Like grape branches that must be lifted up and placed along a cross-like trellis to produce fruit, allow your thoughts and feelings to be lifted up to the Cross of Calvary, so the Gardner can help you cultivate virtuous fruit. If you let Him, He will even lift up your heavy, anxious branches and wrap them around Himself, the Cross, …Continue reading →

Back to Being!

In our fast-paced modern world, pride can disguise itself as busyness or even success. I am not talking about healthy responsibility. I am referring to taking on more and more stress until there is no time for spontaneity, enjoyment, and rest. We shove God off His throne and replace Him as the center of the universe. We think to ourselves …Continue reading →

Stations of the Cross

In Catholic theology, the stations of the cross are a 14-step devotion usually practiced on Good Friday that commemorates our Lord’s last day on earth qua human. I just spent a few days at Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside, a Roman Catholic monastery O.S.B. (in the order of Saint Benedict) praying, meditating on God’s Word, and walking the stations …Continue reading →

The Gospel as Retroactive

Negatively speaking, Israel was intended to be an example for us of what not to do (1 Cor 10:6). Their hedonism was spiritual idolatry (v. 7). Christ was their Provision in the desert (otherwise they would have died), yet they tested Him (vv. 4, 9). Christ became the true Vine (John 15:1) replacing the withering vine of Israel (Ezekiel 17:9-10)

Kingdom Living: What Does Living the “Good Life” Mean from the Perspective of the Tanakh?

Kingdom Living By Chester DeLagneau June 7, 2015 OLD TESTAMENT Kingdom Ethics There is only one true kingdom and that is the kingdom of God. Christ came and inaugurated the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is paradoxically both here and not yet. That is, the kingdom has been activated but not fully actualized. Complete actualization will commence at …Continue reading →

“There’s no God!”

God does not tolerate His children. He values their inherent worth. We are not His pet projects to be fixed. We are His lifelong lovers. God knows us by name and clothes us with His righteousness so we can enjoy an intimate relationship with Him. This is the Good News! Sadly, some christians today do not have either the time …Continue reading →

The Best Version of Yourself

Be kind. Be understanding. People are fragile, whether they show it or not. Learn to recognize the frightened child in all humanity by listening rather than talking. Just as you were when you were a child—afraid of failure—you will undoubtedly be tempted as an adult with the fear of not being accepted by your peers. The same goes for all …Continue reading →

Suffering Love

As Believers we are called to “rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15, ESV). It is easy for us to celebrate with those who are joyful, jealousy and envy aside. But to sympathetically mourn with those who are suffering is to slow down and show love. This suffering love is a testimony to the world …Continue reading →


Fear stifles creativity and productivity. When we focus on our fears we unconsciously activate our sympathetic nervous system, which stimulates activities associated with the “fight-or-flight” response. This distress signal to our autonomic nervous system takes blood away from our extremities, including our brain, and rushes it to our vital organs. When this happens, our body overrides rational thought focusing on …Continue reading →

Correlation Between Happiness and Character

Happiness is not contrary to character, but complementary to it. Happiness, properly understood, is not merely the thin, shallow concept of an elated emotion that changes minute by minute, but the state of wellbeing (shalom) that one lives virtuously, day by day. This Christian concept of happiness is the result of sanctifying one’s character through acts of self-sacrifice. But self-sacrifice …Continue reading →

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