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Against The Law? ~ John C. Calkins

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

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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 be troubling to us because they judge, interfere with or simply condemn our current choices and actions. That’s a complicated and short lived way to approach life. “Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought!” (1 John 4:2-3 MSG).

The key in this declaration is “confesses openly“. Not privately, nor quietly, but openly. Jesus still deserves to stand out from everything around Him. Confessing openly redefines the atmosphere around us. People will react in some way, that is a certainty. Sure it makes (some) people uncomfortable, even some new believers who might be doing the confessing. But it also declares our Christian standard of acceptable and unacceptable behavior. It defines and limits our public tolerance for the influences of evil. It shows love. Evil has more than a foothold here, it’s progressed to the point of nearly complete domination. When we remove all references to and signs of God, because it makes someone uncomfortable, we are surrendering to the pleasures of the evil one. The devil loves it when we gather in our little or large sanctuaries and scream out our love for God and then bottle up that same love as we walk out the doors after services. That suits his purposes absolutely perfectly. I’m sure He’s thinking, I’ll lose a few but I’ll get most of them, eventually. “The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” That may not have been written about God, but it applies perfectly. Stifling public prayer, any reference to God, obstacles like the cross, those actions illustrating our humble submission to God is clearly the strategic plan and work of the evil one. That work can now be seen everywhere. Everywhere we don’t see God anymore, we will see the byproduct of evil at work. Since when is professing spiritual love against the law? It is our God’s law to do this, if it is not man’s law then evil has prevailed again. If somebody doesn’t like my public prayers, so be it. I really don’t care as much about their protests as I do about God’s well deserves praises. Professing ungodly love in public has become quite acceptable recently, even trendy, while bowing down to the Father, Son or Holy Spirit in public draws mostly condemnation from judgmental onlookers. That’s about as wrong as life can get. The feelings which matter the most belong to God. That will be proven out in many ways to us very shortly. We’ve forsaken God for too long now. Jesus loves us, Holy Spirit lives with us, the Father simply lives, loves and lights the way of all creation for us. We belong to God or we don’t, that is what distinguishes between the heavenly and hellish among us. We should pray in public, declare in public, bow down in public for God, only for God and the Son who saved (some of) us. Who have you been pleasing lately? God or the evil one? I’d like the road to salvation to jump out, like a red bridge in a forest of green, how about you?

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There’s More Than Legalism ~ John C. Calkins

Posted: June 27th, 2015 | Category: Christ Follower, Common Sense, Hope, Humble, Inspirational, Love, Meek | Comments

The primary reason that our legal system is structured the way that it is (innocent until proven guilty, beyond reasonable or any shadow of a doubt) is that it’s actually much harder to PROVE that we didn’t do something, than it is to prove that we did. We need protection from false allegations, be they subtle or rampant. There is evidence to prove that we did something, but only the absence of evidence to prove that we didn’t. Absence is… read more

Self Promotion ~ JC Calkins

Posted: August 26th, 2014 | Category: Humble, Inspirational, Jesus Follower, Meek, Praise | Comments

Self-promotion is an essential skill set in this world, but in the world which our God created, it’s an unwanted, unnecessary and unwelcome distraction. Taking any sort of credit for that which God has enabled (regardless of how He has done that) will one day come back to bite us. “Moses and Aaron told the people to meet together in front of the rock. Then Moses said, “You people are always complaining. Now listen to me. I will cause water… read more