Month: October 2016

The World’s “Basic Wisdom”

superficial

lust and choice of control OVER relationship

discontentment under the guise of AMBITION & Aspiration.

ugly arrogance

arrogant aspiration

ambition is aspiration gone crazy (deity ore delight)

tawdry and cheap (preoccupied w/ our mud pies)

Our lives are lived well only when they are lived on the terms handed down to us by our Designer & Creator (being loved by God – receiving this love – and loving God and loving others more than we love ourselves). God reveals and us accepting. God commanding and us responding. Accepting God’s terms of creation and redemption. Developing joy and experiencing the love of God.

The only alt. to living under the Lordship of Jesus – is to live the embarrassingly arrogant and forthright life of a control freak.

Millennial’s must be WARNED AGAINST attempting to live without limits – live w/o commitment …this is living for control NOT relationship. Relationships RUIN our plans to feel in control. Relationship  impose clear and present LIMITS on us!

 

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“At least one indication of unbelief is the tendency to measure life’s challenges against our own adequacy instead of God’s promises. To enter our Sabbath rest, we must put an end to self-reliance – trusting in our own abilities to overcome difficulties, rise above challenges, escape tragedies, or achieve personal greatness.”
Charles R. Swindoll

Shabbat
Shabbat (in Hebrew)

A precious gift from God (think of the original audience receiving the 10 Words).

Would it be accurate to say that this is a good way to ponder the Sabbath?

that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

…set aside all of our weekday concerns and devote ourselves to higher pursuits.

“more than Israel has kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept Israel.”

The root meaning of the words “Sabbath” and “rest,” as referred to in Genesis, is “to cease.” The word “Shabbat” comes from the root Shin-Beit-Tav, meaning to cease, to end, or to rest.

Is Luke 12:24 relevant to our contemplation of Sabbath?

Are Works of Necessity relevant to our contemplation of Sabbath?

How about Hebrews 4?

	Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,

	“As I swore in my wrath,
	‘They shall not enter my rest,’”
	
	
		although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this passage he said,

	“They shall not enter my rest.”
	
	
		Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,

	“Today, if you hear his voice,
	do not harden your hearts.”
	
	
		For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

	Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.



	Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.



(Hebrews 4)

Drifting on the Waves of Convenience

Practicing the Presence of God.

Deify VS DelightIn

Desire VS Demand

Joy Contentment Perseverance

John 15:5 – U Can Do Nothing Apart From Jesus

YOKED [O.PP.Y.O.]

Admitting that I want ppl ‘TO STAY’ …[feels needy].

 

Drink water from your own cistern,
		flowing water from your own well.
	Should your springs be scattered abroad,
		streams of water in the streets?
	Let them be for yourself alone,
		and not for strangers with you.
*MONOGAMOUS. *EXCLUSIVE.
	Let your fountain be blessed,
		and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
		a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
	Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
		be intoxicated always in her love.
	Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
		and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
	For a man's ways are before the eyes of the LORD,
		and he ponders all his paths.
	The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
		and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
	He dies for lack of discipline,
		and because of his great folly he is led astray.
	



(Proverbs 5:15-23 ESV)


Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
(Romans 12:9-13 ESV)


OUTDO ONE ANOTHER IN SHOWING HONOR.

Disequilibrium

From CritiqueMag./DH—>

Disorienting; deeply troubling; doesn’t seem right; challenges us; doesn’t fit into our sense of how things are; upsetting; we avoid it; Heb. 4:12 = disequilibrium; state of unease; doesn’t fit into our preconceived view of life and reality.

Truly transformative personal growth cannot and does not occur apart form it. We grow most significantly when our assumptions and ideas are challenged and we are forced to expand how we think about and see life, truth, and reality. …A COMFORT ZONE CAN BE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, BUT NOTHING EVER GROWS THERE.

Disequilibrium is essential to Christian spiritual growth. It will be accompanied by deep uneasiness, cognitively, emotionally, spiritually. Psalm 51 – David describes it metaphorically as God breaking his bones. And – here’s the kicker – David’s disequilibrium is not merely noticed by him, it is precious to him!

Christ executeth the office of King in subduing us to Himself.

The WoG is the GREATEST SOURCE of Disequilibrium: Heb. 4:12 – WoG = living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

God must make us uncomfortable before he can give us HIS VERSION of COMFORT (ISAIAH 40).

“We live in what one writer has called the “age of sensation.”‘ We think that if we don’t feel something there can be no authenticity in doing it. But the wisdom of God says something different: that we can act ourselves into a new way of feeling much quicker than we can feel ourselves into a new way of acting. Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed in an act of worship. When we obey the command to praise God in worship, our deep, essential need to be in relationship with God is nurtured.”  

Our unease might – at times – be so slight (or fleeting) that the new information is simply buried in the busyness that infests our days, until what we have learn perhaps reappears with  new urgency & force.

I would prefer to not disrupt my equilibrium with the difficulty of walking into an experience fraught with so much potential pain. …I would probably sidestep the disequilibrium and have plenty of ‘reasons’ why I’d made the ‘correct’ choice.” – – – > Intentionally walking into disequilibrium …to learn how to be a real friend; awkwardness; what to do and not to do; how to be a safe person to confide in and converse with honestly; to learn lamentation; to learn laughter …it will likely be an enduring disequilibrium learning to love God and one another!”

*It will very likely ROCK YOU TO YOUR CORE to experience the Work of God (Heb. 4:12) – learning things about yourself, and your relationships, and God, and about the reality of living in a pain-riddled world. And it will be through this enduring disequilibrium that you will be transformed in ways you could’ve never imagined – or naturally desired.

We know this is true from Dan. 7; and Job; and Naomi; and Esther; and Joseph; and Habakkuk; and THE LIFE & DEATH OF JESUS! – – – > the cross is the ULTIMATE disequilibrium in human history – and it is Christ & Him Crucified that we RESOLVE TO KNOW! 1 Cor. 2.2

 

Disturb us, LORD, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore…

Disturb us, LORD, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with “life”, we have ceased to dream of eternity; and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim…

Disturb us, LORD, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show Your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask You to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope and love. Amen.

  • Sir Francis Drake (1540-96)

 

Grace Stuff

Grace is anti-Entitlement

Grace is anti-EvilEndorsement

Grace is anti-Exploitation

 

Illu: Brillo Pad

Illu: LawnMowerBlade – – – > #EugeneHeartsBeingToldHeIsWrong

#BeingToldUR-Wrong=GloriousGrace!

… “I Was Wrong” by the Oh Hellos

I was born at the hands of the potter
And I was torn from the start
I was torn between my god and my father

I was born at the dawn of our folly
And I was young, and stubborn to the bone
As I took from the tree that was rotting

I took my chance and bit down deep
The weight of the world was crippling
Now I’ll hide my shame with woven leaves
I was wrong
And I’m so, so sorry

I knew you’d never forgive me
But I was wrong
And I’m so, so sorry

WHY SO SERIOUS [no take thyself so seriously]

#It’s Not About You when ppl complain & grumble.

#ThickerSkin

#Anti-Arrogance

#Vigilant&ValorAreTheNECESSARYelementsOfANation’sCharacter

#ChristNotCultureDefinesOurLife

Christians are not pious pretenders, but robust witnesses of the Staggering Help of God

#BetterToFail@HazardousWorkofLoveThan2Succeed@Pride

#ThePsalmsPurgeUsOfOurPoutFests

#ThePsalmsAreNotPressRelease(s)ButHonestPrayers

#HonestAndHazardousLiving=ThePsalms

#UcanActSelfIntoWanting,butNotOtherWay’Round

#Making$OffYourOutrage

The Man Who Was Thursday – – – > “He means more then what he means …he goes beyond what he means out of the sheer force of trying to MEAN IT.” GKC

This earth is a place of pilgrimage …not a place of permanent residency.