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A Reward So Great

Posted: October 31st, 2011 | Category: christian, Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

We’d like to see ourselves as takers of chance, contrarian attitudes, survivors of the game of life, but few of us in fact ever really extend ourselves beyond our well marked gates of security.  We’ll ride the scariest roller coasters, while assured in privacy that they will not jump the rails that guide them.  We’ll swim in oceans where we can’t see beneath the cloaking surface, yet never allowing the shoreline out of view.  We’ll ride atop a level 5 white water river, clad in jackets of life and protective helmets. Unless required or absolutely necessary however, we’ll rarely choose to set our lives squarely in the cross-hairs of an unknown enemy. When such choices are finally made, the consequences of our actions, are outweighed by the more severe consequences of our in-action. How many would choose to hunt if their safety were more at risk than that of their chosen prey? Such was the choice that our Lord made, when he chose the cross (for us) over the bliss of heaven.  Yes, Jesus understood what was beyond the well marked gates of security, but so should we, if our faith and follower’s endurance are intact. Taking risks for the surge of adrenalin is merely a game, while taking a risk to change the game is a monumental step. Especially when the consequences of our in-action serve to end the game in a permanent loss.

The Apostle John wrote: “Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9 NIV). In our world a wedding supper may be a joyous event for both hosts and guests, but for the invited guests it is seldom a high risk venture, rather a simple reward for love, friendship and support. Since there is no great risk in accepting the invitation, it is surprising when the majority of those invited decline to accept their invitation.  This generally occurs when the invited guests don’t really know the bridal party or hosts very well.  To miss this particular celebration, would be the omission which ends all other omissions. Getting to know and understand the groom in this verse carries no risk, only benefits, but there are real fears to overcome. The fears of change, submission and obedience are what keep many away.  Overcoming these fears carries the ultimate reward of changing the game permanently. There might be an initial rush of adrenalin but following that rush is the trust and conviction of an unbiased love.  A reward so great, it’s value can never be fully measured.

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Walk The Map’s Lines

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

Rest isn’t only for the weary, it is also for the angry, lonely and hungry.  Rest is more for the mind than the body. We have become the willing prisoners of activity, the tapes ripped open at every finish line. As miraculous as the human body is, it has its limitations and tolerances.  We’ve sought the outer edges with our minds and found that these limits often lead to early decay with waves of worry. The simpler anyone’s approach to… read more

One Incredible Moment

Posted: October 28th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30 KJV).  “Finished, done, completed … ghost, spirit or life“, while reading this passage in three different bible versions, I came away with an array of images and thoughts.  So then … did Jesus feel that his work, gift or prophetic fulfillment  was realized or accomplished? Then was His flesh separated from His ghost, spirit or earthly… read more

Wolves Among Lambs?

Posted: October 27th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

A writer need also be a reader, not necessarily to improve a skill set but to dwell in the words of others which reflect an endless flow of thoughts which our spoken word is too slow to harness. We all play many roles in this life. We start out as a speck of God’s inspiration and are delivered into this world as someone’s child.  From that moment we might be called upon as sibling, friend, mother or father, aunt or… read more

So Many People?

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

“Why does God create so many people if only a select few will ultimately be granted admission into heaven, it’s kind of cruel for all the rest”?  Despite it’s 900 plus pages, this query is not directly addressed in the bible.  So let’s think about it a bit.  God isn’t cruel and doesn’t make mistakes, we just have difficulty understanding His purpose and ways. The bible does tell us this about ourselves, after we ate the fruit of the forbidden… read more

Don’t Cry, Smile

Posted: October 25th, 2011 | Category: christian, Common Sense | Comments (1)

Over the course of writing Common Sense 4 Uncommon People, I’ve quoted several individuals. Today I’ve wandered down that path again. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Though generally attributed to the popular author Dr. Seuss (Theodore Seuss Geisel), this is most often regarded as an anonymous (non-biblical) proverb. It has also been attributed to the Spanish writer Gabriel García Márquez. Regardless of it origins it carries great wisdom and for that I bow to the author…. read more

Soak-In-Love ~ JC Calkins

Posted: October 24th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Most of us have experienced various kinds and degrees of love in our lives and yes, they are each wonderful and some might even be to die for.  In such cases, we’ve come to feel this human love through our physical senses, instincts or even reason where we might validate or memorialize that love.  We’ve also come to understand that loving without any reciprocation either has a limited life or lifelong heartache associated with it. That said, for those who’ve… read more

Fire of Mischief

Posted: October 22nd, 2011 | Category: christian, Common Sense | Comments

Why is the Holy Bible a two part collection of stories, free verse poems and historical documentaries? “Can do anything” is pretty much the universal description of God’s abilities. So then, God could have thought the entire book into existence as one seamless instruction book on how to live life and grow with Him? But He didn’t! Why not?  Only God knows the answer but let’s look at the probabilities.  The “book” part is pretty obvious, if He’d made a… read more

Life Isn’t Fair

Posted: October 21st, 2011 | Category: christian, Common Sense | Comments

I figured some of this out relatively early in life, but the rest took time, frustration and experience.  Here’s the bottom line. There is nothing fair about life … EXCEPT for God. That’s the way it’s suppose to be.  Understanding this requires the acceptance of a simple principle.  Nature is a powerful, predictable force and we can’t change it.  I am speaking both of the natural environment and human nature.  There are elements of unpredictability in both which suggests some… read more

It’s Simple Really!

Posted: October 19th, 2011 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (3)

This may initially sound like a weak sales pitch, but when others wonder why we want to be Christians we must consider both sides of their confusion.  For 2,000 years, the real followers of Jesus Christ have been maligned, ridiculed, persecuted, ostracized, mugged and murdered.  It’s still happening today!  You won’t find that promoted on any “Vacation Here” poster or “Fraternity Rush Party” banner.  So what’s the attraction?  Christianity isn’t a club, it’s a family, a quiet one at that. … read more