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October, 2012

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Lamplight & Starlight ~ JC Calkins

Posted: October 31st, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Spirituality | Comments

Our eyes are meant to see, but first we must open them. “The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.” (Proverbs 20:27 NIV). More so than the stars in the sky illuminate the heavens for us, the human spirit illuminates humanity for God. That said, it’s still up to us, those who believe in and follow Him, to realize or to make real, the truth’s of God’s Word. We think of our human spirit as a gift to do with as we please but there are no gifts from God without elements of His purpose attached. God not only sees us but through us as well. He can, when beckoned, guide those who regularly seek Him. It’s the human spirit’s connection to our soul, both dwelling within us which captures for eternity what our minds, hearts and bodies may choose to overlook. The human spirit is however much more than a life force, yet not entirely an independent force.  Rather one which bridges the chasm between the flicker of our being and the bold light of God. For those of us who have never chosen to receive and embrace the Holy Spirit, it remains silent, and we remain in the shallow light just beyond darkness, seeing only an occasional flicker in others. For our human spirit to be a fully functional two-way bridge, we must open up the return lane for God’s Word. The Holy Spirit and the human spirit are kindred, but like so many other kindred relationships, their combined productivity is often limited (by us), while their potential is boundless. While the Holy Spirit delivers God’s counsel to our always welcoming human spirit, it in turn may still not be able to deliver that counsel to the otherwise engaged hearts, minds and bodies feeding our souls. We impose limitations on God’s ability to work with us but we never balance our expectations for God with those restrictive limitations. In other words we hold God accountable for situations which we’ve never allowed Him to participate in. When we refuse to open our eyes like this, it’s absurd to blame God for our blindness.

Note in the verse above, the use of the chosen term “one’s inmost (or innermost) being” as opposed to “our (own) inmost being”. For those within the throws of God’s lamp, insight is vastly improved. They become better able to see aspects of one another’s innermost being, even when the host has chosen to try and keep them hidden. God’s lamp reveals more than human eyes will ever see, so the closer we are to God, the more light He will shed around us. That may not always be be pretty, but it will always be real. These are our first steps toward enlightenment, which is the only way to connect with wisdom.

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Washed White Like Wool

Posted: October 30th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Religion, Spirituality | Comments

How hard is it to be different, to believe in, to do and say the right things?  For an ordinary person in this world, it’s very hard. To be different means exposing ourselves to ordinary judgement, rejection and too often condemnation. These are not the treatments we seek, we want acceptance, welcoming and appreciation. To receive these affirming treatments we must be like most of the rest of the world, like those who might offer us those passive accolades. We… read more

A Different View

Posted: October 29th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Spirituality | Comments

We are neither totally evil nor totally good, but in possessing both character traits we should logically be able to gain some essence of insight and understanding into the vast differences between the two. Yet many are conveniently blind to their evil side and others can’t find the inherent goodness they possess. We can not ever fully understand the rest of the world because we haven’t finally assembled the shifting puzzle pieces of our own behavioral patterns. It’s always easier… read more

Options Worth Exercising

Posted: October 28th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Spirituality | Comments

It was probably a day like so many others, as normal as normal can could have been. Glancing out at the world, the stirrings of change were continuing, such that the good ole days were looking sadly nostalgic. Those days were certainly not great but they were better than what had been experienced since. It’s what’s needed, it’s what I must do, this simply can’t continue, the thoughts were driving and gnawing at him. He felt alone, even while he… read more

Abomi-Nation?

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

I generally try to avoid end days or end of times references, since nobody knows the dates or times and nobody knows the numbers (if you accept the number theory). But it does seem like my bible trekking keeps forcing unintentional detours leading me to the five biblical references of “the abomination which causes desolation“.  Oddly, in this hotly contested electoral week of 2012 my psyche has been over indulged with Romney and Obama references and preferences, to the point… read more

Time Enough Later?

Posted: October 25th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Spirituality | Comments

Is there time enough to be serious later? Is childhood to be a time of learning or a time of frolic, a time of growth or a time of peace?  A time of freedom or of correction? For many there is time enough for all of these but for others each sunrise is precious. The problem is that none of us know which group we or our children are in. What kind of boy was Jesus of Nazareth? “After the… read more

Show Who The Money?

Posted: October 24th, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, prosperity, Spirituality | Comments

Wealth may very well be the result of hard work, but it’s also the result of position, exposure, background and education, opportunity, family, talent, timing and luck, most of which we inherit or stumble over. Wealth very rarely results from doing God’s work, and if it should, it won’t stay with us for long, since such a benefit is routinely reinvested in even more of God’s work. We can say what makes us feel good but pursuing wealth is not… read more

The Longest War

Posted: October 23rd, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Religion, Spirituality | Comments (2)

History teaches us that the longest running war was The Hundred Years War, a series of battles between France and England lasting from 1337 to 1453, or 116 years. I bought into this factoid, along with many others which have been taught within our public school systems for far too much of my life. How trustworthy is a system for education, which by law, is prohibited from teaching anything of spiritual content? Many, if not most of the wars throughout… read more

Stumbling

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Spirituality | Comments (1)

“It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” (John 11:10 NIV).  Fire, torches, flashlights, headlights, spotlights, floodlights, sure we’ll try almost anything to avoid stumbling, but none of these will ever light our way, they will only serve to illuminate our paths. The very same paths which deliver us unto heartache, complications and destinations, the likes of which were never intended for us. These are the random paths we choose for ourselves,… read more

Visit His Garden

Posted: October 21st, 2012 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Spirituality | Comments

In order to hear God on any ordinary day, we must be paying attention. I’m a visual learner so I tend to pay more attention when there is visual stimuli present. Auditory learners do well with the spoken word. Until recently the bible didn’t offer the spoken word except in church, with the help of parishioners and pastors. Now with technology and downloadable bibles we can hear the Word as read by expert readers. Even with these aids, I still… read more