Cabin with Jesus 7: Come & See

abideAs we neared the Father’s Cabin, I began to imagine what it would look like. Would it be a magnificent mansion on an imposing hill?  Would it have all the modern conveniences of a royal summer resort? So far all my expectations had been turned upside down, so I tried not to even bother guessing. Jesus, I am finding, is full of surprises!

We drove up and down and around on a narrow curvy driveway lined by thick forest and breathtaking views of a lake. Jesus looked over and said, “Almost there! Are you ready?” I nodded, with a thousand unasked questions percolating in my mind. “Ready for what?” I thought.

Where will I sleep? 

What will we do? 

Will others be staying with us? 

What will we eat? (Does Jesus even eat?)

Most of all I wondered what the purpose of this weekend with Jesus really was.

“Jeremy, just come and see,” Jesus said. But I hadn’t even voiced my questions. Being in the presence of someone who can read your thoughts is very strange and disarming!

He repeated, “Just come and see. The things I’m going to show you can’t be explained. They can’t be learned in a book or passed on secondhand. They must be experienced firsthand. You must come and see for yourself.” Continue reading Cabin with Jesus 7: Come & See

Feeling the Love at MainStreet!

Here’s a sweet and thoughtful video our church put together for Keri and I for Pastor Appreciation Month. All I can say in return is “Thanks for being such a fun, grace-filled, caring and committed church family to lead.”

I hear other pastors complain about the shenanigans they have to put up with — petty complaints, internal division, relational conflicts, stagnant attenders going through the motions, disgruntled elders, stubborn old church ladies, etc. —  and I always walk away thinking, “Wow, I’m blessed to shepherd this particular flock!” Continue reading Feeling the Love at MainStreet!

Cabin with Jesus 5: Meeting Jesus

I was awake well before the sunrise. I paced the house, deep in thought. What will it be like to meet Jesus face to face?  How should I address him? A handshake? A hug? Should I fall down prostrate in worship? Should I offer him some toast and orange juice? 

My thoughts were both practical and ridiculous all at the same time.

What kind of car will he drive? Will he come like modern royalty in a limousine with Michael the Archangel as his chauffeur? Will he come in a more biblical fashion like Elijah with a whirlwind riding in a chariot of fire pulled by horses of fire? 

My stomach was in knots. I felt ill. I was not afraid in the usual sense….but absolutely terrified in another sense. I was weak in the knees.

What will it be like to look the Son of God in the eyes? What will he look like? I couldn’t help picturing him as Charlton Heston, even though he played Moses! Then my mind began recalling the Apostle John’s description of Jesus in the Book of Revelation. I reached for my Bible and opened to the first chapter of Revelation and read:  Continue reading Cabin with Jesus 5: Meeting Jesus

2016 Election – Food for Thought


For those who are struggling to support either candidate in this upcoming election, Ed Stetzer has a great series of posts at The Exchange blog at Christianity Today.  This one below provides interesting food for thought. Note: I have no idea who this 3rd party candidate is, and am not hereby supporting him. But I resonate with the general message to those who cannot bring themselves to vote either Clinton or Trump.


Cabin with Jesus 3: Traveling Light

“Great!” Jesus said. “I’ll pick you up in the morning then! See you at sunrise!”

Tomorrow? I thought, pondering my schedule. Isn’t this a bit last minute?  Tomorrow is Friday, a work day. I wanted to suggest we go after work, or maybe the following weekend but then quickly remembered who I was talking to!

“Are you sure? That’s a bit sudden.” I suggested. “I will go with you, but first let me go make sure its okay with my wife and family.” Continue reading Cabin with Jesus 3: Traveling Light

Why Fear a God of Love? (1 Peter 1:17-19)

Join us as we continue our journey through 1 Peter verse by verse!

Last post we explored 1:13-16 where Peter helps us set our hopes not on any earthly hope but on the salvation realities found in Christ. In a world driven about by knee-jerk emotionalism and untamed desires, we are called to be driven instead by minds that are actively engaging the truths of God and not intoxicated by fuzzy ideas or common deceptions. We are surrounded by people every day who are, according to Peter, “conformed to the passions” based on “ignorance.” Here’s the passage again:

13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance….

We are called to be different, set apart, odd and strange in this world as we conform our thinking and behaving to the Way of God revealed in Jesus:  15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Now, before we get haughty and begin looking down our noses at others who are still “ignorant” of God’s Ways (Peter’s words, not mine), we are warned that we are all individually accountable to God and he will not play favorites and cut us slack because we’re on the “inside.” The God we are privileged to call Father is also a holy judge.

17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile…

The same God who Jesus taught us to address intimately as Abba, or “daddy”, is also the holy God to whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess as Lord. We are to live securely in his grace, knowing he is merciful and loving; but also live with an appropriate measure of “fear” during our time on earth. Paul likewise urges: “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling…” (Phil 2:12).

What does it mean to fear a God of love?

Continue reading Why Fear a God of Love? (1 Peter 1:17-19)

Cabin with Jesus 2: The Invitation

My heart nearly lept out of my chest with excitement. And yet the lump in my throat was hard to swallow. I was paralyzed with delightful dread at the thought of a personal invitation from Jesus.

“What kind of an invitation?” I asked. Again, still wondering who the prankster was on the other end of the phone. Yet this made sense of the surreal surroundings. The strange hue of sunlight creating a sunrise-twilight effect in my room. The cloudy haze making the world around me seem somehow clearer. Whether I was dreaming or not it did not matter. Whatever realm of consciousness I was inhabiting in that moment, it had me in a very real conversation with the Jesus I have known for so long. And I was going to give Him my full attention. Continue reading Cabin with Jesus 2: The Invitation

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