March 27, 2016

Richard Rohr writes, “We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.” The apostle Paul helps us understand, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:14) Paul was known as Saul before his conversion and hurled murderous threats against the followers… Read more

March 24, 2016

The conversion and transformation of my heart and mind to Christ is a moment by moment process of letting go of my self-centered thoughts and replacing them with God focused thoughts. As I become fully conscious and aware of Christ living in me, I mindfully release the control of my self-conscious way of life back to God. I am mindful the resurrected Christ is now the center of my life. It is the practice and discipline of being fully aware… Read more

March 19, 2016

The essence of life is not what I do but who I am. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalms. 46:10) revolutionized my spiritual life as it transformed my understanding of knowing God intimately.  I had never focused on what the “be” described. The “be” is my life centered in the Eternal Now of God. I learned the contemplative practice of experiencing the presence of God in my heart and being aware of God and the state of… Read more

March 12, 2016

When I focus on the future hoping it will bring me satisfaction and meaning, I might as well be chasing ghosts. The future is an illusion that resides only in the fantasy of my mind. I will never experience the excitement of being alive by focusing and longing for the future. The present moment is the “Eternal Now” of God, and my greatest need is to live mindful of that spiritual truth. I am wired however to reject that truth… Read more

March 11, 2016

Richard Rohr understands a two-thousand-year-old truth, if not now, when? “The way, you are, is the way you will be. How you do life today is how you will do life tomorrow.  If you are unhappy today, you will be unhappy tomorrow.” It is important to understand you will never be any more peaceful or happy than you are right now in this present moment. In each moment, your attitudes and thoughts about life are present in your mind. The… Read more

March 1, 2016

The mystery and paradox of life are the belief we exist autonomous of everything in the world and then the unbelievable possibility that there is a God that transcends the universe. The Christian faith declares because I am spiritually blind and believe the world centers around me I am unaware of God’s presence and love. Salvation is a gift of having my spiritual eyes open, so I perceive life beyond my human perspective. It is a gift in action that… Read more

February 28, 2016

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:… Read more

February 24, 2016

Lord, I offer myself today! However, honestly, that is not my first desire. My flesh and ego would rather flee from your presence. My prayer is, please help me see you, and convince my heart to seek you in the silence, so I may spend time alone with you. Let me dwell and feast in the eternal goodness of your love. Let me hide in the shelter of the Almighty as I acknowledge my weakness and sin. I am now… Read more

February 21, 2016

There is a force that chooses what I like, what I want, and what I think is best for my life. It thinks it can make me happy and knows everything needed for my personal gratification.  It has an insatiable appetite for more money, power, success, cars and homes as the answer for my peace and contentment. It is never satisfied with what it currently has in its possession, and it hates change. It is my “self” dominating every aspect… Read more

February 17, 2016

There are buzz words which stir me to question the validity of your walk with Christ. When hearing particular phrases, I stop listening to you and start judging your heart. Your interpretation of being a Christian is suspect to the scripture I hold dear, and I need to warn and advise you to escape the flames. I confess forty years as a Protestant evangelical taught me to suspect anyone who wrote or spoke the truth in opposition to mine. Words… Read more

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