A Christmas Grace for Zechariah (Luke 1:20)

When we’ve done wrong and want back into God’s good graces, the only thing we want to know is, “What is this going to cost me–emotionally, physically, financially.  How much discipline will I have to stand under?” “When will ‘this’ be over?”  “What will God include in His ‘this?’”  The particular “this” under consideration is … Continue reading A Christmas Grace for Zechariah (Luke 1:20)

Where is God’s Perfection

In Brooklyn, New York, Chush School caters to learning disabled children. Some children remain at Chush for their entire school experience, while others are mainstreamed into conventional schools.  At a Chush fundraising dinner, the father of a Chush child delivered a never-to-be-forgotten speech.  After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he cried out, “Where … Continue reading Where is God’s Perfection

Unload Condemnation (Part 3 of 3)

Ever been ashamed of yourself?    Just, utterly, no-excuses ashamed?  A want-to-find-a-hole-in-the-ground-and-dive-into-it-and-never-be-seen-again shamed?  Embarrassed about it to the point of being terribly uncomfortable with some people?  I have and it was recent, not years ago when I was a spiritual kid and could use that as an excuse.  Think about the shameful experiences of these Bible … Continue reading Unload Condemnation (Part 3 of 3)

Unload Condemnation (Part 2 of 3)

Luke, the Gospel writer, tells us tensions were high between Jesus and the Pharisees (chapter 7).  Jesus was the guest of Simon the Pharisee.  The host had ignored basics of hospitality.  No washing of feet, greeting (kiss, v. 45), no anointing oil for the heads of his guests (v. 46). Possibly others were aware of … Continue reading Unload Condemnation (Part 2 of 3)

Unload Condemnation (Part 1 of 3)

“All the love and acceptance which perfect obedience could obtain from God, belongs to the genuine Christian because Christ was perfectly obedient on your behalf” – Charles Spurgeon Horrible Pie  A Seattle friend told a group of guys, “We were at a family dinner and were served dessert. It was pie, and it was horrible.  Some … Continue reading Unload Condemnation (Part 1 of 3)

Honest Before Generous

I was a typical guy having an affair.  I did not set out to be unfaithful–it just slowly happened.  Bit by bit. I have come to believe that most affairs are not blows, but slow leaks. But my wife was cool about it—said nothing; just tolerated it.  She was even nice to the other woman.  … Continue reading Honest Before Generous

Mysterious Providence Working For Us

It is said, “God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.”  I would like to tell you about one. It does not start out happy. It ends better. A man in a former church was a bully.  An engineer with no apparent emotional capacity, he dominated wherever he was. He engineered the church cutting … Continue reading Mysterious Providence Working For Us

Working At It

Do you remember this scene from the movie The Sound of Music?  Fraulein Maria is entertaining the seven von Trapp children on a mountain meadow. I confess to being totally taken in by this movie. It is utterly charming.  The beauty of spirit and attitude seen in Maria (Julie Andrews) is grand. We all want … Continue reading Working At It