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It Happens.

Chilly —  May 6, 2014 — 9 Comments

Sometimes people say and/or do really mean and hurtful stuff. It rocks our world. It exposes our insecurity. We feel betrayed, wounded, alone and unwanted. And, the more we focus on the offense, the deeper it sinks into our hearts. Then, words like: unfair, untrue or undeserved leap to the forefront of our minds. We allow ourselves to become victims. We communicate to our ‘trusted friends’ how we have been wounded. Yet, their pity does little to help…

Insults, accusations, backstabbing …  IT HAPPENS!

What if we didn’t fear it or try to stop it? What if we didn’t defend ourselves? What if we embraced it?

Love>Hate copyPersecution or opposition is a mark of every true Christian… The Old Testament prophets like Amos, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel; all experienced it. So did the New Testament apostles. And down through the centuries, including today, authentic Christians who refuse to distort or dilute the gospel of grace have had to suffer for their faithfulness. The good news of Christ crucified is still a ‘scandal’ (Greek, “skandalon” = stumbling-block), grievously offensive to the pride of our generation.

I’m NOT suggesting that we pursue “IT” — that would be insanity — but, if we’re real, we WILL experience it.  We won’t have to pick a fight — attack upon our lives, families and character are unavoidable. But as we stand up and through such an onslaught, Christ’s power becomes more and more evident to the cynical & sarcastic culture hiding in the shadows of a lie.  Continue Reading…

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onslaught

Chilly —  August 2, 2012 — 2 Comments

Persecution and opposition is a mark of every true Christian… The Old Testament prophets found it so, men like Amos, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. So did the New Testament apostles. And down through the centuries of the Christian church right up until today, authentic Christians who refuse to distort or dilute the gospel of grace have had to suffer for their faithfulness. The good news of Christ crucified is still a ‘scandal’ (Greek, “skandalon” = stumbling-block), grievously offensive to the pride of our generation. Preach it anyways!

IF you’re real, you won’t have to pick a fight — attack upon your life and character will be unavoidable. But as you stand up, and through, such an onslaught; Christ’s power becomes more and more evident to the cynical,  sarcastic culture hidding in the shadows of a lie.  Soon light will reveal all…  until then, press on.

Yours in the fight and the victory, Chilly