A Generous Vine

“The most generous vine, if not pruned, runs out into many superfluous stems and grows at last weak and fruitless: so doth the best man if he be not cut short in his desires, and pruned with afflictions.” –Joseph Hall “The agony of man’s affliction is often necessary to put him into the right moodContinue reading “A Generous Vine”

Cities Without Walls

“A man without self-control     is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28 The writer of Proverbs can be blunt. He makes the cold observation that people can often be like a city that has no walls. The city he alluded to was completely defenseless, vulnerable and wide open to a maraudingContinue reading “Cities Without Walls”

Our View From the Tree

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to seeContinue reading “Our View From the Tree”

When You Need to Cover Nakedness

“And don’t build an altar that requires steps; you might expose yourself when you climb up”. Exodus 20:26 “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 While I lived in the SOS Ministry house in the Mission District of San FranciscoContinue reading “When You Need to Cover Nakedness”