Posts from the ‘Short Thoughts’ Category

PANDEMIC PARADOX

“Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other” (John 13:35 God’s Word ©). Read more…

Soft and Hard

Poimen [Greek “Shepherd”] (Egyptian monk 340-450BC) said, “Water is naturally soft and stone is naturally hard. But let water drip continuously on a stone and it will erode. The word of God works the same way. It is soft and our hearts are hard, but if we hear the word of God frequently, it will open our hearts to reverence.” Read more…

He Was Heard

“During his life on earth, Jesus prayed to God, who could save him from death. He prayed and pleaded with loud crying and tears, and he was heard because of his devotion to God” (Hebrews 5:7 God’s Word©). Read more…

Trinkets or Tribute

God will not give us trinkets. God will not give us stuff that rusts, that moths eat and thieves steal (Matthew 6:19-20). Read more…

The Time Is Now

My calling from God urges me to say this: from the earliest days of the Church believers were convinced that the signs of the times pointed to the return of Jesus in short order.

In these days people are talking about the end of the world because of all the things that are happening. The end, however, has always been near.

Right now we have a virus that is sweeping across the whole world. There are locusts in east Africa and southern Asia. Climate change is turning the weather systems inside out. The civil war in Syria has focussed military/political attention into one area by superpowers and major powers and evil powers. Afghanistan and Iraq continue to demonstrate epic confrontation between major world views concerning freedom and repression.

Yet throughout history there have been devastating diseases, natural calamities, war and strife.

Church, believers in Jesus, what emerges now is so stark and vivid that God could use this to shake up your life of complacency, to awaken those half-asleep and barely conscious of the needs in the world and to stir into marching formation the army called to break down the walls of hell.

The end of the world is closer than it was 2,000 years ago, but is this the moment it all falls into place?

That is irrelevant. Followers of Christ have always been on the duty roster. Perhaps those who stand at the cross of the crucified and risen Saviour can be stirred into a life of lavishly loving our neighbour and caring for others above our own comfort.

That won’t cure Covid-19 or cool the climate, but it would have eternal consequences. Let God use this moment to make your witness public and real.

Hey, The Son Shines!

You’ve heard it said we should make hay while the sun shines. Since the Son [of God] always shines, we prepare to reap the harvest all the time.

“Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. Point out errors, warn people, and encourage them. Be very patient when you teach. A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear. People will refuse to listen to the truth and turn to myths. But you must keep a clear head in everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of a missionary. Devote yourself completely to your work” (2 Timothy 4:2-5 God’s Word©).

To Judge Or Not

A lot of Christians buy into the principle, “Stop judging”. Read more…

WWJD

What would Jesus do?

A moment of clarity was granted to me. Read more…

Right?

In the last while I have had so many punches to the soul that I am weary. What do I mean by that?

This is all rooted in what I have termed “The Eden Syndrome” which is when people play God.

I have people respond with, “God doesn’t do that!” when I share what God wants me to do. Or someone discounts the Bible because its words do not suit their personal doctrine or theology.

Or facts of reality are roundly rejected simply because the reactor had a differing opinion.

Anyone who lives their faith openly faces this. What God wants is rarely what human society wants. Humans do not want to be humbled by God’s high ways because humility goes contrary to the obsession with “being like God” (Genesis 3:5-6) instead of serving God. The famous line from Paradise Lost rings true across the ages: Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven (Book I line 263).

Now, I have not yet been murdered or kidnapped or imprisoned as the prophets of old were. So I shouldn’t complain, I guess. Yet, I understand why Jeremiah concluded that resignation from the job as prophet was a preferred option. I also understand that, when he handed in his resignation he realized it couldn’t happen, because the words of God which were given to him had to be uttered.

What a dilemma – do what is right and get hit right in the head from those God wants rightly to save! Right?

Holes in My Holiness

On January 10, 2017 we had our house examined and tested for energy use. We had done a good job on the insulation side. But…

When it came to the air exchange test major problems were exposed. There were such significant leaks in the house the tester could not even get to the recommended internal air pressure.

Now the natural gas supplier had already sent us a report saying we were using 216% more gas than the 100 houses around us. But we did not feel any significant discomfort and were comfortable with the warmth in the house.

We didn’t know what the problem was until the expert arrived and exposed the gigantic flaws in our house.

What a parable! Around me I see people who name Jesus and yet have no spiritual power, discernment, effectiveness or humility. Yet when a prophet speaks truth to call them back to servanthood and costly duty in serving that very Jesus, they not only refuse to hear, since their religion affirms their status, but they even destroy the prophet. (“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven! The prophets who lived before you were persecuted in these ways” [Matthew 5:11-12 God’s Word©]).

Are you comfortable in your religion because you are used to a spiritual half-life? If you only interact with those who agree with you where is your growing edge?

Or are you plugging up the holes in your holiness?