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April, 2013

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Language Worth Learning

Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments (2)

Ours is a tactile life in a tactile world. That’s not to say that we aren’t influenced by sounds and sights, tastes or fragrances, that would be absurd. Once we’ve moved beyond the influences of sight and sound however, many of us associate love more with touch than any of our other senses. Of course the exact formula for love is uniquely different for each of us. We’d have to add in variables like caring, time, sharing, admiration and respect to perfect our unique, individual recipes. Those differences have been described (by Dr. Gary Chapman) as the languages of love. Now we add in a seemingly contradictory principle. God is love. That’s a completely different language for us, one which most of us have never learned. We can’t see or even hear God and of course we can’t, in any physical sense, touch God. Some were privileged to touch Jesus (as man) but that ended a couple of thousand years ago. So just exactly how do we go about loving or learning to love our God? It’s even more pressing since we have been told by Jesus that the most important instruction and commitment for us is to “… Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37, & Luke 10:27 & Mark 12:30 NIV). Easy to say, but not to do, especially 2,000 years removed. So many of us never even try. We might intellectually understand, respect, fear, be obedient and even subscribe to and follow God, but loving God and therefore trusting God are as elusive as a subtle fragrance in a strong wind.

God has loved us since the beginning of the beginning, long before any of us ever loved Him. There are only a few short references in the bible regarding The Lord/God seeing us and each of those refers to His knowledge and understanding, not sight. Clearly God’s vision arches over and through more dimensions than we can understand. Jesus was the long overdue answer to so many of our life dilemmas. Finally we have someone whom we can relate to, have a relationship with, picture, listen to, admire, respect, show loyalty to, but to love (as He described) is still beyond the reach of many. How can we find a love for God which supersedes our tactile lives and references? Here we are again, left with Faith. God revealed himself to us through Jesus, His Word and His creations. All of which are unique and impossible to replicate. Once in relationship, we might be privileged to see our answered prayers, to hear His inaudible counsel or even feel the tug or push of a necessary directional shift in our lives. But it’s ultimately the positive, growing change within us, which we could never accomplish on our own, which opens wide, the door to love. Until we are what we were created to be, that intense but desirable love will likely remain elusive. BUT … Once launched, that love is an unstoppable, reliable, trusted force which overwhelms our being and whatever remains of our lives. It’s a language worth learning.

JC Calkins with COMMON SENSE 4 UNCOMMON PEOPLE

 

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For All of Us

Posted: April 29th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

All relationships require work but if that’s our focal point, instead of simply working the relationships into our daily lives, we’ll probably fail at them. Relationships are a part of life, which when you consider it objectively, makes life itself the central point of focus. Every aspect of life has inherent challenges and every aspect has it’s rewards. For proper balance, life should include equal parts of: Love, purpose and reward to counter-balance the loss, pain and hardships presented in… read more

25 Years to Notice

Posted: April 26th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, prosperity, Spirituality | Comments

There are always going to be difficult or what seems like impossible people in the world, in fact there are more and more of them every day.  Issues like permissiveness, procrastination and indulgence only make matters worse. Entitlements aggravate thinking even more. As little as 40-50 years ago, kids (who are now mature adults) were raised in a totally different environment. Failure was a part of life and growing up. Mistakes had consequences and bad choices tougher ones. Pain was… read more

Love is Caring

Posted: April 22nd, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments (1)

Love is a tree of many branches, big and small. Love is caring and as such takes many forms. God provides for our needs, not our wants, out of love. Our needs are few but our wants are many. Love means one thing to us as children and another when we meet our future life mate. Over time, our perception of love is altered, again and again. Anyone who has ever raised children has had to learn these difficult distinctions; how… read more

One Huge Mistake

Posted: April 20th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

One huge mistake we all make is assuming that The Word of God is teaching us only one lesson at a time. Once that single lesson is learned we rarely go back and review the substance of the teaching for anything more, thereby missing, perhaps forever, critical information. There are at least 4 lessons in the following verses. “Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official… read more

Foot Soldiers

Posted: April 19th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, disciple, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

There are a host of countries where their residents, if we may be so bold their citizens, take their freedoms, rights and resultant expectations for granted. It never begins that way, it always starts with struggles, where terrible prices must be paid for these precious rights so desperately sought and needed. Later, often too soon after those ever so steep prices have been paid, many begin to presume that the benefits, their inherited rights of ownership have no continuing burdens,… read more

Just In Case

Posted: April 18th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

It’s easy for us to grasp the obvious. As examples, if we need fresh honey from the comb, we can see the benefit of wearing a beekeeper’s protective cloak, hood and gloves, because bees can be reactive. Just in case! Coats, boots, hats, scarves and gloves are also the essentials of winter, whether or not a blizzard is present. We’ll get flu shots and vaccinations, just in case. The risks of life are never far from us and we exercise… read more

Retaliatory Measures?

Posted: April 17th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, disciple, Inspirational, Political, prosperity, Spirituality | Comments

Over the centuries, many have spoken of God and society in the same breath, for these two great and expansive subjects are truly inseparable. The assemblage of the Holy Bible gives each of us a great starting point for the steps of time and distance we must experience, but actually applying it’s teachings is the soul objective of this complex book. One exceptionally gifted speaker on point was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said at different times,… read more

Overnight Faith

Posted: April 16th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, disciple, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

The bible records an account in the life of a man named Abram (meaning high father) whom God renamed Abraham (meaning father of a multitude). Abraham was among the most righteous of men, meaning that His Faith in God was absolute. Against any and all odds, whatever God said (or spoke) was truth to Abraham, or fact yet to be confirmed. God spoke the heavens, earth and everything in them into existence. Abraham had no doubt of this. So when… read more

A Better Plan

Posted: April 15th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

Have you wondered why certain situations are somehow placed solidly in your basket of to-do’s? “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11 NIV). Who am I to speak out? Who am I to intervene or intercede? Who am I to decide, reach out, carry or support? Can we tell the difference between a panhandler on the sidewalk and a truly hungry or homeless man?… read more