Monthly Archives: December 2014

Recognizing the Truth

Do you believe “Truth” is subjective or objective? Meaning, do you think truth is a movable principle, one which can be bent or twisted into whatever a person’s belief system or worldview may be? Or is truth a quantifiable, tangible, and concrete standard; one that cannot be bent, twisted, or suit to fit a particular circumstance?

If you heard the truth, would you know it? Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

If the truth was in your midst, would you rush to see? To the tax collector Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

Can you recognize the “Truth” yet?

If the truth was a gift, would you receive it? To the Samaritan Woman Jesus said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

To the Pharisee Jesus said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

To His disciples Jesus said, ““Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

Now are you able to recognize the “Truth”?

To us, believers, the “TRUTH” said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you –shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

So, what is “Truth” or should I say, “Who is “Truth?”

“The purest truth to hear, if heard, is the greatest gift received.” (JS)

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Dare To Be an Original

A few years ago I was with a friend at a car show.  At the show my friend tried to sell his Fire Engine Red 1955 Chevrolet Bellaire. He was having some struggles. Each time a person would come by to seriously look at the car they always asked the same question. This question, “Is the car all original?” My friend usually responded with “No, it’s not.” Upon hearing this, most people would end their conversation and walk away. On one occasion I asked a potential buyer, “Why is it so important for the car to be all original?” The potential buyer said, “Well, the more original it is the more it is worth.” I thought to myself, “Wow, it seems cars and people are viewed differently.” When it comes to things, people seek out and place a high value on originality. When it comes to people, society typically shuns those who prefer to embrace their originality. I’ve even seen this behavior amongst the Christian brethren. For a time in my life I walked away from my originality. It seems I placed a higher value on being something I wasn’t. It took a heavy fall and a deep course in humility to finally accept my originality as God’s plan all along. With my knees bent and hands clasped I returned to myself in the same manner King David did many years ago. I prayed this prayer: “I will give thanks to You (God), for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”

Take my advice, don’t lose you originality to something you are not. Unlike fickle people, God values the original you as “Priceless.” You aren’t a mimeographed son of God. Because of Christ you are an original Son of God. One saying says, “Dare to be different!” God says, “Dare to be an original!”

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Don’t Become a Comfort Zone Fatality

Comfort, if held too tightly can stifle growth and lead to death. Have you ever watched a dandelion in its final phase? What once was vibrantly yellow, full of nectar, and fragrant now resembles a used cotton ball. But does this mean the once beautiful flower is useless. No it doesn’t for it is in this final phase that the dandelion has the power to give life. Without choice or the knowledge of when, the winds of change begin to blow, causing the dandelion seed to pull loose from the stem and waft through the meadow. Does a dandelion curse the wind and regret its position in the jet stream? Does it long to return to the stem from which it came? No, like a tiny carefree parachutist the seed drifts through the meadow dreaming of one thing; a place to land and produce life. What makes the life of a dandelion so appealing? The simple answer: It doesn’t have to choose between its God given purpose and a comfortable life style. Through all its trials and tribulation a dandelion has never learned to fear; only people have. Why doesn’t the dandelion fear the cycle of life? Because it never questions its sole dependency on its creator. Imagine a meadow with no dandelions, the meadow is still beautiful, but something is missing. Now imagine yourself clinging to the used-to-ness of your life, still beautiful, still wonderfully shining in God’s image, but something is missing. What is missing? The absence of fear is missing. We never grow so much or go so far until we have faced and conquered our fears. Something we only accomplish by realizing, like the dandelion, “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

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