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Country Auction

(so that nothing is lost)

by Cynthia Knisley

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Five, six, or seven, who will go eight?

A bargain a minute – don’t hesitate!

Lot 142, who wants this stand?

With a pot and a plan it would really look grand.

A box lot up next, just look at this stuff!

Drill bits and pliers, a tin of old snuff.

Two nice saws sold as a pair

to the man in the corner on the needlepoint chair.

A really nice cabinet – see the French legs?

Sold! Fifty dollars!

Look! Two weathered kegs.

One has some damage, “as is” it is sold –

the pair for a hundred –  these beauties are old!

This must be the ugliest lamp I have seen.

It’s wild…unique…just for you, Mrs. Green.

A pair of white horses – a concrete garden set . . .

give $10, $20, $30, it’s the best value yet.

A rush-seat rocker – will someone give two?

It has a few holes, all you need is some glue.

 

When they were filled, He said to His disciples,

‘Gather up the leftover fragments,

so that nothing will be lost.’    John 6:12

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Cynthia Knisley is a regular contributor to the RUBY magazine.

“Come Down to Earth and be Still” by Kathryn Ross Tags: Come Down to Earth and be Still Kathryn Ross Kathryn Ross

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The pendulum swings from side to side

a slice to the left and there to abide

delayed in the air

‘till gravity beckons,

“come down to earth and be still.”

 

The pendulum swings from left to right

holding position, hovering tight,

seeming to rest

‘till gravity beckons,

“come down to earth and be still.”

 

The pendulum swings from Truth to Error

from Error to Truth and back again,

slicing and slashing

‘till gravity beckons,

“come down to earth and be still.”

 

It’s good to come down to earth.

That was the example of Jesus Christ. In the centerpiece of time, in the flux of worldly confusion, He came down to earth. He brought Truth down to earth—the focal point of all history—God’s Word and Will made manifest: Peace on Earth.

The turbulence of the human spirit could now be still. At Rest. He swung not a pendulum in an endless sway back and forth, but a sword, with a singular slice cutting straight. Separating out Truth from Error. Once and for all. It is finished. Truth reigns at the center.

All history, before and after Him, hovers at extreme pendulum angles—but never for long. Gravity’s force pulls it ever closer to the center place of Rest where Truth resides.

Man’s agitated existence is a pendulum passing through that center place, grabbing fistfuls of Truth and clear thinking along the way, continuing through history on an upward swing.

Seeds of Truth exchange for Error—exchange for Truth—in the swaying, sown and grown from generation to generation. Here, and back again through time.

And, to the present, forming the mind, heart, and spirit of the human condition. The worldview of individuals, cultures, and nations.

Our finite minds cling to short seasons of Rest afforded to us when we pass through the center in Christ. But, we are not stilled to stop there. We swish, speeding in tumult, back and forth.

Life at the center, down to earth—at Rest—is a life of Peace even when we only possess a handful of Truth seeds. There, we come to a stop, stilled enough to evaluate what we’re sowing in our swinging. Have we picked up any Error in our mad dashing to and fro?

Separated out and sown well in the place of Peace, a handful of Truth multiplies with the riches of heaven.

Spiritual Truth planted in the soil of an earthly realm produces good fruit because Christ brought Truth down to earth and showed man how to live with it there in every sphere of life.

The day will come, perhaps very soon, when we’ll take the fullness of our earthly harvest to the infinite realm of the Spirit. There we re-invest ourselves in the further purposes of God, walking in a rewarded life with Him.

Until that day, we must live down to earth here, where God placed us in time and space, cultivating Truth and bringing forth its unique fruits accordingly.

We have responsibilities to sensibly tend all aspects of our life in His Truth, affecting our family, church, work, as citizens in our communities at large—and in our nation.

But the finite realm of earthly soil is not without miry bogs, evil pits, and erroneous chasms of ignorance. Wolves in sheep’s clothing swing through the ages wearing the name of Christ, compassion, goodness, and beauty.

Beware and do not be deceived. Underneath they are razor-sharp as the slash of the pendulum’s edge seeking to supplant Truth for Error.

The wise one knows to hold tight his fistfuls of Truth scooped from the center as he passes to and fro through the seasons of his life.

He removes himself from the path of the swinging pendulum, to the “down to earth” place of ordinary stillness where Truth may well be rooted, tended, harvested, and feasted on, season after season.

The substance of that Truth, when planted in good “down to earth” soil, remains the same—as Christ is the same—yesterday, today, and forever.

When the world around us is uprooted and the ground beneath us begins to shake, the pendulum of our mind and heart—our understanding and emotions—swings in a sway of changeable thinking. But, Truth is unchanging.

In like manner, the foundation of a building remains the same. It must not be changed. It is laid to give stability to what is built upon it—the subsequent floors, rooms, and architectural elements, according to its purpose.

A house rises or falls on the integrity of the foundation, and the quality of its workmanship and materials.

Is our Truth planted in good “down to earth” soil?

Is the foundation that Jesus Christ fist laid in our hearts being built upon according to how it was first designed?  In Truth?  With gold, silver, and precious stones?

Or have the pendulum swings of history, and the Truth and Error slashing to and fro, stunted the maturity of the garden grown and the house built?

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For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.  According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  

 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.  

 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.  If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.                           1 Corinthians 3:9-15

We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ.

Ephesians 4: 14-15

From the moment we are stilled enough to allow Christ His foundation in our life, the pendulum swings back and forth as we work through sanctification in an earthly realm that is constantly shaking. Powers seek to supplant His Truth and Rest from our lives.

Even on a larger scale, we see this to be true historically. From the earliest roots of our Judaeo-Christian nation’s history, powers have sought to supplant the Truths our Founding Fathers sowed into our national character and purpose.

Every election has had contenders entering the race with diametrically-opposed ideologies to our culture and Constitution.

As history marches on, like a pendulum swinging back and forth, every four years we have the potential to destroy ourselves and the noble aspirations of our foundations, through the election process.

Each election builds on that which came before it, leaving its mark for good or ill, Truth or Error, in what is erected. Or dismantled.

We are called to steward our earthly days in His Truth and to choose wisely how we shall live and build on the foundations laid in the moment in history allotted to us.

How will we swing this time? As builders with gold, silver, and precious stones laid on the Judaeo-Christian foundations set by our Founders 240 years ago?

Or will the pendulum swing cluttering the path with wood, hay and straw?

Wolves in sheep’s clothing have weaseled their way into the popular culture, our schools, and yes—our churches, to some extent—with pendulum swings of re-direction and re-defining of terms for over 40 years.

Corruption, seeded from Error, cuts away at the roots of our Constitution like a sickle swaying and slashing . . . back and forth . . . back and forth.

When we find ourselves overwhelmed with the headlines of the day, shaken and swaying, we must jump off the pendulum swing of the sickle.

Be still.

Come down to earth and take an inventory of the Truth seeds gathered swinging through these historic days we’re living in. Stillness gives us the needed pause to discern them, sheltered from Error’s distraction and re-definition weapons seeking whom they may devour.

In that stilled place, we are not alone. The Lord is our Shepherd there, leading us in green pastures, beside still waters, restoring our souls.

He doesn’t swing sickles in pendulum strokes. His rod and staff gently correct and confidently guide us, pointing straight as a compass to where our focus should be.

On Him. And the full counsel of His Word. Seeking His Will to be done and Kingdom to come on earth as it is in Heaven.

If you’re swinging on a pendulum or two, be it family crisis, work or health matters, or the quandary and confusion of this critical upcoming election, ask the Lord to help you “come down to earth and be still.”

You’ll see all things more clearly, and will know how to walk in God’s Truth as you steward it in the many spheres of your life here on earth.

The pendulum swings spent and slow

Energy ebbed as time doth flow,

Coming to center,

Finally focused,

Still . . .

 And Gravity speaks with a sigh,

“Be still and know that

I Am God.”

NOTE: Listen to the PODCAST version of this article with added resources for making choices this election year from a biblical worldview.

Ponder the questions posed in this reflective article, and the metaphors, and prayerfully journal your thoughts. May the Shepherd lead you in stillness and peace, at rest, centered in Him.

Visit www.thewritersreverie.com/podcast-10/

 

Kathryn Ross

Kathryn Ross is a regular contributor to RUBY magazine. You can connect with her to read more of her inspirational posts and listen to her podcasts at The Writer’s Reverie.

MORAINE LAKE IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA
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  1. Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canada

    At over 6,000 feet above sea level, and located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is one of the highlights of Alberta, Canada’s immense Banff National Park. Fed by Fay Glacier, this high alpine lake takes on what seems an impossibly brilliant turquoise hue in daytime. The explanation? Rock flour. It’s what results when glaciers crush their way across rocks as they migrate. A suspension of these rock particles in meltwater runoff – called glacial milk – then flows into the lake and creates an incredibly vivid tint . Still, we like to think Moraine Lake is at least as beautiful under the starry nighttime sky.
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Unborn Christians

 
I bet you read the above title and thought Doesn't she mean REborn Christians?

Nope. I mean unborn. These are Christians who don't know they're Christians...yet. At least until we talk to them.
Unborn Christians are those who don't know about Jesus, or kinda-sorta know about God, but don't know enough to claim His promises. That's where we come in.

Scary, isn't it?

You never know when you'll influence someone to come to God. It's not always about brandishing a Bible and praising God at the top of your lungs; sometimes it's that way people see you acting (and reacting) with your co-workers. Or family and friends. Or your children.

One woman is a homemaker. Her and her husband raised three kids in God's word, and when they were grown, they brought fifty-thousand unborn Christians to God through ministry. Is her job any less important because she only influenced three little people? What about her neighbors and friends? They saw God through her eyes and actions and came to Christ, and are now influencing their own kids in God's ways. One little homemaker influenced the future of thousands of unborn Christians.

Another woman works in an office. She not only influences her co-workers, but also the clients she works with. Not all of them come to God, but the few that do wind up influencing their co-workers, bosses, and clients, who them go home and talk to their husbands and wives and then their children...

You get the idea. There are a lot of unborn Christians out there- and all we need to do is talk to them.
Or pray for them. Let them see God through us.

Even though we screw up. Especially when we screw up. That's probably the hardest and scariest part of all because those who are usually the closest to breaking and finding God are our hardest critics, keeping an eye on every thing we do. You know those cynics are watching when a Christian messes up- just wondering what we'll do and how we'll act.

The funny thing is, if we act out of God's will, this is usually the opposite reaction that the cynics expect. And that's usually the best time to talk to these unborn Christians!

Your co-worker asks,"Why didn't you try to get out of it? You could have (list excuse here)...." Your answer will tell her everything about your Christian walk. And that it's not a walk of the perfected- quite the opposite in fact. People might not break down that day and give their lives to God, but you brought them one step closer because you acted in God's best interest.

Living life God's way isn't easy- not by a long shot. But unborn Christians need to not only see us triumph over the struggles of life, but triumph over struggles we're still going through. That is what gets their attention the most. I can't tell you how many times unborn Christians have gone up to my husband and asked, "How did you get through it?" His answers brought many into God's fold.

We both have our moments where God's light doesn't shine as much as it should. We both struggle with staying in God's sight. Honestly, he's quicker on the draw when it comes to admitting mistakes and learning from them, but he's teaching me as I trip along my merry way. Or should I say His merry way?

I'll be meeting a lot of unborn Christians by the time God calls me home (I hope), and I pray I'll be a good example of what God wants me to be. And if I'm not, I hope the cynics see a repentant heart, a submissive spirit, and a humble attitude. I want them to see God working through me.

Who knows how many people we influence each day? But wouldn't it be great to see those unborn Christians of today in heaven when we are called home?
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