Today begins a new offering to the Lord and to you. It will be an irregular sacrifice called:
The Fire of His Presence
It’s the result of a lot of prayer, repentance, and deep cleansing from the Holy Spirit. Actually, at this point, I am merely recognizing how much cleansing still needs to be done in this 41-year-old believer. Since the Lord called me out of my drugged stupor January 15, 1974 it has been a wild ride. He’s accomplished a lot.
But in many ways, He’s accomplished more in me over the past few years than he did in the first four decades. Minnesota 2005-2015 has been another wilderness experience for me, much like West Virginia was in 1978-80, New Mexico was in 1983-91. As you can see, stubborn that I am, it’s taken a little longer each time [because, of course, I thought I was in good shape].
Presenting yourself as a living sacrifice
“I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship.” Romans 12:1 MEV
Silly me! I thought I’d been doing that. But then a sacrifice dies, and my old man was still kicking and screaming. So, I’ve been asking the Lord to kill it off completely. More and more I want to be a tool in His hand (the Master builder/carpenter/craftsman/Creator).
So in the coming days, weeks, months, and years, I intend to share what He’s doing. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.
A list of posts: Newest to Oldest
Mark Romang’s New Redemptive Thriller — Tomorrow’s Dawn — shows how Godly speculative fiction can be done without compromising entertainment. Mark’s books are excellent. The A Race for Tomorrow Thriller series is his best yet. The characters are complex, intriguing, and … Continue reading →
Choices determine character — here and there — slapped me in the face this morning. In the midst of radical change, I’m struck by how I got here. Uprooting and moving a thousand miles to somewhere you’ve never lived before … Continue reading →
The Church’s view of itself often has little to do with reality. The idea that we are to be overcomers called through tribulation to intimacy is quite foreign to current teaching fashion. It doesn’t sound positive or uplifting. But it … Continue reading →
A Fire in the West brings the Christian fantasy Stonegate Series to a classic finish. This dystopian view of the US about a hundred years into the future shows what might happen after the collapse of civilization in North America. To readers of … Continue reading →
As we finally (after three and a half years) begin to set up our home in New York, I find myself praying more and more about what God is calling me to do way out here near the East coast. What … Continue reading →
It’s strange to be in a new area new state new city after working and praying since January 2015 to get here. Rochester’s full of old-growth trees of all kinds—absolutely gorgeous trees. We’re within a mile of Lake Ontario, which … Continue reading →
The Christian life builds on paradox. Many of the deepest truths result from actions or experiences which seem strange, at best. Take the phrase our suffering brings comfort as an example. This seems like foolishness, masochism, or much worse. It surely … Continue reading →
We really all have one purpose: Becoming one with our Messiah —communion. Everyone has all these things to do. But everything remains busywork except for that one thing we can’t do. Only Jesus can bring us into communion. All we do … Continue reading →
Today, I want to talk about this reality: Born of God just imagine — really. How many of us spend most of our lives merely thankful to Jesus for saving us? We pray to Him, talk with Him, and watch Him … Continue reading →
I found an enjoyable relaxing read as Elvensty gives excellent Christian fiction — yay! Though I missed the redemptive and Spirit-filled aspects of the faith, the reality of Christian living shows through this seductive fantasy. I’m not talking about sex but the empathetic, … Continue reading →