Sunday, August 24, 2014

Observation:


The struggle that many of us face is the inability to do all that we would like to (particularly financially/materially) for our families and loved ones, and the accompanying feelings of inability and failure.
 Yes, part of it can be attributed to the sub-conscious comparing with others that we tend to do. Part of it is also the standards that we hold ourselves to, based on how we tend to measure/define ‘success’.
These measures/definitions  are entirely arbitrary, yes, but nonetheless real.
The lines of demarcation are ethereal to be sure, but at times the reality of our situations can be as confining as titanium bars.
I wish that I could provide such that my wife and daughter lacked nothing, and could obtain, even on a whim, whatsoever they desired. I cannot.
I wish that money was not an issue, a confinement that weighs into nearly every decision that must be made. But it is. C’est la vie, c’est le guerre.
There are times when I look about me, and I cannot see what I have, for what I need, and secondarily what I want.  Normally on the periphery, at times the needs & wants seem to grow, and consume the entire scope of my vision, much like when the shadows overtake the fading light.
Certainly, these days are few and far between, for I am well aware that in many ways I am blessed and I am totally grateful. I cannot, for example, imagine the utter despair of watching helpless while your child starves to death in front of you, or the horror of being unable to afford medication for your sick wife, and watching her die from an entirely preventable, and easily curable illness.
But some days…

Ok, pity party over. Back to work.

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