• The Valley of Sifting

    15 September, 2018

    Sifting is always associated with a cleansing loss. It is a process ensuring that the end product is purer than the original one. When life drops into the winding and dark valleys, when loss sears the soul and pain tears the heart or body - as with Jacob, Lot and Job, a soul is being sifted. The…...[read more]

  • When Me Isn't Me!

    10 September, 2018

    Adam and Eve hid, and we have all used them as role models. (Brennan Manning) Adam and Eve hid from God in Eden after that first sin. Jacob hid under fur to steal his brother's blessing. Jonah failed at hiding from God on and then in the Mediterranean. Hiding from God, reality, self or…...[read more]

  • What Do I Do When My Faith Is Silenced?

    8 August, 2018

    If I listed everything the church could say ten years ago that she can’t say today—you would be horrified. Without a miracle, our children and grandchildren will have to survive in a world that will totally ban their faith—even scarier, they’ll do it without you. It is…...[read more]

  • The God of an Unseen Future

    7 August, 2018

    We all live between the now and the not yet. A comprehended god is no god at all. (Gerhard Tersteegen) This is in itself an adequate explanation of both the imprecision and uncertainty that waiting wallows in. What promises do you cling to? What guarantees does this waiting period hold?…...[read more]

  • 5 Ways to Catch a Drifting Faith#

    17 July, 2018

    You may have just victoriously gone through a great crisis, but now be alert about the things that may appear to be the least likely to tempt you. Beware of thinking that the areas of your life where you have experienced victory in the past are now the least likely to cause you to stumble and fall.…...[read more]

  • When There Was No faith

    5 July, 2018

    Once upon a time (in pre-history) there was no faith. This time will arrive again soon, when the dwelling of God returns to be with men. (But not with all men.) In the beginning God was not unseen. He walked and talked with Adam first, and then Eve, also in Eden. This is how He chose to create…...[read more]

  • Waited Long?

    27 June, 2018

    Long have I wandered in God's word. His trails and tracks with its vistas and views always reach into my soul. Often my wandering opens my wondering. Wondering arrives in waiting rooms, where expectation is deferred and anticipation is as yet unmet. Waiting rooms can become bathed in worry…...[read more]

  • Sipping Coffee with the Pastor

    19 June, 2018

    I recall the water's edge in a sheltered cove, a quiet backwater to a much larger basin that spilled into the ocean. We would take our young family there with a joy-filled regularity. This paradise secreted away from the maddening winds of life became the perfect water playground for our…...[read more]

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