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””

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

Love Driving?

It is, sometimes, wearisome, when a church does not accept you for what you are…

Love to drive?  I do:

slow down,

speed up,

turn down the roads I like most,

choose the places I want to visit.

With God along for the ride, we can go it together, forever.  It’s fun.  It’s good.  We go lots of places — both in real life and metaphorically speaki, err, driving. Continue reading “Love Driving?”

the focus of your purpose

Make sure the picture, or rather, the event, you are composing is a reflection of God.

. . . ramble?  yes, this essay rambles. . .   rambling is what life is for. . .   sometimes.  Especially when you want to Focus!  🙂 🙂 🙂

Have a clear purpose when planning.  But make sure your purpose and your end product creates a noticeable view to God, unimpeded by distractions that take us away from Focusing on God:  the glittery objects our eyes are drawn to, salacious endeavors to please our flesh, and, amongst others, self-absorption.

Glittery:  as we look at a scene our eyes are naturally attracted to light, especially lights that are flashing, dancing.  This holds our Focus from seeing the rest of the scene.

Flesh:  our physical body needs to take care and not be allowed to roam off course.

Self-absorption:  it is very easy to place yourself (I need to replace “yourself” with the word “myself”) ahead of someone else and your (my) ideas as more important than your (my) teammate.  We are Friends,

Continue reading “the focus of your purpose”

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