About JK Barker

Two people living life and reading and writing as we do.

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  • JK shared from The King: The Bowers Files by Steven James
    If all we do is follow our hearts, we will live small lives indeed.
  • JK shared from The King: The Bowers Files by Steven James
    most people just go through the motions of living: texting, going to the movies, watching TV—it’s tragic how many moments go by unnoticed.”
    Note: notice the moments today...
  • JK shared from The King: The Bowers Files by Steven James
    But if God is there and he really does care about his hurting, questioning race of dreamers and fools, then praying would matter—even if it didn’t happen on their time frame or in the ways they expected or wanted. After all, if we could understand God, then his wisdom would have to be equal to or smaller than ours, and that was logically impossible if he’s all-knowing and we aren’t. The very definition of God required that people would be unable to understand his ways.
  • JK shared from The King: The Bowers Files by Steven James
    “Aren’t there times when you need to be true to something bigger than yourself?”
  • JK shared from The King: The Bowers Files by Steven James
    “Aren’t there times when you need to be true to something bigger than yourself?”
  • JK shared from Story: Recapture the Mystery by Steven James
    All of us know we’re going to die someday soon, but none of us live like it. We busily grasp at the mists as we step over the cliff. We hurt those closest to us and then spend our time worrying about what strangers think of us. We strive for positions of influence so we can control others, even though we fail daily at controlling ourselves.
    Note: we are certainly a confused bunch...
  • JK shared from Story: Recapture the Mystery by Steven James
    To understand Easter, to really get it, I think you need to experience the whole story—enter the darkened theater, take your seat, and watch the tale unfold. Because the empty tomb doesn’t make sense without the cross, the cross doesn’t make sense without the manger in Bethlehem, and the manger doesn’t make sense without the Garden of Eden.
    Note: we need the whole story!!!
  • JK shared from Story: Recapture the Mystery by Steven James
    Either way, when you miss most of the story and only walk in for the finale, you’re not usually moved to tears.
    Note: Tell the whole story! (not just the end, not just the propositions...)
  • JK shared from Story: Recapture the Mystery by Steven James
    the hope God offers is raw and real and unvarnished. It rises through the centuries and reverberates in the hearts and souls of true spiritual pilgrims everywhere. This is not a cheap hope but a costly one. It’s a tearstained hope strong enough to comfort people who’ve watched their parents die, seen their dreams fade away, struggled with whether or not to have an abortion, or lived through a divorce. It’s a hope for the oppressed, the guilty, the haunted, the hurting, the forgotten, the abused, the mocked, the ignored, the lonely, and the overlooked. Workaholics and loudmouths and outcasts...
    Note: bless the Lord. His hope is real
  • JK shared from Turkey: What Everyone Needs to Know by Andrew Finkel
    However, as a journalist working in Turkey for over two decades, I have learned from hard experience the challenge of writing news stories with shelf-lives longer than a week, let alone producing generalities that will nestle comfortably on a bedside table. Turkey is a society in the throes of enormous change, and any snapshot of the here-and-now is bound to be blurred.
    Note: The challenges of writing on modern day Turkey: