Faith

Then Jesus Glanced My Way

I was enjoying life and all it has to offer; sort of.
Opportunities in abundance, good times indeed; mostly.
Looking to the future, eager to grow; usually.
Worried, though, about missing something important;
Always.

What was this thing that held me back?
Why could I not fully enjoy what my friends enjoyed?
What was this piece of seriousness that muted the humor?
What is this sobriety that looms over simple frivolity,
threatening, dominating, overpowering, overcoming?

Then Jesus glanced my way.

Satisfaction

There is a common trait amongst Christians. They are dissatisfied. They are dissatisfied with what this world has to offer.

Everyone seeks satisfaction. This is a human trait. In fact, I would assert that this is primary among the things that differentiate man from the animals. Other differentiators have been proposed, such as

The Precipice

When I consider that my present pain
seems to be a culmination,
having risen gradually to its current din
I cannot help but wonder...

At how many points along the way
might help have come, 
or had it even arrived already,
and I failed to avail myself of it.

For God's grace surely has gone before me.
I have experienced His love.
He has solved countless dilemmas on my behalf,
for which I have thanked Him, and enjoyed His sweet fellowship.

So why do I now ask Him the why's and wherefore's
of this stabbing feeling in my heart?

The Persistence of God's Love

We Christians know that God loves us. So much so, that ninety percent of us take God's love for granted. Face it, Christian, you take God's love for granted. You've heard so many times that God loves you, no matter what you do, that His love for you is firmly stuck into your consciousness. You take it for granted, because it is. It is granted. It is a gift, and you don't deserve it. You recognize that fact, but does your attitude reflect it?

A Bronze Plaque at Mount Rushmore

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Almighty God, from this pulpit of stone The American People render thanksgiving and praise for the new era of civilization brought forth upon this continent.  Centuries of tyrannical oppression sent to these shores, God-fearing men to seek in freedom the guidance of the Benevolent Hand in the progress toward wisdom, goodness toward men, and piety toward God.

Why doesn't God answer important prayers?

The following question was raised by someone on a Christian BB forum.  My own answer follows...


The Bible says, without qualification:

  • If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. [Matthew 21:22]
  • If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. [John 14:14]
  • Nothing will be impossible to you. [Matthew 17:20]
  • All things are possible to him who believes. [Mark 9:23]
  • For with God nothing will be impossible. [Luke 1:37]


And yet:

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