I heard this week from someone that gratitude is the key that unlocks the blessing that God wants to give His children. In times of trial and difficulty, it becomes too easy to overlook the simple expression of heartfelt gratitude that needs to be spoken and heard. This is, for the moment, the best vehicle … Continue Reading
Perspective changes everything. A few years ago, my son and I had the opportunity to go on patrol with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office helicopter unit. We flew over the city at night… and from the air it was breathtaking. Much different than the perspective of the city I have looking out my car window stuck … Continue Reading
Most of us have vivid memory of the first time we stepped out of shallow water into the deep. That moment of sheer exhilaration and magical weightlessness that comes is followed by sheer panic and fear as a mouth-nose-lungful of water floods in! It may have been an accidental foray or a swimming lesson; going … Continue Reading
\We can worship on the mountaintop but we get to know God in the valley. I love mountaintops. I sat on a rooftop in Antigua and looked across the vista to two volcanic mountains (one puffing smoke) and thought, “I wonder what the view would be like from there?”
I’m sure spectacular. But as I … Continue Reading
I find myself again needing to express the sense of gratitude that Pam and I feel for the continual stream of encouragement and the caring gifts of food, gift cards, and most of all, prayers from our beloved Fruit Cove family for Pam’s recovery.
We are literally overwhelmed each day knowing the body of Christ … Continue Reading
We don’t want to stop saying thank you for so many of you who have literally been the expression of God’s love and grace to us. Incredible meals… generous gifts… numerous cards… innumerable Facebook and email posts of encouraging thoughts and prayers. We are simply overwhelmed in trying to say thank you. We love you.… Continue Reading
Sunday, June 4, is Pentecost Sunday. That doesn’t mean much to most evangelical, Protestant types, according to a journal article I read recently. We don’t really acknowledge the special dates on the church yearly calendar (well, except for the fun ones… Easter and Christmas with an occasional mention of Advent.)
The church calendar is built … Continue Reading
Sunday we returned to worship together for the first time since Pam’s surgery. Allison was in town with us. We wept for joy and sang praises with the people of God. We were generously fed the Word of Life and were lovingly embraced by the family of God.
How do Christ-followers live without the encouragement … Continue Reading
I am praying for a miracle.
I struggle, as many in our tribe do, with the subject of miracles and faith… healing and prayer. How exactly are we to think about such things? Does talking and thinking about them… believing in them… actually make us Pentecostal? Throw us in the camp with “faith healers” and … Continue Reading
We are home. It is good… and also hard to come back to familiar surroundings but to find that, though things remain the same, much of our life hasn’t. We are still dealing with several realities on a daily basis, specifically concerning the absence of feeling in Pam’s right side including her arm and leg, … Continue Reading