Outside In or Inside Out

Does True Faith come from within?

We (Christians) teach other

We also notice the beauty in nature

shape and texture of the mountains
dirt beneath our feet
people around us
the sun shining — cloud-showers to water the planet)

Parents, family, and educators who ground our life

 

saturationintimately

 

 

 

Yet before the birth of Jesus
God let spill
He would place inside us the capability for humans for saturationintimately know His mind and heart

To “know”
the creator of the universe
designer and protector of Earth
maker of you and me

Jeremiah 31:33 and John 14:16-17a & 26

The Fullness Thereof

 

Earth.  Lord.  Fullness. = Nice.

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Earth
sharing God’s character
reveling in God’s ways
our existence
breath

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I see ripples of this fullness
weaving through our daily lives. . .

 

Psalm 24: 1  “The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. . .”

אֶרֶץ – Earth (pronounced eh’-rets)
יְהוָֹה – the LORD (Jehovah)
מְלא – Fills, fullness, multitude (Mel-o’)
[The other English words: the, is, and, thereof – are for clarity in the English language.]

 

Earth.  Lord.  Fullness. = Nice.

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Earth
sharing God’s character
reveling in God’s ways
our existence
breath

Continue reading “The Fullness Thereof”

Leaders’ Quad-fecta

4 Aspects of Christian Leadership

This is 133% of a TRI-fecta!

[This post is meant to be juxtaposed with today’s other post, “Obeying Leaders”.]

1st Peter, Chapter 5

These verses in the beginning of 1st Peter, Chapter 5 succinctly contain how to be a good, effective Teacher and Leader in the context of Christian Community.  Let’s list the major points:

  1. Oversight
  2. Willing to Serve
  3. Not Insisting on your own way
  4. Be an Example of the Christian Faith

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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)”

Using Your Heart to make Music to Jesus

Ephesians 5:19

The true meaning behind this passage has eluded me, and thus, is one of many questions I have for Paul to give more detail on what he really meant.

Creating, making, yes, using your heart to sing to Jesus. . .  I get it.  Sorta.

So, as I am standing in a service singing a praise song and I kinda start my own little harmony, singing in the Spirit (as Paul brings up in 1 Corinthians 14:15) and it sounds pretty good.  (Even the idea of doing this sounds good).  Singing a personal melody for God.  Is this what Paul meant?

What if my lips and vocal cords do not move, thus, literally my heart is making the melody between the Lord and myself — an inaudible personal song.  Is this what Paul was talking about?

Or is it a group thing, like communion, we all participate together at the same time.  As a group we begin to Spiritually sing.  ?

Maybe in the writing process the Spirit would lead those writing the song.  As the theme modulates in weaving melody and words which will one day move worshipers during a service — those words and melody flowing from the heart.  Is this it?  This is the what I strive for as I write a song.

Maybe you have some more ideas?

I am fond of each of these ideas.  I believe in the Spirit leading us as a group or as individuals in ways that show God in His True Light; perpetuating His story, His interactions with human beings.  His way with ALL humans. His way with EACH human.  His way with __________(insert your name here).  His caring for each one of us.  Even if we are not all musicians.

I believe it’s amazing!  Could the answer be a pleasant mix of them all?  Sometimes one way, sometimes another way?

I do wish Paul could clarify a few things.

Maranatha