by JPALM Posts

12/31/2013 / Faith

While culturally time appropriate, this post originally had nothing to do with New Years or resolutions. I actually drafted most of the ideas back in October but I’m just now getting around to finishing it up. I suppose because the calendar is such a pivotal part of our world, its somewhat natural to use the first of the year to decide on some changes or goals, but honestly, change should be happening throughout the year – whenever it’s necessity is recognized. Life is a process of growing.

12/04/2013 / Faith

In Luke 14:15-24 we’ve got the account of Jesus telling the Parable of the Great Banquet. Check it:

15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” 16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now

11/30/2013 / Faith

A few weeks ago, I was asked if I wanted to do the sound AND video/projection at my church for a private Thanksgiving party that was being thrown by the outside family that cleans our church. (During Sunday worship this is a 2 person job.) It was one of those…

11/22/2013 / Faith

It’s funny how you can’t ask difficult questions in a familiar place, how you have to stand back a few feet and see things in a new way before you realize nothing that is happening to you is normal. The trouble with you and me is we are used to what is happening to us. We grew into our lives like a kernel beneath the earth, never able to process the enigma of our composition…Nothing is normal. It is all rather odd, isn’t it, our eyes in our heads, our hands with five fingers, the capacity to understand beauty, to feel love, to feel pain.
-Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

I’ve written little ‘tidbits’ about perspective in the past (Perspective 1, Perspective 2)… When I came across the above quote it just reminded me, again, of the many lessons I’ve learned, repeatedly, over the past year. One of the most recurring lessons has been nurturing a particular healthy perspective. There’s practical perspective. There’s logical perspective. I’ve been instilled all my life, through parenting and school, with practical and logical perspective – being able to reason out issues. Working out issues (often times with the input and help of others) comes naturally to me. I do it daily – in my job. But that only gets someone so far.

11/17/2013 / Faith

… that I never touch… because I use the Bible App on my iPhone 5 or BibleGateway.com on one of my computers. It’s just easier – and I always have it available. I rarely think about how I am so grossly spoiled. Forgive me, Father. & thank You.  

11/13/2013 / Human Trafficking

“Here she is… Promising she’s going to protect me. Promising me I can belong to her family. My family had always told me I wasn’t good enough to belong to them. Here’s this person telling me she’s going to protect me and teach me. I went with her gladly. Gladly. Relieved. I thought I was saved. I thought I was rescued. Little did I know I was going to be in the worst hell I’d ever been in before.”

What is human trafficking/sex trafficking?

11/11/2013 / Music

It’s not that I won’t remember where I’m from Just don’t wanna be here no more It’s not enough (We’re only half alive) I’m gonna go (We’re only half alive) Where the rest of the dreamers go Daydreaming Daydreaming all the time Daydreaming Daydreaming into the night

11/06/2013 / Faith

It’s said that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow coined the phrase “Music is the universal language of mankind”. That’s a bold statement – but one that I believe holds merit because music is, indeed, a very powerful and beautiful creation. Music sets and changes moods, music heals, music encourages, music breaks down, music hurts, music speaks clearly those thoughts that we sometimes can’t verbalize. I believe God can use anything for His purpose – it doesn’t necessarily have to be overtly “spiritual” or “Christian”. That certainly holds true for His gift of music as well.

10/29/2013 / Faith

Relevant Magazine posted an article today entitled “Why I Still Go to Church” written by a self-proclaimed “pragmatic believer”. As a devoted follower of Christ, I am obviously very much for the institution of church. I was excited to read a fellow believers reasons for embracing the church in a generation where so many millennials are giving up and leaving. I would encourage you to read the article and then seriously consider why YOU are part of a church and the reasons that ‘church’ exists.