Faith, Love, Hope: Thoughts on Ephesians‬ ‭1:15-19‬‬‬

“This is why, since I heard about your FAITH in the Lord Jesus and your LOVE for all the saints, [Faith can’t be trusted until it is evidenced by Love for others.] I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus … Continue reading Faith, Love, Hope: Thoughts on Ephesians‬ ‭1:15-19‬‬‬

Ask the Father… – a thought on John 15:7-8

Pretty straight forward... "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples" (John 15:7‭-‬8). I get this image of producing spiritual fruit and then … Continue reading Ask the Father… – a thought on John 15:7-8

The Dude Abides: The True Vine and the Gardener

A few years ago, my wife and I started a garden in our back yard. When I say “my wife and I”, I really mean “my wife” started a garden. My part was simple: build a couple of raised beds and put some dirt in them. Some wise green thumb told us to start with … Continue reading The Dude Abides: The True Vine and the Gardener

Be FEELED with The Spirit

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,” - Ephesians‬ ‭5:18‬ Many well meaning Christians ask God for a filling of the Spirit when what they really want is a feeling of the Spirit. There are many different reasons people desire a filling: evidence of God … Continue reading Be FEELED with The Spirit

The Dude Abides: Day 5 – Neighbors

Do you love your neighbor? Do you really love them? "Who is my neighbor?", the young man asked Jesus hoping to sidestep the broad category of having to love all people. "A man must not choose his neighbor. He must take the neighbor that God sends him. The neighbor is just the man who is … Continue reading The Dude Abides: Day 5 – Neighbors

The Groan Man

"Blood is blue." "The whole world gets along." "An expensive education is sure to make you wildly successful." "Your new smartphone won't seem outdated next year when the new one comes out." "The Browns won again!" "Real men don't cry." We've all said things that aren't true.  I had a teacher in elementary school that … Continue reading The Groan Man

The Dude Abides Day 4: Discernment

We've all had some dude give us bad advise a time or two. My wife and I were and youth ministry for 10 years and one thing I'd heard from a friend of mine got repeated many times over to my students. "Show me your friends and I'll show you your future." I'd love to … Continue reading The Dude Abides Day 4: Discernment

The Dude Abides: Day 3 ~ Right and Righteous

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 I'm reading a book by C.S. Lewis called Reflections on the Psalms and chapter one is entitled "On Judgment".  He compares the two types of court in the Bible. … Continue reading The Dude Abides: Day 3 ~ Right and Righteous

The Dude Abides – Day 2: The Abyss

Day 2: Abyss Watching: Staring into the pain of others “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it...” Luke 19:41 One of God’s fascinating attributes is what theologians call immutability, which means that He is never overtaken by His emotions.  He is in control, not only of the universe, but also … Continue reading The Dude Abides – Day 2: The Abyss