Month: February 2015

One of the primary points about Christianity is to produce the right kind of enemies.

SINNERS [audience]

SALVATION [content]

SEE.  SAVOR.  SERVE.  [purpose]

STORYBOOK [mode]

Prayer Helps – – – > (Invisible [Col. 1:15; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:27; Jn. 20:29]; Twas Tempted [Heb. 4:15]; Afoot [Jn. 3:8] …Relationship; Reputation; Reign & Rule; Rations [Prov. 30:8-9]; Remissions; Rudder & Refuge) …Not Magical; Not Mechanical.

Matthew 13.  Small.  Can hardly see it.  Can’t see it.  Boring.  Slow.  Painful.  Laugh (heavenly).  Lament (hurts).  EcoSys.  Nothing unless it.  Wretched W/O it.

2 Kings 7 – – – > 4 lepers.  Dying.  Voyage to the Syrian camp (what have they got to lose?).  No one there!?!?  Scary sounds the night before for the Syrians.  Fled @ twilight.  Plunder (tents, horses, donkeys, food, silver, gold, clothing).  “This day is a day of good news!

Deut. 7; 1 Cor. 1 – – – small, least, lowly, not noble, not wise, not most numerous, not impressive, not credentialed, not stout, feeble, meek – – – EMBRYONIC!

Abraham & Sarah’s prospects.

Joseph (ponder the path from dreams to dynasty)

The day of David’s anointing

Baby in a manger

2 Kings 6:8ff

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Shrewd Prayer

And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

(Luke 18:1-8)

Mercy Ministry

The Parable of the Dishonest Manager

	He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

(Luke 16:1-9 ESV)






*Bonus Material:

Hospitality is Resistance.
Luke 5:30
Not necessarily quaint or tame.
The Power of Recognition.
Claims and Concepts ...Concrete Everydayness.
"The man who wishes to exempt himself from providing for his neighbors should deface himself and declare that he no longer wishes to be a man." - John Calvin
"We cannont abolish the order of nature which God has est. as inviolable." - John Calvin
IMAGINATIVELY INHABIT
Contact with Christ is NOT according to YOUR prescriptions and expectations.
TRUST - eternal dwellings - Welcoming - Friends - Friendship - Familial - Trust - Trust - Trust.
Dignity in being asked - - - > 
WHERE ARE YOU?
WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Giving of self (self-giving) ...self-denial ...deny thyself ...Die to Self ...Crucify Self & Trust & Compassion & Trust & Imaginitively inhabit & Trust.

Self-denial is to become "in-touch w/" suffering.  To disengage, to avoid at all costs, suffering is to suffocate in self-absorption.

You CANNOT hang-out with false teachers and unrepentant "believers."

If I love you - you better believe that I have an agenda for your life.


Bonus Bonus Matz:

Election VS. Execution

Radical Feelings VS. Familial Rigours

Wretched Workouts VS. Wonderful Wishes

All revolutions are about GETTING POWER ...all except ONE - - - One and One Only was emphatically about Service and Sacrifice (Matt. 20:28).

The Resurrection is the Greatest Coup of all time!

God is against political complacency, and God is against political primacy.


Husbandry

Are you born again?  If so, describe what that means, how that looks in your life.  Does being born again mean believing in Someone?

We buy/patronize what is pretend (“the American dream” …the “Febreze Chee Chee Lore”) …but then we bemoan/get pissed about it because it’s NOT REAL.

What matters the most to you in life …what’s really really really important to you [why?]? …What if someone [not me of course, I’m far too open-minded and respectful to be the one to do what I’m about to say] regarded that thing in a thoroughly nonchalant sort of way …”Oh, yeah, whatever, I guess, IDC, whatever, ho-hum.  I suppose I’ll do that, whatever, ho-hum.”

“What happened?”

“Tell me more.”

“Is that the way it usually happens?”

“What’s different this time?”

“What do you/did you want?”

“How could it be better?”

[Am I willing to have this conversation go nowhere?]

RnB [no pressure …you ain’t the HS]

CURIOSITY / HUSBANDRY – – – > Tilling (listening, listening, listening – – – you don’t RUSH to SOW the SEEDS).

[Do you want to go for behavior or longings?]

Where are you? (Gen. 3)

What did you need, but you didn’t get?

What if you don’t ever get it?

What if you do get it? [THEN WHAT?]

You want Intimacy…

You want Impact…

How do you feel about autonomy?  chaos?  ctrl?  confusion?  not knowing?  stability?  blessing?  satisfaction?

Pride, Providence, and Maps

God doesn’t bother Himself with being bitter or blame-shifting.  He’s holy, He’s perfect …He harbors ZERO insecurity, thus making blame-shifting superfluous for Him.  The love of God is a restraining love.  The Shepherd who restrains His sheep is a good shepherd.  If the sheep aren’t restrained (protected from themselves) then they will wind-up destroying themselves.  Let us never undervalue the work of loving restraint!  All the signs – all over the place.  There’s one now!  The rushing work of the Spirit!  Marvel.  Our pride and foolish exchanges do not paralyze Yahweh’s providence [DRD].  Let us not be enamored with cosmetics and worldly wealth.  Do not be preoccupied with your failures and/or your limitations.  Do not concern yourself with the smallness of your clan/tribe.  Don’t be afraid to say what God says!  Don’t be afraid of failure.  Remember that God is honored and glorified in the risks!  …Many crave dramatic signs of the Spirit’s power but have little enthusiasm for common obedience to the Lord’s word [DRD].

EARNING v. ENJOYING.

Map=Freedom (limitations, restricting, confining, and picky).

Rutherford & Watson

Name 5 things that are “as about as inviting as the gallows.”

“We cannot abolish the order of nature which God has established as inviolable.” – John Calvin

“Hospitality involves sharing – not your stuff – but your self.”

…A PLACE THAT HAPPENS AS OPPOSED TO A PLACE THAT MERELY EXISTS.

“Do not focus your thoughts among the confused wheels of secondary causes, as -‘O if this had been, this had not followed!’ Look up to the master motion of the first wheel. In building, we see hewn stones and timbers under hammers and axes, yet the house in this beauty we do not see at the present, but it is in the mind of this builder. We also see unbroken clods, furrows, and stones, but we do not see the summer lilies, roses, and the beauty of a garden. Even so we do not presently see the outcome of God’s decrees with his blessed purpose. It is hard to believe when his purpose is hidden and under the ground. Providence has a thousand keys to deliver his own even when all hope is gone. Let us be faithful and care for our own part, which is to do and suffer for him, and lay Christ’s part on himself and leave it there; duties are ours, events are the Lord’s.” ― Samuel Rutherford

“Whenever I find myself in the cellar of affliction, I always look about for the wine.”
― Samuel Rutherford

“If you want to succeed double your failure rate”
― Thomas Watson
“Until sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.”
― Thomas Watson
A woman may as well expect to have a child without pangs as one can have repentance without sorrow. He that can believe without doubting, suspect his faith; and he that can repent without sorrowing, suspect his repentance.
“The Nature of True Repentance, Part 1 I shall next show what Gospel repentance is. Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed. For a further amplification, know that repentance is a spiritual medicine made up of six special ingredients: 1. Sight of sin 2. Sorrow for sin 3. Confession of sin 4. Shame for sin 5. Hatred for sin 6. Turning from sin If any one is left out, it loses its virtue.”
― Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance
“To seem to be zealous, if it be not according to the word, is not obedience, but will-worship.”
― Thomas Watson, The Ten Commandments
“Believe God’s word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows, but your sea.”
― Samuel Rutherford

The Aim Of Our Attention

Every other person is the object of God’s free address, and to look at the face of a human other is to look at a reality that is the focus of an infinite attention. In the light of revelation we see human faces for the first time. The ‘humanism’ to which the Christian rightly lays claim is a vision of every human face as the focus of self-forgetting love; so that there is no conditionality about human worth or dignity, no more or less that depends on status, achievement, age, race or whatever. The invitation to engage with the act of love that has eternally engaged me is at the same time the invitation to engage with the human other who, like me, is already seen by God and addressed by God. Hence we can speak, as does [Olivier] Clement, of the ‘sacrament of the brother/sister’. To believe the Christian revelation is to be immersed (the word is deliberate) in this ‘circulation’ of attention and invitation, always invited to the contemplation of the divine in the face of the revealer, Jesus, always invited to the recognition and service of the human other — and, as Clement does not fail to insist, the non-human other as well, since the renewed human subject is also liberated to see the world itself as loved by God and inviting humanity to discover how to live in reconciliation with its processes, neither absorbed in them nor struggling to defeat them.

Rowan Williams