What Do You Expect?

Expectations are beliefs springing from our thoughts and experiences. When our expectations are met (even our negative ones) we feel empowered, like our lives make sense. But what if our expectations are denied over and over again … or our assumed outcomes never materialize ... what then? We tend to react with feelings of anger, [...]

Becoming Real

People today are looking for the real deal. Even though we like to take our selfies and project a better-than-real-life image of ourselves in public, we still yearn for authenticity, something we know to be true and trustworthy. But in a world of photo-shopped images, assumed identities, and fake news, how do people ever become [...]

Spiritual Principles for Political Engagement

I’ve tried to ignore the elephant in the room, but I feel the Holy Spirit wants me to talk about something rather unpleasant: POLITICS. In the West, our political climate is filled with division, misunderstanding, and hostility as opposing parties battle for dominance. It’s hard to engage in any discussions about our government (even though [...]

Nobody’s Fool

Way back when I was in high school (I know, so long ago!) the Everly Brothers had a hit song called “Cathy’s Clown.”  It was a sad tale about some guy who’d been played for a fool by his girlfriend. She’d run around on him and he’d been unaware of what was going on. Once [...]

Evidence of the Spirit Filled Life

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” When the Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost, the disciples received power to be witnesses of Jesus (Acts 1:8). They went out declaring the good news that Jesus had risen from the dead. Soon everyone born of His Spirit – not just the apostles – was giving [...]

Building a Relationship with God’s Spirit

Building a relationship with anyone is hard work. That’s not because the person is necessarily difficult to know or enjoy. It’s just that we must be willing to spend the time to find out things about them – what they like and dislike, their background, their future dreams, as well as the fears and concerns [...]