#GoodNews – the Christian faith isn’t about being “good.”

The Christian faith isn't about being "good" and trying not to do anything "wrong." ‪ #‎Jesus‬ wasn't just a good man Christians should strive to emulate. If I believe the eye witnesses, He was God himself, in the flesh. He came to restore my relationship with Him - a relationship severed by my rejection and … Continue reading #GoodNews – the Christian faith isn’t about being “good.”

and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before.

It was Sunday afternoon. I was in "my" room. The living room. Looking out the window that spans nearly an entire wall, hypnotically watching a baby squirrel chowing down on the suet in the birdfeeder. I call it "my" room because it's lined with a 12 foot wide by 7 foot high wall of 12x12 … Continue reading and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before.

#IreadthereforeIquote: Jason Boyett ~ faith isn’t the absence of doubt.

the quote: “...faith isn't the absence of doubt. It's believing and acting alongside your doubts... ...faith wouldn't even exist if doubt were not also present, because the essence of faith was the leap taken in the face of uncertainty. Faith wasn't a set of beliefs, or an ability to hold onto those beliefs without wavering. … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Jason Boyett ~ faith isn’t the absence of doubt.

#IreadthereforeIquote: Steve Fry ~ the desire to act independent of God

the quote: “I don’t know that Lucifer’s sin was rebellion in the full sense of the word. He did not seek to replace God or overthrow God. He simply sought to act independent of God… the root sin of all sins is this desire to act independent of God.” (emphasis added) from True Freedom: What … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Steve Fry ~ the desire to act independent of God

#IreadthereforeIquote: Brother Lawrence ~ on forgetting God

the quote: “That when he had failed in his duty, he only confessed his fault, saying to GOD, I shall never do otherwise, if You leave me to myself; it is You who must hinder my falling, and mend what is amiss. That after this, he gave himself no further uneasiness about it. from The … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Brother Lawrence ~ on forgetting God

#IreadthereforeIquote: Philip Yancey ~ We can say anything to God.

the quote: “One bold message in the Book of Job is that you can say anything to God. Throw at him your grief, your anger, your doubt, your bitterness, your betrayal, your disappointment He can absorb them all. As often as not, spiritual giants of the Bible are shown contending with God. They prefer to … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Philip Yancey ~ We can say anything to God.

Richard Dawkins on Christians: “mock them. ridicule them. in public. with contempt.”

Been thinking about something Richard Dawkins said when he spoke about meeting someone who claims to be religious: "Mock them. Ridicule them. In public." Religion "needs to be ridiculed. With contempt." And the crowd he addressed laughed and cheered and applauded. I don't agree. I can't fathom a single situation in which contemptuous ridicule is … Continue reading Richard Dawkins on Christians: “mock them. ridicule them. in public. with contempt.”

“Not by Might. Not by Power. But by My Spirit” says the Lord

In my previous blog post, practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum), I talked about practicing the presence of God by pretending Jesus was physically present with me everywhere I went. I confessed that, despite my sincere intentions to be aware of God's presence with me throughout my days and my moments, I … Continue reading “Not by Might. Not by Power. But by My Spirit” says the Lord

practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum)

In The Risk of Discipleship Practices, the second post in this blog series on the difference Between "a Good Christian Life" and Abundant Life in Christ, I talked about Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk, and how he practiced the presence of God, no matter where he went or what he was doing. I decided … Continue reading practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum)

whatever may pass and whatever lies before me.

Sunday evening. Easter Sunday. I was sitting at the kitchen table, focused on my laptop. PinkGirl came over and turned my chair sideways so she could curl up on my lap and lay her head on my shoulder. "Mom? How can I find joy in God?" wow. 13 years old. Immediately, I prayed. "Lord, is … Continue reading whatever may pass and whatever lies before me.