Quote of Note #45: Humility and Personal Peace

"The strength of humility is that it builds a spiritual defense around your soul, prohibiting strife, competition, and many of life's irritations from stealing your peace." Francis Frangipane, The Three Battlegrounds: An In-depth View of the Three Arenas of Spiritual Warfare: the Mind, the Church, and the Heavenly Places.  Cedar Rapids, IA: Arrow Publications, 2006, … Continue reading Quote of Note #45: Humility and Personal Peace

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Sermon #63 — A Troubling Election and A People of Hope

The U.S. presidential election of 2016 is surely one of the most spiritually destructive of the ten presidential elections in my voting experience. I have been deeply troubled by the extent to which many prominent evangelical leaders have stirred up and played on the fears of their people.  This has not been American evangelicalism's finest … Continue reading Sermon #63 — A Troubling Election and A People of Hope

Prayer Note #22 — The God of All Things

My Lord, you are the brightness of light warming the darkness and gloom.  You are the great sweeping vista, when I feel stifled and suffocated and trapped.  You are the verdant, well-forested hills that embrace me and hide me, when I fell exposed and vulnerable.  You are the bubbling spring in the desert, the firm, … Continue reading Prayer Note #22 — The God of All Things

Prayer Note #14 — Potted Plants and Perching Birds

A PRAYER OF THANKS FOR GIFTS THAT LIVE AND BREATHE Thanks you, Lord, for my plants.  They pour life and earthiness and calm into my study.  Even the fierce crown of thorn plants, which scratch me and puncture me, add an untamed elegance to this space where I spend so much time.  There is an … Continue reading Prayer Note #14 — Potted Plants and Perching Birds