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About Chuck Kralik

  • Birthday 01/30/1974

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  1. Grief Writers?

    Hi, CJ. Welcome to the group!
  2. New Here!

    Hi, Kimberly! Welcome to the group.
  3. Ninety-nine and One

    “Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?’ ” (Luke 15:3-4, NIV). Jesus was a masterful storyteller. He once told the story of a wayward sheep and its shepherd. According to the parable, the shepherd was willing to leave the rest of his flock to search for the one sheep that was lost. And when he found it… well, when he found it, there was a party! Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep reminds me of another group of shepherds living in Bible times. They were keeping watch over their flock on the outskirts of Bethlehem that first Christmas night. An angel appeared to them, sharing the good news of the infant Messiah who had just been born in a Bethlehem manger. The shepherds, of course, could hardly wait to make the short trip to see the baby Jesus. I imagine them dropping everything in their haste. But, I wonder – what did they do with their sheep? Is it possible that these shepherds left the “ninety-nine” in search of the One? Were they willing to risk the safety of their flock of sheep to worship at the baby feet of the true Lamb of God? Now, I’m not suggesting that Jesus was lost - he was exactly where God wanted him to be, in a cattle stall; but the shepherds were lost, perhaps directionally, but more importantly spiritually. All their lives they had waited for this moment, to lay sight of the promised Messiah, their promised Savior. Finally, they had found the Lamb they had long been looking for. And they worshiped him.
  4. Treasured

    “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19, NIV). Certainly, Mary had much to ponder. She had just given birth – not just to any child, but to the very Son of God. How ironic this was since she, herself, was just a child – a teenage girl in a very grown-up world. She had already been through so much: a surprise visit by an angel with a more-than-most-could-handle announcement, a doubting fiancé with thoughts of divorcing her, accusations of adultery, and threats on her very life, just to name a few. Still, as Mary peered into the wide eyes of her beautiful baby boy, she couldn’t help but imagine that she was catching a glimpse of Heaven itself. All the essence of God was found in his tiny frame. His were the eyes that had gazed upon the dawn of all creation. His pouting lips had breathed life into mankind. These were the hands that had formed, in the womb, her own body. Mary treasured these very thoughts and would store them away, to be recalled in the difficult times that certainly lie ahead. And Mary pondered, for she had the vague understanding of what was to come. These little hands that now gripped at her finger were the same hands that would hold nails, outstretched in love and in agony. Her infant’s fragile body would one day be broken on the cruel device of a Roman cross. This baby she carried in her arms would ultimately carry the sins of the entire world. Yes, Mary pondered, and she worshiped.
  5. A Sign to the Shepherds (Part 2)

    “ ‘This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger’ ” (Luke 2:12, NIV). It had been the most remarkable of nights, the heavens literally bursting with the angelic proclamation of the Savior’s birth. Shepherds were accustomed to tending sheep, not entertaining angels. This was certainly not within even the finest print of their job descriptions. So much of what the shepherds would witness this night was uncharted territory – frighteningly amazing and exhilarating territory. The divine messenger had told them not to be afraid, a command aimed at providing them with some level of comfort. So, as the shepherds righted themselves with trembling staffs, they listened intently to the angel’s words telling of a sign. They would find a baby in an animal manger. Such an odd sort of birthing suite for such an anticipated arrival! The child would be wrapped in cloths, like the most precious of gifts given to mankind. They would go and find this child. As they traveled to nearby Bethlehem, the words from their angelic encounter echoed in the shepherds’ ears – “wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”. They recalled the many times they had similarly wrapped in cloths the newborn lambs in their care to prevent them from harming themselves. These lambs, after all, had to be without any sort of blemish, not a bruise nor a scratch, to be presented in the Temple for sacrifice. They were born to be condemned, to die as an atonement for the misdeeds of people. Such was their lot in life. But, on this night, such thoughts seemed so distant in their minds. A child had been born, a time to celebrate – no, a time to worship. They must see this thing that had happened.
  6. Website Milestone

    Hi, everyone! I am happy to announce that my website www.chuckkralik.com has just surpassed 10,000 visits. Since March, I've posted 109 times on various devotional thoughts. I am so blessed to have so many people that make frequent stops at my site. Keep reading and sharing! If you have been blessed in any way through my writing, I'd love for you to comment on the Guest Book page at my site. Thank you so much for your continued support!
  7. A Sign to the Shepherds (Part 1)

    “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night” (Luke 2:8, NIV). The night had begun in relative obscurity. The silence of the heavy Judean air was interrupted only by the piercing cries of fledgling livestock and the ribbing laughter of a few misfit shepherds. Occasionally, one of the lambs would wander from the flock, requiring swift action. Mostly, however, the job of a shepherd was pretty mundane. Don’t misunderstand – although routine, the task of these particular shepherds was an important one, for they were charged with the divine duty of raising lambs for the nearby Temple. To serve as an acceptable sacrifice for the sins of the people, these lambs must remain without blemish. This required diligent care by the attending shepherds. How ironic that, unlike the animals they raised, these men were, themselves, far from pure. Their rough exterior and course manner were matched by hearts calloused by years of less-than-perfect living. The lambs they tended must serve as their atoning sacrifice, too. Still, these Temple sacrifices were far from complete and needed to be repeated time and again. Unbeknownst to the shepherds, they were mere miles from the miraculous events surrounding the birth of the Messiah. They had heard the foretelling of a Savior, but doubted that these promises would be realized during their lifetimes. It seemed a bit preposterous that a band of lowly shepherds would be among the first to witness the birth of the Son of God, but this lamb – THE LAMB – was meant for them. Soon, there would be quite the commotion with the appearance of nothing less than an angel. There would be a short trek to Bethlehem where they would worship at the infant feet of God. The Deliverer had been delivered in an animal manger. And they couldn’t wait to share the good news.
  8. My Christian Website Just Got a New Look!

    Hi, everyone! I've changed the look of my website. Feel free to check it out at http://www.chuckkralik.com/. Please share any constructive criticism you might have. Thanks, as always, for reading!
  9. Hello From Hungary:))

    Welcome to the group. I'm so glad you're here!
  10. Old Dog - New Tricks

    Hi, Ray. Glad you're part of the group!
  11. New Blogger Here

    Hi, Jason. Welcome to the group!
  12. Happy To Be Here!

    Hi, Brenda. Welcome to the group. I'm so glad that you are here. Best wishes!
  13. Hello From The Uk!

    Hi, Catherine. Welcome to the group. Best wishes!
  14. Greetings From Central Pennsylvania

    Hello, Kari. Welcome to the group. Your poetry is very good. Best wishes!
  15. Hello All

    Welcome to the group! I'm excited to read some of your writing. Best wishes.

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