Talon’s Point of the Day – Jan 15th, 2016 “Stop Being Unreasonable!”

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” – Apostle Paul, to the Christians of Rome (Romans 12:1)

 

For reasons that cannot be stated here I’m brought back to this verse I posted about in September 2014. While we all fail I cannot stress just how critical it is that we, myself included, do not excuse our sin, whether secret or public. We simply cannot continually hold that we love God while disregarding his precepts. Secret sin at least indicates he is dealing with our hearts through his loving conviction. Open sin tends to indicate we have stopped listening to that still small voice grafted into us at conversion. A voice that should in time consume us so that it’s no longer a graft but our very root of life. When we say “yes but I love God even though I’m doing this thing I know grieves his heart and I think it’s ok”, or “I know its wrong but I’m going to do it anyway and God understands and I love him” we are deluding ourselves, for our Savior made it quite clear:

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him.  Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”  Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

Let us not grieve God’s spirit twice. First by our sin of conduct, then by our excuses.

 “……Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” – The Savior

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Jan 9th, 2016, “In Christ Alone Is Your Debt Paid For You”

To paraphrase Ravi Zacharias:

In Buddhism there is no grace. You pay
In Hinduism there is no grace. You pay
In Islam there is no grace. You pay

 

Only in Christ has perfection in human form paid for you, and poured grace out for you in abundance beyond your need. It’s up to you to receive.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Sept. 25th 2015 Eye Your Steps

What we allow our eyes to rest on reveals to both God and our enemy what is in our hearts. It will either be things that are holy and used by our loving Father or our enemy to guide our steps toward the will of who we allow to master us. It will either be used to strengthen our walk or to weaken it. We like to talk about watching where we step, but the reality is we step where we’re looking. So, the next time you stumble don’t question where your feet stepped. Instead, question where you were allowing your eyes to rest.

 

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Talon’s Point of the Day – June 17th, 2016 Who’s Really Leading Our Hearts?

Waiting on God to tell us everything we should and should not me doing is NOT being “lead by the Spirit” nor is it “spiritual maturity.” While there are things we wait on His leading over we don’t need to wait to be told to do the things we know we should be doing let alone waiting to be told to stop doing that which we know is wrong.

Just when I think I’m getting this concept down I find myself guilty of violating this simple truth. I guess I’m still a work in progress, hopefully with an emphasis on progress. How about you? Who’s really leading our hearts?

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Talon’s Point of the Day – June 9th, 2015 The Slave’s Choice

We are ALL slaves by choice, making us without excuse on the day of judgement. Either we choose to be slaves to the sin we were born into, or we choose to be freed from sin and become, as Paul called it “slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:19)

Obedience to sin? Obedience to righteousness? This is our choice today, as always.

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Talon’s Point of the Day 2.0 – May 24th, 2015 Let God Knock Some Sense Into You

 

In my 20’s I was baptized in a silty mountain creek. After the 3rd try to completely submerge me only to bounce me off a submerged boulder it was decided I was sufficiently wet, and sore (True Story).

In hindsight I think God was telling me how hard it can be to knock sense into me. From time to time Him and I seem to repeat that experience.

Let God knock some sense into you if that’s what it takes. It’ll be worth the pain.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – May 15, 2015 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Dear Christian,

We’ve all heard the phrase “Put your money where your mouth is.” Yet if we are as truly grieved by the amoral state of modern culture as we claim then why do we give our non essential expenditures to those who propagate depravity? Do we not understand we are putting our money where our hearts are and in the process revealing the true state of our hearts to the God who searches our hearts?  Isn’t it time we line our hearts up with our rhetoric and put our money where our mouths are?

 

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Talon’s Point of the Day 2.0 – May 9th, 2015 A Personal Thank You To Father Paul Lemmen

I have always committed the writings on this site to God’s hands as to who views them. My attitude has always been, write what’s important to myself and should it be something that may impart a piece of wisdom to another, then God will direct whoever may benefit by it to end up here. To that end I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to Father Paul Lemmen for routinely reblogging my posts. May God use us both, A Catholic and and Protestant, brothers in Christ, to touch someone for the Lord as He may see fit,

For His glory alone.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – May 9th, 2015 I Fear We Need To Be Persecuted

While the church in America seeks long comfortable lives, and prays for more income, a better lifestyle, and even success for their favorite sports team, the persecuted church prays for the strength to be faithful in the face of torture and death, for a morsel of food for the day, and for the Lord to come quickly. It is even common for the persecuted to pray for persecution to come to America. I used to question their reasons. I’d even state that it was illogical because much of the resources sent to the persecuted church around the world comes from America. But I’ve come to understand that they do not do this because they hate us, or resent our comparative ease. They do so because they love us and want us to know God as beautifully intimate as they do.

It used to trouble me to know that people whom I’ve never met would pray for the persecution of American Christians in general, and of me personally. But the more I observe America’s moral decay the more I find their words are ever closer to my own lips.

Even so come quickly Lord Jesus.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – May 3rd, 2015 When Christ Breaks Us

I believe Christ asking Peter if he loved Him 3 times was to help him ultimately heal from denying his Savior 3 times and uproot a seed of rebellion in him, but at the time it was clearly painful to Peter to the point of anguish. When our Lord forces us to confront our failure and sin the act of rooting the seeds of rebellion is a surgery for which there is no anesthesia. The process can often leave us temporarily broken. But it is from here that Christ collects the pieces that are valuable and restores and makes us new creations in him, free of a little less of ourselves each time it occurs.

Broken Shells

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