The Write Place- Curtis Bruce Kessler

July 29, 2015

In the Blink of an Eye

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“The morning was turning out to be a real special day for hunting. The previous day the veteran (Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class) had canvased the area and found good evidence of deer.   He stood taking in the sight before him. The gentle wave of tall Savannah pines caressed by the coastal breeze, the morning sun causing the Georgia morning dew to sparkle like diamonds, and splendid oaks decorated by moss dangling like ornaments on a Christmas tree.   Indeed, a day of days.

He glanced over at the teenager. Why he had established a unique relationship with this skinny troubled youngster was beyond him. Yet, he had felt something. Intuitively he understood that the teen needed help and well, that was that. After an internal debate the veteran had given the teenager his granddad’s double-barrel shotgun to use for this hunt. For self-preservation and for general training he went through all the safety features he could recall.

One thing- the shotgun had a tricky trigger and no safety.

He had impressed upon the boy the proper position of the trigger finger as well as pointing the gun towards the ground at all times. They closed in on the area where he had scouted the day before. The teenager followed close behind. He turned to motion to the teen.

Boom!

The young teen stood dazed and confused. Horror and shock took over. Smoke billowed from both barrels of the shotgun. The shot echoed majestically through the still forest. He dared not look up. The one person whom he looked up to more than anyone had surely taken the full brunt of the blast.

In the blink of an eye everything changed.

What was a great day was now a real tragedy. He had to look. But he didn’t see the twisted bloodied body of his friend. There standing before him was the veteran alive and well, with hands on hips, with eyes that were both furious and merciful. No words were spoken. The stare was more than enough. Without a word they walked out of the forest and went to eat breakfast.”

I recall this day many times. I was the teenager and my cousin Noel was the veteran (active duty rank was Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class and his Army Reserve rank was Buck Sergeant).   More times than not tragedy is the outcome of such hunting accidents. In the blink of an eye life can turn. That day God’s providence offered the gift of life. Such a gift makes you appreciate every ounce of every day.

Here is something to consider. One day, in the blink of an eye all life will take a turn. Notice in 1 Corinthians 15: 51-52, “Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

In less time it takes you to blink is how quickly your life will change.

In that climatic instant you will be resurrected. Thus the writer describes this fantastic moment in verse 54, “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” The statement in verse 57 is critical and cannot be overlooked. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” This moment of being raised imperishable will only come through Jesus Christ.

One day, in the blink of an eye your life will turn, you will be changed. That day will be final. There will be no second chance. You will be raised imperishable or perishable. Are you prepared?

Kess

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January 27, 2012

Revolution Monday

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Monday’s are so hard, right? Ever felt the ‘Monday morning blues’? Many a song has been written about this challenging day. Who can forget the melodious voice of Karen Carpenter singing “Hangin’ around, nothing to do but frown; rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” I bet many of you are singing that tune right now. For others, Manic Monday, made famous by the Bangles, typifies their feelings about Monday as the song bemoans, “Just another manic Monday, Wish it was Sunday, Cause that’s my fun day, My I don’t have to run day, Just another Manic Monday.” One of the favorite comments from around the coffee pot in the office on Monday morning is, “We should just skip Monday and go right to Friday”. Most likely all of us at one point wished away a blue Monday. But, what if I told you that Monday is the most pivotal and revolutionary day of your life? Let me explain.

Sometime between Wednesday and Saturday Jesus was found guilty, crucified, and was buried. Matthew 12:40 “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Then, on Sunday, Jesus was resurrected! He has risen! Mark 16:9 Jesus rose from death early on the first day of the week. He appeared first to Mary Magdalene. Fifty days later on the first day of the week, Sunday, the church/kingdom was established in Acts 2 as Jesus promised. A great revival was held on that Sunday! But, what happened next? Ever wondered what happened on Monday? Well, plenty!

Acts 2: 42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. All the Lord’s followers often met together, and they shared everything they had. 45They would sell their property and possessions and give the money to whoever needed it. 46Day after day they met together in the temple. They broke bread together in different homes and shared their food happily and freely, 47while praising God. Everyone liked them, and each day the Lord added to their group others who were being saved.” What happened on Monday was revolutionary; a revolution Monday. But what started this revolution? Listen!

Romans 6: 5 “If we shared in Jesus’ death by being baptized, we will be raised to life with him. 6We know that the persons we used to be were nailed to the cross with Jesus. This was done, so that our sinful bodies would no longer be the slaves of sin. 8As surely as we died with Christ, we believe we will also live with him. 10When Christ died, he died for sin once and for all. But now he is alive, and he lives only for God. 11In the same way, you must think of yourselves as dead to the power of sin. But Christ Jesus has given life to you, and you live for God.”

The day the early believers accepted Jesus as their Savior, when they were buried with him and resurrected with him in baptism, this was the day of purpose and meaning. Now, what truly mattered was what they did next. For the early church the next day, Monday, was truly a pivotal day. Would they go back to their tired lives? Would they go back to their same habits? Would they just fade away? That is why I call that day the revolutionary Monday. That was the day when purpose and meaning was put into action. They changed the world! I want to join that revolution!

Are you making a real difference? Are you part of this radical organic church described in Acts 2:42-47? Are you living the revolution Monday life?

Bruce Kessler

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