1000º : The New Earth

Recently, I found myself inspired and refocused by these words: But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth areContinue reading “1000º : The New Earth”

Priestly Positions & Bread

“Now this shall be a sign to you that will come upon your two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas: in one day they shall die, both of them. “Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will buildContinue reading “Priestly Positions & Bread”

Joie de Vivre: John!

Who can understand the pitfalls of the dreamers, the visionaries, and the hearers except the dreamers, the visionaries, and the hearers? I’m convinced no one does (except God)… so convinced that I think it will make a fantastic premise for another book. (Yay! I love starting new things… oh dear. Let’s not talk about that.)Continue reading “Joie de Vivre: John!”

When Reality Bites: Wood & Iron

You’re standing at the bank of a river. Your eyes are watching your heart being swept five miles downstream out-of-reach — So fast — Your own breath catches you by the throat and threatens to kill itself — There’s no undoing it now. You already lost it. The icy clutches of reality set in: ItContinue reading “When Reality Bites: Wood & Iron”

Faithful Service

The relationship between Jonathan and David gets a lot of hype in Sunday morning sermons, and for good reason. That is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of spiritual bond. In rereading Daniel 4 recently, however, I found another lovely example of relational beauty. Daniel’s faithful service to God is often recounted, but have you ever noticed howContinue reading “Faithful Service”

Chess With The Devil

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6 The unseen always weights the greater portion. Always. I had spent another sleepless night trying to figure out how I would explain what my kids saw of me last week. A week of “ma”Continue reading “Chess With The Devil”

Vainglorious Imaginations

There are, perhaps, few things more precious than meeting someone who does not take the ‘seat of honor’, who does not clap for him/herself, who even, at times, shrouds his left hand from his right. Have you known such a person? Aren’t they the loveliest? I’ve known a few and know a few now. WhatContinue reading “Vainglorious Imaginations”

Enticing Illusions & Dreams

He was sleeping around and, to be honest, I’m not even sure the women wanted to be there. I was visiting but did not know what I had gotten myself into, as I observed the scene unfolding in the basement… An old man lived upstairs. He had a long, pointed beard of white and wasContinue reading “Enticing Illusions & Dreams”

Sanctification Splish Splash

Plaque happens. Maybe it’s just on my mind because I’m overdue for a dental appointment, but a sort of worldly mental plaque happens too if one is living and breathing in this world. Time for a bath — splish, splash! The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;Do not forsake the works of Your hands. Psalm 138:8 WhenContinue reading “Sanctification Splish Splash”

Put Your Finger Here

The hardness of the ground, dotted with half-buried pebbles, seems so certain beneath my boots — without give, without doubt, without mercy. As the sun sweetly smacks my cheek and cracks my face open into a smile, that same old toying wind winds its way in one ear and out the other: What if you’reContinue reading “Put Your Finger Here”