The Write Place- Curtis Bruce Kessler

February 27, 2010

Top Ten List for Resisting Change

Filed under: Uncategorized — cbkessler @ 1:20 am

Top Ten List for Resisting Change
(Created by Kess)

10. Comfort in, discomfort out.

9. Change IS a conspiracy.

8. I just love my recliner.

7. Please, I only like SEASONAL changes.

6. You can’t make me.

5. NAG, NAG, NAG…

4. You won’t change so why should I?

3. Please, just let me wallow, alone.

2. I really, really like ME.

1. I’m not the one who needs changing!

Advertisements

February 26, 2010

The Case of the Two-by-Four Perp

Filed under: Uncategorized — cbkessler @ 11:15 am

The Case of the Two-by-Four Perpetrator

While surfing the internet I came across an article about a man, the perpetrator, who upon seeing his girlfriend with another man and jumping to conclusions, allegedly took out a long two-by-four and began to assail her with the wooden weapon and then clobbering her male companion with a clothing iron. The article concluded with an almost sad note that no police officers were injured during the fracas and the iron along with the two-by-four were recovered. Although the male companion did require 10 stitches the woman was unharmed and needed no medical attention. All is well that ends well right? Of all the news that was out there I had no idea why this silly report captured my attention. Only later did I realize why I was tantalized by this report. There was something vaguely familiar about a two-by-four. You wouldn’t believe it but there is a two-by-four perpetrator in your own neighborhood, in your home, in your work place, in your relationships, and in your church. I’m sure you are looking around worriedly and asking, “Well, where is he?” Jesus answers your question as He speaks about the Case of the Two-by-Four Perpetrator.

Let me explain.

In Matthew 7:3-5 as Jesus was ending His Sermon on the Mount there was something important He needed to say about judging and especially about our zeal to rush in to criticize or correct others. So, He warns us of a perpetrator with a two-by-four. No, I’m not referring to that lame dude in the news article but I am talking about, well, Jesus is talking about YOU AND ME! Jesus said, “And why do you look on the splinter that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull the splinter out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First cast the beam out of your own eye, and then you shall see clearly to cast the splinter out of your brother’s eye.”

The word translated beam implies a piece of lumber like a log or a two-by-four. This is then contrasted with a speck or a small splinter similar to what we sometimes find caught underneath the skin of a finger or hand. Think of the absurdity of walking around with a two-by-four protruding out of your eye while you attempt to help others. I can visualize one of the Three Stooges bumbling and stumbling clobbering people with this two-by-four in a vain effort to help those around them. It’s a comic thought but the thing is Jesus says improbable or not WE are two-by-four perpetrators! His absurdity drives home a point.

John C. Maxwell in his outstanding workbook “Winning with People” would call the point Jesus is making as the “Mirror Principle”. He states the principle this way, “The first person we must examine is ourselves.” Maxwell noted that, “The question I must ask myself: Have I examined myself and taken responsibility for who I am?” pg10. He continues by adding this, “People unaware of who they are and what they do often damage their relationships with others. The way to change that is to look in the mirror. It’s the same thing all of us must do.” pg.13. I believe John C. Maxwell understands well the fundamental message that Jesus teaches here.

Judgment first begins within. Look carefully into the mirror every day and answer this question, “Have I examined myself and taken responsibility for who I am?” Be honest. Jesus is helping us remove any obstacles (those two-by-fours) that will hinder our ability to judge fairly, clearly, and be in a position to truly help others.

By the way, when the Perp with the two-by-four is seen in your mirror, please call THA.NKU.LORD!

Amen!

Bruce Kessler

Jaws Study 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — cbkessler @ 11:09 am
Tags: , , ,

JAWS
Judgment, Authority, Wholeness, and Salvation
Part 2 Study
(Words to Build a Life On)
Matthew 7-8:34


 
Jesus touches on a variety of important issues relating to judgment, authority, wholeness, and Salvation.  You will find these important truths throughout the study of Matthew 7-8, some you will find easily while others are gleaned through parables and miracles.  Please carefully read the passage under consideration then my notes and add your comments if you would like.

Jesus opened Part 1 of our study with a sound principle of “removing the beam from our own eye.” This is a self-examination process that will lead to success and in the following verses be the standard for other critical areas of our spiritual journey.

Continuing with Part 2 of our study.

1.  Matthew 7:6-Using wise judgment when dealing with the world.

a.    Dogs and swine were unclean- those who are hostile to Gospel. Rev.22:15
b.    Pearls- truths, treasures of the Gospel. Mt.13:46
c.    A pig has no use for a pearl and a dog can easily turn against you and be brutal. Neither dogs nor swine have the instinct to distinguish the holy from the unholy, the clean from the unclean, or the beauty of the most precious pearl.
d.    Prov.11:7-8; Prov.23;9
e.    Must be judicious in whom we counsel or whom we deliver the Gospel.

2.  Vs 7-11 Prayer in Judgment and Personal Ministry

a.    We need to go to God in prayer specifically in matters of judgment or even in our daily walk.
i. Sometimes it seems we ask God for something we care little about or that we really don’t expect an answer on.
ii. Ask, seek, knock seems to suggest a progression of intensity of prayer.  I used to think this wasn’t associated with prayer but have since changed my mind.
1.    Earnest, Diligent, and Persevering
iii. Jesus to make the case of the power of prayer illustrates the caring nature of God.
iv. We have a choice to believe the ASK principle or not.

3.  Vs 12 End result- Ability and judgment to take initiative to treat people with the same standard you would want for yourself.  This is really the basic idea behind the Law.

a.    Familiar statement in Mt.22:39-40; Lev.19:18
b.    The principle here encompasses the desire of God through His Law and Prophets for His people- Ro.13:8; Gal.5:14
c.    This is not about what we would wish that men would do to us, but this is a real life personal application of taking the initiative in exercising impartial judgment, and putting ourselves in their shoes concluding it reasonable and fair that they would do the same to us.
d.    So important to Jesus that He uses a similar thought in Mt.25:31-46 in describing the servitude of those who would enter heaven.
e.    Psalms 15

February 14, 2010

Cell Phones and the Bible

Filed under: Uncategorized — cbkessler @ 12:47 am
Tags: ,

I received the following from an email the other day and was about to hit the delete button when I forced myself to read it. Glad I did because there is a thought present here that reveals a serious problem. What is the problem you ask? Read it and tell me what you think the problem is:

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several time a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing.

Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill as well as no dropped calls!

The Incredible Talented Mr. Riddle Part 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — cbkessler @ 12:13 am
Tags:

A Short Story by kess
Part 2 “Mr. Tru”

Mr. Tru is friendly, good-hearted, and righteous but not in a way that is either offensive or self-righteous. He is dependable; a person you know would help you in a crunch, a good ol soul whom you would talk to and be open with, and a person you realize would never cave on absolute principles. He is true through and through.

Mr. Tru however is not perfect. He is true to his convictions but is as every bit fallible as you and I. Sometimes he doesn’t brush his teeth in the mornings, he wears the same tee-shirt for days, he fumbles around for his keys or glasses far too often than even he would care to admit, he laughs at his own jokes (for instance, when he says “Knock, Knock” and the other person responds knowingly “Who’s there?” Mr. Tru will start giggling and is never able to get to the punch line), and then there are days in which he frets over silly minuet things. You probably would not be bothered by these quirks however you would glean instantly the goodness and wholeness of Mr. Tru. In fact, you would see a fellow brother human with all the same problems and issues as you. This fact alone is endearing and immediately you feel a very special connection so by the time you need to say goodbye you have this irresistible urge to hug him, hold him, and never let him go.

Some people are by no choice of their on protagonists but Mr. Tru has known since age twelve that this was his purpose. For some, knowing the difference between right and wrong or understanding the concept of truth is exceedingly difficult thus filled with bad experiences and endless idiotic mistakes but this is not so with Mr. Tru.

His purpose became clear at age twelve while one day venturing out exploring the woods behind his parents home. While skipping and whistling, which he loved to do (his favorite tune to whistle was Dean Martins “That’s Amore”), he noticed a small clearing in which the sun shone through the dense shadowed forest. What captured his attention was the way the rays of the sun seem to dance and have a life of their own. Something about the light was both appealing and awe-inspiring and being the inquisitive boy that he was he reached out with his hand to touch the light. By moving his hand into the light he was overcome with a realization that here was a display of such incredible goodness and truth that tears began to flow, no, not because of sadness but because of the overwhelming gladness and hope that swelled within his heart. For some time he couldn’t speak for the joy was far too overpowering.

In his later life, Mr. Tru would remember this event as his “Tru-matic” experience but of course he understood that this was one of those “provable non-provable” mysteries of faith that every believer has at least once in their lifetime and which everyone knows such experiences are personal, intimate, and private. There are some things that are meant to stay personal between you and the Big Man Upstairs.

Nevertheless you must understand the nature of Mr. Tru’s event experience. Within those beams of Son-light were spectacular microscopic spirit-beings called Tru-nanolites who radiated with such pure truth that, sad to say, many people would be blinded causing them to instinctively throw their hands up to hide the glare from their eyes but for others, the few, chosen, called, truth gleaned instilling a deep thirst to see beyond the mere physical things of life. As a young boy his parents had taught him well the wonderful ways of the Holy Writ but no one could have readied him for this. The Tru-niverse (the light) in which his hand had touched was super-kineticized energy produced by Tru-travitons for exactly this moment – the moment when everything becomes clear, where you understand the pure truth of things, where things just click, where you understand your purpose. This was that moment for him. His Tru name given and Tru-mission acknowledged.

Now, the moment for his purpose had come. Mr. Tru has a destiny to keep with the Incredibly Talented Mr. Riddle.

Stay tuned for Part 3- A Tru Conclusion of Mr. Riddle

February 7, 2010

The Plan B Myth

Filed under: Uncategorized — cbkessler @ 3:13 am
Tags: , , ,

There is a movie now playing in your local theater called “Legion” with the premise that God has gotten so frustrated with humanity that He has determined the time has come for judgment time and is sending His avenging angels (hence the name of the title Legions) to do His will. In lieu of this judgment call by God, Michael the Archangel has determined that God’s decision is downright unfair thus decides to leave the glory of the Father to come to earth to save an unwed teen who is pregnant and whose child will change the course of God’s declared judgment. The Legions are given the task of stopping the birth of this would be savior and creaming the band of human misfits protecting the mother. Michael’s fellow Archangel Gabriel is given the task of eliminating the baby which we learn was originally Michael’s duty. Gabriel’s job now is twofold- kill the baby thus opening the floodgates of Legions to administer swift judgment on humanity and execute Michael for his shameful disobedience. Who will win? Will it be Michael who has shown mercy and who sacrificed all for a race doomed for judgment or Gabriel whose service and duty is never in doubt and who faithfully obeys his Father even to the point of death? Will humanity overcome these overwhelming supernatural odds? Since we are still here I’m certain you know the general outcome of this movie.

Let me say on the outset that I am not endorsing a movie filled with abrasive language and a cold-hearted assessment of our Father in Heaven. No, please don’t get the wrong idea; however, as always in Hollywood when it comes to religious interpretation, there is the good, the bad, and the ugly.

First the Good- there is an acknowledgment here that there will be a judgment, that God and angels are real, that our choices matter and have earthly and eternal consequences, that sacrifice and mercy have real meaning, and that belief is important. We can only hope and pray that the people behind this film understand the truth behind their product. We hope and pray that even a little truth is better than none.

The Bad- Faith here is often marginalized and reduced to a “so what” attitude that basically says, “If we’re all going to get creamed why worry about it or what does it matter?” Well, it does matter! The problem is the object of the faith demonstrated in this film. There is no mention of Christ, so, the object of their faith and fate rests in an unborn child and the testimony of a wayward Archangel with a Terminator attitude. The truth is that there is already born into this world a Savior- His name is Jesus! I wondered- What was Jesus doing up in Heaven while all this fighting between Archangels and Judgment Day? Playing golf? Having a cup of tea with Moses and Elijah?

The Ugly- there is this prevailing almost wistful theme that IF God finally decides to bring judgment on humanity somehow He would listen to reason and change His mind, that someone would stand up for our pathetic cause or that surely there’s a Plan B! Here is another Hollywood movie perpetuating the Plan B myth. Any good that can be gleaned from this movie is undercut by the lure and fantasy of a Plan B. While the scriptures don’t talk specifically about people believing in a Plan B myth, there is warning after warning about the fatalistic attitude of those who say, “Well, where is He? He said He was coming but has delayed. Let’s eat, drink, and be merry!” Similarly, believing in a Plan B myth would have the same fatalistic results- a false sense of security, recklessness, and a selfish behavior that could ultimately end in open rebellion.

Judgment is surely coming and when that day arrives you don’t want to be relying on a Plan B Myth to rescue you because it simply won’t happen. Myths never saved a soul nor purified the heart of man. Although someone may attempt to link the story of Jesus as a myth the simple fact remains as has been the case since the beginning of Christianity that the message of the cross, that Jesus died for OUR SINS and is our salvation, has become foolishness to some and a great stumbling block for others. My faith is in Jesus not in some off the wall Plan B Myth.

What about you?

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.