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Thursday, August 2, 2018

True Love True Humilty

Only in His light do we see light.
Natural light, natural seeing, natural perception is all wrong.
Better to be a people in darkness, awaiting the dawning
of the True Light, than to be a people walking in the light
of their own sparks.

Up till now, I have not acted in True Love, with True Humility.

This journey, this moving toward a place of death to self, a place
where His light, His love, His humility rule and reign is completely
dependent on His faithfulness.

Every revealing of the falseness, the lies, the cover-up, the desperate
attempts to appear to have something I do not have...
Every revealing brought sorrow, but it should have
brought joy.
Rightly understood the uncovering of the lie is the death of the lie.
And then truth can begin to arise.

I am not, but I AM is!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Heart Exchange

I offer Him my cold, dead heart
I offer Him my good deeds done with false motives
I offer Him cold, dead obedience


Only His life is life
Only His life has pure motives
Only His life is mercy


"Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a spring of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!"  Jeremiah 9:1


His heart carries a burden
His heart is compassion


My heart must go down in death and
His heart must arise in resurrection


Nothing else will do
Nothing else will do
Nothing else will do

Saturday, July 14, 2018

God is angry with the wicked every day. Probably not!

I don't know Hebrew, I'm not as smart as John MacArthur, I could be wrong, but I think the annoying monk who put verse numbers in our Bible really really screwed this up.
"God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day."  Psalm 7:11

I think, that this is not an accurate translation and there should have been a division where the "and" is, and the "el" as it is translated other places is the word "god" not "God."

More on this later, lets look at it, talk about it, and compare it to the volumes of scripture that contradict it.

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord

Isaiah 40:1-5 1“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
      2“Speak kindly to Jerusalem;
            And call out to her, that her warfare has ended,
            That her iniquity has been removed,
            That she has received of the LORD’S hand
            Double for all her sins.”      3A voice is calling,
            “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness;
            Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.      4“Let every valley be lifted up,
            And every mountain and hill be made low;
            And let the rough ground become a plain,
            And the rugged terrain a broad valley;      5Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
            And all flesh will see it together;
            For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”


Perspective, it really does change how you receive and react to events in your life if you can, by the grace of God, have the perspective of God.
This end time generation has a call on their lives.  The call is to be a people who have been brought through the wilderness and have lived with no visible means of support, nothing to fall back on, just the faith of God.  The call is to live as a people who have allowed/received the deep dealings of the Lord, that root out self, pride, independence, and leave only a new heart, a servant heart, a willing heart, that truly does walk by the Spirit.
Every time self is uncovered and exposed, every episode where pride is brought out and revealed for the ugly thing that it is, every breaking of independence is a cause for rejoicing.  The way within us as individuals is being prepared and as we gather with others who are being prepared a people are being prepared who can truly, "Comfort, O comfort My people."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvlRHcr-oPA

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Do You Have 8 Minutes?

8 minutes into this you will have heard, and by the grace of God I pray it gets revealed to your heart the true nature of our God and King!

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/115876449

(PS  use the commercial time to pray for God to reveal to you His truth)


update 7/30/18  I think the ustream stopped working but the podcast is at the bottom
of this page,   https://cmicommentaryandconferences.podbean.com/


and the youtube is  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxMG7rKj_v0&list=PLrfRzxrlxbjcolqiZ6Hmcj-VlQh1mfTiT&t=0s&index=2&app=desktop

Friday, July 6, 2018

Walk By The Spirit

"I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh."  Galatians 5:16
"so that the righteous standard of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."  Romans 8:4
"Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh."  Romans 13:14
"Since we live by the Spirit, let us walk in step with the Spirit."  Galatians 5:25


I don't know how to walk by the Spirit.
Self is in control as evidenced by the fruit around me.


Time for my favorite two-word prayer... "Help, Lord!"




Friday, June 29, 2018

Tears Poured From My Eyes and Into His Heart

"In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old."
Isaiah 63:9

          Tears Poured From My Eyes and Into His Heart

Tears poured from my eyes and into His heart

Hurts from a world caught up in the contracting spasm of death, of destruction.

A world stolen from its rightful Creator.

But the storm has a Master who walks on the white caps.

Hope and Peace have a name, Yeshuwah!

Look to the One who willingly, lovingly, sacrificially took your punishment.

Look to Him and be made whole.

Resting, trusting, looking - the work that is not work.

The work that trusts in the work that He did.

Look into ultimate faithfulness and kindness.

Look into the heart that shoves every fear away.

Look into Love.

Become Love.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Humility And The Crumbs From The Table

Just offering for thoughtful, humble consideration or discussion my slightly different perspective. As Hebrews 11 clearly brings out, "Faith is the ultimate Hebrew root." Since it is the letter to the Hebrews it should be clear there is no intention in what is being written to discount Jesus words that "Salvation is of the Jews." The Mosaic law is fulfilled and Gentiles are not under obligation to keep it, but as Acts 15 clearly shows there is a necessity to give us gentiles instruction as to how we are to fit into this Jewish sect that believes that Yeshua is the Messiah. The New Covenant clearly made with Israel and Judah is extended freely to Gentiles through our faith in their Messiah. We are grafted in to their vine, made a part of their fellowship, still rejoicing humbly to be a people who welcome the scraps from their table. Humility is the thing most lacking in most things labeled Christian. Humility is most evident in a people who understand that God has one people, of one faith, with one baptism and He is currently working to gather us into the one already existent body. I see tremendous benefits to the understanding that we are gentile members of a flourishing Jewish sect. It eliminates the "two people of God" thing that is key to the lie of pre-trib, replacement, preterism, amillenialism, and who knows what else. It stops the arrogance that Paul warned about numerous times in Romans 9-11. It gloriously displays the faithfulness of God, never changing, never wavering, in tandem with the sovereignty of God that never has to revert to a plan B to accomplish His purposes. This is all revealed in a reading of Romans 9-11 that is not encumbered with man's opinion. Acts makes it clear also. Pentecost, a Jewish feast day, that is celebrated by the many Jews in the upper room and results in a fulfilling of it's intention by gathering into the new sect 3,000 more Jews first fruits of the Messiah's sacrifice, there is nothing in the text that would make us call this the "birthday of the church" but we do that, Why? If there is not reason in the text, maybe we should call a halt to this "tradition of men." Guess that's all for now.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Pentecost the Birth of the Church, Uhhh, No!

Let me share a little parable.
Once upon a time a poor man was
sitting on a curb.
Another man came by who had
been working most of the day in
the sun, hard work that wore his
body down.  His employer paid
him and gave him a $100 bonus.


The working man gave that
$100 to the poor man.


As the working man was walking
away, he heard the poor man
exclaim.  Look everyone, "The birth
of a $100 bill."


With absolutely no appreciation
for where the money had come from
the poor man began to spin a false story
where the $100 had been given
directly to him by the employer.


He began to celebrate this day
as the "birthday of his $100 bill."


The poor man wondered why the
working man was not interested
in his story of the $100 bill!


So the Hebrew festival of Pentecost, first fruits, resulted in the first fruits of the Messiah's mission.
Many Jewish followers of God, came to believe in the Messiah.  A remnant from the chosen people
began the journey of becoming the sect of the Nazarene within Judaism.  All the way up in chapter 15 of the book of Acts this Jewish sect is still in the process of adjusting to the presence of the Gentiles and trying to show them the way to be gathered into the Father's chosen people.  He is faithful and true, His gifts and calling are irrevocable, there is no need for a new body, the mission of the Messiah of the God of Israel was not to reject Israel, isn't that obvious?  Go back and read Mary's excited proclamation when she realized she was carrying the Messiah.  Go back and read how Zechariah the father of John the Baptist exploded in praise and prophecy when his tongue was loosed.  This Messiah is the long awaited Redeemer of Israel.  Our privilege is to be included in their blessing.  We are grafted in to their vine, supported by their root, and this is meant to keep us gentiles in a place of humility and service, but alas, we have made up a story about our $100 bill and at this point we have begun to believe our own lie, and the result is arrogance that stinks to high heaven!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Frustrated Instead of Prostrated

Sharing some thoughts that my wife received.
It is not our job to put people down for how they are not measuring up or abjectly failing.
It is our job undergird and lift them us so that they can be what they need to be in the body. 
This is the posture of humility.  This is what we see the suffering Messiah doing, coming down to help those who cannot help themselves.

Forgive us Lord, for the times when we vented instead of lamented.

Forgive us Lord, for the times when we are frustrated instead of prostrated.

Cause us Lord to Selah, and to truly consider You and what You would have us to do in every situation.  

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Humility or Error

Psalm 62:2 "God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe and the fortress where I am secure." (CEV)
Pride is the most subtle enemy that we have.
It is patently ridiculous to think that you are immune to its wiles.
Loudly protesting that God alone is directing your life while choosing to ignore, down play, or even ridicule, a humbly presented caution against continuing in the path that you are on, is pride.
The faithfulness of God to His imperishable seed will bring destruction to the works of pride, but at what cost?

When giving a teaching on a certain understanding of scripture, I first seek out all the sections of scripture that seem to contradict or under cut what I feel I am being led to share.  It is the opposing view, the scriptures that don't seem to agree, that often bring me around to the truth.

We need each other.  
God totally designed the Body that way.  The voice of caution, the voice that says, "Let's put this on hold and pray about it." is a royal pain in the ass.  I've already talked to, bought, made the announcement, put it out there...pulling it all back now will make it look like I was running ahead of God and His will.

EXACTLY!  Humility would have us be open to that possibility.

And one of the only reasons you would totally ignore the word of caution is pride.

Later on in this beautiful song, verse 9 reminds us that we are all truly a vapor or actually lighter than a breath.  Anything that puffs us up to think of ourselves more highly than that is a lie.  Then verse 10 has the strange warning that we are not to be trusting in violence, oppression, robbery or wealth, wait a minute, why do we need that warning?  Because pride is so stinking subtle.  The dove is a bird that is easily scared away, when we push forward despite the humble warning not to, we are headed for a merciful destruction, brought about 100% by covenant love.  Oppression occurs when one assumes the position of authority and then runs things in a way that does not benefit those who are subject to that authority.  

Oh Father, have mercy and save us from such error.

Robbery is mentioned, because the Lamb will not resist those who run ahead of His leading and steal His glory.  He is in a state of rest, secure in His ability to redeem and gather back, but at what cost?

Wealth is the last of the subtle devices that this portion of scriptures warns us about.  How much can we take away from having the financial doors wide open to make a thing happen?

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

The warning is simple about riches, do not set your heart upon them.  The god of this world is 100% capable of providing 100% of the funds pride needs to do its thing!

Humility is our utmost need, and the body is one of the means to that end.  Mercy, Lord! 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Those who are empowered by the life of the Lamb reflect His nature

Laura and I discussing how the servant of the Lord is to bring forth the word of the Lord.  It is to be presented with an open hand as a word for consideration since we are all aware of our humanness.  It can be posed as more of a question than a proclamation.  (Of course there are times for proclaiming, but they are far more rare than we make them to be.)


The word could be rejected simply because the presentation of it is from a place of arrogance and pride. 


I always wonder about tone of voice in scripture, knowing that Jeremiah had the heart of God and wept for the people he spoke to, I tend to think the voice is gentle that says, "you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”



God's wisdom is diplayed in one who is broken by the word of the Lord.


Humility that receives the word of the Lord even though it means a change in plans or a great inconvenience is a God-given key to growing into the likeness of the Lamb.


James 3:17 "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy." The King James says, easily entreated, in place of compliant, it is a gentle way of living, of being willing to yield to the voice of the Lord. It is a true and beautiful safe guard placed within the Body if only we will have ears to hear.

  Even when a truth is being proclaimed there will be a sense of brokeness on the part of the one doing the proclaiming. The message is presented as a part of the over all picture/perspective of God, it is given with an open hand, not delivered in a way that implies "I am the sole possessor of this and you need to come to my side."

  Matthew 21:44, "And the one having fallen on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." Isaiah 8:14,15 "Then He shall become a sanctuary; But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Isaiah 8:15 "Many will stumble over them, Then they will fall and be broken; They will even be snared and caught."

But what if one does not receive the word of the prophet?  They miss out on the prophet's reward, but from the perspective of God they could still be right in the center of His will and their life could be being used as a demonstration of the cost and effects of the stiff-neck response. 

This should give us pause and press us into the mercy of God, a living sacrifice is on this earth to give glory to God.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Broken First, Truth Second

I guess every post from now on will be a combination of Laura and I, this one sure is.


Listening to a teaching recently and it was clearly a repeating of things that the speaker had heard, but he wasn't really just reading the text of the Bible and letting the Spirit speak to him.  Things were spoken that were wrong, just plain, not the truth.  The blind was leading the blind, and my thoughts were along the line of, what is my responsibility here.  I am a teacher, these passages contain key truths that are being missed and or twisted.  I was feeling that I needed to address these things directly with the person and then the wisdom of Laura entered into the situation.


I needed to come to a place of brokenness and even weeping over the person, and only then would I be released to speak a word to them. 


Love is not just correcting, it is lamenting and identifying with your brother or sister.  I get it now.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Why do I pick bad boys? Part 2

Further listening to my wife, brings further insight into the heart of God.


The main concern of the heart of God is the heart of His people.
He knows the things that are driving you into the arms of bad boys and His
main concern is for healing the heart that is being driven to make these choices.


It is so important to see His heart for you accurately. 


He is not condemning you
for these choices,


He is broken with you and coming to you with healing and insight
to help you turn your life around.


At no time is God saying, "Straighten up and then I will love you."
His love, His healing, His acceptance and understanding is the safe place
from which we can begin to experience the healing that will eventually allow
a person to walk away from hurt-filled relationships, with peace, deep
God-given peace that harbors no bitterness.  It is possible, only in the Messiah, who
said, "Father forgive them, they know not what they do."



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Why Do I Pick Bad Boys?

Wisdom and insight from the woman I love.


Is this a key to the mystery of why some women pick bad boys over and over?


Is there a tape playing in your head that says, "You are worthless, no good,
you don't deserve a good guy."?


When you meet a guy who shows you love and kindness and values you, it
seems they are an idiot, because if they knew the real you , they would know
you have no value.  Then when a bad boy comes along and treats you like
dirt, he is in total alignment with the way you view yourself.


Is it possible also that in seeing a dad at times show love, but at times be
filled with hatred and physically abusive, a decision is made deep inside, "I
can't trust someone who says they love me." ?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

But Doesn't He Need My Help?

I am done trying
I am done striving
Dead people
I want to see and be
Dead people
God works through
Dead people
Be
Dead people

Friday, March 23, 2018

All I have ever shown to you is mercy!

Went for a long walk with the dog on Friday, seeking for direction and a specific answer.
2 hours and 57  minutes later the dog and I returned, no direction, no specific answer, but
with this golden nugget from the heart of God...

I felt He said to me...

All I have ever shown to you is mercy!

Praise God, I stopped, wrote it down and felt the overwhelming beauty of that truth.
Oh to let that merciful life flow through me to others!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

YOU!

TEACH US
SHOW US
MAKE US
INTO A PEOPLE
WHO ARE
MOMENT
BY MOMENT
DEPENDENT
ON
YOU!!

(all of our pride lying in the dust)
(everything that is in us that is
depending on self, that believes
there is even a millionth of a millionth
of a fraction of a part of me that is good
MAKE IT gone)
(the prince of this world comes... he has
nothing in Me, the Father is my life,
my strength, my all)
(everything that God is doing in my life
is a loving, jealous effort to root out of me
anything that acts independently of His
moment by moment life, love, and power)
(everything that happens is an effort on His
part to break me of the mindset that, right at
this moment, "I got this.")
(God's life, which includes His wisdom,
peace, hope, love, and power is what His
death on the cross has made available to us)
(The cost is simple, be a moment by moment
living sacrifice, be dead!)
(be dead to your own life, peace, hope, love
or power, just simply be dead)
(the more dead you are, the more in Messiah
you are)
(simple)
(that simple)

"Who is blind but My servant,
Or deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is blind as he who is perfect,
And blind as the Lord’s servant?"
Isaiah 42:19

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Behold and Be Held... and then

After almost 18 years of training I am receiving the grace to listen and care for the hearts that are around me.  One of those precious hearts is often granted great insight into the heart of God.  She probably always was but now I am listening.
"Behold and be held"
That is what she said today and one day I would like us to be working on a blog together, but until that day this will have to suffice.
Behold - this is actually the scriptural way that a heart is transformed.  "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.." 2 Corinthians 3:18

Grace and mercy drag us to a place of having our eyes opened to the terrible beauty of the cross and His love displayed, and a work begins in our heart...Behold

...and be held.  We live in a fallen world and the sins of the fathers are passed down, but the God who is love can enter our world in every area where sin has left us broken, we can show Him that bruise, that boo-boo, and His kiss can make it better..

and then ... when we have been transformed by beholding

when we have been healed by being held

then we can enter into the fray of the world, behind enemy lines, as a living sacrifice, secure in a place of rest and trust in the total salvation (Yeshuwah) of God that cannot be shaken.

Daniel 9 is our guide, Jeremiah is our living example, allow the beautiful humility that went down into the waters of John the Baptist's baptism in the Jordan river, allow that kind of overwhelming humility to turn your prideful, arrogant, stinking to high heaven, "they" into a gentle, peaceful, restful, shaom-filled, "we".  We cry out for their forgiveness because it is our forgiveness.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Simplicity Removes All Boasting

Iron sharpens iron... these thoughts proceed from a long talk with a friend yesterday.
"But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ."  (NASB) 2 Corin. 11:3  

"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."  (Webster's Bible) 2 Corin. 11:3

The NASB translation is honest with you, it puts "of devotion" in italics to indicate to you that those words are not in the original words that Paul by the Holy Spirit wrote to the believers in Corinth. They added those words to make the sentence flow better, but in doing so (IMO) they perpetuated some of the serpents subtle, deceiving ways.

Read the NASB again slowly.  By adding "of devotion" isn't there a subtle twist putting the emphasis on something that you are doing?

Read the Webster's again slowly.  The Messiah is the simplicity of where our minds dwell.  He has completed all the works, we dwell in a place of fullness, and rest and trust in Him.  When we dwell there we are free from the serpent's lies that God is with holding love from us.  Satan says, "God doesn't want you DOING this because He knows how great it will make you."  The flip side of that subtle lie is, your devotion to Christ is paramount, No, no, no, a thousand times no!  From a place of resting and trusting in the Son's devotion to the Father - we LIVE!  That is a truly unshakeable place, that is a place of rest from striving, that is a place of simplicity.  It's Him, It's Him, It's Him!!
THE SIMPLICITY AND PURITY IS IN CHRIST, IN THE MESSIAH!  The simplicity and purity is not in our devotion to Christ, that puts the emphasis back on us and what we are doing, that is subtle.
This is not just semantics, this is life and death.  I pray that the eyes of our hearts are open to the truth. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

To Display You Are Worthy of Our Trust

This article,  https://www.faimission.org/articles/bound-by-will     prompted these thoughts.  It is one of the best little essays I have ever read, and well worth your time.
If you stop here and pray and then read Ephesians chapter 3, you will get the most out of our time together.
Verse 1 Paul's life does not center on Paul it is given over fully to the Messiah and the Messiah has chosen to use it up entirely for the sake of the Gentiles.
Verse 2 Grace 100% grace, not Paul's ...anything...is the driving force behind this human being, this animated flesh.
Verse 3,4 and 5, we need to refer to what Paul wrote about the mystery of the Messiah, or we will lose what he is saying.  Reviewing sections in Colossians where he uses that same wording it is the amazing revelation that the Messiah is in the believer and is the believers, life, hope, faith, his all in all.
Verse 6 This blessing of grace, this life of the Messiah of the Jews has been extended and given to the Gentiles, the gospel is the ever expanding kingdom realized through one life at a time being given over to the loving Lordship of the living God.
Verse 7,8 God's grace flowing in power through Paul is calling out to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of the Messiah are yours too! 
Verse 9 The unveiling of this part of God's plan, is also the unveiling of a gathering, whose life and mission and high calling is to restore the Father to His firstborn son, Israel.  The Messiah lived and died so that others could be re-gathered, forgiven, healed.  The unveiling of this gathering around the Messiah, is the unveiling of a corporate people who live and die so that others can be re-gathered, forgiven, and healed, to the Jew first and then to the Gentile.  This humble people recognize that their root is not in themselves but in the lineage of the chosen people, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  (The whole train jumped off the rails when it began to think it was the end purpose and goal of God, when it forgot that the heart of God reached back thousands of years with promises and faithfulness, when it chose to use God for its own glory, instead of be used by Him for His glory.)  This unveiling of a never before seen aspect of Messiah's community is still His community, formed in His image, with the cross at the center and the laying down of one's life for the other as the pillar.  His chosen people were called to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth, the Gentiles.  Paul's calling is to tell the Gentiles they are being blessed with the life of the Messiah to be willing to live and die as He did...
Verse 10-11 SO THAT this newly unveiled mystery, would reveal a people who are enlivened to manifest the wisdom of God which is to lay down His life willingly, lovingly, wholeheartedly, for the rescue, the salvation of the "other." 
Verse 12 Through Yeshuah, we ask to be made like Yeshuah.
Verse 13  Paul's life filled with tribulation wasn't a cause for those who looked to him for leadership and guidance to lose heart, quite the contrary, it was a living example of the willingness to suffer whatever down here for the good of those you are called to witness to.
Verse 14,15,16  The Father has a family and through the Messiah of Israel, the God of Israel has been given to us, His life is the power in us to lay down our lives willingly, lovingly, wholeheartedly. This kind of a life is a manifestation of the wisdom of God to the principalities and powers.  Humility connects us to the life of God because His life is humble.  Pride separates us from God, because His life has nothing to do with pride.  Grasping and striving and working to "I will make myself like the Most High." is a dead end.  "I have come to do Your will." is the path of life, is the wisdom of God.
Verses 17,18,19  We need His strength, to even be able to receive the completely overwhelming revelation of His love, a love that is 4 dimensional beyond our ability to even grasp a teeny-tiny particle of it.  "Filled up to all the fullness of God"  I am not so stupid as to even try to make a one word comment on that statement.
Verse 20,21 His power working in us accomplishing His glory in His community through individual laid down lives, that unite in Him for a corporate laid down life of humility.  WOW.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Truth in Love

So I learned yesterday that it is possible to be speaking true scriptures and true scriptural principles and for it to be bringing nothing but death to the person you are talking to.
Totally unintentionally I brought shame and condemnation by sharing what had brought life and help to me, but the timing and the willingness to hear and care for the heart of the other person was absent.
The true words piled up shame and self-hatred, because they were delivered apart from love.
It is costly to love, to endure as one who hopes in what is not seen, to take the time to care for, and hear and accept the heart of another person.
The journey continues.
Heard this quote today from a woman identified with the Sikh faith, "What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?"
The journey continues with hope for the reality of loving my wife as the Messiah loves His Community.  Oh God, let it be so!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Did Jesus Really Teach A Lot About Money?

Here is a deceptive paragraph..."Jesus talked much about money. Sixteen of the thirty-eight parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions. In the Gospels, an amazing one out of ten verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of money. The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions."  
http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/1996/december/410.html

Luke 16:13 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Seems pretty straightforward, no real reason to have 287 more verses, that one pretty much sums it up, so let us consider some of the other verses.

The unrighteous steward parable, is that really about money?  (Luke 16)Nope, turns out this guy was forfeiting his commission, giving a discount to his bosses debtors, so that they would be friends with him later, but the point of the story has nothing to do with money except to see money as something that has no lasting importance and should instead be used like everything else in our lives to work toward the Kingdom of God. 

Jehovah Jireh, God will provide, (not "my" provider although that rhymes and is cool, we are not the center of the universe).  What was provided by Jehovah had NOTHING to do with money, the ram of sacrifice/worship to be slain in place of Isaac.  No money was provided or transacted that day, NONE!

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)  What is the context, mercy, forgiveness and compassion, sorry, no money to see here!

Tithe, investigate this on your own.  Is it agricultural in nature, did it mainly have to do with the haves providing for the have nots?  I'll let you decide.  There was a temple tax, but since there is no temple now, that kind of eliminates the need for that.

Treasure hidden in a field (Matthew 13:44) the focus is not on money but on the willingness to give all for the greater treasure...Him!

A wise servant being put in charge of the house (Matt. 24:45) is about faithfulness to the master's instructions.  Using your God given gifts for His glory is the parable of the talents, money isn't the focus, it is the vehicle to make the larger point.

That's enough, it is IMO very deceptive to make it seem like Jesus wanted to teach about money because of how important He knew it was.  


Monday, January 29, 2018

No better than our fathers

(google translated from the Swedish, so there are some parts that will slow you down, but this was written by the heart of God through Fredrik Stafsen and is too good not to post here word for word with my little thought added at the end.)

Warning for ignorance and bravado
Just three years before his death, Reformation and protestantism founder, Martin Luther, wrote an anti-Semitic thesis entitled, "about the Jews and their lies" in which he in a despicable reasoning sums up like this:
" dear princes and virtuous who have Jews in their close surroundings, if this my advice does not suit you, find a better one so that we all are freed from this intolerable devilish burden - the Jews... next after the devil, the Christian no more bitter and annoying Enemy than the jew ".
Most Christians who read Luther's words for the first time are shocked, but tragically, Luther was far from alone among the famous Christian leaders in his hatred and in his blasphemy of the Jewish people. As we should see, his attitude was actually quite common among Christians through the vast majority of kyrkohistorien.
Even more tragic, close to five hundred years after Luther's terrible writing, Adolf Hitler was heavily dependent on this as a base for his own final solution to the judeproblemet, resulting in two-thirds of the death of Europe's nine million Jews.
How did this happen? How was christendom whose followers meant to follow a Jewish Messiah a religion of religion which followed the Jewish people wherever there was? How did the Christians who claim to worship the God of Israel come to hate the children of Israel so deeply, so passionate and so relentless? Why do you hate Zion?
In order to answer that question, we must get to Paul's words in the th chapter of the treaty of Lisbon. We need to read and bring in his serious warning, a warning specifically meant for the hednatroende. Paul warned them of a arrogansens posture, a the related to the chosen people. He reminded his readers of Israel's irreversible vocation, of God's choice of the Jewish people as his peculiar, regardless of their unbelief. He also warned the hednatroende to be indifferent and ignorant in relation to the secret of Israel's election and its path to salvation to förstockelsens "too high thoughts of himself" would not get attached. Paul invites us to live in fear instead of pride.
" if firstfruit is sacred, the whole dough is sacred. And if the root is sacred, the branches are also sacred. But if some of the branches have been broken away, and you who are a wild olive branch have been inympad among them, and have been given part of the nutritious root of the true olive, then do not cross the branches. If you himself, you should know that it is not you who carries the root but the root that carries you.
Now you may object, " the branches were cut away for me to be grafted." that's right, they were broken away because of unbelief, but you're still through faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. Because If God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
See here God's goodness and rigour: Rigour against those who fell, God's kindness to you if you remain in his goodness. If you don't, you'll be cut too. But even the others will be grafted in if they do not remain in their unbelief, because God has the power to put them back in. Because if you were cut from vildoliven that you of nature belonged to and against nature inympad in a true olive tree, how much easier should the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?
Brothers, I want you to know this secret so that you do not think too much of yourselves: the förhärdelse have struck part of Israel, and it shall remain until the Gentiles have come in full.
Rome 11:16-26
This God's firm word forces us to deeply contemplate what the gospel looks like to which our assemblies have been fed for a long time. One could say this: a failure to humbly contemplate and bring in the secret of Israel and the assembly, the secret of Israel's election, despite their unbelief, may well lead to the hednatroende ' cut off ' from the God of Israel. The Greek word which Paul uses and which the Swedish translators translate to daughters or cut off, "Ekkoptó" was also used by John The Baptist when he warned those who on false grounds came to him to name himself:
" the axe is already put to the root of the trees. Every tree that does not carry good fruit is chopped away and thrown into the fire."
Matt 3:10
Paul and John were not alone with such a stern warning, the Lord himself uses exactly the same language in his call:
" every tree that does not carry good fruit is chopped away and thrown into the fire."
Matt 7:19
If today, 2000 years later, we take into account Paul's warning and compare it with what reality looks like, this terrible reality is taking hold of us. We take an honest think and look at the Christian Assembly through its history and until this day we see that the vast majority of believers, to the extreme, have missed the consideration of Paul's warning. The vast majority of the assembly, through all its ranks, has fallen headlong into the ideas of the felvridna and into the arrogance of a tyrant and a tyrant in relation to the Israel of Israel. It is horrific how quickly you have forgotten the promises of God and the continuing role of the Jewish people in his great återlösningsplan.
The result of this will be a pictures hednaförsamling, a people which, through the gospel of peace, would be prepared to be prepared for the service of the new covenant, but which is now blindly in relation to the scripture's
Enemies of Zion
Fiendskapens mind does everything to find benefits for own cause, it reads the word with självupphöjandets glasses who reject the sacrifice that pleases God.
Unjust Rov and contempt of Zion
To attribute to the heathen as the primary beneficiaries of the promise of a new covenant, despite the fact that this great promise of clarity applies to the Jewish people, must be regarded as unjust plunder and a violation of God's covenant.
When Hednaförsamlingen rejects the secret of the Jewish people, both in terms of the role of the Jewish people and their own role, they stand together with the ruler of the reign of the air and take the spoils of death, which ultimately means that in their hatred of Zion you will be there with shame
The Lord loves the right and hates this unjust rov. He will give the Jewish people their reward, and make an everlasting covenant with them, and let the mourners of Zion be given the, instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of grief.
The Lord promises that the Jewish people will double again for their shame, for the unjust plunder committed against them. The Lord also promises that all those who show their hatred of Zion in this way will come to shame and return.
Jer 31:31-34, and 11:32, Jes 61:7-8, Rom 11:16-25, Efe 2:2, PS 129, Jes 61:3.
The mind that takes the covenant and the summons that the Lord has made to the Jewish people mobilize against Zion and says, "let her be and and let our eyes look with lust for her", but the Lord promises Israel childbirth from the hand of her enemies. .
Friend 4:10-11, 2 don't 19:6
What is this contempt for the Jewish people, against their covenant, against the Lord and Zion of the covenant?
Why do you hate God's abode, his place for rest and for his reign? Why do you hate it what salvation comes from?
Why do you want to take the covenant of the chosen?
Why do you take over the Lord's pride?
Ps 46:5, PS 129:5, thing 2:8, PS 46, Rome 11:16-24
Looking for his own
Learning right and righteousness is not liked by the spirit of the spirit, which is cramping up in its too high thoughts of itself.
The mind of this arrogansens himself wants the attention which God gives Zion, wants himself to flaunt his own house, always seeking his, not the cause of Jesus Christ, and will therefore always hate Zion.
Ps 132:13, thing 3:2, Rome 11:25, hag 1:9, Rome 2:8, 1 cows 10:24, file 2:21.
A living victim of the Lord's cause
The reborn heart seeks the cause of the Lord, does not seek the place of others in too high thoughts of himself. This new heart offer himself as a living victim in favour of the salvation of Israel, in the sacrifice as servants of a new covenant and its chosen people, extending, as a merciful vessel, salvation mercy for a time of need for Jacob.
The Tjänarskap of the new covenant brings together with the Lord, the footprints of the glädjebudets, and the testimony of the kingdom, which eventually awakens the faith and envy of the Jewish people This tjänarsinne is preparing these days on the victim, which in the days of need is determined to bring the Jewish people's feet into the path of peace.
Fil 2:21, Rom 11:25, Rom 12:1, Rom 11:15, 2 Kor 3:6, Rom 9:23, Rom 11:30-31, Rom 10:14-15, Rom 11:11, Luk 1:79
" Brothers, I want you to know this secret, so that you do not have too much thoughts about yourselves
Rome 11:25
" so shall Israel say... to all those who pass by..."
" great distress they have caused me from my youth.
Yet they were not too strong. On my back, the ridges have plowed and pulled long furrows. But the Lord is righteous, he has cut off the bonds of the wicked. They will come to shame and return,
Anyone who hates Zion. They shall be like grass on the roofs that wither before it grows up. No Reaper fills his hand with it, no one kärvbindare his arms. Those who pass do not say, " the blessing of the Lord may come upon you!
We bless you in the name of the lord."
PS 129
But the mind which, through the new heart, wanders through the heart of the earth comes from power to power and comes before God in Zion.
Ps 84:7-8
But, Israel will also say
" if the Lord had not been with us when people stood up against us, they would have devoured us alive when their wrath was kindled against us, then the waters had drowned us, the power washed upon us, and the mighty waters would be washed over. US. Praise be to the Lord who did not cause us to prey on their teeth. Our soul got away like a bird from the snare of the noose, the noose broke and we got away. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who has made heaven and earth."
PS 124
Beware of this you who call you a Christian.
No better than our fathers applies here

1 Kings 19:4 “But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper-tree: and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough; now, O Jehovah, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Covetous

Covetous defined-To be covetous of something is to want it and to be a little jealous of anyone who has it. The advertising industry's goal is to make you covetous of the things that other people have — that way, you'll buy them.

Psalm 10 brought me here.  "The covetous whom the Lord abhorreth"  and in another place (Eph. 5:5) covetousness is called idolatry.

So the Lord abhors it and it is idolatry, seems like we better be aware of this snare that advertising is spending billions of dollars to fan the flame of in our lives.  

This is not a call to be a monk and cut yourself off physically from stuff, the Lord is out to change our hearts and our actions and does not want one without the other inspite of the tragic misunderstanding of "by faith alone" sola fide is dangerous because God is looking for fruit, His fruit, flowing from the power of His life in us, to Him be all the glory for the fruit, but nevertheless, He is looking for His fruit and the proper words will not suffice.

The words of Ephesians are key, has what you want, replaced your faith and trust in God to give you what you need day by day?  Are your plans so important to you that if they are wrecked, you are wrecked, or do you simply look up and by faith say, "What now Papa?"  "How are you going to make this work out for Your glory?  How will this be used to make me more like Your Son?"

So Lord, "give us this day our daily bread" we trust You, You are our Good Shepherd.  I rest, I trust, it is You that I want. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Single-eyed Purpose of God Almighty

We wrestle not against flesh and blood.  
We want to see all come to the knowledge of the mercy of God.  
Satan has infiltrated into the teaching and mind of so many followers of God.
Oh God we are poor and needy, restore the love of truth.  
Prepare the soil and plant the imperishable seed.

My simple question would be, "What is the purpose/goal of God in His dealings with man?"

The only true, ultimate answer is, "The glory of God."  We are on the potter's wheel to be transformed 
into the image of Yeshua.  

This one question destroys, pre-trib, preterism, and prosperity (the 3 horrible p's) all in one cut.