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A LOVING GENERAL

The struggles we encounter are not always elicited by self-destruction and self-dilapidation, but by strategic trials that are necessarily entailed by divine circumstances. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. This is not an appointed suffering by a draconian deity. Look at the life of a “blameless and upright” man like Job, who suffered …Continue reading →

“Ode” by William Wordsworth

This is one of my favorite stanzas (V) from Wordsworth’s romanticized poem, better known as “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.” This poetic paragraph takes for granted a biblical (or Platonic) pre-existence, which mourns the loss of a child’s vision of an ideal world fading away “into the light of common day,” in what feels like a …Continue reading →

Ultimate Paradigm of Goodness–God

The classical Greek matrix of holiness (goodness) is expressed in one of the two horns of a classic moral dilemma called Euthyphro’s Dilemma. In one of Plato’s early dialogues, Euthyphro, Socrates inquires of Euthyphro, a religious expert on the subject of holiness, why holiness is loved by the gods: either holiness is holy because it is loved by the gods …Continue reading →

Thriving vs Striving

I recently posted on Facebook two alternative ways to live: thrive or strive. I wrote, “I need to stop striving for control and start thriving by trusting the One who controls everything.” Then, interestingly, I met someone at Starbucks who helped me see this dichotomy a bit more vividly. As I was sitting by the counter I happened to catch …Continue reading →

“There’s no God!”

God does not tolerate His children. He values their inherent worth. We are not His pet projects to be fixed. We are His lifelong lovers. God knows us by name and clothes us with His righteousness so we can enjoy an intimate relationship with Him. This is the Good News! Sadly, some christians today do not have either the time …Continue reading →

Johannes Kepler

“We astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature.” Kepler, “To Herwart,” March 26, 1598, in Baumgardt, Johannes Kepler, 44.

Focus on God

When we focus on our circumstances, God offends us and we offend Him. But when we focus on God, we offend our circumstances by being victorious over them. Hallelujah! We have the victory in Christ Jesus!

brave meekness

Red hot sparks burn twice, Only a masochist calls it paradise. Atoms of rebellion seek to start a fight, A battle already lost and found redeeming our birthright. Freedom is a gift of which pleasure and pain concurrently reign, And character is waiting to walk down the road less traveled. Today sacrifice is no longer esteemed but considered God’s weakness, …Continue reading →

conviction

Guilt is not of God. The Holy Spirit instills deep conviction in the minds of men. Scrutiny filters through the chambers of the heart that overflows into the soul to conform us to Christ-likeness.

Cardiac Surgeon

God is in the business of changing hearts and Jesus is the cardiac surgeon on call.  Our job is to lie still on the operating table until the Holy Spirit instructs us where to go.

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