Spiritual Renewal in Everyday Life

Godliness and Service

I’ll never forget once being introduced at a speaking engagement as a “godly” person. I first looked down somewhat embarrassed and then gradually looked around to see if there was anyone in the audience I might know. Naturally, I was thinking to myself, most people don’t have a clue as to what goes on inside

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Remember Godliness

The Ethiopian icon has something of a playful quality about it. Appearing like cartoon figures at first glance, the picture is almost easy to dismiss. As we look more carefully, however, there is a halo and the depiction of Jesus. The other figures appearing are the disciples. I don’t know about you, but I can’t

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Endurance Reveals Patience

I don’t know about you but I have the patience of a strobe light especially checking out in a grocery line. Actually, I don’t do well waiting for a cup of coffee. Come to think of it, traffic jams and red lights and freight trains crawling along with the annoying blinking gates makes me say

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Endurance Exceeds Grit

Born into a fifth-generation Christian family of Hindu/Muslim background in India, Frank Wesley brings a stunning faith perspective to his work.  He was internationally known and at the request of the family designed an urn for Mahatma Ghandi’s ashes. Above is a picture of Jesus healing the leper (Luke 5:12-16). For those not familiar with

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness is at the heart of our Christian faith. It is Good News. Scripture could read, “For God so forgives the world, He gave us his only begotten Son.” Forgiveness and love go together. They walk hand in hand. Forgiveness believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Forgiveness is future oriented. If

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Self-control

With so much of life now seemingly out of control, this might be a good time to think about self-control. Rembrandt paints a picture of Peter telling a lie. It is a painful reminder not only for Peter but for all of us who know that without God, life is out of control. We are

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The Need for Discernment

It was Elizabeth Barrett Browning who wrote, “Earth’s crammed with heaven.” I have seen this quote truncated as such, leaving the reader with the implication that earth is like heaven only on steroids. Be assured, the quote continues and reads as follows: “Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God, but only

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Feast your eyes on the painting of The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew, by the pre-Renaissance Italian artist Duccio. Several features catch our attention. The open hand of Jesus and the invitation. The nets loaded with fish. Peter in the blue tunic who seems to be rejecting Jesus. Then, there is Andrew who

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Who is a good person?

The painting above by New York artist Laura James, is a reminder of Jesus feeding the five thousand. Yes, it is a story of miracles. Whether or not you believe in miracles, know that behind a miracle is goodness. Not only that, the word good is derived from the word God. James in his letter

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Goodness and Compassion

The painting above by New York artist Laura James, depicts Jesus and the feeding of the 5000. (Matthew 14:13-21) It is the story of a miracle. Miracles break through the ordinary, everyday events of life. Like breaking bread. Like giving thanks. The abundance of life with God opens us to goodness. The word “good” is

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Godliness and Service

I’ll never forget once being introduced at a speaking engagement as a “godly” person. I first looked down somewhat embarrassed and then gradually looked around to see if there was anyone in the audience I might know. Naturally, I was thinking to myself, most people don’t have a clue as to what goes on inside

Read More »

Remember Godliness

The Ethiopian icon has something of a playful quality about it. Appearing like cartoon figures at first glance, the picture is almost easy to dismiss. As we look more carefully, however, there is a halo and the depiction of Jesus. The other figures appearing are the disciples. I don’t know about you, but I can’t

Read More »

Endurance Reveals Patience

I don’t know about you but I have the patience of a strobe light especially checking out in a grocery line. Actually, I don’t do well waiting for a cup of coffee. Come to think of it, traffic jams and red lights and freight trains crawling along with the annoying blinking gates makes me say

Read More »

Endurance Exceeds Grit

Born into a fifth-generation Christian family of Hindu/Muslim background in India, Frank Wesley brings a stunning faith perspective to his work.  He was internationally known and at the request of the family designed an urn for Mahatma Ghandi’s ashes. Above is a picture of Jesus healing the leper (Luke 5:12-16). For those not familiar with

Read More »

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is at the heart of our Christian faith. It is Good News. Scripture could read, “For God so forgives the world, He gave us his only begotten Son.” Forgiveness and love go together. They walk hand in hand. Forgiveness believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Forgiveness is future oriented. If

Read More »

Self-control

With so much of life now seemingly out of control, this might be a good time to think about self-control. Rembrandt paints a picture of Peter telling a lie. It is a painful reminder not only for Peter but for all of us who know that without God, life is out of control. We are

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