Some real life thoughts on belonging and togetherness.

Our ember conversation — belonging and togetherness In our little Ember-sphere, we've had some super helpful [I think they're helpful] conversations around the idea of belonging. We are all working toward the goals of the organization, which are narrow and specific, but we are also becoming good friends in the process. So, our topic of … Continue reading Some real life thoughts on belonging and togetherness.

Friendship with God — Psalm 84:5 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Friendship with God Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage (Psalm 84:5, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice). So where do we go from here? Take some time and meditate on this passage of scripture from the psalms. Blessed are you who … Continue reading Friendship with God — Psalm 84:5 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Friendship with God — Matthew 7:24 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24) “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are … Continue reading Friendship with God — Matthew 7:24 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Friendship with God — Psalm 84:1-2 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God (Psalm 84, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice). What a journey we have been on … Continue reading Friendship with God — Psalm 84:1-2 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

What about me? Church as Family. A conversation for the outliers.

What about me? [Church as Family] In my article, Church family? Or maybe we just call it family?, I spoke mainly to those who find themselves within a more typical church structure — gathering on Sunday to worship together and to hear a message, meeting on Wednesdays for small groups. But there are also followers of … Continue reading What about me? Church as Family. A conversation for the outliers.

Friendship with God — Matthew 4:4 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Friendship with God — Freedom From Expectation But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice). What a helpful addition to our journey into this topic of Friendship with God. … Continue reading Friendship with God — Matthew 4:4 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Friendship with God — John 15:9 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (John 15:9, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice). This is such a profound statement found in scripture. So, let’s not move past it too quickly. Jesus says that in the same way … Continue reading Friendship with God — John 15:9 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Authentic Church. Is this really about structure?

A Conversation of Authentic Church. We can begin here. Authentic church. I have had some really helpful and insightful [along with some challenging and difficult] conversations around the topic of church. Some of these conversations are based on articles I've written, if you missed them the first time around, here are a few you're welcome … Continue reading Authentic Church. Is this really about structure?