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Walking a Bridge over Impossible

31 Aug 2018

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bridgeblogpostI recently entered a new season of life. It follows a season of great anticipation. In some ways, it represents a lifestyle I have long been looking forward to, but also represents a level of independence and individuality I have not previously had to dwell in. I have seen many seasons and experience many things – not something most in their thirties wouldn’t be able to claim. But this new season has been a dive into a mysterious new dimension of beginnings. During and after my arrival, I have receiving welcoming greetings and genuine courtesy, but my heart knows people are designed to reach beyond that. I have struggled to find a place amidst the unfamiliar populace, and yet hold no expectations for anything more than surface greetings.

Relationships, I often tell people, are crucial in life – and yet I find myself loosely connected to others. Even as my weekly and daily interactions with others broadcast a sincere relatability, I recognize true relationship (and trust within it) takes time and patience. Prior seasons had includes statements like “We do the impossible, God does the impossible”, and quotes from individuals like the missionary to China Hudson Taylor

“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s protection”.

 This is a statement that has passed through many seasons of my life and given me confidence where it was lacking. I find a great confidence as I acknowledge that God has laid out plans ahead of me and has invited (even called) me to partner with Him in them.

While I recognize a significant amount of experiences behind me, I realize that many of those were meant to teach me individual lessons. Individuals I have looked up too, friends I have grown fond of, and places I have clung too were only a part of God’s larger plan for not only me, but His larger family. I moved into this new season with gratitude and a desire to learn humility. An image came to mind as I was walking recently. It was from “Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade” (I can’t remember the last time I watched this film, but it illuminated in my mental cinema quite vividly). It was of the scene in which Indiana was standing before a large chasm (beyond which was legendary treasure!). It is an end-game scenario – there is no possibility to proceed when there is no surface to walk on (or even a limb to swing with). But after briefing testing the supposed passage lore, he took a large step of faith into the impossible! He stepped into nothing and found a solid (though frugal) surface to proceed! I been recently encouraged that my merely acknowledging a desire for humility is a step towards receiving that gift. It is very easy for me to linger in the past and reflect what happened there, but I am excited to see what things God has planned, and how intends to use me. New seasons can bare momentary happiness, but God’s direction is a comforting and stable path I am thankful to be walking on.

Loving Neighbor as Self

3 Aug 2018

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Following up on a good men’s group meeting last night, I felt compelled to commit some thoughts to writing. In response to a question by the Pharisee’s regarding the greatest commandment – Jesus responded with

“Love The Lord God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind… The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

I have been increasingly drawn to the second part of this passage (as the first part is self-evident for Christians). However, I think it also gives credence to the fact that God still comes before neighbor. But most emphatically, I notice that Jesus uses an equivocating term in the second portion of Jesus quote: as. It is easy to adopt the model of self-denial as Paul is often quoted (Gal. 2:20; Eph. 4:22-23; Phil. 3:8), as well as Jesus Himself (Matt. 10:38; 16:24; Mk. 8:34 Lk. 9:23). After all, we may rightly acknowledge that we have been born into a new nature (Jn. 3:3; Rom. 12:2)! But this reasoning may potentially allow for a venturing into a realm of self-neglect. I don’t mean to suppose that we neglect ourselves physically here, but perhaps we may not always give ourselves the credit God has allowed us to dwell in. I was surprised to find scripture giving clear instructions for this:

“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever”! (1 Timothy 5:8)

Though the text is suggesting family relations, I think we can allow for greater interpretive dexterity since exponential individualism has crept into our way of life today. Now of course, this is only one reference, and sound doctrine should be built on more than that. I am then drawn to Paul’s discussion of the unity of the body in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. In short, we need each other!

We are united together, yet we cannot effectively help others when our own sickness is severe and even contagious. Of course, that’s taking things to the extreme. But Jesus did indicate that ‘planks’ could be in our eyes, even as we dutifully respond to specks in the eyes of our brothers (Lk. 6:42). While this is my usual long-winded meanderings, I return to the significance of the two greatest commandments – Love God first, and than we love others as we are love ourselves. This “self-love” concept must be articulated. I don’t mean to suggest a selfish sort of love – but a healthy love of oneself, or more of a balanced self-worth. I am not sure that following the first commandment Jesus indicated above can rightly be followed by anything other than a careful love of oneself and his neighbors.

Local Fanboys

13 Mar 2018

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Nostalgic Nuances

6 Mar 2018

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I recently started listening to a podcast on Google Play called “Heavyweight”. While I had a hunch of what it would entail, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the amount of nostalgia, casually-informal clichés, and a more contemplative perspectives. However, I was surprised, despite

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God Focused or God’s Perspective

14 Feb 2018

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        God's Perspective_bannerOne of the most common things to hear among Christians are statements like “I want to get closer to God”, or “I want to serve God more” etc. These are wonderful statements undoubtedly said with admirable intentions (or hopefully they are).

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Intrinsic Value

10 Feb 2018

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     Intrinsic_value_banner         Value is an interestingly fluid concept today. Usually a thing is valued if it has admirable characteristics. For instance, Silver is valuable because it has monetary worth. However, raw silver may not be valued if not for that by many people. Many still see silver for it’s potential in a pure, polished form though

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Sacred Worth

8 Jan 2018

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Scarcity breeds value. Those things which are rare become that which is sought out so prominently. Value follows the be holder’s eye. Read more

Calibers of Nostalgia

25 Dec 2017

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Calibers of Nostalgia_banner.jpgDuring the holiday season, it is easy to slip in to some heavier reminiscing, and I have spent some time occupied in this way. As I surveyed some more cherished past memories, Read more

Cross without the Ministry?

17 Dec 2017

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Cross_without_the _ministry_bannerJesus Christ is world renown as the man who lived as a prophet, died without complaint, and supposedly came back to life to confirm His identity. He is the very bedrock of the Christian faith, and more specifically, His redemptive act there on Calvary.

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Good Tidings

14 Dec 2017

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One of the most extraordinary historical moments for the Christian church is when Jesus enters the Temple to Yahweh in Jerusalem. This place, with it’s extravagantly long heritage of sacrificial worship songs, sobering Psalms and ceremonial celebrations would have been expected to receive it’s most anticipated visitor in much more extravagant terms.

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