Entries by pete

Community

Relationship has always been the wild card of the human story. It seems to be God’s strategy. It is both the beginning and the goal. Therefore, to understand about community it’s important to look at the beginning.

Windows to Wounds

I am convinced that the story of our childhood determines who we are as adults. As I have said many times before, none of us got through life without being wounded by our parents, siblings, teachers, coaches and so on. None of those people who influenced our lives as children were perfect. No, they had their own stories of brokenness that they were living out of.

Out of Hiding

Like so many of Steffany’s worship songs the lyrics and melody are so honest and raw they are almost haunting. The first words grip me. Because of multiple layers of shame we hide and so often live with the bondage. We long for rescue. The God of unfailing kindness simply says, “Come out of hiding you’re safe here with me.”

Valiant One

I have a big ole NIV Study Bible that I have had for many, many years that I actually don’t read out of that often anymore. The other day I was nudged by the Spirit to pick it up and read out of it. As I picked it up a piece of folded paper fell out in my lap. As I went to stuff it back into my Bible I became curious as to what it was, so I opened it up and began to read. This is what it said…

Background Worship

The artist has arranged several popular worship songs into piano pieces that work really well to have on in the background while reading/thinking/journaling, etc. For me, I can’t have music on with the lyrics being sung while I am trying to practice the solitude and hear from God. But the familiar melodies are comforting and inspiring to me. 

Whose Line?

I used to like to watch the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” hosted by Drew Carey. The show consisted of a panel of three or four performers who create characters, scenes and songs on the spot, in the style of short-form improvisation games. Topics for the games were based on either audience suggestions or predetermined prompts from the host. While sometimes a little coarse, watching the performers act out different situations on impulse was hilarious.

God As Lover

What keeps us from fully embracing the idea that we have an all-powerful, creator God who will stop at nothing to capture our hearts?

Yes, it’s true we’ve bought into the lies of the enemy and signed up for agreements for things that are not true.  Yet, something more is at play . . .

God As Lover

What keeps us from fully embracing the idea that we have an all-powerful, creator God who will stop at nothing to capture our hearts?

Yes, it’s true we’ve bought into the lies of the enemy and signed up for agreements for things that are not true.  Yet, something more is at play . . .