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These are the Beginning Times

2 Dec

I am sitting on my balcony, having a staring contest with the moon. I am sure he is winning. I am wearing shorts and a tank-top and I am not the slightest bit cold.

I am here in Hurst, TX. I am living my life. I am living in the future, at times. Imagining days that feel more bright or free or romantic. Yet they will have their pain and boredom too, I know.

I didn’t write on Thanksgiving, it felt too cliché. Write what I am thankful for… A list felt incomplete. How do you express thankfulness when it is a state of being? It happens naturally, without pressure when I am at peace.

And peace comes when believe everything is all right, that I have all I need, that people are lovely,

That my life is beautiful.

My dog is staring at me along with the moon now, and it’s fairly quiet around my apartment complex for a Saturday night. I smell that warm and spicy baking smell drifting in from my kitchen.

And it’s hard to believe on nights like tonight that there is so much conflict and hate and anger and suffering.

It’s not that I am not aware of it, it’s not that I don’t care. Sometimes I care so much it physically hurts.

It’s just that I need to be reminded that peace is a stronger reality, that love already reigns.

I am working at my local mall for World Vision, trying to get kids sponsored and people to buy gifts for families living in extreme poverty; gifts like medicine, clean water, or a goat.


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It’s funny, how my life goes, standing in a mall watching dozens of people pass by, trying to get them to care.

I am not angry or surprised when they don’t care. What is tangibly right in front of them is those shoes they’ve been wanting to get for their child. But when people do care, it always surprises me, in a good way.

What also surprises me is when I continue to stereotype people and they continue to prove me wrong. When a tough hispanic gangster-looking dude with a teardrop tattoo stops and listens, really hears me, and ends up buying a cow to help provide milk for a hungry family.

I love getting to help people make selfless decisions. It makes me want to make more selfless decisions.

I know that we may have bad days where we watch too much news and think that everything is building up, that the whole world is about to break, and people in Christian circles may throw out phrases like,”End Times.”

I can just smile and be thankful. Because when you live inside of peace and Peace lives inside of you, it’s hard to see the bad even if you are looking for it.

The world is full of awful people, but it is also full of so much beauty and kindness.  Your reality really is what you are looking for and what you believe.

So despite the naysayers and constant bad-dayers, I can know in my heart every new day is new and full of people who want to care about another human being, maybe they just need to be pointed in the right direction.

Maybe these are the “End Times,” but so what?  They are also the Beginning Times.


Can we postpone Jesus' coming by expecting it?

19 May

On Saturday, we are all going to be singing the classic 90’s REM song, “It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.”

There’s been a lot of hoopla about the May 21st people.

The obvious answer from most Christians is simply quoting verses like Matthew 24:36. But how far is too far when expecting the end of the world? Maybe a better
question is, what exactly are we expecting?

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Jesus paints a wonderful picture filled with hope of his kingdom on earth, but only hints at what is to come. He is not exactly explicit about times and dates. Instead He urges us to build towards something very cool, somewhere, at some time in the future.

Why would the Father tease us?

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

He seems to be stressing the importance of being prepared for His coming, while purposely withholding any real clue as to when that might be.


First of all, we have to understand that Jesus agreed with His fellow sages about the Judgment Day. Much of what He says about His coming seems to be in line with their thinking. His statements seem to be more like reminders than something totally new.

What makes Jesus’ statement different from His contemporaries is that they believed that the coming of the Messiah and the Day of Judgment would be simultaneous. Jesus, however, teaches His disciples that these two events will not happen together. He, the Messiah, has come yet there is still time to get ready. So how much time do we have?

We do not know.

And there is a reason for that.

There is a reason why this is hidden, why it is not yet being disclosed, why you and I should not waste too much time trying to work it out.

It was said by these sages:

“May the bones of those who calculate the end be blasted away.”[i]

Why would the rabbis so harshly warn people not to spend their time calculating the end?

You may find the answer quite shocking.

Because they also said:

“It has been taught that three things come when the mind is diverted: The Messiah, finding a lost article and a scorpion.

So don’t postpone his coming by thinking about it![ii]

I was taught as a young man that we can speed up the coming of Christ by reaching the whole world with His message. Now here, the writing of Jesus’ colleagues suggest that there are also ways we can slow it down.

Can this be true?

And if so, why?

On a road trip back from California, my family and I pulled in to a New Mexico motel. It was the usual simple set up, just two double beds and a shower. I prepared to crash and sleep as usual before getting up to complete the second leg of our journey.

This particular night, however, was a little different.

There was a scorpion in the room.

It was the first time I’d seen a scorpion in real life and I wasn’t expecting to see one ambling along the foot of my bed. I was quite sleepy, but still a little panicked. My tired mind went through a questioning process:

“There’s a scorpion in my bedroom! Is this usual? Is it dangerous? Should I just leave it? Should I get rid of it? How do I get rid of it?”

For a moment I considered letting it go, hoping it would crawl back outside, but then my imagination ushered in the possibility of one of my sons getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and stepping barefoot onto it. I am one of those people who doesn’t find it easy to kill insects. Instead I spend considerable time hunting them down, catching them in paper cups in order to re-enact the film Born Free, and then setting them loose in my garden. The idea of hurting this scorpion that seemed so little was troublesome to me. It was only small and fairly transparent.

Could it really do that much damage?

Finally, I decided not to take the risk, and I squashed it with my shoe. Only later did I find out that with this particular scorpion, that was exactly the right thing to do!

My biggest problem with the scorpion was that I was not expecting it and, therefore, unable to handle it.

If we expect things, we tend to handle them. Our humanity wants to handle God. We secretly hope to force Him into some kind of deal. Deadlines and deals seem to go hand in hand.

But God is not only unimaginable. He is also unmanageable.

Could it be that God purposely wants us to be ready but not expectant?

Why? Because our readiness will be more genuine.

If we are expecting God to turn up and judge us, we are more likely to be doing the things He tells us to do only to avoid punishment or gain a reward. If we are not expecting it, then our actions are more likely to be motivated by authentic faith.

Many of us are tempted to give depending upon what we will get in return.

The Father is calling you not to a deadline, but to become a lifeline.


[i] Rabii Shmuel bar Nachmani said this in the name of Rabbi Yonaton (Sanhedrin 97b)

[ii] Rabbi Zera (Sanhedrin 97a)


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