The Forever-Embrace

Forever-Embrace What?

You know that feeling when you’re suddenly aware that you are in a place that is both safe and right and that you “belong” here?  That’s the embrace part.

The forever part is how you feel when you sink down into the reality that this embrace can never be taken away from you!

It’s both Good
AND Safe
and
will never go away.

No matter what happens, regardless of what life throws at you, you have One Good Thing that can never be taken away. That is what I mean by “forever-embrace.”

 

Forever-Embrace is a poem – in reality the lyrics of a song –  that reflects on both my personal experiences and my prayer for a country that is on my heart.

Forever-Embrace

Only you can bring joy in the morning, Continue reading The Forever-Embrace

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Still Small Voice

Listening
+ Listening

This final week of the year is a time when many people choose to look back over the past year, taking stock of all that they have set out to accomplish. It is also a great time to set new goals for the year to come.  In the course of my year-end review, I came across an article that gave me a fresh perspective.

Here is Continue reading Still Small Voice

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As A Man Thinks In His Heart, So Is He

Really, it’s all about selfishness, self-centredness.

Proverbs 23:7 says, “…for as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Okay, so I was all set to wax eloquent about how it’s important to balance rational thought with one’s emotions, love others as we love ourselves, and other Continue reading As A Man Thinks In His Heart, So Is He

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Life in the Eternal Embrace

 Note: This post is one of several articles written to expand upon what appears as stark statements in my recent book "Shalom Path:Journey of the Heart."

When you read the phrase, “Eternal Embrace” how do you feel? Stifled? Longing?  Content?  I suppose your reaction says a lot about where you are in your life journey.

Swallowed by the Blob

I spent enough time in my younger days, struggling to have enough space to breathe. Back then, the concept of an embrace meant suffocation.  I strongly Continue reading Life in the Eternal Embrace

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Before Nothing; Outside of Time; Wrap Your Head Around This!

If something exists before there is a nothing, it must be so completely “other” that it can’t even fall into the category of “something.”

Who/what existed before nothing was? It’s impossible to talk about the infinite, the immeasurable, the unfathomable…but, of course, people have been trying for eons and I, I must add my feeble attempt to the folly of the ages. I swiftly grasped that mere prose would not do the trick. I’m no poet, but these are the best words I could muster. Read at your own risk. PH

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Ekklesia: Tapestry of Love, from Colossians 2

"I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God's great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else."
Colossians 2, The Message

 

Note: “You” is the plural form, as in “you all” (or “y’all”, if you’re from Texas). There is no rugged individualism here. As in most of Paul’s letters, they are Continue reading Ekklesia: Tapestry of Love, from Colossians 2

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sin…ugh!

There’s no way I can write a single blog that tackles all aspects of sin. First, I’m not an expert. Secondly, the word has been loaded with too much baggage over the centuries. We have been programmed to think about sin in ways that God Himself didn’t intend. All I can do is toss out a few ideas that may spark some thought, trigger some memories, or start some discussion. I’d love to hear feedback.

Sin
What is sin? That’s a loaded question. To some, the very word evokes emotions of Continue reading sin…ugh!

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Integrity

Integrity: What it is

To understand the concept of personal integrity, first consider the lowly integer. A single numeral, for example “7”, exists without fractions or decimal points to further define it. The integer is untouched, undiminished, and complete all by Continue reading Integrity

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