Letting Go of Your Past: Chapter 2: You Are Not Your Parents’ Father or Mother

Parental Inversion and Substitute Mate When a parent is immature, incapable or unavailable, a child may sometimes take responsibility for that parent, sacrificing their childhood in order to fulfill the role of the errant parent. This is called parental inversion. Sometimes the parent is not only MIA (missing in action) as a parent but also […]

Letting Go of Your Past: Chapter 1: Growing Up Again — In Christ

Spiritual Parenting If you are in the red, it’s great to get out of debt. But its even better to be in the black. It’s not enough just to go from negative to zero. Who wants to stay a big fat zero … i.e. broke? In the same way, once the lost are found, they […]

My Wallet Returned by an Honest Man

On Monday morning around 6:30 am, I strapped Noah into the ergo and took a walk out to Watanabe Bakery to get a fresh loaf of bread and 99 cent day-old anpan. It wasn’t until the next morning that I realized that my wallet was missing. Elisabeth drove us back to Watanabe Bakery but they […]

Letting Go of Your Past: Introduction

Letting Go of Your Past, a book by John & Paula Sanford, is part of the curriculum of the Elijah House Basic I training course which Elisabeth and I took last summer at our church, Living Streams Christian Fellowship. I’m finally getting around to reading the book. This is a book summary where every blog […]

The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn

This quick read injects a healthy dose of fear regarding the nauseating consequences of sexual impurity. Some take-aways: “Purity is always smart; impurity is always stupid.” Obedience doesn’t make you holy, it shows you are wise. Jesus equates leering with adultery. So we have to steer way clear of any possible opportunities for lust to […]

Expressions from Heaven

Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) God knew the prophet Jeremiah even before he was conceived. I think spirits of people are in […]

Praise the Lord!!!

Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; […]

Heart Director

“We have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thes 3:4-5). Paul had great faith in the Thessalonians. He was confident of their obedience to the gospel […]

Glorified in you, and you in Him

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints (Psalms 116:15). Witnessing obedience in affliction is something worthy of taking a quiet moment to ponder. There is sweetness about worship in the midst of suffering. There is beauty in the patience endurance of the saints. In 2 Thessalonians 1, we see […]

Living Streams – 10/05/2008 Worship Set

Theme: Christ Reigns Team so far: Truman – keys, lead vocals Elisabeth – drums Lance – bass, vocals Paul – tenor Dr. Steve – acoustic guitar New Doxology (Key G) Praise God from whom all blessing flow. Listen to full track at Last.fm The anthem portion of the song is on a separate track. The […]

Living Streams – 9/28/2008 Worship Set

Theme: Entreaty asking for God’s will to be done on earth. A member of our church is the director for 40 Days for Life in Honolulu. 40 Days for Life is a 40 day campaign going on right now throughout the country to pray against the practice of abortion. Prior to him sharing about this […]

Then they will know that I am the LORD

“Then they will know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 29:21). Prophecies of destruction often have that last little phrase at the end. It makes me wonder: “Why can’t people know that God is the LORD when He does good things?” I guess it is said to those people that are wicked and stubborn. If […]

Lessons for the wise

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever (Daniel 12:2-3). Many will be purified, made spotless […]

Full Power to Shields

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time (Luke 4:13). This verse makes me think of those nature TV shows where a lion is prowling around in the high grass, stalking a herd of gazelle. The devil is like a prowling lion. In Luke 4, the devil had […]

Nothing But Leaves

Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs (Mark 11:13). A green leaf is a sign of health … a sign of life. It means that a […]

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