I’m so thankful for people that I can call friends. It makes a difference in life, it really does. Yesterday I was reminded of this three different times, in three different ways. We need friends…other people…fellow sojourners. “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those … Continue reading Friends
Do I really have the permission to call the world around me my canvas? Do I have the freedom, the audacity, the creativity, and the imagination to wade in and create on that canvas? Or am I nothing more than a detached observer? [Paul Richardson, A Certain Risk, p. 109] During my first read through … Continue reading The World is My Canvas!
When I was younger (a young boy up into my early adulthood) I was terrified of speaking or singing in front of people. I could tell multiple stories of Christmas programs, school speeches, solos and other occasions where my knees shook and my voice quivered to the point where I could not finish a line or a song…
“…the Spirit of God beckons our souls to breathe in elegant simplicity. Even on pressure-fulled days, we must be free to pick up the pace or slow down. Free to stop and worship God for a few minutes…”
…give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the LORD will reward you. [Proverbs 25:21-22] Originally posted 2017-09-18 02:11:21.
It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I am a HUGE fan of the Portland Trailblazers basketball team. I’m old enough to remember the great teams of the late 80’s and early 90’s, listening to games on the radio late and night, and agony of injuries that have kept some sure-fire championship-level teams … Continue reading Pressure
“What is a friend? … “
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken…”
Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. -Ed Cunningham
It has been estimated that somewhere around 95% of Western churches primarily operate on the principle of “come inside and see what were doing.” Other ways of describing this might include “come in here” or “let’s put on a fantastic and entertaining service so that people want to come back again.” This “attractional model” of … Continue reading Incarnational church