Unless a Seed Falls to the Ground. . .

. . .and dies

Disintegrating Puffball - IMG_0832

Found this puffball near our house and immediately thought of John 12:24.  Before the insides of a puffball turn to spores, the insides are spongy like a marshmallow and the outside’s color is creamy brown.  But a transformation takes place, the insides become spores that spread in the wind — especially when you encounter one this size with the lawn mower!

The wording of John 12:24 is awkward.  Dying is referenced twice — maybe to simply draw our attention to it?

First, in existing “alone”, as the seed falls to the ground and dies; but then, it will bear much fruit should it die.  Jesus was preparing the Disciples of His own death: that His dying would grow fruit.  What a great symbol for the Disciples to connect to later on when Jesus would be “absent in body” from them.  Jesus gave purpose to the next stage for the Disciples to work to bear fruit.

Also there’s a nice symbolism within the imagery of a “seed”.  Seeds are edible, beneficial, very healthy foods.  The Word of God is edible, sustaining, tasting good.

Maybe you have some thoughts?

-Jeff

 

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

60-Years

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!

Jeff

 

 

Illation on Leaders 4

Illation on Leaders 4, December 2017

Consider Paul’s Concepts of our Faith as presented in the Book of 1st Corinthians

I calibrate how the church should define itself by using scripture, prayer, meditation, and study.  In contemplating the roles of leadership in the church, I have been looking for verses in the New Testament Letters, searching for offices, duties, and topics; to gather information and, therefore patterns and inferences that can be gleaned.

Going book by book, 1st Corinthians, alone, amounted to more than 2,000-words. Continue reading “Illation on Leaders 4”

Illation on Leaders 3

Illation on Leaders 3, November 2017

Meditate on the Leadership positions:

Apostle

Prophet

Pastor

Teacher

Evangelist

Leader

Deacon

Elder

Overseer

Shepherd

Bishop

 

Other positions to kick around (not necessarily Biblical):

Counselor – various kinds

Cardinal

Pope

Father

Music Director

Father

Mentor

Illation on Leaders 2

Illation on Leaders 2, November of 2017

Now to negate some of the first post on this topic.

While Leaders are to be servants, God has certainly given Leaders the right to make decisions and give instructions.

Give some thought to:

  • What kinds of decisions are shown in the New Testament texts
  • Is there a strict hierarchy of power
  • How does the Holy Spirit figure in
  • How do we evaluate a person’s leadership skills

Jeff