Signs and Wonders and Whales, a Story of Faith

Gray Whale Tail

Lately a lot of bizarre and unusual things have been happening in my life.

Mostly I’m amazed and I get a renewed trust and faith that God is part of my life.

But part of me gets saddened when these things happen.

Why?

Because the scripture most often quoted at me by Christians is this, something Jesus said…

The only sign that will be given to this evil generation is the sign of Jonah (Mark 8:12, Luke 11:29, Matthew 16:4)

The trouble is, when you apply this to what God wants to do in the life of a person eagerly following Him and wanting to do His will, you would be wrong… Continue reading

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Stepping into Crap – a story of the Holy Spirit

dove

God’s Word tells us – Jesus tells us – that He sent The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to abide with us – that He would not leave us alone, to fend for ourselves.

Ever wonder what that looks like from HIS perspective?

One day, in prayer, I asked God to show me that He was still with me, that He hadn’t abandoned me, that He was still with me.

That day, as on many days, I’m out for my bike ride down at the beach bike path here in Los Angeles, and I stop for a bathroom break at a public rest room I’d not used before. It was one of the nastiest restrooms I’d ever seen. Continue reading

Distractions – Maintaining Concentration and Focus

Driving Cars in a Traffic Jam

So I thought to myself, hey, what a great idea… why be stuck in my room on the computer when I can just take my netbook out to the beach, and do my writing there?

Of course, there’s no WiFi anywhere nearby, so I’m resorting to either LibreOffice or BlogDesk to do my writing.

It turns out, this particular spot on the beach, though very picturesque, is also kind of distracting. The view has the Santa Monica pier on the left, the hills of Malibu on the right, and people bicycling and rollerblading left and right.

The point is, while I’ve got the Pacific Ocean in front of me and these great views left and right, I’ve also got the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH to the locals) behind my back. And most of the time there’s a lot of traffic and it’s kind of noisy. Yeah. I’m not one of those city folk who just got used to the traffic and can blot it out.

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How Baby Jesus Became a Slimy Snake

This season is all about WHAT happened for most people. The story is all too familiar, right? A stable, some donkeys and shepherds and wise men. Throw in a few angels and of course Jesus, and you have The Christmas Story.

What’s missing here is the WHY? What’s the real point to all this, the deeper meaning? What’s the big deal about the arrival of THIS particular baby?

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Am I a Bible-Thumper, or What?

What.

Huh?

Meaning, not a Bible Thumper. The other thing. The “what”. Though I kind of am. A thumper that is. Wait. Which is it?

One day when I was still in my teens, my mom, observing how I was always reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, asked me, “Why don’t you read your Bible once in a while?”

To which I replied, “Because if I want to read fiction, I’d rather read something interesting.”

Wow. I have been eating those words ever since.

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Feeling out of place can be a GOOD thing

Another Place by Rob :)
Another Place, a photo by Rob 🙂 on Flickr.

Ever feel like you don’t belong in this World? Like there really isn’t anyplace here that feels like home? Does that make you wonder if there is something wrong with you?

Why would I say that this feeling is a GOOD thing?

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Feeling like you don’t belong here is a sign that God’s trying to call you, to tell you something. It’s possible to feel lonely even when surrounded by people. Ever get lost in a big city? Sometimes the more people, the more lost you feel.

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So the World Hasn’t Blown Up Yet

* Asteroids * by pareeerica
* Asteroids *, a photo by pareeerica on Flickr.

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That final climatic Winter Solstice of 2012 happened in Los Angeles around 3AM this morning.

It’s now 4 hours later, and I haven’t even felt a mild earthquake here.

Was all the commotion about nothing? That’s really not much of a surprise to me.

Why?

Not the reason you would think. Not the scientific ones, or the historical ones. Rather, because the Bible has been 100% accurate about it’s predictions thus far. And…

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