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 the hardest years of my life was when I taught Junior High School music. It was a job I took while starting a network of house churches (I was bi-vocational). It was an answer to prayer, in that, it provided for our family. I was already a credentialed music teacher, having taught High … Continue reading Confined or Directed?
From time to time, I experience spiritual dryness; going through seasons where I struggle. But today, while going through my daily discipline of Scripture reading, I came across a passage that totally ministered to me. It was as if God had inspired that Scripture to speak to my particular situation for that particular moment! Now … Continue reading Bread or Band-Aid?
The other day I was having breakfast with my good friend, Felix – a fellow Whole Life Worshiper of Jesus. Felix has seen many spiritual doors open up with clients and associates (he’s both an amazing contractor and an accomplished jazz musician) who constantly ask him about his sunny disposition and cheerful outlook on life. … Continue reading Choosing this Day to Win!
I love meeting with God in my personal worship of Him. It is sheer pleasure; something I look forward to with great anticipation each morning. It wasn’t always like this. I remember times, even seasons, of my life when having a “quiet time” or “devotional” was like pulling teeth. It was hard. It was a … Continue reading Pleasure in meeting with God
One of my whole life worship friends, Diane, shared with me how worshiping the Lord helps her to abide. She writes: Finding time to worship everyday helps me to abide especially when the storms of life are raging around me. Christ is the eye of that storm. If I keep looking up at that circle … Continue reading Abiding through worship
Yesterday, my staff team did a group Lectio Divina on John 15:1-17 (for my blog on “Lectio Divina” click here). In these prayerful readings, the Lord met with us and spoke to our hearts about the relationship between “abounding” (fruitfulness in life and accomplishing God’s purposes) and “abiding” (remaining in the presence and heart of … Continue reading Abiding and Abounding
There’s a internal radio station that the world seems to be dialed into: WIIFM, which stands for “What’s In It For Me?” It’s the whole attitude that we don’t do anything except that which benefits ourselves. Unfortunately, that mindset has thoroughly infiltrated the Christian community. People worship in order to get spiritually moved. People pray … Continue reading Moving from Station WIIFM
I had just finished doing my elliptical workout in record time (don’t ask me how slow it was!) As I lay on the ab bench, staring at the gym rafters, I was laboring to find my wind again! How thankful I was for God’s gift of air!! It was then I had one of those … Continue reading Exercising Eternal Life Now
I love food. Perhaps too much so. And without going too far into the pathology of why I love food so much, I really enjoy a good buffet most of all. In order to be a “good” buffet, it has to meet three criteria: 1. Have food I love, 2. Have food that’s well prepared, … Continue reading God’s Buffet