Must I Choose between Pride or Shame?

The other day over coffee, my best friend and I were talking about our week and I brought up my blog. I told him about how I feel pride and shame are two sides of the same coin, like I wrote about some here. He immediately told me I was right on the money, andContinue reading “Must I Choose between Pride or Shame?”

The Church Awakens (short version)

“Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14 NLT) The sun rose and we woke up. But we did more than just wake up, we got up. We left our little piece of Heaven to help others find God. I know in this weather, it’s so muchContinue reading “The Church Awakens (short version)”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 6

Part 5 here A Possible Future World Imagine if you would a world without war, hunger, or needless death. The clashing nations have put down their weapons, dismantled their missiles, melted their firearms, raised their hands in worship, and regrown the lost Garden to cover the Earth. Animal life now thrives, greenery flourishes in theContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 6”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 5

Part 4 here To light the way in the darkness, it’s not enough to simply shine a light. I have to leave the security of the mountains to travel through the valley roads where the lost live, where they toil and they die, all the while longing for a rest from suffering. In hopes ofContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 5”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 4

See part 3 A City on a Hill I grew up in the very flat floodplains of Louisiana. I didn’t see my first mountain till I was around 24 in the Smokies of Tennessee. My jaw hung open. Imagine then how far my jaw dropped ten years later when I visited the even loftier RockiesContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 4”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 3

Part 2 here Why did Jesus wake us up? For what purpose? I’ve written elsewhere why we were chosen by God, but here I want to focus on one particular purpose: bringing justice to an unjust world. Justice vs Righteousness The word “justice” may bring up images of retribution, vengeance, prison, even death. But didContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 3”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 2

Part 1 here The Joy of Awakening I am not a morning person. I struggle to release my bed’s embrace each morning. No matter how bright the sun outside or how loud the commotion around the house, I’m a bump on the mattress and immovable by mortals. I’m a lump of clay molded asleep byContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 2”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 1

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.””‭‭John‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “The light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise upContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 1”

Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 4

See pt. 3 We Live in a Society… The way our Society (the World) is structured, even if we personally forgive everything a brother or sister has done to us, even if God Himself forgives a sin, Society demands punishment. And Society tends to get its way. Its laws still require the death of someoneContinue reading “Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 4”