Cross and Flame - Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame).

Counting the Cost

  When we prepared to move here so I could be closer to my new church assignment, I wanted a house so that I did not have to drive all the way from Carrollton.  The words from my husband’s mouth still echo in my mind whenever I look at yet another house with that twinkle…

Unless the Lord Builds the House

Unless the Lord Builds the House

We have started this journey together by first laying a foundation of love.  For four weeks we have looked at love and arrived at the conclusion that God is love and God is the initiator of love as evidenced through His Son Jesus Christ.  Having saturated our spirits with this knowledge, we continue by asking…

A Righteous King

A Righteous King

In the Lord’s Prayer, we find these words:  “Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  There is such a powerful message of hope, joy, peace and love in these words when you take time to think them through.  These are the same themes that we focus on during…

A Spiritual Encounter with Jesus

A Spiritual Encounter with Jesus

Introduction Several friends were sharing about unique encounters in their lives.  One friend worked as a security guard and had the honor of taking James Brown around to see Dallas they day before one of his concerts.  He took him to see one of the newest African American churches in Dallas.  Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church…

Rend Your Hearts Before God

Rend Your Hearts Before God

We have guarded our hearts from the cruel reality of the world and have thus become desensitized to the darkness that prevails.  In our own little bubbles, we are immune from the pain of others.  Ash Wednesday reminds us of our mortality, our humanness, our finite existence. Do we weep for mothers whose daughters and…

Growing in Favor with God

Growing in Favor with God

The Boy Jesus at the Temple 41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they…

We've got the power

We’ve Got the Power

We’ve Got the Power (because we know the source of the power – our heavenly Father) Introduction – Prayer is one of our spiritual disciplines.  One of the load bearing beams in this earthly house. Some of us learned about prayer early in our lives. So much of what we learned had to do with…