Tag Archives: kingdom

Just a Seed?

To siblings in the faith who fear their seeds of love may not be heard or gone astray: Take heart; like me, I know your hearts do bleed yet we must not surrender to dismay. Our call the sheep of Jesus is to feed and do our best His true heart to convey amid exclusion, […]

The Persecuted, part 2

Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 “While American churches squabble over doctrinal debates and celebrity pastor faux pas, in many places in Africa and the Middle East, thousands of Christians have found themselves in the middle of conflicts where they are easy targets […]

The Persecuted, part 1

Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 Let me state up front that there are millions of persecuted Christians around the globe. We must be conscious of our brothers and sisters who are not allowed the freedom to assemble, to pray, to worship, or […]

Am I Beating a Dead Horse?

Ears to Hear On Sunday, I commented on a blog of another Christian that I thought was rather spiteful. It wasn’t that I necessarily disagreed with everything he said, but the way he communicated it had a way of fomenting anger, vitriol, and division. Which is, of course, exactly what occurred in the nearly 800 […]

MORE is a 4-letter Word

or 4 Ways to Resist the Drive to Acquire Richard J. Foster, in Freedom of Simplicity*, said, “The fruit of the Spirit is not push, drive, climb, grasp and trample.” Yet during the holidays, reason, particularly in families with children, seems to fly out the window. This is not to lay blame because the clamor […]

Heart Condition

New Beginnings, A New Season After a few anxious weeks and struggle with doubt, I am once again settled, learning my lesson for the 297th time that I am not in charge. Even after faithfully praying the Lord’s prayer every day for 8 weeks: “Thy will be done,” I still am surprised when it is. […]

Heart Condition

Seeking God’s Kingdom Spiritual Retreat “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 I just returned from an eye-opening weekend […]

Planting Seeds of Vision   Now as I grow old and my hair turns gray, I ask that You not abandon me, O God. Allow me to share with the generation to come about Your power; Let me speak about Your strength and wonders to all those yet to be born. (Psalm 71:18 The Voice) […]