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April, 2011


Are We Holy Enough?

Posted: April 26th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

What do we really want to get out of life? Love? Happiness? Comfort and maybe a few rewarding Relationships? Or maybe our hopes and aspirations are loftier? Perhaps toward fame, fortune, power or influence? Let’s take this list of wants one at a time. Love isn’t some thing we can go get, it’s something others give. Happiness is an emotional reaction, measured against less rewarding times. Comfort is a temporary reprieve from physical and emotional trials. All of our earthly relationships have an expiration date, however rewarding or challenging they are. I’ll lump fame, fortune, power and influence together for the sake of this article. These aren’t paths to destinations, they’re drivers and vehicles intended to take us away from places where we’ve felt incomplete or unappreciated. When we strive for any of these final four, the places where we end up provide far less satisfaction than what we had hoped for. This is confusing to many who spend their lives pursuing these drivers, hoping they will offer the solutions to their deepest needs.

There are two questions people have been asking for countless generations. If we believe in some kind of God, why are church, submission, faith or a spiritual relationship even necessary? Will any or all of these get me any more than what I’ve already been promised for “just believing”? The first answer is provided within our lifespan. Hope has more emotional dimensions than love, happiness or comfort. Hope is an unlimited, renewable source of human energy. Without the hope that God offers, our lives become machine-like, with a time stamped 3 dimensional purpose. Faith, takes us beyond our human lifespan, adding eternity, thus offering more dimensions to Hope. If we don’t know God, hope is reduced to desperation. If we don’t fully understand God, hope is one dimensional and life becomes the same. Through His human death, Jesus proved to a doubtful world that Hope is warranted. Matthew 27:51-53, “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people“. “Holy people” as referenced above are those with clear consciences, pure motives who are also humble and honest in serving God. There is more to know about “just believe” than these two words suggest.



To Know or Not To Know

Posted: April 22nd, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

An old philosophical question asks; if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it does it still make a sound? That same conceptual mystery prevails around God. We ask or pray for the Lord to make His presence known or visible to us, to allow us to once again see his shining face. Yet, God does not present Himself to us, but rather through us. God is everywhere, influencing life and lives, directly… read more

Lasting Solutions

Posted: April 21st, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense, Political | Comments (1)

Proverbs 8:19 “My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver“. What am I?   Consider this before you answer. Is it even possible to thrive in chaos or anger? For those who stand on shaky principles, chaos or anger might be used to try and make their point, but after that they seek the stability of peace and tranquillity, which is sought out of the resolution of trouble. If someone asked you to build a… read more

Fire In Our Laps

Posted: April 20th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

The question more often asked in this age, isn’t should I do this but instead, how much can I get away with, without getting caught? If you were not charged on your bill for the soup you added to your order, would you correct the oversight? If you were given too much change by the cashier, would you give back the difference? Do you complain when the only reason for your complaint is to lessen your charge or gratuity? Would… read more

When To Trust

Posted: April 19th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

How does one determine who is trustworthy? It’s always a measure of many things. If you’re the type who judges a face to be honest, you’ve probably experienced many hardships and disappointments. If we trust by association, our dismay will carve permanent frowns upon our faces for all to see. If we measure by reputation alone, we will be partially right and of course, partially wrong. If we evaluate during good times and apply our conclusions during difficult times, we’ll… read more

Savior Soul

Posted: April 17th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

What kind of person am I? What kind of child must I have been to accept; the gifts of life, the affection of a family, the laughter, joy and hope for a future, helping hands, caring hearts, solid shelter, full stomach, education, shoes and clothes? All accepted without a word of thanks to my great provider. What kind of teen was I, groping for recognition, aching for independence, struggling with trust, ungrateful for so much in so many ways? What… read more

A Self Made Man?

Posted: April 15th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

We have some very unusual and colloquial phrases in our language. For example, much of my life, I was being referred to as “self made man”, it never really registered with me. I was busy “making” something of my life, or so I thought. So for that period, I took that introduction as a casual compliment and never thought much more about it. Now as I reflect, I can see that for what it really was, a wake up call… read more

Envy & Ambition

Posted: April 15th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

Will enough ever really be enough? For those with nothing very little seems like enough. For those with something, just a bit more should be enough. For those with much, there is never enough. Many of us will experience the first two of these examples and will still be better off than those in the final category. James 16:18 tells us “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every evil practice”. This world… read more

Proof of Faith?

Posted: April 14th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Is faith enough? Many churches teach, that to “just believe” in the Lord, is enough. So a significant number of self professed believers do nothing more. A true believer knows better. If just believing is enough to earn us redemption and salvation how can we possibly explain James 2:14 & 17 “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? … In the same way, faith by… read more

Care for God’s Garden

Posted: April 13th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

What can I do differently? I really want a relationship with God but I don’t know what to do next? We are taught that God calls us but what does that mean? The mere fact that you are reading this suggests that by some means God has called you. It doesn’t matter if you believe that you stumbled on us, someone suggested or encouraged your interest or like many of us, the circumstances of life prevailed upon you. This Quiet… read more