Dark Speech

God created man in his own image. In God's image he created him. (Genesis 1:27) So what are we reflecting?
I am coming to see more clearly that the content of our comments, our thoughts and reactions, what circulates in our imagination – all these direct the flow and direction of the development of our disposition, which in turn affects our feelings, choices, habits and finally determines our character. Thus our disposition strongly affects how our mind interprets every circumstance and has a direct bearing on the course of our life resulting in either stronger or weaker character.
If my self-talk and/or my default attitudes about circumstances when talking casually with others is negative, disparaging or dwells on negative things or feelings, that affects the way I will feel about how God views me and relates to me. By allowing negativity to reign in my thinking, that same negativity becomes the filter through which I perceive how God relates to me, and my expectations for evil a…

Angry Jesus

He entered again into the synagogue, and there was a man there who had his hand withered. They watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day, that they might accuse him. He said to the man who had his hand withered, "Stand up." He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath day to do good, or to do harm? To save a life, or to kill?" But they were silent. When he had looked around at them with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts, he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored as healthy as the other. The Pharisees went out, and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. (Mark 3:1-6)
Studies of the human brain and how we experience emotions have led brain scientists to identify six major negative emotions people experience that can cause problems if one does not learn to recover from those emotions. These same studies have concluded that the norm…

Saving Thomas

Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed." (John 20:29)
I have processed this story in the past and arrived at similar conclusions, yet I want to revisit this again to explore it a bit deeper. In brief, I feel that the reputation of Thomas 'the doubter' has gotten not only a lot of very undeserved bad press, but that we are still missing some really good news in this story. Maybe this is partly due to our penchant for projecting our own faults onto others instead of accepting responsibility for our own indulgence in the very things we accuse others of doing wrong. But this is a rather precarious path to follow.
Therefore you are without excuse, O man, whoever you are who judge. For in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself. For you who judge practice the same things. (Romans 2:1)
Did Thomas indulge in doubt about the veracity of the witness from his fellow disciples? I do not den…

The Living Among the Dead

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They entered in, and didn't find the Lord Jesus' body. It happened, while they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing. Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He isn't here, but is risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again?" They remembered his words, returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest. (Luke 24:1-9)
Throughout His ministry Jesus repeatedly chided people for their unbelief in Him. But just what did He have in mind when He talked about belief or unbelief? Was it si…