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July, 2015


There Are No “Ifs” ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: July 20th, 2015 | Category: belief, Inspirational | Comments

June Thaw

I truly love God and I love this recorded conversation. This amazing revelatory scripture. In it, can be found a mega-truth. One which defines us, this world, our doubts, attitudes and our confusion about and over God. “Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.””(Mark 9:19 MSG). They did, but still they had their (and our) questions and doubts. “He asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been going on?” “Ever since he was a little boy. Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!”” (Mark 9:21-22 MSG). ““Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.” No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!””(Mark 9:23-24 MSG).

This demands repeating, memorize it, sing it, dance to it, whatever is necessary not to forget it. THERE ARE NO “IFS” AMONG BELIEVERS, because if there was, then we would not be among those who rely upon every promise Jesus offered to believers, disciples and followers. Our “ifs” can not undo God, they only undo us, which would separate us from God, such that we could not experience the all of His truth and glory. God is still more real than anyone else, He just doesn’t appear to be real to those who doubt Him. Have you ever listened to the song “Dance With Me”, it has a chorus line which reflects us, all of us? It summarizes the whole story of the Holy Bible because it’s about love. God tells us, you’re holding back, keep your eyes, your focus on me. To which we often reply, shut up and dance with me (Song Credits go to: Walk The Moon). I can’t listen to that song without falling (or dancing) into God’s loving arms. God says: Stay Focused on me. Not however, to the exclusion of the world, but to bring His world back into our focus. That delivers hope to us, belief and strength. Some feel that God comforts them. I feel that God strengthens us and from that position of spiritual strength, we find comfort in Him. Comfort flows from doing right, from helping out, from having more strength than we need to negotiate this temporary life. “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this?” Of course Jesus knew the answer to His question. His query, although rhetorical, served to emphasize this mega-truth for the sake of both humanity and eternity. Belief is everything. Without belief, whatever else we might have gained, shall certainly be lost. We all should cry out, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!

God doesn’t want to JUST hang out or occasionally dance with us. He wants to live in love with us, to be our destiny. Belief is huge, but doubts can undo everything which we’ve come to understand, read about, hear and pray for. Focus on God and then everything else will gradually transition into focus for us. Our path will become clear, no longer obstructed by our own doubts. “Seeing that the crowd was forming fast, Jesus gave the vile spirit its marching orders: “Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you—Out of him, and stay out!” Screaming, and with much thrashing about, it left. The boy was pale as a corpse, so people started saying, “He’s dead.” But Jesus, taking his hand, raised him. The boy stood up.” (Mark 9:25-27 MSG). Absent our constantly surfacing doubts, “Anything can happen.” That’s belief.


Vacation Rentals Are Not Homes ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: July 18th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Hope, Inspirational, Love, Truth | Comments

Our courts of public opinion operate entirely out of judgmental biases. Nobody is immune to the ravaging effects of this societal contagion, whether it be through pseudo popularity or false condemnations. “He left there and returned to his hometown. His disciples came along. On the Sabbath, he gave a lecture in the meeting place. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. “We had no idea he was this good!” they said. “How did he get so wise all of a… read more

IQ or I Am? ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: July 14th, 2015 | Category: belief, Inspirational | Comments

Have we become too educated or savvy to either believe in or look up to God anymore? Has our increased global awareness somehow overcompensated for our myopic reflection on self? Are we simply too egotisticly successful to admit to needing help from some invisible entity whom we don’t know much about, or perhaps don’t even know at all? I do know that there are thousands of readers who would definitively answer no to these presumptive questions. In fact, they would… read more

A Targeted Countdown ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: July 5th, 2015 | Category: Inspirational, Jesus Follower, Love, Prophecy | Comments

Absent any other relevant memories, the present times do feel like the end times. However, for those who grew up in other times (the 50s, 60s and 70s), we really do view the current times differently than most. We may have moved painfully past the War in Vietnam, the assassinations of the Kennedy’s and King and the Kent State massacre. Even the Detroit and LA Watts riots, the Chicago Seven, the Black Panthers and segregation but those memories still influence… read more