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The Pressing Place

Photo by ROMAN ODINTSOV on Pexels.com Gethsemane. The “oil-pressing place”. Sinking onto a scattered patch of slightly dried grass and trying to avoid staining my pants with the multitude of crushed olives that littered the ground, I tossed the name of the place around in my mind. A slight breeze blew past my face, rustling …

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Sleeping By Volcanoes

Photo by Abet Llacer on Pexels.com “Oh, where do we begin? The rubble or our sins?”-“Pompeii” by Bastille Most people know the story of Pompeii, or at least have heard of the destruction that happened there just under 2,000 years ago. On that fateful day in 79 A.D. (August 24th or c. October 17th, depending …

In The Father’s House: Heirs

For the past couple weeks, we have been talking about our identity as sons and daughters of God, who have been freed from slavery to sin, adopted into the Family of God, and given a new name and a new lifestyle. Today we are going to look at another facet of our relationship with the …

In the Father’s House: Brand New

Photo by Agung Pandit Wiguna on Pexels.com Last week, I talked about ancient Roman adoption practices and discussed how Paul compares this process to the process of spiritual adoption, through which we become sons in God’s family. In that post, I mentioned that Romans usually adopted a child for two reasons: (1) to have a …

In The Father’s House: Huiothesia

Painting by Karen Whistler (inspired by 1 John 3:1) Has anyone ever made a casual comment that sent you spiraling into deep thought? This happened to me last October when a friend of mine offhandedly mentioned that I was “just like my father”. I thought the comment was somewhat humorous at first, because my dad …

God Bless This Mess

I have known people in my life who are very messy; you walk into their rooms and it looks like a war zone. Clothes, both clean and dirty, litter the floor, old food bowls are stacked on shelves in precariously balanced piles, food wrappers and other miscellaneous trash surround overflowing trash cans in unique configurations …

One Quiet Night

Photo by Burkay Canatar on Pexels.com Ah, Christmastime! The carols speak of this time of year as a season full of hustle and bustle, with both flurries of snow and flurries of activity. Shoppers rush around to buy those last minute gifts for their families, people make plans to travel home, families drive around to …

Thank God for the Fleas

What would you say if I told you that you should be thankful for the fleas in your life? Well, aside from being exceedingly confused, you would probably tell me that my advice was preposterous. I mean, who wants fleas? Not me – at least, not until this past week. But I am getting ahead …