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Wednesday, November 25, 2009


i'm growing up
instead of ranting about what i don't like
i am emphasizing what i do like
this song for instance


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Barth Romans 8:17

"Participation in suffering means to suffer with Christ, to encounter God, as Jeremiah and Job encountered Him; to see Him in the tempest, to apprehend Him as Light in the darkness, to love Him when we are aware only of the roughness of His hand."

Thursday, November 19, 2009

silence and waiting

"Silence is death to the senses...
Waiting is a form of dying,
Failure, humiliation and what men might think, will keep us fearful.
We are afraid to take risks lest we fail. Failure is death, humiliation
is death, but in the kingdom of God, it is the way of life."
Art Katz "True Fellowship"

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

sweet or bitter

If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; or even if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him. oswald chambers

Sunday, November 8, 2009

love your enemies

the true church is a "living indictment" of the self[centered world, and yet the "high call" of the true church is to love their enemies.
"while we were yet sinners" is the example of love that we are given.
we respond in love to hatred, and for that "the enemy"
has no answer, God sets the stage for us to respond in love.
Let us be authentic and "in HIM" and we will love, NO MATTER WHAT!

loosely from art katz

Friday, November 6, 2009

the Christ Life

Is there any aspect of the life to which we are called in which we are sufficient in ourselves?
No, we need to die to self and trust the life of Christ in us. Death and resurrection. Every issue before the believer is a choice between human sufficiency and the life of Christ. Art Katz

Do we get the ways of God? "And it was evening and it was morning of the first day." Gen 1:5
Evening first, darkness first, rest first, then day, then light, then work. So obvious, so simple, so overlooked.
We think our day starts with morning and it is an indicator of how "wrong" we are at our very depth.

wisdom from oswald

"Do you believe this?" Are you facing an area of doubt in your life? Have you come, like Martha, to a crossroads of overwhelming circumstances where your theology is about to become a very personal belief? This happens only when a personal problem brings the awareness of our personal need.
Oswald Chambers Nov. 6th

God we thank you for the times when you "ruin our image" and break us down, and bring/allow/reveal a personal problem that causes us to cry out to you. WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN TO RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!! the moravians

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

love in action

"There is so much suffering, so much hatred, so much misery, and we with our prayer, with our sacrifice are beginning at home. Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the action that we do. It is to God Almighty - how much we do it does not matter, because He is infinite, but how much love we put in that action. How much we do to Him in the person that we are serving." Mother teresa

enemy strategy

this cut and paste from an article on the defeat of "gay marriage" by the people of Maine
caught my eye...

Richard Socarides, who was an adviser on gay-rights issues in the Clinton administration, said the loss in Maine should prompt gay-rights leaders to reconsider their state-by-state strategy on marriage and shift instead to lobbying for changes on the federal level that expand recognition of same-sex couples.

So what this guy is saying is, every time we bring this issue, (this abomination), up to the people we lose, so what we need to do is bypass these "stupid people" and go to the "all-wise" leaders and have them change the laws anyway... and this is the strategy of satan... push the people aside and get the "leaders" who have been bought and paid for to change the laws.

jason upton says it better

at this you tube location
Jason speaks of being "deceived into your destiny" that part starts at around 7 minutes.

He is speaking of Jacob and God's choice of Leah, "the not so pretty"

"the not so perfect in outward appearance" to be the Lineage of Jesus,
Joseph is Jacob's favorite and takes up a large part of Genesis, Rachel is Jacob's
favorite wife, the lovely one, BUT GOD, chooses Judah to come thru Leah, and
to come thru her when she has totally given up on ever receiving love from
Jacob, and her focus is totally on God, "Praise God" she says when all her previous
name choices had to do with "impressing Jacob"
So what do we learn,
Don't look at outward appearance and image, follow God.
Don't run your life to impress anyone, receive the love of God and return it to HIM!!