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August, 2011


Sweating Revenge

Posted: August 31st, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Roller coaster emotions can often be tracked back to poor decisions, which in turn reflect a lack of understanding, wisdom and faith. With that core sentence we can unravel all of the power behind this verse “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19 ESV) Today the very name Judas is synonymous with being disloyal.  In our Lord’s  final hours, the twelve disciples of Jesus became indignant when He, who knew more than they, allowed a woman to pour expensive ointment on his head. His disciples judged our Christ in that moment and Jesus peacefully explained to them the error of their judgement.  We can’t know for certain if this moment of indignation was behind what one of them did, but it’s even harder to rule out. “Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.” (Matthew 26:14, 15 ESV) Shortly thereafter, Jesus was arrested and condemned. Judas in despair, returned the silver coins, was shown no mercy by the chief priests and proceeded to end his own life.  He went emotionally from blind loyalty with total admiration and love, to judgement, indignation, malice and ultimately self destruction. Many others before and since have ridden that same roller coaster.

We are human and as such can never have all of the facts. I’ve wondered if having a jury of twelve of our peers is in part or entirely related to the lesson that those twelve wise men learned in the most tragic and blessed hours of all humanity? Making those mistakes which lead away from God and toward desperation can be avoided. But then how can we ever make relational decisions?  Before we choose our friends, employees and marriage partners, don’t we make character judgements?  We can and should assess character, commitment and honesty.  Yes these are judgements, which in the story above, when incorrect, resulted in a peaceful corrective lesson from the Lord.  Vengeance, acting maliciously toward another individual however, had an entirely different and more tragic outcome. Any sort of individual revenge must be completely avoided. Judgement is a powerful weapon against wrong doing and must be handled by objective minds, in peaceful settings with highly skilled oversight. Whenever possible we should assess the obvious, access the probable and accept the fact that we could still be wrong. Seeking the Lord’s counsel is the best resource available to us.




A House Divided

Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

These days we hear very little of kingdoms.  By and large, those monarchy’s under the functional rule of Crowns, Kings and Queens have subsided.  There are of course two particularly notable exceptions to this statement, God’s Kingdom of Heaven and Satan’s Kingdom.  Both with powerful rulers.  Every person reading this article resides in Satan’s Kingdom.  That includes every disciple of Jesus Christ, who has pledged their allegiance to the Kingdom of Heaven’s Leader.  Conflict is therefore a matter of every… read more

If Possible …

Posted: August 29th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

I suspect that I’m not alone in having made so many wrong turns in my life, that my original destination and objectives have been forgotten and replaced.  It would have been nice if I’d always had my spiritual GPS turned on, which would have persistently repeated, until I eventually complied, “If possible … make a U-Turn“.  Instead I turned it off.  That’s how many of us work. My career path wasn’t one where you’d likely hear many people complaining, “how… read more

Strength of Weakness

Posted: August 28th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (2)

The Apostle Factor is one of the neatest aspects of the New Testament.  The Lord made several critical human resource selections from a mess of available options. Which sounds like many aspects of our life choices today.  Those specific selections along with several other disciples, are the critical “ahah” or “humm” attachment points for the overall lessons we need to learn. These individuals have provided the really critical connections for countless generations of serious seekers.  Those destined to become the… read more


Posted: August 27th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (5)

The Information Age has successfully added one more burden to our lives.  We need to unsubscribe from everything which has touched us in a prior period of our choosing.  We don’t want to look at, hear about or concern ourselves with anything beyond our choosing.  We already overfill our plates with past and present pleasures. Delete, delete won’t back it down enough and we can’t just shut down and ignore everything as much as we might “like” to.  God knows… read more

I Have A Need

Posted: August 26th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (2)

When we have so much else going on in our lives, why would we ever “need” Jesus?  To answer this question, ask ourselves; what do we really see each day when we look deeply into the eyes of those closest to us?  Do we find a tranquil, calming peace or something else?  Something quite the opposite which can actually destroy the peace that we long for?  In this HD world of ours we can go even further and see clearly… read more

Why Me?

Posted: August 25th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Why does life drop so much on each of us?  Because life for us results as much from our individual choices as from unrelated circumstances.  This is the mysterious key we leave dangling on the spare ring as we charge forth to face the world. We can’t change where we enter the world or when.  We can’t change our genetic composition.  God sets those parameters in place as key ingredients in His planned life for us.  Beyond those constraints, we’ve… read more

Where’s My Helper?

Posted: August 24th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (7)

It’s easy to talk about being fulfilled by God, or how, when we have God in our lives, we shouldn’t need anything or anyone else.  Even God knows that’s a crock. “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18 ESV). Fit for him … suitable!  God’s entire universe is built around relationships.  The stars to the galaxies, earth to the sun, plants… read more

Ask, Seek & Knock

Posted: August 23rd, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

As a culture, we have many different names for those special slices of time where we can gather our thoughts, dwell in harmony, blend with nature etc.  We name those moments quiet, quality, private or down time, or for those who use every available waking moment, we might even call it “rest or sleep”.  Those periods certainly help us to align our lives within our collective responsibilities, commitments and pleasures.  They also help us to define our relationships with family,… read more

Movin On Up?

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

During my senior year in college, having completed all of my required coursework, but needing a few more credits, I enrolled in a (self) Directed Study Course.  The student picks the subject within their major field of study, does exhaustive research and writes the conclusion in a white paper.  Later, in graduate school I learned that the development of a master’s thesis has a similar approach.  After my work was done and the paper submitted, a review board of qualified… read more