Sunlight through old growth forest, Oswald State Park

2014 — The year where nothing is impossible for God

“And God said, “Let there be light.” Genesis 1:3 God’s word is his command. He performs his word. God’s word is active in my life. What he says about me and the characteristics he attributes to me I must put on. In my own might and struggle many things are impossible — but with God’s…

If Bonhoeffer were a blogger I’d follow him

I don’t want to be lazy but Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s 1936 letter to his brother-in-law Rudiger Schleicher, expresses my heart and thoughts exactly. First of all I will confess quite simply – I believe that the Bible alone is the answer to all our questions, and that we need only to ask repeatedly and a little…

2013 — A look back

Every year I take a short solo weekend somewhere close as a sort of spiritual renewal and to intentionally look at the past year.  I sit now in Astoria reading journal entries from my 2013 solo trip to Seaside. As last year, the weather here is gorgeous — beautiful blue sky, no wind, no precipitation…

The fiery hoodoos of Bryce National Park

Jesus, the Word is experiential

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light…

Jerusalem, Israel

A tale of two lives

“But that is not the way you learned Christ! —  assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit…

Wildflower, Sandy River Delta

You have not abandoned my soul

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1 I am thankful for the good fortunes brought upon my life by my God, my Father, my Jesus.  I am thankful for your word which lights up…

Comfort in the unknown

“As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.”  Matthew 17:22-23 The disciples didn’t want their time with Jesus to end.  Even…