Category Life

Jump first. Fear later.

Ministry, is about redeeming more than it is condemning. It’s not about perfection; it’s about our intimacy with God, or our connection, our relationship with God. Once we get through that, once we realize that we can be imperfect, flawed, broken; those kinds of things are the ingredients of spirituality. Accepting the reality of our […]

If I Make My Bed in Hell, Thou Art There

The heart of the stabilizing revelation to me and what has become the total answer to all life for me has been that there is only One Person in the universe, and that the whole universe is His myriad forms of Self-manifestation. Of course I am immediately dubbed a pantheist and am often asked if […]

Ephesians 1

Says we are . . . Saints Faithful Blessed with all spiritual blessings Chosen Holy Blameless Predestined Adopted as sons Accepted in the Beloved Redeemed Forgiven Lavished with His grace To the praise of His glory Saved Sealed Redeemed Given faith and love We have . . . Knowledge of the mystery Obtained an inheritance […]

The Receiving of Faith

“…one Bible way of experiencing this union with Him. Nothing could be simpler, because we were created to live like that, by the exercise of the one simplest of all human functions. It is the faculty of reception, called in the Bible ­faith. ‘To as many as RECEIVED Him, to them gave He power to […]

All Things

Ask the Crucified One who authored his death and He will reply, ”My Father.” If crucified by the will of God, as horrifying as the experience was, it must end in triumph! The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything. Seen rightly, even pain and suffering are agents of God’s steadfast love, escorting […]

God’s Glory Restored To Us

John 17:22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: When God made man, the Bible says that God crowned him with glory and honour.[1] The word crowned here means to encompass or to surround like a glorious circle. The glory of […]

The Mystery of Godliness

“Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16). Godliness is a mystery! Fail to grasp this fact and you will never understand the nature of godliness. God did not create you to have just an ape-like capacity to imitate God. There would be no mystery in […]

Seize the Banner

Let me tell you a secret, a secret you will learn someday. Once you discover this secret, you’ll be tempted, as most of us are, to use it. Here it is: you can use your past as a tool for your own advantage. What do I mean by such a statement? You can use your […]

Division

The primary cause of the [denominational] divisions is the institutionalism and organisationalism of the churches, which, without vivifying the life of the believers in them, smothers or drives it out of the ecclesia, and makes [the churches] merely dead institutions. Christians who really have life in Christ cannot exist within such a corpse and will […]

Messy Spirituality

In her book, Travelling Mercies, Anne Lammott recounts her conversion to Jesus. Things were not going well in her life: addicted to cocaine and alcohol, involved in an affair that produced a child whom she aborted, helplessly watching her best friend die of cancer. During this time, Anne visited a small church periodically. She would […]