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The Man who Looks Like Garbage

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Filthy he walks under the weight of a pile of trash, Filthily they look on as his steps disgust the streets, Filthy is the stench of his trash. Filth gets him condemned, To God, a divine disgrace he’s declared. The man who looks like garbage   Into the abyss there he goes, Where would that mountain of filth go except with him to damnation? Where would the man take the garbage except into...

Flawesomeness and Creating Loveable People

“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”—Romans 5:6 (ESV) Are you ugly?   Have you heard of the word flawesome?   I bet you are reading the word for the first time, but a flawesome individual is one ‘who embraces their flaws and knows they are awesome regardless’.   To be flawesome is to dig deep to generate love for something that is...

An Orthodoxy of Love

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”—John 13:35 (ESV) I have for this entire week been thinking about a different passage and I have been meaning to share it as this week’s devotion. But I couldn’t. Why? I can’t tell. When it comes to matters like these, the most informed answer that I can ever give is “I don’t know.” I this afternoon...

The Death of Relationships

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord….Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… –Ephesians 5:22, 25 (ESV). Love, the thing which ties together two people in what has come to known as a relationship is not inspired by obligation. In fact the death of relationships and the renewed power of the divorce, or ‘looking elsewhere’, is because we...

The Broken Mirror

We love mirrors. We really do, but not always. On my good day, when I look ‘stunning’, I want to stare into the mirror over and over again. I love what I am looking at. I guess that goes for you too. The mirror in a sense gives us hope—that we still got ‘skin in the game’. But there is another side to the mirror. This side we don’t like. It is the fact that the mirror does not lie. And why would...

Illustrations of Grace: Scandalous Exchange

A man not fit to live with humans is brought to court for sentencing. He stands before the jury because he rapes women even under aged children; breaks into people’s houses to steal and so many times leaves the victims dead. He never pays his taxes, he drives without license. Generally, he is all the time on the wrong side of the law.   A bad guy, a public enemy—he is a threat to the...