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Evagrios the Solitary – On Passions and Thoughts #10

Evagrios the Solitary, also known as Evagrius of Pontus
Lived 346 – 399CE (questionable) as an early ascetic pioneer
Texts on Discrimination in Respect of Passions and Thoughts
Number 10

Now what am I to say about the demon who makes the soul dull-minded? For I am afraid to write about him: how, at his approach, the soul departs from its own proper state and strips itself of reverence and the fear of God, no longer regarding sin as sin, or wickedness as wickedness; it looks on judgment and the eternal punishment of hell as mere words; it laughs at the fire which causes the earth to tremble; and, while supposedly confessing God, it has no understanding of His commandments. You may beat your breast as such a soul draws near to sin, but it takes no notice. You recite from the Scripture, yet it is wholly indifferent and will not hear. You point out its shame and disgrace among men, and it ignores you, like a pig that closes its eyes and charges through a fence. This demon gets into the soul by way of long-continuing thoughts of self-esteem; and unless ‘those days are shortened, no flesh will be saved’ (Matt. 24:22).

This is one of those demons that seldom approach brethren living in a community. The reason is clear: when people round us fall into misfortune, or are afflicted by illness, or are suffering in prison, or meet sudden death, this demon is driven out; for the soul has only to experience even a little compunction or compassion and the callousness caused by the demon is dissolved. We solitaries lack these things, because we live in the wilderness and sickness is rare among us. It was to banish this demon especially that the Lord enjoined us in the Gospels to call on the sick and visit those in prison. For ‘I was sick,’ He says, ‘and you visited Me'(Matt. 25:36).

 

But you should know this: if an anchorite falls in with this demon, yet does not admit unchaste thoughts or leave his cell out of lack of motivation, this means he has received the patience and self-restraint that come from heaven, and is blessed with good judgement. Those, on the other hand, who profess to practice godliness, yet choose to have dealings with people of the world, should be on their guard against this demon. I feel ashamed to say or write more about him.

 

Italics show my alterings
Translation from the Philokalia
found at:  Holybooks.com

At the Journey’s End We Will be Given Our Due

2 Corinthians 5:10

As our life closes and we see God to His face, we are called to some kind of reckoning for the life we have lived.

Talking on a positive note, as an individual you determine your outcome.  Like college.  At the end of the semester, the professor tallies the points you accrued and assigns the grade you earned.  More effort on your part towards higher test scores equals a higher grade.  Nice going!  Our society emphasizes higher grades.  But, God can see your whole life.  Maybe you did not study as much because the house 2 doors down the block caught fire, and you helped the displaced family the weekend before midterm.  Society looks at the grade; thank God, for seeing “the larger picture”; as well as our hearts.  (I do not imply students shirk good grades — do your best work.  Always try your hardest.)

As implied, this delving is enacted for individuals, not groups.  Each person is evaluated — not nations, cultures, denominations, religions, genders and such.  You are gifted for your credits, not for points earned by a group.

Make “My Monet”

. . .is the pic you made, making, yet to make.

The title could be “Make Your Monet”, but I wanted you to think personally about yourself.

As Monet, amongst the world’s best painters of art from long ago, created masterpieces to capture the world for thought and reflection: inspiration and drive, to spark memories and taunt us to re-order our mental dispositions — make your personal marks, that is brushstrokes, for and with God.

I say for God and with God because your are working to showcase God’s working in you, yet not alone for God has taken up residence in you:

∞ Prods
∞                   Illuminates                                Initiates
∞         Follows                                        Precedes
∞    Guides                                                                           Waits to see
∞                                 Can’t wait to see what you do
∞      Shows His Love                         Undergirds

 

Your “Monet” is how you “paint” God’s “colors”, or influences in your life. Continue reading “Make “My Monet””

The Koinonia Life

Originally posted on Kingdom Pastor:
Well, yesterday we looked the the foundation provide by Jesus that the very first believers embraced. But what good is a foundation unless something is built upon it. Right now I remembering from a previous appointment in a certain community, there was something I saw almost every day. It was…

I thoroughly recommend this post (and others) Pastor Randy has posted.

Kingdom Pastor

Well, yesterday we looked the the foundation provide by Jesus that the very first believers embraced. But what good is a foundation unless something is built upon it. Right now I remembering from a previous appointment in a certain community, there was something I saw almost every day. It was a foundation for a house. What I noticed was that it was overgrown with weeds even saplings were growing up. Someone had started to build a house but got only as far as the foundation.

I don’t know the story or the reason why–but this morning I see a spiritual truth in that image. A foundation becomes worthless unless something–something worthwhile–is built upon it. In looking at the book of Acts–Acts Of The Holy Spirit In Surrendered People–those surrendered people took that foundation and began building. What they built is a far cry from most “churches” today.

Renewal…

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Outside In or Inside Out

Does True Faith come from within?

We (Christians) teach other

We also notice the beauty in nature

shape and texture of the mountains
dirt beneath our feet
people around us
the sun shining — cloud-showers to water the planet)

Parents, family, and educators who ground our life

 

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Yet before the birth of Jesus
God let spill
He would place inside us the capability for humans for saturationintimately know His mind and heart

To “know”
the creator of the universe
designer and protector of Earth
maker of you and me

Jeremiah 31:33 and John 14:16-17a & 26

The Fullness Thereof

 

Earth.  Lord.  Fullness. = Nice.

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Earth
sharing God’s character
reveling in God’s ways
our existence
breath

Continue reading “The Fullness Thereof”

I see ripples of this fullness
weaving through our daily lives. . .

 

Psalm 24: 1  “The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. . .”

אֶרֶץ – Earth (pronounced eh’-rets)
יְהוָֹה – the LORD (Jehovah)
מְלא – Fills, fullness, multitude (Mel-o’)
[The other English words: the, is, and, thereof – are for clarity in the English language.]

 

Earth.  Lord.  Fullness. = Nice.

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Earth
sharing God’s character
reveling in God’s ways
our existence
breath

Continue reading “The Fullness Thereof”

Leaders’ Quad-fecta

4 Aspects of Christian Leadership

This is 133% of a TRI-fecta!

[This post is meant to be juxtaposed with today’s other post, “Obeying Leaders”.]

1st Peter, Chapter 5

These verses in the beginning of 1st Peter, Chapter 5 succinctly contain how to be a good, effective Teacher and Leader in the context of Christian Community.  Let’s list the major points:

  1. Oversight
  2. Willing to Serve
  3. Not Insisting on your own way
  4. Be an Example of the Christian Faith

Continue reading “Leaders’ Quad-fecta”

Obeying Leaders

[This post is meant to be juxtaposed with today’s other post, “Leaders’ Quad-fecta”.]

Hebrews 13:17

1st Corinthians 16:16

Because of the relationship a Christian Leader has with God (Jesus & the Spirit are right-in-there as well) those who are Shepherded are to submit, be submissive, and follow what Leaders say. Continue reading “Obeying Leaders”

In Time, God Comes Through (Christmas Thoughts)

So many times gods are characterized living above this world, detached from it, yet controlling and manipulating people and events; inanimate objects — rocks, mountains, trees, earthquakes here and there; yeah, even the wind, rain, sun, lightning bolts; well, let’s throw in entire planets, gravity, the whole space-time continuum.  After all, a god is a god and can do anything they well please to do.  Can we, PLEASE, have the choice of a god who has a different mindset?

How about a Deity sitting back, assessing the condition of humanity and surmises, “Just as it is difficult to recapture water that is seeping into the ground, after it is poured from a cup: humanity is lost . . . and should be retrievable“.

Retrievable.  Second chance.  Relocating.  New Life.  A better way than what we, humanity, knew before.

Knew before what: Continue reading “In Time, God Comes Through (Christmas Thoughts)”