Talon’s Point of the Day, Nov 16th, 2018 “Where Are You Adrift?”

Recently a young man survived 49 days at sea, relying on his Bible to keep his hope.

So I ask, where are you adrift?

 

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Aug 16th, 2018 “The Temptation To Lust Is The Mission To Pray”

Here’s one that is going to be challenging to the reader. It’s certainly challenging to the author. It’s not my usual 1-3 sentence concise point, though I’ve kept it as short a possible.

When you or I find ourselves drawn toward lusting after something, or even someone, it’s not just that we should be praying to resist this potential idol in our heart, but that act of prayer is what someone else is in desperate need of from us.

Perhaps we’re being drawn to be entertained by things that war against Christ. Perhaps pornography, or simply movies, or music that promote messages that we know disagree with our faith, yet we like the actor, or singer, etc. Not only should we be praying to have these things cleansed from our hearts, we should be praying for those who are facing the battle, or the “artists” themselves, that God would be their strength as they break free, or even those who think that what they are doing is fine, that God will reveal to their heart their need to be freed.

Perhaps its drunkenness we are drawn to. Even if we have broken free but occasionally long for giving up self control. Our prayers for others, whether it is someone we know or don’t know, will further distance us from the gravitational pull of what we know in our heart is a black hole.

Perhaps it is lust for an actual person, even a person we know. Not only do we need to be praying for ourselves, that our hearts would be purified before God, but also that individual, no matter what we think we know about them, is also in desperate need of God working in their life, just as we are. I’m utterly convinced that the greatest way to break sexual attraction to someone is to pray for them EVERY time you have the slightest thought towards them. Just as it is impossible to long hold unforgiveness toward someone whom you pray for whenever you feel anger toward them, it is equally impossible to hold someone up as a sexual idol for long, every time you take that person to God in prayer.

Talon’s Point of the Day is meant to be concise yet thought provoking. If you are impacted feel free to share the point with others, with or without citation.

Talon’s Point of the Day: June 29th, 2018 “Pepper”

Today I say goodbye to some “one” who has been a faithful friend and comforter during some of the darkest periods of my life. The “one” isn’t a person though she was more human than most humans I’ve ever known. She’s my beloved dog “Pepper.”

She entered my life when I was at a rescue center trying to make arrangements for another dog. I had already tried to adopt a boxer that turned out to be dying from distemper. After doing everything possible, even the absurd, to try to keep Nugget alive I was forced to bring her back to be euthanized. It was then that a homeless woman arrived and begged me to take her dog so she wouldn’t have to give her to a place that couldn’t promise they wouldn’t put her down if they couldn’t find a home for her. Watching the despair in the eyes of a woman who was already suffering great hardship I could not turn her pleas away. Pepper was certainly not my choice, but she was God’s and I thank Him for knowing better than I what I would need.

Of course I share many of the same wonderful memories other pet parents do, playing in the yard, days at the beach, watching as she patiently let the babies tug on her ears and tail, or stand on her while she tried to lay in peace and take a nap. One of the great memories will always be the simple routine of coming home after a long day, walking in the door, and being met by a ball of fluff, tail spinning at high speed, excited that I’ve finally come home (in stead of wagging her tail back and forth she would spin it in circles.)

Later, during a period when God, in his mercy, was allowing everything, and I do mean everything, to be stripped away to allow me to see how completely I need Him, she was the one thing He allowed to remain in my immediate life, for awhile. Then, eventually even she would leave me. But through the deep generosity of my Dad and his wife, who would later take Pepper in when I could no longer give her a home, I was blessed to at least keep her from the same fate that the homeless woman feared years before.

I watched over time as she bonded to my dad as her “dad” but nevertheless she would always show me that she was my girl, sometimes heartbreakingly, like when I went to leave and she would try to get out the door to go with me, or just sit there and look at me with those sad, disappointed eyes.

Only God and I know how her love for me, even when I could do little for her, kept me from falling into utter despair. How she would sense my grief and stay close until my spirits would improve, even trying to lick my tears away at times.

Pepper, you were more faithful and compassionate than most humans I’ve ever met, including myself, showing the love that us fallen humans are rarely capable of. Though I cannot prove it, I believe some day when I reach eternity, part of what will make heaven just that, will be a fluffy black lab, tail spinning in circles, excited that I’ve finally come home.

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.

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 – Easter Sunday 2018 “Don’t Avoid the Intersection”

 

The Cross of Christ is the intersection of necessary judgement and undeserved grace. Those who turn to God here find the path to pure love and eternal life.

Whatever you do don’t live life trying to avoid the intersection.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Jan. 2nd, 2018 “Walk Anew in 2018”

19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 

Please notice the last sentence Otherwise you also will be cut off. ”  This debate over whether or not we can “lose” salvation is simply unnecessary. The word is clear. Don’t wonder if you can “lose it”. Wonder what results in being “cut off if you don’t “continue in His goodness. (an act of choice) Keep in mind this was written specifically to believers about consequences on believers for rebellion.

As we enter this new year let us walk anew in truth, regardless of whether it is comforting or not. If we “continue in His goodness” we will find comfort in these verses. If we do not, we will find it most uncomfortable, which is exactly what we’ll need to be drawn back to Him in repentance.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Dec. 6th, 2017 Playing God

It is not he who proclaims God’s precepts who is playing God, but he who denies God’s precepts in favor of his own.

Keep this in mind the next time you hear someone accuse you, or another, of “playing God.”

One more thing….God isn’t playing

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Thanksgiving Prayer – 2016

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As the sun rises on this beautiful day I give you special thanks Lord for all the many blessings you have poured in abundance into my life. Though my body aches with age, everything still works. I pray for those, such as our military veterans, and others, who don’t have all their limbs, for I know they would be grateful to experience my aches.

While my relationships with family are not always perfect, Each family member is truly a gift from you. Many broken families will spend this day with an empty chair at the table, wishing their loved one would, or could, come home, or was alive to be with them. I pray you will comfort them and encourage them that this is not the end of their story, that you have a plan for them even in trial, chaos, or loss.

Though, like most people, I wish I was making more money at work, I have a job where I’m appreciated while millions of people in America alone are pleading with you to help them find work. I pray you will be with them, as you were with me when I was in their shoes. Sustain them as you guide them into the blessings of a new job, and may they be mindful to give you thanks.

You are a wonderful Father, worthy of thanksgiving in famine and in feast. As I set down today to feast I will be careful to remember your blessings, and be thankful, especially for the greatest gift ever given, the gift of your Son, Jesus, the Christ. Amen

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

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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.

Talon’s Point of the Day is meant to be concise yet thought provoking. If you are impacted feel free to share the point with others, with or without citation.