Reflections of Grace 139: The Spiritual Application of Falling Into a Hole

[display_podcast]Greg was so excited about taking me out with him on a trip to the Trinity Alps of California in the fall of that year. We parked alongside a dry riverbed with huge purple mountains looming over us.  The mist hovering over the mountains gave a feeling of mystical reverence as we made our way across the dry river bed full of huge boulders that had washed down the gully from the previous winter’s snow melt.  I was bundled up like one of those kids in the movie The Christmas Stor … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 138: Relating to Mary

[display_podcast]The virgin birth of Jesus touches me in a very female way in relating to sweet Mary as a mother.  Any mother beholding those scenes of recent Jesus movies of Mary watching her beloved Son tortured and murdered on that cross can’t help but feel the deep emotions and horror that Mary felt as she watched and fell at His feet sobbing.It really happened! No words to describe it! So many questions.We don’t know much about her.  We know she was young and poor and a devo … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: I’m Paralyzed by Indecision — What Should I Do?

A podcast listener named Elisa, with a historical connection to you, Pastor John, writes in to ask: “Hello Pastor John! Thanks for your ministry over all these years. Incidentally, we [she and her husband] we met you when we were post-Stanford students attending InterVarsity’s Western Leadership Conference, sometime around 1985. I was one of the worship leaders at that conference and vividly remember you speaking on Christian Hedonism — a life-changing paradigm for us. Now that we’re empty-nes … [Read more...]

Does God Promise to Feed and Clothe Christians?

Especially given the age that we live in, and as we watch our brothers and sisters in the Middle East suffer at the hands of ISIS being driven from their homes and towns, this is a particularly relevant question from Kevin in California: “Dear Pastor John, in Matthew 6 we read: ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and al … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 136: Controlling Outcomes

[display_podcast]I created pictures of my situations in life in my mind that were not reality and I lived that way off and on until only just recently.  I thought I had a handle on it, but still found residue of this ability I had so carefully constructed in so many areas.The mind is a powerful thing, and is the source of all our battles with the enemy.How many of you know that God heals us and corrects us in layers? Like pealing an onion…one layer at a time.  We can’t handle it … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 130: Seven Traits of A Chronically Unhappy Person

[display_podcast]Being a Life Purpose Coach has opened my eyes to so many things in my own life. One of those things I have learned is that I am responsible for my own happiness-no one else is responsible for me.  So, I often coach about happiness being a choice and the one responsible for your happiness is YOU!Six years of coaching has shown me there are some definite characteristics of a chronically unhappy person.  It may take a few sessions but invariably it becomes clear to me the a … [Read more...]