All Things Possible

Have you ever had an encounter or conversation with someone where you later said to yourself “I should have…” or question yourself thinking, “Did I miss an opportunity?” Sometimes we later wonder if we were supposed to have been the hands and feet of Jesus to someone, but for whatever reason we did not. Helping the Homeless Discernment is the toughest part of determining whether to step up and help, or not.  People’s situations are not always as they appear, as evidenced in this photo of a homeless man who has his own laptop computer. My husband used to live near Venice Beach in California. One time he saw a man in a wheelchair begging for money on the beach.  A short time later, Michael witnessed this man go across the street, get out of his wheelchair and carry it up the stairs to an apartment facing the ocean. Unfortunately, … Continue

Who Am I?

Who you are is your self-identity, the way you look at yourself and your relationship to the world. Understanding this, allows you to examine who you are and more importantly who you were created to be. IDENTITY According to Webster’s dictionary, the word Identity is a noun, defined as: Who someone is; the name of a person; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others. A person’s individuality. Synonyms for identity include Name, Character, Identification, Integrity, Personality, Status, Distinctiveness, and Uniqueness. OUR PERSONAL IDENTITY CHANGES WITH AGE Have you ever thought about who you might become in the future? Personal identity is the concept you develop about yourself that evolves over the course of your life. Your personal identity may include aspects of your life that you have no control over, such as your physical statue, the color of your skin, ethnicity, or where you … Continue

Faith Comes Easy When Life is Good

All Things Possible

But what happens to our faith when we lose our jobs, are hurt, struggling, sick, betrayed by someone we trusted, or when someone we love dies suddenly or leaves us? That is the real test of our faith. FAITH IS TESTED Many people struggle with their faith at different times in their lives. Some of the most committed spiritual leaders have struggled with doubts, just like everyone else. The very essence of faith is to believe in that which we cannot see. 2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us “For we live by faith, not by sight.” Spiritual realities are not tangible and are be experienced outside of our senses. When what we actually see and feel becomes overwhelming, doubt and fear creeps in. Faith that is mingled with fear is marred and becomes less effective or completely ineffective. The quality of our faith must be pure to keep the evil one … Continue

Is someone stealing your Joy?

all things possible

Is someone stealing your Joy? There are 242 references to Joy in the Bible. It is clearly important to our Lord that we are joyful and that we recognize that He has given us the joy in our lives. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.     John 15:11 So how do we respond when we encounter someone who seems to have more than their share of complaints and drama in their lives? They are unhappy about something nearly every time you speak with them. You can be having a wonderful day, until they contact you…. That’s when your happy face is replaced by a furrowed brow and the room is filled with a heavy feeling in the air. In fact, we can be tested just being around them to the point that the very air in the room feels like it … Continue

We Are Called to Live in Community

Called to Live in Community

  So what does a community look like? It can take many forms, from a club, social or support group to an ecovillage, co-living or spiritual community. A community of people stands in living relationship to one another around a common center and common goals. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! – Psalm 133:1   COMMUNITY MUST BE INCLUSIVE The great enemy of community is exclusivity. Groups that exclude others because they are poor, divorced, lack talent, or of a different race or nationality are not communities; they are cliques. Exclusivity appears in two forms: excluding the other and excluding yourself. An example of excluding yourself might be taking the stand about marriage, “This is harder than I thought and not what I signed on for, so I’m just going to move on.” COMMUNITY REQUIRES COMMITMENT, HUMILITY & GUIDANCE A Community, like a … Continue