If those who are criticizing your performance were actually great at theirs--I mean truly great--they would never dream of criticizing you. If, as it turns out, your critics truly have been proven to be superior in their performance, then what they are lacking is character. Let character trump performance.
Only one sin is put forward by Jesus as being unforgivable. Matthew 12:22-32, ESV 22 Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” 24 But when … Continue reading Always A Path
If you have seen the movie Father of the Bride, you may remember Franck's reaction the first time he sees the Banks home: Oh, it's adorable...Oh, it's very nice...Very romantic. We change it all, though. Let's go. Max Lucado related the same message years ago in one of his books. His wife fell in love … Continue reading Let God Do What Only He Can Do!
I have a relatively small office where I have one to two thousand of my most important books. Another shelf at home with older, more collectible books. Then, in my garage I have about forty boxes of books that are important to me but didn't make the cut! Today I was throwing some things away, … Continue reading Found A Gem Today In My Garage!
A few years back I had a person in my life, a genuine Christian, who was personally frustrating to me. From my perspective he was arrogant, obnoxious, and controlling. Of course, his own indefatigable self-confidence would never allow for him to make that discovery about himself. What do you do with someone like that? I'm … Continue reading Releasing Others to God
Oh, how we need the Fragrance of Jesus to permeate our lives! I'm declaring 2018 the Year of the Secret Place! More specifically, a year of putting everything aside except fellowship with God and immersing ourselves in His Word and His Presence. A year of pursuing intimacy with Him. A year of pursuing the fragrance … Continue reading 2018: This Will Be The Year Of The Fragrance!
The Church in many places now is singing a song called “Reckless Love.” It’s a beautiful song and the lyrics are precious, powerful, and thought-provoking (you can read them at the end of this post). The chorus begins with the phrase Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Powerful! The first person I ever … Continue reading The Reckless Love of God
The following is an excerpt from Scott Fowler, Contending for the Habit of Daily Prayer. New York: Issachar Imprints. 2016. There are two things we need to be comfortable with if we are to successfully cultivate a meaningful, dynamic prayer life. The first is ourselves—being comfortable in “our own skin” as they say. It may not … Continue reading Legitimacy
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Something encouraging occurred to me some time ago concerning prayer. There were two or three things I was intensely praying about, needing an answer. I watched as the Lord supplied all but one of those needs. Because the need that went "unmet" was so intense, it got nearly all of my focus and I began … Continue reading Answers on the Left, Waiting on the Right
At a certain, specific moment in time, the Second Person of the Godhead, came down to earth and took on a human form and identity in order to reach the human race that had been lost due to sin. He did not “heist” a human body, but rather was born just like everyone else with … Continue reading In Plain English . . .
Perchance, he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not … Continue reading Meditation #17 By John Donne
To My Sweet Katie, Though the feeling has swept over me many times already, it has not yet come to stay. That is, the realization that my little girl will soon be leaving me to go and pursue her dreams. Since I am convinced that your dreams have been birthed in you by God, I … Continue reading A Father’s Letter to His Daughter upon Her Graduation
All the years come suddenly to this moment and we are proud, we are thankful, we are emotional, we are nostalgic. And there is the dawning realization that every step you take from this day forward will be pregnant with the possibility that your path could take you further away from us than we are … Continue reading The path that leads you away from home . . .
Appreciating these words from John Donne's Holy Sonnets, XIV Batter my heart, three-person'd God ; for you As yet but knock ; breathe, shine, and seek to mend ; That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an usurp'd town, to … Continue reading “Batter my heart, three-personed God”
The existence of the ideal is evidence of its possibility. Ever been inspired by a movie because of the values it portrayed? The story was challenging and beautiful, moving and uplifting. Then you come back to "reality" and realize that the players are just actors, the movie is based on a novel, and you realize … Continue reading Between Real and Ideal
For the better part of two decades, I have engrossed myself in your life. Much of my effort has been simply to keep you alive and healthy. I have sung songs, and played games, and answered questions, but more than that, I have loved you at depths that even now you are not able to understand and won’t be until you have a child of your own. Though at times I have tried to express and explain that love to you, I realize that, for now, between us, I’ll have to be content with knowing its depths on my own. Part of a parent’s lot I suppose.