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Fulfillment vs. Pleasure

You were made for fulfillment! But that’s not the same thing as saying you were made for pleasure. Pleasure, however, is not a bad thing. Matter-of-fact, pleasure can be the natural consequence of eating a satiable meal or spending quality-time with an ole friend or behaving virtuously. The kind of pleasure that gets a bad rap is hedonism, that is, …Continue reading →

Ethic of Consequences (Ego vs. Thanos)

In the recent cinematic production of Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), a ruthless “Celestial” (deity), who came into existence millions of years ago and goes by the name “Ego,” has grown bored of his own immortality, not to mention being deeply disappointed with the inferior beings who inhabit the universe. So he plans to use his …Continue reading →

Going Home

Ron Arko was my spiritual father, my Paul and my Barnabas, always encouraging me, my writings, and my blog posts. He was always there for me when I needed him. The irony is that I need him here right now to help me get through his going home. Wounded you stepped onto the battlefield, while others walked away disheartened from …Continue reading →

Fear

Fear stifles love and ultimately imagination. To freely love and be loved (that is, to create a moment or memory with someone), one must stand ground in the presence of fear and its twin, condemnation, and smile in the dark. By the term “imagination” I mean the soul’s ability to freely create with bold, unapologetic pleasure. This courage and joy …Continue reading →

Amen!

Love me. Teach me. Guide me in all Your ways. Help me humble myself before You everyday, and if need be, humble me, so my thoughts may be pure and pleasing to You. May my actions never cease to emulate You releasing a sweet smelling fragrance of salvation’s freedom. More than anything, I seek to please You – the One …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 →

Daily Prayer for A Victorious Life

Lord, Fill me with all hope, joy, and peace in believing You and Your promise of eternal life and good works in Christ Jesus! You have given me a conquering spirit of power and love, not of fear and failure. I remember that past and how You have saved me and healed me. I think of the present and how Your …Continue reading →

Beautifully From Above

Love’s breath beckons me forward But fear of cloud’s rain and storm’s gain Holds my lungs ransom. Life quivers Death considers But nothing can explain what jitters inside me. From ropes of despair to angelic hair, From heart’s bleeding to joy exceeding Is what one man saw. A captive of love’s entanglement – I am. I used to surrender to …Continue reading →

Mystery of Tears

Spasms and sobs speak louder than words. Friends of freedom’s flight slip down mountains of flesh As the fulfillment of time flaps its wings into the fray. Tiny drops of love’s deep fill our hearts whole Like a bucket that overflows. What can medicate a broken heart more than You? Can love ever be so true as to live passionately …Continue reading →

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