Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

Hello Fellow Souls,

If you remember, in August we had a month-long teaching series called “Soul Detox.”  One of the teachings was out of the Book of Haggai. In the New Living Translation of the Book of Haggai, we discovered four accurate dates:  August 29, September 21, October 17 and December 17.  I felt a leading of the Lord that weekend to issue a Four Month Soul Challenge in which we “give careful thought to our ways” and “commit ourselves to the rebuilding of our souls.”

My pledge to you was that I was going to check in with you on those specific dates.  You should be receiving, and hopefully reading, this particular email in or around September 21st.

So…how is it with your SOUL?


Be honest.

A couple weeks ago I was reading my PAUSE Bible Reading Plan and 1 Chronicles 22:19 really jumped out to me:  “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the Lord.”

The context of this verse is that King David was giving orders to the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon build the great temple of the Lord. Now, the first rule of thumb with biblical interpretation is to accept the most literal and obvious meaning, therefore, we know that this “temple” was just that…a temple. However, there is another approach that is acceptable, and that is the interpretation of the temple as a symbol or picture of something else. I believe it can correspond to our “soul.”  For example, 2 Corinthians 6:16 says “You are the temple of the Living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them.”

So, from 1 Chronicles 22, we can conclude a few important things:

1.  Our soul is God’s sanctuary.

2.  God establishes His presence in our soul.

3.  His presence is sought through the devotion of heart and soul.

4.  Our soul is built and devoted to the Name of the Lord.

I want to encourage you to continue giving careful thought to your ways, and stay committed to the rebuilding of your soul. It’s good work!

Many blessings,


1 Comment

  1. Ed dietrich on October 2, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Hey John, I’ve been enjoying reading what you wrote and have been checking out your podcast and have really been enjoying it. It’s good to see a small town boy like yourself be use through God to touch others. Miss you my old friend. Blessings to you and yours from your old friend in Chicago. Hopefully someday if I get to Oregon I’ll have to stop by. If you ever find yourself in Chicago for any reason, please look me up.
    Ed Dietrich.