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“The Lord is Faithful” — Author’s Reflection


I deserve better than this. God knows I deserve more!

I’ve caught myself saying it too often. Maybe you’ve felt it, too. Sometimes it seems you follow all the rules and you just get trampled. Its like Billy Joel used to tell us… “Only the good die young.”

I deserve better than this.

Or do I?

The inspiration for the poem, “The Lord is Faithful” came from a conversation I had once with an acquaintance who had just lost his job. I knew him to be a humble, God-serving Christian man, without a whole lot of slack resources that he could lean on in lean times. His attitude toward his job loss stunned me. He was truly joyful about the extra time to serve those in need! Wow! Where does this unselfish perspective come from?

Whenever, I catch myself thinking: “I deserve more; I deserve better,” I turn to both the Old Testament and the New. 2 Samuel 7:4&6 — “But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying: I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.” Matthew 8:20 — “Jesus replied: Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”

Do I deserve more than God? I think not!

In His word, God also says that by serving others, we somehow serve Him. Matthew 25:40 — “The King will reply: Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Hebrews 13:2 — “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

The Lord is Faithful

I’ve seen him time and time again,
Scorned by life, ignored by men.
Oft’ I’ve passed him on my way,
But drawn to meet him yesterday.

I’d stop and chat for just a while.
I’d give a dollar; a friendly smile.
Not too long. I shouldn’t stay.
I must be on my busy way.

I gave a twenty and a prideful smile.
I told him, “Make it last a while.”
I shook his hand for a quick depart.
But then. He spoke. Wise and smart.

“I do have worth.
I do have treasure.
Though not on earth,
and hard to measure.

Though unloved,
I still have love.

And in my pain,
I’ve found joy.

And in this chaos
I have peace.

Ever waiting,
Forever patient.

Given hatred,
I return kindness.

In the midst of bad
I see the good.

Though cast aside,
The Lord is faithful.

In a harsh world,
I remain gentle.

Though often tempted,
I’ve self control.

Though many think that I’m insane,
These attributes of God remain.
Comforted I’m not alone.
For a time, even Jesus had no home.”

© Dr. Phil Bryant, 2012

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The Schism — Author’s Reflection


Greatness and humility — two characteristics that rarely reside together in one individual.

Psychologists know that most of us fall prey to a self-serving bias. When we do great things, we like to think its because we are so great.

God has His ways of breaking through that self-serving bias.

Look at Job — a man who lived long ago in a land called Uz. The Bible says that “he was the greatest man among all the people of the east.” (Job 1:1-3)

Then one day God examined Job’s greatness. He took away Job’s livelihood, his possessions, his health, and even his children.

How did Job respond? With a prayer: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. May the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)

Later in chapter 9 Job contrasts the greatness of God with the finite smallness of men and concludes that to merely gain an audience with God, we need an intercessor — someone who can bridge that vast schism between God’s greatness and man’s smallness.

In His perfect plan, God has provided that Intercessor in His Son, Jesus.

As Job looked forward in faith toward the coming Intercessor, we can look back in history to the Intercessor who has come, and also look forward in faith with Job, knowing that our Intercessor will someday return.

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Job’s Lament — Author’s Reflection


“…Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?”

We find in the Old Testament a book entitled Job. In it, the title character finds himself inexplicably and unthinkably tested by God. He loses his children, his property, his livelihood, and his health. Things get so bad for Job that even his wife encourages him to “Curse God and die.” How humiliating! How dejecting!

We’ve all known troubles, tests, and trials. Most of us less than that known by Job; a few of us maybe more. But:

The scope of our suffering matters far less than the hope in our suffering.

We’ll all know future troubles, tests, and trials. Will we face them like Job – accepting both trouble and good from God – or like Job’s wife?

Job cursed the day he was born. Job longed for death to end his trials. Yet, “in all this, Job did not sin in what he did.”

(All above quotes from Job 2:9&10, NIV)

(Job’s Lament can be read here).

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Elizabeth South + Vince Gil = Great Stuff!

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I love you
Even though I’ve never met you
I’ve prayed for you
That you’ll come my way
The thought of you
Makes me wonder if it’s true
Me and you
Could we ever work

I’m saving all the best of me
With no regrets I do believe
Hurry now it’s getting late
I can’t wait
‘Cause I love you

I stay awake
Thinking how I’d hold you
It’s not too late
Oh, I can’t let it go

I’m saving all the best of me
With no regrets I do believe
Hurry now it’s getting late
Even if I have to wait

Standing on the edge
Of what I see
Will you come
And be a part of me

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U.S. Drones target, strike, & kill U.S. Citizens

Somehow they justify drone attacks on U.S. citizens while fighting to ban pistol grips and high capacity magazines!

While we’re worried about our rifles and shotguns, it appears that, just to “level the playing field”, we should all stock up on anti-aircraft guns!

Am I wrong?

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February 6, 2013 · 10:32 am

Ended — Enter to Win A Free Signed Copy of Managing Employee Turnover


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If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight? – the original author is Dean Garrison


If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight?.

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