Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, and yet we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It also seems to carry a horrible curse of spiritual sterility, that the wise believer can discern. It’s been 13 years […]

The Judas’ Kiss

“Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.”    Matthew 26:49 Kiss–  verb (used with object)  1. to touch or press with the lips slightly pursed, and then often to part them and to emit a smacking sound, in an expression of affection, love, greeting, reverence, etc.:  He kissed […]

Straining at Your Oars

“He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them.” Mark 6:48 It is good for us to know that Jesus sees our labor and effort.  He perceives all that concerns us, and he knows the issues that matter most.  Attentive and keenly aware he comes.  It is quite common for […]

Blisters & Porcupines: How We Learn to Love

“Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.” 2 Cor. 5:17, CEV “I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord.” Philippians 4:2 I learned about blisters learning to ride a horse.  Starting out I envisioned John Wayne, and every ‘cowboy’ movie […]