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Living life before the Reclaimer. | An Audience of One
Nov 12 2013

Why do you Christians always throw the Bible in my face?

I re-blogged the following, with permission, from The Matt Walsh Blog site. (Note that it’s satire.)

Seriously, it hurts. Stop it, will ya? Yesterday I walked by a church and the pastor barreled out of the door, ran into the street, screamed “BIBLE!” and chucked it right at my head.

Well, that didn’t LITERALLY happen. But he did say, “good afternoon, God bless,” which is basically the same thing.

In any case, Christians are always shoving their religion in people’s faces. Everything they say, every position they hold, every thought they express — it’s all RELIGION. Even if they don’t explicitly say, “I think this because of my religion,” we all know the score. If it comes from RELIGION, as a secularist, I must hate it. If it’s been heavily influenced or transformed by RELIGION or RELIGIOUS people, I must hate it. That’s why I’m not a big fan of art, architecture, democracy, science, medicine, philosophy, astronomy, the university system, the abolition of slavery, America, Natural Law, Natural Rights, mathematics, the justice system, literature, music, and civilization. Continue reading


Apr 25 2013

The path belongs to Him

Make me know Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25.4-5)

It was my first camel ride. Sitting high atop this ship of the desert, in the pitch-black darkness, I bounced my way up the side of Mt. Sinai in Egypt. The only sounds were the grunts of the camel and the sixteen-year-old bedouin boy shouting at the camel to “go” in Arabic. (…at least, I think it was “go” … and surely he was shouting at the camel and not me.) On occasion, I would catch a glimpse of the steep cliff on the side of the dirt trail, but the camel never slipped, never faltered, and its step was ever sure. It had traveled this trail many, many times before. And my young guide knew the way very well. He lived in this area. I was in the best of hands. Eventually, I relaxed, looked in awe at the brightness of the star-filled sky and anticipated standing at the top of God’s mountain to watch the sun rise.

Maybe you are anxious about the direction your life is taking or you are experiencing suffering along the way. Maybe you have far more questions than answers. It’s not so important how dark your trail has become. It’s not even important if you can see the next step you are to take. Just realize you are not your own (1 Corinthians 6.19). If you have given your heart to Jesus Christ, you belong to Him.

He knows all the trails and trials of life. He wants to be your guide and your goal. He wants to be your God. Let Him.

One day, Jesus said to His disciples that He was going to leave and prepare a place for them “‘that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.’ Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’” (John 14.3-6)

In this life, Jesus is both the destination and the only way to get there. The ride will often be bouncy and sometimes painful, but His love for you is beyond doubt, His knowledge of your life is complete and His plan for you is perfect. Keep your eyes on Him as He guides you along a path that belongs to Him.


Jan 22 2013

At least, speak up for the unborn

For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. My soul knows that very well. My frame wasn’t hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my body. In your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! (Psalm 139.13-17 WEB)

In 1934, a young German pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, faced the incredible challenges of living as a dedicated Christian in his world. The German government at that time was in the evil hands of Hitler and his Nazis; the leadership of the German Church had been infiltrated by leaders complicit with the government; and many evangelical Christians were hesitant to stand for their faith. But Bonhoeffer challenged Christians to hear the Word of God and to actually live it out for Jesus Christ.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision. Since that day, January 22, 1973, there have been an estimated 54,000,000 abortions performed in the U.S.

In a letter to a friend, Bonhoeffer wrote, “‘Speak out for those who cannot speak’ - who in the church today realizes that this is the very least that the Bible requires of us?” Although he was not speaking about the issue of abortion, Bonhoeffer’s words certainly apply.

The yet-to-be-born cannot speak for themselves. Their cries of pain cannot be heard from within the womb.

Will you speak up for those truly innocent ones who cannot speak? Perhaps it’s “the very least that the Bible requires of us.”

On this day and every day, please pray for the unborn; pray for women with unwanted or difficult pregnancies; pray for individuals and families torn apart by decisions they have made in the past and for decisions they are now facing.


Dec 14 2012

Please pray

Please pray for those, tonight, who are suffering unimaginable pain and loss.


Dec 14 2012

In Light of What Happened in Connecticut

The following is from the C. H. Spurgeon Quotes blog …

The Hour Is Coming
John 5:25

I have, in my imagination, looked on all whom I know on the earth, and I have said, they are dying creatures. This is always true, but we often forget it. Yet when a precious one is taken, we begin to realize this truth. Thinking about this, I seem to see a passing procession. I remember many who have passed—a long array of my Master‘s servants—some carrying His banner high, others marching with swords drawn, and some weak and feeble being helped by sturdy champions. They are gone, and I will never see them here again. Some of you are also passing away. More are coming, but they are also going.

I said that I was looking at this procession. But that is incorrect, for I am in the procession. I am passing with the rest. What shadows we are! What fleeting things! What mists! What paintings on a cloud! We can scarcely say that we live; for the moment we begin to live, we begin to die. This earth is not the land of the living. This is a dying world. The living world is beyond death‘s cold river. Here graves are innumerable, and death rules all.

No! That is not true. For there is One who rules death. Death has no power over the living God. Death is His servant. It is through death that we pass into life. By the death of our redeeming Lord, we have been rescued from destruction. From everything that wears the aspect of death, we can turn to Him, Jesus Christ, who is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb.13:8).

C.H. Spurgeon


Aug 12 2012

God searches for you

At the turn of the 11th century B.C., in 1 Samuel 10, the prophet Samuel anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. Before leaving, Samuel instructed Saul to wait seven days at Gilgal. At that time, Samuel said he would come and offer burnt offerings to the Lord.

Waiting at Gilgal, Saul looked at the Philistine army which had amassed 30,000 chariots and 6,000 horsemen against the Israelites. He saw his army of only 3,000 begin to dwindle as his men began hiding “themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits.” (1 Samuel 13.6 NASB) When Samuel did not arrive on the seventh day, Saul grew impatient, perhaps fearful, and decided to take matters into his own hands by offering a burnt offering to the Lord. Saul was a king, not a priest.

Immediately after Saul presented the burnt offering to the Lord, Samuel arrived …

Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you; for now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him to be ruler over His people, because you have not kept that which the Lord commanded you.” (1 Samuel 13.13-14)

Saul had, of course, disobeyed God. He had sinned before God. Samuel, in effect, was saying to Saul, “If you had obeyed God, if you had obeyed the command that He had given you, then the Lord would have established, confirmed your kingdom on Israel forever. But now, your kingdom will come to an end.”

The next sentence spoken by Samuel gives great insight into the mind and heart of God. He said, “The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart.”

That search continues.

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. (2 Chronicles 16.9)

In the push and pull of everyday life, there is a God who desires for Himself someone who seeks Him. But know that the search after God’s heart is demonstrated by the obedience of the searcher, the submission to His will.

Know that He is searching for you.


Apr 19 2012

Holocaust Remembrance Day - April 19, 2012

Please remember the six million Jews who were slaughtered during the Holocaust.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Here are videos of drivers showing respect during the sounding of sirens on this Yom HaShoah: 1 and 2.


Apr 8 2012

He has Risen!


Apr 7 2012

The 2nd Day

Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which he also went and preached to the spirits in prison… (1 Peter 3.18-19 WEB)


Apr 6 2012

Good Friday

And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull) … and they crucified him. (Mark 15.22,24 ESV)