The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2

 “Do not fear the conflict, and do not flee from it; where there is no struggle, there is no virtue.”   John of Kronstadt Part 1 of this post highlighted how God can bring good out of a long struggle with a sin, weakness, and/or problem by helping the Christian make the transition from putting their faith in formulas (e.g.,Continue reading “The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2”

The Urgency of This Moment

   “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.” John 9:4, NLT To be quick means that we move very fast; being slow often implies a reluctance or a mental delay.  To hesitate while doing God’s will forContinue reading “The Urgency of This Moment”

Unfixable Things, [Desperation]

Life is jam-packed with problems.  Money, marriage, children, work, health, church and so much more.  In Greek mythology, we find lessons from a man named Sisyphus.  He was the king of Corinth, and known to be a rascal. He was conniving and arrogant  (a good description, “hubris”). The gods hate hubris in people. Somewhere alongContinue reading “Unfixable Things, [Desperation]”

April Fool’s Day: An Accident Report

This is a bricklayer’s accident report that was printed in the newsletter of the English equivalent of the Workers’ Compensation Board. Dear Sirs, I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block #3 of the accident reporting form. I put “Poor Planning” as the cause of my accident. You asked forContinue reading “April Fool’s Day: An Accident Report”