Valuing real pleasure

In his book, "Screwtape Letters", C. S. Lewis tells the story of a senior demon named Screwtape who writes a series of thirty-one letters to his nephew, Wormwood. Wormwood has been tasked to darken the soul of a man known as "the patient," and turn him away from "the Enemy" (G0d). The letters contain advice on how to manipulate the patient. One of my favorite sections is toward [...]

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|

Our response to trials

We all face trials. It's part of the human condition. In this sermon, we learn what the book of James reveals to us how we can respond to life's trials. We also examine the multi-faceted definition of the word "trials" or "temptations", which helps deepen our understanding of the text.   I have also included a transcription of the sermon if you prefer reading over [...]

April 12th, 2017|Categories: Character, The Christian Life|

Endurance and perseverance

Am I simply enduring or am I persevering? Enduring is tolerating the pain or situation. Perseverance is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that God will come through. It means to continue in spite of difficulty and lack of success. Endurance is accepting a situation, whereas perseverance carries the idea of action. It involves endurance but is much more intentional and less "white knuckled". Chambers writes of [...]

March 27th, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|

Sierra Hull

I had the opportunity to see this incredible mandolin player at the first ever Anastasia Music Festival. I had never heard of her before Saturday, but as I watched her play, it was clear that she was very, very talented. Since I could find no video of her sets at the festival, I'm posting this short one so you can get a feel for her skills, but [...]

March 21st, 2017|Categories: Music|

Wildfire by Mandolin Orange

This weekend I had the wonderful pleasure of attending Anastasia Music Festival in St. Augustine, FL. One of my favorite acts there was Mandolin Orange. They were entertaining, witty and very good musicians. While they had numerous original songs that were very good, this one really moved me - to tears actually. I thought I'd share it. Brave men fall with a battle cry Tears fill the [...]

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Music|

Spiritual service and abiding

Oswald Chambers writes: Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him. It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him. The goal of the call of God is His satisfaction, not simply that we should do something for Him. We are not sent to [...]

March 9th, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|