Tag: change

Daily Reads 04.24.2019

“This is extremely satisfying,” my friend said as we pulled together massive amounts of leaves gathered in the landscaping. “It’s hard work, but gratifying!” The same can be said for eliminating debris in my heart. It is hard work, but so satisfying…. Read More

Spring Clean-up

Spring clean-up. Right now, that is a loaded phrase and one that could send me running from the room screaming, holding my head. It always feels like this at this time of year. It is the end of April and we have… Read More

Daily Reads 04.22.2019

What does it mean to follow Jesus? If it isn’t found in following rules and it isn’t found in a life of self-denial and it isn’t about mysterious experiences, what is it? Read: Matthew 16:24; John 10:27; John 13:34-35 If I could… Read More

Daily Reads 04.21.2019

Read: John 20:1-10 An empty tomb! That’s what the women found when they rushed to the garden early that Sunday morning. Despair filled their hearts as they attempted to find Jesus’ body. It made sense to stay at the tomb. I find… Read More

Daily Reads 04.19.2019

We aren’t obligated to a list of rules when we follow Jesus, nor are we asked to practice any of form of penitential discipline to strengthen our will against sin. The final practice Paul warns against is MYSTICISM. Mysticism is spiritual intuition… Read More

Daily Reads 04.18.2019

Following Jesus does not mean adhering to a long list of rules and regulations (legalism) designed to control our behavior so we are right with God. Jesus makes us right with God; we don’t have to work for righteousness. Reading: Colossians 2:18,… Read More

Daily Reads 04.17.2019

Read: Colossians 2:16-17 The first thing Paul warns against in following Christ is LEGALISM. Legalism is defined as strictly following the “letter of the law” rather than the spirit. It is following the rules without embracing the spirit of something. For example,… Read More

Jesus Alone – You bet!

I have always been a very devout person. I think my personality, my experiences – and perhaps my birth order – combined in me so that I always wanted to be “good.” I followed the rules (except once in fourth grade I… Read More

Daily Reads 04.14.2019

Read: Colossians 2:2-4; 6-7 I do not do well with house plants. They die. It’s just that simple. Unless it is a cactus that doesn’t require much care or attention. I don’t seem to have the touch. Orchids are especially troubling to… Read More

The Power of Numbers

I come from a family of nine – two parents and seven children. I am number six. If I was Vietnamese, I would be called Number 6. (I learned that reading Fire Road which I highly recommend.) In 1981, I was dating… Read More