Talon’s Point of the Day: July 15th, 2018 “Jesus Aint My Homeboy”

In the rush to appeal to this world’s thinking and vernacular, the Church has reduced the importance of the sacrifice of Christ and of Christ himself through how we speak of him. So in defense of all that is holy let me make this abundantly clear…

Jesus is not my “homeboy”. He’s not my “boo”. He’s not my “bro”, “bud”, or “pal” (though he is of course my friend). On the contrary Jesus is my Savior. We are in no way equals. We never will be. Jesus earned the right to my worship and complete humility before him with every piece of flesh torn from his body by the Roman cat of nine tails, by the nails driven through him, by every drop of blood given for me.

By all means lets personalize his great love for us. The intimacy between us and our Lord is, or should be, deeper than anything that can be experienced between a man and woman. Yet, when we define him in such casual terms we denude him of the glory he has earned, and he deserves so much better.

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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 – Feb. 25th, 2018 “What Chapter Are You?”

I readily admit I’m an unnecessarily long chapter in God’s book of grace. If you care to judge me for it I have just one question “what chapter are you?”

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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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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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