Why Do Christians Allow Politics to Divide Us When We are to be United in God’s Love?
Do you detest Nancy Pelosi? Do you despise Donald Trump? Do get agitated because your Christian brothers and sisters, neighbors, or friends don’t see politics as you do? “How can they call themselves Christian and vote in a party that supports the killing of the innocent unborn?” “How can they claim to be Christian and support a racist party that … Read More
Help For Christians Agitated By the Current Political and Societal Chaos
I had never heard the word “vexed” until we moved to Jamaica where a more British vocabulary was spoken. “Vexation” is the state of being annoyed, frustrated, or anxious. Apparently, there is a positive side to vexation – like, being grieved, troubled, or perplexed – that can create genuine actions for the good. It seems to include an element of … Read More
Getting to the Root of Our Struggles
A tree cannot exist without its roots. Usually gnarly and unsightly, the roots serve the tree in many ways. Here is what I found in summary: The root system of a tree performs many vital functions. In winter, it is a store-house for essential food reserves needed by the tree to produce spring foliage. Roots absorb and transport water and minerals from the soil to the rest of … Read More
Is It Possible for Christians to Disregard God’s Grace? Apparently, St. Paul Thinks It Is.
If we truly understand what being a Christian is, then it’s a no-brainer to become one. Freeing Christianity from insipid moralistic codes and confusing theological constraints and focusing our soul towards Jesus Christ and our union with Him, the gloriousness of what it is to be in Christ is slowly revealed to us. (Don’t gloss over that last sentence. It’s … Read More
Have You Missed Your Calling? Maybe You Didn’t Know
The other night, Rhonda and I happened upon a short film on the life of Florence Nightengale. At a time when medicine was a “men-only” profession, she had a calling from God to be a nurse taking her into unexplored territory challenging the status quo. Her father did not approve. Yet, she was determined to fulfill her calling no matter … Read More
Reflections of an Amateur Gardener from the Prayer Garden
As most of you know, I am developing a new Prayer Garden for Homestead House. For me, because I love flower gardens so much, this is a dream come true. However, putting in a new garden is more work than I imagined. Maybe that’s why few people attempt such a thing. Yet, it’s a work that is teaching me much … Read More
What is Your Life’s “Work” as a Christian? The Answer Will Surprise You.
Christians are often concerned about God’s will for their lives. They usually mean, “What does God want me to do for Him while I’m on earth?” It’s a question related to vocation. It’s also a question that gets elevated above a more crucial one. A better and more important question, because it cuts deeper into our being, is “What “work” … Read More
Like the Apostle Paul, There’s a Great Need to Check my “Confidence in the Flesh”
God is continually mucking around in my life challenging my self-sufficiency and self-righteousness. The process is grueling but necessary. I don’t like it but I keep asking for it. So, here’s the latest… I’m taking my cue from Paul’s spiritual journey (though mine pales miserably to his) as he compares his background to his current intense desire to know Christ. … Read More
Is This Pandemic for Your Good?
Is this pandemic God’s way of changing YOU? Ask yourself these questions: Are you more attentive to unnecessary habits or preoccupations? Have you found yourself more aware of hidden items or secret areas of your life? Have you taken notice of things you’d routinely ignored before COVID-19? Have you discovered some dormant frustrations which need to be addressed? Have you … Read More