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Compromise Kills

A man went bear hunting. Soon, a large, brown bear came lumbering across his path searching for berries. The hunter had the bear in his sights and began to squeeze the trigger. What happened next was unexpected. The bear turned and asked, “Excuse me. Isn’t it better to talk than shoot? Why don’t we try to negotiate this matter?” The surprised hunter lowered his gun and said, “Okay….I guess I’m open to that.” “What do you want exactly?” the bear…

Against the Grain

For am I now seeking the approval of man or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 I hate being misunderstood. It’s one of the most frustrating things for me – I’m saying something, doing something and people (even people who are supposed to know me) interpret it another way. Put their own spin on it. Tell me I’m not…

Consuming Fire

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.  Hebrews 12:28-29 Jesus, Mediator, Redeemer, Savior, King. Righteous made perfect through blood. Grace and gratitude. Once aliens, now heirs. Far away, brought near. He is my peace. Barrier destroyed. Veil torn. Wall of hostility demolished. Jesus’ body reconciled me and you and them through the cross. Made a way where…

Sword of Peace

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 If possible means it isn’t always possible. As it depends on me says sometimes despite my best efforts, the other party refuses. They are bound. Captive to pain. Unwilling to give. Blind. A dove is used as a symbol of peace. Tranquil. Quiet. Gentle. Yet peace comes with a sword. The price of peace is often blood. Wars are fought for it. Christ died for…

Be Light

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 The Lord is light and salvation – whom shall I fear? He is my strength, my fortress, my refuge from the storm. My salvation. He called me out of darkness into light. It’s hard to see in the dark. [bctt tweet="God shines His truth light so I can share it…