Close-up conversation

God is always close-up, but it can sometimes feel like we’re praying from a distance. True, it’s not about how we feel; it’s about faith. But that doesn’t mean we have to settle for prayer as a remote faith routine. Prayer is close-up conversation, enjoyable for us...

Close-up enjoyment of God

Forgiveness did more than free us from the old; it freed us for the new: close-up enjoyment of God. He didn’t wave his scepter over us like a magical wand to change our status from sinner to forgiven. The high cost plan was Christ! We were “overwhelmed” by sin, but...

Awakened under a fig tree

An earlier post (The Seeker) left Siddhartha sitting in the shade of a pipal fig tree, determined to stay there until he got answers. He had an ‘awakening’ that launched him on a new path and gave him a global profile as the Buddha (‘awakened one’). Awakened under a...

Think BLESSING

The mind is a busy work site. Construction either follows the world’s pattern, or the Spirit’s ‘likeness of Christ’ blueprint. Our grasp of mercy influences our choice. Awareness of how kind the Lord has been to us inspires us to stick with his blueprint for all...