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September, 2015


With Love, Your Child ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: September 17th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Faith, Hope, Inspirational, Jesus Follower, Love | Comments

With Love, Your Child

Life is not limited, we are. At least we are the way most of us view and perceive ourselves. This earthly experiment isn’t the end-all for us, it’s just the beginning of something far greater. When my mother was laying on what would soon become her deathbed, she said to me, “Well I guess that my luck has finally run out.” I was stunned. This is the very same amazing woman who taught me about God in the first place. The one who cautiously coaxed her painfully shy son into Sunday School to learn even more of what the Bible and God we’re all about. Being a good learner does not mean being a fast learner. Recognizing and understanding, not memorizing, is the ultimate goal of spiritual awareness. As that child, I was initially resistant, but soon excited about the possibility of one day becoming a child of God. Jesus intrigued me. His seemingly fearless passion, amazing faith, wonderful miracles and undying love for everyone, was unlike anyone I’d ever met. He seemed like He was just a really cool guy. So what happened with my mom, hadn’t she been paying attention? God helped me in those minutes. You see my mom knew all about God, but she didn’t actually know God. My grandmother had taught my mom about God too, but I wasn’t there just before she left this world, so I don’t know if she actually knew God either. Generations of families, can and do exist knowing about God, but it seems that far too few actually know God Himself. That may be the saddest truth imaginable. If God only wanted us to know about Him, His immaculately conceived Son need not have been persecuted and crucified for our sins. I think God wanted much more 2,000 years ago, which is why He put on skin and came into this world the same way that we do. God lives for relationship, not to be an object of understanding.

I told my mom, while holding her hand in mine, eyes on hers, that her luck was just beginning. Because I know God personally, I was comfortable talking to my mom that day. I didn’t have to make up a story to ease her fear or calm her nerves, or mine for that matter. I knew first hand that God was pleased with her. I knew that God loved her. I knew there was something far greater in store for her. How did I know? I knew because I was prepared as good soil by my mom, soil which would one day understand the seed which had been allowed to be planted within me. “And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” (Matthew 13:23 NASB). I told my mom what God told me. “It’s OK to let go of this body, there is so much more waiting for you. It’s OK to bring your love with you, you’ve done your job, your children are now able to make their own decisions. You’ve done what I asked of you and I’m waiting to take you home again. No more pain, loneliness, fear or wondering, more love is waiting for you where we’re going.” She sighed, and I hoped in that moment that she’d just connected with God Himself. You see God has permeated our society, with His spiritual presence. He has taken up residency in some of us. Those who have invited Him in. He guides our lives if we allow Him to. Understanding God requires one thing of us, knowing God. Personally, intimately, passionately, outrageously. None of us can know somebody by reading about them, listening to stories about them, we have to meet them. There was an instant in my own life when God introduced Himself, so to speak. He didn’t really introduce Himself, He introduced me to me, something no one else could ever have done. He’d been there for quite some time, so He knew me far better than I knew me. Many years before, one day after Sunday School, I had told God that I wanted to be His child too. Thank you God, for listening and waiting so patiently for me to recognize you. With love, your child.


Beyond Awareness ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: September 12th, 2015 | Category: Prophecy | Comments

What’s with this new sleeping society of ours? “He got up from prayer, went back to the disciples and found them asleep, drugged by grief. He said, “What business do you have sleeping? Get up. Pray so you won’t give in to temptation.” (Luke 22:45-46 MSG). The temptation to sleep past the disturbances around us has plagued society from it’s very beginnings. It usually begins with just looking away, progressing into our firm denial of wrongdoing, which then manifests directly… read more

These Are Those ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: September 3rd, 2015 | Category: belief, Deception, Hope, Inspirational, Jesus Follower, Love | Comments

Jude did a good job with a very difficult concept. “Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.” (Jude 1:22-23 MSG). We tend to treat sin and sinners alike, combining them as a bulk commodity. We throw everything into the same barrel and then we cart or ship that barrel off to the dump. That’s just… read more

Against The Law? ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: September 1st, 2015 | Category: belief, Christ Follower, Inspirational, Love, Meek | Comments

We have two operating extremes, we overthink or under think just about everything. Under thinking might also be called ignorance or apathy. Overthinking reveals our questioning, doubting nature of humanity by challenging even the most obvious aspects of life around us. We tend to overthink because there is something present or impinging on our reality that we just don’t want to have to accept. Over thinking those things, reveals the excuses which we are looking for. Those impinging feelings may… read more