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Out for a Walk … And a Run

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Once again, I bring a story of our wonderful puppy! (You may remember the entries found here, here, and here.)

When we go out for a walk, we frequently find things of interest.

At least, he finds things of interest, things I usually find less interesting.

These things range from fast food wrappers, bones, other pieces of trash, spills on the walkway/blacktop, larger dogs, and cats.

He may not always be aware of the danger posed by such things, such as germs/bacteria, parasites, or fights with other animals. I am aware of these dangers, and I am quick to say “Not good for us. Come on!”

Here is what usually happens: he tugs on the leash toward the desired item until I give a quick tug right back, then he runs full speed away!

Perhaps you see where I might be going with this:

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!”

But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
Genesis 39:6-12, NIV

Sin is rather glamorous to us. We should face the facts: it can be fun and enjoyable to sin. If it was not enjoyable, there would be little or no problem with sin in our world!

It may look attractive, fun, or sweet, but, like with my puppy, it is garbage and dangerous.

We may strive to get close to it, to push our boundaries of what might be safe. It is just like Joseph with Potiphar’s wife. Odds are Potiphar knew his wife was “easy,” and Joseph could have alerted him to the situation. Instead, he only tried to ignore it instead of deal with it. (To be fair, he was only a servant, but work with me here!)

Eventually, he knew the cost of disobeying God was too great, and he literally ran. Because he toed the line too long, even though his master probably knew the truth, it cost him.

Notice my puppy still finds things and has to run away.

How many times do we fail to run away?

What thing or person do you refuse to run away from to protect yourself and honor God?

Online pornography? An attractive co-worker? Too much time on Facebook/P!nterest/news sites? Weekly lottery tickets? Gossip? Taking the excess [anything] from work? Driving too fast? Cutting corners to save time/money?

Stop pulling at the leash. Stop ignoring situations and God’s commands.

RUN!

Sometimes it means putting away the computer, or even giving it up completely (I would miss you, but I understand). Sometimes it means avoiding the store or certain people. Sometimes it means asking for a transfer or even quitting your job. Sometimes it means giving up the keys.

RUN!

Sin is never worth the cost.

Besides, I like cuddling with and getting kissed by my puppy.

God likes being close and indwelling us.

If my puppy gets into the garbage or a fight, I am wary of even touching him or letting him touch me.

Our sin is pushing God out.

RUN FROM THE TEMPTATION AND THE SIN!

RUN TO THE OPEN ARMS OF GOD!

Weekend Words & Sunday Stanzas – 09/15/2013

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No Christian will argue against the fact that everything we do is supposed to be based on love.

One of the greatest writings on this, which has been quoted countless times, is found in 1 Corinthians 13:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

God is love. He demonstrated this through the cross. We show love because He first loved us. (1 John 4)

love  because

love is blind

because of forgiveness

love forgives

because of repentance

love accepts

because of compassion

love is honest

because it cannot lie

love is bold

because it is the truth

love is truth

because God is the Truth

His Love Never Fails with Passion

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Recently, while listening to the song “One Thing Remains”, I was reminded of several things in general and one thing in particular.

The general things are easy:

  • We may face many things that may seem or are to big for us to handle, but God is always there loving us.
  • We may face things that terrify us, but God is always there loving us.
  • We may feel like no one in the world understands or loves us, but God is always there loving us.

What if I Stumble?

The thing that really hit me this time was how much God loves us … when we really mess up.

We may be forgiven, and we may be growing ever more like our Lord Jesus Christ. However, sometimes we stumble. Sometimes we outright disobey. Sometimes we walk into situations we know we should not.

Sometimes, we revert right back into our old selfish, prideful, arrogant, perverted mindset and do things our own way.

And God is always there loving us, calling us to repentance and grace.

What was accomplished through Christ on the cross at Calvary still covers our hapless, unthinking, uncaring, snubbing, defiant, sometimes unintentional sins.

Because His love never fails.

One Thing Remains – Jesus Culture (at Passion)

Your love never fails it never gives up
It never runs out on me.
Your love never fails, it never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails, it never gives up
Your love
Your love.
Never gives up on me.
And it’s higher than the mountains that I face
And it’s stronger than the power of the grave
And constant in the trial and the change
This one thing remains.
Yeah.
Higher
And it’s higher than the mountains that I face
And it’s stronger than the power of the grave
And constant in the trial and the change
This one thing remains.
Your love never fails it never gives up
It never runs out on me.
Your love never fails, it never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails, it never gives up
Your love.
On and on! Come on!
And on and on and on it comes
Yes, it overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid, this one thing
Remains!

This one thing remains!
Your love never fails it never gives up
It never runs out on me.
Your love never fails, it never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails, it never gives up
In Death! In light! We sing!
In death! In light! I’m confident and covered
By the power of Your great Love!
My debt is paid! it’s nothing that can separate
My heart from Your great love.
Your love never fails it never gives up
It never runs out on me. sing it!

Your love never fails, it never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails, it never gives up
Your Love!
ON AND ON AND ON!
And on and on and on it goes
It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never ever have to be afraid
This one thing! Remains!
Your love never fails it never gives up
It never runs out on me.
Your love never fails, it never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails, it never gives up
It never runs out on me!
Your Love
It’s Your love!

Weekend Words & Sunday Stanzas – 09/08/2013

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Names are important.

If you think about it, many religions and beliefs attribute great importance to names.

Read the Bible. People were often named based on how or when they were born or how parents thought they may live their lives. Sometimes names were changed for important reasons (Think of Abram to Abraham, or Simon to Peter.)

If you want an idea of what my name means, read these haikus today:

haikus for

daniel
michael
klem

 

 

 

 

 

my God is my Judge
i am made in His likeness
He gives me mercy

 

my God is my Judge
no one else is like my God
He is merciful

Weekend Words & Sunday Stanzas – 09/01/2013

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We are to emulate Christ however we can.

The poem today was inspired by Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

be like Christ is

 

our priests and preachers say
live like Jesus did
but what if we need today
to be like Jesus is
i do not want to be like
a person that once lived
to live like Jesus Christ
we need to know Who He is
if we want to change our world
the way that is the best
is to live out the Good Word
which is who Jesus still is

Weekend Words & Sunday Stanzas – 08/25/2013

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

To deny Christ

Is to deny life.

 

 

 

 

 

there is no life

outside of Christ

worth any time

i could spend

on whom could i call

to save me from the fall

that ruined us all

our lives at an end

it is the true Messiah

sent down just because

our world lost all the awe

for a God and friend

He returned all of the joy

stolen in a satanic ploy

so that the devil could destroy

but our Christ made amends

A Morning Prayer

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I have quite a few blogs that I follow. One that I follow yet do not regularly interact with (Sorry, James!) is Men of One Accord. James’s goal with his blog is to bring about unity between Christians in Christ Jesus, and I highly recommend checking out his poetry, prayers, and quotes. The spelling might not always be the greatest, but the content is always full of grace, love, and Jesus! I strongly suggest you follow his blog!

This past week, as I was hurrying from work to seminary or youth group, or trying to get in all of my reading and assignments (the downside to taking 12 credits at the graduate level and working full-time while involved in ministry!), this little gem appeared in my inbox. It strengthened me, encouraged my spirit, and reminded me of why I push myself: it is all for His glory!

As he said in the post, “I could not keep it all to myself, I had to share. May all be blessed and peace be with you. Amen”

My Abba I bow

before the morning light.

Prepare me to arise 

at the dawning of Your new day.

As You pour out new mercies

forgiveness of all sins

through Your love

by grace this child 

has been embraced.

I sing praise, honor, and glory

to the lamb that was slain. 

 Forever 

Yeshua shall reign.

Your child brings to You

his body, heart, spirit, and soul

which to You I freely give.

These are my five loaves and two fish

I give for Your blessing

to break, to pass out and to feed

a multitude of hungry and lost souls.

For by Your grace 

this child has been embraced.

Forever I will sing Your praise, 

to honor, and to glorify

 the lamb that was slain. 

 Forever

 Yeshua shall reign.

AMEN.