Rejoice and be glad, you empty vessel. Be glad that God refuses to honour your self-effort. Be glad of this time of affliction, this time of frustration, this time of fruitlessness – this time of hunger and thirst of your soul. For when you accept yourself as you are — as the “nothing” of an […]

Isa 29:13 The Lord says… Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. Religion; A complex of methods or rules governing behaviour in regards to the relationship and worship of God in an effort to please Him. Religion is also based upon the fear of arousing God’s displeasure. Isaiah here […]

When it dawns on you that you truly are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that He lives and walks in you, you begin to see all life from God’s point of view. You are no longer hung up on good and evil as absolutes. You begin to see that the human situation, or […]

My observation of most Christians is that we tend to base our relationship with God on our performance instead of on his grace. If we’ve performed well, whatever well is in our opinion, then we expect God to bless us if we haven’t done so well our expectations are reduced accordingly. In this sense we […]

Eph 1:6 …He [God] made us accepted in the Beloved. Studies have shown that in the heart of every child is a cry for his father’s approval. Something happens when a father says to his boy, “Daddy is so proud of you.” Or when a father says to his girl, “You will always be Daddy’s […]

People who know God well—mystics, hermits, those who risk everything to find God—always meet a lover, not a dictator. God is never found as an abusive father or a tyrannical mother; God is always a lover greater than we dared hope for. How different from the “account manager” most people seem to worship. God is […]

As I write this article, the economic news today reports that gasoline prices in the U.S. may soon reach five dollars a gallon. Political pundits say that Israel is likely toattack Iran sometime within the next three months. Tension between citizens over the upcoming U.S. Presidential election hasn’t been greater in my lifetime. I’ve seen […]

I’ve not seen clearer statistical evidence that fewer Christians die of cancer than non-believers, or that they are immune in greater degree from the diseases that afflict the human race. Some of the kindest, most selfless persons I have known have had more than their share of bad health. The fact that they belong to […]

You shall not take the name of God in vain. Exodus 20:7 Many Christians think the second commandment is a prohibition against cussing. But I believe the real meaning of speaking the name of God “in vain” is to speak God’s name casually or trivially, with a false presumption of understanding the Mystery—as if we […]

by Kokichi Kurosaki One might think that with the Bible as the centre of Christianity, the unity of Christians could be easily realized. Unfortunately, this has not proved to be true. This inability of Scripture to unify the Lord’s people proves that the letter of the Bible cannot really replace the living Christ as the […]