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Well, today it came to my attention that I have had several comments since August that were getting sent to Spam. I thought when someone submitted a comment that it was supposed to automatically be posted, unless it looked like spam, then it would be emailed to me for approval. Evidently I was wrong. So, I will be checking more frequently. Perhaps, discussions that should have happened did not but in any case, send in your comments and let’s have some conversations about things. I more than welcome them. Thanks for reading!


Well I meant to write about a recent trip I had to the Carmelite Retreat Center. However, it’s been a long while since I took that retreat. But even so, the effects are still evident and this time with my new friends at the retreat center and found myself engulfed in a Catholic world that felt so familiar. It was like visiting a family member that you have been out of touch with for sometime. You come together and remember all the wonderful things we have in common as family. I know, many in the church of Christ heritage might disagree with me for even going on a retreat let alone consorting with the “enemy.” I must say, I could not disagree more. God was present and working in powerful ways through two friars, my brothers in Christ, Father Stephen and Father Jerome. I have NEVER come to discern the Way more fully than during my time with these brothers of mine. Late nights with Father Stephen, talking theology and life, turned into one of the most meaningful moments and transitionary times of my life. It reminds me of Peter’s proclamation of Christ as Lord, Son of the Living God. The awareness was evident and yet, even now, I am only partially able to understand the full magnitude of the mission of Jesus. There are many days where I imagine Jesus looking at my struggle with the Way and saying, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

Yet, it cannot be taken away from me that Jesus, the Son of the Living God is more predominantly the Lord of my Life. Father’s love stand as the precipice of my delight and joy. His love, daily reaches deep into my unworthy heart and touches the core of my life. Often, I find myself joyfully tearful and unable to speak. Yes, for me that is quite the feat.

The truth is, I am not wanting to share the deepest moments of my journey with the Carmelite order. Rather, what I hope is that someon reading this might be encouraged to begin seeking this love and joy that I speak of mor fully. To remember that life is not about serving the system of religiosity and doctrinal demands. For God loves us the same no matter what path we choose and Christ’s blood is still spilled for all who claim him as their Lord and Savior. The point is seeking God. It is to see David’s quest as our own.

Psalms 27
Of David.

The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.

One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.

Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
O God my Savior.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.
Teach me your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing out violence.

I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.

(emphasis mine)

For more information about the Carmelite Order I highly recommend checking out these sites…

New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia:  Carmelite Order

Carmelite Website

Mount Carmel Retreat Center

So I guess we have a shy crowd

Posted: Aug 14, 2008 in Updates

Seriously??? No one has anything to say about possible future topics? OK, then back to the same old rants, LOL. God bless you all and may God be your guide this day.


Posted: May 16, 2008 in Updates

I have to admit. Sometimes I wonder why I even signed up for this service. I wonder if what I have to say is even relevant to the people I am hoping will read. I kind of trailed off my writing a couple of months back due to a VineLife follower of Christ who said that he can’t understand half of what I write. So, I guess you could say, I wondered what the point of writing was if I can’t even communicate effectively to those who I am writing to. However, I also find that in writing, I bring a bit of order to the chaos of thoughts going through my head. It is a door way into a human heart. While my thoughts may not be relevant to certain people, they represent the freedom that God has granted us to explore the full gamut of his kingdom come.

You see as I read some blogs (not intended as a generalization), I often still sense a bit of a tendency to nail down truth in the realm of whatever the blog topic might be; baptism, theology, decline of the church, etc. However, what I am finding is that God is not interested in our defining truth. Rather, he has already defined it once and for all in Christ. OK, this is such an ambiguous statement, that in many ways is trying to define truth. But hear me say this, I am not trying to define truth beyond the foundation in Christ that has been laid. The freedom comes in, when we apply truth to any given context or situation. It is when we engage culture with Christ leading the way in.

Truth is not something we master or even uncover rather it is revealed. The crazy thing is that though many of us had the Truth revealed to us by God’s Spirit, we now think it is up to us to reveal the Truth as truth bearers. I wonder. Is this our job? Or perhaps we are called to simply reveal the Truth of God’s reign in the way it was revealed to us. Perhaps, it is in the telling of the story that we find others coming to Christ. Think of Deuteronomy 6. Where is evangelism? Some would argue it’s not there. I would say it is there, just not in the marketing, self-promotion or condemnatory ways that we so often see. Right in the midst of raising up stories and stones (see Joshua 4) that will help us remember what God has done for us. Sadly, truth has become for many nothing more than a judgment of what we believe is right for our lives laid in black in white upon others. Is this oversimplified? Give me your thoughts and opinions. That is, if I have effectively communicated, the Truth. ; )