Never being one to get too involved in things that distract me from the natural world has been a beautiful way to live life. Isn’t life beautiful? Many would surely disagree. If one were to look at the media, listen to the conditioned voice of fear that is so prominently gripping the way we view ourselves and our worlds, understandably, little beauty would be recognized. … Continue reading Creative Perspective
They all believe they are correct. As winter is approaching, I am spending more time indoors. We have been blessed with some unseasonably warm weather here in the Ohio Valley, but the annual transition to consistently cooler weather is beginning. It is bringing me to more of the indoor piddling and reading that I typically spend my time doing during the cold months. I also … Continue reading Hubris
People need content. They need something to think about. Less than a week ago I had decided to stop blogging for an unknown period of time. The things that I was allowing into my life, via posts I had been reading, were causing me to get very irritated. During my temporary hiatus, I have noticed that more people are actually following my blog. Well, they … Continue reading Obscured Observance
He walked right out of that place, and it felt good to finally go. No more lies from true truth seekers; no more truths he’d never know. He knew life would be much different and that they would never again speak. Getting to know him for who he was was something the clergy would never seek. They only wanted conformity and for him to sign … Continue reading He Who Leads
God, why are your people so righteous? They believe in righteousness, but fail in its definition. Tit-for-tat — is this your wicked plan? A lot of talk, little show. Lord, don’t be upset if I find it repulsive to be as your people are: Perfect… Yet, The pursuit to find your perfection in them, lingers. I thank you for you and for what you are! … Continue reading Thinking Aloud—Too Proud
One with the elements, we are the same. A part of a whole. Everything we see and touch… Yes, we are the same. Same elements–different combinations… In you and I–the same building blocks of life and object… Walking along, I realized that we are one with all things… Shorting ourselves with insecurities, forgetting that we are part of that whole. Locked in with limitation. One … Continue reading Walking Along…
Spring is providing everything it had promised in all years before. Renewal. Birth. Intrigue. It is painting our world with the never before. Insect and chasing mammal–reminders of their hiding. Cotton-like cloud, passing before azure sea. Whisper of warm, cry of brisk. Rain and hoary low. Peeking of yellow, smiling with green–reaching higher places than their own. Nesting of flyers within towering brawn. Pastels adorn … Continue reading Anew
He wanted to be a Christian. They told him to repent. They said he must join a church. They demanded he celebrate Lent. The led him to believe that he was a slave to sin. They made him feel unworthy when he stood in front of them. “You need to change, my brother.” He heard it three times a week. On Wednesday, and twice on … Continue reading Hush
Battling the “ups and downs” of this life of mine can sometimes be an all out war. When the mood disorder that I’ve always had trouble balancing rears its ugly head–pulling in every direction, with the corruption of its character having the upper hand, I sometimes become engulfed within a funk with no real reasoning behind it. I’ll then attempt to find “reasons” for the … Continue reading Trying To Forget
I think it’s interesting to see so many people endlessly try to explain God (or the many facets of God) within their personal view of Him. All the while, existing within a reality of limited understanding, claiming to know a God they’ve never met, knowing for certain there was/is complete truth in their experiences. “Holy Spirit said to me“, or, “I know from a dream, … Continue reading Observing the Obscured
This seems to be a good way of putting the atonement in a way that can be understood. The saying “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross” gives the impact of it but without the explanation to accompany it. “He bore our sins” by becoming one of us ‘in the flesh’ […] via JESUS DESTROYED OUR SIN IN HIS BODY [1330b] — … Continue reading JESUS DESTROYED OUR SIN IN HIS BODY [1330b] — CROSSROMAN
I didn’t go to church yesterday. I didn’t dress for a part to play. I didn’t have a dime for the plate. I didn’t proclaim the speaker was great. I didn’t eat more than I can hold. I didn’t join in with the stories told. I didn’t act as if life is fine. I didn’t correct what isn’t mine. I didn’t quote a verse, bringing … Continue reading I Must Not Be
I cannot help but think that other brothers love to compare They study you and I and hope we aren’t aware They look at us with disgust and quote their tattered Bible Finding reasons to belittle God’s children as if their judgment is viable Pick a particular sin, kind sir and pick on me today Pick one that you’re not guilty of and declare how … Continue reading Piously Preachy
I’ve been humbly accepting of the way things are lately. With that being said, things are kind of all over the place. My faith, my family turmoil, my patience, my frustrations and my ability to care all that much about the overall impact it all is making on me (and mind you, I’m still being kind to others around me, regardless of my inner struggle), … Continue reading All The Lovely People
You look towards the heavens for an answer… Nothing. You pray for the healing miracle… Nothing. You ask for forgiveness for being a liar, and patiently wait for those to forgive you… Nothing. You ask God for a sign, just a little something to show that He is there… Nothing. You lose your faith because of the nothings. You looked towards the heavens and expected … Continue reading Where Are You?
By Jim Gordon / Done with Religion Blog What would you tell someone who asked you what a christian must do to be pleasing to God? A lot of people would start out by saying we must go to church, we must tithe and we must obey the ten commandments. They would probably say we have to witness to others and give our money to … Continue reading How Can We Be Pleasing to God? — Done with Religion
As I finish the final part of the four part series on love and forgiveness, I reflect this morning on how far I’ve come with both. Just within these last few weeks, it seems as though my heart has been freed from a tremendous weight. The millstone of resistance the was hanging around my neck has been replaced by the tenderness of His fruitful provision. … Continue reading A Kindred Friend
As I have been writing this series about love and forgiveness, I have been learning more about myself. Many people do not wish to know some of the hard truths about themselves, because that requires a choice. That choice is to either acknowledge those hard truths and change them, or remain the same. Throughout the past few weeks, I have been listening to what the … Continue reading Spiritual Vertigo
It took me a while to reach an understanding of how love leads to forgiveness. As I continue this series that is focused on my personal experience with love and forgiveness–both recent, and throughout the journey up until recently–I am realizing just how much the two coincide. A series of events within the last several months had really put my will to love and forgive … Continue reading Who’s To Blame?
At war with myself again The win before the fall Another time I had gained before I lost it all The battle had just begun when I received the first blow While fighting for my life and feeling incredibly low the enemy was defeated and I rejoiced within the win but the snake soon returned and the battle began again It never seems … Continue reading In Ruin
Have you ever wondered if God has really forgiven you? I will be focusing on two things in the weeks ahead: the love of God and His forgiveness. The series will be what I have personally gathered from my experience with the Lord, and it is not to be viewed as preachy or self-righteous. I am learning about these two things with a deeper passion … Continue reading Pardon Me?
My mother and I have been through our share of ups and downs. Anyone who follows this blog of mine can gather how rocky our relationship has been, and just how difficult we both have found each other to be. Our headstrong ways, hurtful words and reasons–most of which I have no excuse for–have caused us both to carry things along with us, resulting in … Continue reading Our Resistance
5 Signs You’re Legalistic (and probably miserable), by Stephen Altrogge What exactly is legalism? A simple definition is: Legalism is any attempt to gain acceptance or forgiveness from God through your own works or merits. Let me tell you something about being a legalistic Christian: it’s a miserable sin. There are certain sins that I call “happy sins” because even though they’re wrong, they at … Continue reading Spiritual Imprisonment
There was much to repent of. A time, not long ago, which laid the truth of my life out before me, exposing the very real and very factual ways of who I was, had me on my knees and begging for forgiveness. It had me killing myself. Each morning, I would wake up to another day of inadequacies. Another day of feeling like I was … Continue reading My Faith Made Me Crazy
I consider myself a faithful man, but lately, I’m feeling pretty mundane. It’s difficult to explain my current position. It’s not that I’ve given up on the Lord, because I know He has never given up on me nor will He ever. It’s just that my current position in this life of mine has reached a milestone, and I’m currently standing still, not sure of … Continue reading It’s Hard To Find The Good
Several days ago, after being trampled under foot by a horrendous event, I was on the verge of losing my composure. I will admit, I was freely letting my feelings and distresses be known about some of the personal troubles I have been dealing with in many places where they should have been contained. Reluctantly, I later unloaded and expressed them in front of my … Continue reading Foolish Faith
Is it all foolish to you? Continue reading How Do You, Personally, Define True Wisdom?
Is it impossible to know God? We as humans have this deep and burning desire to figure Him out. As Christ-followers, we desperately try to know His heart, know His ways, know His plan, know His Word, know what we should do, know His will, know His thoughts. We desire to know everything there is to know about Him. There are so many different teachers, … Continue reading We Are (Supposed To Be) United
It was early yesterday when I posted one of my short stories on WordPress. I had it all written just the way I had wanted it. I posted it, and later came back to find that it had not received one like. Later that evening, I was reading a post about ‘how to be a successful blogger.’ For a minute, I had thought to myself, … Continue reading Why Worry About Our Blogging Success?
I’m not always a happy-go-lucky guy. In fact, I’m downright perturbed at times. This morning, I am thinking deeply about some of the facts within my life. To “count it all joy,” as it says in James 1:2-4, is not always a realistic thing for me to accomplish. My heart is full of real struggles, many emotions, and a loving relationship that is communicated through … Continue reading I’m Not At Peace
I am sharing this because the chapter had opened my eyes to our Savior early on within my walk with Him. I hope that it also brings you peace, and hope. John 15 (NIV) The Vine and the Branches 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every … Continue reading The Vine
It is hard to sit and think about a situation that someone is going through, and not be able to say a word to them about what could be done in order for their pain to be relieved. To know just how to reach a point of healing by taking the right steps. When you have “been there and done that,” it is already water … Continue reading Let It Go
I remember one particular day back when I was in high school. I had decided to leave the school through a side door. I used to do that often. I would show up, attend a few classes and then leave for the day. I probably had a pack of cigarettes and a little bit of cannabis, so I was okay. It was usually all that … Continue reading Running Away From The Unknown