What is the OBJECT of the “Game?”

Remember your first board game as a child? Was it Hasbro’s Candyland? The official game rules state “OBJECT: Be the first to reach the Candy Castle by landing on the multi-colored rainbow space at the end of the path.” Say WHAT?”

Without the capability to see the actual game board along with all the playing pieces and colorful cards, if you were a new-comer to the game, it would almost be impossible to visualize winning.

Same with Christianity. Millions of us attended church services this past Sunday, but what was the OBJECT?”

Was the OBJECT that Jesus Christ was forced to die because mankind does not follow the will of God? Was the OBJECT that we each are forgiven for our transgressions even as Jesus came back to us via the Resurrection, demonstrating forgiveness? Was the OBJECT to be a “good” person? Was the OBJECT to attend worship regularly?

For many of us the OBJECT has been lost, vanished in a puff of smoke.

I assert that the OBJECT is to grow into relationship with God through belief in Christ Jesus, our Mentor, our Healer, our Teacher.

Belief places our little Gingerbread man at the starting space on the cardboard game board. With the revelation of each and every colored playing card, God is revealing Himself to us, through our reading of scripture, through our listening to our own mentors here on earth, and by learning and following His will.

We may progress on our merry little game, enjoying the thrill of advancement with the turning of each colorful card. We may find ourselves in a molasses quagmire, but that need not stop us on our way.

Our game piece need never leave the path, and we may find ourselves on a shortcut from time to time.

We do not play against our brothers and sisters; we play our game at our own pace, yet enjoying the game with our friends and siblings along the way.

At last we find ourselves at the glorious Candy Castle, where we enjoy the pleasure of true companionship with Christ. This is the OBJECT of faith. Have faith.


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The Cross and the Paper lilies

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One of the congregants at a church where I worshipped in 1975 was a very skilled crafter and created some beautiful paper Easter Lilies.  Some of the ladies of the church got together and stapled paper lilies onto a life-sized plywood cross, covering the entire cross.  The finished cross was beautiful and inspirational, a sight to behold.

These many years later, as I remember that Easter in 1975, I see things quite differently.  Back in 1975 I was in awe of a beautified and ‘sugar coated’ instrument of torture, an implement that tortured and killed Jesus, my Savior, Redeemer and Friend.

Back in 1975 I related the cross directly to Jesus Christ.  Now these many years later, I am able to separate Jesus from the symbol of the cross, and walk with Him in my life, instead of looking up at a Jesus in the throes of pain, a Jesus…

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Preaching to the Choir?

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The adage, “preaching to the choir,” seems to infer that individuals who already experience Jesus in their hearts do not need to hear the sermon because they are already engaged with Jesus Christ. 

Whenever I travel by airliner, the flight attendant gives a short safety-oriented presentation to the passengers.  Part of the presentation has to do with the plane’s losing pressure and the oxygen masks dropping from overhead.  The flight attendant always instructs parents to put the mask on themselves first so that they will be sure to be in a condition to put the mask on their children.

Same holds true with Christianity.  Individuals who know Jesus Christ in their heart need to continue to grow in Christ so that they are in a position to help those not so fortunate.  It is literally a matter of life and death.

In this case, the “oxygen mask,” can be compared…

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The Bridegroom Arrives Like a Thief in the Night

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Although I plead that I do not know much about ancient Jewish wedding customs, I have been told by reliable sources that the bridegroom would arrive at an unspecified time, usually during the night, to gather his bride and proceed to the wedding ceremonies.

Assuming this is true, and I believe it is, then truly, our holy Bridegroom may come at any time, like a thief in the night.  (Reference I Thessalonians 5:2.)

Does this passage signify the end of the world?  Quite the contrary!  The Bridegroom comes like a thief in the night to gather his bride to Himself, and He has another mission while he is retrieving her!

My Jewish sources tell me that during the binding engagement period, the bride would ready herself for their new life together.  Just as the brides in ancient times readied themselves, and were also watchful in anticipation for the arrival of…

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Know God vs. No God

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Some years ago I sold insurance door-to-door as an interim job.  My manager gave me a piece of advice.  He told me that everybody is walking around with a sign on their forehead that reads, “What’s in it for me?”  Well, as I have grown and matured as a Christian, I’ve learned “what’s in it for me!”

A plaque in my bedroom reads, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct they path.”  That statement is the most important component in my Christian walk.

While without God an individual may find a role model or may be lead by media or peers, with God as our director we have the power of the entire universe as our Guide and our Provider

God may manifest himself in our lives as a personal friend.  He may seem more like a husband, a brother or a father.  Regardless of how God…

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Sweat Equity and the Kingdom of Heaven

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In my Christian walk I have encountered a difference between each brother/sister, and a same-ness.  Can one Christian be more saved than another?

We are the same in at least one major factor.  We share in the blood of Christ.  I am not speaking of death on the cross, I am speaking of the blood of the living Christ that flows through Him just as it flows through each one of us.  This precious blood gives us everlasting life and unites us unquestionably, and irrevocably one to another.  Just as our physical blood is active and essential throughout our body, the precious blood of Christ is active and essential in our souls, cleansing, bringing us precious spiritual oxygen, and ensuring our life everlasting.

Each Christian is different and unique in that we experience this blood in our souls in different ways, and at different times of our life.  In the…

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