Looking Within Your Soul

by D. Brent Sandy Ready for scalpel? Not so fast my friend—how did you come to the awareness that surgery was needed and might be helpful? Preparation: In our lives many of us have made a visit to a health-care facility for at least one of the following tests. An X-ray: beams of energy are sent throughContinue reading “Looking Within Your Soul”

The Spirituality of Clothing

Scripture Resource Passage: Colossians 3:17                   The Johannsen family consists of Roberta who is a single mom and three adolescents. Rachel is thirteen, Ron is fifteen, and Robert is seventeen years of age respectively. Roberta acknowledges that encouraging spiritual values with her teenagers is a challenging process.                    Insightful and helpful spiritual wisdom for adolescents may comeContinue reading “The Spirituality of Clothing”

I See Clearly

Scripture Resource Passage: John 12:1-36 Disastrous—catastrophic implications. You see his chest rise and fall with every breath, the banquet’s food and drink passing over his lips. Sitting so close you see his sunburned face, the color of his hair and the concern of his countenance.  Strong startling words are recorded; they are wrapped in poeticContinue reading “I See Clearly”

Unlikely to be Chosen

Scripture Resource Passage: John 1-7 Joachim the Extrovert and Roberto the Introvert             Yelling and screaming for three hours at the game—no wonder his throat feels like a rough-shod shoe. Words spoken evening’s after a game come out in a basso-sounding rumble. Before the 2020 pandemic shut down the game, Joachim stood with thirty thousand closeContinue reading “Unlikely to be Chosen”

An Amputated Soul

Scripture Resource Passage: John 21:20-24             Disconnected. An amputated soul—as in a cut-off arm or leg. If the limb is gone, it is gone—disconnected.              Peter (a close follower of Jesus) disconnects himself, when he presumes to know more than he knows—thinking he understands more than he understands. Amputated—please read today’s Scripture Resource Passage with care (JohnContinue reading “An Amputated Soul”

Recovery When Life Tumbles

            “Even though I know words about the Bible, and have investigated Bible-words, I am always like the prodigal son coming back to the Father after making poor choices.” Painfully aware of his troubles Richard sorrowfully spoke these words (Luke 15:11-32).             Satan means such awareness to be a stone over which he would stumble. God intendsContinue reading “Recovery When Life Tumbles”

Rest, In Response to Fear

Scripture Resource Passages: Matthew 11:28-30 American poet Barbara Veech graciously consented to share these words. I am honored to provide them through the site. Pause and rest And notice shadowed patterns             On a leaf. Listen as the delirious mockingbird             Delights in each day. Breathe breezes blown             From far away. And…  Stop and rest And swayContinue reading “Rest, In Response to Fear”

Maturity Looks Like

            If Bill is a maturing disciple of Jesus, then we should expect to see Christ-like characteristics in his life. These traits of character would not be confined to his meetings with other disciples (whether in person or via video chats).              To Bill it would not make a difference whether individuals are male or female orContinue reading “Maturity Looks Like”

Just for you?

Resource Scripture Passage: John 20:19-29             Fear marked the gathering. Not everyone made to it the assembly point. They were meeting in the doorway’s shadow to death. Thus, they barred the door (John 20:19). They were keeping a wise social distance. Not because of a virus, though they were each infectious—tainted by the presence of the man fromContinue reading “Just for you?”

Inquisitive Child to World-class Philosopher

Scripture Resource Passage: Acts 17:16-34                    God uses scientific, philosophical and spiritual education in establishing pathways of communication. Perhaps, long ago and once upon two times it happened, just like this…                    Ara was a child prodigy. He was always talking about the stars. Many nights his family would find him sketching stars onto a smoothed section ofContinue reading “Inquisitive Child to World-class Philosopher”