Identity Crisis

Ever wonder why so many churches are still "branding" themselves? Today's institutional church seems so much like big business....because it is.

Too much disunity in the form of denominations and nondenominational brands "competiting" for your "business"... attendence and tithe. Obviously, the bigger you are, the richer you are must mean your doing something right....Right? Just because a brand is popular does not mean it's quality will endure.

Truth be told, the church in the western culture is not growing. Why? At evidence of God's presence (fruit) within most of those attending and those leading.

What happens when consumers no longer find what they are seeking from a local retailer?   They leave!

Well, back in the day, most individuals had to rely on the discipline of God (i.e. LABOR ) to have provisions to live. No retailer or government  as we know today to go and "conveniently" buy or receive from.

Same goes for the …

Oneness with Christ

It has been my experience, that there are times when Father allows my prayer to become active. I mean, dig into the content of what it is I am praying about. So, in obedience, woke this morning at 5 am to "dig in" to the Bible to learn at least one example of what it means to be "one" with God...Father, Son, Holy Spirit.

Did you know that James was the half brother (Matt 13:55, Mark 6:3) of Jesus Christ? It is interesting that James, having been given the prime opportunity to "know" or be "one" with Christ, would be so, but not so. Not until later (Christ's death and resurrection) in his life would he surrender to the understanding of his half brother as LORD and Savior. I guess this shows that association does not necessarily equate relationship.

"It is suggested by Christian scholars that James' audience were those "twelve tribes scattered among the nations" (James 1:1) Jewish-Christians who scattered out into the far-flu…

Live A Sanctified Life

Paul spoke this in love, not ridicule. A warm reminder to us of what sanctification is. A warning so we will not be lulled asleep by our flesh, apple if you will.
The enemy knows what will make us guilty of Father's rath, hoping we would be so overcome with guilt and shame so to close our eyes to the cross, forgetting our redemer,  Jesus Christ of Nazareth . The one who sanctified the flesh through His death and resurrection.
"For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification."
1 Thessalonians 4:3‭-‬7 NASB

Christ Has No Body Now But Yours (featuring Josh Garrels)


"Though You Slay Me" (featuring John Piper)

We may not understand why tragedy occurs. Human instinct is to try to "figure out" the "WHY?" during and after such tragic events. Affliction causes pain. There is no quick remedy in nature to emotional pain and suffering which accompany such tragic events such as witnessed in Las Vegas. 

My hope is that you and others seek God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)  not so much for answers, but for rest and comfort of the mind, body, and Spirit. Most often, in the surrender and submission to the Holy Spirit, we find rest in God. One may release fears, anger, resentment, and loss of control to God.

I have found in my many years in Emergency Medicine, that the only way I could endure the tragedy I witnessed was to find strength through trusting in God. I do not hide or bury my pain (however expressed) by ignoring it. I confront it knowing God is with me. I do not seek understanding as much as I do the realization of the reality of living in a "fallen" world. I know I…

Pure At All Times

"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."

Luke 6:35‭-‬36 NASB

Father! Help me to surrender and submit to your call on a daily basis.  May your words be reflected in my attitude. May my heart reflect my obedience to your will when the "heat" is turned up.

Help me to remember my responsibility to my enemies when my rage is stirred up within me like the sediment at the bottom of a clear river.

Do not allow my flesh to contaminate the purity of living water you have poured into me. May your life infiltrate every cell that my body contains so when my enemies attack me like a thief in ambush, your living water will pour out of me drowning my enemy with the LOVE you have bestowed upon me.

I want to be a mirror reflecting you to all who see me.