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Straight Talk

 Straight Talk

Sometimes we just need a little straight talk. No fancy story. No Fluff. No paint. Just truth.

And here it is:

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” - 1 John 5:11-12 NIV

Straight up. Grace, forgiveness and eternal life can be only found one way and that’s through God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

There is no other way to the Father. No other way to Heaven.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” - John 14:6 NIV

Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem

Habakkuk's Prayer

Habakkuk’s Prayer

In the first two verses of Habakkuk, we can read the beginning of his prayer... a prayer that, to me, resonates that hearts of many Followers of Jesus today:

“Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.
Renew them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.” - Habakkuk 3:1-2 NIV

Habakkuk looked around at the world around him. He saw the pain and the injustice. He saw strife, violence and anger, and wondered why God seemingly did not hear His prayers, seemingly remained silent, seemingly did nothing.

And today, we can find ourselves wondering these same things... wondering where God is in the midst of the flood and rain... in the midst of the sorrow and pain... in the midst of the violence and shame... somehow missing Him whisper “I am with you.”

We wonder why other religions have gained momentum and gained traction in a nation founded on Christian principles and values. We wonder why we continue to allow our leaders to lead us in a direction away from what we know are godly paths. We remain silent at the injustice around us. We allow the voices of the few to bully and push agendas that are contrary to what is good, and pure and right.

And then we stand and wonder, in our own darkness, where God is and why He hasn’t shown Himself.

Today we can say the same prayer as Habakkuk’s prayer: We have heard of Your great fame, O Lord. We are in awe of what we read and what we have heard about You and Your great deeds, but we have never really seen them. So, we want you, O Lord, to renew those deeds and make known Your fame in our day and time... and please Lord, as you do, remember mercy in Your anger and wrath.

And then, as we pray, we too must stand and be seen and heard... allowing God’s Word, as it did in day’s of old, to fill our hearts, our minds, our voices and our actions so that He can be seen and heard and known among the nations. Standing unashamed of the Gospel and appalled, even outraged at the hatred for all things Christian.

We must not grow numb. We must stand for justice. We must stand for what is good and pure and right.

We must live and lead with love, and make known His great fame in this day and time with grace, hope and mercy.

“You are the Lord. The famous one. The famous one. Great is your name in all the earth.” - Chris Tomlin

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Live As Believers

Live As Believers

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” - Philippians 4:4-9 NIV

There is so much great wisdom in these 6 verses. So much direction on how we should live as Believers... as followers of Jesus Christ.

Let’s take a look:

Rejoice in the Lord always (I’ll say it again: Rejoice!)
Let Your gentleness be evident to all
Don’t be anxious about anything
Pray about everything (pray & petition God with a thankful heart)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Wow... That’s pretty clear.

Then beginning in verse 8, it lists the things we should think on/dwell on:

Whatever is true
Whatever is noble
Whatever is right
Whatever is pure
Whatever is lovely
Whatever is admirable
If anything is excellent
If anything is praiseworthy

The cool thing about this list, as I’ve said before, is that they are all descriptors of Jesus... they all express His character... and who He is.

As we live and deal with day to day life and the happenings around the world, let us take hold of this wisdom and incorporate it into our day to day lives... striving to be like Christ and shine His light on the world around us.

Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem

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