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””
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
an old person
in a boat
walking on land
driving a car
eating green eggs with ham
sit and meditate
throng of a violent storm
in the calm
things working out different
takin’ it easy
or what you have done
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.
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,
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”
Today I turn 60.
Actually, 60 doesn’t bother me. But the idea that a 70th birthday is less than a dozen years away catches my attention.
I see an Earth that belongs to the Lord in all its fullness! I see a God that set the stage — the Universe — in all of its vastness, splendors, wonders, and I know God made us to question and appreciate it. From all of the supernovas and SMBH’s ( that is, Super Massive Black Holes); down to the dirt beneath our feet and our shoes touching blades of grass. And God made a creature, humans, as like to Himself. Male and female to somehow be like God. Having an intelligence and the ability to question why and how things are. Like a child taking apart a toy watches to see what makes it “tick”; adults still seek how and why.
It’s easy to say that God has been there the whole time. Even times I didn’t realize that He was masterfully crafting people and events: molding me, effecting my internal struggles as I was trying to make sense of life. God who cares for people, all of us, but again singly as the one-and-only individual you are. Remember that during the tough times. God loves you!
In my late teens and 20’s I knew the answers needed for life. Then ambling along in my 30’s, I realized I did not even know all the questions. As time goes on you will see and understand more. Each day is a given blessing with events and happenings to help you to grow. Welcome the growth.
I would tell you younger people to follow your dreams. But do not just fly off on your own, but tether your dreams to reality. And find a confidant or two to share with and obtain guidance from their wisdom.
As you grow older share your experiences and “wisdom”. Seek to be a mentor, although it be tougher than you might passively think it would be. Teach, share the wisdom. Then teach it again. Have patience. Humans are trainable, and we need to guide each other.
Have a Merry Christmas however you celebrate it.
It’s fun to think everybody in the whole world gets a gift on my birthday. 🙂 🙂 🙂
(Not because of me, though).
And a great 2018!
It is, sometimes, wearisome, when a church does not accept you for what you are…
Love to drive? I do:
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?”
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”
“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…