I have sat down to write this week’s post many times but there are no words. Let me correct that; there are many words but nothing to say. That isn’t quite true; I have a lot to say but nothing that makes sense. Okay, I hope this will be the last correction; many things make sense but nothing seems to be important enough or rather impactful enough to spend time and website space on. I think even worse than important or impactful is the feeling that nothing seems inspired.(more…)
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NIV)
The North American church is starting to look like a pyramid scheme – get people in so they will get people in
A Little Understanding – The Cover-up
Flowers all watered, grass freshly cut, bushes trimmed, windows cleaned, driveway swept, fresh coat of paint (inside and out), carpets steamed, faucets shined, beds made, shelves dusted and de-cluttered, new cabinets, appliances and furniture – should I go on? Nothing is really the way it would be if you lived there. Nothing is the way it was before the owners put it up for sale. There is no attempt to present the important qualities of the home, the attributes that will ensure that the house will be standing for a long time.(more…)
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
I have not been surprised by recent events. The praise given to a famous person for joining “our side” doesn’t shock me. The fear that his new found faith is a publicity stunt or maybe just a stint soon to be replaced by the next thing he embraces is not new when it comes to celebrity transformations. The rush to say that because of his past he may not be what he says he is doesn’t shock me any more than the rush to ignore his past because of his latest confession of faith. God can transform a life and man can imitate a transformed life. Both are not only possible but have been part of human history from the moment a piece of fruit changed us from God reliant to self-seeking beings.(more…)