The Joyful Necessity of Dying Daily

“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6, NLT “There are two things which the Church needs: more death and more life— more death in order to live; more life in order to […]

Choosing to Walk With the Broken

It seems the world is divided into two groups. Those all together, happy, healthy, and reasonably sane and ‘self actualized’. Those with significant issues, have hang-ups, and who are lesser sane. We gravitate toward success. Even in a spiritual sense we do so. No one wants to be associated with a ‘washed-up’ loser.  We expect […]

Jesus is Our Centerpiece

The Gospel of John describes a wonderful image of the vineyard— branches and vine. This illustrates our relationship with Jesus.  We must abide and remain in him to be fruitful.  He is the vine, and we, we are merely the branches. He is the sole source of everything. Notice the clear implications of John 15. (Come […]

Alterations (Bring it On!)

“So Naomi and Ruth went on until they came to the town of Bethlehem. When they entered Bethlehem, all the people became very excited. The women of the town said, “Is this really Naomi?” “Naomi answered the people, “Don’t call me Naomi. Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very sad.” “When […]