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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Talon’s Point of the Day – Jan. 30, 2016 Get Sick Of Yourself

Many who attempt, suicide, and sometimes “succeed”, do so for things such as no longer being able to deal with physical pain, no doubt coupled with emotional pain. The rest of course do so because they no longer wish to face said emotional pain. In all cases it is of course tragic. Yet I cannot help but think on one level they are half way to a truth they are unwilling to continue through the process to completion.

When we get so sick of our lives as we have molded them through our own choices, to the point we give up on our lives, we are at a potentially eternal crossroad where one path is nothing short of glorious. Yes we can give up. We can use our last decision in life to act consistent with our past. Decisions that have us here at this crossroad in the first place, unwilling to turn to the God we’ve all heard about at some level. Or, even if we know little about this Creator, and even doubt he exists, or doubt the claim he loves us, we can choose to strike a new path. We can truly get so sick of ourselves that instead of ending our mortal existence, we cry out to God in surrender, leaving the remainder of our days in his hands, to mold us as he wills. To help us finally know that we were created for a wonderful purpose,

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14

and to turn the ashes of our self destruction into beauty.

“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion —
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”

Get sick of yourself. It can lead to beauty beyond imagination.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Jan 20th, 2016 Shame On Me….Please!

Our modern society celebrates the shameless and their shamelessness but I’m deeply grateful for shame. It drives me back to the feet of my Savior, where all that is holy, all that is pure is found. Where I am washed clean from my wretched filth, and ultimately from the shame that makes me aware of it. Yes, shame on me….please!

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