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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Preterism Roots

"Preterism is a Christian eschatological view that interprets some or all prophecies of the Bible as events which have already happened. This school of thought interprets the Book of Daniel as referring to events that happened from the 7th century BC until the first century AD, while seeing the prophecies of Revelation as events that happened in the first century AD. Preterism holds that Ancient Israel finds its continuation or fulfillment in the Christian church at the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70."  Wikipedia

Preterism is gentile envy of God's choosing of Israel. 

 It is rebellion against His covenant faithfulness.

It paints a picture of a God who is weak and unable to keep His promises.
It calls into question the ultimate faithfulness of Israel's Messiah to fulfill the prophecies associated with His calling.

It refuses the God ordained position of Ham and Japheth, which is to serve the chosen people and bow to enter the tent of the chosen people. 

It reeks of the very arrogance that Paul warned about in Romans 11.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Boast No More

1 Corinthians 4:7  "After all, what makes you so special? What do you have that you didn’t receive as a gift? And if in fact it was a gift, why do you boast as if it weren’t?"

This scripture was brought to my mind a couple days ago.  It is so easy to fall into a terrible place where you begin to feel that your "goodness" elevates you above another.

Then, by the grace of God, mercy reminds you that it was mercy that gave you a loving mother, and a stable up-bringing, with clear moral boundaries.  Mercy only mercy.  Each time you can hold your tongue, or reach down to help someone is a result of the mercy you received.

When you see other people struggling to get through life, the proper response is, "Lord please show them the same mercy you lavished on me."

Boasting comes out in many forms, grumbling about a co-worker, being exasperated over another person's behavior, mocking, etc.  Each one is a sin, a stench in the nostrils of the Holy God, who extends mercy to your heart.  Repent and be grateful.

Monday, September 17, 2018

AA and NA Wisdom from Above

Step One We admitted we were powerless....

And so starts the AA and NA way to breaking the power of addiction.

They obtained this wisdom from above, because this
is the beginning of our being drawn to the Messiah.

More and more I am convinced that, "I got this." may be
the three most useless words in the English language.

The first step in healing, in repentance and rest is,
"I definitely do not have this, in fact I am powerless."

Truth be told, this first step continues as the underlying
theme through all the other steps, we are powerless all the
way out to step 12 carrying the message.

Being brought to a place where the reality of the lack of power
that you possess is made very real to you is ultimate mercy
from the heart of God.

Let's live and rest and trust in the God of Step One today.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Long Leash on a Powerful Spring

Some of my best lessons are learned while walking dog(s).

We have a puppy, I take him for walks and his leash is
fairly short, he has bitten it and chewed on it and spent the
vast majority of some walks, fighting against that leash.

My wife had mercy on him and tied a long rope to the leash
giving him more freedom, but he still got tugged on quite
frequently, just because he is a puppy and everything he
explores requires it be done at 110% of his top speed.
He has 4 legs but I have often seen him fall head over
heels as he somehow outruns his legs.

So on this walk, we came to a place where I could let the
old dog, off of his leash that is at least  a 10 foot spring
loaded, very nice contraption.  So now in a moment of
wisdom and mercy I added this 10 foot to the already
longer than he was used to leash, and that little puppy
forgot about the leash, he could run and rip and tear and
never be pulled back, the leash was still there but it was

I usually go with "yes and yes" when asked about
free will and the sovereign predestination of God, just
because God is outside of time entirely so even the "pre"
in predestination proves we are too limited to discuss
the matter, but the puppy gave me a pretty satisfying conclusion

I don't really want total freedom.  (Sorry after 57 years on
this planet, free will no longer has the attraction for me that
it once did.)  What I want is a long leash, with a powerful
spring loaded component that is in the hands of infinite
Love and Mercy and Wisdom.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Love Closer

The faithfulness of God is indeed a two-edged sword.

When you fall, His mercy is the Way back, but there
are consequences that are meant to be the incentive
to pursue the Way.

So, say, I allow words to be spoken by my tongue, or not spoken,
when words should have been spoken... basically, my tongue
gets ruled by self and not the Way.

To protect me from the repercussions of those actions, would
appear to be mercy, but what if real mercy is letting me see
and live with the horrible results of the failure as a reminder
to stay in the place of abiding, and be under the control of
the Way.

Love Closer.  Love that will not let there be any distance,
between the action and the consequences, because the longer
the consequences take to arrive the more disconnected they
are from the events that caused them.  So true mercy allows
the consequences to descend rapidly and stay around for a long
time, because true mercy is looking for true repentance and
true change.

This is only good news, if the glory of God is the ultimate goal.

Isaiah 2:17 "So human pride will be brought low,
and the loftiness of men will be humbled;
the Lord alone will be exalted on that day."

Saturday, September 1, 2018

the veil

Grateful for anything that pulls back the veil to reveal that only one thing matters.

Hope in God

So much of what we do and busy ourselves with down here is painfully temporary and unimportant.

Love, His Love, that brings and renews His life in us.  Resting and trusting in that.

Hope in God

Psalm good

For the leader. A maskil of the descendants of Korach:
(1) Just as a deer longs for running streams,
God, I long for you.
(2) I am thirsty for God, for the living God!
When can I come and appear before God?
(3) My tears are my food, day and night,
while all day people ask me, “Where is your God?”
(4) I recall, as my feelings well up within me,
how I’d go with the crowd to the house of God,
with sounds of joy and praise from the throngs
observing the festival.
(5) My soul, why are you so downcast?
Why are you groaning inside me?
Hope in God, since I will praise him again
for the salvation that comes from his presence.
(6) My God, when I feel so downcast,
I remind myself of you
from the land of Yarden, from the peaks of Hermon,
from the hill Mizar.
(7) Deep is calling to deep
at the thunder of your waterfalls;
all your surging rapids and waves
are sweeping over me.
(8) By day Adonai commands his grace,
and at night his song is with me
as a prayer to the God of my life.
10 (9) I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
under pressure by the enemy?
11 (10) My adversaries’ taunts make me feel
as if my bones were crushed,
as they ask me all day long,
‘Where is your God?’ ”
12 (11) My soul, why are you so downcast?
Why are you groaning inside me?
Hope in God, since I will praise him again
for being my Savior and God.(CJB)