To say that our family situation was strained is an understatement. But God is faithful and saw us through. Then something unimaginable happened that has been in my thoughts ever since. Never so close I can't function, but never so far away that I don't shift into thinking about it.
One of the finest lyricists and musical talents, in my humble opinion. I learned to play this song back in '92 I suppose it was. It's meant a great deal to me over the years. I was jumping online to get the lyrics to another of his songs, "Mice and Men", because the current cultural and political environment reminded me of it, and I ran across this live version of "Old Clothes". Powerful. I'm not sure of the context but it would have been awesome [...]
I can't remember where I found this and I don't have the reference, but it's interesting to note the legacy this man left behind. Jonathan and Sarah's Luminous Lineage Let's take a peek at the family of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards. You may remember Jonathan Edwards for his famous sermon, "Sinners in the hands of an angry God." Jonathan and Sarah had 11 children and were ardent in training their children for God. In 1900 A. E. Winship tracked down 1400 descendants of this family. [...]
"There is no Christian Mind . . . The Christian Mind has succumbed to the secular drift with a degree of weakness unmatched in Christian History." That was written in 1963 by Harry Blamires. Lately I've been grappling with a couple of topics: evangelism and worship. Much could be said about these. I'll not attempt some decisively fresh or profound commentary on them. The truth is that they were simply the means God used to re calibrate my heart. As I was thinking through these [...]
Acts 4:13 “Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled, and recognized that they had been with Jesus.” The longer I am a Christian, the more amazed I become with how little time we actually spend alone with God. Yet all that we are, anything we might accomplish in life that is worthwhile, grows out of the time we spend with Him. John 15:4 tells us that “as the branch cannot bear [...]
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you [...]
"So the king [Rehoboam] did not listen to the people. The Lord caused this to happen to keep the promise he had made to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah, a prophet from Shiloh." 1 Kings 12:15 NCV Backdrop In 1 Kings 11, we read that Solomon turned his heart from God by worshiping many false gods of his 700 wives. Because of this, God said that he was going to take the kingdom from him. However, for the sake of King David and his [...]
I just ran across this quote by Spurgeon that is spot on. Success exposes a man to the pressures of people and thus tempts him to hold on to his gains by means of fleshly methods and practices, and to let himself be ruled wholly by the dictatorial demands of incessant expansion. Success can go to my head and will unless I remember that it is God who accomplishes the work, that he can continue to do so without my help, and that he will [...]
How often do we start out with a noble pursuit for our family or a ministry, but end up so consumed with the process or the work that it becomes the end and we lose perspective?
I ran across this book review by my dear friend, Wyman Richardson. This book affected me profoundly when I first read it years ago. I still pick it up and read through it once or twice a year. Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen Ave Maria PressReviewed by Wyman Richardson - 2/22/2001 One could make the argument that the most powerful things in life are simple and brief - a passing word of encouragement from a friend, a glance from one's spouse, a child's laugh, [...]