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)”

On Guarding the Intellect 1

Saint Isaiah the Solitary

The First of 27 Texts

“There is among the passions an anger of the intellect, and this anger is in accordance with nature.
Without anger a man cannot attain purity: he has to feel angry with all that is sown in him by the enemy.
When Job felt this anger he reviled his enemies, calling them ‘dishonorable men of no repute, lacking everything good, whom I would not consider fit to live with the dogs that guard my flocks’ (Job 30:1-4).
He who wishes to acquire the anger that is in accordance with nature must uproot all self-will, until he establishes within himself the state natural to the intellect.” Continue reading “On Guarding the Intellect 1”

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

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