Being Human

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Posted 12/8/09 at 2:05 PM | Ron Hutchcraft

The Myth of "Plenty of Time"

There was a "Family Circus" cartoon in the newspaper where the Dad and the little boy were in a cemetery looking at Grandpa's gravestone. Pointing to the epitaph on the tombstone, Dad says, "Those two dates are the year Granddad was born and the year he died." Then, pointing to the mark between his grandfather's date of birth and date of death, the little guy said, "That means that little dash between the years is Granddad's lifetime!"

That's something to think about. Your life is ultimately the dash between the day you were born and the day you die. In the "Family Circus" cartoon, the little boy walked away saying of his Granddad, "I wish his dash had been a lot longer."

Your life is full of things to do, places to go, and goals to achieve. With all that you have going, the thought of the dash just suddenly ending is probably hard to imagine. Yet, we don't dare forget how short our dash really is, or we may miss the only things that will matter when our dash on earth is over. With every passing year, we probably all begin to understand what Dr. Billy Graham was talking about when asked what the greatest surprise in his life has been. He simply said, "The brevity of it." FULL POST

Posted 12/1/09 at 12:09 PM | Ron Hutchcraft

So Near, Yet So Far

A lot of young women complain about a condition they find rampant in young men these days - commitment phobia. A guy is willing to show interest and he's willing to date a girl, charm her, agree with her, spend money on her, and they reach a level of mutual compatibility. Then, on the edge of commitment, he's gone.

Here's what Jesus said in some of the most unsettling words He ever spoke, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from Me" (Matthew 7:21-23).

Wow! So near, and yet so far. This is a warning for religious people - people who know the verses, people who are busy in Christian things, maybe even in Christian leadership. These chilling words will be spoken to some of those people, "I never knew you." They might think they belong to Him, but Jesus knows otherwise. It's like the guy who knows about a girl. He's compatible with her and he agrees with her, but he somehow missed the commitment part. They aren't automatically married; both the guy and the girl have to make a lifetime commitment. FULL POST

Posted 11/24/09 at 1:50 PM | Ron Hutchcraft

Silent Guys

Barber shops are really "Guy's World" because you don't usually see many females and you won't find much talking. If you ask most women, part of the problem in relationships is this guy thing called "not much talking," or at least not much talking about what's really going on inside. Guys will talk about work, sports, cars, and other "stuff," but too many men just don't talk much about what they're feeling, what they need, what's hurting, what they're hoping for, or what's wrong.

It was never meant to be this way. Just go back to the creation of guys. Adam was king of his domain in the Garden of Eden, managing things for His Creator. Even with all of that, according to Genesis 2:18 in God's Word, "The Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'" God created woman because a man's work and achievements could never be enough to complete him; he needed relationship. He needed someone outside of himself to share his life.

Man was never meant to be an island, keeping everything to himself. We were never meant to be a Lone Ranger, wearing a mask to cover up our identity. God made us to need a shared life. Sadly, a lot of men have somewhere bought the lie that manhood means keeping your deepest feelings to yourself. Some got it from a father who seldom let anyone into what was behind his macho mask. If you had a dad like that, you know how frustrating it was to never really know where you stood with him and to wish that he would express his love, his approval, his joy, and even his hurts to you. Men tend to grow up and repeat the cycle and do it to those they love. FULL POST

Posted 11/19/09 at 11:10 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

No One to Welcome

It's a pretty sad feeling when you prepare a big welcome and the one you did it for never comes. You've gone through so much to make it perfect just for them.

Jesus knows that feeling. He's prepared a welcome home, an expensive welcome, for some people who have never come.

The Word of God in Luke 19:41 says, "As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, 'If you had only known this day what would bring you peace, but now it is hidden from your eyes. You did not recognize the time of God's coming.'" FULL POST

Posted 11/10/09 at 11:00 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

The Deepest Cry of the Human Heart

In our world today, there are so many people crying for love. So many human hearts are saying, "Somebody, somewhere, love me." For many who believe in God, there is still that awful vacuum. It's possible to believe in God, to do God's things, and to still miss the deep experience of His love. Without that love, the emptiness and loneliness in your heart is never satisfied - no matter how many human love relationships you experience.

While you are probably nowhere close to being an atheist, it could be that you've invested a lot in good things that could easily become other gods - your career, your children, your projects, your friends, your charity work, even your spiritual pursuits. The deep, aching sense of aloneness seldom seems to go away. Every earth-love has ultimately either failed you or failed to satisfy you. After all these years, your heart is still whispering, or maybe even shouting, "Somebody, somewhere, love me!"

The Word of God describes the only love that can ever truly answer this deepest cry of the human heart. It's found in Romans 8:38-39, "Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." There it is - unloseable love, unconditional love, unmeasurable love. FULL POST

Posted 11/3/09 at 9:59 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

Behind the Happy Face

Behind many a happy face hides a hurting heart, and maybe that describes you. The happy face helps you live in a temporary denial of the pain inside, and it keeps other people from knowing a you that you're afraid they might not accept. Like the beach ball that you push farther and farther under the water, the deeper you bury it, the higher it's going to go when it's released. You can't bury the real you forever. As far as everyone knows, maybe you're the happy one or maybe even the hero, but you know that there's a wounded monster inside you. You're a wounded person with no place to bleed.

Before the explosion, you need to find someone whose love you can trust enough that you can finally let it all out and who can help heal the hurt that you've been trying to hide. The good news is that there is someone like that. You don't have to hide anything from Him because He already knows everything about you.

Hebrews 4:13 from the Word of God says, "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." There are no secrets and there is no need for the mask. How will God respond to you if you open your heart and let out all those dark feelings? It goes on to say in verse 15, "We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin." You're pouring it out on a God who's been here and who has lived our pain. The Bible goes on to say in verse 16, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." FULL POST

Posted 10/27/09 at 9:47 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

The Difference Between Life and Death

A man facing a seemingly deadly situation, had a series of amazing interventions and the arrival of a rescuer just in the nick of time who was his only hope. Maybe that's not just a story from the news, but it's your story. If it's not your story, it could be. It's the story of millions whose only hope was a rescue...a spiritual rescue.

There are eight powerful words from Zephaniah 3:17 in God's Word. It simply says, "The Lord your God...is mighty to save." He really is. He has both the love and the power to do whatever it takes to save you from the emptiness and turbulence of a life away from God and from the awful agony of an eternity without Him. God is in the saving business.

The Bible says that we're all in a deadly situation from which we cannot save ourselves, and often we don't even know the danger we're in. The Bible says we are "without hope and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12) - away from the source of our life because we've hijacked our life from Him. It's called sin, which is a lifetime of willful choices that have ignored and disobeyed God's laws. The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). We're overboard, we're drifting, we're dying. FULL POST

Posted 10/1/09 at 1:19 PM | Ron Hutchcraft

The Wound is the Battle

What kind of wound are you dealing with?

If an American soldier gets wounded in combat these days, his chances for recovery are a whole lot better than in the past because of the beads. These dissoluble beads are applied to the wound and they go deeper than any previous cleansing agents could go. In fact, they can even penetrate bone. One of the doctors who helped develop this treatment made this interesting observation about the battle to head off infection in a soldier's wound. He said, "The wound is the battle; the infection is the war."

If you can win the battle by cleansing the wound right away, then they can win the war by heading off the infection. It's a strategy more of us should be using to prevent the kind of spiritual infection that poisons your joy, your peace, and your closeness to God. The wound is any point in your life where sin has been able to get in. It's that first detour from what you know is right. The infection is the widespread loss of spiritual health and power that damages so much we care about, and it can be prevented by a prompt cleansing. A cleansing that goes deep is needed, and there is such a cleansing. FULL POST

Posted 10/1/09 at 1:13 PM | Ron Hutchcraft

Life-Changing Heart Surgery

You've been hurt, disappointed, your dream has become a nightmare, or maybe you're feeling alone. Ground that's been walked on a lot gets very hard, and so does a heart.

A heart transplant is still one of the most amazing medical procedures ever developed. Actually taking the heart of one person who has just died and shortly thereafter transplanting it into another person whose heart is failing is absolutely amazing. Today, over 2,000 of these heart transplants are performed every year in the United States. The first one took place in 1967 in South Africa. Christian Barnard, the heart surgeon who carried out this breakthrough operation, is now in the pages of medical history with the giants.

While medical history records that the first heart transplant was performed by Dr. Barnard in the 1960s, real heart transplants were actually pioneered a millenia ago by the Master Heart Surgeon. This miraculous procedure is more life changing than any medical procedure could ever be. FULL POST

Posted 10/1/09 at 12:33 PM | Ron Hutchcraft

The Longer It Waits, The Harder It Gets

Maybe there's a strained relationship in your life right now, and there have been too many sunsets and bad feelings toward someone. The problem is probably bigger than it used to be, but right now is the smallest it will ever be. This issue will never be easier to address than right now, no matter how hard that might seem to you. It's only going to get harder. It's only going to get more costly, and you'll only turn darker inside.

There's a good reason for this. It's like food remnants on dirty dishes. If you deal with them right away, they're soft and easy to remove. Just rinse the plate, and the food falls right off. If you wait, it turns hard so you have to scrape and work, and it's tough to remove it because it's stuck tight. Maybe that's why we call unresolved anger "hard feelings."

Anger turns hard very quickly, and that gives the devil an opportunity to enter a marriage, a parent-child relationship, a friendship, or a church. At the core of every marriage break-up there has probably been an issue that was once a small one, but it was not dealt with immediately. At the core of a broken parent-child relationship, a hurting friendship, or a divided church, there are people who didn't clean up their anger when it first appeared, when it was still small and relatively soft, so it's led to a terrible outcome. The devil got his foot in the door. FULL POST

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