The Apostolic Age? Really?

      OK, I'm not doing this to start a theological debate, doctrinal fight, nor a "Roman Catholic" versus "Protestant" argument.  It really is just a question:  "Where did the concept of the 'Apostolic Age' come from?"  I've had the mandatory seminary classes on church history, and I know the traditional thought about this [...]

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Do You Serve Before God’s Altar?

OK, since God calls us to be a Kingdom of Priests (1 Peter 2:9) I ask you:  Whose altar is it?  Priests in the Old Testament served before the Altar of God, meaning God owned that altar.  If the altar is yours then the Fire of Revival will never fall on it.  The fire from [...]

Tired Of Being Tired!

After just a short day of working in the yard, I had an epiphany.  Actually it was more like a Leroy Jethro Gibbs slap up back of the head.  I am so tired of being tired.  I remember when (dear Lord, I am so sounding like an old geezer!) I would work all day in [...]

You’ve Got Personality! But…

Way back in 1959 there was this popular song written by Lloyd Price and Harold Logan, and recorded by Price, titled "Personality".  The chorus  says, "Cause you got personality.  Walk, with personality.  Talk, with personality.  Smile, with personality.  Charm, with personality.  Love, with personality."  I don't know why I remembered that song, but I did, [...]

Spreading A Bad Rumor!

21-25 With that they were on their way. They scouted out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob toward Lebo Hamath. Their route went through the Negev Desert to the town of Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, descendants of the giant Anak, lived there. Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan [...]

The Vicious Truth About Worrying

This is from my weekly devotional blog and the title of the book I’m working on…

Oh Lord, It's Monday!

Oh well, here I go again with another one of those random thoughts this morning.  And the random thought for this week is WORRYING.  The word I offer about the Monday Morning Spirit is precise:  WORRYING, not “worry” or “worried” but WORRYING.  I decided to go to the dictionary for the meaning of this tragic word.  Oh, I knew what the word meant, at least I thought I did.  I discovered something new and here it is:

worrying-definition

The first two definitions I already understood very well.  To worry about something is to torment and torture yourself, often fueled by the dreaded thought of “What If”.  It is looking at a situation and primarily seeing the worst possible outcome.  That second one is very clear to me:  it’s about taking your worries and tormenting others with your worries.  We’ve all known people like that and now, thanks to…

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Should The Church Be Neat?

(Again, remember that my perspective is from observing the western church at large, listening to other pastors, and from reading about other's experiences and life lessons.  These musings are not about any single congregation.  Any resemblance to an actual church, currently in existence or now dead, is strictly a coincidence arranged by the Holy Spirit.)  [...]

Hurt By The Church?

This is a real issue and a real problem for those who have been hurt; for churches who inflicted the pain; and for churches who are trying to be faithful to the work of The Kingdom Of God who are ignored by those who have been hurt.  In October of 2015 Jonathan Hollingworth wrote a [...]

Are Your Words Creating An Environmental Mess?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one of the definitions for the word Environment is: the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded Today is a unique day in our current world:  the Constitutional transition of power.  We are in a minority of this world in that we have a system that allows the peaceful transition [...]