Category Archives: Flame

Sidearm & Sword, Trumpet & Harp

I stood in my barracks utterly spent, and war-torn by the day’s goings-on. Slowly I dismantled myself next to my wanting bed, unfitting myself of my well-used armor. Virtue by virtue, I took myself to pieces until I stood plain … Continue reading

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The Good Wife I Have Found

THE GOOD WIFE I HAVE FOUND She with long velvet locks, pouring like glory upon the head. She with befreckled face like a starry setting for two tiger-green luminaries. She with slender frame and tender voice, this is the wife … Continue reading

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Questions. (When I Fear Backsliding)

Questions. (When I fear backsliding) Am I gonna be comfortable or burdened? Do I care more about America than Americans? Am I more concerned with how people perceive me or how people perceive Jesus in me? Which is better, the … Continue reading

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Psalm 51: Lessons in Brokenness or Preaching to Yourself

PSALM 51: Lessons in Brokenness or Preaching to Yourself I gotta say, it seems to be happening more and more often that, before teaching a message to our congregation at Calvary Chapel Iron River, that I have to first “live … Continue reading

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Refresher

Refresher I’ve been reminded, yet again, how easy it is to leave my first love…the young, happy love of my espousal unto the Lord. That early, crazy, nutty love that had you telling EVERYBODY what just happened. I’m forgiven! I’m … Continue reading

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I Have Felt the Tremors: Part 2

I Have Felt the Tremors: Part 2 At about 4:15 on a Saturday morning in May, seven men—pastors and ministry leaders—loaded up into our 2005 Mercedes Sprinter to drive roughly 24 hours to Philadelphia, PA. The drive was filled with … Continue reading

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War-Fight-Go-Trust: Psalm .013

WAR-FIGHT-GO-TRUST How many times have I been here? Waiting it out…fighting the war. Dug in so deep I forgot where I started digging. Days seem ancient and forgone, thinking back. Countless hours spent in a close-quarters grudge match, Me vs. … Continue reading

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