Christians as “One”

Jesus, at the close of ministry, chose to tell His Disciples to be “One”.

The Gospel of John chronicles this, starting with John 13:34, when telling the Disciples to love each other, and continuing to the end of Chapter 17.  Jesus builds His case for Believers to be “One”.  This is possibly the biggest care on Jesus’ mind and heart before his arrest.

In the prayer following teaching the Disciples to be “One”, He emphatically drove His point home (my own description), and petitioned God to undergird His followers to be “One”.

He could have stressed power or knowledge,
love or understanding,
but His chosen emphasis was unity:
That WE = ONE.

But do we give up our individual identities to the ideology of the community?  Do you give up God’s essence within you when you come to the community?  Do I? Continue reading “Christians as “One””

Summer of the Monarchs — Butterfly

Monarch Butterflies has been a theme for us this summer!

These creatures are only one creature in a sea of creatures on this amazing planet.  Spending their Summers eating, growing, cocooning (is that an actual word?), then flying as winged insects resembling something that could not possibly be worthy of flight.  At the end of the Summer their instincts prod them to fly to Mexico and hangout for the winter; to return in the spring and start the process over again!

Yahoo!!!

The details of the close ups reveal some amazing qualities!  Look at the proboscis, hairs on the body behind the head, the silk-like threads on the top of the cocoon.  Cocoon shots are of the same cocoon.

 

For years, I have intentionally let grow some of the Milkweed poking through the Spring grass in the yard, mowing around it because Monarch Butterflies lay their eggs, and the minuscule young caterpillars — they need an immediate, nearby food source — greedily begin eating and growing.  Monarchs are having a difficulties in today’s world and any help contributes to their well-being.  They spend the Summers: hatching, growing, reproducing; repeat.

The 4-stages of growth: egg,  caterpillar (larva), chrysalis (pupa), adult (emerge from chrysalis).

By the way, these great people were at our great county fair with butterflies, plants, butterfly house, and some great information.

http://thebutterflyexperience.net/lifecycle-of-the-butterfly.html

Appreciate a creature God wants us to enjoy. Help out a Monarch Butterfly if you can!

 -Jeff

Unless a Seed Falls to the Ground. . .

. . .and dies

Disintegrating Puffball - IMG_0832

Found this puffball near our house and immediately thought of John 12:24.  Before the insides of a puffball turn to spores, the insides are spongy like a marshmallow and the outside’s color is creamy brown.  But a transformation takes place, the insides become spores that spread in the wind — especially when you encounter one this size with the lawn mower!

The wording of John 12:24 is awkward.  Dying is referenced twice — maybe to simply draw our attention to it?

First, in existing “alone”, as the seed falls to the ground and dies; but then, it will bear much fruit should it die.  Jesus was preparing the Disciples of His own death: that His dying would grow fruit.  What a great symbol for the Disciples to connect to later on when Jesus would be “absent in body” from them.  Jesus gave purpose to the next stage for the Disciples to work to bear fruit.

Also there’s a nice symbolism within the imagery of a “seed”.  Seeds are edible, beneficial, very healthy foods.  The Word of God is edible, sustaining, tasting good.

Maybe you have some thoughts?

-Jeff

 

God Loves

No matter — God Loves

There is nothing anyone could say to me that would convince me God does not Love.

No matter who you are: God Loves you.

The highest ruler
the couch potato
a CEO
a clerk

an old person
an infant

in a boat
walking on land
driving a car
eating green eggs with ham

You
Them
Me
Us

sit and meditate
throng of a violent storm
in the calm
things working out different

playing hard
working late
takin’ it easy
or what you have done

God Loves

Why I want to go to Church

In essence, sitting in a church pew is a means of cultivating a deep-seated life with God; and with the people of God.

I go to church — that building we dedicate as Holy — chasing after God: to know Him better.

To be with other Christians in fellowship with each other.

To know God and be known by Him.

And to the people inside I would both receive and imbue.

-Jeff

Eternal Combustion Engine

It works this way:

God supplies all the necessities

elements – carbon, steel, air, and so on

conditions – laws of physics – compression / expansion, equal and opposite reactions, rotational energy, an object at rest tends to stay eat rest unless acted upon by an outside force

tutelage – training, gifts, insights, knowledge, Wisdom

Jesus is the fuel – the gas that makes it go-o-o-o-o

The Holy Spirit is the engine itself – power, gumption,

 

-Jeff