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Ponder. . .  What is a Church?

“Dynamic” is one response.

This may seem an elementary question, but the views people carry about the cares in their life, in no particular order — faith, family, jobs, friends, hobbies — matter.  We invest in the things we care about with our time, efforts, and money.  We bring energy and ideas to projects.

Obviously, there is more than one answer to this question, “What is a Church . . .?.”  Feel free to elaborate if you desire.  I thoroughly believe Christians should share their ideas and beliefs with one another.  Through my eyes this is what fellowship is mainly about:  Spiritual enlightenment.  Sharing with the faithful creates an environment for exchanging the concepts of our faith that help us to learn new views about our faith and, in so doing, sharpen our ability to share the faith to those who need to know more of God.  What better way to expand your own knowledge of God than to share with those made in God’s own image.  In Genesis, God makes humans in, “Our own image,” — which means you and each of those you worship with are somehow an “image of (the plurality of) God.”

“…this is what fellowship is mainly about: Spiritual enlightenment.”

We receive back in measure to how much we give, or in New Testament terms, “Reap what we sow.”  And as our knowledge increases about a subject we understand it better and tend to be more supportive towards it.  In this instance we are talking about ‘church’ and any of its aspects.  If the question seems awkward, rethink it a little.  Maybe “At church we…”  or “What I like is …”  So write us something…

Jeff

 

Judging . . . Anyone

Judging . . . Anyone
Mark 4:24
Dear Ones –
I note no end to the amount of judging happening in today’s world.  Mark 4:24 declares to us the danger of how we, or ‘I’ process information.  How we receive news, then act upon it will, in turn, give us our, — or give me -my’ — reward.
What if I listen to one side of a story, then another tells their side and the two sides round out the issues quite a bit.  If I act on one opinion only, my reward may not be what I am expecting since I am ignoring qualified opinions pertaining to the issues.
Never forget there is a God who is a God of Justice and Truth.  A God who gives right decisions and teaches us how to do the same.  James, in verse 20 of chapter 1, says righteousness does not show in the works of human origins — we need to learn God’s thoughts.  This follows verse 19 — be eager to listen, then measure your words and your anger.
God knows we will judge issues — but we want to act in His manner.
In Him, Jeff
Consider Matt. 7:1-5, John 7:24 and Luke 6:36-37

Kindle Faith

Say something rational

Now, if I were to Even Kindle 
your Faith — 
how could I say anything rational? 

Except of Love . . .

Love 
rational 
profound 
beautiful 
deep 

Stays with you even if not returned 
God returns Love to you 

Grows 
shapes 
works things out 
gives another chance 

When your time comes to be understood 
Love shown 
brings insight 
and peace

In Him, Jeff

A Christmas Prayer 2020

Greetings, beloved . . .

Christmas Prayer 2020
Greetings, Dearly Beloved.  May you be not overly burdened by life’s cares and worries.  After all, we have a Great Hope and Friend in Heaven — Jesus — sticking beside us on our journey in this world.  A Help for all people who are in need, especially with this illness conveying hardships on so many.  
With God, life is key; not only the hereafter but today: protect yourself.  The deceiver will try to knock you down, only persist in your Faith and devotion to God.  Life matters more than money, so protect youself and those around you against the throws of this world.  Attend to study, prayer, and meditating which will admit light into your mind and peace to your soul, guiding your decisions.
I hope you experience the Joy and Wonder the shepherds felt in the core-of-their-being when finding the Christ Child.  Even the angels marveled!
Jeff

The Good We Need to Hear

A right-placed word for the moment.

Ephesians 4:29

"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear."  NASB

To the people near you  . . . “give grace”.

Although this writing was for a church assembling together, I encourage you to apply this attitude wherever you go.  Better yet — wherever you are; as God calls you to face an emptiness, longing, or sought-after confirmation within our living of this world.

I was extremely tempted to write about giving thanks but since a lot of people will be emphasizing thanksgiving I chose this.  (But do be thankful for what you have.  It always helps).

Be a giver of Grace.  Not to horn-in on a conversation or control it;  which is a great temptation.

Not to make sure you give the last word, having the last gotcha.

Only to bring a right-placed word, if needed.

In these “Covid times” a well-placed word might be wanted and needed.  And you might be the right person to speak that word.

put God’s Kingdom first & have all else

Matthew 6:25-34

25“This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?

26Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Aren’t you worth more than they?

27Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?

28And why do you worry about clothes?  Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread.

29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!

30If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you — you of little faith?

31So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat? ’ or ‘What will we drink? ’ or ‘What will we wear? ’

32For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.

34Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Quote from Jesus, the Christ
Version: Holman Christian Standard Bible

How to make a post without the new block editor.

I could not get the hang of it when attempting the New Block Editor; and when prompted a couple weeks ago as it became the WordPress standard I did click the button to load the old Editor. I proceeded to finish a post previously started and everything went okay, except in initiating a new post, which used the New Editor. Following instructions on WordPress to switch back was clear reading only to find out I needed to upgrade to a business site to be able to use the plug-in. It seemed to take something away, that was free that suited my needs, to having to purchase it because of a forced upgrade. Enough said: This work-around seems to establish use of the Older Editor..

The Word

I have been seeing that other Bloggers do not like using the new WP Block Editor any more than I do. This is the way I have been getting around it. It is very basic as you will see from the picture but it is very easy to use.

When you are on your “My Site” page look at the tabs down the left side. You will see the WP Admin page. I have highlighted it in this picture for you 🙂
Click the “WP Admin” tab and it will take you to this page

If you look down the left side of this page you will see the “Posts” tab. Click that and it will bring you to this page


You will now see it opens up a page that has all of your posts. Posted, scheduled, drafts, etc. Above these is an “Add New” which you can click…

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It is only $$ — Leviticus Economic Policy

Leviticus 25 begins with the Sabbath. Then moves into the year following 7 groups of agricultural’s 7-year cycle (the 50th year) letting the land rest and enacting profound social changes.

Leviticus 25

A year of jubilee!

יוֹבֵל.  A Hebrew word pronounced: Yobel.  A wind instrument— a ram’s horn— is used to ‘wind’ this note.  A “Triumphant Blast” = a “JUBILEE!”  And a WHOLE YEAR of JUBILATION!!!  (Imagine Whoville at Christmas Whobilation. Thanks to Dr. Suess.)

A year of celebration in signifying the lifting of socio-economic inequalities.  God wanted to call attention to how we are to be in company with each other.

Why mention jubilation during a pandemic when people are so afflicted?  Radical ideas are needed in these times.  Could it be time for a complete forgiveness of all debt and a reconciling of all pay scales, including benefits?  I believe God thinks this way of doing business is advantageous for our society in general, pandemic or not. Continue reading “It is only $$ — Leviticus Economic Policy”

Work towards the im-perishable

John 6:27

Jesus makes reference on how important it is to live your life the way God wants us to live.  In this instance some people followed Him after He journeyed overnight to another location.  Jesus perceived their wanting another meal, after all, who would not like a second meal if the first was pleasing and, quite frankly, a bit of a miracle?  He uses the situation as a springboard to highlight the importance of listening to God in our daily life.  Eating is important — we can’t live too well without it.  It’s just that living in the Kingdom is also necessary and healthy for us.

Paul correlates eating and the Kingdom of God in Romans 14:17. The Holy Spirit’s entanglement with righteousness, joy, and peace in his comparison means more than the eating of food.

Take time to truly nourish your soul: build some time with Jesus, set apart some time to pray, listen.  Chew the cud on God’s Word.  Consider Luke 16:13 (and surrounding verses).  You either serve God, or you are tied to the tethers of this world.

for george floyd and all of us

not what i signed up for

this is not what i signed up for
this is not the way it should be
this is not what i voted for

injustice from
those who know justice
maybe they dont

but george
is an awful lot like me
human and divine like you, Lord

i wanted a nation of free peoples
but look at where we are
see what we have become

the spider spread its web over the area
waiting to cull
catching the biggest prey

reminds me of Jesus
pharisees rigging the jury
the ones who decide the fate

this is not to see
this is not to be
my eyes

this time 4 officers
for Jesus
a crowd

each of us with sins to hide
an officer with too much force against blacks
a black who has seen that force

the one who knew the spider’s heart
and could offer the best testimony
against the spider

what IS truth
“it is as you have said”
“i can”t breathe”

innocent of requiring death
not denying power
the power to save or destroy

killed for the fear of enclosed spaces
an officer unable to de-escalate
please, sir, i cant breathe

the gloating over the prey
parading around on display
for all to see

the crown of thorns
mocking
who will save you now

George, the one slain
is a little bit like me
i could interact with authority