The Way, The Life, The Truth

"There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." (Morpheus, in the film "The Matrix") "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'" (John 14:6) The term "I am the way...." literally means Jesus is saying HE is the well worn path. Do you know about the path? ORRRRRR do you walk it? (Is His WAY your habit?) "Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process." (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'" (John 14:6) Jesus is THE LIFE. We experience this LIFE as

Psalm 16

This psalm begins with the term “A Michtam of David” (Psalm 16:1a). The word “michtam” comes from a root word that basically means “to engrave or stamp into gold.” This is telling us to consider this psalm to be precious because it is THAT valuable. “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.” (Psalm 16:1a) David begins by asking God to preserve him. This means to guard and protect him be encircling him with hedge of thorns. Did you know you could ask God to be that hedge for you? That’s what David was doing here. David’s logic was that God might as well be his hedge of protection since his trust was in God already. So long as we live in earthly bodies we will be tempted, often successfu

Overcoming Weakness and Lack

The topic on my mind today is weakness and lack. I will combine these because when we lack anything we see it as a weakness that limits us and we see weakness as the result of lacking power or security. Most of us have been trained by the world system to hate weakness, especially our own. We spend our lives either hiding our weaknesses, ignoring them or compensating for them. The problem with hiding and ignoring weaknesses is that it is deception. The problem with compensating for our weaknesses is that we almost always address them in our flesh, seeking to satisfy our lack ourselves, in our own strength – which we wouldn’t have to do if we were strong in the first place. In short, these rea

Soul Cannibalism

I use an expression sometimes that people find amusing: “She ate his face.” It describes how a person might erupt on another and consume that person in his angry passion. I don’t really mean it to be funny; rather, I often use it in a ministry context to break the tension I sense. This idea of a person consuming another in a non-physical way is actually in the Bible and I’m sad to say that it describes something that happens frequently among people. We can see it in Psalm 14:4 (God speaking): “Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, WHO EAT UP MY PEOPLE as they eat bread, and do not call on the LORD? (Psalm 14:4) The Hebrew word that is translated as “eat” in this verse means to “cons

Faith Anyway

One night I walked into the sanctuary of a church building where I served as the Pastor for Prison Ministries and as the coordinator for the Counseling Center in Houston, TX. A well-meaning lady asked me how I was doing. I told her that I was discouraged and would appreciate it if she prayed for me. (I like to practice the Christian virtue of honesty.) Her response to my honesty was to chide me about admitting I was discouraged. She was trying to make me ashamed that I felt discouragement. She was trying to inspire me to never feel that again by attempting to convince me that if I ever felt anything negative it MUST mean I didn’t have enough faith in Jesus. She meant well by what she did. I

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