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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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 – Oct 20th, 2016 Sign of Love

If longing to be with someone until it hurts in our heart is a sign we love them then what does it say about us if we call ourselves Christians but do not long to be with our Savior?

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Talon’s Point of the Day -Aug 28th, 2016 Scorched Earth

Just a reminder to all that think Jesus was all just about making sure you can have the warm fuzzies in life; the very Christ Jesus who willfully gave all of himself to set us free from sin and it’s eternal hellish consequence is the same Jesus who has a scorched earth policy.

The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

Don’t get caught in the firestorm.

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Talon’s Point – July 27th, 2016 Hellish Trinkets

Take great care what you allow to become important to you. Material things can be so costly, well beyond financial, especially as the financial cost escalates. This world often fixates on the personal treasures left behind by those who have passed into eternity. People like Elizabeth Taylor, with the jewels she thought she owned, or J. Paul Getty, who thought he possessed so many historical items, purchased with his temporal material wealth, that said items literally filled a museum. Both clearly held these items as important to who they were. Yet, if they entered eternity without Christ, and there is sadly no evidence I know of that they didn’t, then the things they held so important were nothing more than hell’s traps.

On our own simple scale we can be just like the rich, placing improper importance on eternally useless things, keeping us focused not on our standing with God, but on what is ultimately hellish trinkets.

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Talons Point of the Day – July 26th, 2016 Royalty of Rags

You may wonder why God has left you in poverty until the point where you have little left but rags for clothes. But just as rags and old clothes were used to lift Jeremiah from impending doom, your rags will be the very thing God uses to lift you from your poverty and place you in his royal courtyard. Your father in heaven is not ignoring you. He sees the decay of all that is not eternal. He’s using your rags to develop an unshakeable trust in him. So take a good look at yourself my friend, for God has entrusted you with the royalty of rags.

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