a wonderment cured

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Ever wonder why Christendom is so anemic today? Me too! Though seminarian trained and ordined this padre didn’t feel comfortable with what he was taught. Something was missing, and what was missing was an inability to make the scriptures work for me. Scriptures like, John 14:13-14, which promises, “And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do! That the Father may be glorifed in the son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” It wasn’t some ordinary person making that promise. It was, Jesus Christ, Himself! So why, for me, where my prayers falling upon seemingly deaf ears? Have you ever had that experience?

So after decades of wonderment the cure arrived. From an unexpected source, who suggested the following. “Who is speaking or writing? To whom is it being said to? And what are the circustances before? And what follows after all that has been determined?” I later discovere it had a biblical bases. Found in 2 Timothy 2:15, which says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker, who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Those four questions are tantamount for understanding any negative experiences when exercising prayer. Or for that matter, an experiential understanding of the complete Bible. So, going back to, John 14:13-14, Jesus was talking to His disciples. At a time, when the Jews were still under the mosaic law and all the rituals of temple worship. So those verses have no relevancy for our times and experiences. Which lasted, well into the book of Acts. Until Jesus changed Paul’s destiny and gave him a destiny of radical change.

Because, we are now anchored to grace age experiences, as revealed to the Apostle Paul for us today. Note, Galatians 1:15-16, “But when it pleased God, who separted me from my mother’s womb, and called me through His grace. To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the gentiles. I did not immeditely confer with flesh and blood.”

So to complete this journey concerning prayer during the time of grace turn to Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and mimds through Christ Jesus.” Note there is no all inclusive promises, as was the case from, John 14:13-14. Different time, and circumstances woven around the aforementioned questions. Also, a slow meticulous study of Romans chapter eight will be most helpful for the understanding of prayer and other matters as well.

It is strongly recommended, for a stalwart Christo experience master Paul’s writings. With Christo being interpreted as enlightened and anointed. Something that’s not likely to occur, if one is closely associated with modern day Christendom. It’s also strongly recommended that home Bible study groups are formed.

Mission possible

It has been said, “Within every cloud is a silver lining.” Suggestive that every ill situation has a good aspect attached with in it.

“I see ye visibly, and now believe That He the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill are but as slavish officers of vengeance, Would send a glistering guardian, if need were to keep my life and honour unassailed.

Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud (mourning garment) turn forth her lining on the night? I did not err; there does a sable cloud turn forth her silver lining on the night. And cast a gleam over this tufted grove,” John Milton, 1634.

Picking up from where we quit yesterday.

“But yet a tenth will be in it, and will return and be for consuming, as a terebinth tree or as an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump.” Text:Isaiah 6:13.

Though the prognosis is dismal from the aforementioned quoted scriptures from Isaiah chapter six used yesterday. The scriptures remain true.”For with God nothing is impossible,” and, “The Lord is not lack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Texts:Luke 1:37; 2 Peter 3:9.

Islam is intended to be God’s officers of vengeance upon the United States because she has forsaken her Judea-Christian values. The nations silver lining is in her mourning garment within that cloud which is her silver lining. And with her mourning it becomes as though the United States never sinned.

Newness of life is hers. With God declaring, “You are my witnesses, says the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen. That you may know and believe Me. And understand that I am He. Before Me there is no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I even I am the LORD, and besides Me there is no Savior.” Texts:Isaiah 43:10-11. And that is the uncompromising messages that the ones, who like Isaiah say, “Here am I send me.” Text:Isaiah 6:8b.

It was also said in a previous discussion that to reverse the strangling weed of Islam that it would take a supernatural phenomenon. Like the mysterious celestial seraphims that launched God’s tirade of anger by telling Isaiah let them perish. And, their cites desolate wastelands. It’s found through the stumps of trees that appear dead but whose seeds survive because they are holy. Text: Isaiah 6:13. Suggesting that they weren’t stumps of trees after all. But rather the supernatural phenomena of Acts 12:29-13:2. “For our God is a consuming fire. Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for some have unwittingly entertained angels.”

The United States is to far gone to be saved. Unless the ones who say, “LORD send me.” Can vision like, John Milton, and say for self and nation. “I see ye visibly and now believe that He, the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill. Are but as slavish officers of vengeance. Would send a glistering guardian if need were to keep my life and honour unassailed.”

Reviewing the War March of Holy Week

Christendoms holiest of weeks offers many supernatural lessons which are foreign to much of Christendom. Which is most likely the reason, why the church is a shrinking rather than a growing institution. It had its beginning in a synagogue in Capernaum, Israel. With Jesus later saying this, “The world can not hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its works are evil.” (Scriptural text:John 7:7). It was hoped by the religious and political authorities that his execution would end his threat to them. It took awhile, but that’s pretty much the way it is today.

One of the supernatural lessons about Holy Week is that in His death, we have life. But life is a gift that carries many responsibilities. One of which is to announce that ways of the world are evil.

Jesus gave us something very special which is for rejuvenation purposes for the war exhausted Christ warrior. So, Jesus entering Jerusalem, with many people having come to the feast (Jewish Passover or Feast of Unleavened Bread), if there is a history to be known it’s that history. Because today it carries this commemoration, (1) Palm Sunday is an act of remembrance. “For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till he returns.” (Scriptural text:1 Corinthians 11:26). (2) It’s about life, not death. “Most assuredly, I say say unto you. Those that believe on me have everlasting life. I am the bread of life.” (Scriptural texts:John 6:47-48). Jesus then contrasted the Feast of the Unleavened Bread, with those people who are now dead. (Scriptural text:John 6:49).

With the miracle of substantiation meaning how one thing becomes another. A man and a woman stand at the alter of holy matrimony and are declared husband and wife. It’s an unexplainable miracle how those two people become one. But, Genesis 2:24, declares it to be so. So it is with the following supernatural lesson of John 6:50-51, “This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, they shall live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” As then, so it is today with people wondering how can this Man give us His flesh to eat? verse 52.

Then with Jesus quickly responding with this statement, “Most assuredly I say unto you. Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you. They who eat My flesh, and drink My blood, you have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed and My blood is drink indeed. They that eat My flesh, and drink My blood, dwells in Me, and I in him. As the living Father has sent Me, and I live by the Father, so they who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven. Not as your fathers ate the manna and are dead. They who eat this bread will live forever.” (Scriptural texts John 6:53-58).

Following that conversation, the next day people took palm branches, and went to greet him, and cried, Hosanna! (meaning liberator) Blessed is the King of Israel, that comes in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when He had found a young ass, sat upon it, as it was written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold your King comes sitting on an ass’s colt.” (Scriptural texts:John 12:13-15). Jesus brought His messianic message to His people which they rejected then and still reject.

Nevertheless Christendom must stand with Israel for reasons that will unfold. Christendom must oppose all attempts that would compromise Israel in any way. As most know that in late 2012, the United Nations General Assembly took a step closer to granting statehood to the Palestinians by upgrading their status to being a nonmember state. It has many ramifications one of which is to use the World Court to prosecute Israeli leaders for occupying Palestinian lands. Which Israel captured in its defensive war, including Jerusalem, against the Arab/Muslim world.

Should that occur, it would be a betrayal of Israel because the United States came into existence through the ancestry of Israel. The people of Israel and the United States are one people. Making us an inseparable people. A bond many despise, especially the Arab/Muslim world. Putting it bluntly, any world body, nation state, individual that refuses to stand with Israel is an enemy of God.

Be that what it may, should the aforementioned move to harm Israel. It’ll bring with it severe consequences. We have these promises from Genesis 12:1-3. First Abraham was told to go to a land that we know as Palestine or Canaan. There Israel would become a great nation and would be blessed. With Israel becoming a blessing to the world community. With the eternal God of Israel promising to bless those who bless Israel or curse them that refuse.

The week of all weeks, Holy Week, which is sacred to all true believers in Christ. Finds what is sacred being compromised, as though Jerusalem has little significances to us. Well it does have significances, as Jesus arrived in Jerusalem to start Holy Week. And will reign from there, when he establishes his earthly kingdom there. That process started when it was announced that the King of Israel had arrived. (Scriptural text:John 12:13). Making a statement that Jerusalem belonged to the Jewish Christian alliance.

Wake up O! Body of Believers, our sovereignty as a bonded people with Israel is under attack on many fronts. Through the nations legitimatizing of gay unions. By so doing they have sided with Satan by cursing God. Defying what God said makes for a marriage. Which is a union of a man and a woman.

Christendom needs to learn how to act up, so it can act out with out violence. One suspects that modern day Christendom doesn’t have the slightest clue as to how to act out so it act without violence. Perhaps if learned, then maybe, God will spare America from destruction awhile longer.

Dreams to live hope to give

The previous day was a very busy day for Jesus. In total, Jesus used fifteen different stories to illustrate His various doctrines. This padre touched upon one of them by discussing the story of the landowner. So here is another one, and it’s important because there Jesus clearly draws the line. Making it very clear, concerning some of what he expects Christians to accomplish. It is referred to as the parable of the sheep and the goats. For discussion purposes it can be tagged as, dreams to live and hope to give.

It is significant for reasons other than Christian service to the community. It is the last time that Jesus would visit the temple. Soon thereafter, the Hebrew law would be set aside, and the age of grace would be offered to the world community. For years, I have been very fond of an acronym for grace. It is the featured story of Holy Week, but one would never think so with the emphasis on new clothes, colored eggs, and chocolate bunnies. A disgrace to the holiness of Holy Week. The acronym is as follows. for “g” God, “r” Riches, “a” At, “c” Christ, “e” Expense.” The central message of Holy Week but not the only message of importance.

The known world at the time of Christ was to experience the most phenomenal event in world history. The ushering in and the establishment of Christianity. Only to be followed by yet another phenomenal event. Recorded in Revelation 19:15, “He will smite the nations ruling them with a rod of iron.” With the grand climax occurring as pronounced in Matthew 25:34. “….Come you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” That folks is the complete history of Holy Week and the age of grace. It’s what we Christ followers have to look forward to, when we walk the talk and when necessary pay the price. Perhaps to experience contempt, prosecutions, jail and even death.

What we do not know, when will Jesus will end the madness, of and, between the nations? And when will the blessed of His Father, inherit the promised kingdom? What we do know is that turbulent times will come into existence. Sometime during the later part of the age of the church. Making it virtually impossible for rational states to exist and govern from a perspective of sanity. Mainly because the multiple swirling of catastrophic events by ISSI. Including diseases, unemployment, hunger and water shortages. With unprecedented powerful earthquakes hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and droughts because of global warming. Forcing Christ to intervene, and later to usher in His kingdom.

The last message Jesus delivered at the temple set the standard for Christian behavior. Jesus said that failure to preform this duty would have serious consequences. So adamant was Jesus that he promised to someday gather the people of all nations to a summit at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. In Matthew 25:32, Jesus compared this summit as a division between sheep and goats. There they would have to give an account for their successes or failures. The sheep are the righteous for they honored their Christian responsibility while the goats failed. The reward the sheep experience is recorded in Matthew 25:34. With the King saying to the sheep. “Come you, blessed of My father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Why? “Hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, imprisoned, and you provided for my temporal needs,” verses 35-36. They asked, “When did we do this?” verses 37-39, Jesus answered, “… inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me,” verse 40. This discussion should be read in conjunction with yesterday’s discussion, “The economics of Holy Week.”

The experience of the goats is recorded in verses 41-46. They wanted to know from Jesus when had they failed. Jesus simply answered. Failure to provide for the temporal needs of the people is the same as not doing it to me. The goats will go away into everlasting punishment. While the sheep, experience life eternal.

Envision our Christ like responsibility as a series of visions to enact. Meaning to pattern life after His and with hope to give by offering Christ like solutions. For all Christians it should encompass our lives daily. One person at a time and one issue at a time. Done without a lot of noise or notice. Especially, with issues, which usually represented projects of some sort of controversy.

The Christ reference to “imprisonment,” verse 36, has caused this padre to speculate on what was meant by that expression. Concluding that those behind bars should be visited. But the deeper metaphorical meaning is represented by people, imprisoned by life’s cruel circumstances, verse 40. Some self inflicted and others by circumstances beyond their control.

As Christ followers, we should look for opportunities to offer hope. Remember, hope to give. Done with no noise or notice just hope from those with dreams to live. The point being that it is something all Christ followers can do. Few of us can change the world, but all of us can help a little.

This day in the life of Jesus moves on with it being a day of teaching. Making it a rather peaceful day for Jesus. But, not for the religious leaders. One can only imagine how Jesus upset them. Talking about setting aside their law dating back thousands of years. This talk about everlasting life or eternal punishment. Jesus claiming foreknowledge of his death. But the death would only be temporary because of his resurrection, ascension to to be with his Father, later to return and establish a kingdom on earth.

Wow! they must have concluded this is the talk of a crazy man who is becoming more dangerous to the existing establishment. They must have thought, if this continues there may well be a revolution. A successful revolution was possible they thought. Because more, and more people were siding with Jesus. What to do, they wondered. With the high priest Caiaphas presiding they concluded that they would have to capture Jesus by surprise and kill him, Matthew 26:2-4. But they would have to over come a major hurdle because it was nearing passover. And they did not want to further enrage the people. They would need assistance, and the assistance they would receive would came from the inside. One by betrayal and the other by denial which in itself is picturesque. Meaning his sheep with dreams to live and hope to give can expect adversity to strike from the unexpected.

People are needed especially those who want want to change the world the Christ way. In the previous discussions it was suggested that it could be accomplished by up setting the apple cart. Implementing the duality of Matthew 21:41,… destroy those wicked men and create a new vineyard where economic justice is a justice of the work force. For this discussion changing the world the Christ way is offering dreams to live and hope to give. All in accordance with Matthew 25:37-40.

Why u don’t want a Muslim as a neighbor

A little south of Jerusalem lies a community of about 75,000 people called Ephrathah. We might call it a state. Because nestled there is a city of maybe 4,000 people. It’s a rather famous Jewish settlement because of it’s biblical name, Bethlehem. Which was made famous because of the biblical prophecy concerning the birth of Jesus. “But you, Bethlehem, though you are small among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting,” Micah 5:2. Israel captured Bethlehem during their six day war with Arab/Muslim world. Then came the Oslo Peace Accord with Israel returning the governance of Bethlehem back to the Arab/Muslim world namely the Palestinian Authority.

Today our holy city of Bethlehem is under Muslim Palestinian rule. And just a little north those same Muslim Palestinians want to eradicate the Jewish presences from Jerusalem. And most of Christendom is willing to let one evil continue and then extend itself to Jerusalem. There is little chance that enough Jews/Christians are willing to step up and return Bethlehem to Jewish rule and then to deny Jerusalem the anguish of Muslim madness. Because another biblical prophecy declares them to be wild with viciousness. Making Muslims really terrible neighbors. You can discover this truth in Genesis 16:12.

What’s the answer? War! But the modern church is to splintered, and without an army. That was so effective in wiping out this Muslim menace from Christendoms holy places centuries ago. So the answer is to use God’s most powerful weapon prayer. How about this one, “You therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the nations; be not merciful to any wicked transgressors, ” Psalms 59:5.

Sleepless Nights

“Sometimes, I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night,'” Charlie Brown.

Wonder if it could be because, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. Maybe some experiencing sleepless nights need to get rid of those sins, and then experience the glory of God. It’s easy go to Matthew 6:12, which encourages us to confess our sins, and to learn to forgive others who have harmed us. And by doing that, you are brought into the family of God by believing. Tell God that you believe in His only begotten son, John 3:15-16. Then eternal life is yours, that lasts forever. Then the newness of Christ will be yours to experience, 2 Corinthians 5:17.

“The secret of a good sermon is to have a good opening and a good ending, then have the two as close together as possible,” George Burns. Good sermons are those preached by Jesus. Always given with a good opening and to the point with a quick ending. Like unless you repent you shall parish. Read one of them for yourself with two examples at Luke 13:2-5. Or how about his sermon on marriage, found in Matthew 19:4-5. Also representing the shortest explanation for disallowing gay marriages. With no voluminous explanations. Just truth, a long forgotten American way. Go for it all and get real! Make a difference that counts. And, counts forever.

Christians on a Sunday holiday could be in for a surprise

On any given Sunday, millions flock to Christian churches. Their reasons for attendance would be varied. One reason most likely would be fear. Fear of the unknown, generated by death. Hoping that membership, and participation in various activities would be acceptable. Which might include acceptance of Christ as Savior. Followed by baptism and holy communion. So that when the inevitable occurs, they will find themselves ushered off to eternal life in the very presence of Christ.

That is what most Christian churches teach. Conceding that the teaching varies from denomination to denomination. One might wonder, why they can not come together as one? Seems reasonable that Christ, would prefer His church to speak with one voice.

Consider suffering and death, some wonder why God does not intervene to stop the suffering of the innocent? Especially when such occurrences involve children. The answer, God has given humanity what it has most desired. A kingdom, without Him in it.

During the age of the church which God has established with humanity since the murder of Christ. God is silent, aloof and uninvolved in the affairs of humanity. The management of the kingdom, or the planet is in the hands of humanity. Which is why millions of innocents of all ages experience unexplainable suffering, and death. As well as the evils, tyrants have inflicted upon humanity over the centuries and reaching us today. Such as what is experienced through religions like Islam and monsters like pedophiles.

So it is with the management of the church, it is why we have the garden variety of churches to choose from. The church speaks for itself, and if the church chooses to exclude Christ, for now God is silent. Because He has spoken, by providing the church with his written word. Obviously something is wrong. Because the doctrines offered by the church, are as many as the specs of sand on a beach and as varied.

The understanding of the aforementioned comes from Jesus, who said, “… for He makes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust,” Matthew 5:45. Meaning no God intervention in the affairs of humanity. The course of history will play out as recorded in the scriptures. There will be no favoritism because one knows Christ as their redeemer. What happens, happens, irrespective of who is who or what is what.

With that being said, all followers of Christ have the responsibility to make sure that their beliefs are well rooted in the scriptures and are doctrinally sound. Here is were to begin by looking at a text from the gospel of John. Jesus is talking to some believing Jews and said, “If you continue in My word, then you are my disciples indeed!” John 8:31. Note carefully the next verse, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” You can escape the confusion of indoctrination perpetuated by both the government and church. Both want one way, or another a society that looks alike, thinks alike and acts alike. Individualism is a curse for both. The Jesus way requires the converse of both government and church.

Escape the nonsense by indoctrination of the following. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” 2 Timothy 2:15, which is no easy task. The only reliable text worth following are the words of Christ for determining church doctrines. People can, and should direct their attention to other scriptural texts apart from the words of Christ. But only, if they can be connected to something Jesus taught. Don’t neglect the Old Testament. Because many connective gems rest there, connecting the Old Testament with the New Testament. Master those scriptures, and compare your findings with the teaching of most churches. There you will discover vast disparities at best and at worse shallowness. With many churches operating as cash machines. Using the money for the building of self serving kingdoms.

Time to switch gears and make our lives count for Christ. Because! Most churches serve as the problem and not the solution. Jesus gave us the only reliable doctrines to base our believe system upon. With it all starting here, “Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed in Him. ‘If you abide in my word, you are my disciples indeed,” John 8:31. Those who can identify with John 8:31 which is the foundation for discipleship. That leads us to purpose of the cross Christ bore.

It is the recognition of the Christ mission for His church.There Christ directs Christians in Matthew 16:24, to take up His cross and follow Him. Taking up His cross allows for the discovery some imperatives. In Christianity, the cross is not the emblem of suffering and shame. It has been made to seem that way by those who want a Christ kingdom without the Christ effect. Suffering is exemplified by Christ Himself when nailed to the cross. Sometimes suffering is necessary in order to advance Christendom. Shame because it exemplifies the Roman empires purpose to humiliate state offenders, meaning the followers of Christ. Today it is the same as far as the cross symbolizing shame But only, if Christendom takes it belly up, as an act of surrender. Christendom needs a new life from a church that is tired of being beaten up by the state. That is the true emblem of suffering and shame. When in essences most of our parishioners have succumbed to the authority of the church, as bedfellows with the state.

Jesus said this, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant his master,vs.24 of Matthew ten. It is not enough for the disciple to be like his teacher and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of the household! verse 25. Beelzebub is suggestive of  a fake deity or even another name for Satan.

Everything Christ taught was designed to help believers overcome and endure the lessons contained in Matthew 10:24-25. You got to read the scattered pieces of the puzzle as you assemble it

Like baptism for the disciples of John 8:31. Baptism is first the confession of personal sins and then the renunciation of sin, Matthew 3:6. Followed by the baptism by Jesus of the Holy Spirit and fire, verse 11. Which will be a discussion, for another time. Note the baptism of Christ, Matthew 3:13-17.

Once the disciple has taken those steps they are worthy of Holy Communion which is how disciples are rejuvenated to continue this struggle of hardship.

When all is said and down Jesus put it this way. Failure to take up the cross. Then executing the Christ mission. Ends with disciples not worthy of Christ. The actual text, “And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of me,” Matthew 10:38.

What could that mean? It could mean that life eternal may be quite different. Than what those millions of church people expect, when they flock to church on Sundays and the inevitable occurs, death.

Jesus said this to His original disciples. “Assuredly, I say to you what it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, ” Matthew 19:23. Which is what eternal life is all about. Again Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” Matthew 19:24. When his disciples heard that statement they were amazed, asking, “Who then can be saved?” Verse 25. Which is contrary to what most churches teach today.

What then does that mean? It means the door to eternal life may well be very different from what many expect. Best advice is to study what the scriptures teach and make sure your life complies with those scriptures.

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, With men this impossible, but with God all things are possible,”For Jesus said to his amazed disciples, “With men this impossible; but with God all things are possible,” Matthew 19:26.

From this, it seems that to follow Christ places great obligations upon his followers. Most certainly, Christ does offer a plan of expectations with a clearly defined mission. With equally defined consequences.

Battle Hymn of the Christian

It you are one of those people, who like the ‘happy days’ of Sunday. Where nothing happens besides shaking hands, smiling and singing, then these discussions are not for you. But on the other hand, if you have the spirit of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran clergyman in Nazi Germany. Who would not flee the country, when he had the chance. But stayed to be a voice of opposition against Nazism, was arrested and executed for his stance. While in prison, knowing his fate, he had the strength to write manuscripts. Which were later published as books about the true cost of being a Christian.

The voice of God can not be silenced. Dietrich’ courage lives on to inspire the people belonging to Christ. Are you one of us, not necessarily Lutheran? But redeemed by the atonement of His blood, as the perfect example for standing against evil in behalf of the good. Perfectly pictured in Revelation 19:13, needing this, Ezekiel 3:3, because of Isaiah 53:1-14. Then indeed these discussions are for you. Because you may want to join us, and become a part of an underground movement. Designed to defend the cause of Christ and advance his message and purpose.

That every knee shall bow and every tongue shall swear the righteousness of God. Who said, “Look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return. That to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue take an oath.” He shall say, “Surely in the LORD I have righteousness and strength. To Him shall men come, and all shall be ashamed, who are incensed against Him. In the LORD all the descendants of Israel shall be be justified, and shall glory,” Isaiah 45:22-25. And that justification was accomplished through His crucifixion and resurrection. It’s what John, Ezekiel and Isaiah were talking about.

Anchored by Paul himself, the evangelist sent by God, to offer redemption to those of us who are not Jews. For it is written, “As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then, each of us shall give an account of himself to God,” Romans 14:11-12. “That at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and those on earth and those under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father,” Philippians 2:10-11. Why? Because, “God also highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name,” Philippians 2:9.

Know this, “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ,” Philippians 3:18. Just who is the enemy of the cross of Christ, so that we might slay them with His gospel. There are many, but none more dangerous to the cross of Christ than two, one of which is a Muslim, no matter where he or she is found.

And the other, none other than our United States government, commissioned by God to protect the republic against such evils. It’s observable that the government is determined to be the vocal cords for the Islamic call of Allahu akbar. God is great. While conversely, being the vocal cords for destroying our Judeo-Christian heritage. While equally moving to separate what God designed to be an inseparable union with Israel.

The answer: “Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever, I command you,” said Jesus, John 15:13-14. Which is to execute the aforementioned scriptures of Romans and Philippians.

The power of the tongue

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof,” Proverbs 18:21. But put another way, what we say can preserve life or destroy it; so we must accept the consequences of our words.

Living the long life

According to scientist, who study the effects of physical exertion on longevity. You can expect to receive two hours of life extension from every hour spent exercising. If exercise were a medication, experts believe that it would be the most heavily prescribed in the history of medicine. (source:Competitor Magazine, Page 20, September issue, 2009).

All the more reason to keep our bodies fit. “What know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have of God, and you are not your own. For you were bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s,” 1 Corinthians 6:19. Rooted in Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Note the four aspects of our bodies. The physical: bodies living sacrifice. The Spiritual:Holy acceptable to God which is our reasonable service. The mental:Accomplished by the renewing of our minds. The Social:By our deeds doing the perfect will of God.

Light what it means

The chatter was all about the free market with the mysterious hand of God guiding the nation to economic prosperity. Shadowed and protected by the light of the world, Jesus Christ. Who was often pictured as the light in the harbor, signaling the route to safety.

Which actually has a biblical bases, found in Genesis 49:22-24. Where we discover these words, “Joseph is a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over a wall. The archers (enemies Israel/U.S.) have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him (Nazism, Islam). But his bow abode in strength and the arms of his hands made strong by the mighty God of Jacob. From there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel,” The United States is an extension of Israel.

Personal, and global prosperity evolves around a people and their nation, whose dependence is upon the God of Jacob or Israel. The very ancestry of Jesus Christ is traced back to the very God of Jacob. And from Christ forward, to our very times. Where Jesus spoke saying, “I am the light of the world; they that follow me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life,” John 8:12. With the emphasis upon the phrase, “but shall have the light of life.” Perhaps no people in humanities long history has placed a greater dependence upon the God of Jacob and Jesus Christ. Then the American people and the government of the United States. But that reliance is fast slipping into the annuals of the abyss of darkness, where the teachings of the God of Jacob, and Jesus Christ are being ignored. Resulting with God’s light of life flickering off and on. The light of God is what results in personal and national prosperity. When that light stays off permanently, then the people and the national government will really experience economic ruination. Effecting every avenue of existence. Causing multiple ramifications which Americans had a taste of from the so called great recession of 2008. Which America, has not completely recovered from. God’s flickering light is staying on the off position longer. Resulting in a people, and their government being blinded by the lack of light. It’s like driving down a familiar road blind folded. How far would one get without crashing the car. What’s next? Can’t see, no light, it’s a guessing game trying to get somewhere that can’t be seen. Confusion sets in making one vulnerable to the conditions around you. The United States is a confused nation. She needs to return to the giver of light which is Jesus Christ. Or America will experience the elements of her blindness. Which will come from the thrashing that the sons of Islam will inflict upon the United States, as America engages Muslims abroad and at home.

Let the naysayer laugh and mock because God will have the last laugh of mockery. It’s recorded in the Psalms. With these words, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; and the Lord shall have them in derision,” Psalms 2:4. Will America reclaim her godly light?  And be returned to the vines of prosperity nourished by the deep wells of God’s eternal water? I think not!

The God of Jacob said that it would be through his church which would radiate the required light, Note Revelation 1:20, the mystery of the 7 stars and the 7 golden lampstands. Then we find these words in Revelation 2:5, “Remember, therefore, from where you have fallen; and repent, and do your first works, or else I will come to you quickly, and remove your lampstand from its place, except you repent.” So the American destiny is in the hands of the church.

And if the people within the land of plenty are seeing the plenty disappear, it’s because the lampstand has been removed from its place. Want it Back? Done through individual and national repentance, and perhaps God will once again replace our lampstand in its rightful place. And, with it a return to the land of plenty.

The journey of a crow

Master Crow sat on a tree
Holding cheese in his beak.

Master Fox was attracted by the odour,
And, tried to attract him thus.

Mister Crow, good day to you.
You are a handsome and good looking bird!
You are the Phoenix of the forest.

Hearing those words the Crow felt great joy.
And, to demonstrate his beautiful voice,
He opened his mouth wide, and let drop his prey.

The Fox seized it and said, “My good Sir,
Know that every flatterer, lives at the expense of those who take him seriously.
This a lesson that is worth a cheese no doubt.”

The Crow, embarrassed, and confused swore though sometime later.
That he would not be tricked again. (source:17th. century poet, Jean De La Fontaine)

Sometimes so much can be said, by saying so little. Mr. De La Fontain’s short fable is a case in point. This writer suspects that each reader has a separate and distinct application to crow about.

For many, like the Crow, embarrassment and confusion settles in, and takes its tow. One marvels why the tricks works repeatedly. Surely, its not the human condition to trust. So it must be the result social conditioning that allows for repeated trickery.

Indeed much can be said by saying so little, “Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles to any person. For I know not how to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away,” Job 32:21-22. What a simple Biblical truth, if only practiced, a better world would occur.

For this chat, think in terms of personal behavior. There are many sink holes to be avoided, but none greater than being tricked by the practice of accepting foxy flattery. Which will surely drown one in the sink hole of embarrassment and confusion, from which nothing desirable can emerge.

With many behaviors that tie us up in knots because of the foxy schemes of trickery. Putting us in that state of embarrassment and confusion. So, here is another simple truth that has many variables, within and outside of this discussion. But for now, think in terms of a scriptural truth because it’s personal and absent a flatter. “And if you know the truth, the truth shall set you free,” John 8:32.

The gospel can be preached in many different ways. The 12th. century Friar Saint Francis of Assisi counseled, “go forth and preach the gospel; if necessary use words.” Suggesting that it is how we live and not what we say that matters. What a great way for not being the fox that flatters to get what it wants. Or the crow, shamed by trickery. Accomplish ones pursuits by the way one lives and not by how one talks. Making the world a better place is a two way street for the crow and the fox. Because, foxiness is a lesson not worth a cheese no doubt.

It kind of works this way by living the talk. Jesus put it this way, “The wind blows where it will, and you can hear the sound of it, but can not tell from where it came, and where it will go; so is every one that is born of the Spirit,” John 3:8. It’s kind of magical because the results can be so profound.

The crow is picturesque for our secular world where ‘getting’ is often accomplished through flattery. For those harmed, vows are silently and sometimes not so silently, promised. Swearing though sometimes later not to be foxed again. Maybe that time has arrived. When the winds of John 3:8 can whirl one into a ‘different world.’ It can happen by a slow concentrated reading of the third chapter of John’s gospel. Because this a lesson, worth a cheese no doubt that the fox and the crow would attest too.

‘different world?’

A case for patience

A half starved fox, who saw in the hollow of an oak tree some bread and meat left by shepherds, crept in and ate it.

With his stomach swollen, he could not get out again. Another fox, passing by and hearing his cries and lamentations, came up asked what was the matter?

On being told, he said, ‘Well, stay there till you are thin as you were when you went in; then you will get out quite quickly.’

This tale shows how time solves difficult problems. (source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-A Case for Patience)

“Be therefore, not anxious about tomorrow; for tomorrow will be anxious for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is its own evil,” Matthew 6:24.

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” Hebrews 13:8.

Notes from prison

Have you ever thought what it would be like to be hauled off to prison? Suspecting that you would never leave that prison alive! What kind of thoughts would race through ones mind when anticipating such a fate. Would their be confusion, fear, anger, hate, anxiety or composure Most people find the lack of certainty for ones tomorrows unsettling, especially when the outcome appears to be rather dismal.

A Lutheran clergyman and university professor lived that experience. His reaction seemed to be one of extreme composure. Working as an intense person seeing the larger world around him as opposed to the real world of reality. One can only imagine the wisdom he parted to his students. Who were fortunate enough to absorb his lectures. No doubt Christ, saw him as a man who practiced, Matthew 3:8, 24/7. Which says, “Bring forth, therefore, fruits worthy of repentance.” A worthy goal for each of us to strive for, in our own humble and inadequate ways.

Interesting enough, when one experiences the newness of life in Christ. Very ordinary people like you and me are able to become more than we ever thought we could become. That is the lesson of, 2 Corinthians 5:7-8. Which reads, “For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” That kind of strength comes from 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, “If any person be in Christ, they become new creations; old things are passed away *behold* all things are become new. And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given unto us the ministry of reconciliation.”

Professor Bonhoeffer participated with an underground movement that plotted to kill Adolf Hitler. He was executed for his participation in that plot. But while imprisoned, he composed a manuscript of his thoughts. They were later published and the book was titled, “Letters from Prison.”

Here are a some of his thoughts. “In the larger sense the entire planet is the House of God. Suggesting that the Christ followers should be chasing the money changers from the House of God. And providing for the temporal needs of humanity. But commerce and government have little to worry about because Christianity has become the whore of commerce and government. Leaving a small contingent of Christ followers to execute his edicts for the temporal survival of the masses. And as any observer can see, the scale is very tilted in favor of commerce and government.”

There came one, John the Baptist, who perhaps was Bonhoeffer’s inspiration. He told the people that if they had two coats give one away. The same sharing should occur with food, Luke 3:11. Providing for the temporal needs of the community is an intricate part of our Christian responsibility. But as we all know, the more things change, the more they stay the same. As Bonhoeffer noted, commerce and government have little to worry about from the Christian community. But he also noted which is true today, there will always exist a small contingent of Christ followers, who will execute his edicts.

Bonhoeffer and John the Baptist shared another commonality. They both sacrificed their lives for their behavior based on their belief in God’s edicts. Both preached, the life transforming power of Christ. John the Baptist put it this way, “…I indeed baptize with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am unworthy to untie. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit …,” Luke 3:16.

Bonhoeffer put it this way, ” Cheap grace is the deadly sin and the enemy of the church. We are fighting today for costly grace. Cheap grace is the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner.”

The life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer represents what costly grace means. All of his books are a worthy read because they are based upon sound Christian theology with practical applications. Every life counts, and every contribution matters. No matter how small the contribution might seem. Because in Christ, there is no such thing as a small contribution. It is just a matter of finding the proper seeds to sow, based upon the climate.

Jesus and His Kingdom

“In this manner,” said Jesus, “Therefore pray, “… Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth, as in heaven,” Matthew 6:10. “Your kingdom come,” seems to be the second most important aspect or qualifier when praying, as Jesus prioritized prayer for us. And if so, how many Christians have those concerns as priorities when praying? That is shared just to stimulated thinking among the scores of us who pray.

That phrase, “Your kingdom come,” represents the first advent of Jesus. He came to fulfill the Davidic Covenant which the Jews rejected. With Jesus turning to the Gentiles, “To take out of this people for his name,” Acts 15:14. Be great full, and praise his holy name.

With the forth coming provision for Jews and Gentiles. “After this, I will return (2nd advent) and rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up. So that the rest of mankind may see the LORD. Even all the Gentiles, who are called by my name. Says the LORD, who does all these things,” Acts 15:16-17. (As we say, to the judge, side bar your honor). Some thing to be heard just between the lawyers and the judge arguing before the court. But this side bar is different, it’s designed to be a side bar absent the judge. Which is to recall, the instructions of Jesus when praying , who said, when you pray, say our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed is your name. A command to praise the Father. God deserves our ever ending praise for what he has done and will do with the account found in Acts 15:16-17). Without any question this is important to our God. Praise his holy name, as redeemer and for being faithful to his word.

It is God’s will from heaven because part ‘b’ or the 3rd. qualifier by Jesus who instructed us to pray. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as in heaven.” So there is an in between period between those clauses of Matthew 6:10. Which is for the body of believers, who are the church having this as our responsibility. Preceded by this from Jesus, himself, “All authority is given to me in heaven and earth,” Matthew 28:18b. “Go you, therefore, and make disciple of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age, Amen,” Matthew 28:19-20.

Historically folks that’s it. All that has been going on between the heavens and earth. And causing so many questions to be asked, like what’s the reason for all of earths calamities? Easy answer rejection of Christ. Solution, execution of what has been expressed here and with the last few discussions on the subject about praying.

It’ll end though this way, “Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God, the Father, when he puts an end to all rule, and all authority and power,” 1 Corinthians 15:24. We should return to giving praise to the Father, who is sacred and perfect. Because, he’ll bring all of earths calamities to an end. That’s why we pray, according to the instructions of Jesus. “Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”

Making prayer understandable, practical, useful and fulfilling is what is being presented. With so much being left unsaid. Want to know more? Engage this padre in some learning and thought provoking lectures. Find me through the navigation link by clicking upon the ‘contact us’ tab.

Guaranteed, it’s not what most would expect to hear. And most likely, subject matter never heard before. Serious talk for serious times.

Understanding today’s world

In a nutshell, this is what troubles today’s world. Mayhem makes life very difficult revolving around the letter (W) in our alphabet. Representing work and war because work is a requirement for making ends meet financially and governments seem to think that war is the means to that end. And in between, a more favorite letter (R) hoping it’ll provide a double portion of (R&R), rest and relaxation for our exhausted selves.

Sometimes big problems can be resolved through easy understanding. It does not get any simpler than this, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds would be exposed,” John 3:19-20. Resulting in lots of (W’) and little (R&R).

Solutions for our understanding are manifested this way. “But he that does the truth comes to the light that his deeds may be clearly seen, and that they have been done in God,” John 3:21.

How can one understand for sure that the truth comes from the light wrought in God? Thus ruling out all other approaches to God.  Again simply as follows, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might through him be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned; but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God,”John 3:16-18. Mayhem expresses itself though not believing and is overcome by the solution for truth being manifested in the light. So that ones deeds are manifested as purposed in God through experience. Anchored in the experience of 2 Corinthians 5:17, where we have this proof that it is the Christ experience that sets itself apart from from other religious claims of infallibility. “Therefore if any person be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away. BEHOLD! All things have become new.” When it happens to you, you will know it by experience.

Greater help or clarity can be obtained by reading yesterdays discussion, “God is nothing more than a hullabaloo.”

Situational Ethics

Knowing that our days are numbered to the last day. A time known only to God, Job 14:5. Then follow the instructions given by Jesus Christ. Who said, when you pray, Say, “Thy kingdom come! Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” Matthew 6:10.

Thomas asked Jesus in John 14:5, “We know not where you go, how will we know the way?” Jesus answered in another discussion with his disciples offered this truth concerning the condition of a blind man. “But that the works of God should be made manifest through him,” John 9:3.

Jesus said after due adulation to our Father, pray for His kingdom to come. Imploring Him that His will be done here on earth just like it is in heaven. (Scriptural text:Matthew 6:10. This is what our work, as Christians, on this earth is all about. No matter what condition we find ourselves in, pray for his will to be done. We may not know the way to the end, as suggested in John 14:5. But this we know, whatever condition or state of affairs we are in, it’s that way so that God may be manifested through us, revealed in John 9:3. Because it’s better that God’s will be completed in our lives, then the glory of earthly riches fall upon us. A truth, Marked penned in chapter 8:36. The Psalmist said it’s all about building a house according to plan, otherwise, it’s for naught. For lack of sufficient help, Psalms 127:1.

Pursuits of our coming and going

The aging Apostle John, when scripting his first epistle refers to his audience as little children. It is not an expression of belittlement or disrespect. But rather advice from an individual humbled by his experiences. A man who was exiled by the government to the island of Patmos because of his testimony in behalf of Jesus Christ. (Scriptural text:Revelation 1:9). No doubt the government thought that this would silence him. But while there, John, had some experiences shared by just a few. And it started somewhere from behind him, he heard a voice saying, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. What you see write in a book,” (Scriptural text:Revelation 1:10-11). John was told to write about the things which he had experienced. Then to record the events which were to transpire from that day to ours and beyond. Finally writing about the events which would occur in the distance future. (Scriptural text:Revelation 1:19).

And so, from John we have these words, “I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake, 1 John1:12. And between those words, we have the account of what separates us from God and what is responsible for human misery. To the very redemption and restoration of our spirits to their divine origins. With the aid of God, we are able to conquer ourselves. Which in every way is greater than if one was to conquer the entire world. Which is what besets us because to much time is spent trying to conquer individual worlds. And in some instances, conquering literally the entire world. And this man of many experiences passed along to us this eternal advice, “And the world passes away, and the lusts of it, but they that do the will of God abides forever.” (Scriptural text 1 John 2:17). So, a word to the wise, do the will of God. What is the will of God? It is different for each person, but as a rule of thumb, it usually something important to you. Whatever it is for you, do it by apply scriptural texts to your interest.

If it weren’t true it would be funny

The phone rings and the lady of the house answers the phone, “Hello?”

“Mrs. Sanders please.”

“Speaking.”

“Mrs Sanders this is Dr. Jones at St. Anges Laboratory. When your Husband’s doctor sent in his biopsy to the lab last week, a biopsy from another Mr. Sanders arrived as well. We are uncertain which ones belongs to your husband. Frankly, either way the results are not good.”

“What do you mean?” Mrs Sanders asked nervously.

“Well, one of the specimens tested positive for Alzheimer’s and the other tested positive for HIV. We can not tell which one is which.”

“That’s dreadful! Can you do the test again?” questioned Mrs. Sanders.

“Normally we can, but the Republicans in the Congress are complaining about the cost of health care. And they are demanding that we only pay to have the test done one time because it cuts into their profits.” Furthermore, said Dr. Jones, “To a Republican controlling costs is more important than saving lives.”

“Well, what am I supposed to do now?”

“The Republicans in the Congress suggest that you drop your husband off somewhere in the middle of the city. If he finds his way home, don’t sleep with him.” (source:Patriot Humor-modified by this writer)

Patriot Humor wants to blame the nations ills on the democrats. Irrespective of the topic they are slamming. When it comes to health care, both parties are more concerned about cutting cost for the sake of profits. Resulting in death being preferable to lost profits for the combined health care system.

It really is time for real change. The kind of change that serves the interest of the people. The kind of change that puts life before death at the expense of excessive profits. Meaning most people are not opposed to a fair dollar for ones labor. With that same principle of economics applying to the work force in the rest of the market place. With the same principle applying to a restructuring of the nations system of taxation. Suggesting that the nations corporate profiteers need to pay more in taxes and the working people need to pay less in taxes. Then things will slowly change for the good of the people struggling in the market place to eek out a living. Change is possible, if enough people care enough to make change happen.

For that, go to the navigation link and get in touch with an artist of change. And engage this artist, in the lessons of change. One thing that learned about change. It’s that sometimes the mountain is to steep for all to climb. But the few who make the the climb, life can be better for them because there are many ways to slay a dragon. And in the end, life will be better for those who couldn’t make the climb

With Jesus it’s a habit

When Zeus was celebrating his wedding feast all the animals brought him such presents as they were able to bring. The serpent crawled up to heaven with a rose in its mouth. But at the sight of it Zeus said, “I will accept gifts from all other creatures, but from your mouth I will have nothing.”

Favors are frightening, when they come from evildoers. (source: Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Cursed Above All Cattle”)

With Jesus it’s a Habit, “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness,'” Matthew 7:23. This after they had bragged about all the neat things that they had done for God, Matthew 7:22. Then this place called the kingdom of heaven which most hope to see someday. Just how does one get there? Through the following, said Jesus, “They are those, who do the will of My Father in heaven,” Matthew 7:21.