The Cloud

Not wanting to spend money unnecessarily, I finally broke down and did it. I purchased a small laptop/notebook computer. The hinge on my old computer gave up the ghost and the dinosaur finally had to be laid to rest—but only after expiring in Cuba, just in time for a Caribbean burial. But let’s get back to the purchase of my new little techy pocketbook – I mean notebook. After installing all the needed software, I see a cloud every time I open it. No matter what I do, I cannot stop the Word-association I make to Hebrews 12:1—the great cloud of witnesses. I use my computer—I see the cloud—and my mind recites: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. The idea of the cloud in the computer is to store documents literally “in the air,” instead of using the storage capacity on the computer. The sell is the cloud is always above you, safeguarding your documents like a fort of down feathers with hidden treasure. Don’t be limited by an actual terrestrial hard drive—let the heavens hold your treasure. Sound familiar? It’s accessible and shareable by more than one person at a time. WOW! The C-L-O-U-D! I appreciate—even celebrate—my forerunners and our forefathers who comprise the cloud of Hebrews 12. But where I have to break with the metaphor is in this. I have so many people in the cloud (and it’s growing) — but I need a cloud...

Life Exchange

Oftentimes just before waking up in the morning, I feel the Lord drop a word or a thought into my spirit  like He did just this past week. Two words, that’s all it was. But those two words have been pounding like a drum inside of me since. The words are “life exchange!” A great part of the ministry emphasis of Mutual Faith is centered on life exchange, and we extend this same invitation to you as well. To be more specific, Paul wrote to his friends and spiritual family in Rome and said, “For I want very much to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is, to be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” (Romans 1:11, 12; Holman Christian Standard Bible) What Paul was saying so many years ago to his Roman family in the faith was that he felt pressed in his spirit to be with them in order that they might experience an exchange of life between them. Not to be redundant, but I like how our friend Eugene Peterson embellishes this passage in his paraphrase bible, The Message. He writes, “…I so want to be there to deliver God’s gift in person and watch you grow stronger right before my eyes! But don’t think I’m not expecting to get something out of this, too! You have as much to give me as I do to you.” (Romans 1:11, 12; The Message) Just today, Nancy and I were sharing a passage from Acts 3 together, where Peter and John were approaching the...