Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Option you choose makes ALL the difference

 We as a culture value our opinions over the truth. That is because we are taught that truth is in fact relative, and subjective. The problem is that when this ideology is applied to the scripture, mayhem ensues, because the Word of God is just what it is: The Word of God, and when we run into things which are uncomfortable or in disagreement with our held views, we have three options:

    a)    Bring our views in line with, and bow to, the Scripture
    b)    Ignore the passage
    c)    Change its meaning

    The Option you choose makes ALL the difference.

    Is your soul worth your momentary pleasure or comfort?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Someday We'll All be Free

I had the honor of singing at the memorial of a friend recently...

Al Stewart  was a man who touched many lives, 
and left an indelible imprint on us all...
He is, and will continue to be, greatly loved, and sorely missed.

(Not so) Random thoughts on Philippians 2:4-15

For me, this Passage in Philippians 2 continues to increase in meaning, better yet, increase in depth.

Philippians 2:4-15 (HCSB)
4 Everyone should look out not ⌊only⌋ for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, (what was his attitude/mindset?)
6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.
7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, (He relinquished his sense of entitlement, and if anyone EVER had a the right to a sense of entitlement, it was Jesus) taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form,
8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death— even to death on a cross. (His submission to the will of another, which was a mental and emotional thing, was manifested in his body, expressed as obedience)
9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow— of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.(Even when Yahweh exalts Yeshuah, it is for His own Glory)
12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Let the bodily expression, the working out so to speak, the manifestation of your salvation, which in and of itself, is only because you have been purchased by the Blood of Christ, hence you are a slave)
13 For it is God who is working in you, ⌊enabling you⌋ both to desire and to work out His good purpose. (You are under authority, as a slave, and empowered with both the desire and the power/ability to obey your Master. This is the reason for the paradox described in Romans 7:1-8:12)
14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing,
15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.

and I learned that the truth of Romans 8:1-6 is counter-balanced by John 3:19  - CTJ

Friday, February 14, 2014

"Pope and Change"

A Facebook friend wondered aloud how Pope Francis got to be Pope in light of comments like this:

"We have created New idols. worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings."  - Pope Francis

I responded thus:
"He became Pope the same way that Barack Obama became President. He's ethnically 'new', with clever words and expressed sentiments, that sound like a breath of fresh air, but underneath the same old gears are operating the same old machine. In a few years, the Hope and Change Pope will have the same level of disappointment among those who really care as the Hope and Change President. Mark my words. He will do nothing doctrinally or otherwise to move the Lying Behemoth that is the Roman Catholic Church away from its doctrinal moorings, or its money..."

Mind you I find it ironic that the Pope bemoans the 'new idols' when he heads what must be the worlds' leading idolatrous system...

As my daughter would say, 'Pot, meet kettle'

Your Thoughts?