Some Thoughts on Faith

Let me start with a disclaimer that this is not an attempt to define faith in a blog. People write books on it. People make a one sentence definition of it. I’m not trying to define it as much as put down lessons from it that I have learned as it is exercised and even…

A Bold and Blazing Church

I would say everyone reading this will have heard of St. Patrick, but here I’m just going to refer to him as Patrick. He was simply a man who God called and used in an extraordinary way, but still ordinary like all of the rest of us. What is extraordinary is God’s story in which…

Fighting for the Next Generation

“At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of Hezekiah’s illness. Hezekiah received the envoys and showed them all that was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices and the fine olive oil—his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was…

By His Grace

“David comforted his wife Bathsheba, came to her, and went to bed with her. She gave birth to a son and named him Solomon. Adonai loved him and sent through Nathan the prophet to have him named Jedidiah (loved by God), for Adonai’s sake.” ~ 2nd Samuel 12:24-25  The book of 2nd Samuel and subsequent…

Facebook is Not Your World

Just like probably everyone else, I have been lamenting and even been angered about what is currently going on in this country. My brain has been crammed full of statistics, news stories, and opinions. Imagine a hoarder’s house overrun with garbage, junk, and newspapers. I am pretty sure that’s what the inside of my head…

Pruning

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me,…