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A layer of ice

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As some may have noticed, on my photos page there are a couple more pictures that I have taken recently. Due to two more cold fronts, Missouri has gotten snow, and a great deal of ice. Currently, there is a half inch of ice coating our entire neighborhood providing a perfect environment for sledding. The roads are finally clear, and it is a beautiful day today.

Thinking about ice among other things, has reminded me of a song by  Tenth Avenue North called “Healing Begins”. It’s about redemption, but something tells me its also about Christians. The first verse goes like this:

‘So you thought you had to keep this up/ all the work that you do so we think that you’re good/and you can’t believe its not enough/ all the walls you built up are just glass on the outside/ So let them fall down/ There’s freedom waiting in the sound/ When you let your walls fall to the ground, we’re here now…’

The song is really beautiful as it continues but what gets me thinking is those first few lines. As Christians, are we really living the way we should? Or are we- am I- putting up a facade only around other Christians? Do we have completely different personalities that we show only with certain people? If we do, what can we do about it?

The Bible teaches that honesty is key in all that we do. “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.” (Prov. 12:19) While this certainly does mean that in all that we say tell the truth, it also means our lives should not be hiding something. We should live our lives pleasing to God in ‘thought, word and deed.’ A tough order, yes, but it is the right path to take. Lies are like peanuts, you start with one, but you usually end up having a lot more than you planned. By the time it’s said and done, you’ve dug a hole so deep, you’re ashamed to ask for help. 

The best thing to do in that case is not be afraid to ask for help. Get an accountability partner, talk to your parents or a friend, find someone who will help you out. God is willing to forgive, if you will repent. If you’re not in that hole, than great! But be watchful for those who might be. As always continue giving “an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have, doing this with gentleness and respect.”

In Christ,

Caleb

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New Perspectives

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This week I’ve had the privilege to encounter a man that I would not normally meet in my everyday life. His name is Brian Hogan, and he is a man of many stories. From his travels across the U.S. during his college years, to his missionary life in Africa and Mongolia, to all of the many other things he has done, he is a very interesting man. My family hosted him while he was in town for a class called Perspectives. He is a very adventurous type and has even written a book about his missionary years in Mongolia called There’s a Sheep in My Bathtub, which I believe is for sale on Amazon. He is a strong christian, a personable guy, and a great storyteller.

But what influenced me the most during his stay with us, was his different way of looking at things. While teaching at the Perspectives class, he spoke of the passage Genesis 12:1-3 which says: “The Lord had said to Abram,’Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. ‘I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Most of the times I’ve read through that passage I thought about Abram’s faith to go and obey the Lord. But this was not the subject of the discussion. By reading through each part of those verses, Mr. Hogan illustrated that Christians, especially Christians in America, have been blessed by God. Why? Because we have put our hearts, minds, and souls in His care. We are blessed by God, therefore we should go and preach the Gospel in order that the world may be blessed to reflect the glory of God back to Him in praise. 

Christians today sometimes focus too much on the actual salvation. God loved ME so much that He sent His Son to die for ME so that I can be saved. In America, this is especially true because individualism is so much a part of our culture. Yes, salvation IS important, and it is the first thing we teach to the lost. However, God did not want us to be so focused on how much He cares about us that we don’t obey the Great Commission. We should not be so self-focused that we forget why we are here. God wants us to bless others with the blessings he gives us. How can you bless someone today?

 

In Christ,

Caleb

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Reflection on Rain

rain

 

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As I write this, rain pours down outside. On the whole, I don’t mind rain; but it’s not my kind of weather. ‘A day for ducks!’ is a phrase that aptly describes today. After some new fallen snow and a cold front, it has become unseasonably warm for January. As the snow melts, puddles and mud take its place.

Rain is one of God’s creations, just as snow is. The weather, what affects it, is so awesome when you think about it. Recently in biology I learned that there really are no ‘simple creatures.’ Even the simplest of beings that God has made is so intricate, so perfectly designed that it takes my breath away. God created everything from the smallest amoeba, to the tallest oak, to the hottest star, to the most beautiful soul of man. As we live our lives with everyday cares, worries, and decisions, sometimes we forget to look up. We get so caught up in stuff that-once we go to live with Christ-won’t even matter! We continue with doing our business, content with the humdrum when God offers us so much more! In both peaceful and troubled times, God is there guiding us. He  says in his word “I will never leave you nor forsake you” over seven different times! If God really cares about us that much, will He not keep His word?

Many times, over the past few days, weeks, and months, I have had troubles both physically and mentally. But God has, and will continue to help me through them, and at the end? The sun always shines through. So back to the subject of rain. What physical rain does is provide the sustenance plants need to carry on with their lives. So while we may not know it at the time of our trial, God may be providing us with the skills we will later need in our spiritual walk. So don’t hate the rain, praise God for it. Most of all, know that He loves you and wants only the best for you. Maybe if I keep telling myself as much as I tell others, I’ll get it.

In Christ,

Caleb

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