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July, 2012

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Flowers of the Field

Posted: July 31st, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:28, 33 NIV). Can we even see the splendor in the flowers of the field? Have we taken a few moments lately to appreciate the flowing magnificence on constant display for us? This glorious old Terra firma, or “solid earth” upon which we tread without much thought, requires no effort on our part. Sure, we can rearrange it, pluck it, dirty it or clean it up, but we can not improve upon it. It, like God, simply is. Our worries and wants are like fences, separating us from these realities of God. These realities are nearly always taken by us for granted, including the air, water, and sustenance necessary for our daily survival. We didn’t create these, God did. We can only take credit for pushing the envelopes of our comforts. We, not God, have chosen our living terrains. We have built our homes in the hot and cold, wet and dry, on the sand and soil.  We have embraced the forests, mountains and seas for their majesty, not their climatological friendliness. We have tolerated the barren regions for the resources beneath our feet. The animal life which surrounds us, must also push their envelopes, beyond ours, yet they adapt. Not with technology to aide them but with God’s blueprint for genetic adaptation. There is no worrying in their world, just living, adapting and repeating. They too depend on God’s generosity but without any understanding of His presence. This is fine with God, who did not endow them with intellect beyond their instincts, seasonal cycles or the creative capacity for faith. We are different. We are created in His image. We can reason that this omnipotently complex Terra firma is not a convenient accident of nature. Such silly naivety is for the foolish, the self-absorbed and the spiritually blind who could not survive even a single day but for the blessings God has generously poured out for His children and other creations.

As believers, these blessings are ours, but for the still blind pagans sponging unknowingly off the blessings of the remnant, there is always a welcoming chance, a choice, a splendid opportunity; “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness …” (above) so that “ all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12, 13 NIV). If we must worry, let it be only of our true spiritual heritage, beliefs, faith and our ever evolving relationship with our creator. If we can just get that right, all the other things we now worry about “will be given to (us) as well.”

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Understanding God’s Word

Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Common Sense, Political | Comments

I find myself comparing our 236 year history with the Parable of the seeds. For much of my life, I’ve seen evidence of what we once called the land of opportunity, turn slowly into a field of thorns. “The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22 NIV). That’s not how it all began here. This country… read more

With Similar Objectives

Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense | Comments (2)

If we can only see the worst in man, then all hope is lost. If we can only see the best in man then hope seems unnecessary and disappointment is assured. We should routinely see both the best and worst and in doing so hold on to our hopes with no false illusions. That can seem impossible at times, especially when the selfishness around us is overwhelming. Selfishness is the foundation of sin. There’s a mentoring lesson that Jesus exemplified… read more

A Radical Idea 4 Radical Times

Posted: July 29th, 2012 | Category: Common Sense, Political, prosperity | Comments (3)

NOTE: This single article is not a part of this sites daily devotional series, this is a stand alone commentary on our times and debts, when nobody seems to be offering any ideas which have any merit what-so-ever.  Read it if you want, share it if you agree and comment to your hearts content. This is intended as a wake up call, a recipe for change and an instrument of productive dialog for a sleeping nation. You probably won’t agree… read more

TEACHING

Posted: July 28th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

There used to be many more days of “why am I doing this” for me than there are now.  Why do we do those things which we don’t like, don’t have to, don’t want to and might even regret tomorrow? Sometimes it relates to our inability to say no, other times we are just going along. We all have too many teachers in our lives, too many conflicting opinions and way too many options and choices. Although I never experienced… read more

Thoughtful Adultery?

Posted: July 26th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (1)

Stick-to-itiveness is an ancient term, at least by contemporary standards. It is or was once routinely used to describe or measure someone’s determination to resolve difficult challenges.  Now we use shrinks, search engines, help desks or costly experts and expensive handymen to resolve our most demanding or confusing issues. In some situations we just ignore our multi-faced challenges altogether and proceed in an alternate direction (i.e. buy a new one). In essence we’ve proudly elevated ourselves to the level Pro-Crastinators… read more

Shame and Sorrow

Posted: July 25th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Common Sense | Comments

A couple of days ago, a disheveled, unshaven middle aged man scurried up to me on the sidewalk. He held a single (non-returnable), empty, water bottle in his hand. He pleaded that he had been trying to collect enough bottles to redeem for bus fare home and asked if I could help him out? I looked into his eyes and saw only shame and sorrow. After several seconds of thought, I realized that no matter how long I looked at… read more

Censure Morality?

Posted: July 23rd, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Common Sense | Comments (2)

When is God at our side? For those who have benefited from the gift of His Holy Spirit, we are never without God and “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20 NIV) clinches it. There are however times and situations where we are certainly not aware of God’s presence. I rarely point at specific events or  tragedies for learning purposes, but it seems today as I read the headlines and bulletins,… read more

To Reverse Any Path

Posted: July 21st, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower | Comments

Have you ever walked the narrow halls of a ship at sea, feeling oddly unstable, out-of-sorts? Or seen a bird, so sure in flight, sail into a reflective glass wall, disoriented and rudely, if not painfully surprised? These are not the experiences which were sought, they are the results of choices absent awareness of the possible consequences. We imagine one outcome then become disoriented by change, leaving us confused and wondering just where we misjudged? Why didn’t we consider all… read more

There is a Time

Posted: July 20th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense | Comments (1)

As a young(er) Christian I had many questions, one of which was why do we only have the last 3 years of the life of Jesus to learn from? It was a bigger question than I knew. Eventually, I learned that there are many answers to this question. It’s clear to me now that I wasn’t ready for each of those answers when I was asking that question. One classic song that really struck a nerve with me (as it… read more