Month: November 2015

FAITH…

Why do you want it?  What do you plan on doing with it?  Steward it, use it, take risks with it …or just have it?  For whose glory?

BEGGARLINESS

RECEIVERLINESS

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Matthew 6:30

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?


Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.


Matthew 8:26

And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.


Matthew 9:2

And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”


Matthew 9:22

Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And instantly the woman was made well.


Matthew 9:29

Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”


Matthew 14:31

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”


Matthew 15:28

Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.


Matthew 16:8

But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread?


Matthew 17:20

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”


Matthew 21:21

And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.


Matthew 21:22

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”


BEGGARLINESS

RECEIVERLINESS

Creativity & Contentment. Loving Limitations.

Robot v. Relationship

droid v. dialogue

chowderhead v. conversation

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mundane & metamorphose

consistency & change

THE SEASONS

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Grace Marinated Minds.

Marriage.  Family.  Feasting.

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Aimed @, Addicted to, Jesus.

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TGD (the great divorce)

TGW (the great war)

“dear wormwood…”

W 720

F 1271

A3 720

W 2129

F 1224

@ 1510, 316, 220, 330, 1202

≤∆≥ 23, 95

*WalkA’Bout / WalkA’Lot

Ponder Lk15, Jn21.15,16,17

απορροφημένος

στερέωση

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Make outlets / docks (story boards)

People pause, stop, linger, slow, small, weak.

CAN YOU PLUG IN TO THIS?

DOES IT CHARGE YOU UP?

STORY – – – > XXIV.xxvii

Things that are really really hard but über still worth doing:

  1. Marriage.
  2. Family / kids.
  3. Food preparation / culinary arts / feasting.
  4. Loving God.
  5. Loving others.
  6. Church membership.
  7. Farming.
  8. Shepherding.
  9. Just war.
  10. Growth / maturity.
  11. Carpentry.
  12. Musik.
  13. Reading.
  14. Poetry.
  15. Running the race / training.
  16. Repentance.
  17. Renovating, restoring.
  18. Reconciliation.
  19. Search & rescue.
  20. Listening.
  21. Language (learning and using).
  22. Healthcare.
  23. Adoption.
  24. Rocky V.
  25. Friendship.

Use the concordance in the back of your Bible, or use THIS website, and search for passages that speak to these things.

The Emphasis

the emphasis of this family is on the watershed moment of what Christ did – something that NOBODY wanted him to do. In the Lord’s Supper we are REMEMBERING – the EMPHASIS IS ON – that watershed moment …the Him/The His Work that made the us.

Why Church Membership?

If you follow Jesus, you will invariably find yourself indispensably & inescapably united with the church. This will not doubt frustrate you, for she is a Gomer. This is why a disciple’s fixation must never be on the church, but rather on Christ [Heb.12.2]. This why we must never serve amongst the family of faith (fickle fellow sinners) without first answering three questions all the same “Do I love Jesus?” [John 21:15,16,17].

Tyler’s Choices

Tyler’s choices are heading in only ONE of two directions:  Dependence or the Denial of Dependence.  Reckoning with his depravity, or a denial of disappointing realities.  Beauty or Bitterness.  Smallness & Weakness or the Illusion of Independence.  Vulnerability or Perceived Power.  Repentance or Performance.

Tyler’s Longings and Goals …what are they?

Tyler’s aim?  …what is it?

Reality or Illusion?

These Sheep!#*

Sheep 1: “Okay these are good questions… to which I don’t yet know the answer. But Occam’s razor suggests I should conclude it is not so much that God is a poor communicator, but rather that he intentionally chose to communicate to us with fully human authors telling stories about God describing him in the best way they knew how using the language and culture of their day. To take that further, it means, even to err. But to take it to its completion it means and not even inspired. Enns falls in that middle position, which I find rather ridiculous.

I don’t have any good answers to this conundrum. I will say that I have always thought the doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture is 100% cognitive dissonance. Really, clarity?  And yet we have how many denominations? How many doctrinal statements? How many internal disagreements even within denominations? How many commentaries? How much of Scripture we actually cannot even take at face value, but need some expert to explain to us what is really, *probably*, going on. It is depressing!”

Shepherd:  “Complaining of too much food?  Complaining of too many eating establishments?  Food.  Sweet and sour = savory.  Robust, complex, but still clearly food – edifying, tasteful, nourishing, delectable.  Food is good, but can be turned bad.  Mold.  Too much pepper.  Etc.

Or …to take another line of thinking – – – > Methinks you are like Orual.  You have a complaint against ‘the gods.’  You don’t like the way they operate.  Orual puts words to her complaint …she pours herself into composing a book, ‘a complaint against the gods’ and then – eventually – she has the opportunity to read her complaint before a tribunal wherein the gods are in the dock.

Sheep 2:   “I don’t belong to a Bible believing church, and I have no intention of joining.  I just don’t buy the argument anymore.

Shepherd:  “I believe that a girl should get married before having sex.  Most don’t buy this anymore – It ‘doesn’t make sense’ to them …the won’t ‘waste time with it’ anymore.  Marriage is viewed as an unnecessary burden – an abusive and disingenuous bit of bureaucratic mumbo jumbo.  The reality is that we are easily jaded.  We are wretched, and we quickly adopt policies of self-protection.  We make choices of self-preservation at the GREATEST EXPENSE.  We defy God – though we may adamantly deny this – and we destroy our own souls.  God help us!  God deliver us from ourselves.  Keep us from walking this path any longer.  Let not our great divorce be in regards to our relationship with You!  When that fellow says, ‘I’m not buying it anymore’ the reply is to simply ask him – is Jesus selling it (at no cost to us)? …b/c if Jesus is selling, then we better be buying.

Now …let’s spend a moment considering a GRIEVOUS EVIL:

*Riches were kept by their owner to his hurt.

*All his days a man eats in the darkness in much vexation and sickness and anger.

*A man lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them.

*A man’s soul is not satisfied with life’s good things.

ECCLESIASTES 5 & 6

Excerpts from Cri (ARFP) 2015 Issue #5

“My chief purpose is not to advise atheists on what I think they should believe; I want merely to make sure that they have a clear concept of what it is they claim not to believe.” – David Bentley Hart

“our understanding of the world consists in memories, direct encounters, accumulated experiences, the phenomenal qualities of things, shifting moods, interpretations formed and reformed continually throughout the course of a life, our own tastes and aversions, the sense of identity each of us separately possesses, and innumerable other forms of essentially personal knowledge. …We are not condemned to subjectivity, but our direct experience of reality has to possess an altogether primary authority for us, which may need to be qualified by further experience but which can never be wholly superseded.” – David Bentley Hart

THE INSTRUMENT THROUGH WHICH YOU SEE GOD IS YOUR WHOLE SELF. – Jack Lewis

ARE WE SETTING A MODE OR ENCOURAGING DEEP REFLECTION?

WHAT IS TRULY REAL.

“I’m convinced that the prophets and apostles whose voices we heart in the Scriptures are speaking of a very different God. …We can become too confident in our own understanding, so certain we are correct that we fail to notice we have unwittingly remade God in the image of the latest ideologies and assumptions of our world. …How easily biblical truth can be perverted by cultural ideals. …We have turned God into something that resembles us, and the prophet has been told to tell us about it. …What if all this time I assumed I was becoming more like Him when what I’ve actually done is increasingly imagined Him to be like me?

Psalm 50:1-8, 21

Is it cynical or unkind of me to note that though there seems no end of people who claim to really know God, I am hard pressed to name many who demonstrate great contentment?

Are there people in your life who are restful and calming to be with?

It is not only okay to say no to legitimate requests and opportunities at times – it is both necessary and pleasing to our Lord.

Listening is essential to bearing God’s image, which means our calling includes listening to those created in God’s likeness. …relationships cannot occur or deepen without listening. …Ultimately, we listen b/c we believe in a God who listens.  …Listening is the work of being fully present, fully attentive, to the person who is speaking.

“One of the glories of art is that in a world so rocked by disappointment, fear, failure, and addiction, beauty can arise out of – and in – the ashes of brokenness. …Occasionally we hear of an artist who in the darkness realizes he cannot see.  It is not nearly enough, but it is significant.”