• Beauty in a Whisper

    “…but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.” ~1 Kings 19:11b-12~ Wind, earthquakes, and fire. We have all three in Northern California. All three can create quite a stir and generate a big voice widely expressed. All three attract attention and all three can be so impersonal, creating some level of anxiety with wh…

  • Watch & Warn

    I was enjoying the drive from Weaverville to Redding, coming around a sharp corner to see a man standing in the middle of the road waving his hands dramatically as he dropped a cone on the highway. I was very glad my attention was on the road. A logging machine had fallen off a flatbed trailer at the other end of the curve, and I wasn’t far behind them when it happened. The highway was ¾ blocked. I backed up, turned on my flashers, helped put out some more warning cones and devices, and st…

  • Neighboring

    "And on that day, says the Lord of Heaven's Armies, each of you will invite your neighbor to sit with you peacefully under your own grapevine and fig tree." (Zechariah 3:10) These words were spoken in a prophetic vision to the prophet in the context of the people being set free from exile. They had been scattered, and now God was calling them to prepare for regathering in their holy city, Jerusalem. God was also revealing the appointing of a high priest, Jeshua, who was cleansed and given…

  • Submission

    “Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men…” (1 Peter 2:13a) “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1) “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21) We have been studying our way through Ephesians in our church family, and today we came to Ephesians 5:21. Submission is not a topi…

  • Angry Voices

    I am thinking today about a fascinating story in Numbers 22. Balaam, a prophet, was headed in a direction that God had initially told him not to go. Balaam was listening to the wrong voices. He saddled up his donkey and headed off on a misguided journey with the princes of Moab. But the Lord stood in the road to oppose him. I am intrigued by what the Bible says: 23 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road in…


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