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November, 2015


Works of the Master ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: November 27th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Christmas, Hope, Inspirational, Love | Comments


We’ve now officially entered the season of eat, drink and be merry again. An annual period when our thoughts and actions drift toward our friends and families, our get togethers and celebrations. For some though, our thoughts go someplace much deeper, past even the bread and wine of the most famous supper. We think of both the good times and those times which we might might want to label as the bad. We are reminded that life is no bowl of cherries. We look for deeper understandings. “If you give no thought (or worse, don’t care) about the broken body of the Master when you eat and drink, you’re running the risk of serious consequences. That’s why so many of you even now are listless and sick, and others have gone to an early grave. If we get this straight now, we won’t have to be straightened out later on. Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later.” (1 Corinthians 11:29-32 MSG). Threats are the least affective way toward change for us, while understanding is certainly the most affective. There is very little that anyone (Christ Followers included) can say to affectively alter the paths of those around us. I believe the scripture cited above is a reminder for those of us who have already altered our paths of those life changing moments when WE were “confronted by the Master“. You see we are ALL broken, that is the true identity and nature of humanity. We put on a good face but we are not truly jolly or for that matter, particularly interested in giving up our ways for His ways. We are more interested in selling something for gain than we are in gifting something. Jesus Christ was more than God with skin, He was and is the example for everyone to follow in life. The Cross is done. We are not and because of it we have only just begun. Those who do not know Christ personally won’t be reading the scriptures or listening to us, but they will be watching us as we live by them. They will be looking for us to slip up like they have done. There are so many good people who can be influenced in subtle ways, but who can never be lectured to or led someplace they don’t want to go. These are the lambs of our new purpose.

The chosen cited words (above) for today are for our eyes and hearts. The take away is for us to gift to others. We are to lead the life Jesus exemplified. We are His children before the eyes of a very needy nation. We are to stay on the path that He revealed to us. We are to live as examples of lives which have changed for the better. Not everyone will notice and some will surely turn away. But some, those chosen by God, will begin to see what they’ve been blind to. Slowly, in the most subtle of moments, they will see what or who God has set before them. Disciples are really nothing more than examples. The path which disciples walk will be rockier and sometimes risky, but we will never face that “fiery confrontation later“. The blessing offered to us is that some of those around us will gain the understanding necessary to make their own choices for change. When we are out and about, we should always be about the business of the Father, but not with any religious attitudes, nor armed with words used as disparaging assault weapons. Jesus showed us how to live and still tells us when and where. Just live love. Don’t judge, condemn or dissuade. Don’t leave His path, but reveal through our actions, not our words, the joy of His path. Give thought to the “broken body of the Master” with every encounter, every day. This season of our lives will make a difference when it’s suppose to, for those whom God is reaching out to. God saves, WE are just to be examples of His handiworks. Scripture is for everyone, but most don’t want to read or hear about it. They do want so desperately to finally see, feel and experience the gospel coming alive and lived out beside them. Happy Holidays and God bless you all.



Courtesy Begins At Home ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: November 19th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Hope, Inspirational, Love | Comments

  Courtesy requires neither love nor respect. It’s a showing of politeness in our attitude and behavior toward others. We needn’t even like someone to be courteous. Perfect strangers are a good example. So why do so many of us show so very little, if any, tolerance for the character traits and behavioral patterns of those we profess or believe to be the closest to us? Does being too close or somehow irreversibly committed, erode our civil tolerances and perpetuate… read more

Awakening ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: November 8th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Faith, Inspirational | Comments

  Awakening for most is simply a matter of of opening their eyes in the morning (ideally) and then allowing the brain to activate some of it’s millions of tiny cylinders. That’s not really awakening because it’s simply another day, rather than a new beginning. It’s the same portrait flavored with different spices, colors and accents. THAT daily process is just an activation, like the starting up of the same old worn engine to head out to the same old… read more