Jim May | living at His place

Past Articles
Jim writing FATHER'S BED AND BREAKFAST

You are at the end of your rope. Your can has broken down with all your worldly possessions inside. You are broke. Your cards are maxed out and not accepted. You were on your way to find another opportunity. You begin looking for help along the road. Suddenly, you are standing in front a beautiful wrought iron gate before a manicured lawn with a castle in the distance. Children are playing freely on the lawn. Adults are talking with laughter. The sign on the front gate reads:

GOD’S REST


I ALREADY GOT THE TEE SHIRT

One of the guys at our Thursday morning breakfast began promoting the latest men’s program coming to town. We had heard it all before. Then one of the guys said, “I already got the tee shirt!”  


COMING CULTURAL CHAOS AND PERSECUTION

I have had, I believe, a healthy skepticism about apocalyptic prophecy since hearing of at least seven Antichrists, who were not. Books crying wolf like “Eighty Nine Reasons Christ Will Return in 1989” followed by another in 1990 have fueled my cynicism. But something is different today. I have learned to trust my spirit over the years. When my spirit says something is wrong, it usually is. Some call it a "gut feeling."


THE BURDENS AROUND ME

It was in the middle of a very hard week, taking care of my dying 94 year-old mother in her home in Kansas City. There were tedious financial documents to tend to, lots of clean ups and life ending decisions to make. The contradictions of good memories and bad, regrets and accomplishments, emptiness and fulfillment filled my past-articles. I had emotionsI didn’t even understand myself, let alone explain them to others – even my wife.


SUFFERING IS PART OF THE DEAL

When people say we don’t have to suffer, they are speaking for Satan, not God.


IN HONOR OF MY MENTORS

None of us make it through life alone. We need help. I have not made it this far without mentors, friends, and a loving wife and daughters who have helped me mature along the way.


past-articles AFTER THE ELECTION

It is two days after the 2008 election. Depending on our world view, many are dancing in the streets, others are mourning. We all are thinking beings, and our past-articles determine how we act. Our world view determines how we see the truth of what exists and is the basis for our values and votes.

No matter your political affiliation, it is clear that seventy years of secular humanistic education has become the consensus of the American culture. The latest election was the tipping point when the ship of state began to list in the waters of secularism, socialism, materialism, and relativism. Judeo-Christian values are no longer the consensus.


OUT OF DEPRESSION

September 8, 2008

Smile

I am not a negative guy, pretty upbeat most of the time, but I went into a very dark place.


OPINIONS

In the Post Modern world, opinions have replaced truth as the source of our value system. “Everyone is entitled to his opinion” is the mantra of pundits, talk shows, politicians, and citizen. We all are entitled to our opinion, but to equate opinion with truth is to step into darkness. As Tolstoy said, “Some people live and act according to their own past-articles, and some according to the past-articles of other people. There are no guides more false than the opinions of other people, because people do not have a constant opinion about what is good.” A Simpleton is “wide open to every opinion.”


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