Out of the Wilderness

WildernessA pastor I knew was teaching a series on the journey “Out of the Wilderness” by the children of Israel and how each camp that they stopped at, had a profound effect on their lives.  (Each camp signified an emotional, spiritual, relational or physical milestone in the life of God’s children.)

As he began wrapping up the story of their journey, I realized why those who had come out of Egypt just couldn’t cross over the Jordan into the promised land . . .

Is it Racial or Behavioral?

Yesterday I received, along with a host of other people, a string of Tweets from someone we all know and love dearly.  This sweet man was visiting a city that he was not completely familiar with. While there, he decided to take a walk and, as is his nature, became deeply engrossed in his thoughts and prayers. 

The time flew and when he realized the sun was setting, he was mortified to find that he had completely lost track of where he was and was now in unfamiliar territory.

Moon at night

Fireworks When The World Has Stopped

FireworksToday is the 4th of July. I almost forgot what day it was because I’ve been focused on some projects. Realizing this, I was reminded of another day in 1984 …

My Mom and I were driving home after spending yet another day sitting at my Father’s bedside. He was dying of cancer and had been bedridden already for a year. Time seemed to completely stand still during those two years as we all moved through a variety of emotions and struggled with our thoughts.

Stopping Fear and Dread in Your Life

Like a shadow, the presence of dread is so familiar, so commonplace that it is rarely seen or acknowledged for what it is.

As the sun rises, the mind awakens from it’s deep sleep. During the night, the mind spoke the deep thoughts of the subconscious in rhymes, riddles and symbols. Emotions were amplified and appeared larger than life.  The “release-valve” of disturbing dreams, was opened and the subconscious mind ‘screamed’ of it’s private contents which had been pushed deeply down during the day by being ignored and not dealt with.

Perfect Peace is a Choice

Every one of us has, or is, or will face a challenge so great, we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to maintain our “sanity” riding out the storm.

Whether it is a financial situation, a relationship, health or some other sudden or growing crisis, our peace hangs in the balance. Truly, our relationship with Christ will be challenged in every way. We’ll discover who we truly trust (ourselves, the doctors, the CPA, friends, or He Who Redeems.)