Remember Christ, A Poem by Paul Ray

. REMEMBER CHRIST Since storms will come and winds will blow Since people die and conflicts grow Since plans will fail and leaves turn brown And friends will sometimes let you down Remember who gives life and death And loved us with his dying breath. * Since stocks will crash and chairmen lie Since cancer kills and crime’s too high …

Christian Meditation for Panic and Fear

Christian meditation serves as an extension of prayer and assists me in keeping my mind focussed on God. More relaxed concentration benefits all areas of my life. Many distractions hit me daily and cause me to lose focus on God and the best of life. This practice of Christian meditation enables me to concentrate more easily and deeply on my …

Calling found in Journey: Matthew 10:1-4

Looking for an Easy Answer to Calling? To find calling, I need to prepare myself for a journey without expectation of a specific answer, time, or place. Obtaining this answer requires effort: mental, spiritual, and maybe even physical. Most of all, it requires I prepare myself to hear the whisper of God’s Spirit. Matthew 10:1-4 Jesus called his twelve disciples …

Praying Workers are Few Matthew 9:35-38

Today, praying workers are few. Why? Praying workers are few because many church workers look to the need described here, ‘harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd,’ run out to meet the need, but disobey the command stated here, ‘Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers.’ The command contained here is to ‘ask the Lord,’ …

Invisible Church? Where else can I find unity?

The church fathers listed the invisible church a key tenet of the Nicene Creed, an essential Christian belief. The Nicene Creed lists it as “I believe in one holy Catholic and Apostolic church.” Catholic means universal. Apostolic means continuing from the teaching of the apostles, the church which composes the body of Christ. Invisible Church? Where else can I hope …

New Years Resolution for Blogging

A New Year’s Resolution for me this year as I start to blog again after a few months away from it is to make sure that when I first read and write about scripture is to first reflect upon how it applies to me. Sometimes last year I tried to remove specks when there was a plank in my own …

Poor in Spirit

As we continue the study of the Sermon on the Mount, remember ‘poor in spirit.’ When looking at his teaching, we will frequently despair, ‘I can’t do this.’  This is normal. This is our nature. This despoir is us trying to do this on our own. We must return to the first beatitude, ‘poor in spirit.’ We cannot become what …

How to be Happy as a Materialist

To be happy as a materialist is possible. Dave Peard once said to me that money couldn’t buy happiness, but you could buy a Porsche and drive up real close to it. I’ve given it some thought, and I think I’ve figured out how you can be happy as a materialist. First, carefully guard your base of friends and make …