July 3, 2017

Twentieth-century theologian Paul Tillich penned an essay titled, “You are Accepted.” Those three life-altering words are in the context of our relationship with God and essential to our spiritual experience and awareness. It is our tendency to banish ourselves from the presence of God because of our sins, failures, and shortcomings. Instead of the freedom Christ offers, we live in bondage to fear and the preoccupation in our minds of falling short of the glory of God and being ultimately… Read more

June 25, 2017

Since the beginning of time mysteriously hidden in our souls is the deep seeded longing for a return to the point which has no beginning or end. It is an inherent clamoring of our heart for permanence and meaning behind the spectacle of a brief, agonizing and fleeting life. The night sky of the moon and stars demonstrate the light of eternity penetrating the darkness. The glistening drops of rain awaken our eyes to the splendor of a never ending… Read more

June 13, 2017

One Tuesday night I stopped at a Waffle House in southern Tennessee, and there were two twenty dollar bills in my wallet. I went inside and ordered a five dollar meal. I decided I would give the waitress a twenty dollar bill and it would leave her a good tip contemplating how fortunate I am in my life. About that time a young man walks through the door after getting off the bus and asks where is the Arby’s because… Read more

June 3, 2017

  Prayer lifts our hearts and souls to sail above our stale and old way of living life with its worries and preoccupation with self-will and gratification. It frees us from the bondage of being consumed with ourselves and opens a pathway to experience peace with God, ourselves and others. It transports us beyond our obsessive need to defend ourselves and lets Christ be our defender. It helps us release and surrender our fight for personal rights and the second… Read more

May 28, 2017

There is the misconception in our minds that eternity is waiting for us sometime in the future. Joseph Campbell writes in the “Power of Myth” eternity has nothing to do with time for it is always in the present tense, and we experience it in the here and now. The stumbling block for us is our temporal minds, and our thinking cannot conceive of a timeless realm that does not exist beyond the present moment! As Christians, our hope is… Read more

May 12, 2017

We are always searching for an answer to give us a feeling of security in a chaotic and transitory world. We unwittingly seek moment after moment to be safe from any danger that might come our way. We’re looking for freedom from fear in every realm of our life from losing our jobs, the loss of relationships and the deaths of those we love. Also, there is the shrouded fear of being separated and cut off from God. The grasping… Read more

May 10, 2017

When we take the time to still our heart, we discover how many of our thoughts and how much of our lives are dominated by worry and fear. However, it is in the stillness of the heart that we can evaluate the validity of the apprehension we perceive and feel. Resting in the silence, we can reflect and contemplate that our worries and concerns most of the time are way out of proportion to reality. We must learn in the… Read more

April 30, 2017

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” Genesis 28:16 Jacob awakens from a dream and ponders in a Genesis moment that God is eternally present, manifested as the undeniable reality that underlies his life. He declares, “Surely God is in this place, and I did not know it.” At that moment his life is forever transformed with the awareness God is everywhere. God no longer… Read more

April 21, 2017

If a moment of time could be suspended in our life, we might then grasp the full essence of each passing second. At that moment we might contemplate the light of God’s presence beaming forth no longer hidden from us in the beauty of the sunlight. Like a blade that divides time, “Now” is laid bare in our sight. In that pause and reflection, the darkness of night is now consumed with the awareness of the love of Christ and… Read more

April 14, 2017

The Resurrection triumphantly declares the Father has and never will forsake nor desert us. As the Son came into the world lived and died, so like Him, we live and die also, but not without hope. As Jesus ascended on the third day to the Father by the Spirit, we shall also return with Him by that same Spirit to the lover of our souls. The Resurrection makes obsolete the Kingdom of death as it replaces all things lifeless and… Read more

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