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Aug. 4th, 2012

06:41 am - Things Are Going To Slide

Things Are Going To Slide

People keep suggesting that hundreds of years from now most of the citizens of the future will look back and regard the fight for same-sex marriage in the same favorable way that most of today's citizens regard racial integration as a good thing. And maybe they will. But I think there will also be serious negative repercussions for the church. Why on earth should these hypothetical citizens of the future have any respect or love for Jehovah? In order to avoid some serious cognitive dissonance, the Bible wouldn't just need to be re-interpreted, it would need to be re-written. One can make a case that Jehovah was in the business of freeing the Chosen People from slavery. But one simply can't make the case that Jehovah was in the business of marrying gays and lesbians without some serious self-deception. It doesn't just require a re-interpretation of scripture, it requires rewriting scripture. So if the Church exists at all in 500 years, and these hypothetical citizens are indeed grateful for being enlightened out of the Church's social backwardness, they will have re-invented God to fit society's image of what God ought to be, not what the biblical God actually is.

And my question is: why bother with the biblical God at all?

Dec. 17th, 2010

01:59 am - The Fruit of the Spirit - Long-suffering

The fourth revelation of the fruit of the Spirit is long-suffering. This aspect helps us to endure sufferings,  punishments, insults, rejections, abuse...

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Current Mood: Blessed

Dec. 5th, 2010

02:09 am - The Fruit of the Spirit - Peace

The third revelation of the fruit of the Spirit is peace. This peace that is born out of the Spirit of Jesus surpasses all understanding... PeaceCollapse )

Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful

Nov. 29th, 2010

01:47 am - The Fruit of the Spirit - Joy

Psalm 16
11 Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Joy is the second revelation of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). This joy that is born in us by the Holy Ghost rises above circumstances, and focuses on the very character of God. There is so much to be joyful for in the Lord. We can rejoice over God's righteousness (Psalms 71:14-16), salvation (Psalms 21:1; 71:23), mercy (Psalms 31:7), creation (Psalms 148:5), Word (Psalms119:14, 162), and faithfulness (Psalms 33:1-6). This joy is a joy that surpasses earthly understanding...

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Current Mood: Blessed

Nov. 24th, 2010

02:18 am - The Fruit of the Spirit - Love

The fruit of the Spirit is mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. One spiritual fruit with nine different revelations or parts. When one accepts Jesus Christ, He enters the heart and bears this fruit (that the Father delights in) by the power of the Holy Spirit.  I think of it like this... Imagine if you will, a garden. And all fruitful trees are planted by Him. He constantly roams this garden seeking His fruit at an appointed time. When He comes upon a tree that bears no fruit, He draws a sword commanding it to be hewn down and cast into the fire.... But then Jesus steps in and says "Not yet... let me water it with the Word, nourish it with the Holy Spirit, tending it with love and grace. And if it does not bear fruit within my appointed time...then cut it down and cast it into the fire." And the Father nods in agreement appointing a time of grace by the Son through the Spirit.

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Current Mood: Blessed

Jun. 20th, 2010

10:13 am - Halo

While meditating I've been experiencing pleasant tingles that run through my body and especially around my scalp. I haven't really gotten into "chakras" but I would assume that this is what they mean by the crown chakra opening. I'm sure there's a perfectly good neurophysiological reason for the tingling sensation all over my scalp, but it feels like a halo.

I know that this is not the point of meditation, but only what the old Christian contemplatives referred to as the "consolations" of God, not to be confused with God Himself.

The interesting thing is that I experience the same sort of sensation when I read a deeply significant passage of prose or poetry, or from meaningful song lyrics, or scripture, or a powerful speech. For me, it's spiritual enough. I honestly don't think I'm saintly enough to have a genuine "halo" but I wonder if this is what the old Christian paintings were trying to convey.

I'd be interested in hearing from those of you who meditate or follow a contemplative tradition if you've had a similar experience.

Apr. 18th, 2010

05:43 pm - What is Truth?

John 14
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever,
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 18
33 Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
34 Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?

Why was Jesus born? To bear witness to the truth. (John 18:37) What is Truth? Do you recognize it when you see it? Do you know it when you hear it? The scriptures put great emphases on knowing the truth. God is the source of all Truth.(Colossians 2:2,3) So what is truth exactly? Webster's 1828 dictionary defines Truth as "Conformity to fact or reality."  So in essence I think I could state that truth is conformity to God, as He is the source of all reality. But as it pertains to our worldviews, do we view the world through the window of Truth? Or do we look through some other window? Anything contrary to the Truth is a lie. Man's very nature, which is sinful...will suppress, distort, reject, and exchange God's truth for lies. That is the conflict of our age.....God's Truth versus the truth claims of the world, our flesh, and the kingdom of darkness. When we begin to know the truth, the things that break God's heart will break ours. The things that grieve His Spirit will grieve us. The things that are evil in His sight will be evil in ours....and the things that are good in His sight will be good in ours.

Our culture today is shaped by distorted ideas that yield distorted lies. Sadly, the church has conformed to many of the world's alternatives to the Truth...which are simply refusals to bow to the Truth as God sees it. The problem lies in an inability to see things from God's point of view. All we can see are things from our own points of view. We are self-centered...but upon receiving salvation through the perfect work of Christ, and the filling of the Holy Spirit we progressively become God centered.

God is the Spirit of Truth. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.


Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

Apr. 16th, 2010

07:23 pm - I Want To Want

I was browsing through Reaching For The Invisible God by Philip Yancey last night and I came across this quote by St. Teresa of Avila: "Oh God, I don’t love you, I don’t even want to love you, but I want to want to love you!"

This quote hit me right between the eyes because it rings true. In fact I have worded many prayers in almost exactly the same way--telling God that I didn't want to, but I wanted to want to--without realizing that I was echoing a saint. It cheered me up. Sometimes I know I don't want to do the right thing, but I want to want to do the right thing. Sometimes I know I don't want to strive to be holy, but I want to want to be holy. I thought that this was insufficient, that my will to do His Will was too weak, but maybe it's enough for Him after all.

Jan. 14th, 2010

04:11 pm - Haiti

On the 12th a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. It has been reported that thousands are dead or missing. My heart truly goes out to these people, along with much prayer. I don't know much about Haiti. I don't know much about the 700 Club or Pat Robinson, (other than the fact that he is hated by many, including those that call themselves Christians) but if there is any truth to what he says, this could be very well a selective judgment. I just learned that voodoo is a national religion there.....I didn't know that.


The mixture of gods and goddesses and Catholic saints is an integral part of Haitian life - one common saying is that Haitians are 70% Catholic, 30% Protestant, and 100% voodoo.

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Dec. 17th, 2009

09:30 am - Eisegesis

If biblical eisegesis is poor exegesis, does an appeal to personal revelation by the Holy Spirit make biblical eisegesis any better?

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