“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
(2 Timothy 2:1-7 ESV)
When I’m reminded of the call to be a good soldier of Christ Jesus, I like to think of myself as one of the Navy’s Seal Team Six, the elite military group that made news by killing Osama Bin Laden. They’re the best of the best … highly trained, super tough, and thoroughly committed to accomplishing their mission, regardless of how dangerous.
But all too often, I think I’m more like a civil war reenactor. I’m a weekend warrior with a homemade uniform. Sure, I’m putting on a good show, but I’m play fighting with a weapon that shoots blanks. Once the “battle” is over, I hop back into the minivan and drive back to my civilian comforts and diversions.
Truth is, I’m in a battle that never ends with an unseen enemy taking pot shots at me. I am a soldier, and so are you.
By the grace of God, let’s endeavor to be good soldiers. Let’s aim to please our commanding officer. Even when we run away from the battle, the Lord will find us, as he found Gideon hiding from the Midianites in a winepress. And God’s messenger will likewise say to us, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
I loved the “legal disclosure” that goes with the inforgraphic:
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For your enjoyment, a collection of this, that and the other thing:
One Man’s Treasure
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
(2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV)
Punch In The Nose … Bacon-Scented Cologne!
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first carnivorous fragrance for men. Burger King had Flame body spray, infused “with a hint of flame-broiled meat.” Sniff out the rest of the story here.
If I Had A Hammer, I’d Hammer In The Morning …
During last year’s Super Bowl, a Volkswagen commercial featured a tiny Darth Vader. Now, Marvel comics get in the act with a pint-sized Thor to promote its upcoming movie. I’m not gonna lie, I want to see it.
Top 200 Church Blogs
Looking for some inspiration, information or entertainment? Kent Shaffer of Church Relevance has assembled a list of the top 200 Christian blogs in the world. For some reason, my blog didn’t make the cut. I know, weird huh? Check out the roster here.
Production is now underway on the big-screen version of The Hobbit. Check out this production video with director Peter Jackson.
Say, I wonder if they’ll ask Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy to record a new version of groovy musical sensation The Legend of Bilbo Baggins?
Do you think they’ll ever make a movie version of C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy?
Ray Quinn is having a bad day. The private investigator has been cornered in a public restroom by his client’s cheating husband, who administers a brutal beat-down for documenting his infidelities. Ray’s young apprentice intervenes, but not before the ex-cop collects a number bruises to go along with the continual ache of his crippled hip.
That’s just the introduction to The Corruptible, a new novel by Mark Mynheir. Like his protagonist, the author is a former cop with the Orlando Police Department. Mynheir uses his experience on the force to add a level of depth and detail often lacking in crime stories.
The book follows Ray as he works to recover important client information that has been stolen from a prestigious financial company. The investigator encounters murder and mayhem along the way, and makes discoveries about himself as he struggles under the weight of his infirmity and guilt associated with past tragedies.
I felt the book would have benefited from more character development. There just isn’t much insight provided for the reader to understand the motivations of the good guys or the bad guys. That said, the intrigue and action of The Corruptible make it great book for fans of crime novels looking for light summer reading.