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.

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”

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

Big Lesson from “Little” Jude

Build yourself up.

Jude — Ah-a-al-l-l-l-l-l of it

Jude is tucked away at the close of the New Testament, just in front of Revelation.  When perusing through the Bible don’t blink or you’ll miss it.  It is 1 chapter in length, sincerely compelling us to “contend for our Faith”.  But the word “contend” is used in many translations.  It is defined as an ongoing effort, a struggle — I think upwards or uphill against gravity like climbing a mountain, with thorn bushes and obstacles along the path — towards a goal.  This goal is knowable, defined and is obtainable, reachable.

Jude’s unction for writing is to preserve a genuine Faith, the True Faith.  Giving examples of how God rewards the faithful he then begins a laundry list of worldly ideas.  Sometimes to know what it is we a talking about we take a look at what it is not.  I wish we could do without this but to know the True Faith it is sometimes good to remind ourselves what to stay away from.  This litany seems to drag on but verse 17 turns a corner.

In verse 20 you look to yourself and in prayer in the Holy Spirit you “strengthen” yourself.  Do not turn aside but keep the goal in mind.  Continue to tread towards the summit.

To carry this Faith you must know what the task is.  And use the Faith you already possess.  Could it be you are honing your Faith?  Like a pilot of an airplane flying to a destination making course changes along the way.  At takeoff the heading is established but nudges are needs to stay on course.  The Faith is summed up pretty well in Matthew 5.

Another practical application in these Covid 19 times is to watch yourself and stay healthy.  Watch how often you expose yourself to catching this disease or spread it to others.  I live in New York State and Gov. Cuomo has become the herald for lowering the transmission of Covid.  I applaud this attitude, others do not, which is their right to choose.  But for you: you take responsibility for your health and the health of people around you.

In Him,
Jeff

Covid Outbreak – We’re at War!

Philippians 2: 3-5

Can you see we are at war with the adversary tiny?  The “unseen enemy” is upon us.  Watch our flanks.  No, the enemy is directly ahead.  It’s within our ranks, one of us has succumbed.  What are we to do now.  Don’t let down your guard.

CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!  (Thank you, Professor Moody.)

But, maybe, the true fight is inside ourselves.

To be at peace with myself and God.

Continue reading “Covid Outbreak – We’re at War!”

talk about your social distancing. . .*

“I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life.  I am it.” Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 11

Remember Astronaut Michael Collins on the first moonwalk 50-years ago?  No, I don’t either. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Actually I do.  About every 2-hours Michael Collins, in the Command Module, Columbia, flew over Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong after their descent to the lunar surface in the Lunar Lander, Eagle, and were the astronauts who first walked on the moon.

. . . and one plus God only knows what on this side.  I feel this powerfully — not as fear or loneliness — but as awareness, anticipation, satisfaction, confidence, almost exultation.  I like the feeling.

Let’s backtrack a little.  3-Days earlier the Columbia crew fired their main engine, for TLI, that is Translunar Injection.  This ‘burn’ set their trajectory away from orbiting earth in favor of traveling to the moon.  That is: they pointed the Columbia to travel to where the moon’s position would be 3-days (approximately 40-degrees) ahead of the moon’s present position.  You have to plan ahead, you know.

I have fortunately lived in the space-era, the ‘space race’ — ‘we HAD to beat those Russians’ to the moon, no second choice in the matter!  Amazing what a little ‘friendly competition’ can accomplish.  President Kennedy said in outlining the mission to go to the moon AND RETURN safely, “. . .not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” Continue reading “talk about your social distancing. . .*”