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Chilly —  June 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

A Study of Psalm 52

For the choir director: 52 A psalm of David (regarding the time Doeg the Edomite told Saul that Ahimelech had given refuge to David).

TruthSunsetYou call yourself a hero, do you? Why boast about this crime of yours, you who have disgraced God’s people? 2 All day long you plot destruction. Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor; you’re an expert at telling lies. 3 You love evil more than good and lies more than truth… You love to say things that harm others, you liar! 5 But God will strike you down once and for all. He will pull you from your home and drag you from the land of the living… The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say, 7 “Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.” 8 But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will wait for your mercies in the presence of your people.

Revenge, vindication, retribution, vengeance, justice, and more… ugh! Ahhhh, we’ve ALL wanted it, asked for it and dreamed of it!  No one should be allowed to get away with hurting people, being insensitive, lyin’ like a rug, cruelty to kids and, especially, messin’ with God. Yeah, yeah, yeah – I know, we all want to act like we only speak those “praiseworthy” statements found in Psalms but IF we’re honest, we get frustrated, ticked off, upset, hurt, heartbroken, bitter (and worse) – and when we do… LOOK OUT! Can you imagine IF others could hear our thoughts? Ouch.

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Prophet Loss

Chilly —  May 21, 2014 — 7 Comments

speak-the-truthJohn the Baptist was a stud! So was Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul and, of course, our Lord!  They were given a Word to speak and an audience to speak it to – and, they stepped up and fearlessly spoke (and lived) it clearly. No, not as some religious salesman or angry mega-phoned hater – they were NEVER jerks. But, they were also, NEVER wimps. They refused to hide behind words like: relevant, seeker-sensitive or even, missional. They didn’t care about fitting in with all the other cool dudes trying to make Jesus organically & authentically hip. They lived loud. They completed their mission. No apologies, No compromise, No excuses, No regrets.

So, Where You At Prophets?!

I’ve been asking God to broaden my vision and increase my boldness. I know… it probably sounds like a bunch of spiritual-sounding crap.  But, I’m not talking about some ‘prayer of Jabez’ deal – there’s not a simple phrase or mantra that we recite once a day and then magically we’re bolder, richer or happier!

I don’t think we should ask God for greater insight and awareness to His Spirit’s leading IF we are not willing to act upon such knowledge. Risky? Yes. For true prophets are not only those who have a grasp of the future but also, and more importantly, those that see the NOW. Many Christians today run from church to church looking for a “word” – something sweet & promising.  Yet, most are not looking for the truth about their hearts & minds – they don’t want rebuke for their current condition. But what is more needed? Back in the OT, they didn’t a smile when a prophet came to town… they knew a hard Word was coming – but, IF followed, it could bring healing, rescue and lots of hope!  Continue Reading…

Jesus = Truth

Chilly —  March 30, 2014 — 1 Comment

 Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free … So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:32, 36 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

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Here’s some random thoughts about TRUTH.

  • IF you’re not improving, then you’re proving that you’re lazy, lying or lost.
  • IF what you’re trusting as TRUTH doesn’t make you FREE, it’s false. That stinks!
  • How can you be entertained by lies and still claim to know & love the truth?
  • Want to make a difference? Live the Truth!
  • A lot of us are still choosing ‘dare’ (in a “truth or dare” game w/ God). We would rather do something daring for God, then be known for truth.
  • Truth can speak anywhere because truth is everywhere…
  • Jesus should not have to barge in on my insecurity and pride just to speak truth.
  • Truth will never define a coward.
  • You can lie to yourself about something so many times that you start believing it as truth… and even fight for it.
  • Truth is not what you make it to be… If you want to deny truth to save-face with a friend, you’ve got it all backwards… and you’ve grieved the Holy Spirit.
  • Righteousness guards the person of integrity.

Did any of these thoughts jump out to you?  Do you have a thought to add?

How is TRUTH impacting your life?

Daring to BE True, Chilly

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