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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

 

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

Comparison of Faith – Romans 1:17

Comparing Faith can be a good thing

There are different interpretations to the 17th Verse in the 1st Chapter of Romans.  Some expound that examining Faith from a point of beginning to where it concludes shows forth Righteousness.  I am not held to that interpretation.  I like another reading of this verse; one that balances any rendering of Faith to another. Continue reading “Comparison of Faith – Romans 1:17”

Fishing Story, the 2nd

The first part of the story had me wondering just how Pastor would use fishing to impart me with wisdom.

“I figure the depth around 4 or 5 feet.  The water is fairly clear; not much wind or wave.  They’ll get a pretty good look at the lure so I won’t tie on a wire leader.”  You could tell we both began cogitating tactics, because there was a little less communication ping ponging from our bow to stern.

The sun slipped behind the high small thinnest of a cloud.  It did not take us long to be alongside the weeds,  Continue reading “Fishing Story, the 2nd”