You are the intersection of the Cross

My college roommate was the first to introduce me to the key concept of horizontal and vertical relationships.  Even though I had been a Christian all my life and he was a relative new-comer to the faith, Jim had a grasp of the depth of God’s love greater than any of my peers.   

We all understand what horizontal relationships are… those with our friends and family living this life and walking this walk with us daily. 

And the vertical relationship is also easy to see when we look for it… between us and the triune God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

And all of these relationships intersect in you… in your mind… in your heart.  And really all of these relationships overlap don’t they?  If you have put Jesus on the throne of your life, the relationships you have with people… the love you have, men, for your wives, the love you have women for your husbands and  for your children, are driven by the true source of love, God.  I John 4.  “God is love.”  If God rules your life, it’s all connected isn’t  it?

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Who are you? A child of the Most High, God.

May I ask you a question?  “Who are you?”  If you’re around my age when someone asks that question you may think of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend of the rock band, “The Who.”  That’s the song title of a little number that sold 1 million copies in a month late in the summer of 1978.  While simplistic at best, the song has that catchy verse with an echo… Who are you…ooooh, ooooh, ooooh, ooooh. 

But at it’s core, it’s a great question that every single person wrestles with.  Who am I?  I’m a husband.  A dad.  A son.  A pastor.  Okay…. Those are great labels, but who am I really… deep down at my core?

I am a child of the most high, God.  Created in His image, fearfully and wonderfully made.  And I have an incredible inheritance because I belong to God.  And so do you! 

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Jesus says: “I’ve conquered the world!”

September 11, 2011

Three scriptures to share with you today as we reflect on how our world was rocked ten years ago.

The first is from John 16:33, the words of Jesus. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV) The Message says it this way: “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

Unshakable. Assured. Deeply at peace. It’s sometime very difficult to find peace when our world is being rocked, isn’t it? Other translations say we are to be courageous in the face of troubles. Courageous… that always sounds to me like running full on into a battle, with war paint on our face and screaming like a warrior… Most times I don’t have that kind of courage. But Jesus does.

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Don Finto on “Dangerous Curiosity”

I am big fan of Don Finto, former Senior Pastor of Belmont Church in Nashville.  Don’s current ministry is focused on Israel and embracing Jews who embrace Yeshua as their Lord and Savior.  I have had the joy of traveling in The Land with Don twice. 

Don’s website is  What follows below is his most recent post.  It has nothing to do with Israel but everything to do with walking the faithful walk of integrity before our Lord, our ministry partners, our friends and neighbors.

“Lead us not into temptation.  Deliver us from the Evil One.”

“The thief comes to rob, kill and destroy.”

“Keep you eyes fixed on Jesus.”

May we all be encouraged to ignore the traps the enemy sets for us.

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Are You Willing to Take a Risk of Faith?

You know that famous icebreaker question that goes something like “When is the last time you did something for the first time?  And what was it?” 



What comes to mind?

I asked that question recently at a church staff meeting.  Some of the responses included “Meeting my daughter’s boyfriend,” “Taking guitar lessons,” “Riding a john boat through a Louisiana swamp,” and “Going hang gliding.” 

How about you? 

Doing new things… some of us are wired to enjoy doing new things, others of us are wired to loath doing new things…

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Ronald Family Summer 2009 Reading List


Not sure that we’ll get through all of these… but we will try.  My teenage sons will earn $5 for each book read and reviewed.  I have sought out these recommendations (in random order) from a number of other men with sons to help bring a “well roundedness” to our Christian world view.  Of course there are many other great books out there… many of which we have already read.  This is the current book list…

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Jesus and Passover

Our family is Christian.  I grew up in a Methodist church in Ohio, my wife in a Christian Missionary Alliance congregation in Western New York.  We love and celebrate all that Jesus is and have desired to teach our children about the “Jewishness” of Christianity.  In that spirit, we have celebrated the Jewish holidays that Jesus celebrated… Shabbat, Passover, Purim, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Tabernacles and even Hanukkah.  Tonight we will celebrate Passover with some dear friends.  Here is our family’s Haggadah, or story book, that joyfully celebrates Yeshua in the Passover Seder.   It’s a little long, but it is chock-full of rich ties to Jesus.

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