Holy Spirit

Hurt or harm

Hurt or harm

Jesus likened the relationship of those who follow him to that of a relationship between a branch and a vine. Branches do not live independently of the vine. An organic union exists whereby the vine nurtures, supports and facilitates the growth of the branch....
Replacing filters

Replacing filters

I’m a fixer. When things break, I want them fixed. I move into assessment and action quickly. I’ll sometimes try tackling a fix for things I have no business touching. Plumbing, roofing and electrical, to name a few. This winter, my furnace wasn’t heating the house. I...
On nourishment of the body: an adoptive mother’s thoughts

On nourishment of the body: an adoptive mother’s thoughts

Water. Air. Food. Shelter. Sleep. These are basic elements for the body to survive. But alone, are they enough to nourish the body? I’ve been thinking a lot about the basic elements to survive lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that indeed, that’s just it: with...
​God knows

​God knows

Dr. James Dobson, the well-known psychologist, writer, and founder of Focus on the Family, told about being in the hospital in the Los Angeles area years ago. He had apparently suffered a mild heart attack and doctors were trying to determine the extent of the damage....
​Only a woman

​Only a woman

I was reading recently about Mary Slessor, a Scottish missionary to Nigeria in Africa. The daughter of a shoemaker by trade, Mary went to work as a “half-timer” at the age of eleven. This meant she worked in the mill half a day and the other half-day she...
​Secret to living a holy life

​Secret to living a holy life

What would your reaction be if someone said, “I would like to live a holy life”? Would you encourage them in their pursuit or would you laugh and say, “Yeah, good luck with that. I’d like to fly to the moon too, but it’s not likely to...
​Confessions of a white guy

​Confessions of a white guy

I did not grow up in a genuinely multi-colored world. If I had to label my upbringing it would be basic white with a pinch of color, a dusting of ethnicity, and a dash of culture. I do not recall anyone of color who lived in our neighborhood. Two of my buddies, who...
Through and through

Through and through

When I arrived at the Newark, New Jersey, airport, one of the terminals was on fire. Fire trucks and firefighters were everywhere. As you could imagine, chaos ensued. As a result, nothing worked. Planes were not flying. Electricity was shut off. Boarding passes were...
Why pray?

Why pray?

Paul suggests that we do not know how to pray as we should (Rom. 8:26). The Holy Spirit has to intervene for us with groanings that words cannot express. I’m sure you have sometimes felt this way. There was a recent incident where a person was on life support,...
¿Por qué orar?

¿Por qué orar?

Pablo sugiere que no sabemos cómo orar (o pedir como conviene Romans 8:26). El Espíritu Santo santo tiene que interceder por nosotros con palabras que no podemos expresar (gemidos indecibles). Estoy seguro que alguna vez te has sentido así. He aquí un reciente...
A simple question changed Sherry’s life

A simple question changed Sherry’s life

They lived across the street from us in a suburban neighborhood of split-level homes. One night we heard a knock at the door. The three children, two boys and a girl, had been kicked out of their home by their stepfather. My husband Wayne and I took them in for the...
Fiery tongues and four-letter words

Fiery tongues and four-letter words

When I think about the “fiery tongues” of Pentecost, I also think about a friend of mine named Sully (not his real name). Sully does stand-up comedy at a local nightclub called Dr. Grins. Strange as it sounds, we met because a good friend of mine, also my...
La carnada correcta

La carnada correcta

La pesca en aguas profundas no es algo que estoy acostumbrado a hacer regularmente. De hecho, sólo lo he hecho una vez y precisamente fue este verano. Las aguas del Pacífico estaban frías y había una niebla espesa sobre la costa. Fue un gran día en el agua con...
The right bait

The right bait

Deep-sea fishing is not something I’m accustomed to doing on a daily basis. In fact, I’ve only been once and it happened this summer. The Pacific waters were cold and there was a thick haze over the coastline. It was a great day on the water with gracious...
Channeling your anger

Channeling your anger

Recently, we observed D-Day, June 6, 1944, when General Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe, gave the order to begin Operation Overlord. Thousands of troops boarded thousands of landing crafts, ships, and other vessels to cross the...
Flood over me

Flood over me

In the early 1940’s, a town in northern Tennessee was intentionally flooded by the Army Corp of Engineers. People were given warning, but the time frame wasn’t long for them to pack up and move to higher ground. A power-generating dam was built, Willow Grove,...
White water Easter

White water Easter

My family and I love the thrill of white water rafting. Many vacations over the years featured a day-long excursion down a given flow or rage of water. It was challenging and exhilarating at the same time. Using this image, consider the events of Eastertide, the time...