Don’t look back?

(07.28.21–Sin Escapes! –James 1: 13-15)


My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to changing our lives, is it a matter of no turning back? Sometimes dealing with sin in our lives takes. If we want to change our lives, do we have to commit to a new direction and not look back?


My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.



I've built several decks here at Beech Springs. Since we've moved here years ago I've dismantled and rebuilt the badly rotting north deck overlooking Noname Creek. Then I rebuilt a similar rotting deck on the south side of the house. I next built a new deck on the east side of the house and then an even more ambitious deck project on the west side of the house. Although each deck took considerable time to build, there was one important facet of the east and west decks that set them apart. These two decks required concrete piers prior to constructing the decks whereas the older, reconstructed decks didn't. After tearing down the first two decks I could have opted to living with no decks. However, after sinking piers for the latter two decks, I had no choice but to keep going. Concrete piers with nothing built on them would have looked foolish. Once that concrete was poured, there was no going back. I had committed myself to building new decks even if time and money were the issues.


No turning back. Sometimes dealing with sin in our lives takes similar risk. If we want to change our lives, we may have to commit to a new direction and not look back.


Here's a story: When Julius Caesar landed on the shores of England with his well-armed legions he simultaneously made a bold and decisive move to guarantee the success of his campaign. He marched his men to the edge of the Cliffs of Dover and ordered them to look down at the ships that had brought them across the channel. As the troops took their turns looking over the cliffs each squad could see nothing but smoke coming from the area of where the Roman ships had docked. Every one of them was ablaze! General Caesar had cut off the poss