I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying Winter so far. I am home on furlough for a month, so don’t be thrown by the lack of ministry-specific posts during that time. In fact, you can expect my blog content to be primarily reflectional and spiritual in nature, as furlough provides the blessing of extra time to invest in prayer, in reading the Word and reflecting on what God has been doing in my life. As I share what I’m learning I pray you’ll be blessed and encouraged in your faith walk as well.
Many Blessings & Happy Holidays!
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Focus verse: Eph.4:25 “Therefore put away…”
I remember during my freshman year in college the first time I had to do the laundry, and how my mother had told me it was necessary to separate all the clothes in to groups, washing them separately. Being on a budget I decided that I would do my entire load of laundry in one big machine and save on quarters. I remember feeling proud of myself for being so frugal, but what I didn’t count on is that all the bright colored clothes would affect the white clothes, so every white, or light colored piece of clothing I owned ended up turning a pinkish color. Needless to say, I had to endure some interesting comments until the end of the semester. I don’t think I ever looked forward to receiving socks, shirts and underwear at Christmas any more than at that time. Continue reading
Eph. 4:16 “…causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love”
According to TV, according to that bestselling book, your parents, the label on your jeans? Do you fit? At work, at school, at your church? The question is one that we have all been asking since our teen years …and if you are like me, you’re still asking.
The problem is, the question is flawed. The very fact that we ask it is proof of the constant influence the world has on our lives. Continue reading
Focus verse: Eph. 3:20-21 “Now to Him who is able…”
You and I were enemies of God when He sent His Son to die in our place. We had no right to draw near the throne of grace. Continue reading
Focus verse: Eph. 3:6 “…the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel…”
In October of 1995, I transferred from a medium sized southern California police department where I served as a homicide detective, to the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. I did this because the new job gave promise of more time to spend at home and less time on the street chasing bad guys. Our son was nine years old and already a handful and my wife needed me around more too. Being a detective, who goes from a Police Department where the police officer is the all-star, to a District Attorney’s office where the prosecutor is the big shot, was difficult to stomach. Investigators are considered support staff like secretaries or clerks. Not much fame and glory there. Former law-enforcement colleagues don’t always know what DA Investigators do. So, when I made the switch, I didn’t fit in with former police buddies. I was now one of the “Other Guys”. No glory…just an oddball. Continue reading
Focus verse: Eph. 2:19 “…you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints…”
Once you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, you have been adopted into the household of God. You are now equal with all of the saints in status. There is no class system in God’s house, no second-class citizenship in the kingdom. Sure, we all have different functions and gifts within the family of God. But don’t let that make you think we aren’t equals, because we are. Yes, we will be rewarded differently, based on how we acted on the gifts God gave us on earth, but that won’t separate us into classes. Continue reading
Focus verses: Eph. 2:4,5 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”
We are all born with genetic defects. Some of these may lead to health problems later in life. Disability or death at a young age may even result from such hereditary defects. One thing is for sure though. Unless Jesus comes back first, we are all going to die a physical death. Continue reading
A number of folks asked where they could view the video we played during the service yesterday…Here ya go!
A Veracity Project short film. Visit: theveracityproject.com for more.