God Provides

So I wrecked my car, got a ticket (in the accident), and I think I may have lost a filling.  Not sure.  The rental went back yesterday since the insurance settled on Friday.  I have no car, and if that’s not punishment enough, I have to pay a fine.  A friend told me that she got the same ticket and it cost her $600.  I freaked!  Lots of loss in one chunk. (more…)

God Pointing

The relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is perfect and complete.  The oneness they share cannot be separated or even wedged.  It is a relationship of perfect and constant submission.

Jesus was clear that everything He did was out of submission to the Father.  The Father has always been clear that He exalts the name of Jesus above every other name.  The Holy Spirit never attempts to spotlight Himself, but instead He always  shines on what God the Father and God the Son are doing.  Three in One, able to operate in perfect unity.  Wow. (more…)

Its Just a Thing

The day I got my Mini I was thankful that God had provided it for me.  I needed a car and got an awesome little buddy.  Seriously.  If you’ve ever owned a Mini you know what I mean.  They are just fun.

I also understood that God gave me the car to use but that it was not permanent in my life.  While I didn’t want to suddenly lose it, I am grateful for the time I had to experience it.  She was a great car. (more…)

The Wounded Vine

I was reflecting on Jesus our Vine (from John 15).  When I truly think about what He was implying, it overwhelms my heart.  Jesus is not asking to be a higher priority in our lives.  Jesus is asking to be the Source of our lives.

In the book Abiding in Christ, Andrew Murray points out that in order for a branch to be engrafted into a vine, the vine must be wounded.  The outside of the vine is literally ripped open so the sap within begins to run out.  The branch is then placed flush with the vine and is held there until the two are healed together, forming an unbreakable bond.   (more…)

Ouch!

Well that definitely left a mark!  So what happened?  I know you are asking that so let me tell you….

Morning traffic was especially bad this morning.  It is a very random thing here in Savannah.  Some mornings I fly into work, other times it takes me 20 minutes.  There are no patterns or days or times that measure what days will be bad…it just happens sometimes. (more…)

New Jersey Pastor’s Wives

I had the honor, and I mean honor, to speak to an amazing group of Pastor’s Wives in New Jersey this weekend.  Most of these women serve with their husbands in small congregations throughout the State.  Because most of these churches are small, a great number of these women work full-time jobs and raise a family, or take care of aging parents, while they do the full-time task of supporting their husbands in the important roles they play.  These women embody the strength that makes the “behind every great man” statement true.  (more…)

What is Faith?

When you ask about someone’s faith, usually they will tell you about their church (or lack of church) or about how they believe in God and try to live a good life.  Asking about faith has become more a question of “what religion are you?”  “I’m Methodist.”  But the Bible doesn’t talk about Methodists directly.  It does, however, speak a lot about faith.

According to Hebrews 11:6, there are two parts to Biblical faith:  we must believe that God is and that He rewards those who seek Him.  First, we must acknowledge that God is the I AM.  When Moses met God on Mount Sinai and asked His name, God replied, “I Am Who I Am.”  Faith requires us to acknowledge this fact.  God is.  And He is who He says He is.  So who is He? (more…)

“To” VS “Through”

Ownership is about the only power we small humans have. But when wielded well it is the power to walk as image-bearing children of the Most High God rather than defeated sinners who can’t lift our heads off the pillow in the morning.  Ownership is not waiting for something to happen “to” us but instead allowing God to do something “through” us.  So what do I mean by ownership? (more…)

Livin’ the dream…

Tomorrow is a big day for me.  I’m sending a book proposal to InterVarsity Press.  I met an IVP representative at the AACC Conference who gave me an editor’s card.  After contacting him, he expressed a willingness to review my materials to see if IVP might publish my work.  I have been praying for 10 years to finish and publish this book.  I have finished it and am hoping this is the chance to finally get this material published.

My book addresses our need to break through our day-to-day Christian lives to experience the deep healing of the Abundant Life.  Life on this side of Eden is not what we hoped for.  It is not what we were made for.  Something is missing.  As we abide in Christ, we offer Him our hearts.  God, in turn, offers His heart.  We point to Him.  He points to us.  We give Him our pain.  He heals and restores us to wholeness.  We give our sin.  He gives His forgiveness.  We give our lives.  He gives His Life. We breathe out ourselves and inhale His presence, a fluid motion of abiding. This is the Abundant Life.  This is the Art of Breathing.   (more…)

When coping to survive is killing us…

I spoke with a group of women this evening about all the ways we try to survive our fallen nature.  Designed for intimacy, we isolate or escape to addictions.  Made with dignity and ability, we live as victims in passivity or entitlement.  Confused about our humanity, we strive to become independent masters of our own fate.  All these approaches rip us from what is most true about us:  we were made for intimate connection and relationship with our Creator.  Why is this so hard?  If the Abundant Life is ours for the taking then why don’t we take it?  But maybe that’s our problem.  What if it’s not ours to take but ours to receive?  What if we cannot achieve this life through our attempts and efforts?  The Abundant Life requires humility not effort.  But just like Adam and Eve, we are trying to do life without connection to the Source of Life.  They wanted the knowledge of good and evil (an attribute of God) without needing to know God.  We, also, want His presents (wisdom, strength, blessing) without His presence.  Unfortunately for us, our attempts to “work the formulas” and “be good Christians” keeps us from experiencing what God is actually offering.  Our attempts to survive the Fall are killing us.