Category: Walk, for Christians

Change of mind, change of heart — the possibility of such must never forsake us. The eternal aspect of our nature allows it; there we fear not dying, for death is a thing past. The freshness of new possibilities invigorates our new and resurrected day. Can we discern the progression of being set-apart unto God, closer and closer we go, the depths of life shake us, but outcomes never disappoint us. James Whitcomb Riley writes “The Shower.” The landscape, like the awed face of a Child, Grew curiously blurred, a hush of death. Fell on the fields, and in the darkened wild, The zephyr held it’s breath. No wavering glamour-work of light and shade, Dappled the shimmering surface of the Brook: The frightened ripples in their ambuscade of willows thrilled and shook. The sullen day grew darker, and anon dim flashes of pent anger lit the sky: with rumbling wheels…

Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55-56 Have you ever begged God for His true heart concerning death and dying? I have, along with many who have lost beloved family and friends to death. I discovered something profound. ” 1 Corinthians 15:25 speaks loudly. “Then comes the end, when He (Jesus), shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under his feet.” “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death!” Death is an enemy to God. to be destroyed. Indeed it has been destroyed. 2 Timothy 1:10 gives us  “… our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” Wait a minute.…

  “And my soul is removed far off from peace, I forgot prosperity  And I said: ‘My strength is perished, and mine expectation from the Lord. Remember mine affliction and mine anguish, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is bowed down within me.   This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.” Lamentations 3:17-21 JPS I have given much attention to my capacity to respond to truth. This capacity, can we call it hunger? — is not self perpetuated, or self taught. It requires action on the part of God. So, in the writer’s hopeless state, he reflects on God’s coming initiations, they are sure to restore hope. In Psalm 42 the writer exclaims “hope thou in God,” as he instructs his own soul. Micah the Prophet wrote these words, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; though I am fallen, I shall…

Let’s move from grace to graciousness. 1Peter 1:13 teaches, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Lets look closer: Wherefore . “Because of  ‘the glorious free grace opened for Gentiles and Jews in Christ.’” Girding up. “…vivid metaphor for habit of the Orientals, who quickly gathered up their loose robes with a girdle when in a hurry or starting on a journey.” The loins, “Old word for the part of the body where the girdle was worn. A metaphor. “The believer is to have his mind (mental powers) collected and always ready for Christ’s coming. “Gather in the strength of your spirit.”  A.T Robertson Mind, “Old word for the faculty of understanding, of seeing through a thing.” A.T. Robertson Be sober. “spiritual self-restraint, lest one be…

  Science, traditions, myths, stories and of course, movies, and television create in a man fabrications of what exists truly — in many becoming their functional belief. Through these and more, Christians must navigate, forever exalting God’s Word to be their Word of truth, and then disseminating, discerning, ignoring, and approving — sometimes all day long! Frankly, we will do well to read, speak, meditate on, fellowship around, counsel, hear, teach and forsake not our yardstick for life, lest lies, partial truths, spins, twists and opinions deceive us. In his book, “Toward the Final Solution,” George L. Mosse writes about “A History of European Racism.” He relates to the birth of stereotypes — “In social psychology, a stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular category of people.” “It is an expectation that people might have about every person of a particular group.  …for example, an expectation about the group’s…

  2 Thessalonians 2:3 teaches:  “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first…” “On May 17, 1863, Paris saw the opening of the Salon des Refusés, an exhibition of artworks that were rejected by the jury of the prestigious Paris Salon. It was the very first time the term avant garde, or avant-garde, was used in relations to the arts, and it marked the beginning of a cultural revolution. Renowned painters like Gustave Courbet, Édouard Manet and Camille Pissaro, cast aside by the critics and the public for not being conservative to their taste, organized their own shows throughout the French capital, featuring now legendary paintings. Attracting thousands of visitors, these artists announced a certain kind of rebellion that would come to influence an entire century and a half of art movements and like-minded artists, despite the ongoing ridicule they received from…

Just went to my high school class reunion, my first, ever, after many years. Talk about scary? I didn’t know any classmates and they didn’t know me. As the night went on, I started remembering a few and then many, with the help of “name tags.”I was amused at how many red-haired kids were now white as snow. Fat people were thin, and thin were fat, and non-lookers became quite nice-looking in the twilight years. You get the drift. We laughed and reminisced. On the sad side I discovered that 15 or so classmates had died, some of them were my friends of bygone days. I was moved as their names were read and a candle was lit for each.. I was then constrained to tell a large group of the survivors how that God had rescued my life several years past High School and gave me a purposeful life.…

We Must know that God keeps us — but from what? Jude 1:24 teaches  “… to keep you from falling  …to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. Psalms tells us:: “The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.” “The Lord will keep you from all evil.” “he will keep your life.” “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 121:6-8 “Our God … holds our soul in life, and suffers not our feet to be moved.” Psalm 66:9 Jabez, called on the God of Israel, Oh that thou would bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou would keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:1 Then…

  2 Timothy 3:1 reveals dark spirit trends of this age to be guarded against:  “… men will be… in love with their selves,* money-lusters braggarts,* show-offs,* hinderers of others success,* un-reconciled to parents,(and adults in general) showing zero appreciation,* diametrically opposed to-what is right, diametrically opposed to-social normality, abject unwillingness to sacrifice,* diabolic slanderers, * way out of control mentally and emotionally,* brutal in speech and action,* opposed to anything of true healing excellence,* traitors,* blatant betrayers,* 17. reckless, 18. puffed up with pride,* 19. filthy sex mongers instead of lovers of God…” (paraphrase mine) I’ve seen these in the news. Mat 24:12  And because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Some current events that turn our heads: “New York City … fathers propose to eliminate school programs for gifted students out of a concern for diversity and inclusion.”   (success inhibitors)? “J.B. recently revoked his long-held…

“ Here and there, in clefts and basins, and on the hillsides, grade on grade, you observe a patch of corn, a clump of olives, a single palm.” “Even in the wilderness nature is not so stern as man.” Taken from Hepworth Dixon (“The Holy Land”) Metanoea, Metanoea  Metanoea! (Repent, Repent, Repent!) The kingdom of heaven is at hand! John the Baptist/Herald proclaimed in the wilderness — Repent! “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”  Camel’s hair, and a leather girdle about his loins he wore. Locusts and wild honey was his meat. “Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” Matthew 3:5-6 Repent?— “a virtuous alteration of the mind and purpose as begets a like virtuous change in the life and practice.” Sorrow is not, as is popularly conceived, the primary notion of…