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God’s Patience?

Posted: May 30th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments (1)

Given all that we see, hear and read about each day, it’s difficult not to wonder if the end of times might be inching up much nearer to us. There has been unrest, spite, hatred and war in the Middle East for as long as I can remember. Nearly forever actually. The greed, lust and other particles and chunks of moral decay around us at times seem almost overwhelming. We too often shrink back into our own little worlds to avoid all that we don’t want to see or know about. We see our friends and families, who say they believe in God, support the things which they must certainly know God has declared as sinful and wrong. We’ve seen attitudes digress, character degrade, human grace diminish and concern discarded. We routinely and sadly question untimely illness and death, corruption, savage behavior and a randomly scattered absence of sound judgements. But is this something new or has the cycle just come full circle again? Certainly the latter assumption is true, but the outcome still remains unknown. The promise of our Lord remains open-ended. “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8, 9 NIV). We haven’t made a lot of progress in that repentance challenge, so just how patient is our God?

The end of life as we know it is a sure and estimable thing. Within a hundred years, our accuracy is pretty much assured. So there is both an end of time for us and an end of times for humanity. Neither of which is totally predictable. As children our future’s seem farther off than a star. As those who’ve grown elderly, the picture is very different, up close and personal. It’s not particularly prudent to worry and fuss over something entirely outside of our control. It makes significantly more sense to approach the limits of life which we take for granted. Our own lives. Healthy today, gone tomorrow, is an absolute fact of life, too many lives really. Repentance accurately reflects sincere remorse and regret for the way or ways in which we’ve lived, at least in part, our lives. The One listening intently for such repentance is God. The sincere parts means making changes and amends. Rectifying the wrongs in front of God. By now we should know what happens if we don’t repent. It takes both a single minute and eternity. We just never will know if we’ll have that single minute, or that final heartbeat of time which we need to invest for eternity. If we do repent and turn to God, he won’t turn us away, nor should any true Church of Christ on His behalf. That single decision is the most important one we can ever make and then stick to. God’s patience is a total unknown.

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Knowledge Without Wisdom

Posted: May 28th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

We live in the seas of change. It’s nearly impossible not to get caught up in the rip tides of technology, which lure, drag, pull and push us, while we race and struggle to keep up. Everything around us is swarming, moving in near perfect orchestration, seemingly turning, twisting and then suddenly reversing on an invisible dime. From the TELE-graph to the TELE; -phone, -vision, -communication, -marketing, -commuting, all doing without really moving. It’s as though thought itself has been… read more

On A Pedestal?

Posted: May 26th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments (1)

We are attracted to, awed, even inspired by people whom we put on pedestals. We even call certain people stars, luminous bodies resting amidst the ultimate heavenly pedestal. No such spotlighting pedestals really exist unless we first erect them. Early in my young adult life I was fortunate to be humbled, humiliated actually by a lawyer in a business setting. It was the first and only abusive encounter in my life which was left unchecked. This lawyer had erected her… read more

Corruption

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

Sure we like dramas, in video, but most of us would rather avoid them in life. It seems that most drama is either born out of or revolves around corruption of one type or another. Corruption deals with lies and bribery on a public scale, moral indecency or depravity on a personal scale and flawed execution or planned interruptions on a technological scale. In any and every event, these scales of corruption disrupt or at least interrupt our lives. But… read more

Demands vs Offers

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, prosperity, Spirituality | Comments

Elijah is the name that was given to a man of God in the ninth century BC. The name or descriptive title itself means “my God is Yahweh”. Little is known about the beginning or end of Elijah’s life, as he didn’t die, but rather was swept up in a whirlwind described as as a chariot and horses of fire. Elijah was a prophet, healer and teacher. One story of Elijah, concerns his travels as directed by God. There came… read more

Don’t Miss Out

Posted: May 21st, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

If we don’t really know God, then it’s pretty much impossible to understand Him. So how are we to know this supreme being whom we call the almighty, the creator, the final judge? Or more importantly, why bother? God seems to be even more removed from our lives than say, the President or Leader of our countries. But in reality it only seems that way. God has no; guardians, secret service, troops, border patrols, advisors, experts or other staff to… read more

The Reality of God

Posted: May 19th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, prosperity, Spirituality | Comments

For those who have been blessed by some life event, either good or bad, which has resulted in a connection to God or a closer relationship with our almighty, the situation often does not change our character but produces an aberration of attitude. Aberrations are like winds that come and go. As soon as the life event which caused the shift or discovery becomes distant enough in our rear view mirrors, the aberration becomes a memory. We may have a… read more

Little White Lies?

Posted: May 16th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, prosperity, Spirituality | Comments

Lying is such an incredibly simple act, requiring absolutely no knowledge or expertise, yet it carries with every word, the weight of the world. Lying is simply a sociological injustice, used by those who have no respect for life, self or God. There are some, many actually, who have convinced themselves that their lies are an intended blessing, that withholding harsh truths spares others unnecessary hardships, emotional roller coasters. This is the pinnacle of foolishness and deceit. If we begin… read more

Top Of The Hill

Posted: May 15th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

What differentiates the Christian from nearly all other worshippers? The answer is not simply Jesus Christ, but the absolute belief of His followers in everything that Jesus told us, did and still does for us, and for our ancestors as well as our future great grandchildren. Until the day of the cross, Jesus, seemed a very wise and empowered man telling us about His even more extraordinary Father in Heaven. After the cross, everything changed. “Then Jesus came to them… read more

On Anger; Work That Works

Posted: May 13th, 2013 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Inspirational, Spirituality | Comments

How can we manage life without getting angry? Oddly enough, most of us have had a lot of part time practice with this. We weren’t suppose to get angry in school, but we were young, still growing and learning then. We aren’t suppose to get angry at work, yet if we do we are trained to suppress that anger. Anger with others, especially others in positions of authority is generally forbidden by society. Of course that doesn’t always work. There… read more