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Lost or Misled? ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: November 2nd, 2016 | Category: Common Sense, Conflict, Deception, Inspirational, Truth, Understanding | Comments

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Is there something interfering with your pretty picture? You believe that simply because you’re a good, law abiding citizen, who once or thrice a year stops in at a church, that you’re good with God? You’re in the good minority as far as you can see, given all the crooks, cheats, liars and greedy sons of something you interact with daily, right? God has so many jerks to deal with that you must be a shoe-in for heaven … if there is such a place! No need to participate in any church, you already know all that you want or need to know, right? Nothing ventured, nothing lost. Giving God the freedom to go after those who really need some serious fixing, must be a good thing? Is that right about you on any count? Do you know a few people who also fit this description?

Because if it is or if you do, you’re kissing off the chance of a lifetime. You are the one whom God is trying to get through to. You are that lost sheep who doesn’t know that you’re a sheep or that you are lost, but you are. In many respects, we all are, in one way or another, at some time or another. We might be intrigued by angels and demons or disgusted by greed and selfishness but neither of these are allowed to shake our comfy world in a warming kind of way. As long as we’re healthy, mobile, fed and able to pay our bills, we’re OK with ourselves. Here’s the shaker, God isn’t OK with that or with us. Sure we live in times where God seems to have lost interest. Where people do pretty much whatever they want without consequences. Where governments reject God in favor of liberality. That has happened before. That’s not the answer or excuse we should be relying upon, that’s the problem we should be rectifying. ““My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.” (Jeremiah 50:6 NIV). Jeremiah the prophet, whom God had set aside (about Jeremiah – ““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”” Jeremiah 1:5 NIV,) was simply repeating the message for all nations that God had entrusted to him, some 600 years before Jesus was born. We have been led astray (again), we have become one of those nations, those peoples, where the lost sheep have begun to outnumber the saved flock. “My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.” Ezekiel 34:6 NIV. Ezekiel was a contemporary of Jeremiah, it seems that God really wanted to emphasize the perils facing the sheep who would be led astray. Jesus did search for us, when he finally came along, because he knew what had happened and would happen again. He is still searching. ““You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’” Mark 14:27 NIV. Jesus said, “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Matthew 18:12 NIV. This timeless concept of value still holds true today but the numbers are shifting. Now the flock is in the minority and the lost sheep are multiplying. Wandering away from the flock is the thing to do now, a new and widely accepted way of life. A freedom which will surely lead to death. This is a time when revival is necessary but I believe that God will let the chips we have chosen to play, fall where we have chosen to play them. God will continue His search for His lost sheep in the darkest of the coming storms we have brought upon ourselves. Within such storms, the lost sheep will better be able to see the light. His light. The lost and misled shall choose to seek God and come running when they feel His calming presence. God is our resting place. Our heaven. We do need reminding of this, but give some thought to being rescued before the darkness becomes overwhelming. Being saved means nothing more than coming home to the God we know. That said, being saved can only happen while we’re still alive. After that we’re simply being returned to the dust.

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Fresh Starts ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: October 18th, 2016 | Category: Conflict, Hope, Inspirational, Truth, Understanding | Comments

Sometimes things simply go our way and sometimes they don’t. We usually feel good when the wind is at our backs and then we start wondering just what we’re doing wrong when we face our harshest headwinds. Of course there are those among us who blame every headwind they encounter on something or someone else entirely. That might be a contributing factor here and there, but it’s rarely (if ever) the primary factor in our plight. We make choices every… read more

Good and Evil ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: December 7th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Conflict, Deception, demons, disciple, Faith, Jesus Follower, miracles, Truth | Comments

Most people, including spiritual people with Biblical training, have trouble with the idea of a spiritual source of good and evil. We’ve struggled (at times) with accepting various aspects of the Word of God, particularly from those parts of the Bible which deal with what we have come to call, the supernatural. Most of the miracles mentioned in the New Testament, would fall clearly into the category of supernatural. Yet these are very much Biblical truths, then and now. If… read more

Set In Our Ways ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: December 6th, 2015 | Category: Common Sense, Conflict, Disappointment, Faith, Inspirational | Comments

  For a select few, being set in our ways might be a good thing. For most of the rest of us however, it’s not. I’ve written about change before, about how uncomfortable it makes most people feel. I’m not writing about convenient change, like walking the dog someplace different, rather about the unsolicited wholesale change we need but casually avoid. Most who have established some modicum of relative comfort in life, even if they are otherwise miserable in it,… read more

Just Ask ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: October 6th, 2015 | Category: Christianity, Conflict, Disappointment, Hope, Inspirational, Uncategorized | Comments

Every so often, too often really, we are going to be faced with life trials, tribulations and the inconvenient trespasses of others. Selfishness is the principle cause of our troubles, if not our own then the unbridled selfishness of others. My way or the highway is the most often chosen road map of our lives. This is the basis of our internal conflict, but let me explain that. Living like a Christian will only, on the rarest of occasions, make… read more

Love And Sadness ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: May 26th, 2015 | Category: Conflict, Disappointment, Faith, Inspirational | Comments

Are love and eventual sadness inseparable? “Wise son, glad father; stupid son, sad mother.” (Proverbs 10:1 MSG). Or is sadness a stand alone emotion which we can and will marry with our other feelings? “A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.” (Proverbs 15:13 MSG). Love certainly is an emotional connection quite unlike any other we are likely to experience, but it needn’t result in sadness if we… read more

They Never Knew ~ JC Calkins

Posted: September 1st, 2014 | Category: belief, Conflict | Comments

There seems to be more than enough confusion on this topical question to warrant an explanation here. To what standard will those who have never been made aware of Jesus Christ be one day judged? This is for those never reached and might even include other believers who have been intentionally barred from hearing of or learning about Jesus Christ. EVERY ONE of us (not just Christians), will be given the opportunity to make a fully informed choice. That’s a… read more

Stand Together ~ JC Calkins

Posted: August 4th, 2014 | Category: Conflict, Disappointment, Inspirational, Truth, Understanding | Comments

It would seem that I have raised some questions, when I wrote about a married couple, who are children of God, or perhaps even a singular “child” of God. A couple who have become “one” and who have mixed emotions and a lack of singular clarity and conviction in their prayers. It starts with these verses and vows. “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife. In this way two people become… read more