October 9, 2019

Virtue isn’t a word I use much. It's not something that crosses my mind. Do I even care about being virtuous?

A Bible commentary says virtue is a quality that comes from God and describes moral excellence. But I don’t have a virtuous bone in my body. it's the virtue of...

September 30, 2019

Is God the provider of your personal income and is he calling you to be a good steward of that income?

I want to be a good steward and have come to realize that doesn’t just mean investing wisely or being a spendthrift. Being a good steward means I don’t own my income b...

September 25, 2019

Character defects, we've all got em, right? In my humble opinion, my own defects don't seem so bad. Yeah, right. 

The first thing that can be done about my bad behavior is to ask God for forgiveness. I also need to make amends to people I've hurt, so long as it doesn’t...

September 17, 2019

I’ve checked out a number of so-called spiritual paths over the years. At 18 I read Carlos Castaneda’s books about a Mexican shaman. In my early 20s, it was Richard Alpert’s “Be Here Now."

In my 40s I studied the Bhagavad Gita and attended lectures at a local Hare Krish...

September 7, 2019

Have you ever had a blood brother or sister? As kids, we sometimes cut ourselves until we bled and then pressed the cuts together in an oath of loyalty and commitment.

I recall feeling challenged by this activity. Did I really want to cut myself (which hurts) and create...

September 7, 2019

I was challenged recently to define truth. My immediate answer was, “the bible is the truth.” I could just as easily have said, “Jesus is the truth.” The man questioning me shook his head, got up and left the men's group without saying another word.

Maybe this guy consi...

August 26, 2019

Sunday afternoon’s train is about half full. I glance across the aisle at a playful boy pacing around and then snuggling up with his father on the twin seats. Perth has no football game today so no mob is rushing for the stadium. 

I’ve got my bike to ride the short dist...

August 10, 2019

We hear so much about influence. Our family, society, media, politicians; all these things shape our lives. But Jesus is supposed to be our major influence once we turn to him.

Jesus has much to say about influence. He insists that we take up our crosses daily and follo...

August 10, 2019

How did Dorothy escape from the land of Oz? She received power to do so at the start of her journey.

We may struggle to get back into right relationship with God. Maybe the enemy has put stumbling blocks in our path. Or perhaps our flesh has an insatiable desire that's...

July 25, 2019

The wind's roaring chorus in the pines reminds me of David seeking the Lord's counsel on whether to attack the enemy. That heavenly rumble was his assurance that the angel armies were with him.

I spent 9 summers in the eastern Sierra and sometimes wondered if the angel...

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