The Head of the Church

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The Head of the Church – 2021-9-26

“And He is the head of the body, the church: . . .”
Colossians 1:18a

True Children of the True God,

The leading element for believers — the body of Christ — is Christ.

Paul uses the human body to frame Jesus’ operation within the church.

The body consists of the true believers in Jesus — those who have given their lives to Jesus, and CONTINUE to hear and follow His voice live a life that is “in keeping with repentance” (John the Baptist, Luke 3:8).  Simply sitting in a church pew does not pass as a Christian.

Members of this body have a place and function determined by Christ since He made us, and the entire body is linked to Christ, our Head.

Ponder: “Christ is above all powers and Earthly authority . . .” and, “In Him we live, and move, and have our being”.  (Ephesians 1:18-23 & Acts 17:28)
His Love,
Jeff

Duck Desire

the Desire to meet with God
in prayer
listening
allowing Him to speak
is natural
like a duck’s attraction to water 
it should be instinct 
Desire fulfilling itself 
whether or not to enter the water
is of no concern
but deciding how to get to the water
and jump in

Want to go for a swim?

Remember How Much God Cares for You

Stay aware of God’s Love

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Remember How Much Jesus Loves You
Stay aware of God’s Love for you.
God’s Love is unconditional.
You can mess up and God is still there.  Jesus continues to love.  The Spirit speaks.
You can live at a Spiritual Level of 10% — God loves and supports you.  30 or 40% — God cares for you.  60%, 80%, 90% — God is there.  God cares for you.

Thankful in the Moment

Keep with you the things you are thankful for.

Thankful in the Moment
     Friends, be present in your things you a thankful for.  During this pandemic we have lost a lot, and I am not saying to give thanks for the loss and hurt, but as the pang is upon you, mindfully carry what you are thankful for.  Have it at the ready.
     For whether you hurt (or not) you will find comfort and strength.
     For God gives good things, encouraging and strengthening us in many ways.
     My prayers are with you.  -Jeff

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

Evagrios the Solitary – On Passions and Thoughts #3

The voids inside oneself from social distancing can become a time to deepen your relationship to God.

Evagrios the Solitary, also known as Evagrius of Pontus
Lived 346 – 399CE (disputable) as an early ascetic pioneer
Texts on Discrimination in Respect of Passions and Thoughts
Number 3

Let us stand firm in the fear of God, rigorously practicing the virtues and not giving our conscience cause to stumble. In the fear of God let us keep our attention fixed within ourselves, until our conscience achieves its freedom. Then there will be a union between it [this freedom] and us, and thereafter it will be our guardian, showing us each thing that we must uproot. But if we do not obey our conscience, it will abandon us and we shall fall into the hands of our enemies, who will never let us go. This is what our Lord taught us when He said: ‘Come to an agreement with your adversary quickly while you are with him in the road, lest he hand you over to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer and you are cast into prison (Matt. 5:25). The conscience is called an ‘adversary’ because it opposes us when we wish to carry out the desires of our flesh; and if we do not listen to our conscience, it delivers us into the hands of our enemies.

Continue reading “Evagrios the Solitary – On Passions and Thoughts #3”

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. . .*”

Things of this world

1 Corinthians 7:31

[paraphrasing] This age will pass away but use the things of this world “lightly”, do not put your trust in them but trust God.

Advertising is meant to grab and hold the human attention; and usually works very well. Which is why advertisers continue, endlessly with their ads.

Buy this. Do that. You can’t live without this!  Be happy, spend money.

Amongst many of the ‘worldly pulls,’ Christians are to live ‘apart’ from worldly things — Ideas, religions, philosophies, societal rituals. . .  Holiday traditions, family traditions, and the notion, “When in Rome do as Romans do”. . .  Cars, airplanes, other physical items too numerous to mention.

 

The things of this world help us in our daily living

And teach us realities of Heaven

Of God, and Christ and the Holy Spirit

But they are not Heaven

They are symbols, and are transient

-Jeff