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“If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. . . For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:8,11).
How many of us seek the riches of God and yet assume the absence of his correction? We cry out for deliverance from our troubles thinking it was not our hand that pulled the trigger. Continue reading
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In the movie A Few Good Men, Colonel Jessep (Jack Nicholson) responds to Lieutenant Kaffee’s questioning saying, “You can’t handle the truth!”
We’ve all heard that quote before. And while we may want to feel the indignation and righteousness that Lieutenant Kaffee does, I believe we stop short of the truth in our own lives.
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Use what you have to create and make ideas understood.
Don’t write like me. Don’t talk like me. I already impersonate enough for people to feed on the echo for days.
The story of our time has a foil as complicated as Israel.
I, by myself, am not a person¹
Living here and not yet. Communion acts in opposition to individualism. For a Christian the idea that religion and spirituality are private matters, is as biblically illiterate as the goalie presuming she does not need her team. You need all the saints and they need you. That desire for perfectness is sifted out by being with others. When you see the bigger picture, you notice how small your selfie really is. You cannot truly participate unless you have a full team. Do you see the opposition to individualism when communion is taken as a family?
The Christian life is complex.
And you who judge – casting the blame, the indictment of shame – you have no excuse. You who caste indictment upon others in the name of being a good judge of character, you have no excuse. Justifying grounds for you are looser than an untied shoe. Alas, justice and fairness must be dealt. “Thank God I am not a woman,” you pray.
Know where you came from.
You came from falsehoods and pain. The shadow in the cave; the man enslaved. You came from death. Looking at reflections from the light; yet, you misunderstood them. Too bright to take flight, you couldn’t flee because God’s light made you free. But it was misunderstood. Continue reading
Options options options
Apple or Microsoft?
Private or public school?
Democrat or Republican?
The red pill or the blue pill?
Options options options.
Yesterday I had one. Today I have two. Tomorrow I’ll have too many and I’ll wish I had a clue. I’ll wish things were simpler. Remember Blue‘s Clues? When I was younger options seemed simpler. Like everything was almost color coordinated up to the final curtain call as night would fall;
I’m a beggar telling other beggars where to find food.
Real food is needed. Real truth is where unction meets function. Disciples will not be made until our pride is reduced like hide.
Life is built upon life. Cheap tricks won’t save a life lost in a cave. We won’t use banana splits or any other gimmicks that are only counterproductive and destructive.
How many times will the youth pastor shave his head before he saves the spiritually dead? Continue reading
I held Holy light
It did not fade. Continue reading