Talon’s Point of the Day – Feb 26th, 2021 “Paths”

I believe I’ve touched on this in the past but humor me if you’ve heard me talk about this before.

Over the years I’ve had numerous discussions with family and friends about how someone dear to our hearts often moves on from the relationship, or how sometimes we were that person who moves on out of some sense of personal purpose. Often someone is left shedding tears over it or in some way grieving (been there numerous times myself). I usually suggest (or remind myself of) an analogy of two people walking their own paths that converge in some way then later diverge when their paths necessarily continue on with differing trajectories. It could even be two on the same path but one seems to be pressed to walk faster so at some point communication ceases from the growing distance. Other times it’s more like meeting at an intersection. Perhaps its a first encounter, or an opportune moment to catch up with an old friend once again. Eventually the moment must pass and the purpose that brought us together must now carry us apart once again.

We’ve all had these encounters. Sometimes only pleasure comes from the moment. Other times a bittersweet taste remains as we sense a lost opportunity to have enjoyed more, perhaps lingering a few moments longer. Nevertheless we should cherish the moments God gives us with each other, for far too often we will discover our paths will never meet again.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Feb 24th, 2021 “Our God Is In Control”

I may have posted this song by Steven Curtis Chapman before but I’ve been pondering the subject of losing someone we love. Sometimes it is a physical death, like the death of SCC’s daughter that inspired this song. Or it may be the death of a marriage, or any number of possibilities that result in grieving over someone held so dear but no longer in our lives. I thought of writing something about the process of dealing with the missing piece of our heart when this occurs, and sometimes the finality of the loss, but instead, I think I will just let the words of this song speak, including the hope that can be found even in grief.

If you’re dealing with grieving over someone just remember, God is still truly in control, and He will bring you through the sorrow if you cling to Him.

Talon’s Point of the Day. Jan 1, 2021 “Thank You 2020”

As with most others I’ve often spent 2020 viewing it as a dumpster fire that took 365 days to burn itself out. But as the year progressed the contrarian within me began to revive and this morning insisted on proclaiming he’s very much alive.

Yes, it was a very difficult year. A beloved young family member succumbed to depression. A member of my household suffered a severe stroke . . . again. A parent was in the hospital . . . twice, bookending the year. Further losses occurred in extended family. There’s been disappointments, such as strains in family relationships, and of course the losses and social impact of Covid-19 (I’ll leave my view of it’s political use and abuse for another day.) Like most I was financially impacted though not to the degree of many others. It’s on that note that I begin . . .

Thanks You 2020. Though you hit my wallet it could have been worse, and reminded me every day (and twice on pay day) that my source is no other than God, “… God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things.” – 1 Corinthians 8:6

Thanks You 2020. Though I continue to grieve the loss and suffering of loved ones I’m reminded through these times how important family, and love is. I’m ultimately reminded that love itself comes from God, for He is love “…because God is love” – 1 John 4:8, “For God so loved the world…” – John 3:16

Thanks You 2020. God used the very difficulty of Covid’s impact on the economy to make it possible to drastically improve living conditions in a way I never would have considered possible just 1year prior. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…” – Romans 8:28

Thank you 2020. Your financial difficulties brought a son home for a period of renewal and growth in our relationship with each other as well as spiritually.

Thank you 2020. Through it all new friendships have been kindled, and old ones renewed. The beauty of new love has come into the family, with a new marriage and family member on the way.

Still difficulties remain. Strained relationships remain. The suffering of loved ones remains. Grief remains. Yet God’s word tells us that each day is “the day that the Lord has made.” It compels us, for our own sake, to “…rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24. If each day is the day that God has made, then each years is also. God, through it all, even in 2020, was shedding His amazing grace on us. If only we will just stop to notice.

As this new year is birthed I am choosing to stop and notice.

Yes. Thank you 2020

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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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Point of the Day – 9/12/2018 “Untied States of Hedonism”

First off, while still kept concise, this piece will not be one of my 1 or 2 sentence pieces.

Secondly no, it was not a typo. I used the word “untied” rather than “united” for a reason, for as we continue down this hedonistic path we are slowly fracturing as a union of people into lonely, isolated, addicted slaves.

Thirdly, if you read this superficially you might assume there is a conflict with my individualistic, libertarian view. Think deeper if you do.

If you turn on your tv and observe rather than mindlessly watch, you will look through a window into America’s soul.  What will you see? To some degree you’ll see into your own soul based on what you chose to watch.  That alone is worthy of contemplation for each of us.  Step back just a bit, look at the cross-section of what is offered for viewing and what do you see?  I contend you will be staring into the opioid addicted face of hedonism, segmented into palatable bites by short periods of marketed hedonism referred to as ‘commercials’ filled with pretty people selling shiny cars and indoctrinating images of current fashion.  Step outside and into what we like to refer to as “the real world” and you can watch people chasing the drug they were sold on tv (not including the actual drugs now being constantly sold on tv.)

While we each should be grateful to live in a country that still generally lets us pursue our own sense of happiness (after taxes, licenses, and other govt fees of course), we have allowed ourselves to be sold into a united slavery of perception, which is simultaneously untethering us from what is mutually important in our lives, whether we grasp the importance or not. While I could venture off into a multi-paragraph diatribe of what I personally mean by the phrase “united slavery of perception”, I’ll leave it to the reader to make of it what they will. The lucid reader will at least grasp the general overtone and the mutually concerned, if not introspective, will be able to readily offer additional examples to what I intentionally limited in the previous paragraph.

On this day after 9/11 may we each ponder what is truly important, recognize the drug each of us likely have been ingesting, and determine to once again be free.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Sept 5th, 2018 “Youth’s Lover”

Youth is convinced that Foolishness is it’s Lover. It takes years of Reality forcing it to confront Truth for it to realize it can only find happiness, harmony and true intimacy with Wisdom.

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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.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Aug 11th, 2018 “But Joy”

This evening I watched the interview of a broken man. A man who had build his life around a wife and family whom he loved more than anything, only to see it all come crashing down as his wife left him for fleeting pleasure. The carnage in his family, and his heart, was fresh, and profound.

While not going into my own life I will say his story strikes close to home. Trying to put it out of my mind I retired for the evening but sleep deserted me. I found myself grieving for this man I do not know. For the loss his children are, and will suffer, though in many ways they will not even recognize it growing up, yet the carnage will take it’s toll. I found myself pleading to God for him, and them, to find grace, and peace, and love.

Then, as is the case when I’m willing to listen to that still small voice, I knew I should mention it here in this humble sanctuary that is my blog. I don’t who. I don’t know when they will see it, but someone will come across this post that desperately needs to be reminded of the second part of Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

Your night may have lasted for years (I know such night), but Joy my friend is coming. Hold fast to righteousness despite the price. If you keep your focus on God, you’ll begin to see the early glimmer of light.

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” – Proverbs 4:18

 

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Talon’s Point of the Day – August 5th, 2018 “NEVER seek a mate”

If you define yourself as a follower of Christ and you truly wish to make a wise decision regarding marriage, I’m convinced the wisest thing you can do is to NEVER seek out a mate. As one who made that mistake I can assure you from life experience that regardless of the quality of person you may end up with if you seek your own will, they will not be what is best for you.

As difficult as it will be to put your daily trust in God on this matter you will never regret it, regardless of the outcome, even if you find that you will walk this faith with Christ alone.

Instead, seek your God inspired purpose for YOU ALONE. If you are walking in God’s perfect will for you, then if His will is for you to be joined with another, then God will place you with someone who is also walking in His perfect will, and your paths will be drawn to together, for His ultimate glory.

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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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