We serve others because we love Jesus
We love Him because He has freed us The deeper love goes The more that we show The world how to live as redeemers Continue reading
Some times our pain
Is due to our sin We hurt ourselves Or God calls us in Continue reading
The secret to life that’s worth livin’
Is how much we feel we’ve been given When we overflow Like Jesus we grow And interpret earth like it’s heaven
A Dis-curse in Three Parts
Eli: Noah! Noah, where are you?
Moe: Eli, I don’t think this is a very good idea.
Eli: Shut up, Moe. He’s gonna love this.
Moe: Fine, it’s your funeral. You never did get one, did you?
Eli: No more than you. Ah, there he is! Continue reading
Continued from Part 5 Prologue
eagle stands apart on a nearby rock, delicately nibbling a newly-harvested liver. The mouse looks on in horror; The spaniel-coyote with amusement.
snake loosens its suffocating grip on the former owner of that liver. The man slowly regains conscious, groaning in pain. The snake raises its head to stare into the man’s face. The man opens his eyes, and gravely greets the snake. Dialogue
Earnest: Thank you, Nehushtan. Continue reading
Continued from Part 7 Prologue
I stand at the
Twilight of the Gods, having given them the Blessing of Adam and released them from their millennia of service.
I had thought my
Quest was simply to destroy my iron ring of Pride; Which I once jealously guarded but had grown to despise. But instead Zeus used his bare, bleeding hands to reforge the Ring into a Key.
But for what?
“How can I find the Lock that fits this Key?” Continue reading
The Law is great for scaling
A fundamental insight But is inherently static and preserving Not generative.
To avoid breakdown
Is also to resist breakthrough Continue reading
And other people Deal us grievous wounds
Not just to our person
But to those we love To the values and institutions That made us who we are Whom we love like a mother Continue reading
Blessed are those Who grieve the loss Of the historic context That made them feel secure Continue reading
Is a sign of what we value
We dare not capitulate
We reject a “
That says this community
Or status quo
Is more important than what we lost
When we envy those
With the power
To impose that logos
To our own hurt
But what if
We are both wrong?
Round the Bend is a Nevil Shute novel about Tom, a British airplane mechanic who moves to the Middle East after his wartime marriage ends in disaster.
online book club, I had a long but inconclusive discussion with my father about why Tom did that. This vignette is my attempt to explore that question via an alternate reality. Continue reading
Overcoming enmity, by going the extra mile, in order to grow us all closer to Jesus.
1 Corinthians 11:23 — For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread..,
HeartSync or Sozo, Communion of the Betrayed (COTB) — also known as Soul Shift — is for inner healing of emotional woundings; but as a public co-devotional practice, inspired by DBJ.
COTB is designed specifically for people who feel they have been betrayed by someone close to them (as Jesus was). This is a very deep wound that requires extraordinary grace.
Special thanks to
Jamie Winship of Identity Exchange for his input and encouragement.
It is a very good thing to be a follower of Jesus. But like people in the gospels, we today can end up following Jesus for many reasons: salvation, miracles, curiosity, etc.
Those are all good things. But they are not the same as actually loving Jesus for Himself. It is good to thank Him for what He
does; but it is better to worship Him for who He is. Continue reading
Join us on The Great Reset (via Zoom or YouTube Live at Tue Dec 29 1PM PST) as we work through the revelations from last week’s episode.
Question: How should we respond when we are hurt by the actions of other believers — who themselves are hurting?
Are feelings more important than Scripture?
Perspective: Seek the cross and grace of Christ, as the only true cure for our pain — and theirs. Continue reading
Inspired by the
USA Network TV show, Dick Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems model, and a Dream and Vision I had. Cast of Characters
In order of appearance
Natalie Teeger, the Integrated Self (Spirit)
Adrian Monk, the Manager
Leland Stottlemeyer, the Protector
Hope, the Exile
The Light, Truth
The Key, Forgiveness
I see a locked door. In a dark and scary place, like a monster movie. Big, iron, with crisscrossed chains and padlocks.
Natalie walks up holding a flashlight. Monk trails behind nervously.
Suddenly Stottlemeyer steps in front of them. His eyes are bloodshot, as if he has been drinking, crying, or not sleeping. Perhaps all three. He is holding his gun in two shaky hands. Pointed at them.
“I warned you not to come here,” he rasps in a hoarse voice.
O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:
We praise You because You are a good God. In a world that seems filled with brokenness and evil, thank You for taking all that upon Yourself through the cross, so that we might be made whole.
Our hearts go out to the people of Charlottesville, and all those wounded physically and emotionally by the
tragic violence of August 12th. We pray especially for the family and friends of Heather Heyer and the police who were killed, that they would experience Your peace and comfort.
Paul and his companions then left Paphos by ship for Pamphylia, landing at the port town of Perga. There John Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem. The Backstory
Scene 1: Awakening
“Barnabas? Are you awake?”
Barnabas rolled over on his cot to gaze at the younger man who had just walked in. He smiled sadly, as he saw John Mark’s nervous face and guessed the errand that prompted his late night visit.