Rescued From The Curse By His Grace Moment by Moment




Standing at the kitchen counter, sleep still permeating my eyes I feel for the coffee pot, prepare the pot, as I have done so many mornings. I squint adjusting to the light well aware I’m being stalked by the morning pet parade. Three sets of eyes are staring up at me. I pour dry food into the two cat bowls, grab the dog’s leash from the coat rack and head to the door with a prancing Reindeer. Once we are out into February’s chilly morning darkness and at the canine appointed place of business, I stare up at the dark blue sky over us. I gaze at the stars. Standing in the starlight, surrounded by winter’s stillness I’m startled awake as I take inventory of my heart.


The Jaws of Sin VS. Absolute Truth

“Look, Chief, you can’t go off half-cocked looking for vengeance against a fish. That shark isn’t evil. It’s not a murderer. It’s just obeying its own instincts. Trying to get retribution against a fish is crazy.” ― Peter Benchley, Jaws


As we come to the end of the most wonderful week of the year…ahem, Shark Week. I bring you the next post in my Summer Series, which was coincidentally, originally written in 2012 for my brethren, during Shark Week!

Jaws is one of my all time favorite movies and the greatest of Summer reads – for those who dare. Because I have watched it often, since it’s release in 1975, I have thought about it many times, both inside and outside the water.

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7


The Apple

Wasted energy
and much groaning
avail nothing
but longing
and painful endurance…
the loins produce 
blessing and cursing
good and evil
pleasure and pain
life and death
ripe fruit unpicked rots
 to the ground
She pauses-
considers biting hard

the apple,
that brings
 sweet satisfaction
biting the lip,
lets it fall from her hand
for one 
more day.

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Absolute Truth, Sin and Jaws {Faith Life Preservers- Day 11}

How is that absolute truth, sin and the epic blockbuster Jaws have anything in common?
Well fortunately for you I pondered that exact combination today, hence the post.

You see, in the open waters of the sea of life there are a lot of dangers.
When it comes to defining sin and absolute 
truth we need to be clear about what we believe.
You need to be clear about truth, my friend.
The culture we live in demands it.
If not you will find yourself in shark infested waters,
chomped on and unable to survive, spiritually speaking,
in a vast sea where sin and truth swim together.
One will cause you to sink, the other will  hold you up. 
I assure you there is no in between.
Sink or swim.
I love sharks. They are fascinating creatures. 
But they are also menacing creatures.
When you look into a sharks eyes, there is blackness.
A soulless darkness that wreaks of death.
In the movie Jaws, the shark is portrayed as a fearless eating machine.
I can’t help but think that the shark in the movie reminds me of sin.
Sin brings death.
Sin seeks to consume.
I see in the three main characters different ways of dealing with sin, unsuccessfully.
Each reflect different faces of the ultimate sin which entangles: pride.
Captain Quint thinks he can outwit the shark because he is a master of the sea,
a relentless Captain who is experienced, brave and relies on his strong arm of flesh. 
Hooper believes his worldly wisdom and knowledge will lead to the catching of the Rogue shark. 
He thinks his understanding of the shark
will be they key to dealing with it. 
Brody just wants everyone to be happy. 
His continual compromise and passivity due to his desire to please everyone, 
ultimately leads to tragedy for everyone.
See sin is not outwitted by the schemes of man.
It cannot be explained away or excused.
Sin does not compromise.
It always leads to death.
Absolute truth always leads to light, peace and safety.
It does not bow to men.
It is never watered down or conformed to man’s desires.
It always leads to life.
Sin is like a shark, absolute truth is like a lighthouse.
Absolute Truth has served as a
Life Preserver in my life. 
There is only one way to deal with sin once it is identified 
by absolute truth, friends.
Sin cannot be tamed, compromised, re-named or cajoled.
It doesn’t need a bigger boat.

Sin needs to blown clear out of the water
of your life.


And that my friends is the absolute truth.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, 
but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; 
and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 
For sin shall no longer be your master, 
because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:12-14

* You know I could not resist a shark post during these days, right?

31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
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Angry At God {RJD October 2012}

Many of my regular readers know about my faith journey, but for those who may be new, this journal share is from a period of time when I had wandered back into the world as a new believer not grounded in the Word. Born Again, yes. Salvation secured, yes. But the war for my walk had begun, and I was a Backslidden babe, seeking truth and running hard from religion, like a scared wild animal when it stumbles into civilization. I was being hunted, no doubt. I was in a war, it’s true. I had not yet put on my Armour and this baby Christian had an enemy pursuing hard. If he could not have my soul for eternity, he could certainly keep me ineffective for the cause of Christ. For a season. Confusion had set in, BUT the Lord had other plans in the end for this chick…to stand firm in the power of His might. To boldly go where other Christians are too chicken to go. OK, just kidding with that last one. 
But let’s see what was happening Beneath The Surface, 
in the pages of my journal, October 23, 1993.
He says I should go back to church and I don’t know if he’s right
 but he didn’t mean his church. 
I told him that he just didn’t understand that
 I don’t know if I can go to church
 and for the first time in my life 
I am angry at God-
or at least not thinking rosy thoughts about life like
 I used to-am I getting old and cynical?
Have I always been?
Last night K and I got together and went to Sicilia’s on Federal Hill
 for their awesome stuffed pizza. We ended up having a long talk about religion.
She is presently reading the bible and studying the book of Mormon as her current boyfriend is Mormon. She has lots of insights and arguments.
I have lots of thoughts but I am very cold to the thoughts of churches 
and the state of human race in religion.

Why is God so unclear?
Why have I lost my faith in the human race so completely?
I told K, you know the only thing that came out of my whole 
Born Again situation is that I no longer think /assume people are “good”.
What makes a person “good”? 
We talked about how I see so many “good” people
 but does this make them good to God or in  in God’s eyes?
Human eyes fail to see the heart.
What makes a person good or bad?
I don’t think the obviously “good” person is closer to God 
than the lost person- I just don’t know.
K and I mutually agreed that we think an informal 
Bible study group is better than a church.
I find it hard to believe in light of the news and the condition 
of the human race that there is a leader to lead worthy of God.
I don’t doubt that there is a God and Jesus but I just don’t know what it’s all about.
The words can put one farther from the Lord than closer…
this is the way of the church with rituals. 
Do they blindly follow?
I almost did blindly follow. 
But following man does not make one closer to God or Jesus.
Why is it that when I look around me- 
I see things that man thinks are good and want to weep?
We are all (humans- all) lost.
This is the only truth I know.
I feel we don’t get it at all
our concepts of good and bad are horribly warped,
and it’s only getting more complicated.
Where are people’s hearts?Money, intellect- rich in these things many are…
But even people I care about, I see sometimes mechanically going through the motions of some perception of goodness and righteousness-
this to me is uglier than the blatantly “bad” person. 
Phew. OK, in conclusion dare ones I want to end by saying 
God is the One True Living God, who finishes what He starts.
His Word is true.
There is no righteousness apart from Him.
I praise Him for guiding me into truth, and giving me an inquisitive mind
with an unquenchable desire for His Knowledge and Truth. 
…your faith in God has become known everywhere. 
  They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,  
and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—
Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

1 Thessalonians 1:8-9

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