(This week’s blogs will focus on the Personal Worship Movement of Whole Life Worship) I was in college when I started having a regular devotional time. I was excited to introduce this spiritual discipline in my life and, for the first few weeks, I was pretty consistent. But then it got increasingly difficult to maintain … Continue reading Jesus Wants to Meet with Me!
One of my all-time favorite songs comes from the old Bing Crosby movie, “White Christmas.” And no, it’s not “White Christmas”! Rather, it’s a lesser known song called “Count Your Blessings.” The first line goes like this, “When you’re tired and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep. And you’ll fall asleep … Continue reading Whole Life Worship … When You Can’t Sleep
I will be taking vacation (or as some of you from the UK would call it, “holiday”) over the next week and a half. I view this as a spiritual discipline of extended Sabbath and replenishment. Of course as Whole Life Worshipers, all we do is somehow linked into our spiritual relationship with God (either … Continue reading The Spiritual Discipline of … Vacation!
I didn’t want to go to the gym this morning. And, frankly, if I hadn’t promised my wife that we were going, I probably would have blown it off. But we went and I got on the elliptical and started my workout. I decided not to push it and just let it “come to me.” … Continue reading Getting There is Half the Battle
One of my all-time favorite movies, though it is very dark, is “The Matrix” (1999). In this movie, I see some parallels to the Christian life. If you’re not familiar with the movie, it’s a Sci-Fi type of movie and the main character is a young man named “Neo.” Neo suspects that there is something … Continue reading Red Pill or Blue Pill?
I am sick. I came down with what seems to be a cold/flu a couple of days ago. It started with a dry cough that got more annoying as the day progressed. Then came the fever/chills/headache. And now the congestion is taking over my head. I think you know what I’m talking about. I felt … Continue reading It’s Okay to be Weak
(I have taken ill today So please enjoy this reblog of the Whole Life Worship Paradigm taken from Feb 11, 2013 blog. Please pray for me. Thanks!) Whole Life Worship is markedly different from our current cultural understanding of worship. Our culture limits the worship of God to things like singing, music, and the … Continue reading The Movements within the Whole Life Worship Paradigm
Last night, Letty and I went out on a double date with two of our young friends, Michael and Krista. They are both on staff at our church (Krista is my associate in the Worship Ministry, Michael oversees the Young Adult Ministry) and we’ve been in relationship with them since they were married several years … Continue reading Fellowship and the Double Date
This last weekend I had the honor and privilege of preaching at the church I grew up in: Northminster Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield, CA. That’s where my spiritual life with Christ began as I asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was 16 years old. My mom is still very active there, serving as … Continue reading Being a Bapti-terian
Last week Letty and I took our grandkids on an overnight trip to Lego Land in Carlsbad, CA. It was the boys’ first experience in a hotel. Early in the morning, I stepped outside and had my Personal Worship Time with God on the little patio area next to our room. Aiden, my youngest grandson, … Continue reading Was That God?!