Category: Christian Lifestyle

Grace 0

Grace

With the temptation, there is a way of escape, but the simple plastic pleasure overwhelms me. When I let it come so close, it blocks out all the beauty far away and for a moment it’s all I want. But once I reach out my hand to touch it, all the joy it promised melts away leaving only a hollow shell to echo the guilt I now feel. The problem is that sin, brought so close blocks the light that once warmed my heart. No, the sin itself does not block the light, but I must choose to turn away...

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Noblesse Oblige

Noblesse Oblige. The obligation of the nobility. The duty of royalty. The posture of a prince. All can be summed up in a word: service. Royalty comes with responsibility. The responsibility of stewarding others. The posture of a prince is one that serves his people. He sacrifices his own desires for the expense of his Father’s kingdom. He lets go of his ambitions for the sake of serving his people. He gives his life to defend and protect those in his kingdom who cannot do so. His title is high and lofty, yet his life is low and humble. Because...

The Call 0

The Call

1-30-2014  “Come near. Be still. Rest The chaos, the bitterness, And all that would test… Let me carry, give to me, Your impossible responsibility. And all that makes you weary Let it go. Come. Be near me.” This call, I hear. My heart responds, But something inside keeps fighting on. I have no will to break the bonds, That keep me striving on and always on, Forever in search of something. Always hoping and wishing, For someday when I can bring To Him expensive offerings. Of gold, of frankincense, of myrrh. Of treasures valued highly on the earth. Achievements, awards,...

The Proverbs 31 Man 0

The Proverbs 31 Man

Just noticed that the Proverbs 31 woman gets about 2/3 of a chapter at the end of 30 and 1/3 chapters on the virtuous man. Proverbs 31:10 “The virtuous woman, who can find?…” What if instead of saying, “this woman is impossible to find.” The writer of proverbs is trying to make a final point to the young man that he has been trying to teach for the past 30 and 1/3 chapters? What if he is trying to say, “Who is able to find such a woman?” The only way that you will ever be able to find this...

Leave the Crib. Learn to Crawl. 1

Leave the Crib. Learn to Crawl.

What kind of parent wants their little child to grow up and sit in their lap all day? What kind of parents are happy when their 25 year old son cannot figure out what to do with his life besides sit in their basement, eat their food, and play video games? What kind of parent dreams of raising a child that will one day do nothing with their life besides come over to visit every now and again? Every parent wants their child to love them, but every parent also wants their child to grow up at some point. The...

Love and Freedom 0

Love and Freedom

Without freedom, love cannot exist. Actions undertaken for the sake of love have a value that is derived from their very existence. Actions undertaken for the sake of religious duty, personal obligation, or social expectation have value only in the feeling that they are able to arouse in the recipient. Yet, even this feeling becomes an expected right – or worse, a required response – when the parties involved in the transaction feel restricted to this particular set of behaviors and responses. This idea is demonstrated by the child who is forced by his parents to apologize to a sibling...