195. Sensitive senses

It is almost the end of October of this most extraordinary of years that we call 2020 and mark as the beginning of a new decade.  Just three months into the beginning of another year full of plans and regular life, the governments of the world made regulations to limit personal freedom, travel and business –…

172. Is this what we look like?

[Christmas 2019] We are such visual people, and rightly so. It does matter how things look. Decorating is important.  We break down to build better, design and decorate to adorn our environment and ourselves.  I find much pleasure in the creative and artistic of this world. Christmas is an opportunity to go overboard.  A bit on the…

164. The purpose – our trademark

We have to know the character of the God who makes the promise.  We also have to know why we get involved with him in the first place.  It is fine to say God is good, but why does He care about me and why should I respond to him at all. Religion is not…

153. Supernatural and extraordinary – it is for me!

“He is not the soul of Nature, nor any part of Nature. He inhabits eternity: He dwells in a high and holy place: heaven is His throne, not his vehicle, earth is his footstool, not his vesture. One day he will dismantle both and make a new heaven and earth. He is not to be…

126. Oh the wonder of the breath of God.

[John 14] First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.  (Genesis 1:1,2, The Message) He always was and always will be – this third person in the…

119. Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

[John 11] It is the one certainty of life. Death follows every life on earth. For as long as man draws breath, death is the existential fact of life, mystified into fearful speculation and hesitant philosophical debate. Death and the realm of death is a mystery that belongs to God. All that we have is…

118. I am a sheep.

[John 10] Do you know about sheep? They are peculiar animals; very different from cattle. Since the earliest times the Hebrews were sheep farmers. When Jacob and his family moved to Egypt in the famine and Joseph was second in command of all the land of Egypt, they received land away from the Egyptians and…

By the way…words of life.

Dear Pebble pals, I would like to share something very personal with you. I would like you to think about the following. We will continue our study of the Gospel of John next week. We are in the midst of the most important weekend of the Christian calendar. For years I have asked the Lord…

96. No guessing – we know.

People talk about hell. Christians talk about hell. How easily we say, oh they went through hell. The church talks about hell, especially the older, legalistic, hit you with a Bible over the head – churches. I realize there might be some of them still around – how horrible. I truly wish we could stop…

78. Only the very best – always?

Jesus’ response is very simple. One of the Jewish Rabbis asked, “Is there a man who ever hates his son?” Jesus’ argument is that no father ever refused the request of his son; and God the great Father will never refuse the requests of his children. Jesus’ examples are carefully chosen. He takes three examples;…