Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Hurricane Irma was an uninvited storm that non of us were expecting. She interrupted our lives with high winds, flooding rain and uncertainty. The path of the hurricane couldn't be determined, which effected our decision to stay or evacuate. Rich Campbell, a reporter for TCPalm wrote, "The only thing worse than the actual hurricane is the anxiety preceding it."
Monday, September 18, 2017
Don and his daughter Kristy had the amazing opportunity to travel to Bolivia! After arriving in San Cruz, Bolivia and picked up by our gracious host Ney Lopez we settled in to Ney’s place in San Cruz and got a need nap to recuperate for the red-eye flight and jet-lag. The very next morning we were back to the airport to fly to Salar de Uyuni to begin our adventure of the Andes mountains. For 3 day 2 nights we would travel over 550 miles in the rugged terrain of the Andes.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Marriages are often characterized today as “loveless relationships.” It is a kind of an oxymoron, for if there is no love, it’s not much of a relationship. So how do we love each other when faced with challenging times of marital hurt and painful dysfunctional behavior from our spouse? Do we just recite our vows and try to “keep the pledge till death do us part?” A kind of "fake it until we make it."
The marriage union is much more than making a pledge by signing a piece of paper called a "Marriage Certificate." It is also more than simply "role playing," which is no more than "play-acting."
Monday, June 12, 2017
I was recently asked, "if the Christian lives "on autopilot" in day-to-day actives of life and if so, is that an adequate way to view relationship with God?" To begin with, we must define what does, "on autopilot" mean?
Answer: The literal meaning of autopilot is a device that steers a ship, plane, or spacecraft by itself, without a person. However, the expression “on autopilot” has developed a different meaning. Here are some typical uses of the expression “on autopilot,”
• He didn't have to think about what he was doing, he just did his job "on autopilot."
• Have you ever been driving somewhere and because your brain was "on autopilot," found yourself driving home instead of your destination?
As you can tell from the examples, to do something on autopilot means to do it without focusing on it, without thinking about what is happening. This illustrates doing things based on what we have learned by repetition or the patterned propensities recorded in our minds- otherwise known as flesh patterns. Not all inclinations or patterned tendencies have been derived from God and even if they were He does not want us to live robotically.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is certainly true as we observe there are no persons pictured in the cockpit of this airplane, as it is being navigated "on autopilot."
To live "on autopilot" is impersonal (without feels or affection) and is not relational. We are not to live the Christian life "on autopilot." Living "on autopilot" would mean to live mechanically and not relationally. It also gives the false perspective of being in control.
The Christian life is not something we produce by what we do, it's not living by rules and regulations, it's not ecclesiastical, it's not living based on what we have learned or even the "valued recordings" in our minds, it's NOT living "on autopilot."
The concept of "autopilot" in the Christian life is one of separation from a person. It's the idea of independence. It's the delusion that man can live apart from a spiritual influence or entity. As human beings we are derivative creatures, not humanistic independent selves.
The Christian life is CHRIST. The Christian life is having a personal relationship with the Living Lord Jesus which means we are aware of Christ's presence in and us actively participating with Him. It's not "absent mindedness" but "purposefully engaged" with Him, taking His lead, enjoying His Fellowship and allowing Christ who is our Captain, our pilot to navigate our lives.
We anticipate and revel in His acts of Grace "in us, (spirit) as us (soul) and through us, (body)" as we choose to be receptive by faith, to His revelation moment-by-moment in loving intimate relationship with us and for others!
Is this not what The apostle Paul admonished us in Colossians 3:15-17? "Let the peace of Christ RULE in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father."
Walk by faith, “purposefully engaged" in relationship with Jesus Christ as your life.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Pride is the root or essence of all sin. Satan said, “I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14). Pride is self-orientation, contrary to character of God. The essence of the “pride of life” (1 John 2:16) is anything that exalts itself above God’s intended purpose and function for our lives. Pride offers the illusion of God-like qualities, wherein we boast in arrogance and worldly wisdom. Every person has developed patterns of pride i.e. flesh patterns. Eve wanted to be “like God” in her knowledge, and was not content to live dependent and derivative on Christ. The antidote to pride is humility. "God gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God" (James 4:6).
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
To few Christians are converted. Many have given mental assent to doctrinal truths about God but are not allowing for the conversion of their mind, emotions, will and behavior, choosing rather to live in the delusion of humanistic independent thinking of being in control. A Christian being converted, walks by faith, allowing the "spiritual exchange" that they have received in Christ, to convert them from the dominion of Satan to God" (Acts 26:18).