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 …

Divine Peace, Sermon-First Sunday after Easter, 23 April 2017

St. John 20:19-23       by the Rev. Dennis Washburn, Ph.D. The Gospel today is rich in content. There is Christ’s appearance to ten apostles, and His commissioning them to ministry. Each of these elements could be the theme of a variety of sermons. This morning, I would focus on the general meaning of the risen Lord’s appearance to the apostles. Even …

Prayer Fasting Guide

Prayer Fasting Guide? The one I promised to complete long ago? Well, I apologize to those waiting. It’s coming, eventually. I’m in the midst of a major rewrite of Food in God’s Place. I also plan to price FIGP at $5.99 instead of $9.99. As I just have not had time for the updates with my work schedule, I’ve set …

Pray and Fast for Syrian Christians

Pray and fast for Syrian Christians. According to The Voice of the Martyrs, “Christians in Syria are fleeing en masse from threats, kidnappings, rapes and murders. …hundreds are crossing the border into Turkey and Lebanon daily. Sadly, these panic-stricken refugees have faced horrific circumstances and ongoing threats. Some point to a government that failed to protect them; others to the …

Forgetting to Breathe and Preventing Spiritual Anorexia

As I have written before, to see differently, we must believe differently. Changing what I believe is usually difficult. Fasting used as a focal lens for prayer and as a tool to help me understand my true dependency upon God can aid me in shifting and changing my framework of beliefs. Getting rid harmful beliefs is like casting out a …

View of Others? Changing It Requires Raising the Dead

In thinking about my view of others, I find it appropriate and divinely serendipitous that today’s writing in Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest coincides with my reading of Mark 9 and occurs the week before Easter. What I think and believe about people creates my view of others. In relationships and life, believing is seeing. My view of myself …

Chief of Sinners

Chief of Sinners Paul describes himself as the chief of sinners. This also refers to an experience all maturing as disciples must go through. A day will come when all of us will think of ourselves as the chief of sinners. My stepfather, one of the top ten blessings in my life, and I agree on many things. As a …

Listen to God

Few Christians dispute that they need to listen to God, but Oswald Chambers wrote in the February 12 writing of My Utmost for His Highest that we frequently do not listen to God. ‘We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God—we simply don’t listen to Him.’ Rather than to listen to God, Chambers goes further to say we prefer to listen …