My Momma had a notebook that assisted her in following Holy Spirit.
She took it to church stuffed with lyrics, choruses, hymns, and worship songs. Some pages are from old hymnals, but others are typewritten sheets or handwritten scraps on the back of old browned pieces of paper.
You see, Momma played the organ and was often called out of a congregation to play without prior notice. She didn’t like being Continue reading MOMMA’S NOTEBOOK FOR FOLLOWING HOLY SPIRIT
Can we test the spirits of people who’ve died? I discovered its quite simple, but we are often held in unnecessary fear on this subject. I had quite a bit of it until Father pointed out that the fear was keeping me from experiencing Him without limits. I often asked Him not to scare me and He showed me that asking this was based on fear.
Besides the fact that we have all kinds of scary ghost tales built into our cultures, I had my own peculiar version. Continue reading TEST THE SPIRITS part two
I have a friend who got saved at 14 years old and was then forbidden to ever go to church. Relationships in her family were torn apart by this incidence. She was punished by one side and ostracized by the other. As a result of this and other encounters with christians, she virtually hated them when I met her. She had never gone to another church, nor did she ever read a Bible.
We were regularly thrown together because our husbands were co-workers and in the natural course of conversation, I revealed my faith to her. But I felt her cold reception, so I didn’t push. Continue reading KNOWING GOD, without being taught
“We won’t know all the answers this side of heaven” is ‘the phrase’ I’ve received all my life in answer to many of my questions. As a child, I concluded that no one had permission to ask questions. Questions about life received short, pert sentences that inferred threat if this line of communication was pursued. Questions about christianity were worse. They received ‘the phrase’.
I reasoned that everything about christianity was secret and guarded by a God with a mean countenance, grouching out severe warnings about never asking again.
Today children question parents and receive an almost break-neck effort to supply answers, or at least tools to search. Fear of questioning seems gone and thank God it is, because quite often my generation is still delivering ‘the phrase’. Continue reading This Side of Heaven
We just finished a week-long family event at our home. Almost 30 people from several states came and enjoyed being together. It was wonderful.
And it was a trial, although not for all the obvious reasons, save for one: religion. My family was raised Pentecostal/Charismatic and we all shared similar doctrines for most our lives. Then about 2-3 years ago, I began learning new things and my doctrines began changing.
I stepped out of the lines and did things like, umm, reading outside the usual doctrinal stuff. I read “Pagan Christianity,” by Frank Viola and George Barna. This book was one of the first to rock my status quo, and then it was “Raptureless,” by Jonathan Welton. Of course, there were many other authors in the mix like Maria Maddalena de Pazzi; hers was some rather obscure but enlightening material. Continue reading SET MY BROTHER FREE part II
In my dream, I was a young man in my early twenties trying to visit my twin brother in a mental health facility. (I’ll call myself Joe and my brother Jim.)
The receptionist told me I couldn’t see Jim because it was time for him to eat his dinner and then take his evening medications. She said I’d be wasting my time trying to talk to him after he’d taken meds.
It seemed she was quite intent to keep me from seeing him, so I pretended to leave the building. Instead, I hid around the corner listening as she and the home’s director went into Jim’s room. I heard them hurriedly feeding and medicating my brother. I also heard Jim whimper and cry quietly. There was no response from the receptionist or the director, the ones who should care about his welfare and happiness. Continue reading SET MY BROTHER FREE!
There’s a huge difference in a question asked in sincerity and a question asked with a motive. The first wants your honest input. The second has an agenda to change your mind.
I’ve been on the receiving end of both types of questions and been the perpetrator of both. It is common strategy throughout most religions. Something I learned unwittingly. But recently I’ve become keenly aware that I want nothing to do with the agenda-type. It requires a mind of premeditated manipulation. It has nothing of Grace and Love to share. It’s like a closed box where no Light can shine inside. Nothing Lives there. It’s a stagnant pond without breath. And I reject it now with prejudice. Continue reading QUESTIONS ???
Can we talk a minute about Jesus and the money-changers? He didn’t whip, or chase away sinners, nor did He judge them very harshly. But the money changers brought on a whole different response than we see any other place from our Lord.
Lets think about this. We are the temple. This verse depicts a physical example of our hearts. The money changers in Jesus day Continue reading THE MONEY CHANGERS ARE INSIDE!!!!