The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

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“Brethren, your calling is very holy. Your work is very difficult. Your savior is very mighty, and the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Dr. J.H. Jowett

I love these words.

A holy calling is a strong urge toward a way of life that is consecrated to God, devoted to the service of God. It’s a strong urge to know more of God, to commune with Him and His truth, to be dedicated to an ever deepening relationship with our Creator.

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For All of Us.

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Driving in my car today I cried out to the Lord. Continue reading

The Supernatural Arena

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“You’re gonna feel like you got shot out of a cannon into the fourth dimension.” – J. Smith

So much of life after baptism has felt akin to traveling in a foreign country (actually, the better descriptive here would be uncharted dimension) where one must acknowledge different rules, possibilities and ways of being. There is a ‘black and white/good and evil’ tension that becomes impossible to avoid any longer once one enters the Christian paradigm. The devil is a part of this package and, apparently, we are at war. Continue reading

The Candidate Meeting – A Fable

I ran across this post this morning and it speaks acutely into a situation I’m facing since declaring that I stand for equality for homosexual people in the church. The fable is representative of many of my own feelings.

To be fair, my Pastor has scheduled a meeting with me to discuss possibilities for going forward within disagreement and works very hard to meet me where I am. He is a great Pastor and a really good person – making this situation all the more difficult and sad. I don’t know yet how my own personal situation will resolve, but have faith that God will guide us. I’ll write another post soon dedicated to this subject, but enjoy this fable for now.

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Good Sam Glass Once upon a a Sunday morning…

“I’d like to thank you all for coming,” the friendly Pastor entoned. “Last Sunday, Mr. Josephson asked to join our church, and we’ve discussed this among our church leadership and Membership Committee this week. I’d like to ask Mr. Michaels to present their findings and recommendations now.”

“Thank you, Pastor,” Jerry Michaels began, as he addressed the half dozen or so church leaders gathered around the small conference table drinking coffee during the Sunday School hour before Worship. “As you know, here at First Godly Church in the Community, we try to take a leadership role in presenting the Gospel and godly civic and family values for and to our town.

“We did some ‘due diligence’ research, Mr. Josephson, regarding your membership here. You have shown remarkable Biblical knowledge, and have volunteered to teach Bible Study for the church. You’ve already impressed a number…

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Our Father

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I’ve been praying the Lord’s prayer lately.  I feel peace and connection to God in praying the words whilst contemplating their meaning. Jesus, in his brilliance, gave us a prayer that is perfect, simple and deeply meaningful.  For the last few weeks, I find myself ruminating on just the first two words. Continue reading

Tough Questions

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Becoming Christian has it’s challenges. It’s not like joining AA where there’s an easily discernible program to follow and everyone is pretty much on the same page. Becoming Christian means wading into a morass of strong opinions and varying interpretations.  The people and leaders and doctrines are often conflicted within the breadth of the Christian spectrum. Trying to find my place is, at times, confusing and frustrating and hard. I’m grappling with some tough questions straight out of the gate. Continue reading

I Believe him.

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I believe Jesus is who he says he is. Until recently I’d never asked myself the question. I’d left the existence of Jesus in a nebulous place… Jesus: worshiped by Christians, distrusted and mocked by others, literary figure, has something to do with Christmas, one of many people/prophets/deities/works of fiction who wield religious influence. I never really got so far as the actuality of Jesus on the very few days I thought about it. Continue reading