Month: March 2017

Monogamy

#MonogamyIsVeryExclusive

“The Bible is a very uncomfortable book for the prudish.” – Tim Keller

 

I-Want2DieWhileDoing…

 

#EveryWordOfBibleMustBeReadPresenceOfJesus

 

#MeditationNotIntrusionButRumination

#MeditationNotIntrusionButRumination

#MeditationNotIntrusionButRumination

#MeditationNotIntrusionButRumination

#MeditationNotIntrusionButRumination

#MeditationNotIntrusionButRumination

#MeditationNotIntrusionButRumination

#MeditationNotIntrusionButRumination

 

#MeditationPrayerfulEmployeeImaginationBecomeFriendsWithText

#MeditationPrayerfulEmployeeImaginationBecomeFriendsWithText

#MeditationPrayerfulEmployeeImaginationBecomeFriendsWithText

#MeditationPrayerfulEmployeeImaginationBecomeFriendsWithText

#MeditationPrayerfulEmployeeImaginationBecomeFriendsWithText

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MischMaschConversation

Donald: ..[My friend Marco said]. essentially, humans are alive for the purpose of journey, a kind of three-act structure. They are born and spend several years discovering themselves and the world, then plod through a long middle in which they are compelled to search for a mate and reproduce and also create stability out of natural instability and then they find themselves at an ending tha seems to be designed for reflection. At the end, their bodies are slower, they are not as easily distracted, they do less work, and they think and feel about a life lived rather than look forward to a life getting started. He didn’t know what the point of the journey was, but he did believe we were designed to search for and find something. And he wondered out loud if the point wasn’t the search but the transformation the search creates. …[I wondered] that we were designed to live through something rather than to attain something, and the thing we were meant to live through was designed to change us. The point of a story is the character arc, the change.

Viktor: Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.

Tyler: I have an idolatry of Mortal Approvalism. I’m a validation junkie. I am abusive in this regard (at least).

Mrs. Copeland’s agent: Strong / Sexy / Confident. Today is the beginning of anything you want.

Henri: Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.

Denis: A lot of us may be so repelled by what we see as the glossy narcissism of ‘Self’ that we automatically dismiss it. But reaction rather than discernment is a form of narcissism too, is it not?

Rosa: Knowing what must be done does away with fear.

Denis: What 3 words would you choose to capture a sense of what you need to grow into …in your work and vocation? …in your relationships? …in your spiritual pilgrimage? …in your embrace of rest and stillness? …in being creative? …in reaching out to people different from you? …in your life in time in a busy world?

Mara Einstein: We pay (dearly) by turning our relationships into monetizable opportunities, making personal interactions into market transactions, and remaining in a constant state of buying or selling, albeit one that’s been prettied up to look like sharing and making “friends.”

Sadao Watanabe: In this disturbed world, I would like to be able to heed the voice of heaven.

Denis: Some art makes me want to immediately talk about it. Watanabe’s, however, makes me want to be quiet, to enter into something that rescues my ordinary from the merely boring and mundane, not by injecting excitement but by refocusing attention on the deeper things of the soul.

Makoto: …is generative: a feast to the eye and edifying to the spirit, a reserved pocket of synthesis in our fragmented, dissolute times.

Nancy Nordenson: Glance at history or literature and count the heroes who are swept into events not of their choosing, sometimes kicking and screaming. *Childbirth! We all begin this way.

This is a book about wrestling with work as a with any large force that wants to have its way with you while you simultaneously want to have your way with it. (e.g. Stranger Things N.I.C.E.).

Tension b/t passion and need, b/t aspiration and limits, b/t the planned life and the given life.

#WhenPraying-LethargyAsOpposedToAgony

#Xn=RareHeIsTheMostContentAndLeastSatisfied

 

NOTObsessedW/performance??Staring@PerfectionXs-SkipLikeCalf

NOTObsessedW/performance??Staring@PerfectionXs-SkipLikeCalf

NOTObsessedW/performance??Staring@PerfectionXs-SkipLikeCalf

 

Des.KnowRealMe&BeALLin!

Des.KnowRealMe&BeALLin!

Des.KnowRealMe&BeALLin!

 

Diligent2AttendWhat?

Diligent2AttendWhat?

Diligent2AttendWhat?

 

“GoodGuy”?[Myth]…WhatAboutBadGuy?#SoExclusive

“GoodGuy”?[Myth]…WhatAboutBadGuy?#SoExclusive

“GoodGuy”?[Myth]…WhatAboutBadGuy?#SoExclusive

 

Sabbath=KnowingGod[ThatSimple]

Sabbath=KnowingGod[ThatSimple]

Sabbath=KnowingGod[ThatSimple]

 

SelfProtectionABUSIVE

SelfProtectionABUSIVE

SelfProtectionABUSIVE

CHARACTER

The story is about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle.

The story is about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle.

The story is about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle.

The story is about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle.

The story is about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle.

The story is about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle.

The story is about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle.

The story is about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle.

The story is about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle.

 

 

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

 

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Passion for a worthy cause – – – > PLUS: TIME; PRACTICE; & PEOPLE TO HELP.

Is Idolatry Still A Thing?

John ends his first letter to the church with these words, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Do we actually believe that we are in danger of idols? Is idolatry really a problem for us? I don’t live like idolatry is a problem. I’m not violently opposed to idolatry. I dabble in discussions of resistance, but I don’t rigorously disapprove of the presence idols or the practice of idolatry. Perhaps the biggest reason is because I am addicted to validation (i.e. I idolize validation/mortal approval), and therefore if I were to point out idolatry in people’s lives, or attempt to have a discussion with someone about idolatry in my own life – I fear they might not like me …and it’s hard to keep the validation gods fed if I come home with no popularity and approval points.

 

“In our world full of strangers, estranged from their own past, culture and country, from their neighbors, friends and family, from their deepest self and their God, we witness a painful search for a hospitable place where life can be lived without fear and where community can be found. Although many, we might even say most, strangers in this world become easily the victim of a fearful hostility, it is possible for men and women and obligatory for Christians to offer an open and hospitable space where strangers can cast off their strangeness and become our fellow human beings. The movement from hostility to hospitality is hard and full of difficulties. Our society seems to be increasingly full of fearful, defensive, aggressive people anxiously clinging to their property and inclined to look at their surrounding world with suspicion, always expecting an enemy to suddenly appear, intrude and do harm. But still – that is our vocation: to convert the enemy into a guest and to create the free and fearless space where brotherhood and sisterhood can be formed and fully experienced.” – Henri Nouwen (written in 1975).

READER BEWARE

We’re all just a bunch of whiny babies crying for validation.

“We’re all just a bunch of whiny babies crying for validation.”

How are you preparing to meet your Bridegroom these days?

How are you preparing to meet God these days?

How are you preparing for heaven these days?

In Hebrews 10 God speaks of perfection once and for all for those who are being sanctified by Him. God speaks of no consciousness of sin. God speaks of writing His law on my heart and mind. God speaks of forgetting my sins. And here is why that is so crucial – – – > because I am a “convinced sinner” and only the intervention and workmanship of God can overcome the tyranny of my guilty conscience:

The convinced sinner is able to believe that mercy may be shown to others, but as for himself, he signs his own death warrant, and labors under the full persuasion that the acts of God’s mercy can never extend to him. No stocks can hold a man as fast as his own guilty fears.

With the desponding I shall try to deal at this time, and may the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, help me to console them.
In the morning of human history the Lord’s long-suffering displayed itself and gave promise of larger grace.

 

Of course the Lord remembers their evil doings, in the sense that He cannot forget anything, but judicially as a judge, He forgets the transgressions of the pardoned ones. They are not before Him in court, and come not under His official perception.

In remembering, men also consider and meditate on things, but the Lord will not think over the sins of His people. A grievous wrong is apt to engross our thoughts. It often casts its shadow upon the mind, and you cannot get rid of it. I have known persons to brood over an offense as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings. The wrong grows worse as they think it over. They carefully observe the offense from different points of view, and whereas they were indignant at first, they nurse their wrath and make it so warm, that it turns to fury. At first they would have been satisfied with an apology, but when they have brooded over the injustice, it seems so atrocious that they demand vengeance on the offender. The mer- ciful Lord does not do so to those who repent. No, for He says, “Their sins and their iniquities will I re- member no more.” The Great Father’s heart is not brooding over the injuries we have done. His infinite mind is not revolving within itself the tale of our iniquities. Ah, no. If we have fled to Christ for refuge, the Lord remembers our sin no more. The record of our iniquity is taken away, and the judge has no ju- dicial memory of it.

 

Purgatory has always paid the Pope well, it is the fattest province of his dominions, and has furnished his treasury plentifully. But how can God’s people go to purgatory? For if they go there at all, they go there for sins which God does not remember, and so He cannot give a reason for sending them there. I have no authentic communication by which to describe purgatory, but by Romish report it is a terrible place. Now, if true believers go there, then God either does remember their sins, which He says He will not do, or else He punishes them for sins which He does not remember. Did you ever hear of a judge sending a man to prison for a crime which the judge did not remember?

 

“God sometimes does His work with gentle drizzle, not storms.” – John Newton

 

“If you once love Him, you will study to please Him.”

“If you once love Him, you will study to please Him.”

“If you once love Him, you will study to please Him.”

“If you once love Him, you will study to please Him.”

“If you once love Him, you will study to please Him.”

 

 

“If two angels were to receive at the same moment a commission from God, one to go down and rule earth’s grandest empire, the other to go and sweep the streets of its meanest village, it would be a matter of entire indifference to each which service fell to his lot, the post of ruler or the post of scavenger; for the joy of the angels lies only in obedience to God’s will, and with equal joy they would lift a Lazarus in his rags to Abraham’s bosom, or be a chariot of fire to carry an Elijah home.”

 

“[ … ]when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope–and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances[….]”

 

“Self-righteousness can feed upon doctrines—as well as upon works!”

 

#SaveTheHumans

#SalvationIsFoundInTheDirtyGruesomeBloodyWorkOfADeadManComeBackToLife

 

We live here but we don’t belong here …so always make me ask myself (and make all those humans on the list) “will this make me ready for heaven?” “how will this prepare me to meet God?”

 

What political party do you align with? …what do you hate about that party?

The Reality…

“That’s when he knew he LOVED it …he had re-arranged his schedule for a crumb’s worth, he had allowed it to violently disrupt his life, he had forsaken other precious preferences to have more of it, he fought like hell to make sure he never lost sight of it.”

Holy Violence.
Gotta have it or I’ll die!
Desperate Dependent Craving.
Agonizing appetite.
Aggressive Exertion Eagerly Waiting.

*If not violent for heaven – – – > It is like a death row inmate who is eager to receive his dying dinner but he neglects his pardon.

The violence a Christian for the joy guaranteed!
Guardians of the Galaxy are examples of violent striving.
Strive to enter His rest.

R U as industrious to settle your souls in the salvation secured for you by Christ …as aggressive and violent and perseverant and rigorous as you have been to damn your soul?

We are out of breath with sin, but not out of love with sin.

So drunk with the cares of the world that you don’t have time to do violence to the kingdom?

The main business of life is feeding the soul on Christ.

The oil of joy is for mourners [Isa. 63].
While we work we will, and we must, weep.

#TalkInnocent- – – >PlanetFitness-YokeOfJesus[1stFeelsHeavy…ButEventuallyEasy].
O-PP-Y-O

SufferingVengeanceHarderThanOfferingViolence

1Jn.4:8(CastOutDoubt&Fear) LoveConstraining2Obedience

To see the Law by Christ fulfilled, 
To hear His pardoning voice, 
Changes a slave into a child 
And duty into choice.
1. No strength of nature can suffice 
To serve the Lord aright 
And what she has, she misapplies, 
For want of clearer light.
2. How long beneath the Law I lay 
In bondage and distress 
I toiled the precept to obey, 
But toiled without success.
3. Then to abstain from outward sin 
Was more than I could do 
Now if I feel its power within 
I feel I hate it too.
4. Then all my servile works were done, 
A righteousness to raise 
Now, freely chosen in the Son, 
I freely choose His ways.

“Here comes Mr. Archer and his servile assistant, Bradley.”
obsequious, sycophantic, deferential, subservient, fawning, ingratiating, unctuous, groveling, toadyish, slavish, humble, self-abasing; informal slimy, bootlicking, smarmy, sucky. ANTONYMS assertive.

TheXn=Wonder-HeIsTheMostContented-butTheLeastSatisfied.

HolyViolence-IsAboutAFFECTION—>It’sAboutLove-LoveConstraining2Obedience.

Life is reduced to love constraining to obedience.
…U completely surrender yourself to the pursuit and war for what you MOST LOVE.

God brings us into His house [adoption], but do we want to be there?

Abraham’s TRUST [Gen22] #HolyViolence

Wallow in guilt …knowingFullWellJesusPaidItAll!?!?

God forbid that I should BOAST – except in the Lamb Who was Slain!

Assignment – Preach the Gospel to yourself & to one another. 15.5

Paul is ALWAYS preaching the Gospel to himself. Paul hears himself say the Word “Cross” or “Christ” or “Jesus” and HE EXPLODES INTO DOXOLOGY …HIS OBSESSION WITH XS […it’s like he’s just heard musik out of nowhere, and he can’t help but to BURST into dancing!].

#EmblemsOfDevotion[deathinside][tombs]DoNotEntitleUsToHeaven…ChristBloodEntitlesUs2Heaven! DanceFightThroughThisWarZone.

#WhenPraying-LethargyAsOpposedToAgony

Performance Oriented, Perfectionistic, Faith=Try’nHarder, Critical.

NOTObsessedW/performance??Staring@PerfectionXs-SkipLikeCalf [DANCE-DANCE-DANCE]

“It’s my duty to control my destiny.” – Attitude of an Orphan

Evangelism MUST challenge the LIE: “it’s my duty to ctrl my destiny.”
Evangelism MUST challenge the LIE: “i’m basically good.”
Evangelism=CheerUp-You’reAlotWorseThanUthink!
Evangelism MUST challenge: “I used to be bad like you.”
Evangelism=R7.

LONGING: Des.KnowRealMe&BeALLin!

Diligent2AttendWhat?

“GoodGuy”?[Myth]…WhatAboutBadGuy?#SoExclusive

Sabbath=KnowingGod[ThatSimple]

SelfProtection=ABUSIVE
VulturesFeastOnFailuresOfLivesWeCriticize

IV, VI, XXIX

***I have a righteousness not my own.
HAVING a passive righteousness – having a righteousness that comes by faith.
I WANT TO KNOW CHRIST!
WhoDoesThat!? WhoRU?!?