why life should valued

“If then I was asked for the most important advise I could give, that which I consider to be the most useful to the people of our country.” I would say, ‘In the name of God stop for a moment, cease your work, look around you,'” Leo Tolstoy.

Great advise for the people of the nineteenth century right to the twenty first, and beyond, until the end of time.

So lets cease and look, “For you formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my souls knows very well. (cp. Psalms 139:13-14).

Life from a biological perspective. Every eleven months, we have a new set of billions of miraculous body cells. Every two years years we have an entirely new set of bones and hard tissues. Every ninety days a new bloodstream, the river of life is built into the body. The foods we eat, the liquids we drink and the air we breath, From the blood stream the body’s cells are made nourished and maintained.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen. Being understood by the things that are made. Through His eternal power, and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” (cp. Romans 1:20).

There will be accountability for any abuse of the human body. Our bodies are sacred creations not intended to be aborted or abused. Each life is a created gift from our Creator, and as such, is intended to be valued. Our bodies are sacred instruments designed to glorify Him.

All of humanity knows this: It is appointed for all people to die. But what most to not know, is this: but after death comes judgement.

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them.

And I saw the dead, small and great standing before God, and the books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life, And the dead were judged according to their deeds, by the things which were written in the books.

Then the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged each one according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. That is the second death.

And anyone not found  written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (cp. Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-20).

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persistent perseverance

Yesterday we struggled with the various ways injustices can be eradicated. The great German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, argued that band aid fixes aren’t enough to settle such matters. The beholders of injustice must be destroyed, and in some instances by death.

For Bonhoeffer it’s a Christian obligation. The matter was settled by concluding that every situation determines the ethics. Thus the school of situation ethics was born as a weapon for Christians to use, when dealing with the injustice of all sorts.

For Bonhoeffer, the issue was how to rid Germany of Nazism. As we know from yesterdays discussion, he was hung for being complicit in an assassination attempt against Hitler.

Then the discussion moved on to how to destroy injustices nonviolently using God’s arsenal of weapons. Different aspects of weaponry where presented which included grace and faith.

Grace, and faith are the hallmarks of situational ethics. By faith Noah being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared a ship for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteous which is according to faith. (cp. Hebrews 11:7).

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go to a place which he would receive as an inheritance. And went out not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise as in a land not his own. Dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (cp. Hebrews 11:8-10).

By faith Sarah herself also received power to conceive, and she bore a child, when she was past age. Because she judged Him faithful, who had promised. (cp. Hebrews 11:11).

All a  mystery to the world but clearly known to those who possess grace and faith. Exemplified by Abraham, the father of many nations. Great Britain, and from Great Britain the United States was born.

Note: “Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead (Abraham} when at a very old age fathered a son) were born as many as the stars of the sky, and as innumerable as the sand which is by the sea.” (cp. Hebrews 11:12).

These all died in faith, not having received the promise, but having seen them afar off were assured of them. Embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they sought a homeland. Exegesis: State of Israel or God’s eventual kingdom on earth or perhaps both. (cp. Hebrews 11:13-14).

All of the aforementioned is about securing justice from the unjust. It rages today, as the world seeks to destroy Abraham’s primary legacy by faith and assisted by those who followed. The destruction of Israel, Great Britain and the United States.

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not play things of children

“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Bonhoeffer concluded that every injustice merited an appropriate response. He was an ethical person, and as such, he believed that the situation determined the ethics which included murder. That ethic troubled him greatly because he had to justify it against God’s eternal prohibition, “You will not murder!” (cp. Exodus 20:13).

Intentional murder has troubled politicians and individuals for eons of time. And many have concluded, as did Bonhoeffer, the situation determines the ethics. All those conclusions have conflicting and opposing views. All across the world humans kill routinely and without compulsion.

The Bonhoeffer’s dilemma was whether it was justifiable to murder Adolf Hitler. So he conspired with others to smuggle a briefcase with an explosive in it and it exploded, but Hitler escaped injury. Bonhoeffer was arrested and given a death sentence. He was hung as allied troops were approaching the facility to free all Nazi prisoner’s.

To each their own, but as followers of Jesus, we have the most powerful arsenal of weapons available to humans. It’s a matter of having enough grace to nonviolently drive a spoke into any wheel of injustice. It’s are duty to liberate the victims of injustice. From experience its usually a difficult battle. Because the beholders of injustice aren’t going to surrender easily. Resulting in a lengthy battle because they see an injustice as a birthright.

Launch an attack with an alliance upon our scriptures. Never minimize the power of God’s spirit to be a neutralizer, and as such, our source of victory. Nastiness in any form is an alienating force that prolongs the battle and may result in the defeat of ones cause.

More than anything else grace is ones most powerful weapon. Here’s a acronym for GRACE: God’s Riches At Christ’ Expense. Examples: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” (cp. 2 Corinthians 2:14). Meditate upon that scripture, and pull together the multiple scriptural combinations that are available for the task at hand.

Spirit and God combined: “But is we hope for what we cannot see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. The Spirit also helps with our weaknesses. For we do not know how to pray (for our purposes fight) as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us, with expressions which cannot be understood. Because, He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints (justice fighters) according to the will of God. We know that all things work for success for those who are called according to His purpose.” (cp. Romans 8:25-28). It has been said, “When God is with us, who can succeed against us.” (cp. Romans 8:31).

The Weapon of Faith: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for they who come to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (cp. Hebrews 11:6). For tomorrow: Persistent perseverance.

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eternities journey

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Rep John Lewis: Greatness walks across the world stage at the bequest of Divine Providence. Each in their own way knew this, “You formed my inward parts, you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (cp. Psalms 139:13-14}.

And they stepped upon His stage, and made the impossible possible. And at His bequest, they made their exit.

And all who follow, will share in the same whether aware of it or not.

So what happens, when we mortals exit this sphere of existence? Like the one who formed us in our mother’s womb and knitted us together, our souls were fully conscience of His complex and wonderful works. For we are triune beings like our Creator. Upon death the dust will return to the earth as it was. And the spirit will return to Go who gave it. (cp. Ecclesiastes 12:7).

But the soul where does it go? To Hades! It’s a vast reservoir for the of what remains of ones once triune self.

Jesus Himself gives this account about that reservoir. It a huge place because it contains the souls of all people since creation who have died. It is a place divided into two different sections one for the righteous and unrighteous. They are cognizant of each other. Because Jesus shares a dialogue between the two men. It’s clear one is miserable and begs for help. But none is available, while the other is comfortable. (cp. Luke 16:19-31).

This future event will some day determine everyone’s future there. It’s recorded as such. Then I saw a great white throne, and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away. And, there was found no place for them.

And I saw the dead, the small and great, standing before God. And the books were opened, and another book was  opened, which is the Book of Life. And dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in that book.

The sea gave up the dead, who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to their works.

Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.” (cp. Revelation 20:11-15).

So where does that leave the souls of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther, Jr and John Lewis? In that the three have died. We know that their Spirits are with God and their bodies are returning to dust. And souls are in Hades. What is not known by we mortals, is what side of that gulf in Hades is their residence?

If any one of them, and hopefully all three were able to die knowing the following. And if it’s in the affirmative their souls reside in Hades in comfort. Paul asked, Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus where were baptized into His death?

Therefore we were baptized into death, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in the newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. (cp, Romans 6:3-5).

So when, all of humanity is called to give an account of themselves, as discussed above. With their names written in the Book of life, they like we, shall escape the second death.

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Rep. John Lewis

You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone, any person or force dampen, dim or diminish your light.

Study the paths of others to make your ways easier and more abundant. Lean toward the whispers of your own heart. Discover the universal truth, follow its dictates.

Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle to overcome evil is already won.

Choose confrontations wisely, but when it is your time don’t be afraid to stand up, and speak against injustice.

And if you follow your truth down the road to peace, and the affirmation of love, if you shine like a beacon for all to see, then the poetry of all the great dreamers and philosophers is yours to manifest in a nation, a world community, and a Beloved Community that is finally at peace with itself.

Every generation leaves behind a legacy. what that legacy will be is determined by the people of that generation. What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Rep. John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision of Change and The Future of America.

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MLK

Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. I have decided to stick to love. Hate is to much a burden to bear.

Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase. If you can’t fly than run, if you can’t run walk, if you can’t walk crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

A collection of expressions by, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Gandhi, King and Lewis

Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rep. John Lewis. Three activist by their lifestyles encouraged millions to follow their examples through humility and purpose. And combined the three, and many of their followers left this world a better place than when they entered it.

A Gandhi philosophy for change makers. Change yourself because you are in control. Do not allow anyone to walk through your mind with their dirty feet. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Freedom is not worth having, if it does not include freedom to make mistakes.

John is gone, and has joined his idolized compatriots. America, and the world community needs the stalwart of many to fill, Rep. John Lewis’ shoes. Because, the struggle is far from complete.

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beginnings and endings

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received for good and evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only,” Charles Dickens-A Tale Of Two Cities.

In response to Charles Dickens. “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. Those who are unjust let them be unjust still. Those who are filthy, let them be filthy still. Those who are righteous let them be righteous still. Those who are holy let them be holy still.” And behold! “I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me. To give to every one according to their works. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (cp. Revelation 22:10-14).

Finality: It’s not over as long as one breath remains. Said Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Me, though they may die, they shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” Jesus had one final question for all of humanity. “Do you believe this?” (cp. John 11:25-26).

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best of both worlds

“The legacy we leave is not just our possessions, but the quality of our lives. The greatest waste in all the world, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of time that God has given us each day,” Billy Graham.

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking. Move on as a individuals who desire the purity of the word for insight and strength, so as not to waste the time God has provided.

If indeed we have experienced that the Lord is gracious. He likens Himself as a living stone, rejected by the masses of humanity, but chosen by God and precious. God then likens us also as living stones that are being designed as spiritual powerhouses. Who may like Jesus become spiritual sacrifices, which was God’s design for Him and some of us. (cp. 1 Peter 2:1-5 by exegesis).

We His purpose by intentional but varied designs are assured of His perfect counsel. Because He never loses interest in us. Promising rewards by way of our accomplishments. (cp. Jeremiah 32:19 by exegesis).

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humility is the craft of God

Making America a better place each in our own way ought to find a way to apply the following. A nation is made up of people who want to settle issues between themselves and others. So this allegory taught by Jesus is modified and made modern. You can read it for yourself at Matthew 18:23-33. Making necessary modifications in order to make it contemporary. With this being the ideal resolution from Jesus. “Should you not also had compassion just like I had on you?”

Sometimes humility is hard to come by when the outcome is controlled say by the rule of law. Allowing for retribution when mercy would be the best antidote. But if ignored, Divine Providence has a way for exacting it’s own toll. (cp. Matthew 18:34-35).

As a Padre, I’ve seen it play out both ways. When authority exacts its remedy, but hardens the debtor. Sometimes losing a positive contributor to society. The means was accomplished, but the desired remedy was lost.

Often when mercy is extended the debtor voluntarily makes restitution. And then becomes a positive contributor to society. Try and relate what has been shared more in terms of behavior then money. Certainly it can also apply to monetary debt, as well, as to other societal behaviors.

Mercy is the Christ way, and anyone having experienced His mercy can attest mercy is the best remedy. Mercy is a revolutionary experience from within that manifests itself in a desirable  outward manner. It works mysteriously this way, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes. So is everyone born of the Spirit.” Bring about this change, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ they become new creations. Old thing pass away, and behold all things become new.” (cp. John 3:8; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

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when the natural meddles with the supernatural

All crafts have handbooks that serve as instructive guides for the mastering the success of particular endeavors. However the greatest of them all are the collective manuals called the Bible. Its wisdom, and guidance is all inclusive when it comes to human nature.

Few would disagree that the world is plagued with troublesome concerns that have the potential to eradicate human existence into a state of nonexistence. Choose any pandemic from lawlessness, war, health and global warming. Citing  some occurrences that could obliterate human existence as global presences.

Evil always presents itself as something it is not. And all the above calamities that plague humanity have their root from this one source.

“Then that shape shifting entity Satan a much different creature than the creature we know today. Coaxed the woman, saying, “God knows that in the day that you eat of the fruit of the tree you will not die. God knows that your eyes will be opened and you will be like God. That became appetizing to her husband, so both of them thought that being like God would be wonderful. And because, they were persuaded to disobey their Creator misery, and death entered the world. (cp. Genesis 3:1-19).

Humanity in its current state, a condition of choice, and not what our Creator intended. Things will progressively worsen. And Divine Providence will close this age, and a more horrific age will replace it. Finally this earth and the heavens above will end. With a new earth and heaven taking there place. A glorious future where all, and every kind of pandemic will be nonexistent. (cp. Revelation 21:1-5).

Interesting is that God declares earth’s inhabitants will be His people, and He will be their God. Will earth’s new inhabitants follow their predecessors and manage to get on Gods bad side. And how may times, has such a process repeated itself?

And will God Almighty show mercy to earth’s previous inhabitants? That seems to be the case, as suggested in Revelation 21:6-7.

Free will to decide for ones self is a paramount characteristic of God Almighty. People can refuse His offer and the consequences is to experience the second death. (cp. Revelation 21:8).

The avenues of the supernatural are thought provoking. For instance it appears that the Garden of Eden, the home of at least two of earth’s previous inhabitants is still part of this biosphere. “Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man, and a flaming sword turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” (cp. Genesis 3:23-24).

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unseen worlds within ours

“It is argued that humans only believe in things that are sure to exist, things we’ve seen or touched. In reality there are many things out their that remain unknown to us yet, but that doesn’t make them less real,” Immanuel Kant.

When’s the last time you saw Satan” If the response is never, does that me mean his presences upon the earth has never occurred? According to the Bible he’s been here and always up to no good.

Now there was a day, when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and walking back and forth on it.” (cp. Job 1:6-7).

Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? There is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil.”

So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

But now stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and He will surely curse you to your face!”

And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold all that he has is in your power. Do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.” (cp. Job 1:8-12).

Most likely many of us have been subjected to Job like experiences. Perhaps nation states have also been subjected to such dialogue between Satan and God. Could this COVID-!9 pandemic be a condoned challenge by Satan, and allowed by God to see how humanity would respond? Cursing or praising their God.

Worlds within worlds all designed to prove Satan wrong. Because the truly redeemed in Christ will be protected from such blasphemy. Because, it is written, They who overcomes such evil assaults victoriously, are those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (cp. 1 John 5:5).

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moving from one place to another by thought

During tumultuous times like these most are looking for an anchor. Something that provides hope for the future no matters how grim that future might look.

For me there are different anchors depending on the situation. Lately I’ve been dwelling on this particular group of scriptures.

“Do you not know that as many of us were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death.

Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also should walk in the newness of life.

For if, we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.

Knowing this that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.

For they, who have died are free from sin!

Now if we died with Christ, we believe we shall also live with Him.

Knowing that Christ having been raised from the dead dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

For the death that He died, He died to sin for all, but the life He lives He lives to God.” (cp. Romans 6:3-10).

For the people, who have been redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus. We look like those, who have elected to remain unredeemed. But that’s just a shell of who we really are. We are like the resurrected Christ, and like Him, we will some day have a resurrected body like His. That will never again know tumultuous days of any kind.

Here’s glimpse of that body. It will be a body for lack of a better expression. That can travel by thought. A new day had dawned Jesus had risen from the dead. Jesus was eating with His disciples. When suddenly, He vanished from their sight. (cp. Luke 24:30-31) The saga goes this way. “…., saying the Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Peter! Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed that they had seen a ghost. (cp. Luke 24:36-39).

Why were they terrified because Jesus had to magically disappeared. Then frightened because Jesus had not been seen approaching them from a distance. As far as they knew he was nowhere near them. The suddenly, as out of no where, He appeared among them. Jesus arrived unexpectedly among them by thought travel. That is our future and more!

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adversities conqueror

Helen Keller was only 19 months old when she lost her sight and hearing due to an unknown illness. She became so frustrated by her inability to communicate with her parents that she would frequently fly into rages, sometimes on an hourly bases.

Then at 7 years old, Keller met her miracle teacher in the person of 20 year old Anne Mansfield Sullivan. Keller would latter mark the day they met as her “soul’s,” birthday, and the most significant moment in her life.

Their relationship had a tempestuous start. The young Keller pinched and kicked her new teacher, and knocked out one of her teeth. Sullivan persevered patiently earning the girls trust and affection. With the help of her teacher, Keller learned to use her hands to interpret and connect with the world.

So began a relationship between teacher and pupil that lasted forty nine years. One that saw Keller blossom into one of America’s most inspirational figures. From her lifelong struggle to perfect her oral and non-communication skills to her array of academic and literacy achievements. Keller’s life was defined by a fierce determination to not let her disabilities hold her back.

Helen Keller became the first ever deaf and blind person to graduate with a college degree.

Through her spirited advocacy for the rights of woman and people with disabilities. Helen Keller was the co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. Keller was determined to ensuring that those who would come after her would have an easier hill to climb than she had. Source: goalcast.com

Helen Keller was a woman of great fortitude and perseverance. That’s what America needs through its individual citizens. Combined with biblical based spirituality, and that will salvage the United States once again from all internal or external enemies. Through the following principles when owned by her people.

Teach me Your ways, O LORD, I will walk in your truth, unite my heart to fear your name. I will praise You O LORD my God with all my heart, and I will glorify your name for evermore,” Psalms 86:11-12.

“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart,” Galatians 6:9.

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ,” Philippians 1:6.

“Now to Him, who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,” Ephesians 3:20.

“Oh, that people would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works among the people. Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing,” Psalms 107:21-22.

“Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made you, and I will continue to deliver you. To whom will you liken to Me, and make them My equal. By comparing Me with them that we should be alike? ” Isaiah 46:4-5.

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the mystic trail

“To the one who has faith no explanation is necessary. To the one without faith no explanation is possible,” St. Thomas Aquinas.

It seem that the closer one is to a church culture the harder it is to understand what Aquinas trying to get people to understand. It’s something like starting the day with breakfast. It’s something done everyday, so one doesn’t think much about it. As one grows into adulthood, all the traditions of the church are rather automatic.

But for those not apart of the church culture, when coming to faith through the redemptive process offered by Divine Providence. Then breakfast stirs a hunger for foods that are continually different. Each breakfast brings a new experience. Which often needs an explanation. Because, there is no cultural church experience available to be drawn from.

The first thing one often discovers is ones attitudes and behaviors are very different. That experience is anchored with this truth. “If anyone is in Christ they have become a new creation. Old attitudes and behaviors have disappeared. Everything has become new. All things are of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” (cp. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18). Meaning an urging of wanting others to share in this life changing process.

Nevertheless all this newness stirs up a breakfast like quest like how do I explain what was experienced. There is no human explanation because God’s reconciliation of us through Christ is a spiritual experience absent human intervention.

John put it this way, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone, who is born of the Spirit.” (cp. John 3:8). In every sense of the word it’s a mystical experience. Meaning it’s an experience having no association with ordinary human rationality.

But the human mind must make its conquest for human understanding. And Divine Providence knowing all of that provided us with the following, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. By faith we understand that the worlds were formed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made by the things which are visible. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for those who come to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (cp. Hebrews 11:1;3;6).

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Escaping Nietzsche

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is to high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself,” Fredrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

People! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes themselves an enemy of God. (cp. James 4:4). What profit has a person from all their labor in which they toil under the sun. One generation passes away, and another comes. (cp. Ecclesiastes 1:3-4a). And tribalism keeps repeating itself with all of its antagonistic consequences.

The James way is the best way to avoid the Nietzsche and Solomon diatribes. Because they dictate that we are forever captives of tribalism. However, Nietzsche touched upon what everyone wants which is the freedom of owning ones self.

However it can only occur mystically. Meaning there is no human explanation. The ability to own ones self is a process accomplished through the shed blood Jesus on the cross. (cp. Colossians 1:20).

After that it’s a three step process. First, “Likewise the Spirit also helps with our weaknesses. For we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with expressions that can’t be humanly understood.” Secondly, “Now He who searches the heart knows the mind of the Spirit because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Thirdly, And we know that all things work together for the good, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (cp. Romans 8:26-28).

Life is complex and tribalism doesn’t want anyone to experience the freedom we have in and through Jesus. So this mystical promise is yours and mine. “The steps of good people are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in their ways. Though they should fall they will not be utterly destroyed. For the LORD upholds them with His hand,” cp. Psalms 37:23-24).

Makes this a way of life and you’ll indeed own yourself. “I will walk in liberty, for I seek your precepts.”That’s the key! (cp Psalm 119:45). Remember Jesus Himself said, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me. Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives. And recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. To proclaim the acceptable day of the LORD.” (cp. Luke 4:18-19).

How much of a threat is all this to the master of tribalism, who doesn’t want anyone to own themselves because he craves their captivity. “Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, ‘All this authority will I give You, and their glory; for all this has been delivered to me, and I can give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You will worship before me, all this will be Yours.'” Jesus answered and said, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only shall you serve.” (cp. Luke 4:5-8).

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Nietzsche got it seriously wrong

“You have your way, and I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only it does not exist,” Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

To each their own it has been said. But, share that Nietzsche acclimation with a hard core gangster. Who was troubled because he had not had his first kill. Which would have established, his  gangland authority. But before that occurred, he unexpectedly had a career change, when he was confronted by the only way.

Divine Providence sometimes works in mysterious ways. Mysterious only because His ways are foreign to all so many. And if we aren’t alert they sometimes pass right by us. So here’s how our hard core gangster experienced the redemptive power of our risen Christ. It’s found in Romans 10:20, “I was found by them that sought me not. I was made manifest to them that asked not of me.

More than six decades later, he’s still anchored to the only way. Well rooted, and a theologians theologian!

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endings and beginnings

“I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time,” Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

How unfortunate for Nietzsche and those reaching the same conclusions today.

One supposes that it’s only natural to oppose anything forced upon us as an obligation. Especially by a God, whom some think is a fabrication of someones imagination.

In other words God doesn’t exist. And those who perpetuate such blind allegiance do so for personal and selfish gain.

And, Christendom today is under attack like never before Because our accusers assert that Christendoms ideologies are discriminatory, and based  a nonexistent authority. And if their vendetta succeeds, it could become illegal to be a Christian. And the punishments could range from fines, imprisonment or even a death sentence.

But that’s to be expected, because Paul wrote,”The natural person does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to them, nor can they know them because they are spiritually incapable of sensing spirituality.” (cp. 1 Corinthians 2:14). People in their natural state oppose divine truth because it’s natural for them to crave what God forbids. The Apostle Paul tags that condition as of our old man. Going on to say that the redeemed have an altogether different perspective. It’s a perspective that established  the United States and is her only path for survival today. (cp. Romans 6:3-10).

We are at a crisis in America. Trump, our unfortunate occupant in the Peoples House creates a threat to democracy. He’s the most disgraceful resident there in the nations history. His supporters are racist bigots that empower him. He knows that he’s got their vote. And the threat is amplified by most conservative protestant evangelicals, who think all that is okay. Because racial bigotry, and seeing women as being inferior to men is their true identity and history. It’s all apart of what Matthew through his inspired penmanship called the beginning of sorrows. (cp. Matthew 24:8).

The American crisis is further endangered by hopeful democratic presidential  candidate Joe Biden. His forty years as a Washington insiders clearly demonstrated that he governs from the perspective of compromise. In other words from the perspective of being known as the guy who gets along with everyone. The nation faces unprecedented challenges nationally and internationally. Joe Biden just isn’t the guy for such challenges.

Whether the Nietzsche’s of the world have an ax to grind with God over His insistence of being worshiped. Well they need to get use to it because like it or not they will bow in reverence to Him. Note: “All nations, whom You have made shall come and worship You, O LORD, and shall glorify your name. For You are great, and do wondrous things, You alone are God.” (cp. Psalms 86:9-10). For now such a declaration can be mocked, but this godly prophetic declaration will occur. For now, it’s exact timing is a matter known only to Him.

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COVID-19 forerunner of the future.

“The things that we love tell us what we are,” St. Thomas Aquinas.

During turbulent times like these when craziness seems to be the new normal. What people love tells us we’re in for unprecedented national and global instability.

God’s trusted prophet Isaiah was privileged to reveal to us the mind of our Creator. Who made this a priority for we mortals. “Remember the things of old. For I am God and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet come.’ Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, I will do all My pleasures.'”(cp. Isaiah 46:9-10).

Some of us take great comfort knowing that sense the dawn of creation what is occurring today comes as no surprise to Him. It tells Him that there are some who trust His declarations. And that tells Divine Providence who we are.

All of us have a great gift bestowed to us by our Creator which is the freedom to love what we want, so we can tell our Creator what, and who we are. Hopefully, this is a fair assumption. Few are satisfied with the way things are. When a sneeze or a cough could be ones death sentence.

The whole LGBTQ acceptance and celebration by growing numbers of individuals. Prompting municipalities conduct gay pride celebrations.

Mere mortals are declaring, what we love is indeed what we are. Scornful indeed of any likeness of what Divine Providence would have us love, so that He would be pleased by what we are. That is the prevailing attitude, and it isn’t going away.

COVID-19 represents a wake up call from Divine Providence. Get your act together, My way! Surely to be ignored! So expect more doom, and gloom, with enhanced disapproval through worsening national and global conditions. Effecting every aspect of human existence more so than COVID-19.

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troubles beyond imagination

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passion a quotation,” Oscar Wilde.

Wonder if, Oscar, had Christendom in mind because that is what one sees in religious people. Standing outside their religious cathedrals. Making it easy to know what to expect before entering the holy of holies of their scared sanctuaries.

Perhaps that’s what Jesus meant with this expression, “I know your works that you are neither cold or hot. I could wish that you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” (cp. Revelation 3:15-16).

Religionist then and now rebound with this response, “I am rich, having become wealthy.” Causing Jesus to push back, “Do you not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor blind and naked.” (cp, Revelation 3:17).

It doesn’t take much of an intellect to clearly understand that the world is a screwed up place. It is, as such, because God is tired of being insulted by human behavior that denies His sovereignty. As Creator of everything that was, is, and will be.

Here are the consequences of such attitudinal reactions by humanoids who think that they are free to mock their Creators directives.

“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and good!” “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” “They who justifies the wicked, and those who condemns the just. Both are an abomination to the LORD!” (cp. Proverbs 15:3; Isaiah 5:20, Proverbs 17:15).

Christendom is supposed to be the light that makes the world sustainable. With few exceptions the mark has been missed. Warning, “Take heed that no one deceives you, for many will come in My name,” saying, ‘I am the Christ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of war. See that you are not troubled. For all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows.'” (cp. Matthew 24:4-8). Meaning all of the aforementioned is a prelude for what is yet to come.

So for those who think COVID-19 will pass, when a vaccine is developed. Maybe so, however a more deadly pestilence will follow. Why? Because, Jesus said so!

Advice from our Creator. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to them and dine with them and they with Me.” (cp. Revelation 3:19-20).

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