Friday Fictioneers: Leviathan Lives!

PHOTO PROMPT - © Dale Rogerson

PHOTO PROMPT – © Dale Rogerson

It is time once again for Friday Fictioneers. 100-ish writers gather from all over the globe to write 100 words on a photo prompt supplied by our hostess Rochelle. You can find the other 100-ish of us by clicking on the underlined link which will tak you to Rochelle’s blog. From there follow the little blue frog.

My piece this week is a bit conceptual. I looked at the prompt without my glasses and saw a snake. From that point on this idea was stuck in my head.

Leviathan Lives

by JE Lillie

This was Eden. That stupid girl, that foolish boy ruined everything. Yet, I am the one left slithering on my belly in the muck.

Even “He Who Shall Not Be Named” was against me that day. He saw my glory and demanded it be taken away. As He did in Heaven so He has done on Earth.

“Thy will be done!” they pray!

“Enough!” I say!

He has had His way for far too long. It is time for me to crawl from these tidal waters. It is time for the sons of Adam to behold the beast that restores the world.



Share Your World 2015 Week #43

I am late getting out of the gate this week. I’ve been at Minister’s Retreat since Monday and posting was not given as an option in my time allotments.

So today is a catch-up day in the office. I have unloaded all the musical equipment I took to lead worship from  the van. I have caught up on some of my reading and even a few e-mails. I have a catch-up meeting with my lead pastor, an office to clean and worship rehearsal to prep for but I thought I would take a few moments to answer the questions from Cee’s Share Your World Post before I got started.

Here are the questions:

If you were on a debate team, what general subject would you relish debating?

I would love to debate theology.

What’s your strongest sense?

I think hearing is my strongest sense though as I age I do notice that changing. Then again, all my other senses are changing too so I guess it would still be hearing.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

The Quiet Life Of a Country Pastor: A Divine Comedy

List your favorite flavors or types of tea.

I love fruit teas especially peach, lemon and orange.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful my lead pastor is back in the office after a month away on family leave. I am looking forward to November being a normal month where I am just normally not insanely busy.

Pastor Wrinkles Quips & Quotes 10-25-15

Hey there folks! Here is a new challenge for all my Sunday readers. Every Sunday I will post one quip or quote that struck me during the week. You can join along in the quipping and quoting. Here is what to do.

Publish a post of your own using one quip or quote that grabbed you during the week. You can add a picture to it if you like or even photograph the quote from it’s source.

Link back to my post

You can include the Pastor Wrinkle’s Q& Q photo in your post if you think my mug worthy of your blog.


Here is my quip for the week. This was shared in our staff devotional on Tuesday.

“Spiritual maturity is never and end in itself. Maturity is for ministry. We grow to give out….Impression without expression leads to depression.” Rick Warren

Friday Fictioneers: Leaving the Slow Lane

It’s time for another episode of Friday Fictioneers. Our hostess Rochelle is celebrating three years of fictioneering. To join in the celebration pop on over to her site by clicking HERE

Here is the weekly photo prompt and my story


Photo Prompt by Ron Pruitt

Leaving the Slow Lane

by JE Lillie

The bus had stopped just outside her bowling alley for years. Jessica had never minded. It seemed almost like free advertising. After all few things drew a crowd in Jefferson like the bus out-of-town.

Today was different though. She stood at the glass door and cursed the bus outside. She cursed the big man in the brown Stetson.

He was going to make his fortune, he said.

He was leaving her behind is what he meant.

He turned one last time to wave good-bye. He blew her a kiss. She caught it and nestled it to her heart. The tears fell and she turned away.

Hats a Go-Go Or Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

This week, Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is all about those items which keep the heat from escaping from our heads or the sun from burning it. See HATS A GO-GO HERE AT CEE’S SITE.

My fun with hats is outlined below…

The hat must fit the expression.

The hat must fit the expression.

100_3826 or the occasion.

Christmas hatr 5 For instance this hat should never be warn before Dec. 12th or after Dec. 25th.

Ireland 007 Ths hat, however, is entirely appropriate for airport wear any time of the year. IF YOU’RE A TELETUBBY!

100_3026 It is also important when choosing a hat to consider the proper accesories.

baby …And when one should not accessorise at all. This “granny belt” was one of my poor choices.

Christmas hats 1The right hat can communicate for us those things we wish others to know but could never say.

wpid-20150713_122114.jpgFor instance, this hat says, “I really hate my job.”

wpid-20150713_134439.jpg This one says, “I think we should have chosen a different place to eat.”

100_4901This hat says, “I may be fat but I am cool.”

Birthday!And this hat says… Yeah I got nothin. 🙂

Don’t Be Mr. In Between Pt. 4

Today we will conclude our discussion on “friendship with the world.”

If you have missed any of our previous discussion segments you can find them….





Yesterday we defined the terms “friendship with the world from James 4 and 1 John 2

Here’s the problem. Most of us mess with Mr. In Between. We do the absolute opposite of what we should do. We make friends with the world by accentuating the negative in our lives and by eliminating the positive.

We build up pride in our achievements and call it self-improvement or positive affirmation. I have no problem with saying someone did a good job or even “I did a good job”; But if I fail to recognize the role God plays in my success, if I take His credit then it is pride!

We encourage ourselves to hunger and thirst after lifestyles God never meant us to have by buying into the thought that Jesus intends everyone to have the best and newest of everything and so we begin to spend our resources for our own wants and needs rather than investing our resources with the Kingdom in mind. Folks when you get to Heaven God is not going to ask you what cable package you had or what television you watched it on. He is going to ask what you did with the resources HE gave you. He is going to ask you how what you did pointed other people towards Him.

Finally, we accentuate a life focused around forward advancement creature comforts and worldly success and pleasure and we eliminate the place of prayer.

God is challenging us in these days. God is challenging us towards relationship because He loves us. God has great things in store for you. God has amazing miracles in store for you. Some of you God would use to bring restoration to your family. Some of you are about to learn what it means to walk in a healing anointing. Some of you are about to be used as prophets. I believe there are people reading who are about to go on incredible God adventures . Some of you may have the opportunity to lay your hands on cancer patients and watch them recover. Some may even be given the opportunity to see the dead raised and lepers cleansed as you pray. But before He can do any of that you need to let go of your friendship with the world because it is holding you back.Mr. In Between is holding you back. Perhaps you have sold out for a paycheck. Maybe you have given up on God’s plan because you know it will displease someone important to you. You are holding back because you know the anointing means getting rid of your pet sin or that impure relationship.

Can I encourage you with these words of Jesus from  the Gospel of Mark?
Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

There is a price to pay for the life God wants you to have. But the price is never higher than the reward, even when the price is everything you have. So I dare to call you today. Will you leave behind your friendship with the world today and give everything to Jesus? He will give everything He has to you.

Don’t Be Mr. In Between Pt. 3

Over the last few days we have been having a discussion on what it means to be a “friend of the world and an enemy of God.”

If you have missed the first two segments of our discussion you can pick them up




Today we will begin to discuss the nature of friendship with the world…

The problem is  most of us can’t get out of our own way when it comes to having a relationship with God all because we won’t take Johnny Mercer’s advice. When it comes right down to it, many of us struggle in our relationship with God because we keep messin’ around with Mr. In Between or as James would put it we have a friendship with the world that makes us an enemy of God.

Folks, if this is going to change we must begin to accentuate the positive and eliminate the Negative, and I am not just talking about “thinking happy thoughts.”

John the apostle helps us to understand what we have to accentuate and eliminate when he gives us a definition of what being a friend of the world really entails.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. I John 2:15-17

So let’s put this to a list:

James says“Come close to God” (James 4:8)– Which means to accentuate a life in God that is a life rich in: prayer, church and study of the Bible.

John says- Eliminate a life focused on physical pleasure and comfort. (I John 2:16)

James says- Wash your hands you sinners and purify your hearts (James 4:8)–  which means to accentuate a life based on Kingdom principles. Accentuate a heart that desires the things of the Kingdom of Heaven before everything else. This was the last point of last week’s sermon.

John says- Eliminate the tendency to crave and want everything we see. Stop wanting what everyone else has. Stop wanting all the creature comforts. (I John 2:16)

James says- Accentuate humility (James 4:7). This is a whole sermon series itself. I encourage you to do a study through the Bible on the subject of pride versus humility because humility is one of the most misunderstood virtues in the Bible. Suffice it to say we should accentuate the truth, which is that we are just empty vessels. Our created purpose is to be filled up and poured out, nothing more

John  says- We need to eliminate the tendency we have to take credit for God’s work by thinking our achievements are all about us and our talent, when they are really only gifts from God. (I John 2:16)

Tell me which of these forms of “worldly friendship” stands out to you as the hardest to avoid?

Share Your World 2015 Week #42

Yay! I am actually ahead in my weekly blogging duties this week and this is being written a day earlier than usual (even if it may not be posted a day earlier due to scheduling concerns).

I truly relish this post every week in which I get to share a little bit of my world with all y’all through Cee’s insightful and fun questions.

You can Cee how Cee’s other contributors answered the questions by looking HERE.

Here are her questions and my answers.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time? 

My father ( a small businessman by trade) drilled it into my sister and me from an early age, “early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable. I have learned to give others who don’t share my philosophy grace. But even in the church world I am the guy who is the first to arrive and the last to leave.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

I write all three but have less and less time to write poetry lately.

Where did you live at age ten?  Is it the same place or town you live now? 

I am actually living in the house I moved to when I was ten. It is in Winchendon MA.

Would you rather be able to fly or breathe under water?

Fly most definitely!

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am so grateful to the team who helped make this weekend’s art & car show such a success. This week I am looking forward to seeing my lead pastor again. I have missed him these last three weeks.

Don’t Be Mr. In Between Pt. 2

Yesterday we started our discussion on “friendship with the world” from James chapter 4 using the song “Mr. In Between” by Johnny Mercer.

If you missed that you can catch up



Now let’s talk about keeping away from Mr. In Between.

You know there’s actually a whole In Between family you should avoid if at all possible…They are a real problem for just about all of us.

You know who Mr In Between is don’t you? Oh sure you’ve met him. James talks about Him when he says, What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? James 4:1

Mr. In Between is the guy who goes to church on Sundays, but who fights all the way to church with the family. He’s the guy who puts on his plastic grin and walks into service. Then the worship leader starts Mr. In Between’s favorite worship song. Suddenly his hands are raised and  he’s praising God. Mr. In Between shakes hands  with everyone on the way out. Then, he gets in the car to go home and he gives the family the silent treatment for the rest of the day.

You know who Mrs. In Between is don’t you. James identifies her when he says, “You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” James 4:2,3

Mrs. In Between is the lady who is trying to keep up with the Jones’. She’s the lady who gets jealous and pouty every time she’s invited to THAT friend’s house, because THAT friend has things Mrs. In Between wants that Mr. In Between can’t provide. So Mrs. I.B. goes out and spends money she doesn’t have to look good for people she doesn’t like and all the time she forgets to check with God to find out what HE thinks she should have.

And of course Mr and Mrs. have darling little Kid Betweens too. Of them James says, “Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning?” James 4:4,5

You can always tell a Kid Between. He has his thumbs wrapped around the latest I Phone tech. He can tell you almost anything about anyone on Facebook in a New York minute but can’t find Genesis in the Bible without first going to the Table of Contents to find out what page it’s on.

Last week we learned that Jesus loves us and passionately wants a relationship with us. Isn’t that just a kick in the pants? The God of the universe wants a personal relationship with you. If you were the only person on Earth Jesus would have died to restore relationship with you! You can have a personal relationship with God, a relationship where you can talk to Him daily and where He will talk back! This is  relationship where you will pray for things and God will do them because He loves you. You can have a relationship in which you are powerfully aware of God’s presence guiding you through even the darkest of life’s circumstances.

The problem is  most of us can’t get out of our own way when it comes to having a relationship with God, simply because we won’t take Johnny Mercer’s advice. When it comes right down to it, many of us struggle in our relationship with God because we keep messin’ around with Mr. In Between, or as James would put it we have a friendship with the world that makes us an enemy of God.

What do you think it means to be a friend of the world?