The Commonality Of Humanity. (or, Are we really just like everyone else?)By Timothy Baugh.

“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45.       Regardless of how we may characterize ourselves; evil and good are present in all of God’s Creation. Yes, we all are sinners. Some characterize themselves as the “Saved”. Others could really care less. When we all are part of struggling Humanity; does it ‘really’ matter who gets it “right”? Yes, ultimately, whether it matters to us or not, it DOES ‘really’ matter! Why? Because as the children of our heavenly Father; He wants us all to live happy and fulfilled lives. And ‘that much’ whether we actually believe in Him or not! Faith for the unbelieving in seen as a ‘guessing game’ for gullible minds. Yet, they too “have faith”, if only in themselves. It doesn’t matter if they acknowledge a deity; what is truly important is getting what they want. Sometimes even we “believers” can excuse and justify our thoughts, feelings, actions, and behavior just like those “unbelievers”. So… where is our ‘status’ any higher than that of another? Perhaps, as we draw closer to God; He, in turn draws closer to us. We only need to see that Life ‘can’ work for us, before we deny the Source of Being altogether! And we only need to admit our “true condition” before we can even begin to make it work! No, in many ways, a “we verses them” attitude was never what Jesus would condone. However, let us not forget, we are all in need of something called ‘Grace’. Saying we have our act “altogether” is both a cop-out and an escape from responsibility to our lives working the best for us. Jesus makes it work. Let us all come to see that truth.

Can Being “Christian” Save The World? (A poem.) By Timothy Baugh.

America is a land with a sad, blue heart, where homeless ones beg on the streets. We are told, “Reach out!, For it is up to you. Share God’s love with all whom you meet!” Yes, we all long to be loved and free. It’s all that we ever hope to be. And God will give them serenity, along with a true security. But, Jesus does hear prayer from a wounded heart. And He feels when they are alone. For He knows the ways that set us apart, can wound one’s soul clear to the bone. Our tomorrows hold a promise of yet greater things; that come within the passing of the year. So will we listen to our own prophets of doom, or gladly lift a soul to bring God’s cheer? The earth in all its beauty speaks a magnitude, of such wisdom that no human can compete. And so, let us join with that “great multitude” to humbly bow before God’s Mercy Seat. For He Alone can save the soul of America, not prophet, priest, or king. And He Alone is all we need, not anyone or anything! And finding Him is not so hard, as what we make it to be. We don’t need “magic spectacles” so to help us see. All around us is the proof we need to nourish every soul. God’s hands are not tied, but He gives to us in full. Oh, if we could only ask, then surely we would receive. Abundant grace is there for all, if only we believe! Revival… that precious word, that moves like fire across the land; will come to us once we believe, we have taken more than we can stand! Out with the old, the broken, the sick, our ways of getting it right. Let it be, Oh let it be, God’s Kingdom and His Light! Amen.  

How To Live A “Consecrated” Life. (or, Is there an “accursed thing” among you?) By Timothy Baugh.

“The LORD said to Joshua, “Get Up! Why have you fallen on your face? (and likewise, Why has your countenance fallen and you look sad and discouraged?) Israel (representative of “the Church”) has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant (binding agreement) that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted (that which was to be “set apart” as devoted entirely to the LORD) things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. (sound familiar?) Therefore the people of Israel (representative of “the Church”) cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies; because they (these things in their lives) have become devoted for  destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.” Joshua 7: 10-13. (English Standard Version- with my own insights added.)       Today’s Church, those who claim to be the followers and representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ, have frequently compromised and broken their binding agreement with Him, both individually and collectively. Consecrated living is living as God commands of us. To “hold back” anything from the Lord is to make an idol of our belongings. It doesn’t even have to be a “material thing” per se. Many are the thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behaviors that we feel we can never offer up to the Lord. Yes, ‘anything’ or ‘anyone’ can be that which keeps us from worshipping the Lord exclusively! Unknowingly and unconsciously we may let anything or anyone become our Life Love. That all consuming passion then will become our “god” that sits on the throne of our hearts. Uncontrolled inclinations and impulses can work, just like any enemy, to separate us from our absolute devotion to our Lord. When we examine our minds, hearts, spirits, and souls are we “consecrated” completely? If not, then we have work to do.