Losing is integrated in life just as success is. If there might be anyone who’d ra ra ra & switch you to believing all of life is about winning, either that person is a liar or is living in denial, because even the epistles of Paul are all about prison, poverty, and perseverance.
To confront the reality of losing as what this read is does not mean we’re devoid of faith. Because after all, faith by description, is a current exercise looking into a future state. So the exercise of faith thrives in gloomy situations.
If you evaluate it properly, you’d realize it’s a little more difficult to proceed with the next episode of your life if all of your being is thrown into something that has suddenly dissipated.
Like the shore water that reveals the variety of corals when it retreats during low tide, losing surfaces that which we truly hide.
Where Christ is not just an additive or a supplement to augment, there is an unrivaled joy that no matter the losses, there are reasons to hope.
If Christ is the true treasure we keep then not all is lost when all seems lost.
“To live is Christ and to die is gain.” – Paul
By Rianne Lim
Archie and I had a fantastic anniversary celebration last week. Just as the sun broke through the thick morning fog, I woke up to a pleasant surprise. Here’s a photo rundown of our early morning anniversary celebration courtesy of Archie’s classic sweet antics.
The book of Genesis starts by narrating how dark, formless and void the world was. (1:2) But the chapter ends in total contrast as it states that everything was very good! (1:31)
Darkness, formlesness and voidness are not good. When God did something about it, everything became very good.
Genesis records that darkness, formlesness, and voidness were dealt with a series of “And God said” (1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24) and culminated with: “And it was so.” (1:30)
God said it and it was so!
A quiet time is an alone time with God. It is an opportune moment to tune in and quietly listen to God’s personal directives for us. But these moments are not just descriptive of how our time should be with the Lord, it focuses more on the fruit of those precious times—a quieted heart for the restless soul.
1 Samuel 1 records in detail how Hannah would have her “quiet times” in a not so quiet way. She was in an emotional whirlwind that was devastating her.
Hannah pretty much had problems like what some of us have today: She was barren (1:2), she was persecuted (1:7), she felt like her husband didn’t understand her (1:8), her leader misjudged her (1:14). With all the problems she had, she wept bitterly before the Lord.
I just wrote about the man who was naked and wounded. I didn’t mention that he was also a beggar. Beggar in a sense that he was spiritually dead beat. The account of Jesus’ visit at Gerasenes tells an interesting story about three sets of beggars including this dude.
Nothing can be worse than seeing a guy running around naked. This isn’t a frat initiation. John Mark’s record tells of a guy who was insane, naked, violent, strong, dirty, yelling, and worst— night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. (Mk.5:5)
This guy’s demonized.
I’ve read about the Prophet Sadhu and I’m not in any way discrediting him or his prophecies. But from an interface with ministers and having known Jesus in my years of walking with him and reading about him I have these to say:
Jesus came to…
“Big J” Robert Jaworski is seen here encouraging the young guns of his former team at crunch time.
Crunch time makes a whole lot of difference and leaders take the lead in mustering all the wisdom, strength, and will to win the game.
As a young gun myself, I often find myself in confusing, nerve wracking, & back breaking situations that I thought are supposedly reserved for the grey haired dudes. I have to be honest that at times “games” like this become mentally overwhelming. Suddenly, it’s the real world. I’m not complaining about the responsibilities I got on my shoulder. In fact, I like it. I like the thrill, the stress, and the stretching. I have to say I’m a little gutsy myself. Seems like having pulled off a wedding with not a single cent in the bank taught me a great deal of lesson about courage. I got into a lot of edgy You want to know what makes me so upset, Nancy? I paid a huge sum of money for the orders only to receive NO word from you after. No acknoweledgement and no updates! Even my request for a photo before shipping them out has fallen to deaf ears. Whether you say yes or just tell me it will be hard for you to do that, none at all! The fact that i cannot just easily reach you anytime and settle some issues if they would arise made me worried all the more since this is my first time transacting with you. An assurance that you will be assisting all the way until i get my package would have meant a lot, but I dont think I can expect that from you.
Another thing, you want me to send you a photo or post as a review a screenshot of your message to me saying “I will ship them on Monday first thing in the morning”? And when I followed up, you never got back to me. So dismayed Nancy. Very dismayed. cliffs at a young age so those stuff must’ve helped.
But then again, there are situations that are undeniably excruciating and unbearable. This is when my Big Js come in. Of course these are not the only times they do, but these are the times their every word are precious gold. These are times that their presence is like a pocket of air for someone who’s buried alive. My leaders provide stability. They spark a surge of confidence.
At these crunch times, in the dug outs of our own rooms in our pyjamas, we make life line calls, chats, and texts messages. My wife and I rely heavily on each other. We also rely heavily onthose who went ahead of us—our leaders. Sometimes a chit chat seems like it, but short conversations drill somethng deep in our hearts. And we get a boost. Our faith streghthened. We are reminded of the cross, we are reminded of the victory.
We tip our hats off and thank our leaders and pastors, disciplers, and elders. You all Big Js get us pumped.
How about you? Do you have Big Js who got your back?
I came across a heated argument between two parties with diverging religious views. Both parties made their case to prove the other wrong.
How do you win a religious argument? To win a religious argument is not to argue at all.
Except maybe on a platform that requires a thourough case for the Christian faith, one has to be precisely careful not to utilize oral or written threads of arguments to win souls for the Kingdom. This is of course not setting aside occasions that call for apologetics.
1. It produces quarrels.
2 Tim. 2:3
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
If at the end of the day you come out victorious with a confident argument, you are still not victorious if you haven’t inched your “opponent” closer to the saving knowledge of Christ.
You gain a more determined enemy crafting a more persuasive case to exact revenge on you.
2. It is unprofitable and useless
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.
Note: unprofitable and useless.
You get how many hours a day to spare talking about or preaching the gospel? If those few hours are spent arguing and quarreling, it’s such a waste of time. While you waste time, remember that a soul is wasted.
I recently talked to someone telling me that it’s now the Last Days so we need to be more vigilant with the Devil’s tactics and bla bla. I almost blurted out: Since it’s the Last Days, might as well double time on Christ’s Last Words: Make Disciples.
So, how do you really win an argument without actually arguing?
My good friend Rye Delubio gave me a very good illustration. He said a dog who holds fast on its bone is determined to keep its bone. Once you try to take it from him, he bites and he bites hard. The only way to get the bone is to provide him with a savouring meat. That way, it leaves its lock on the bone and proceeds to eat the meat.
Arguing is like forcefully taking someone’s bone. It gets too messy and not to mention bloody if you do that.
The only way to win a person without resorting to a hostile argument is to present them with something better than the all dried up bone they have. In most cases, it’s the irrefutable argument of a changed life. Nobody can refute a changed life. At the end of the day, your life–a life changed by the gospel–is your winning piece.