Cleansing

The Art of Centering Clay

The Art of Centering Clay

Centering clay on a potter’s wheel is a messy and demanding operation, requiring tremendous concentration. Why? Because the clay doesn’t want to be centered! It resists “surrendering” to the potter’s hands. Don’t we all? I learned pottery during my hippie years one summer when I was trapped in DC, trying to get to the West Coast on my motorcycle, but with never enough money to leave town. I had no idea in those days…

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The Curse and Gods Redemption

The Curse and God’s Redemption

I have heard so much confusion around the promise of redemption that I hope this will clarify a few things about why we suffer the curse and its consequences and how God works through it all. Just because God works in a redemptive way with the curse doesn’t mean that He needed or wanted us to be messed up by it! Can you agree with this statement? God would surely much rather work creatively through us than redemptively for us.…

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The Pick Ax of Praise

The Pick Ax of Praise

Thanking God for blessings is child’s play compared to what is actually set before us as the answer to life’s hardest problems. What do you do when you are reeling from the blows of adversity and emotional pain? The Word tells us to thank God in all things and for all things. He does not causes evil, but He can overturn it, bringing a greater blessing out of it than any evil the enemy put into it in the first…

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Our Inheritance from the Old Man

Our Inheritance from the “Old Man”

Isn’t our true inheritance “in Christ”? Yes! Naturally we need to focus on our new inheritance in Christ, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have another inheritance to make peace with. Every newborn Christian has an inheritance from the old man—the person they were before Christ entered in. Depending upon how recklessly, or how extravagantly, we “put on” the old man, there may be a considerable inheritance…

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