Tag Archives: Jesus

From your Head to your Heart

“You must descend from your head into your heart. At present, your thoughts of God are in your head.  And God himself is, as it were, outside you, and so your prayer and other spiritual exercises remain exterior. Whilst you are still in your head, thoughts will not easily be subdued but will always be whirling about, like snow in winter or clouds…
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Trash Talk with Scripture

In my quiet time this morning I was reading a piece of scripture for the New Testament. I found myself lingering around Jesus’ temptation in the desert in Matthew 4. 5Then the Slanderer carries him off into the Holy City, and stood him upon the pinnacle of the Temple, 6And says to him, “If you…
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Divine Love and Road Trips

This is another photo taken on our trip to a Kite Festival in Saskatchewan, Canada.   The prairies can provide breathtaking scenery. The contrast of dark sky and land with the layer of light between them was remarkable.   Despite being captured by a phone camera, traveling in a car at 120kph, I think it…
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Everyday Spirituality

Once upon a time, there were two carpenters; framers to be precise.  Each day they would arrive at the building site to pound nails and erect walls.   The first, a glum man, was asked what he was doing.  “I hammer nails,” he replied, looking sour.  “Every day, hammer nails and more nails.  Day in,…
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Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places

Once upon a time, a Sufi mystic was searching for something on the street outside her small hut. The sun was setting, and darkness was descending, as few people gathered around her. "What have you lost? What are you searching for?  Perhaps we can help," they said. "I have lost my needle." The mystic replied. One of the people said, "Well, the sun…
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Being Acceptable to God: Holiness in Real Life

One of the greatest pleasures in my life is working with wonderful and diverse people.  It is so incredible to see how the Father works in each life.  Far too often I am afraid when I get to meet some of these folks, it is because they are experiencing some sort of crisis in their…
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Jesus’ Gospel is Confrontational

I have been thinking about some conventional wisdom - that one should stay away from talking about the contentious issues because they are a "no win". That choosing sides will only get you embroiled in debates. It was suggested that staying clear of these debates will free one to talk about Jesus and his Kingdom. My…
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Black Holes, Jesus and the Victory of God

I am a bit of a sci-fi geek. I grew up watching Star Trek, Star Wars and just about anything with aliens and outer space.   One of the coolest phenomena which provided great plots and excitement was the mysterious Black Hole! A Black Hole is a phenomenon in outer space that has a gravitational…
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My God, my God why have you forsaken me?

I have been reflecting the Gospel accounts of our Lord hanging on the Roman tree, and I am gripped by the sheer terror of the event. As Jesus hung there in great anguish, He cried out “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?) (Mt.27:46) For a long time, I…
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Don’t Mind the Mess. Jesus Doesn’t.

I had an aunt who was a neat freak.  There's no other way to put, and she would agree, if through gritted teeth and tight-lipped smile.  I have a memory of visiting her home and my wife-to-be mistakenly walking into the freshly vacuumed family room.  My aunt shrieked with panic as my betrothed's socked foot…
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