. . .and dies
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?
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,
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!
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, November 2017
Meditate on the Leadership positions:
Other positions to kick around (not necessarily Biblical):
Counselor – various kinds
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
Illation on Leaders 1 – October of 2017
I am seeking to review the New Testament verses teaching about Leadership in the church. I have realized my assumptions, however dear they are to me, are not organized enough to begin a detailed writing. In creating space for writing these thoughts, I am critically asking:
“Why? Why do I hold these assumptions?”
Unraveling and sorting them for this blog requires more organization and details. Read through Paul’s letters picking out verses that talked about aspects of Leadership: Titles (Pastor Deacon, etc.) and job descriptions (duties). But I soon captured more tags: a leader’s character, relationships to other people or positions, demeanor.
So I gathered, as I read through each letter, a list of verses bearing a pertinent aspect of leadership. After reviewing a good chunk Continue reading “Illation on Leaders”