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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 →

Self-Sacrifice

If we are to be like Christ, we must know something of self-sacrifice. To think that God will not refine us through the fires of pain and suffering, and melt away our imperfections like the dross of silver is to relegate the tao of Christianity. Let us embrace sufferings that serve to embrace our longing to be held tightly to …Continue reading →

Father

I wrote this poem about my relationship with my father a long time ago, but I always return to it like a homeless wanderer returning to his ole home town. I miss the way we’d hold hands At night As you dreamt of your pilot days And restless pride. I held your thick fingers And you cupped my lil hand …Continue reading →

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 seeking to walk down the road less traveled. Today sacrifice is no longer esteemed but considered God’s weakness, …Continue reading →

World Religions and Suffering

“Other religions ask humanity to rise above their pain, or perhaps to deny it altogether. In Christianity, we do not rise above our pain; rather, God descends to it.” Philip Yancey, Forward to Charles Ohlrich’s The Suffering God: Hope and Comfort for Those Who Hurt

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