That They May All Be One


 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;  that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me”  John 17: 20-21 NASB

Saturday I wrote of our need to come together in love as we seek the Kingdom. While abiding in Christ, we continue on the assumption doctrines and teachings which are clearly false must be opposed. We can certainly agree in Christ that heresy is not to be tolerated. Disputes arise over sound doctrine when His people insist on haggling over which doctrine takes precedence over another. Should any “doctrine” become a wedge between those who are in Him? [Read more…]

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Wake Up! Let’s Work on The Puzzle!


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“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”  __ 1 Corinthians 13:12 NASB (the words of Paul, “a sent one” of Jesus Christ to the believers in Corinth.)

Someone out there manipulated my life before I ever selected my cell phone! The hireling genius who programmed the software for the alarm clock feature in my device determined eight minutes between “digital Reveille” and the tonal termination of “snooze” to be the ideal interval for indulging procrastination.

This morning, as is often the case, the second intrusion of techno-melody found me rising from semi-consciousness with one profound—or so I thought—perfectly framed thought. One essential sentence! The next thought may have been my undoing: That’s it! That’s the next thing I’m going to write about!  [Read more…]

How Do You Like The Ring Our Father Gave You?


It’s Friday! Someday, the Lord may direct us to revisit the unpleasant topic of performance-based religion (legalism). From where I’m standing in the Kingdom today, I feel a change in the wind. I’ll be writing next time about Jesus—the One with whom we have a relationship!  Let’s conclude our examination of religion-versus-relationship and prepare ourselves to see new blessings flow as we remain hidden in Christ, our source of life! [Read more…]

It’s Time to Make the devil Unhappy!


I contemplated splitting today’s article into two parts, but I’m hoping to wrap this series up on Friday!  It’s really time to put the topic of performance-based religion away and focus all the attention on the One with Whom we have a relationship.  So, please bear with me…or skip it and come back in a few days. But please don’t forget: performance-based religion kills relationship and makes the devil extremely happy!

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But…It’s on My “To DO List”!


Is it already Wednesday? It still feels like Monday to me. I haven’t lost my determination to step on the toes of performance-based religion. In fact, I’m now determined to stamp it out! I will wear steel-toed boots myself and let Him direct my feet anywhere and everywhere the weeds of legalism threaten to spoil the joy of the harvest! And you can too, starting now, by eliminating one of the items on the “spiritual to do list” you may have picked up since you “invited Jesus into” your life. [Read more…]

That “To Do List” Was Surely Out to Kill Me!


Performance-based religion (legalism) is one of the most dangerous things a new believer will ever encounter. Some are born straight into it–led there by the very person who shows them the “Romans Road” and leads them in the “Sinners Prayer”. Christ has set me free from it, and I hope exposing it for what it is will set you free, too! He really does want you to understand what it means to be a free-born child of the Kingdom instead of a slave! [Read more…]

Stepping on the Toes of Performance-based Religion


Maybe you had your toes stepped on in church yesterday. Maybe you walked out of the service feeling great because lately you’ve been “doing OK” with the points the preacher covered in his sermon—at least better than certain other people. [Read more…]

They Were “Weird” But They Were Genuine!


I would like to balance what I wrote yesterday (see “The Prophets were Weird”) with a New Testament perspective. It is not my intention—and far beyond my qualifications—to undertake an exhaustive examination of prophetic ministry in the church. I just want to add some thoughts on understanding and appreciating the role of this genuine spiritual gift in edifying the body.  And, of course, I acknowledge your right to disagree—in part or in whole—with these thoughts! [Read more…]

The Prophets Were Weird


Prophets are always “weird”. They don’t conform to the crowd. They often say things that offend people. When they go away, people breathe a sigh of relief. Until something happens and the king says, “Ooops…someone run get that prophet and bring him here to me!”

When I look at the suffering in Elijah’s life, I wonder why Elisha was so impassioned to follow in his footsteps. Why would anyone want to be a prophet? [Read more…]

Two Places at the Same Time!


Zarephath represents, for me, both a physical place and a spiritual state of being.

Yesterday, I wrote about the significance of Zarephath’s location on the map.  To think we can physically be in two places at the same time amounts to absurdity. Spiritually, however, it is quite possible to be in two places at once.  The place where Elijah was kept alive can symbolize a spiritual state of being in which we may be responsive to God’s prompting to service–even when we find ourselves in less than ideal circumstances. This state of being may even become a miraculous thing as we live “in Christ”. Unlike those who don’t have Christ, we can actually walk around on the earth, being in two places at the same time! [Read more…]