What has been one of the major truths or experiences you have had in your life that has significantly empowered you to follow Jesus and overcome sin and your life? -- HT to Fred.
Some of my story coming later, gotta run to the park with the girls.
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What has been one of the major truths or experiences you have had in your life that has significantly empowered you to follow Jesus and overcome sin and your life? -- HT to Fred.
Some of my story coming later, gotta run to the park with the girls.
Because God loves us with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always & Forever Love - Heaven is breaking through! He is sending us a Light from Heaven to shine on us like the sun to shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death to guide our feet into the way of peace. -- John the Baptist's song in The Jesus Storybook Bible (Sally Lloyd Jones, illustrated by Jago, Zondervan, 2007, p. 200).
From this fall's family devotions. At Monday dinner, I read The Light of the whole world and The King of all kings, but Eden couldn't wait for Tuesday dinner to read about John the Baptist. So we opened up The Jesus Storybook Bible to read Heaven breaks through over Tuesday breakfast. FYI: We didn't stop there, we added Let's go!
What a joy not to just read these words for the education or spiritual formation of a child, but to be dwelling in the Presence of God through the Word with Eden. I was reminded of the Great Story of which I am a part, receiving encouragement and direction in how I was to be part of the rescue mission as an ambassador of Christ on Tuesday, September 19. ... How are you part of the work of God today on Thursday, September 21? May God the Father send you forth with his Word and Spirit in power to His life and Word as you become more and more like His Son Jesus throughout this day.
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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Why have we found I Corinthians 13:4-8a such an encouraging text during times of stress?
Over the weekend, while cleaning through a nightstand I came across a stack of cards, letters, and notes which we received as encouragement during trying times. As time permits for editing, I'll share pieces of them as a testimony to the work of God and as a blessing to those calling out for the Lord's strength/provision.
The first one, is The Silversmith. You've probably already come across this in some form via email or web. We received a copy during the uncertainty of Eden's first year. The friend who passed along the story shared with Theresa:
The Silversmith story reminded me of you. Although I already see His [God's] image in you, I'm glad He knows what fire you need and for how long. I know that He will carry you through all this with Eden exactly according to His plans. Keep giving Him glory -- as you do so well. My thoughts and prayers are always with you.
How true these words and prayers have been as God shaped Theresa, Eden, and our whole family during those difficult days. Days which are still with us, but in different form. And His hands remain in the midst of our family, molding us and shaping us by His Word, Spirit, and Body into the image of His Son Christ Jesus.
Malachi 3:3 says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get
back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest so as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the
fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it"
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.
If you have a moment, listen/read Beneath the Surface posted by Kim Clijsters's husband Brian on the family page of her website. The song
pertains to people's outlook on other people in the spot light. It seems that most people think that just because you are a professional athlete or because you are in the public eye that everything is perfect but that certainly is not the case. Everybody, and I mean everybody has their everyday struggles that they face, their own cross to bear. In this particular song, it really hits home for me because it was written by a friend of mine, Kevin Reed that I played with in Bree who talks about the struggles he faces playing pro basketball in another country, yet everyone that he knows back at home thinks he is living this perfect life and everything comes easy. Thats not what real life is. He talks about proving people wrong who thought you wouldn't be able to make it. He talks about your everyday struggles but having the will to get through them. His positive words are to let you know that you can achieve greatness, but the road to it is not so easy. He breaks it down nice lyrically and I hope that it can touch and inspire you like it did for me.
After posting the above story/song on Facebook, a friend shared with me how this material would be helpful for their "professional" family to discuss. As you might guess, this son of a dentist came out with a different perspective on the road to greatness and whether it should be traveled at all.
Some of my thoughts are posted at Confessions of a Dentist's Son, including a link to Growing Up in a Dental Office, the outline of a presentation I gave to the Duquesne University faculty group on Building a Community You Can Count On: A Case Study of Growing Up in the Dental Chair (January 2005). As I described the story to a friend this morning, I thought to myself that I should write a book on the topic some day. Maybe it could be part of larger collaborative storytelling series or piece. For visual learners, pictures of the office can be found here. Newer ones of our kids are on the camera. They'll be posted in the near future. ... Open Wide. Smile ;-) Click.
Since a friend on Facebook already expressed interest in the 8 page book review/personal reflection on Dennis F. Kinlaw's The Mind Of Christ, written for Luke L. Keefer Jr.'s "Brethren in Christ Theology of Salvation" class,* I posted it here. Feel free to make comments and share your testimonies regarding the "mind of Christ." Disclaimer: I hope my cold didn't affect my writing too much. Please forgive me for typos, I really could use a formal editor ;-)
As a teaser, here's my introduction ...
Dennis Kinlaw’s The Mind of Christ leapt off the shelf at Roxbury Holiness Camp’s bookstore. From an early age, I desired to know, understand, and even shape the complex milieu of reality through my mind. But as the case with all fallen human beings, I chose to use my mind to pursue self-interest rather than the intentions of our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. God’s relentless transformation of my whole person compels me to dwell in Him more richly, declare His glory without reservation, and invite others to receive the “mind of Christ”. With this background, I found particular value in these five aspects of The Mind of Christ:
- the humility of Kinlaw’s writing
- “the mind of Christ” serving as an internal guidance system
- the reality of sin
- the call of God
- the impact that Jesus has upon a person’s understanding
Pray for Arlene and myself as we prepare to kick-off an adult elective which walks through N.T. Wright's Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. Below's a description of the study, which will span two quarters.
Based on N.T. Wright's book of the same name, this class addresses questions such as, "Why do we expect justice? Why do we crave spirituality? Why are we attracted to beauty? Why are relationships often so painful? How will the world be made right?" According to Wright these are the very echoes of a voice we dimly perceive but deeply long to hear. Such questions even take us to the heart of who God is and what he wants from us. Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming the reader has no knowledge of (or even some aversion to) religion in general and Christianity in particular. Simply Christian walks us through the Christian faith step by step and question by question. Wright challenges skeptics by offering explanations for the toughest doubt-filled dilemmas, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith. He takes us beyond the controversies that can obscure what the Christian faith really stands for. Class will consist of viewing a short video and discussing questions it raises. Participants will benefit most by reading the suggested sections of the very readable book prior to class.
As you may have guessed, I'll keep you posted regarding personal reflections and topics which the class finds of interest. Feel free to pick up a copy of the book to read along with us (or if you've already read it) and share your own reflections.
PS: If you're part of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ and haven't signed up for an adult elective, you can see a description of all the options here.
Christianity Today's Church History quote for the week caught my attention:
Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God. -- John Calvin
Not bad, but ... I'd like to see the larger context for this quote. In particular, was this a response to a question or small part of a larger section which gives reference to the Father and the Holy Spirit? Tough to have one's numerous writings chopped up, analzyed, and stereotyped over close to 500 years! If you're unfamiliar with Calvin and from Baptist circles, I'd encourage you to take a few minutes to read "What Baptists Can Learn From Calvin: The Genevan Reformer's words are still worth hearing today" (Timothy George). Below are two sections which I pass along for your consideration:(More)
How do you define lying, deception, and truthtelling in your own mind, as you interact with others, as you train youth/children? The NY Times hosted Errol Morris's provocative series Seven Lies About Lying, based upon an interview with Ricky Jay. According to Morris, "Jay is an actor, bibliophile, historian of magic, arguably the greatest living sleight-of-hand artist, and a master of the art of deception."
As various elements of Joseph's story are regularly told in our house, I have found the piece of particular interest. Here's the conclusion of Seven Lies About Lying (Part 2) and one of the paintings referenced, be sure to go back to Seven Lies About Lying (Part 2) for the other painting along with his critique of popular definitions/understandings of lying.(More)
I don't often have the opportunity to listen to Humankind, but recently I tuned in and received the blessing of hearing Millard Fuller share the Christian vision of Habitat for Humanity. What a testimony! For an excerpt click here.
NPR's Remembrance of Habitat For Humanity Founder Millard Fuller (All Things Considered, February 3, 2009) shares the story of his transformation:
... Fuller was a country boy from Lanett, Ala., who started raising pigs at age 6, launched a marketing business, became a lawyer and was a millionaire by the time he turned 29. He began having health problems and his marriage was breaking up, so as Fuller told the National Press Club in 1996, "After spending most of my adult life in the pursuit of success in law and business, I wanted to make my life count for something of more lasting value. So I made a radical change. Linda and I divested ourselves of our wealth and sought a very different kind of life — a life of Christian service."
Fuller believed people of faith must put their faith into practice. He and his family moved to Zaire in 1973 to build homes, and in 1976, he returned to the U.S. and started Habitat for Humanity with his wife. Fuller said the key principle was to build simple, decent houses. ...
But it's hard not to grieve over the allegations of sexual harassment and the fight for control of Habitat for Humanity, which led to Fuller's departure from "his" nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry (after which he founded The Fuller Center for Housing). I guess we'll never know the truth as to what happened. At this time, leave these issues to the judgment of God. But I am going to place Bettie Youngs' The House That Love Built on my to read list. Anyone have a copy which I can borrow?
As I mentioned in Circumcision of the Heart, I'm preparing for The Brethren in Christ Theology of Salvation, taught by Dr. Luke L. Keefer, Jr. They Found the Secret, by V. Raymond Edman, is among the required readings.
Over the course of the next several days, maybe it will be weeks, I'll share some quotes from They Found the Secret and then move onto the other required readings. Note: Since I'll be writing some papers on salvation and testimonies of the work of God, I'm interested in any comments you have regarding the topic as a whole, the specific quote given, and/or the author of the quote. Let's begin with Andrew Murray's (1828–1917) response to a time of trial/testing as recorded by Amy Carmichael (1867–1951).(More)
Over the course of the past several weeks, I've been reading Psalms for Young Children [Marie-Hélène Delval, Arno (illustrator). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003] with the family over dinner and some breakfasts. Eden, Ellen, and Hayley have all taken to the pictures and memorizing the first couple selections. Below are a few samples for your reflection this morning as you joyfully offer this new day in submission to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To God be the glory! May His will and ways advance through all aspects of our lives and those with whom we have opportunity to be share our lives.
"When I listen to you, God, when I do what you ask me to, I am like a tree planted by a river, a tree full of fruit with leaves that are always green." -- Psalm 1 from Psalms for Young Children (Eerdmans, 2003).
"God, when I'm in my bed at night, I think about you. And then I'm not scared of anything. I can fall asleep quietly and in peace. -- Psalm 5 from Psalms for Young Children (Eerdmans, 2003).
"From the time that I wake up, God, I talk to you. You listen to me and protect me. You know that I love you!" -- Psalm 5 from Psalms for Young Children (Eerdmans, 2003).
"People are so small next to you, God. You put the stars and the moon in the sky, and the birds in the air above the cows and horses in the fields, and the fish that swim in the seas. You created all the beauty in the world!" -- Psalm 8 from Psalms for Young Children (Eerdmans, 2003).
"God is like a rock, strong & powerful. God is like a warm, dry place during a storm. He protects me from things that might hurt me. When I ask for God's help, I feel safe. -- Psalm 18 from Psalms for Young Children (Eerdmans, 2003).
"Let's clap our hands and shout with joy, because God is a great strong king! Blow the trumpet of our king! God is king of all the earth. Let's celebrate with songs!" -- Psalm 47 from Psalms for Young Children (Eerdmans, 2003).
"Everyone sing praises to God! Let's praise God with guitars, drums, trumpets! Or tap your feet and dance! Hallelujah!" -- Psalm 150 from Psalms for Young Children (Eerdmans, 2003).
A few weeks ago Christine Sine mentioned her summer series on How Spiritual Are We? I've not had time to write specifically on the topic, but recently I've been reading a number of articles on sanctification in preparation for The Brethren in Christ Theology of Salvation with Dr. Luke L. Keefer, Jr. And this has reminded me of the How Spiritual Are We? learning/writing project. My initial answer to the question is totally spiritual, i.e., 24/7. But then the question becomes spiritual in what manner, in relationship to what/whom? As followers of Christ (both as individuals and the Body), do we live lives in and with evidence of the Spirit, i.e., the fruit of the Spirit?
Following Christ demands daily embracing and living in the reality of the circumcision of the heart, which involves the way of the cross & the resurrection. When does one's walk with the One Who Is begin? A crucial first step is the acknowledgment of how much one falls short through the Fall, i.e., not just short of perfection but how much darkness lies within me personally and can only be addressed by the Great Redeemer who brings cleansing Light. This involves a mysterious blend of the Father, Son/Word, Spirit, scriptures, people of God, and a decision to cast aside the old/broken for the new/redeemed. Furthermore, this is revisted in some complex manner moment by moment in the light of eternity. Sanctify your people through your truth, your word.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.-- Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, v.4, http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/c/o/comethou.htm
Tired. Still processing. Time to rest. More thoughts later, in particular with regard to how one learns humility through deep relationships (e.g., marriage), raising children, stress, and difficult incidents in one's life.
P.S. What better place to share these thoughts than a blog ;-) I'd encourage you to take a few minutes to read Surprised By Community: the Spirituality of Blogging.
This morning, I've spent some time meditating upon the Word. I began in the Psalms with the girls. After they all left the house, I spent some time watching and reflecting upon The Story of the English Bible. The video reminded me of a quote from Erasmus* which speaks to how the voice of God spills out upon all of life. May the Father through the Spirit stir up the Word and work itself out where-ever you are, in you each and every moment of today.
Would that these were translated into each and every language … Would that the farmer might sing snatches of Scripture at his plough and that the weaver might hum phrases of Scripture to the tune of his shuttle, that the traveler might lighten with stories from Scripture the weariness of his journey.(More)
This morning, I received some parent-rest & was able to turn to some writing projects. Pray for the time to complete these projects by the end of the month.
Pray for the girls to settle quickly this evening that I may have a block of time for rest from work in order to truly celebrate (and enjoy) Lily Joy's birthday tomorrow. As Lily Joy turns 1 and the twins have become such a help around the house, I look forward to re-incorporating stretches of solitude in my regular life pattern. Pray for this to come to pass over the course of the summer months.
The fruit of solitude is increased sensitivity and compassion for others. There comes a new freedom to be with people. There is new attentiveness to their needs, new responsiveness to their hurts. -- Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, recently came to my attention again via *cino Public Mailing List.
Although I've always had an awe and appreciation for God's creation, encouraged and cultivated through the outdoor activities of my family as I was growing up, as an adult I've been able to investigate some of the theology behind that awe. Caring for our world is not a hobby or preference, it is a Biblical imperative. It is part of who God designed us to be. He put man and woman in the garden to work and till the soil, to grow food, and to care for the animals.
Unfortunately as technology has marched forward toward making our lives increasingly convenient we have become divorced from our connection with creation. In our family, we are taking small steps to try to reconcile that relationship. Two and a half years ago we moved to our "homeland" of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, an area with a rich farming heritage and diligent work ethic. Each year since moving I have added a little more "agriculture" to our half acre in an effort to grow some of our own vegetables and fill our yard with self-sustaining plants. It's a labor of love -- a love I hope to instill in the hearts of our children as they labor beside me. We will never be able to live totally independent of grocery stores, nor is that our goal. But in the choices we make we try to be aware of the origin of our food and the energy it took to produce and deliver it.
This winter in particular I have been checking the labels of fresh produce and purposely bypassing some fruits and vegetables which are not in season locally. This small sacrifice reminds me that the bounty we enjoy in this country does indeed come at a price, economic, social, political, and environmental. It will also make the local produce of summer so much sweeter and tastier after waiting all year for it. God designed His world with natural rhythms and seasons. I've just begun down the path of recovering those rhythms in an effort to live more fully in God's creation.
C.S. Lewis comments in the Preface to the 1961 edition of The Screwtape Letters:
If you gauged the amount of Bible reading in England by the number of Bibles sold, you would go far astray. Sales of The Screwtape Letters, in their own little way, suffer from a similar ambiguity. … It is even, as I have noticed with a chastened smile, the sort that gravitates towards spare bedrooms. … -- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, NY: New York, Touchstone, 1996, 1961 original edition, p.5).
What book from the Christian scene would you place a similar seat of honor? Today, would it be Christian Classics given as gifts or purchased as must haves for a Christian library, such as Augustine's Confessions, Brother Lawrence's Practice of the Presense of God, Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Hannah Hurnard's Hinds' Feet in High Places, J.I. Packer's Knowing God, Martyrs Mirror, Pilgrim's Progress, Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline? OR do we only purchase books and keep books we intend to read (to address particular concerns or as part of discussion groups)? Or do we not have a culture which leaves Christian books lying around?
Last week I had a brief conversation regarding the danger of peacemaking (and more broadly social action or global citizenship) becoming the end of our faith instead of our relationship with God as part of the people of God (i.e., the Church through time and space) rejoicing in the Victory of God lived out in the present and recieving full consummation in New Heavens and the New Earth. Below's a quote from C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters in which a middle management demon counsels his mentee Wormwood on temptation in relationship to this very concern:
Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours – and the more “religious” (on those terms), the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here -- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, NY: New York, Touchstone, 1996, 1961 original edition, Letter IV, p.39.
As you may remember, C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters has been on my mind for quite some time (The Broken Heart, Demons on the web, Halloween/Harvest Party?, Temptations come and go). Currently, I'm in the process of writing a book review. Below's a quote on prayer which came to my attention and I couldn't shake it. So I pass it along to you. More quotes coming.
The best thing, where it is possible, is to keep the patient from the serious intention of praying altogether. ... If this fails, you must fall back on a subler misdirection of his intention. ... Keep them watching their own minds and trying to produce feelings there by the action of their own wills. ... Teach them to estimate the value of each prayer by their success in producing the desired feelings and never let them suspect how much success or failure of that kind depends on whether they are well or ill, fresh or tired, at the moment.
But of course the Enemy will not meantime be idle. Whenever there is prayer, there is danger of His own immediate action. He is cynically indifferent to the dignity to the dignity of His position, and ours, as pure spirits, and to human animals on their knees He pours out self knowledge in a quite shameless fashion. ... In avoiding this situation – this real nakedness of the soul in prayer – you will be helped by the fact that the humans themselves do not desire it as much as they suppose. There’s such a thing as getting more than they bargained for! (C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, NY: New York, Touchstone, 1996, 1961 original edition, Letter IV, p.30)
How about The Watchmen? With the film receiving so much press, I had to check out the graphic novel.* What is interesting about The Watchmen, and receives exploration in the essay Taking Off the Mask: Invocation and Formal Presentation of the Superhero Comic in Moore and Gibbons’ Watchmen, is the irony of vigilante superheros. From where does our salvation come? Who can be trusted to set things aright in our difficult age, or any age for that matter?
In stark contrast to how The Watchmen resolve the problems of the world (in case you're not familiar with their decisions, I won't spoil the story for you), we find Jesus the Christ giving his life as a ransom for many and calling His people to love God, neighbor, self, and creation. Gregory Nazianzen writes,
Many indeed are the wonderous happenings of that time: God hanging from a cross, the sun made dark and again flaming out; for it was fitting that creation should mourn with its creator. The temple veil rent, blood and water flowing from his side: the one as from a man, the other as from what was above man; the earth shaken, the rocks shattered because of the rock; the dead risen to bear witness to the final and universal resurrection of the dead. The happenings at the sepulcher and after the sepulcher, who can fittingly recount them? Yet no one of them can be compared to the miracle of salvation. A few drops of blood renew the whole world, and do for all men what the rennet does for the milk: joining us and binding us. -- Gregory Nazianzen, On the Holy Pasch, Oration 45.1, taken from The Ancient Christian Commentary on Mark, edited by Thomas C. Oden and Christopher A. Hall.
Greeting: Christ is risen!
Response: Christ is risen indeed!
Let us eagerly anticipate the new heavens and the new earth and follow God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
As Ellen headed out the door to help set-up the Elizabethtown Clothing Bank, she reminded me we should once again go over Psalm 121 (in order for her to be prepared to share with our local congregation's director of children's ministry ASAP).
I place a high value on understanding the text which one's trying to memorize. One resource we pulled off the shelf to assist us with this task was InterVarsity Press' Ancient Christian Commentary on Psalms 51 - 150. Here's some words from Augustine on My help is from the LORD (v.2).
And say, I have lifted my eyes to the mountains from which help shall come to me in such a way that you add to it immediately, My help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Therefore let us lift our eyes to the mountains from which my help shall come to us. Yet it is not the mountains themselves in which our hope is to be placed, for the mountains receive what they may present to us. Therefore we must put our hope in that place from which the mountains also receive [what they give to us]. When we lift our eyes to the Scriptures, because the Scriptures were delivered through people, we lift our eyes to the mountains from which help will come to us; and yet since they who wrote the Scriptures were themselves people, they were not providing enlightenment from the themselves. Rather, Christ was the true light who enlightens everyone coming into the world. -- InterVarsity Press' Ancient Christian Commentary on Psalms 51 - 150, Edited by Quentin F. Wesselschmidt.
As I return to this quote, I ask myself to where did the disciples look on this in between day? (More)
Ellen has been learning Psalm 121 over the course of the past several weeks. During our time while working through the text, we have returned again and again to the questions:
Who is my help? Who is my guardian? In whom do I place my trust?
As we celebrated Palm Sunday this morning, I reflected upon the question of who Jesus the Son of Man/the Son of God trusted when he entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey looking toward the cross. It was not the crowds, the disciples, the authorities, or the traditions, but instead God the Father. Do we likewise give our primary sense of hope, trust, and confidence to God the Father as we begin our journey this Holy Week in our communities, families, and workplaces? To Him be the glory for the gift of Life through His Son Jesus which dwells among & transforms His people by the Word and Spirit. (More)
Con't from my April Fool's Day post, Who do you trust today (tomorrow, for years to come), Part I
Last week's Good News Club devotions of Matthew 5:1-12 not only reminded our family of the creation as God the Father intended, but also enboldened us to step into the new creation inauguarated by Christ Jesus the Son. Under whose power? Not our own, but that of the Word & the Spirit of God.
Today, join me in envisioning, yearning for, interceding for, and working toward the coming of the new heavens and new earth. ...(More)