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
Yes, beauty drives Christian creativity and I wonder what happened. I’ve got two Christian speculative fiction books I promised to read, but they’re so dark that it’s really a struggle. I just received a major revelation a couple days ago. … Continue reading →
A New Jerusalem built of gemstones is beyond comprehension. We get all worked up about a tiny diamond. But, with the Lord, in the new creation, construction will be with gemstones. No more reinforced concrete. I was reading this week … Continue reading →
An exciting catholic urban fantasy by Brian Shotton presents spiritual warfare as over the top superhero entertainment. One of the refreshing things about catholic fiction are the larger than life heroes and heroines. They often inspire through their seemingly superhuman … Continue reading →
Yes, the required refreshment 2020-style surprise came out of left field. I could regale you with the major traumas of the year, beginning with the unexpected death of the love of my life in late December. I have never experienced … Continue reading →
The Reign Series offers speculative refreshment in a world gone mad. As we bring the end of the church age to a close, a simple breath of fresh air seems like a life raft on a stormy sea. Here’s a … Continue reading →
Resistance is Fertile latest Shattered Galaxy offering by David G. Johnson is a joy to read. The characters are marvelous. The story is fun. The world building is complex and entertaining. David is an excellent writer. This one continues off … Continue reading →
Bringing reality to Christian fantasy touches the heart, if you allow it. The virus has been a real blessing to me. I’ve been left alone to write eight or more hours a day. It’s been a life-changing experience to live … Continue reading →
Indebted by Charmayne Hafen is an interesting fantasy with some unusual twists. It’s about a young girl with some severe problems including abuse and abandonment. Through several events she becomes the best swords”man” in the “world?” She gets in trouble by … Continue reading →
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 →