Here is the message of God's love in paraphrased words from scripture in a six minute video. Be blessed! Or maybe not. If you've experienced spiritual abuse, you might be thinking, "But what does that mean?? God let me get really hurt - how is that 'love'?" God has many reasons for the things he…

“You’re with Me….”

There's a scene in The Shack where Mack and Jesus are out on the dock in the evening, enjoying the stars. Mack imagines he could reach out and pluck diamonds off a velvet black sky: "Wow!" he whispered. "Incredible!" Whispered Jesus..."I never get tired of this..." They're doing nothing, Jesus and Mack. Just lying on…

It’s not about me….

Michael Spencer's posts on grace (here, here and here) gave me an "aha!" moment about what was off-base, spiritually speaking, in the Geftakys Assembly, and other legalistic groups. That kind of perfectionistic performance-based teaching invokes a schema that is all about the individual. Do I have the right attitude - "Are you rejoicing, sister?" Am…

Psalm 147 – An incredible sandwich….

Joe Sperling over on the Assemblyboard posted these thoughts on Psalm 147: Praise ye the LORD: for [it is] good to sing praises unto our God; for [it is] pleasant; [and] praise is comely.  The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel, v.1-2. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth…

Troubles….

Joe sperling posted today on the Assembly bulletin board: "For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me" (Psalm 40:12). "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear, you…

A different concept of God….

Here is a thought-provoking quote from iMonk Michael Spencer: || Why are Christians the most incomplete, frantic, "wretchedly urgent" and religiously imbalanced of human beings? Could it be that our conception of God is, "What can he do for me? What must I do for him?" rather than, "The God I worship is the God…

The fellowship of the Holy Spirit: Prequel….

This morning I ran across something I had written a year ago about recognizing God's presence in daily life: I was reading through the really great encouragements in the "Light from the Word" section of the GA.com website this morning. It struck me repeatedly that a part of me was responding, "These thoughts made more sense to me…

The love of God does not change…

Joe Sperling posted a meditation today on the Assembly bulletin board. What he says it so true, it deserves a larger audience. (In case you're an Assemblyite who can't hear the phrase "The Lord" without a shudder, try reading this and substituting the name "Jesus".) "For I am the Lord, I change not," (Mal. 3:6).…