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
One of the interesting things that happen as you pass 70 years, is the amount of time you spend in creative Christian speculation —speculating about heaven, the rapture, and all the things of the end. I wasn’t necessarily thinking about my … Continue reading →
Dealing with death creatively when my wife went home has been a major personal learning point. Creative people commonly think differently. I tend to think that most creative people understand this. Maybe I’m just strange—surprise, surprise. For example, I’ve mentioned … Continue reading →
Now we are on the cusp of entering a new possibly final decade and I find myself stunned. Yes, I knew my wife could go home any time. But, I was not ready for the reality. However, the Lord graciously … Continue reading →
We knew it was coming. She left peacefully. Rev. Patricia Harper Bergsland went home today. Yes, she finally made it home. What an amazing woman she was—a strong, Godly woman who loved Jesus above all. Thankfully, I was second on … Continue reading →
This season I was given a Patrick Carr Magi Tale to review, no strings. By its very nature, this is an extra-biblical story as there is virtually nothing in the scriptures themselves. That being said, entertainment reveals itself here. There is … Continue reading →
To repeat, Christian fiction matters to you and your readers. Your witness may be crucial. Time is short. The final harvest is underway. What’s your part? Why is the Lord calling you? As the end of the age approaches, we need … Continue reading →
One of the blessings of walking with the Lord for many years revolves around the fact that maturity brings good memories if you work at it. In Proverbs 1: 27 & 33 I read, “when your fear comes as desolation and … Continue reading →
“Therefore watch always and pray that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen and to stand before the Son of Man.”Luke 21:36 MEV Scripture doesn’t say that without watching and praying you’ll miss the rapture—but … Continue reading →
This is the updated map as I am now well past the halfway point of Book Two: The Staff of Darkness. Demonic powers grab control of Ferrelar with the willing encouragement of its new king. I’m shooting for a holiday release … Continue reading →
We must understand that Life turns vanity into Faith and that’s all that matters. Without Faith, I can’t please God. Without God, I’m dead in my sin. Think Hell. Of course, that all sounds very simple. It is. Yet, it’s not … Continue reading →