God is referred to as a consuming fire in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Have you wondered why? According to some theologians when scripture refers to God by this term it is in reference to His holiness. Purification or DestructionFire can both purify or destroy. It can purify metal by burning awayContinue reading “Consuming Fire”
Beginning in my childhood, I wondered why Jesus had scars after His resurrection. I had been led to believe our weaknesses, diseases, or disabilities would be perfected on Heaven’s side of eternity. Maybe I was a strange child pondering a theological element that did not coincide with my belief. Into adulthood, I wrestled with whatContinue reading “Beautiful Scars”
Blessed be the name of the Lord. In the past few weeks, I have had one challenge or trial after another and another. Each one assaulting my finances, physical stamina and emotional fortitude. Then I bottomed out. For context, I do property management to earn a living.
Some believe the turkey is a stupid bird. I will let the wildlife biologists debate that case. I’m going to share about an interesting encounter I had with a wild turkey one morning. I live in a very urban area one block from a heavily traveled four-lane road. But because there are 100 acres ofContinue reading “Troubled Turkey”
This week’s post is taking a different format from my usual devotional style. I have written an open letter to foster children. Note: the child in this letter is a compilation of all the foster children who have come into my home – it is not denoting a specific child. Dear Foster ChildYou are suchContinue reading “Dear Foster Child”
Jesus SaidHave you ever wondered why Jesus said we are to become like little children to enter the kingdom of Heaven? In what ways? How do I become like a little child? Let’s examine this idea further, by contemplating the obvious traits we can associate with a young child.
Many people are angry these days – cranky and on edge. I feel tension in our community. As if people are a minuscule flicker away from exploding. I confess I have found myself “coranky.” That’s not a typo. I coined a new term – coranky. If someone can refer to an irritable hungry person asContinue reading “Coranky”
Racist or PrivilegedThis past week was heavy and weighty due to current events, the sadness of George Floyd’s wrongful death, the peaceful protests, the outbreak of riots, and violent outbursts causing my son to temporarily flee the city he lives in. As peaceful protestors have brought submerged issues to the forefront, I have reflected, ‘WasContinue reading “Justice”
Walking the Beach I walked the beach enjoying moments of spiritual solitude and inner peace. Rhythmic waves crashed upon the shore. The powerful ocean waves deposited shells and I began to pick them up and examine them, thinking about my life. My thoughts moved back and forth from praying to pondering all that had recentlyContinue reading “Polished Shells”
The Secret of Birds Watching birds from my kitchen window or sunroom is a pleasure. Of all creatures God has created, I believe birds exemplify some foundational truths about how we should live. In Matthew 6:25-34 and Luke 12:22-34, Jesus used birds to illustrate the foolishness of worry as He taught the disciples. Jesus toldContinue reading “Bird Lessons 101”