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"I AM that I AM."
Almighty God )

Revelation Redemption Resurrection


Fascinating people boldly transforming their lives before us. Discussion for your group:

What hurt or wound challenges you most?

Dreamers Hill

full to the overflow


 . . . the fruit of the Spirit is
and self-control.
There is no law (Jewish Law) against such things.


Dreamers Hill

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE.

 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to SAVE THE WORLD through Him.

Whoever believes in Him is NOT CONDEMNED, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son."


Be Liberated

Being Fit

. . . .

whatsoever things are true,

whatsoever things are honest,

whatsoever things are just,

whatsoever things are pure,

whatsoever things are lovely,

whatsoever things are of good report;

if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

_ Paul


living water


I am made in the image of God, not your image of God.

What If: We Seek Justice?

In a poignant sermon, speaking of Jesus' righteous indignation in the temple, Rev Diaz reminded us - for the cause of Justice - to Whip It Good, and how, and why!

Whip It Good!

"A few weeks ago I told the story of Miriam, who survived the holocaust in World War 11.

"Miriam told her son years later of two objects that sustained her in her life in those times.

"One of those objects was a piece of bread she always had somewhere on her clothes. The other object was a broken piece of a comb.

"So a piece of bread and a piece of comb!

"She kept the bread in case someone needed it more than she did.

"Imagine that! You're going through this struggle and you are holding this just in case somebody might need it. And also, she kept the comb, so that every morning and every night to be sure to do her hair and comb it.

"She said that she wanted to make sure that your outward appearance somehow made a connection with the divine worth that she had on the inside.

"The smallest thing: bread and a broken piece of comb: one for justice and charity; and the other to affirm the person that gives her strength as she lives out her call and her life."

Fetching Water

And that's a cool thing our Associate Pastor told us.


Love - Martin Luther King Jr

Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.


In The Light

FOLLOW the trail

An Extraordinary Adventure

[ Phase 1 ]

Exploring the Authentic Nature of True Love


Phase 2

Examining blood-stained Golgotha


(Phase 3)

A transforming experience of The CIRCLE, by way of land and sea, Beyond Resurrection Morning, across The Desert, through The Valley


(Phase 4)

On to The Lean Side of The Mountain where Jesus is delivering Phenomenal Life Strategies

Let your light shine.


Trapped, Cornered, or Leashed?


Be transformed by the renewing of your MIND, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


A clean mirror is an excellent place at which a healthy mind may pause to pose practical questions pregnant with consequential outcomes.

A suite of such questions might well be:

"Self (personal name), am I where I want to be? Will this step and the next I am about to take lead me to where I must of necessity be (called to be / plan to be / desire to be / deserve to be)? Self, if I am even tempted to say, 'my steps are ordered by the Lord,' can I sit at breakfast with the Lord, eye to eye or cheek to cheek, and authentically say, 'Lord, you ordered each step I take'?"

A follow-up trio of questions might well be, "What lord am I referencing? What voice am I hearing? Do I know how best to assess outcomes certain to follow each step I take?"

As a matter of personal practicality I find it enabling to know the times and have a season when I must step out from echo-chambers to where my authentic voice is clear, and away from 'jargon' and 'noise' to that place where the still voice of assurance is unequalled. What about you?


The Lord is my strength and shield.
    I trust him with all my heart.

He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
    I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

The Lord gives his people strength.
    He is a safe fortress for his anointed king.


We have just begun our virtual climb to the top of blood-stained Golgotha, where once stood the cross upon which Jesus, The Christ, was crucified, and from which Jesus cried out such mournful sounds no human in this life would relish shrieking from the depth of the soul. And yet many do!

This road we are climbing is winding up-hill, well-worn, noisy, and so dusty there remains an ongoing clamor for clarity and cleaner air, for it is a path so polluted, some climbers are finding it hard to breathe fresh life-giving breaths. Yet still, along our climb to its blood-stained top we are sharing our stories, for in these and from these some of us are finding respite and upliftment and resolve and recourse and guidance and encouragement and hope and strength and restitution. Stories have extraordinary power. They shape reality. (We're advised to remain ever aware of our stories!)

ALL acts Have Consequences!

This is a fundamental nature of our Universe.

All living creatures known abide in this fundamental reality: all acts (all: every single one - good, bad, and indifferent) have consequences intended and/or unintended regardless of the nature of its actor. This is an inescapable conditition of revealed existence, not a whip of condemnation nor a threat from The Divine Creator.

This enabling realization will cast a brilliant floodlight on our discoveries during our virtual climb to the top of Golgotha to explore a unique moment there, and as we share our stories and our findings along the way.

(It is probably worthwhile - especially for those new to this life-giving journey who are as yet to join this series from the beginning where we found ourselves first Walking On Air then went on to experience The Authentic Nature of True Love - to make this note. Welcome! We are on a resourceful life adventure. We are exploring and discovering (individually) what best comports a remarkable life. We do not engage in doctrinal pronouncements. We are not the least bit interested in denominational or non-denominational dogmas. Anything of that ilk is best addressed to your preferred preacher. This is an authentic exploration into our living reality. All are welcome. Authenticity is our key. I am a believer. We are linked in love and the joy of life. We share stories.)

Taking this virtual path up to the top of blood-stained Golgotha, in reality our senses are raw and heightened. I hear lashes. I feel mockery. I see betrayals. I smell blood. Upon the tongue there is dust. These lashes are not all struck with the same whips throughout each generation along this climb; still they rip vulnerable flesh. Mockery is much the same. Traps are ever more ingenius, but betrayal is the same. Blood is everywhere. And upon the tongue there is dust! The inflicted pain is real. The inflicted suffering is real.

(What do you see? Or smell? Or feel? Or hear? Or taste? This far, what have you touched?)

Some are numb.

We are climbing. We are sharing stories. It is in the nature of stories - many kinds of stories - to be malleable; to be shaped and reshaped by its teller for the particularities of the listening ear; to be annotated for the level of the indwelt mind; to be sauced and seasoned for the gestating soul; to be cushioned and pillowed for the light and easy heart or hammered and crusted for the endurance of a stikingly strong lung. That's a power in great stories. It is often designed to bring light to some worthy aspect of truth. Or to inspire. Or to embolden. Or to entertain. Or to educate. We need stories. We are stories. But any such machination of an original story retold with claim, pretence or portent of full authenticity kept, no matter how pure the intention, is not a story whole in its representative of truth; therein lies its explosive danger! That kind of storytelling is one of the devil's sharpest tools - and evil is exceptionally effective in the use of it!

We are sharing our stories.

This rock upon which I rest my weary feet is teeming with miracles.

Two stories - perhaps of different times, relayed in different genres - unfold. You've probably seen or heard or experienced them too. For real! Life does that to us. These two stories have been told countless times in different tongues, twisted or straight, tainted with every spiritual, religious, superstitious, righteous, self-righteous, plain, powerful, beautiful or preachy taste. And each of us is privy to our view, which is quite often innocently percieved to equate the same as every other experience of that view. Worse, God's perfect view!

Some climbers confess they have lived and some still living these very two stories for real. Right now! Sadly, a lack of authentic context in slanted tellings have for far too long denied some of us the stupendous life-enhancing boosts imbeded in our great stories of divine truth. Fake witnesses provide condemning testimonies. Cowards wash their hands of the revealed facts. Conviction is at the ready. And upon dusty tongues a sponge of vinegar is set. No water. No wine. Soaked sponge on long sticks! Though even miracles come from stones, no fruit comes from dead seeds.

On this rock, in this remarkable reveal, these two stories side by side and at times entertwined offer me (personally) an unfolding miracle, a spring of fresh water.

May I share a wee sip with you?

In one portion of this miracle, I experience a warmth, a smile, a joy, a twinkle, I perceive coming from My Loving Creator - a sparkling refresher - perhaps intended for me alone, a lift, a translated wisdom, practical measures standing up out of these very two stories parenthetically sheilded from noise and dust and pontificating.

I am, of course, referring to the story of the Prodigal Son and of the story some know as Stubborn Pharoah & The Plagues.

In this miracle, I am privileged to be the father, then by turns, each of his sons, and similarly in turns for all those likewise notable within the Pharoah's full story.

At pivotal junctures, while transformed into the being of each of these immense characters (call it imagining if you must; I find in it a revitalizing miracle) I come face to face with a wandering child climbing Golgotha's bloody hill.

Each child at his or her turn, noting my condition during that particular transformation - authentically me, verily that character - poses the same question: what happened?

Who-ah! Woohoo! Truly, life is awesome. This portion of the reveal is to me as a new life-giving miracle unfolding! Okay, one might even say I am imagining greatly. True! Through it all I discover more about healing and the healer, about loving and the lover, about the lure of longing, about vulnerability and shame and power, about traps and trappings, about courage. Growth material!

What about you? What happened?


"I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, that one will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.   The thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Jesus, Son of Man, Prince of Glory, Redeemer.


a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.

tour de force


Who made the mountains? Who made the trees? Who made the rivers flow to the sea? Who sends the rain when the earth is dry? Who made the flowers to bloom in the spring? Who made the song for the robins to sing? Who hung the moon in the starry sky? Yes, all that and way much more! Healer, Deliverer, Sustainer. Sees all. Knows all. Can do all things, even demonstrating the healing power of love and joy and empathy and compassion and forgiveness. Don't drill teeth!

What is your story?


Come, let us all be friends for once, 
Let us make life easy on us, 
Let us be lovers and loved ones,
The earth shall be left to no one.

Yunus Emre


"It is not our experience that makes our lives, it is what we do with it."

When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be.

You raise me up to more than I can be.



Being fully functional and wholly human!

Trapped Inside.

"All acts, without exception, and every condition, no matter its state, have consequences known and unknown, intended and unintended, without deference or unjustified favor to its actor(s) and with total indifference to the state of that act's environment."


It is the framework within which each and every human exists, and at some point in each and every human's life our natural tendencies toward sustainment and survival is, by design, enhanced continually, thereafter (compenserate to the capacity and capability of each mind) to make decisions, passive or active, freely, whether or not by choice.


A wonder of creation! The creative process is nothing short of brilliant.

One of the shared delights of some loving parents in Christian communities is knowing or believing that their children have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is an assurance. For some it is a matter of security. For many it is, as well, a matter of great pride! There is something about it warming on the inside.

Well, a few years ago, a very dear and close friend of mine invited me over for dinner. Each of his children knew me well. When I arrived at the dining table something did not seem quite right.

My friend revealed to me his concern. He and his wife were facing a serious dilemma with their young boy.

"What happened?" I enquired.

"He refuses to drink any water."

"Why?" I asked looking at the boy who was looking at me; I was hoping for a clue.

"He has accepted Jesus in his heart," his father revealed, "and now he thinks if he drinks water Jesus will drown, because Jesus is living inside of him."

The boy was adamant and refused to drink.

Now before I tell you this, let me assure everyone that boy has grown and is quite alive. Don't mess with him. However, you see, I can't imagine anyone would have even remotely imagined how pivotal and profound my friend's parental dilemma was about to be on my life and living. It changed my life in many enduring and wise ways. It opened my eyes. It expanded me. It taught me. It enlivened me. I remain ever more aware that all acts and condtions have consequences - some never intended, expected or anticipated. And some are everlasting. This one reshaped me. It continues to make me a better coach. And it has strengthened my lack of attraction to jargon - no matter its origin.

Faith, hope, love remains, but the greatest of these is LOVE.


"Let them judge you.
Let them misunderstand you.
Let them gossip about you.
Their opinions aren't your problem.
You stay kind, commited to love, and free in your authenticity
No matter what they do or say, don't you dare doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth.
Just keep on shining like you do."

Viola Davis



"Knowledge that takes you not beyond yourself is far worse than ignorance." Elif Shafak.




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