Strength”, he said, “is perfected in weakness.” God wants us to … Continue reading Perfect in Weakness
For many of us who feel they have awakened from the matrix of institutionalized religion, there appears to be a deeper issue that has been drowned out by our loud protests for authentic, back to the roots spirituality. Yes we've made it clear time and time again that it's not religion but relationship, not buildings … Continue reading Self-righteous about the Self-righteous
I heard once that it is necessary to live unbalanced in order to be balanced. Although some would say to just "trust your instincts", I find that following instincts often hinders me from tapping into qualities that those natural instincts do not trigger. I end up living somewhat lopsided in the qualities that come natural … Continue reading Riding the Pendulum