In Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, (The Sermon on the Plain, Luke 6:17-52), he records Jesus telling us to love our enemies and pray for them. He writes of Jesus instructing us to refrain from judging or condemning others. He recounts Jesus reminding us to look at the logs in our […]

Some of you on WordPress know our brother Vincents Artale Jr. He may have reblogged some of your posts on Talmidimblogging.  A few weeks ago, Vincent suffered a heart attack. The following was from Vincent’s post a few weeks ago: Hey everyone, well the last 2 days have been interesting to say the least. The last […]

I learn from You daily, I long for You. Hear my heartfelt prayer: to reflect Jesus. Oh Lord, let us see Your clay with Your upright view.   The more we love, the more faith we accrue; Please help us broken jars to be gracious. I learn from You daily, I long for You.   […]

“Let the person who has ears listen!” Then he added, “Take care what you listen to. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more.” (Mark 4:23-24) As we move forward to the end of the year, we have some choices to make about the words we say […]

Thinking Deeper than Skin I read a post last week from a pastor in response to a list made by African American State Senator Jamilah Nasheed of this country’s current injustices, citing her reasons for declining to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Before I tell you about that pastor’s reaction, I’d like to tell […]

Invisible affliction occurs And stirs wounds, exposes scar tissue; Those who are living outside my skin Cannot help or hope to harbor Empathy or like circumstances. No, you strike it from your point of view Granting no value to where I’ve been So you simply say, “Move on.” We must both gather to heal at […]

Back in January, I posted a Letter to the Candidates concerning the tenor of their character and blueprints of their respective campaigns, pleading with both to find the higher ground. Okay, let’s get real. Those who are steadfastly voting for Hillary will vote for her regardless of her transgressions; those who are steadfastly voting for […]

What do you imagine your dwelling place in heaven looks like? Will heaven be a huge, white cathedral where we meet God face to face and admit our trespasses, then be judged worthy or unworthy of a life in eternity with Him?   Might you be assigned a sunny room with a beautiful view where […]

Drumming to a different beat may leave me like a castaway when all the while the background riffs intend to love and further lift with beats convey.   My offbeat tempo sounds askew yet in an orchestra imbues a different groove and sometimes sends the music higher to ascend into breakthrough.   We all embody […]