Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

Falling Short

“I often fall short of my own standards.” Senator John McCain There is a desperation in the faces of the boys reaching upward. It is I’m certain how Senator McCain sometimes feels when he falls off his own path; yet he courageously gets back up and trudges back to the path of his own standards […]

A Fearless Moral Inventory, Part 2

My moral indiscretions are countless. Before I was diagnosed with bipolar 2, during the hypomania cycles the decisions I made were reckless. I stumbled often; my choices were folly at best, dangerous at worst. I used drugs, promiscuously engaged in unprotected sex, stole clothing from boutique apparel stores, and for over a year dated a […]

A Gentle Breeze

The older I get, the more I find myself relying on the peace and wisdom I have been given through the Holy Spirit. Do we “work” at resting or put “effort” into letting go? Or can we fall into the River of God and allow it to buoy us through the rapids and eddys of […]

His Name

Our failing lies in lauding past, in worshiping it first and last, too closely letting law rule mind, neglecting love and grace that bind us to the Lord who gave us these to break our chains, our troubles ease.   Today we’re no more master/slave; God sent Christ to His children save. His grace and […]

Sea Change

Jesus brought a paradigm shift which has yet to be fully embraced by many in Western Christianity. Many live lives defined by Old Testament rules and laws. But Jesus redefined how to interpret the Old Testament (Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7). For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and […]

Into the Spirit’s Hands

“Into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46) Peter, Stephen, Barnabas and Paul (Acts 4:8, 6:5, 11:22-24, 13:9) were all filled with the Holy Spirit, as were many of Jesus’ followers (Acts 2:1-4). These four in particular committed their spirit into the hands of the Father, submitted wholly into the power of the Spirit’s […]

One Soul Outside?

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19) My friend, please read with open eyes, I write not to antagonize But ask to open up your mind And heart to views you may not find mid-criticize.   Do not […]

An Open Invitation

The Invitation of John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6 Christians often use Jesus’ appeal to us as an exclusionary statement. But taken in context, the statement is far from the way it is generally […]

We Are the Temple

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself. (1 Corinthians 6:19) As I get farther from the election and closer to celebrating the birth of Christ, I have slowly turned my thoughts from […]

What if…

If we are Christians, aren’t we obliged to follow Christ? I think American Christians have become indurated to violence, to irrational killing, to injustice, to a lack of integrity, to a concrete refusal of mercy. We have become Americans first and Christians second, third or fourth after our loyalty to a political party, ideology, sports […]