“Set your mind on things above.” — Col. 3:2a (NIV)

Loss of Oneness

The story of Adam and Eve shows us two states.  One before they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and another after. In the later state, Adam and Eve: Knew they were naked. Made themselves fig leaf loincloths. Hid themselves from the presence of I Am. Were afraid because of their [...]

Faking a Smile

Sometimes we hold in our mind pictures of failure and the dire consequences of our bad behavior. It's kind of like wearing a frown on our face. It's a sign that we're feeling bad and we project that feeling, even into ourselves. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. We can put on a pretend smile. Faking it [...]

Jacob’s Ladder

We don’t realize how fortunate we are to have at least a degree of free will.  It’s a necessary ingredient for love.  If we were robots, pre-programmed to do as our maker intended, we could be programmed to perfectly follow The Ten Commandments, for example.  We couldn’t do otherwise, but that’s not love.  Love requires [...]

Love is Patient

Love is patient... -- 1 Corinthians 13:4a (NIV) What is love?  More specifically, what is agape love?  The New Testament's renowned love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, at its core (verses 4-7) gives agape love's attributes. Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does [...]

Meditation on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always [...]

Preterism and Ultimate Reconciliation

What might Preterism and Ultimate Reconciliation mean if they are both true? I offer a possible interpretation. Preterism teaches that the end-time prophecies of the Old and New Testaments (including the book of Revelation) have already been fulfilled. If this is true, then the New Jerusalem is on earth now. Inside its gates lie The [...]

I use visualization in my meditation practice similarly to how I use Lectio Divina.  The difference is, instead of focusing on the Word of God or an inspirational Christian quote, I focus on visualizing a Biblical truth, like being in the throne room before Jesus Christ based on descriptions in the book of Revelation.  I [...]

After hearing and reading about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, I was sold.  Leo Babauta of Zen Habits recommends starting a meditation practice with only two minutes a day.  I tried it and was hooked after only a couple of weeks of using the Leo's simple two-minute method. I believe many will find this [...]

Praise in Heaven and Glorify on Earth

Heaven is not the place to glorify God; it will be the place to praise Him.  The place to glorify Him is here.  --Watchman Nee from Love Not the World:  A Prophetic Call to Holy Living As I understand it, I'd modify the quote above to "Heaven is not the place to glorify God; it [...]

Cultivating Friendships

Is there autopilot for friendships? No way.  To sustain, you must maintain.  Now and then (or more often) we must “ping”* our friends with a visit, a phone call, a letter, an email, or a text.   I wouldn’t count a tweet or Facebook comment or “like”, except as a supplement.  We humans are social—wired for [...]

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