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13 04, 2017

Valuing real pleasure

April 13th, 2017|Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

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 the end is when Screwtape tells his young protegé how he made two key errors, which led to [...]

12 04, 2017

Our response to trials

April 12th, 2017|Character, The Christian Life|0 Comments

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 listening. I want to begin this morning by stating the obvious. We all experience trials -- each one [...]

27 03, 2017

Endurance and perseverance

March 27th, 2017|Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

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 perseverance: “Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may be only exposing our fear of letting go [...]

21 03, 2017

Sierra Hull

March 21st, 2017|Music|0 Comments

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 I highly recommend searching for her on YouTube. To give you an idea, she first played with Alison [...]

20 03, 2017

Wildfire by Mandolin Orange

March 20th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

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 eyes of their loved ones and their brothers in arms So it went, for Joseph Warren It should [...]

9 03, 2017

Spiritual service and abiding

March 9th, 2017|Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

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 do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles. Are we more devoted to [...]

2 03, 2017

Jimmy Herring – Within You Without You

March 2nd, 2017|Music|0 Comments

American guitarist Jimmy Herring is a musician’s musician. The North Carolina native has been playing guitar for close to 40 years and exhibits signs that he’s just getting started. A staple in the Jazz Fusion and Jam Band scene, Herring studied guitar at Berklee College of Music and the Guitar Institute of Technology. His playing style melds the influences of Jimi Hendrix’s raw emotion, the twang of Steve Morse, and the flowing phrases of jazz legends Charlie Parker and John Coltrane.

1 03, 2017

What the eye illuminates

March 1st, 2017|Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. In Matthew 6 this verse is sandwiched between discussing a focus on money and a focus on anxiety. It's as if Jesus is placing this guard rail in the place where we need it most.  For who among us does not wrestle with the lure of possessions and the power that comes with money? And who among us does not contend with the [...]

23 02, 2017

Margin

February 23rd, 2017|Planning, Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

There are many things that can keep us from responding to God’s call to become fellow workers with Him, but for many who grapple daily with the chaos of modern life, time is a major impediment. Because there are no easy answers, the temptation for us is to forget the whole idea. What we need is margin. Margin is the extra space between the things we must do and our capacity. When we use up all that space, there is no margin. When extra demands [...]

22 02, 2017

Strive for maturity

February 22nd, 2017|The Christian Life|0 Comments

Yesterday's post was about spiritual reminders. In that entry, I ended with the idea of striving for maturity. I want to build on that idea and talk about striving for maturity. Look at Col 3 for just a few minutes because I love the way Paul expresses these ideas here. We’re talking about striving toward maturity and how we might accomplish that. How do we become mature believers? Col 3:5 – Put to death – This means to deprive of life or energizing power or [...]

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