Staying Still

I have a confession. I ALWAYS like to move. I don’t feel myself unless I am doing some activity, or doing something to enhance my knowledge and skills. Sometimes I start to feel guilty for taking it easy. Even after a long day of landscaping I can feel that way. It’s very common to work…

Listening

In the public square, there are so many words pushed about that it takes on the character of noise and relentless chatter; filtering through it can be a herculean task, even for the most gifted of hearers. James the Apostle says, But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of…

Talking through Fire

Conflict, tension, and an atmosphere so thick a fruitcake is easier to cut. All have been in situations like this. Parents with their children, supervisors at jobs, and personal relationships aren’t immune from the the occurrence of disagreements, and the tricky bits of communication. What makes these events so tricky for us is facing the…

Introversion and Reflection

If you ever feel disconnected from the world; you are totally happy being by yourself in the zen of your own thoughts, and you think that makes you kind of strange. You are not. I can assure you. If it doesn’t apply let it fly, but it may be introversion, or what I like to…

Optimism

Positive thinking. The name brings about the remembrance of many a book or show on its power and prestige, yet today in spite of all the advances we have made in society with health, longevity, technology, and other things — we are at a loss of something very important. That to me is being optimistically…

The Heart of the Lamb

Some people look at a sheep, or a lamb and go “SHEEP = ITCHY!” It really depends on the wool and how it is cared for. Thank Goodness for that! I love my wool socks. Sheep were a mainstay in the time of Jesus. The people of that time used them for more than wool….

Logos, Rhema, and the Spirit

Words, what are they? One thing is for sure. It is amazing that language can be used to talk about language. We have a word for the unit of text or sound that is used for conveying a concept. That word is word. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,…

Ask, Seek, and be sure to Knock

I’ve been thinking a lot about where I am right now in life. It’s pretty interesting looking back over the decade that most people probably feel was a breeze through, that being one’s 20’s. For some it is filled with regrets; others, not so much. One can find articles on the internet on how people…

Salvation and Sales

In this day and age you almost can’t go anywhere without seeing advertising. It’s on TV, radio, cellphones galore, and in printed works worldwide. Billions of dollars are spent on marketing operations, and with good reason. How would you know that some service or product existed without advertising? Yet even the most effective advertising isn’t…

Mirrors and Mortals

Have you ever wondered what mirrors would say if they could speak? I haven’t thought too much about it myself, but if there is one thing they would probably be good at is telling a history that we like to ignore: how we have changed. It’s not age alone that I am referring too. It…