December 14, 2017

Beasts In The Kingdom

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, … Genesis 3:1,2 Scripture is a masterpiece of understating and […]

Difficult Scriptures – John 3:1-5

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said […]

David vs. The Rich Young Ruler

Oswald Chambers asks, “Are you more devoted to your idea of what Jesus wants than to Himself?” “Yes, Lord, I am.” I will admit that my answer came so readily because God’s been hammering away at me for months to get me to see the distinction in a personal way. How often I pick the […]

Raspberry Wars–Remaining Fruit

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit … John 15:5 NIV You did not choose Me, but I chose you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain … John 15:16 NAS I’d been […]

Raspberry Wars, Part Two: Kindness

“I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.” – Charles Schultz I stood at the gate of my raspberry garden admiring the beauty of the place. I’d been working diligently there for months and it showed. The plants were green and well watered, the ground uncluttered, the perimeters trim and the berries a deep magenta. […]

Help! For Help?

Editor’s note: The following comment was recently posted to an essay we ran called Those Who Dance Are Considered To Be Insane By Those Who Cannot Hear The Music. Here is what Help? wrote: I wish I knew God like you do….Could hear His voice. I feel like an Israelite, sitting in the camp, waiting […]

Raspberry Wars, Part One: Healing

The dinner dishes on the counter would have to wait. Recent events made me feel desperate for my raspberry garden. Two yellow Labradors knocked me off balance as I bent to pick up my pail outside the back door and descended the steps into the expanse of grass. The dogs rolled and tumbled across the […]

What Is My Portion?

“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 One of my daughters has travelled to more than a dozen countries in the last year, sometimes for work, sometimes […]

The Silence Of God

Words are my primary love language. I learned that about myself when I was barely old enough to talk. Other children my age played with dolls and toy trucks; what comforted me most was a notebook and pencil. I couldn’t wait to learn to string words together into sentences and paragraphs and deep conversations. When […]

Becoming A Dangerous Christian

Editor’s note: Lisa Dye is a regular contributor to the Internet Monk community. We recently ran another post about the Dangerous God you might want to read in conjunction with this word from Lisa. Recently, two close friends and I hired a life coach to join us at a lake cabin for a weekend retreat. […]