Faith, Doubt, Fear

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“For now we see through a glass, darkly…” I have spent many hours in all three categories.  Faith The first category is faith.  We all believe things. We believe things about reality; we also imagine things that we don’t really know about, but we imagine and believe. I have constructed statements of faith, I have […]

The God Who Sees

I got new glasses today. I started wearing glasses in the fourth grade. Mrs. Takahashi, my fourth grade teacher recommended I get glasses because I was struggling in class to see the blackboard, and at home my parents had to clean the TV of my nose-prints. I can still remember the drive home with my […]

Book Review: Junkyard Wisdom

Roy Goble is my friend. The first day I met him, I hated him. We met in 1977 as incoming freshman at Westmont College. He is a Giants fan; I bleed Dodger blue. One of the first things we did together was play catch. We have done a lot of things together since then and […]

Praying for Others

The dynamic of prayer in the fellowship of the Saints is a dying art and practice.  Here are some guidelines for the art of what is known as intercession. in·ter·ces·sion /ˌintərˈseSHən/ Noun The action of intervening on behalf of another. The action of saying a prayer on behalf of another person. There are many examples […]

Love God…Thank God

A reprint from 2007 becomes Grace Challenge Day 26 “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” This is at the same time the easiest and the hardest part of Christianity. When […]

Having A Bad Day?

Grace Challenge, Day 15 Here is a repost from December 1, 2007… Have you ever had one of those days?  Where you skipped breakfast, didn’t eat lunch till 2 and finally stopped for dinner at 10pm?  Where you ran from thing to thing, didn’t get anything done, had all sorts of interruptions, and then the […]

Mis-Spoken Prayer

I originally posted this back in March, thought it was worth moving to the top of the blog for Grace Challenge Day 10 My Dad is a Russian immigrant and English is not his first language.  He prays at all our family functions.  We often make fun of the mistakes that he makes in speaking. […]

6 Steps to Freedom; 6 Patterns of Bondage

Steps to Freedom To Recognize is to admit that something needs to change To Repent is to identify destructive thought patterns that bind you to sin, renounce them by identifying them as lies To Renew is to adopt a new way of thinking To Replace is to exchange old behaviors with new ones To Reveal […]

Lost Phrases

There are natural changes that come in life, some are good and some are bad.    There are a few phrases that have gone out of vogue that need to make a comeback into our vocabulary: “That’s none of your business” Everything is now public, except of course what is done in Las Vegas…unless you […]

6 Steps for Confrontation

One of my friends posted this question on Facebook: “When exactly do you have to hold your tongue and not say just what u feel? I think I need a class in this. Anyone???”   I responded briefly to her status and decided it would be a good blog post, because she is right: a […]