Monthly Archives: June 2013

Captain Cole

Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord! Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven: Lamentations 3:40-41

The seagulls squawked as they flew above the masthead. The sun beamed directly above the Wayfarer signaling that it was noon. The wind was on our side today as the waves beat rhythmically against the hull of the ship. “Hoist the sails!” I yelled with a slight snarl.

“Aye Cap’n!” said the sailors in unison. I couldn’t help the crooked smile as my crew manipulated the rigging until the sails were completely unfurled. As soon as the sails caught the wind, Wayfarer picked up speed.  Standing at the helm, I greeted my second mate as he gradually approached me. “Hello Marcus.”

The sixty something year old man had a clean shaven face with spectacles placed low on his nose. He looked more like a literary man who belonged behind a desk in a library, but the older gentleman has been sailing the seas longer than I have been alive. To this day, he always balked at the idea of ever leading as Captain of a ship. Even more astonishing, Marcus was the only man aboard that didn’t quiver in fear at the sight of me. Continue reading

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O You of Little Faith

“O you of little faith.”

If someone flung that phrase at you in the midst of your struggles, how would you feel? Probably a little irritated and slightly offended.

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A Jolting Realization

Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. (Psalm 115:1)

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been born blind. His followers asked him, “Lord, whose sin caused this man to be born blind—his own sin or his parents’ sin?” Jesus answered, “It is not this man’s sin or his parents’ sin that made him blind. This man was born blind so that God’s power could be shown in him. (John 9:1-3)

Just like the disciples of Jesus who questioned the reason behind the blindness that afflicted the man in the above passage, I sometimes search for answers for circumstances I see happening in my life and the lives of my loved ones. “Whose fault is it, Lord, that this man was born blind?” Why is there so much pain and unfairness in the world? Why can’t I seem to get out of this difficult situation? Whose fault is it, Lord?

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The Checklist

All I want to write about today is Him. That’s so girly of me. Girls always seem to end up talking about guys. Usually it comes down to the dream guy. We know he won’t be perfect, but he’s who we see in our dreams. This guy  will fulfill every thing on our checklist. The checklist started when we were young. The first few items on the checklist are silly, like – tall, dark, handsome. But then growing up it becomes a little more serious – plays sports, sings well, can cook. And thennnnnn, life really hits us and we realize that we need something substantial on this checklist otherwise we’re going to end up with some guy from ‘The Notebook’ – not real. So we add on to the checklist some solid character qualities -

  • Leader
  • Humble
  • Outstanding
  • Selfless
  • Sweet

Okay, now we have a pretty good list going.

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The Final Note

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24

Even though my cell was warm, I was shivering uncontrollably. My body was trying to fight the poison as well as it could. I think I reached a new level of delirium. I kept hearing strange voices in my head. More than one voice kept speaking words of doubt, “You are useless and worthless. Who would want to rescue you? You just make mistakes.”

I tried to cup my ears and ignore them, but they just persisted to voice my fears. “Stop depending on your King who could care less about little you. Just give up. Why keep fighting? It’s all pointless.”

“Shut up!” I couldn’t handle the litany anymore. “Stop your lies! I refuse to be tempted to turn my back on Elyon!” My screamed words just echoed against the deaf stone walls. I tried to calm my pounding heart, and I winced as I realized that getting worked up only pumped the poison faster. I slumped against the wall and feverishly whispered, “Lord, I need you.” Continue reading

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