Talon’s Point of the Day, June 24th, 2018 “Everyone’s Anchor”

There is a realm far more real and powerful than this physical existence. It holds certain rules that cannot be resisted for there is no means to resist this truth; that everyone, every man, every woman, every child, has an anchor they are bound to.

For the one lost in sin it is an anchor that is slowly pulling them under, and sadly most refuse to see it. In fact if they see it at all they think it is freedom from accountability. As such, when they eventually breath their last, they are pulled under by this anchor and enter the deep of eternity without God.

For the true believer in Christ there is also an anchor. Their chains to the sin anchor, broken by God’s grace have been replaced with a new chain and a new anchor. One that slows them and reminds them of their capacity and propensity to drift in their self will. One that keeps them from being swept away during the violent storms that come to us all. One that, if maintained in gratitude keeps them from being pulled away by every wind of doctrine. One, in a great paradox, reminds them that there is no freedom without Christ, without the chain, without the anchor.

May we all search our hearts this day. May we see the anchor we are chained to in it’s true light. For some of us our eternity is at stake.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – May 19th, 2018 “Idols of Another Name”

I passed by a car show today and caught a glimpse of all the usual activities, people milling around, owners expounding about something about the vehicle or polishing some spot that’s not perfectly shiny and it struck me.

First let me say I’ve been to a few of these shows and have enjoyed looking at the restored beauties. The work put into their restoration alone can inspire metaphors to the love of God.

Secondly, I’m not about to suggest that owning and sharing a classic car with the public is in itself wrong. However I’m always left oddly sorrowful at some of the aspects of these shows. The pride in riches not the least. There is a distinct danger in my opinion that our material goods can become a source of pride and thereby become our own personal little idols.

I know I’ve touched on this subject before , and likely will again, but if we are not very careful our belongings, whether homes, land, cars, bank accounts, jewelry, clothing, even relationships, can easily become idols of another name.

If you’ve ever gone through a stage of life where it seems God has stripped you of everything be encouraged. Perhaps God wants you to see just how easy you and I can take idols into our live, even our hearts, and not even realize it.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Dec. 7th, 2016 Residue Of Grace

This morning  after I had finished a cup of coffee I was heading to the kitchen when a song welled up in my spirit. It was the classic old hymn “Grace Greater Than All Our Sin.”  As I sat my cup down I caught a glimpse of the partially dried residue that remained in the bottom. A heart had formed in my cup, something that had never happed before, and certainly not with that cup. It was in that moment the though occurred to me that we often slide into rebellion against our loving Father, yet if we are wise we quickly run back to the grace we know is calling us, but if we linger it can almost appear that His grace becomes only a residue of what we have previously experienced in abundance.

This is of course a foolish perception. for God’s grace, whether we feel it or not is never just a residue. It never dries up. It is a river, waiting for us to dive in and be cleansed anew.

While this post certainly applies to me, and more often than my shameful heart is willing to admit, I cannot help but believe this all occurred so that I would share it here for someone who, by God’s grace, will come across this post and turn their heart back to the Father who loves them completely.

Here is that old hymn that God one day laid on the heart of Julie Harriette Johnston back in the early 1900, so that I would come across it and be moved to turn my own heart back to our loving Father who loves us so completely. May it stir your heart as well.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Nov. 20th, 2016 Don’t “Give Him Up”

jesus-crucified

To paraphrase the great John R.W.Stot, one of the principle authors of the Lausanne Covenant, from his classic book Cross of the Christ,

Judas gave Jesus up to the Priests (out of greed). The Priests gave Jesus up to Pilate (out of envy). Pilate gave Jesus up to the soldiers to be crucified (out of cowardice), but God, and Jesus himself, gave him up to the Cross out of pure love.

Share him generously, but never give him up.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Sept 22nd, 2016 Hacked

Be advised: Your eternity has been hacked and your destiny has been rerouted.

Immediately contact Jesus Christ for a password reset.

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Talon’s Point of the Day -Aug 4th, 2016 Your Delilah

Everyone, male or female, rich or poor, young or old, of every color and creed faces a Delilah in their life. It’s often not a person, and if confronted and overcome, will be displaced by a new Delilah. In our youth it may well be a person. As we age it could be anything. For a period of time for me it was twitter and other social media. Anyone, or anything that draws us from our God ordained purpose has become our Delilah. Ask yourself, “Who, or what is my Delilah?” Better yet, ask God.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Easter Sunday, 2016

May I crucify my flesh, though not to be risen the third day.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Mar 3rd, 2016 “Leave us in peace, Jesus”

At the end of the 8th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew we read of the confrontation between the demons within two possessed men and Jesus where he grants the demons’ request to enter nearby swine, that then rampage into the sea in what was probably understandable panic. It’s a bible story often used by preachers but the portion of the story that from childhood always struck me was rarely touched on. It’s what occurred shortly after. After the aforementioned encounter, those who were keeping the swine ran into town telling of what just occurred. What happened next is what amazes me. The “whole city came out to meet Jesus” but instead of being interested in this man who can set people free of demonic possession and oppression, the town collectively begs Jesus to leave them to their way of life.

“And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.” – Matthew 8:34

 

How often, when confronted with the power of Christ to speak to the demonic influences in our lives (propensities toward repeat sin likely have a demonic component), do we secretly, within our hearts, want Jesus to leave us to our way of life, all while professing our devotion to him?

Aren’t we really saying “Leave us in peace, Jesus”? In other words, aren’t we really begging Jesus to depart from the region of our heart?

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Feb. 27th, 2016 Listen To Your Mother!…If She Is Godly

It is said that one day a young John Wesley asked his mother “can you give me a definition of sin?” His mother Susanna answered “whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things.”

Listen to your mother!….if she is Godly.

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Talon’s Point – Feb.19th, 2016 Death Clothes

As Christians we have died with Christ (Romans 6:8) and have been buried with him(Romans 6:4). Returning to the sin he has freed us from is like shedding our pure white garments (Ephesians 5:7), digging up a dead man, our old man (Romans 6:6), stripping him of his rot and stench soaked clothes, and putting them on ourselves.

Leave your death clothes where they belong, on that old man.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Romans 6:8

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4

..and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:7

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Roman 6:6

 

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