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February, 2012

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In The Light, Who’s That?

Posted: February 29th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

What’s the difference between a Christian light and any other light? A Christian light is intended to spotlight only Jesus Christ. Although we Christians may work, rest or make peace and enjoy comforts in the glow of Christian light, it should never serve to glorify us individually but rather to illuminate the entire body of Christ. Every other light serves an entirely different purpose. As such, it’s easy to see how such a light as bright as that of Christ can easily illuminate our shortcomings. With our broad stroke claims to be believers, followers or disciples of Jesus Christ, His light envelops us, regardless of our convictions. When we publicly claim to be something and then behave in practice contradictorily, we don’t just make fools of ourselves, we also taint by association our sponsor. Jesus isn’t just any sponsor either, He’s the perfect sponsor. When Tiger Woods stumbled, the Nike light dimmed and the catch phrase “Just Do It” became instantly extinct. When we claim to live our lives by the rules of the great teacher and then break those very same rules, we serve only to mock them and Him by association. This makes His and our jobs more difficult.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV). Jesus rarely told His audience not to repeat what he was saying, more often He leaves that up to us. What He did advise was to let our actions speak louder than our words. Good deeds and Good words are no more related than are John The Baptist and John Wilkes Booth. Good deeds if noticed at all should be ascribed to the sponsor who made those deeds possible. A town built on a hill is intended to be seen, the same should be true of our lives. I visited a church in Asheville, NC a couple of years ago. The young pastor looked out on his flock and said “those of you here today, who think that hooking up is OK because everybody does it are wrong. It’s a sin, plain and simple. Check your bibles. Nothing’s changed except for the fact that you’re spreading your own flawed gospel, which makes the truth harder for others to see.” Too many of the heads seated in front of me turned down with that statement. The truth of God is timeless just as He is. It’s up to us to live those truths.

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A Better Example

Posted: February 28th, 2012 | Category: christian, Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

If we believe that Jesus Christ was the earthly born Son of God, and within the Holy Trinity, is God himself, then the Gospel of the New Testament in it’s entirety becomes even weightier in our lives than all of the public and private education which we might otherwise cram onto an individual resume of accomplishments. In His day, Jesus spoke out strongly about, yet directly to the powerful, politically-religious ruling sect of his time known as Pharisees. Although this group claimed a… read more

The Tempter

Posted: February 27th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

Temptation in this day and age is rarely used to describe anything essentially good or healthy. In fact, if we go back far enough in history we’ll learn the that devil or Satan himself is referred to as “the tempter”. We are told by the bible that “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he… read more

Destructive Pride ~ JC Calkins

Posted: February 26th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Whether rich or poor, weak or powerful, the belief that we are somehow functionally separate from God, will one day prove itself our most undesirable of prophecies. It’s not always easy to see the errors of our ways, in darkness in fact it’s nearly impossible. After losing his mind, this once powerful king was restored to power by God, if for no other reason than to tell his story … “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King… read more

Needs of Others ~ JC Calkins

Posted: February 25th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

Our own needs are generally foremost in our minds and actions. More often than not we try and place our lives squarely in a position where those needs have been at least temporarily met. Nearly everyone reading this should understand, no matter how great our needs may be, there are many others who are far needier. Even facing death with the Lord by our side is less needy than facing it alone. This is even more true of conditions of… read more

What We Do and Don’t

Posted: February 24th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense, prosperity | Comments

The following statement has or at least should have haunted us for two thousand years.”Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34 NIV)?  What have we done; to Him, ourselves, our neighbors, His children and to the garden creation which He’s set before us? Those who think this world is an ever more pleasing place are living in a pleasurable bubble of their own creation. Who are we to create or allow… read more

Why Summer Camp?

Posted: February 18th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

I used to wonder why the Lord chose to send all of his children off to Linear Camp, where time rules our every obsession.  All the while He’s back home in the glory of timelessness. Our world has very definite time frames like any camp, be it a summer, or a week or two. We’ll tend, given these parameters, to try and figure out what we enjoy and then load up our schedules with those activities, to maximize our adventure…. read more

Ordinary?

Posted: February 17th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense, prosperity | Comments (1)

The extraordinary beauty of ordinary. Assisting us in finding joy in the most ordinary aspects our lives is the plan, the work and the pleasure of God. If we must go beyond the ordinary to discover our pleasure then we haven’t really figured ourselves out or who God is. Could it be wrong to aspire to greatness? If our foundational aspirations are fame, power, wealth or even personal recognition, then yes, it’s wrong and will only undermine the joy which… read more

The First Act of Love

Posted: February 15th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

We are among the most fragile of all species, yet we believe we stand at the pinnacle of the food chain.  Our unique and special intellect fosters and then hosts certain insecurities founded by our own limited awareness. In part, being of sound mind means understanding our limitations. While we understand our weaknesses, we’re still unwilling to accept them, so we chose instead to focus more directly on future applications of our proven abilities. We think of this as looking forward… read more

A Treasured Valentine

Posted: February 14th, 2012 | Category: Christianity, Common Sense, prosperity | Comments

To simply scratch the surface of the mysteries of this universe is commendable.  Deeply understanding even a few of them is however, totally relative.  Someone living today knows more about the human body than anyone living a thousand years ago!  An accomplished writer living 200 years ago could easily have managed a working vocabulary of over 200,000 words, while most writers today use only half that, which is still twice the voice of most other people. We’ve gained so much… read more