Friday, October 18, 2019

Elective Abortion has Nothing to Do with Health Care

(Bolles Harbor, Monroe)
(I'm keeping this ball in play.)

Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, 
as though by instinct, 
at the threshold of any dangerous thought. 
It includes the power of not grasping analogies, 
of failing to perceive logical errors, 
of misunderstanding the simplest arguments 
if they are inimical to *Ingsoc, 
and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought 
which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. 
Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.

George Orwell
1984
P. 132

For example:
Abortion is Reproductive Health. 

Princeton jurisprudential professor Robert P. George, in Conscience and Its Enemies, argues that abortion has nothing to do with "reproductive health." So, the recently-passed (and joyously worshiped) Reproductive Health Act, in an Orwellian move, is misnamed and, as such, misleading.

George writes:

"The question at issue in abortion is not “reproductive health” or health of any kind, precisely because direct abortions are not procedures designed to make sick people healthy or to protect them against disease or injury. Again, pregnancy is not a disease. The goal of direct abortions is to cause the death of a child because a woman believes that her life will be better without the child’s existing than it would be with the child’s existing. In itself, a direct (or elective) abortion—deliberately bringing about the death of a child in utero—does nothing to advance maternal health (though sometimes the death of the child is an unavoidable side effect of a procedure, such as the removal of a cancerous womb, that is designed to combat a grave threat to the mother’s health). That’s why it is wrong to depict elective abortion as health care." (Kindle Location 2777; emphasis mine)

Elsewhere George writes:

“A huge irony: The NY law authorizing the killing of babies in the third trimester PROVES that the aim of the abortion lobby is NOT the protection of maternal health in circumstances of hazardous pregnancy, but is rather the right to destroy an unwanted child whose existence poses no risk to maternal health (in any sense of the term ‘health’ that amounts to anything other than a rationalization for killing unwanted babies). The only reason to kill rather than deliver a child in the third trimester of pregnancy and gestation is that the woman (or someone who is pressuring her to abort) wants the child to be dead rather than alive. It's the child's *existence*, not the pregnancy, which poses the alleged, ‘health’ risk. The pregnancy can be ended (‘terminated’) by delivering the baby alive, rather than killing him or her. So do you see the see the sophistry in the argument for abortion here? It's glaring.”

In other words, if the mother's health is at risk, and the third-trimester child is **"viable" outside the womb, why not deliver the child rather than kill it? 

Because...   this baby is unwanted.

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* "Ingsoc" - The English Socialist Party, better known as Ingsoc, is the fictional political party of the totalitarian government of Oceania in Orwell's 1984.

** I see no good reason to accept "viability" as the tipping point for determining human value. "Viability" is another example of Orwellian "newspeak," meeting the ideological requirements of a secular political culture.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

I Had a Dream About Pride

In my January 2012 class at Payne Theological Seminary I rented a car to drive from Monroe to the Dayton area. It was a black Ford Fusion - I loved driving this car!

When I pulled into the seminary I was pleased to see all the cars in he parking lot. There twenty-seven M.Div. students in my Spiritual Formation class. I was looking forward to meeting and being with them for four days.

It was hard to find a parking space. I saw a slot between a car and the building wall. I did not see a metal grate covering a 5-foot hole. The left wheel of the Fusion drove over the grate, and I felt something shift beneath me. When I got out of the car I saw that the grate had moved. Things now looked like this:


See the upper right corner of the grate? It's hanging by an inch or less. Had it moved just an inch more a bad thing would have happened. I breathed relief. I felt I had been rescued!

I've been rescued many times by God. I am certain more rescues have occurred than I know of. Here's one I am aware of.

This is my twenty-eighth year at Redeemer. I am so thankful to be here! But my first year was a challenge. I was a newcomer-pastor, and there were people who were not immediately accepting of me. One Sunday morning, in my first month, a man came up to me at the service's end. He was openly crying as he embraced me. With heartfelt sincerity he said, "I don't care what other people are saying about you; I think you are a great pastor!" With eyes wide open I thanked him for this.

Months passed.

Then I had THE DREAM.

I dreamed I was driving a bus filled with people in the Smoky Mountains. The roads were twisty and turning. I was having trouble steering. Finally, the bus came to a cliff that dropped off into nothing. I woke up. This felt like a nightmare!

I didn't tell Linda my dream. She knew I was struggling with some things, and bought a card for me. This card now sits in my office where I see it often. On the cover of the card there are mountains that look like the Smoky Mountains, with a road that twists and turns, finally coming to a cliff that drops off into nothing. Inside, the caption read: "Sometimes the road of life looks like this."

I was stunned. God is trying to tell me something! What was it?

During my prayer times I had been reading Francis Frangipane's The Three Battlegrounds. That afternoon I read Frangipane citing James 4:6 - God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. I stopped reading at that point. It was like God took a highlighter and emphasized it. Surely, I thought, this verse has something to do with my dream.

Later that day I arrived at my sons' school early, and went into the empty gym. I circled round and round the gym, repeating James 4:6 over and over - God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble; God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble; God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. The thought came that I should fast from food until God revealed the meaning of the dream to me.

On the fourth day of my fast I was driving to an Elder's meeting at our church building, still inquiring of God. Then, from heaven, came Proverbs 16:18 -  Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Then I knew. God was telling me, "John, if you don't get rid of this pride in your heart, you will take this church for a fall." 

I was glad when the Lord said this to me. I felt joy! I hurried into the Elder's meeting, and said, "I need to tell you something." I told them of the dream, the card from Linda, the quote from Frangipane, James 4:6, the call to fast, and the revelation. I told them my conclusion: "God has told me that if I don't get rid of pride in my heart I will take our church for a fall." None of the Elders disagreed with me about this.

This was a great rescue! By an inch, I think. Not only for me, but for the people I have since come to deeply love and serve.

Declarations on Peace

(My back yard)

Declarations on PEACE

THE SCRIPTURE

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you...” (John 14:27).

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).

THE DECLARATIONS

  • I speak to any worry, stress, or anxiety, and I say you cannot stay. Peace reigns in this temple.
  • Because I trust in God, I am kept in perfect peace.
  • I am known as a peace carrier at home, in the work place, and in all areas of my life.
  • I have a unique ability to remain peaceful, even as responsibilities increase.
  • I do not have to strive for peace, as God has already given it to me.
  • I bring peace to extremely intense situations.
  • Those who experience anxiety claim it leaves when they come in contact with me.
  • My home is filled with a tangible peace. When I walk in, I immediately feel at ease and calm.
  • My heart and mind are guarded and protected by God’s peace.
  • My family is blessed with peace.


  • From Steve Backlund

I Had a Religious Experience (A Few Thoughts)

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(Linda, in Glen Arbor, Michigan)
Experience,
not theory, 
breeds conviction.

Forty-nine years ago I had a religious experience. Someone said "God loves you" to me, and it set off an inner revolution.

I had heard those words a bazillion times before. They meant nothing to me, functioning at most as a kind of greeting, like "Have a nice day." I awarded them no intellectual assent. But on that day, in that moment, three beautiful words kick-started a movement in me that has not stilled. God loves me.


This was my beginning with Jesus. It was not phenomenally the same as what happened to C.S. Lewis, but qualitatively similar. Lewis wrote:

"As the dry bones shook and came together in that dreadful valley of Ezekiel's, so now a philosophical theorem, cerebrally entertained, began to stir and heave and throw off its grave cloths, and stood upright and became a living presence. I was to be allowed to play at philosophy no longer. It might, as I say, still be true that my "Spirit" differed in some way from "the God of popular religion." My Adversary waived the point. It sank into utter unimportance. He would not argue about it. He only said, "I am the Lord"; "I am that I am"; "I am." People who are naturally religious find difficulty in understanding the horror of such a revelation. Amiable agnostics will talk cheerfully about "man's search for God." To me, as I then was, they might as well have talked about the mouse's search for the cat." (From
Surprised By Joy)


God found C.S. Lewis, and God found me. I was receptive. I was a new wineskin, ready to hear that he existed, and he loved me. 


This did not happen in a vacuum. The soil of my heart had been softening for some time. I had started to hope for God. Then it happened. What shall I make of this?

  • If this event had not happened, I cannot be sure I would have become a Jesus-follower. It was that important to me. I needed something palpable, tangible, experiential. I don't know if everyone needs such a thing. But I, and Lewis, did.
  • The Day of Experience was not only the day God came to me, but it marked the last day of three years of constant drug and alcohol abuse. My pursuit of girls for sex came to a halt, except for one time in the first year as a Jesus-follower, where I went back to Egypt and blew it. That failure hit me hard, raising deep questions about who I had become, and what God wanted for me.
  • The fact that others in the world religions have religious experiences does not diminish the value of my own. I know, in my study and teaching of comparative religions, that persons in other religions claim religious experiences. I have lines of books on my shelves of comparative religion literature containing testimonies of people of other faiths. I've visited and taught in countries that are predominantly other-religious. But this does nothing to refute the experience I had and, BTW, still have, to the present day. I agree with William James who, in his Varieties of Religious Experience, writes: "A mystical experience is authoritative for the one who experiences it. But a mystical experience that happens to one person need not be authoritative for other people." I'm good with that. (With this exception: the mystical-religious experiences of certain other persons have carried authority with me because of their credibility. For example, my wife Linda has experienced many things, from God, that amaze me.)
  • The initial religious experience ripped me out of non-reflective deism, weak agnosticism, and practical atheism into full-blown Christian theism. Historically, this is undoubtable. This happened. I now believed in God, and in Jesus. I changed my undergraduate major from music theory to philosophy (fortunately for me the philosophy department at Northern Illinois University was excellent!). I viewed philosophy as the intellectual agora for addressing and discussing life's Big Questions. I now believed. This experiential belief had an evidential quality, propelling me to go after an understanding of what had happened. Now, years later, this has not stopped. I am a deeper believer in God and Jesus than ever.
  • I believe true religion (not the jeans - they are way too expensive) necessarily includes experience. In my studies of world religions, experience is paramount. Hebrew-Christianity, for example, is essentially about a relationship with God, a mutual, indwelling, experiential reality. This includes praying-as-dialogue with God, the sense of God's presence, being-led by God, and so on. And then there is worship. Worship is experiential and logical in the sense that: If God is love, and God is real, and love is about relationship (love has an "other"), then it follows that one will know and be known by God. How I love to worship! ("Know," in Hebrew, means experiential intimacy, not the Cartesian epistemological abyss between subject and object.) 
  • I realize certain atheists claim to have no religious experience at all. John Allen Paulos, for example, in his Irreligion, claims to not have a religious bone in his body. I don't doubt this. This fact does not rationally deter me, just as I am certain C.S. Lewis's religious experiences don't move Paulos from his atheism. (I'm now thinking of Antony Flew's recent conversion from atheism to deism. Flew was moved by the logic of the fine-tuning argument for God's existence. And the case of the famous and brilliant British atheist A.J. Ayer who had a vision and began to be interested in God.)
  • I am often taken back to my initial God-encounter. It functions, for me, my raison d-etre. Philosophically, it's one of a number of "properly basic" experiences I've had, and still have, and may quite well have today. See here philosophers like William P. Alston.
  • Since that original encounter I've supplemented it with ongoing biblical, theological, and philosophical studies. These are important to me. For example, if I thought that Jesus did not actually exist, I would abandon Christianity. (About ten years ago a teacher at one of our local high schools told his students that Jesus did not actually exist. One of our church kids was in his class. She called me, crying. "The teacher told me that he would consider evidence to the contrary if I could come up with some and bring it to class." I told her: "Why not bring me in?" It happened. I spoke in the high school auditorium to 170 students. The word had spread, and some other teachers allowed me to make my presentation. I spoke for 90 minutes on the actual, historical existence of Jesus. I had students come to me saying things like, "I saw someone on the internet claim that Jesus never existed, but now I see that their reasoning was wrong." For some stuff I've posted on this go here.)
My initial, life-changing encounter with God has led to a lifetime of Jesus-following, and God-knowing and seeking. I remain forever thankful that God did, and continues to, reveal himself to me. 

And, that it's not sheerly logical and theoretical, but relational and experiential.


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For further reading, check out I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship, John Byron and Joel Lohr, eds. 

And, Unbelievable?: Why After Ten Years of Talking with Atheists, I'm Still a Christian, by Justin Brierley. 



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I write about experiencing and encountering God in:

Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God.

Leading the Presence-Driven Church

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

C&F (Confess & Forgive)


Sunrise over Lake Erie, Monroe, Michigan

When Linda and I are asked "What makes for a good marriage?" we respond: confession and forgiveness. C&F. 

C&F is more important, more foundational, than clear communication. When X says to Y, "You are stupid," and Y responds with, "I hate you," they are communicating clearly. But this kind of clear communication does not make for a good marriage. The marriage that clearly communicates this way is going down.


Here's how I confess to Linda (and she to me). I say the words, "I was wrong to (do or say this specific thing)." 


Then I request, "Would you forgive me for doing/saying this?"


Finally, she responds with, "I forgive you."


C&F is more powerful than apologizing. Apologizing is a one-way street; C&F cuts both ways. Every confessor needs a forgiver. A certain kind of loving response is needed.


To confess requires humility. In confessing, I take responsibility for my hurtful actions and do not blame the other for "pushing my buttons." After all, those buttons are mine, and if I didn't have them I wouldn't have reacted the way I did. 


The confessor admits their own culpability in wrongdoing. This requires humility, accompanied by regret ("I am sorry I did that to you. Would you forgive me? I never want to treat someone I love that way.") Don't let pride keep you from doing this.

To forgive means: to cancel a debt. When Linda and I forgive one another (which we have done many times over 46 1/2 years), we release the other from any indebtedness. 


Forgiveness cancels indebtedness. If the Federal Government forgave your student loan, you would not have to make any more payments. When X forgives Y, X will not in the future "make Y pay" for whatever Y did. 

To forgive is not to forget. Yet our experience is that, when C&F are practiced as needed (and this is needed in every deep relationship), a lot of forgetting happens. C&F cuts loose the heavy anchor that had us stuck in a bad place, and now we're moving free from it. We no longer spend our hearts and minds brooding over the details of the struggle, because the matter has been settled and healed.


Why practice C&F? Because we are like the sinful woman who kissed and poured perfume on  Jesus' feet. She had been forgiven much. Therefore, she loved much.


(Note: If you repeatedly keep hurting your loved ones then get help. If a loved one keeps hurting you with their words or actions then: 1) forgive them; and 2) assist them in getting help for their repetitive harmful behavior. If you live in our Southeast Michigan area make an appointment to get help here.)


For scholarly, empirical data on C&F see University of Wisconsin scholar Robert Enright's The Forgiving Life: A Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of Love.


Check out Enright's International Forgiveness Institute.

The best practical guide to C&F is David Augsburger's Caring Enough to Forgive


Arguably, the best book ever written on forgiveness is Lewis Smedes's Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve

And the best book on self-forgiveness is Everett Worthington's Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free From the Past

Pastors: Develop a Discerning Community

(Garage scene from "A Beautiful Mind")
I've attended, even led, church planning meetings where we got together and "brainstormed" about what we should do. We stormed the gates of hell with our brains. We assaulted the darkness using our collective cognitive abilities. We layered the walls with ideas on paper, looking like John Nash's garage in "A Beautiful Mind."

I don't do this any more. 

The Presence-Driven Church is not a "brainstorming committee." It is a Discerning Community.

Imagine the Apostle Paul at a brainstorming meeting. The ideas are pouring forth. But Paul doesn't participate. Someone asks, "Why not?" Paul responds, "Why, since we have the mind of Christ?" (See here.)

The human brain is the craziest, most beautiful, impressive thing in the entire universe as we know it. The human mind is, no doubt, awesome. But the mind of Christ is more impressive. God doesn't even need a brain to have a mind. (God is a non-physical being. Note: there are people walking the earth who believe that "mind" somehow "emerged" from non-mental physical matter, thus falling in love with the idea that from nothing you can get something.)

God has ideas, correct? Our task is not to come up with ideas, but to discern the mind of Christ, and his already-existing ideas. 

This means developing people who are excellent discerners of the voice of God. These will be people who spend much time with God, are not "too busy to pray," and are not church people who come out of the woodwork "to vote." 

Discerning communities eliminate the word "vote." The language becomes, "What do you hear God saying to us?"

This challenges the "let's figure this out ourselves" mentality prevalent in American churches. This is the upside-down hermeneutic, which says, instead of us exegeting the mind of God, God exegetes us.  

For how to grow into a discerning community see:

Leading the Presence-Driven Church (John Piippo)

Pursuing God Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups (Ruth Barton) 

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life (Henri Nouwen)


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Leadership and the Ministry of Absence

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Monroe County Community College


At Redeemer we have many who serve in areas of ministry. I must trust them with this and  release them to it, without trying to control them. A some point I must not do the work for them. To help the laborers without invitation is to frustrate them. They will feel micromanaged, and grow resentful.

I must keep my hands off areas of ministry where I am not qualified. To assist where I am incompetent destroys trust. Unskilled pastoral assistance breeds mediocrity.

All this requires setting aside of "self" and ego. While the motivation to be of assistance can be pure, it can also be a sign of control. When this is the case, helping is wrong. 

Susan Cain, in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, tells the story of an introverted wing commander in the U.S. Air Force. He was in command of thousands of people, was a classically introverted person, and a great leader. Cain writes:

"He was also widely admired; when he spoke, everyone listened. This was not necessarily remarkable— if you’re at the top of the military hierarchy, people are supposed to listen to you. But in the case of this commander, people respected not just his formal authority, but also the way he led: by supporting his employees’ efforts to take the initiative. He gave subordinates input into key decisions, implementing the ideas that made sense, while making it clear that he had the final authority. He wasn’t concerned with getting credit or even with being in charge; he simply assigned work to those who could perform it best. This meant delegating some of his most interesting, meaningful, and important tasks— work that other leaders would have kept for themselves." (Cain, 55-56)

Pastoral leaders need to know when to help, and when not to help; to know when to be with others, when to be without others. In effective leadership there is a ministry of presence, and a ministry of absence.

Pastoral leaders must allow more qualified people to lead areas of ministry, and get out of their way.

Pastoral leaders must get over themselves, and allow others to come forth and shine.

To lead is not always to help; indeed, there are times when helping subverts leadership.

Abortion Rights - The Right to Kill Unborn Children

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(Monroe)
(I have to keep this ball in play. This is the other side.)

An article in the New York Times is titled "The Gathering Threat to Abortion Rights." 

Abortion rights: the legal permission to kill unborn children. 

Abortion rights: the right to kill your babies.  

The right to kill a person.

I am not being dramatic. That is the issue, and why it is so controversial. 

If the unborn child is not a "person" (like Peter Singer claims), then killing the inborn life form is not killing a person. Who would then care, except irrational mothers who believe the entity within them was their child?

But, if the inborn life form is a person, at every stage of its existence, then abortion is murder. 

This is why I, and many others, are scandalized by abortion. This seems to be why Eminem confessed, and cried for forgiveness.

This is why women (and occasional men, like Eminem) Linda and I meet, who have had abortions, grieve over their choice to terminate the life of their child. This is why they think, years later, of how old their child would be now? Of who they would be, had they not been euthanized?

The threat to every person's right to life. That should make us emotional. 

And rational.

For the reasoning, see "Abortion: A Logical Argument."

To go deep, please read Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice, by Francis Beckwith.

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My two books are:

Leading the Presence-Driven Church

Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God


I'm now working on #3 - How God Changes the Human Heart.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Power and Presence Renewal Conference in New Jersey

EAST COAST ...
We're coming your way!
New Jersey, November 8-9-10
Power and Presence Renewal Conference

HSRM leaders will be speaking at Power and Presence , a renewal conference in New Jersey sponsored by Central New Jersey pastors. Join us and be revived, refilled, challenged and empowered! Click View More for meeting locations and schedule. Free event!

Clay Ford and I will be speaking at this conference!

View People as Persons, Not as Problems

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With Al Willingham in Eldoret, Kenya
Pastors have their own problems. I know I do. I am so grateful for people in my church family who show me grace and love in spite of myself.

Some of my inner struggles have been healed. Gone! As regards those infirmities, I am free. 

Some of my shortcomings have gotten better, but I'm not all the way there yet.

I am unaware, oblivious, to other, perhaps many, of my faults. God, in his mercy, has not shown them all to me at once, since I would fall apart and be undone.

Before I went to India I talked with a friend who had been there several times. I told him the name of the airline I would be taking on the flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad. He said, "They hold those planes together with baling wire."

What holds me together is the love, mercy, and grace of God. God loves me, his mercies are new every morning, and his grace is abundant and overflowing. I am God's child. God views me, not as a problem, but as a person made in his image.

View people as persons, not as problems

Sympathize with, not criticize, their weaknesses. 

Under-stand them. Stand below, not above, them.

Love them, show mercy to them, be gracious unto them.

Help them, as you have been helped.

Forgive them, as you have been forgiven.

See the "weight of glory" upon them. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Afraid to Let the Holy Spirit Move?

(Somewhere in Ohio)

This Sunday morning one of our men took me aside and said, "This is beautiful, because it is not scripted. The Holy Spirit is allowed to move." More like the early church in the book of Acts, right? 

Sadly, there are church "services" that are programmed, timed, and scripted. Former Charisma Magazine editor Lee Grady expresses his concern about this in his article "Don't Be Afraid to Let the Holy Spirit Move."

Grady writes:

"If your church allows this kind of freedom for ministry, you are blessed—because many pastors today are afraid to allow the Holy Spirit to move. We've put the Spirit in a box. We have a long list of seeker-friendly rules these days, telling us that: 
1) American churchgoers only want a 60-minute church experience;
2) the only "cool" way to do church is to offer three songs, a short TED Talk and video announcements on a big screen and 
3) altar calls or extended prayer times will scare people away."

This is sad, because people need the reality of God's power, which cannot be programmed or managed or contained.

Grady gives seven things we can do to encourage the freedom of the Spirit in our churches. Click here to read them. 

Expect the Supernatural

Monroe County Court House

What a beautiful, empowering service we had this morning at Redeemer with Chris Bajkiewicz. Now it's late Sunday afternoon, and I am filled with expectancy. Expecting what? Expecting God. The supernatural. The Christian life is a  supernatural life (unless you're into entmytholgisierung).  

When Linda and I lived in East Lansing we met a woman whose marriage was failing. She began to receive counsel from us. We shared the gospel with her. She was a chemist, a very intelligent scientist. But religiously, she was a blank slate, barely knowing what a Bible was. Then she had a supernatural vision.

She called in the morning. She shared how she awoke in the middle of the night. Before her, in her bedroom, she saw a lamb, and a cross with blood on it. The lamb, she said, was pure white. She watched this vision, like someone viewing a hologram, for thirty minutes. She insisted she was awake the entire time. 

It shook her deeply. It opened her up spiritually. After this event, she wanted to hear more about Jesus.

As I am praying and reflecting tonight, I am filled with expectation for what this week will bring. I am looking forward to God's supernatural activity in my life, and in my church family. 

Dallas Willard asks, "Can a normal person like me really be capable of having the same kinds of experiences as did Elijah or Paul? Who am I to put myself in the place of these great ones? Who am I even to suppose that God might guide me or speak to me, much less that my experience should be like that of Moses or Elisha? Such questions may seem to honor the greatness of God, but in fact they contradict what God has taught about himself in the Bible and in the person of Christ. God’s greatness is precisely what allows him to pay close attention to me or anyone and everyone else, as he chooses. God’s greatness is shown in his ability to work within anyone." (Willard, Hearing God Through the Year: A 365-Day Devotional, p. 44)

Willard suggests reading and meditating on these words of the apostle Paul. Take them to heart. I'm writing them on a card and carrying them with me this week. 



Now to him who is able to do 
immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us, 
to him be glory in the church 
and in Christ Jesus 
throughout all generations, 
for ever and ever! 

Ephesians 3: 20-21

Expect.

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I write about hearing God and God's supernatural presence in my two books.