the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
Saturday, July 30, 2011
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5
Thursday, July 28, 2011
When you encounter another person, what do you see?
o A problem to be fixed?
o A conversation to be endured?
o A statistic?
o Someone to impress?
o A tool?
o Someone to overcome?
o A caricature of party, opinion or color?
o A bot?
o A sale?
o Nothing new?
Guilty, here. Some days, I am so consumed with me that I fail to see you for all the delicious mystery Christ made in you. Forgive me.
Engage Christ in the all too familiar, all too utilitarian, or all too scary today. See what God sees.
Monday, July 25, 2011
What will propel you through today? I'm not taking about Starbucks but I have been known to get a quick start from caffeine.
I'm talking about this. Will you be drawn through the day by a vision greater that you and your surroundings? Or will you be pushed by bad memories?
To many of those I meet, without knowing it, plot (and plod) out their day in reaction to a bad memory. They try to overcome their feelings of inadequacy, loss and fear by frenetically (or sluggishly) trying to prove their past wrong (or giving up and validating the judgment of the past.) This race cannot be won, just endured – day-by-day, forever, unless help is sought. I have needed and sought help to expunge these demons. These day consume us – literally.
Others are drawn by the hope of a better day, of fulfillment of their purpose, and of an adventure. I believe God fuels these days. They may be hard but we are not consumed by them because God supplies the fuel.
Jesus' fuel was the Kingdom of God/Heaven.
What's yours? Ask God for "pull" and give God the "push."
Sunday, July 24, 2011
· A bigger house?
· 523 friends on Facebook?
· A child who is a great athlete?
· A bulging 401k?
· A Beemer?
· An advanced degree?
· A reputation?
· A job (especially a guy thing)
· Great health or looks
· That everyone likes me
We all spend time scanning the crowd to see if we are gaining or losing – if we measure up to the crowd. We don't have to be on top but we sure won't stand being close to the bottom. Please – no average student or uncoordinated child! Oh, and no marital problems (we'll just ignore them or blame our spouse – no counseling! We are above that.)
Problem is; there will always be someone with more. Problem is: we may not have any control over the totems of validity. Some are just luck of the draw. Playing to the "audience" is exhausting – physically (we are constantly busy keeping up things,) emotionally (we live in perpetual insecurity,) and spiritually (these become cruel gods that do not care for us.)
God knows every detail of our lives, even the ones we won't own up to, and loves us beyond imagination. Not because of what we have or do but "just because."
It's okay to let go and change your priorities in order to create a little room to live. God encourages it.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Speaking in Tongues: 10 Phrases that can be used in Church without Necessarily Committing to Anything
- I give a tithe
- That was a great sermon
- We are a friendly church
- It was well attended
- I'll pray for you (or "about that")
- I'm fine
- This will just be a short meeting
- People say (or "God is telling me")
- We'll just have to agree to disagree
- Bless your heart
Make your words count. Be Bold. Be clear. Go ahead and commit. Life is found there.
Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both "Yes, yes" and "No, no"?
But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No."
2 Corinthians 1:17-18
All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No';
anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me –
put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
We spent years practicing for a career or goal or a sport or a hobby. Michael Jordon, a basketball great if there ever was one, practiced, often long after the team had knocked off.
We must practice our faith. It doesn't come naturally. Many of us stopped any sort of real practice when we were early teens, graduating out of church learning.
But here is our Creator's prescription.
· Find a mentor
· Practice under your mentor's guidance
· Thrive regardless of the circumstances
Are you at peace, real contentment? Do you have a spiritual mentor, someone further down the Journey than you are, who you are willing to listen to? Practice your faith today.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
It maketh me to wake in green pastures:
It leadeth me beyond the sleeping masses.
It restoreth my buzz:
It leadeth me in the paths of consciousness for its name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of addiction,
I will fear no Equal:
For thou art with me; thy cream and thy sugar they comfort me.
Thou preparest a carafe before me in the presence of The Starbucks:
Thou anointest my day with pep; my mug runneth over.
Surely richness and taste shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the House of Mochas forever.
1-Greetings Gentiles-Tnk Gd in X-chose us n luv 2 B his children-reclaimed fm sin /X-Gd's will is n X-Proud of U-G'd's power n U the Church
2-Lookin 2 world 4 ult answrs = dead end-free gift o'Gd = acces 2 him thru X-we R made 4 gd works-Gd no play favs-outsidrs R now insidrs
3-Those outside faith R claimed /God-my suffering = sign that Gd luvs U-Gd wnts 2 do more that U cn ask or imagine by his power wrkn n U
4-Bear 1 another humbly n luv-each has a role in building up the Church, X's Body-speak truth n luv n order 2 build up-n anger, dont sin
5-Walk n way o'luv-clean up act or miss Kingdom-B ppl o'light-submit 2 1 another: mutually and out o'luv n respect 4 X
6-Everyone: respect each other-put on full armor o'God-pray n Spirit always-pray 4 me, Paul-I send others 2 encourage u
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Maybe it's me. But there seems to be more murders, financial woes, and relational crap in the air lately. Part of human nature is to watch the train wrecks. Over and over. Blood sells news. Sex sells news. Woe sells news. Must be our fallen nature.
I find I must purposefully and skillfully cut myself off from this. My feet are firmly planted on the ground. But I am a child of Eternity. My destination is God and, as Julian of Norwich said, "And all shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well."
Part of my spiritual walk is to refocus during the day on things eternal. That is, where I am ultimately headed and who ultimately loves me. This world is the penultimate.
Take time today to step into eternity. Be still and let God. Yes, I know stillness is tough but, like eating your Brussels sprouts, it is an acquired taste. You can cultivate the habit. No really, you can!
Be still. Eternity awaits. And it beats the 6 o'clock news.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
An American moment. A dad and his son at the ball park. Maybe a foul ball or, even, an autograph. This past week, this idyllic scene went horribly wrong. (Story here.)
Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers flips a foul ball to dad Shannon Stone who falls, in an attempt to catch it, to his death in front of his son, Cooper. Sad.
Be devoted to prayer. Be alert and joyfully thankful in prayer - Colossians 4:2
1-Book2 o'Luke-risen Jesus appears, says soon outta here but U wont B alone-Jesus 2 heavn-white coat dudes say Y U surpized?-Matthias replaces Judas
2-Wind, tongues o'fire-Holy Spirit-foreignrs understand each other-Babel undone-Peter preachs-church shares everything-many added 2 #s
3-Peter/John heal lame man-Man praises God-Peter: Y R U surprised?-Investing in Jesus has power-Change your minds;quit trying to be self-sufficient
4-Relig officls 2 Petr/John: cut out Jesus talk!-5K join P/J-P/J wind up in relig court-P sez cant help it-Displs pray-peeps generus
5-2 lie 2 apostls & die 4 it-crowds gathr 2 B heald-many join TheWay-Relig dudes jealous; arrest apostls who escape/flogged 4 obeyin Gd
6-Converts food fite-keeps discipls fm God work-apoint 7 deacns-1, Stephen speaks o'Christ boldly-arrested by religus-trumped up chargs
7-Stephen preaches in his defense 2 his relig prosecutors-Claims Jesus is Lord-They have him stoned 2 death-He asks God 2 forgiv them
8-Saul approvs Xn killin-all but apostls scatter-Philip preaches n exile-sorcerer baptizd as result-foreign outcast begs P 4 baptism
9-Saul persecuted The Way-Risen Jesus meets him on road-Why?-blinded-follower told 2 GO & house Saul-Saul preaches X-ppl try to kill Saul-Church flourishes
10-Gentile convert has vision: Gd sez, gd job, get Peter-Petr has vision 2, watch R 4 relig fussiness-2 meet-God doesn't play favorites
11-Peter checks in2 headquarters to explain his liberal acceptance of Gentiles- sez, God told me-Church spreads after Stephen's death
12-Herod jails apostls, kils James-church prays 4 Petr-chains fall, Petr free-gards n deep do do-apstls cant Bleve its Ptr-Herod dies
13-Barney/Saul n Antioch-made missionares-prech Jesus n synagogs-sorcerer interfers, Bcoms blind-relig R jealus-Saul 2 Gentiles instead
14-Paul&Barny meet w/succes preachin n synagogs but sum R unhappy&split worshiprs-Paul heals, ppl mistak thm 4 gods-relig ldrs stone thm
15-Conflict n Church-gotta B practicin Jew B4 Bcomin Xn?-Council: we giv U no extra burden (okay, mayB a few)-Paul/Barney split ovr Mark
16-Paul has Tim as protege-Spirit guids P's work-P reachs out 2 women(oh no1)-Lydia househld baptizd-P/Silas in prison, covert guards
17-Paul/Silas met w/mixd reviews n preachin-In Athens, Paul uses whr Athenians R at in spirit 2 draw them 2 X-"X is wht U R searchin 4!"
18-Paul gives up & moves on 2 preaching 2 Gentiles-Relig ldrs mad but 2 no avail-Paul leavs church ldrs whr he visits as he moves on
19-Road trip-Paul finds Xn's w/incomplete understanding of Gospel-pattern of hostility by relig ldrs and pagans continues but Way grows
20-Paul on the road again-more relig resistance-P's sermon bores man 2 death-P revives him-P sets sail 4 Jerusalem after farewell spch
21-Paul 2 Jerusalm-Church tels Paul 2 prove he real deal-since he wrks w/Gentiles, looks bad-P complies-mistakn 4 insurrectnist-arrested
22-Paul speks n defense o'arrest-vry honest n tellin his God Story-Crowd angry-AuthoriTs afraid ,P Romn citizn-Tak Paul 2 religus court
23-Paul angrs relig authiTs-gets them 2 squabble w/each other-AuthoriTs plot 2 kill P-Govt officials find no fault-whisk him out o'town
24-Relig authoriTs make case against Paul to governor-He's a troublemakr-Govnr expects bribe, gets none-2 years pass in house arrest
25-Relig Lders try 2 ambush Paul-baseless charges abound-P appeals 2 Caesar-King Agrippa hears case 2
26-Paul states case 2 Agrippa-tells "God Story"-Festus; you're insane!-Paul hoped 2 evangelize w/his story-P found innocent-on 2 Caesar
27-Paul sails 2 Rome-sez trip will end n disaster 4 all, is ignord-Storm!-P: take courage, God will help-wreck but all reach land safely
28-locals kind 2 shipwreckd-Paul bit /snake: lives-P arrivs n Rome 2 house arrest-P preachs 2 relig ldrs but 2 no avail-on 2 Gentiles