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Compromised Commitments ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Category: belief, Inspirational, Jesus Follower, Love | Comments

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Broken hearts, vows and promises are, after all is said and done, the most common aftershock of OUR compromised commitments. All commitments are intended to be pledges or obligations in the form of continuous undertakings, until those commitments are fulfilled. There is no room for compromise in a commitment, because every compromise is an area of erosion around our original promise. Whatever exchange of commitments might have taken place, they were speculatively glued together with trust and set firmly in place as the stepping stones for future passage over the muddy waters of our choices and circumstances. Erosion washes away the trust which is bridging and securing those stones, ensuring slippage and damages over time. How do I know this? Because God gave us an example, path and blueprint for life and He never compromised His commitments to us. This is why those who know God, do not die, even when caught in the raging flood waters of this life. This is a somewhat metaphoric statement in that drowning does not necessarily end in death but even more importantly death is not a matter of the body to God. To know God well, is to trust God completely. We live during times where compromise has become our norm, where latitude and flexibility are expected and liberality is popular. Commitments have become a conditional game to most of us, subject to selfish rule changes at the first sign of disagreement, discomfort or inconvenience. God figured out (during our Old Testament times) that we weren’t very good with His rules, but WE still couldn’t see it. He didn’t change the rules per se, but He certainly changed the ruling official. He made the best and most sacrificial player who ever lived, the ultimate judge. (John 5:22,23 NIV) “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.” We can always trust Jesus to be who He said He is and to do what He said He would. The real question is can we trust ourselves and our commitments?

This is our model for life. To avoid broken hearts, vows and promises, ALL of the parties to a commitment must stand by their original agreement. One alone can not suffice and in practice neither rarely do. Once again, the devil is in the details. To love, honor and cherish until death parts us, doesn’t contain any loopholes. It’s a monumental commitment. It’s also a commitment which has faded in popularity over the last fifty years and is now more often replaced with much less stringent commitments, complete with open interpretations. Whatever God has bound together, let no man (or woman) tear apart is also ironclad language, which is also why many marriages no longer take place before the alter of God. Much of what happens to us is still of our own doing, our own subtle little compromises or our own convenient little rule changes. Commitments are both serious and necessary. No commitment means; no rules to break and no rules is our contemporary equivalent to; take no prisoners with a license to kill. These human bow-outs are not God’s ways, will not be accepted in His Kingdom and have no long term success in any earthly culture. We should all love our God of promises, guarantees, trust and absolute reliability. I know that I love the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, our God of mended hearts and unconditional love. We can ALL learn so much from God with a powerful commitment, but we must ALL pay attention, stay the course and EACH take responsibility for our part of commitments.

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Plant, Tend & Harvest ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: March 28th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Christianity, Church, Inspirational, Jesus Follower, Love | Comments

At times it’s hard not to turn, look or to just run the other way. Each time that I allow my mind, body or soul to wander unaccompanied into God’s metaphorical garden, I see crumbling sidewalks, plastic flowers, artificial greens and tainted water complete with gardeners who are content leaning comfortably on their shovels, rakes and spades. This artificial garden we’ve substituted for the real thing is intended to look good but serves no real or practical purpose. I quickly… read more

Needs Spark Motivation ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: March 27th, 2015 | Category: belief, Christ Follower, Inspirational | Comments (1)

There is no question that “needs” drive us while “wants” oblige us to take actions. Ignoring our needs is a necessarily short lived prospect, while ignoring our wants is more easily modifiable and longer lived. This applies to pretty much everything that any sensible living creature does in life. Unfortunately, the combination of young, healthy and satisfied often obliterates our need to know God, while old, sick or dissatisfied moves us from the realms of wants into the realms of… read more

Bounces ~ JC Calkins

Posted: March 26th, 2015 | Category: belief, Hope, Inspirational | Comments

What’s a bad bounce? Well that’s literally when something goes the opposite way from which we’d hoped. A good bounce is when something just drops into place perfectly. Anything in between is pretty much the expected, neither punitive nor fortuitous. Mathematically, over a life time, we’re going to get that expected range, or more of that something in-between, than of life’s good or bad bounces. That’s because, in the broad spectrum of time and space possibilities, there’s much more room… read more

Seeing IS Believing ~ JC Calkins

Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Category: belief, Christ Follower, Deception, demons, Prophecy, Understanding | Comments

Having visited Israel early in 2015, I went back and read the Old Testament prophets again. What I witnessed in the Holy Land, essentially dictated this course of reaction. Read (Amos 9:13-15 MSG) “Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” GOD’s Decree. “Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings… read more

A Pebble In A Sandal ~ JC Calkins

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower | Comments

When Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit, He was giving us a much needed gift and reminder. (Per John 8:23-24 MSG) … “Jesus said, “You’re tied down to the mundane; I’m in touch with what is beyond your horizons. You live in terms of what you see and touch. I’m living on other terms. I told you that you were missing God in all this. You’re at a dead end. If you won’t believe I am who I say I… read more

The Path and Plan ~ JC Calkins

Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower | Comments

It may be that the only remnants you’ve ever heard of were scattered about your basement after the wall to wall carpeting was replaced, but that’s not what the bible is referring to, they didn’t have carpeting back then. “Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.” (Romans 9:27 NIV). The Apostle Paul is writing here, of the remnants or descendant survivors of the… read more