skeptics-dont-want-answersLast night Christie and I had the pleasure of seeing Fellowship of Performing Arts’ C.S. Lewis Onstage (“The Most Reluctant Convert”) performed by Max Maclean in New York City. My assistant and dear family friend, Denise, gifted tickets to me and Christie for Christmas. She knows how to speak my love language!

Prior to the play we enjoyed dinner at a restaurant where the seating is uncomfortably close. Vintage New York City, I’d say. We were so close to tables beside us I could have reached out my arms and embraced the couples sitting next to me. I considered it.

Upon the arrival of our food I took Christie’s hand and we gave thanks to God. Later, Christie and I couldn’t help but overhear bits and pieces of the conversation at the table to my left. I wondered if our praying invoked their conversation. Continue Reading…

saltine-crackersGeorge Bernard Shaw once wrote, “There are two great tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”

Heart’s desires, soul hungers, push us away from God or to Him.

Sexual hunger: The desire to fulfill our passions sexually lest we die.

Relational hunger: The desire not to be alone lest we die.

Emotional hunger: The desires, needs, and longings, to be filled lest we die.

Spiritual hunger: The desire for more lest we die.

To satisfy your hungers your way simply leads to more hunger—emptiness, regret, even pain. That is the great tragedy. The initial sweetness becomes stale; the shine, dull; the memory, haunting; the satisfaction, fleeting.

This was once the tragic story of my life.

To satisfy your hunger God’s way and in God’s timing leads to cosmic joy… and satisfaction.

This is the triumphant story of my life today.

How to satisfy your hungers God’s way? Jesus. The One who died… for you.

Seek. Trust. Obey.

Then tragedy becomes triumph.

imagesIn this new year, let us…

1) Be content. “A person cannot receive one thing unless it is given him from heaven,” said John the Baptizer (John 3:27). Contentment is found in being faithful to the Lord in all matters and fully entrusting the outcomes to Him. The Lord gives… and He takes away. It’s all ultimately up to Him. So blessed be the name of the Lord.

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defeatedOh this curse of comparing one’s self.

We think if we just had the wit, the time, the energy, the likability, the education, the smarts, the talents, the finances, the relationships, the opportunities, the faith, the gifts of another, then wow. We would make much more of a difference in people’s lives and God’s kingdom.

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censorship_tape-over-mouthBees.

In New York state, you cannot destroy honey bees and their hives. They are a “protected species.” So you could be fined if you do.

Puppies? Kittens?

If you cause “unnecessary suffering” to a puppy or kitten, or outright kill them, you will face indictment.

Babies?

In the United States it is legal to cause unnecessary suffering and death of unborn babies. You will not be fined. You will not be prosecuted. You will not face indictment. It is fully within your rights. In fact, it’s “termination” done in the name of research. So if a balm is needed for the conscience, there you go.

[For friends, loved ones, and new ones to my blog, please read Abortion: A love letter.]

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