31 December 2015

Coming Into View: Kingdom Series P.1

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: 
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness; 
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’ ” 
“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” 
- Matthew 3: 1-3, 8

What does it mean to repent?

To turn away from doing wrong, feel remorse for that wrong, and begin doing right.

From that time on Yeshua began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 
Yeshua went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 
- Matthew 4: 17, 23

What, how, where and who is the kingdom of heaven?

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 
For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. 
- Matthew 5: 3, 10, 14-16, 20

Just like anyone with any sense would desire a guest to take off their dirty shoes prior to entering their home, so does God demand people to remove (repent) that which is not good to enter His dwelling.

Repentance is a part of turning from one's attempt at life and seeking the Life which God is calling you to live.

Repentance is a daily notion on the Way to eternity.

Think of an onion, and how the hard out layers are removed to get to what is enjoyable, putting off and discarding that which has hurt you, others and is problematic.

30 December 2015

Tasting New Wine

“Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” 
- Daniel 9: 25-27

Daniel lived during the time of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II; 600+ years before Christ, receiving word from Above regarding the matters in the preceding passage.

The Hebrews were held in Babylonian captivity for 70 years until a new king, Cyrus, sent them back to Judea.

A 'seven' could mean a week and/or a year.

As for measuring time and timeline, when considering what “seven 'sevens'” means, we are looking at either seven weeks, seventy weeks, seven years or seventy years.

The same with the sixty-two 'sevens.'

The temple was continuously built, stopping at times, and restored up until Rome removed Greece, with it eventually being destroyed in 70 A.D..

The closing of a prior age, the prior covenant, is predicted in this passage, as well as the dawn of a new age, a new covenant, being established by the Anointed One.

War and rebellion continued until the Jews were outlawed from residing in Jerusalem by the Roman state.

The end of Judea and, of Jewish identity and influence in what is today called Palestine, came to an end in year 135 A.D. when a Roman massacre killed nearly the entire Jewish population.

What then replaced the prior covenant and previous order as God established?

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 
- Matthew 5: 17-18

The entire new testament testifies to the completion and fulfillment of the prior covenant's prophecies, with Yeshua / Jesus / Isa having perfectly obeyed the 600+ laws and requirements of the Mosaic law.

Having obeyed them all perfectly He thus fulfilled them.

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” 
- Matthew 9: 16-17

This is one of the most beautifully put phrases which distinguish the old order from the new order.

While they were eating, Yeshua took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.” 
Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying,“Drink from it, all of you. This is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 
- Matthew 26: 26-29

The prior entirety of temple worship, of incense burning, of ritual upon ritual, was fulfilled, and a simple and intimate ritual was introduced; breaking bread with the family of believers in memory of God's love in Christ.

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 
- 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21

Under the Mosaic law, the prior covenant, animal sacrifice was a requirement to provide forgiveness of sin.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through your faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. 
- Colossians 2: 9-15

Since all men fall short of God's glory, are fallible and continuously miss the mark of perfection, all have become indebted to God due to this shortcoming.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 
- Romans 13: 8-10

But God had a Way and plan for those who would come to faith!

29 December 2015

The Lesser Known Love Of Life

All you can do is love.

When people are against you, all you can do is love.

When overjoyed after witnessing a miracle, after thanking God and praising His Name, all you can do is love.

When what seems to be a tragedy occurs, and what people may call a terrible loss, all you can do is love.

In every situation, love is always the answer.

Whether love is expressed in words, in an action, or in thoughts battling the temptation to hate or withhold love, all you can do is love.

Choosing to love is scary.

It is the love of a mother who would accept, forgive and embrace a child convicted of murder.

This is an extreme example, but makes the point.

Love forgives.

Love accepts.

Love invites.

Some folks wonder what it means to be “good” or do right in God's eyes.

Many religions have been developed by men in attempting to make God happy.

Many rules, many traditions, many external activities, even certain clothes and spooky things have been conjured... but these seem to fail to penetrate the heart's desire in understanding what God requires.

One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 
Yeshua replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 
- Matthew 22: 35-40

For some people, summing up the many demands and commands of God into two short phrases is unbelievable.

Yet, God's love and Way isn't complicated... it is men who have complicated the simplicity of love.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. 
- Romans 13: 8-10

Life seems complicated, but if we can remember our childhood, it was the simple things which brought us comfort.

Love is simple and the most profound unknown phenomena!

28 December 2015

Growing Deeper With Others

T.M.I. is Too Much Information for those who type shorthand via digital messaging.

Not everyone is ready to speak on things which are near to their heart, or things which challenge their heart and mind.

Conversations about personal things are topics I live for.

If you lead a conversation in discussing the personal, don't be surprised when others are not ready, or unwilling, or feel uncomfortable.

For some of us, it takes some time to feel comfortable discussing that which we may have been ashamed to admit at one time, or things which we still grapple with.

What is always amazing is to share the human experience and relate to others.

Although many of us have led vastly different lives, we all have many more things in common than we may initially believe.

In sharing one's triumphs, failures, fears, faith, disappointments, hopes and both the mundane and atypical life experience, there is much to learn... not only about others, but about ourselves.

We are not alone with the feelings passing over our hearts and through our minds.

When a comedian isn't afraid to share his most ridiculous thoughts on a stage, and people aptly laugh at those ridiculous things, you know very well that those laughing relate to and understand what the comedian is talking about.

A certain liberation is realized when what may be heavy on our hearts is shared.

Not all audiences are able to listen or be supportive, so discretion as to the amount and depth of sharing needs heeding.

Some young people are able to freely share their challenges as well as their joys, some are not.

The same goes for some older people who may have yet to grow out of the fear of revealing too much or exposing their insecurities.

Love brings out trust.

25 December 2015

Remember Every Day

Research can show that Yeshua / Jesus / Isa was born in the fall season, a specific date is insignificant regarding the reality that such a person did in fact exist.

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past He humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future He will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before You as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.

For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, You have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.

Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.

And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.

The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

- Isaiah 9: 1-7
The impact of His existence, His teaching and the impression He left in a wake of faith, hope, peace and love has been shown throughout the world.
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call Him Yeshua. He will be Great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

- Luke 1: 26-38
Regardless of the opinions of people speaking about festivals, ceremonies or commemorations, this particular day, as should be each and every Day, is recalled to remind us of the following mystery revealed to mankind.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, He was named Yeshua, the Name the angel had given Him before He was conceived.

- Luke 2: 8-22

24 December 2015

Message To Pastors And Peddlers

You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Yeshua Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
- Acts 20: 34-35
Paul was the best example of a human pastor.

Although he had the right to receive food and shelter provided by the church(es) he served over, he refused this right.

He instead continued working his vocation of tent making.

He was accessible to all people, taking a lower position rather than being exalted outwardly by his spiritually high position.

Sadly, many popular men and women preachers receive fortunes peddling the Word of God.

Their brand and their many products are centered around their words.

They perceive spiritual blessings in the form of material gain, yet the opposite is true.

Wealth or being rich isn't the issue.

The heart issue.

Godliness, which God gifts to His children, is marketed and sold, conflating invisible with visible.

Are they oblivious of this shame?

Men interpret the term 'prosperity' to focus on financial gain, despite the outpouring of wealth from the love, grace, peace and wisdom God has bestowed upon His children.

His children are rich with time, patience and a giving heart.

They can spend time with those in need, befriending those needing a listening ear; who can experience someone who isn't too busy with life to be their friend.

The early church provided for the basic needs of its servants; room, food, clothing... what is called subsistence.

Why do so many preachers, priests and the like live such lives of splendor, trying to reflect a world which puts value in the material and not the value within?

23 December 2015

What Is Truth?

One of the greatest rhetorical lines of all time came not from a movie, nor a poem, or some other work of fiction.

A man with near absolute power in his realm gave what may have been a careless response, which when considered, speaks volumes to popular attitudes and perspectives:

“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against Him.”

- John 18: 38

“What is truth?”

Throughout the ages, men have compiled information in search for 'truth.'

For a time, certain 'truths' were accepted, until new information or clearer descriptions of the world caused an adjustment to the perception of truth or a complete edit of the definitions searching for truth.

Is it 'true' the sky is blue on a bright and sunny day?

Who could argue with the view of a blue sky from anywhere on earth?

But is it 'true' that the sky is blue?

Yes and no.

It is an optical illusion caused be several factors in an atmosphere full of various elements (as men would explain).

To the casual observer, it is blue and there is no argument... but when looking further into it, the truth is not so easily explained.

So what caused a man named Pilate ask such a question?

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Yeshua answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me.”

- John 18: 37

Consider a world where the establishment that men have built for themselves always explains a world according to their perceptions, but not as reality would explain it.

How would you argue with a world that accepts things according to what is seen (a blue sky) and not 'what' causes a sky to appear blue?

You wouldn't.

You would instead live at peace and love all people despite their misunderstandings, their attitudes and their hostility to the truth as you know it and the truth as they see it.

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Yeshua answered, “I Am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

- John 14: 5-6

You would aim to honestly live in the Truth.

22 December 2015

The Love Bear

Religion and faith are different words with different things.

Many religions profess obeying many rules means God is pleased, or that doing so makes you righteous.

Some religions have rules which allow for the murder of people according to technicalities.

Some argue that Yeshua taught a religion, or that Yeshua was a prophet.

But what did Yeshua and those who knew Yeshua say about these matters?

Then they asked Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Yeshua answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.”

- John 6: 28-29

God's work = believe in Yeshua.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.

- Hebrews 11: 6

Faith necessary to please God.

You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Yeshua neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

- Galatians 5: 4-6

Justified by faith through love.

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

- Galatians 5: 14

Law fulfilled by loving others.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

- Romans 13: 8-10

Continue loving.

Love fulfills the law.

21 December 2015

When You're Smiling, The Whole World Smiles With You

What a difference a smile makes.

Ever see a smile on someone's face and it changing your mood from that moment forward?

Even smiles from strangers can have an affect on your mindset.

Smiles are contagious.

They happen naturally when seeing someone we like, someone who makes us happy.

It is quite the natural response to seeing or hearing something which touches us deeply.

It is the simplest and easiest form of charity we have available to us.

Ever notice how the eyes shine when joy is behind a smiling face?

Perhaps we've seen phony smiles, but what about those that were genuine and reached us?

Forced smiles are quite uncomfortable for both the giver and the viewer.

But how amazing when a smile is genuine, when light is shining from the heart through the eyes and through the smile.

The overwhelming evidence of God, His creation, His providence and seeing His prescience all about us in the world bring a contentment that is difficult to put into words.

When I see my dear wife, her beautiful face, I cannot help but smile and be amazed at His handiwork in her beauty.

My wife's smiles meets mine and we seem to beam like flood lights.

When I run into dear friends of mine, men and women I care for, our smiles cannot help but encourage one another.

Grey skies are going to clear up, put on a happy face!

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

- Proverbs 15: 13, 30

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.

- Numbers 6: 24-26

20 December 2015

A Thousand Years Makes My Day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can beat them, just for one day
We can be heroes, just for one day

And you, you can be mean
And I, I'll drink all the time
'Cause we're lovers, and that is a fact
Yes we're lovers, and that is that

Though nothing, will keep us together
We could steal time, just for one day
We can be heroes, for ever and ever
What d'you say?

I, I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, for ever and ever
Oh we can be heroes, just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guns, shot above our heads (over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall)
And the shame, was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be heroes, just for one day

We can be heroes
We can be heroes
We can be heroes
Just for one day
We can be heroes

We're nothing, and nothing will help us
Maybe we're lying, then you better not stay
But we could be safer, just for one day

18 December 2015

Sitting On A Park Bench You Own

Most people go to work maybe five days a week, or every single day with rarely a day off.

Even the very wealthy, whom you would assume do little other than check their bank balance, are working tirelessly every single day.

When I was pursuing riches in the real estate industry and security markets, even when the day was over, my mind continued working.

It was as if I could not stop thinking about the next contract or transaction.

This is why some folks would rather, after clocking out after a work day, forget about work until the next morning when they arrive and clock in.

We would assume the boss of any business also clocks out and checks out mentally, but if they were to be asked if this is so, I think their answer would be quite surprising.

The airports, freeways, expressways and airwaves are full of the managerial and the ownership class, going to their next meeting or the next deal.

And this is living to many people, even some who are regular employees desire to be 'living' this kind of lifestyle.

But are such things truly living?

Question: what usually happens with some small groups of people whose only 'job' is to be present?

Scandal, gossip, tragedy, thievery and sometimes murder are some outcomes of being in such lofty positions.

With financial freedom comes civic responsibility.

With much worldly ambition comes worldly liabilities.

We happen to live in a world where a beautiful face is honored regardless of that person's heart and mind.

We live in a world where your financial status somehow equates to your value as a human being, despite the condition of the heart and mind.

I've met some honorable rich and poor people, and I've met some nasty rich and poor people.

17 December 2015

Celestial And Material Treasures

Last night prior to falling asleep, my mind began to consider how our daily lives repeat.

Why do we expect change when we continually repeat the same scenario day after day?

I pushed for a 'change' over ten years ago, from working for others to working for myself.

Now that I'm independent and self-employed, I still have a routine.

What happened?

Do I have to be living on a tropical beach somewhere to think that I've achieved something?

How about when that tropical beach, those banana daiquiris and THAT routine becomes as predictable as the previous place and activities elsewhere?

What then?

Will I then desire to live up in the mountains for sloping and scenic vistas?

Won't that view also become a repeated scene which one may grow tired of?

I don't think it wrong to change one's surroundings, but expecting external changes to somehow permeate and affect an internal change may be missing how that process really works.

Isn't it growth and maturity we are after?

Are not these terms the idea of human evolution is attempting to speak to?

External situations can work a maturing process in you, yes.

Yet, if you are not on the path to growth and maturity, a challenging external situation may break you.

Consider those who have lost family or work; their psyche has somehow been adversely affected.

Yet, for some others, the same external challenges produced amazing and triumphal testimonies that books are written about.

Is the aim and purpose for our human soul to achieve material and external situations that would bring meaning and value to our lives?

Isn't it a good heart, a sound mind and a loving reflection onto the people of the world the real 'gold' in life, the true treasure here on earth?

The kingdom within.

16 December 2015

We're All Birds Of A Feather, But Few Ever Take Flight

I come across people from almost every imaginable walk of life on practically a daily basis.

Of course, I haven't met people from every nation under heaven, nor from every language or every imaginable tribe, but what the United States is in being a haven for the various peoples of the world, I have had quite the colorful experience thus far.

I sometimes converse, break bread and debate with some of the most wealthy and some of the poorest people of this city.

These friends are retirees, entrepreneurs, laborers, millionaires, welfare recipients and homeless.

The demographic changes depending on which coffee shop I visit, or which other proprietor I patronize, or which paths I traverse.

I come across people who are deeply troubled in mind, heart and spirit.

What someone would call insane, crazy or mental disabled.

Yet, mental instabilities are not monopolized by the downtrodden.

Mental illness is categorized as 'eccentric' in the wealthy or affluent, but why argue over words.

Some of these friends are what is commonly termed atheists, agnostics, irreligious, overtly religious, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, New-Agers, the religion of science or some other definition of the world around them.

Most, regardless of economic status or occupation, are swayed by the mainstream news media, as if a monotonous megaphone is persistently feeding them the narrow narrative.

Only those who have next to nothing are unplugged from the media's influence.

They have quite a different world experience than most others; at arms length, within eyesight and earshot.

Yet, all of these dear friends of mine acknowledge fear and the reality of their finite mortality.

These friends don't desire to have nothing more than the opportunity to thrive and be left alone in pursuit of their dreams, however ambitious or simple those dreams may be.

May Peace envelop them.

15 December 2015

Overcoming And Relieving Thorns

Have you ever heard “sometimes, all you can do is pray”?

Isn't prayer the first thing one should do?

If a fire is sparked and looks to possibly get out of control, do you just sit back and watch thinking a single bucket of water would work once the fire is out of control?

You act immediately, right?

Same response should happen when something adverse sparks in our hearts, our minds and our lives.

Things trigger our mood, faith, thought patterns, perceptions and eventually the words we may use in describing ourselves, others and the world around us.

We can sometimes be too distracted, too busy and too focused on our physical reactions but not the bigger picture.

At times we cannot look past our nose while claiming seeing for miles.

We think we see clearly.

We suppose we've been doing all the right things, saying the right things and still, we wonder why issues arise.

Yet, the Way is driven by prayer.

The Path is revealed when prayers are invoked.

Prayer is relinquishing your thoughts to God.

Prayer is submitting your self before Him who created you.

Prayer is not repeating phrases, yet these initially help develop a dialogue with Eternity.

Prayer is your authorship in expressing your individual emotions, doubts, dirt, frailty and intimate thoughts to He who already knows what you are going to say.

Prayer is powerful.

He's watching, listening and loving you the entire time.

He's also been waiting patiently for you to finally give up your ways, your manners and your arrogance, and speak to Him.

Prayers is not what the religious have made it out to be; held for specific places, buildings, times, clothes and physical positions.

If God knows your innermost and hidden thoughts, you can pray to Him from there.

God desires your heart, not how well you can be a religious clone.

Imagine saying the same words to your friend or loved one every time you speak with them.

Your friend will never get to know what is really going on in your heart.

Although God knows your heart and mind, it is us who need to spill out our hear and mind so we know exactly who we are and the condition of our hearts.

Many are fearful of being in His Presence, but God desires to draw your self out.

Some feel relieved if they yell out their heart's storms from the shoreline, or from a mountain top, or from a soundproof room (hopefully it is soundproof).

Some also experience relief when they have finally submitted the load their heart or mind has been carrying, and finally ask He who moves mountains and makes something out of nothing, to take their load.

And, after prayer has performed its useful purpose, the issue(s) seems to be perhaps another insignificant thing humans typically worry about, but has no hold on those heaven-bound.

Prayer can take seconds, to minutes to hours... and happens day and night, not according to religion's rules.

14 December 2015

Produce New Programming

If you desire righteousness, look first at what storms arise in your heart.

Before laying the blame on others, or society, or your nation's leadership, you may simply be projecting your personal battles onto the world stage.

If you desire seeing goodness in the world around you, be sure to be one of those actually doing good.

Simply complaining about the lack of goodness, if goodness in fact is lacking (which it is not), is not being part of the solution, but only a criticizing accuser.

If you want the world to change for the better (of course, according to your definition of what better is), perhaps you have not been noticing the state of world as it actually is.

Each and every year, new roads are opened to places previously unavailable or restricted.

More and more people are joining the virtual community of communication across the globe.

This cooperation and mass consciousness provides for the sharing of knowledge and wisdom, sometimes for a fee, but mostly for free.

The goodness in the world is overwhelmingly amazing, but if you cannot see it, perhaps you are accustomed to listening to the negative, the doubt-filled, the naysayers and the chicken littles of the earth.

Perhaps you have been listening too closely to the “bad” news on the radio and television, having yet to realize the pushing of calamity is how the news business makes their money.

Advertisers pay for the number of viewers/listeners.

News is a business, a propaganda programmer.

This is why car chases on live television news attracts more viewers than the regularly scheduled programming, or the already narrated news.

Perhaps you've been listening too closely to your priest, pastor, imam, guru, radio personality, television teleprompter reader, or political pundit preaching doom instead of actually experiencing life yourself.


13 December 2015

Deprogramming False Realities; A Miraculous Testimony

This morning I'm walking and thinking about how mainstream beliefs are most people's default position.

The notion that for many, when a doctor or medical expert says there is no cure or other healing method other than surgery, the patient 'believes' this opinion and no other 'way' is considered.

People seem to be led by the nose by popular notions, and since this is the 'reality' for many, it is understandable.

But this is not 'reality' for everyone!

There is a reality that is unreal for most, and yet more real than what people think reality is.

As I'm considering these things, I run into a friend of mine I see every so often.

We begin chatting, and I tell him what I was thinking about prior to his arrival.

He recalls what happened to him the 19th of October of this year.

While helping a friend clean their house, he lays down on the couch to rest his eyes, feeling unusually exhausted.

Next thing he recalls is waking up in an emergency room.

He is told about and shown a blood clot in his brain that the scan discovered.

The doctor informs him surgery is needed, yet they are cautious, for my friend is 66 years old.

His pastor and other church friends stop by and also hear the bad news.

While the doctor describes the needed surgery to avoid a worse situation, or death, my friend begins praying silently in his heart.

He reminds the Lord about the many miracles testified to in Scripture, how He can do anything He desires, and asks the Lord to please perform a miracle for him in this dire situation.

The prayer was quick, unheard and quite simple.

The next day, another scan is performed in preparation for the surgery.

The doctor is confused as to why the blood clot now isn't appearing.

My friend mentions the doctor and nurses present there that He has a God with whom nothing is impossible.

Praise His Name!

12 December 2015

Strength In Self Or From Above?

What motivates you?

The following message transcends all religions:

Many are the things, concepts or ideas that motivate humanity.

Depending on your upbringing, parents, religion, political leaning and external cultural programmings, your motivations in and for life may vary considerably from the motivations of your distant cousins throughout the world.

Fear motivates some people to be religious, to acquire weapons and support certain people who implement religious and/or stricter laws.

Wealth motivates some people to do almost all and everything necessary to gain material definitions of wealth and riches, even pushing religion onto others.

Some folks are motivated by things that speak to their heart, like love, a good feeling from doing good things and other notions which, at times, transcend the strife and conflict evident in the world.

Fear of death, either inflicted by the government through a secular set of rules or religiously based dictations, motivates people to behave.

Yet people still do as they please, seemingly not afraid of human or divine justice.

Does fear of punishment motivate people into doing what is lawfully, legally or religiously correct, or stop them from doing the opposite?

Rape, murder and thievery exists in every single community on the face of the planet, regardless of religious or secular laws in place.

If you think these do not exist, you may not be looking closely or, you may somehow accept when these things happen as something allowed or okay by your culture.

People are used to judging according to perception, not according to actual definitions according to light's clarity.

Since religious and secular laws are typically extensions of prior cultures and supposedly divinely/mythically inspired writings, the human stamp of interpretation is a heavy influence over most laws.

What is quite disconcerting, and quite phenomenal (in a complicated and dissonant way) is how what is unconscionable for someone can be “right” for another person.

For some people, killing another human being for any reason, is categorically wrong with no justification; not even self defense.

In other words; there is never any justification for extinguishing human life.

For others, one or several justifications are logically concluded.

This slope steepens as people further their justifications.

For some, an insult is a basis for death.

Can God not defend Himself or His children/faithful?

If God is able, why do men magnify their physical efforts?

Is God not able to save?

Is God not able to bring justice, or defend, or correct culture's waywardness?

Look at your religion's history, or your culture's growth, or how your nation came to exist.

Was it not by blood shed?

Was it not by some method of force?

How about your religion?

Did your religion come by way of force?

Do you keep your religion for fear of consequence from humans if you depart?

Does your religion have laws in place that allow men to punish those who turn their back on religion?

If God is Judge and over all things, does God need people to fight for God's cause?

11 December 2015

Growth And Maturity Is Human Evolution

I grew up hearing certain terms from some relatives and friends.

A certain mindset was revealed to me.

This mindset is very typical, almost default, in today's collective mind.

It is a perspective which labels and categorizes other human beings.

Remember, none of us had the choice of which family, tribe or ethnic group we were to be born into.

Taking pride in your particular ethnicity or tribe is to take pride in something you had no hand in.

Like taking pride for the air you breathe, or even the miracle that you can breathe.

Some terms I heard growing up had me hating those who looked different from me.

These words are some which I still struggle with today, not because I hold onto them, but the mindset these words provoked is still all around me.

In media; movies, news, music, advertising.

On the street; angry words, violence, graffiti, poverty, racism.

In my mind; memories from childhood, images from media, what I heard just the other day from someone on my path.

I remember when in my early twenties, at the community college, making a purposeful effort to make friends who looked very different from me.

I knew I had a warped view of them, and I had to somehow get this straightened out.

At the time, I had no other idea as to how to go about doing this, other than just being nice and hopefully making some friends.

Thank God my heart's desire was answered!

I learned, and continue to learn, that we are sometimes products of our environment, of generations of injustice, of mental illness, of century's worth of programmed prejudices.

What I also learned, and continue to grow into God willing, is that love fixes all of these issues.

But not my love.

God's love.

10 December 2015

Cerebral Cleansings

It could be argued that every person who has ever lived has been indoctrinated in some way.

The scale judging whether the indoctrination has been good, bad or indifferent is vast, and widely debatable.

The manner a child is raised by parents or guardians establishes the foundation of how the child views others and the world around them.

If a child has been taught to see all people as individuals, not according to ethnicity, religion, material possessions or group affiliation, they may be apt to be objective when meeting new people and discussing foreign or new ideas.

In contrast, if a child has been taught to be suspicious of certain people, hate a particular category of people or to see as less than human a particular ethnic or religious group, that child may have difficulty ever looking beyond their already formulated judgments of others.

Sadly, these fixed mindsets are heard speaking from their heart in mainstream media outlets the world over.

The religion a child is introduced to is another layer upon the foundation initiated by the parents.

Going further, the particular flavor of doctrinal and dogmatic highlights of the specific sect of any given religion overshadows the view from above; considering all things.

Society and culture, along with political overtones in media and in the workplace, further the layers of ever-present mental realities onto the child.

People are like soundboards.

The daily experiences a parent has outside the home is usually brought home for the listening ears to absorb.

It is the extreme, uncomfortable and encapsulated cases in life that can be easily called “brainwashing.”

These are viewed, from those outside the capsule, as unacceptable and overt.

It is a subtle and perhaps acceptable, or deeply seeded and generational program sort of brainwashing, that is typical and most prevalent.

09 December 2015

Jesus Was The Greatest Muslim

I'd like to share some things I've had on my heart, regarding geopolitical discourse.

In other words: people arguing on television and on the radio.

People are getting freaked out and divided, which is typical, by the typical things that divide human beings, brothers, sisters, friends.

People who have more in common than they have different, if only they are given the opportunity to search and find out these commonalities.

This may sound controversial.

Sometimes people ask me if I'm Muslim.

I always answer yes!

I then go on to explain that the term “muslim” is from the term “islam” which means “in submission; submits to God.”

I always follow with that, looking for an opportunity to teach somebody some reality in sharing the etymology of that term.

So I say “yes, absolutely, I submit to God! I am one who is always in submission, or at least that's my aim, my heart, because sometimes I fall short.”

It gives me a way to go further into a conversation that has to do with calling things as they are, not as people may perceive them to be, like rhetoric on television and the things that instigate people; fear, propaganda, all of those things...

I read a lot, I do a lot of research, to assist me in my writing.

I find a lot of things out and when responding to such questions, I find a way to give an answer that is clearer [more insightful and based on actual definitions] than the distraction of unclear answers [slanderous, fear-based, nationalistic, ideological propaganda] and things that are heard in organized religion, whichever religion it may be.

Because, for example:

During the Crusades, some of the people who lived in what is called today Palestine (that certain part of the Middle East, that was Israel, whatever you would label that land) believed themselves Christians and were killed by the invaders who believed themselves to be Christians (the Crusaders).

[there was no distinguishing between people in Palestine that provided for exterior identification between the different religions because their clothes were very similar, all wearing 'religious' attire if you will, and ethnically they were different from the invading European and Caucus Crusaders]

If you would have asked those people who were being slaughtered what their definition of a Christian was, would they have pointed to those “Christians” doing the killing?

If one submits to God, as I understand it, we'd have to look at what I believe to be the greatest example of One who submitted to God: a man who was born in Nazareth.

As the testimony goes according to those who walked with Him and received revelations, He submitted to God to the point of death; “He submitted unto death” it says.

So can you imagine that?

Trusting God all the way to the point of death.

Not defending oneself, but submitting your will, your thoughts, your struggles, your fears, your issues.

Submitting all those things and the things that we battle with/within.

08 December 2015

Seeing Beyond The Typical

For some people, almost all things in this world can speak through a certain purview; a particular paradigm.

Creation and makers of things perhaps speak messages sometimes unconsciously.

Sometimes interpretation makes a great difference.

Not every secular song can be heard to speak on a unique level, but every so often, depending on the listener's heart, the perspective can be quite inspiring.

Hey, hey, hey, hey

Ooh oh...

Won't you come see about Me?

I'll be alone, dancing you know it baby

Tell me your troubles and doubts

Giving Me everything inside and out and

Love's strange so real in the dark

Think of the tender things that we were working on

Slow change may pull us apart

When the Light gets into your heart, baby

Don't you forget about Me

Don't don't don't don't

Don't you forget about Me

Will You stand above me?

Look my way, never love me?

Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling

Down, down, down

Will you recognize Me?

Call My Name or walk on by?

Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling

Down, down, down, down

 Hey, hey, hey, hey

Ooh oh...

Don't you try to pretend

It's My feeling we'll win in the end

I won't harm you or touch your defenses

Vanity, insecurity

Don't you forget about Me

I'll be alone, dancing you know it baby

Going to take you apart

I'll put us back together at heart, baby

Don't you forget about Me

Don't don't don't don't

Don't you forget about Me

As you walk on by

Will you call My Name?

As you walk on by

Will you call My Name?

When you walk away

Or will you walk away?

Will you walk on by?

Come on - call My Name

Will you call My Name?

I say:

La la la...

- "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds

07 December 2015

Do You Love Me?

Love between people is a decision.

You choose to love or not.

Depending on one's religious or philosophical outlook on life, the decision to love another human being can be simple or complicated.

But one thing that is universal, which transcends the dividing walls of opinions and labels, is the desire to be loved.

We all desire to be loved.

It is easy to love people who love you, right?

Sometimes, we feel love for others without that sentiment being returned.

Love, quite too often, is misunderstood as something else.

Attraction between the opposite sex is sometimes seen as love, but something else is actually happening.

Attraction between the same sex can also be misconstrued as love, but this is a more delicate theme to clarify by defined words.

Emotions can sometimes confuse the heart's sobriety.

Emotions can be misinterpreted by the mind's sense as something else.

Yet, emotions help us explain the world around us.

The ability of the individual to correctly and honestly interpret their emotions to 'see' what is really happening with or around themselves is crucial.

The individual's inability to accurately interpret emotions may cause an individual both pain and difficult growing lessons.

Relationships also suffer the experience of lessons.

Can an individual accurately interpret their emotions when dealing with their thoughts or interactions with others?

Here is a very basic and quite striking point which has helped this man deal with his emotions and his attempt at loving others:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

- John 15: 13

If you consider a spouse, a love interest, a neighbor or a coworker a friend, your desire to lay yourself aside, even laying your life down for them, is a litmus test to approaching what loves is.

Choose to love everyone.

05 December 2015

In Touch With Others

When you were a child, what was your political position regarding abortions?

Were you a little liberal or a child conservative?

Did you promote a democratic freedom or a republican order?

Were you on the side of child labor laws or did you hate having to wait for potty training before joining the labor force?

When you were just beginning to crawl, were you pro gun rights or pro weapons restrictions?

What were the issues we, when we were children, were concerned with?

The illicit borrowing of toys without permission, perhaps?

How about the forced nap-times?

Remember the turmoil of not getting what you wanted the immediate moment you desired something?

Did you know the difference between yourself and people who lived on the other side of the world?

Did you even know there were other people on earth other than your immediate family?

Isn't it interesting how some of our childhood gripes and silly concerns have followed us into adulthood?

And why is it that some of our childhood notions and opinions have not followed us?

At what age does a child know or conceive themselves different from a neighbor, or someone from another country?

Does this difference truly exist, or has it also been something contrived by man's mind and thus believed to exist by others?

If a child is never told they are “bad,” will they ever give a thought to themselves being “bad”?

If a child never hears the words “I love you,” will they ever be able to conceptualize what those words mean?

Are we not all children, still growing and trying to make sense of a sometimes senseless world?

Be like children, friends.

Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

- Luke 18: 17

04 December 2015

In Touch With Your Self

The person who claims to never have, or have had, an evil intention, is a person who may not be honest about the storms their heart may occasionally experience.

They may not be aware of what their human nature is, despite their best efforts in keeping order in their heart, mind and efforts.

The person who Today claims to never have or allow an 'evil' intention cross over their heart, is someone who may not be in touch too deeply with the reality of such abysmal currents churning within themselves.

The human condition is inescapable of such things; some of us may be thinking too highly of ourselves.

Not trying to sound negative or pessimistic, but simply realistic and soberly speaking.

Some claim never to think, entertain or do evil.

These are most diluted.

What is evil?

For some, evil is considered good, and that which is good is called evil by others.

Many people do not understand how this could be nor can any swaths of the informed public agree with a clear definition of evil.

Some consider killing human life as evil, with no justification.

Others agree, but justify capital punishment, saying it is justice.

Yet, evil's definition cannot reach mass consensus.

This is why such teachings as the following only speaks to certain hearts on earth, not the mass consensus.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

- Luke 6: 41-42

03 December 2015

Looking Closer

Enjoy the two universe without videos; one with a basic explanation and the other with a simple and silent visual measurement of size.

When looking outward, looking without, there are the things we can 'see' with our eyes, and there are things we can only imagine or guess at.

The universe without is an observable and imagined place.

Mathematical equations can allow the mathematician to visualize/imagine an arc or a spacial design, as do people imagine the places beyond the human's visual plain.

If there is life within a drop of water, yet this life is invisible to the human eye without the aid of microscopes, why would people suspect life to not exist in the greater spaces yet unfounded?

And if there is life far within, would people suspect the earth itself to simply be a dead rock flying through space?

Is the rest of the universe lifeless mass?

01 December 2015

Looking Closely

Enjoy this video's journey into the small and be amazed at the Designer's method.

The further man searches the world around him through scientific means, more discoveries arise, more questions develop and the search continues.

The sciences, being fashioned around man's centrist understanding of the world and himself, continues to forge inroads without end.

The universe without is still far away and unknown, just as the universe within is exceedingly more distant than initially assumed.

I chuckle when what was first believed to be scientific bedrock, becomes a pile of sand for those considered geniuses or the most learned.

Yet, when discovery and knowledge is approached in another way, we can all learn something that isn't so stifling and remote.

“Knowledge seems” to be one thing quite separate from “understanding”.

Simply because you know the terms and how to speak them does not equal actually understanding what is being expressed.

30 November 2015

Is God's Protection Limited?

Whomever desires harvesting a life sowed in the ways of this world only reaps this world's rewards.

These rewards usually carry adverse consequences.

The wayward are granted freedom of choice, some choosing to hurt and devastate the children of the Most High in chasing worldly rewards.

Since the flesh counts for nothing, the wayward's efforts only bring a case of judgment against them, while the children are vindicated.

Great is His mercy and love for His children!

The maledictions and malevolence against the children have no hold on the love, grace and mercy He's chosen to show His children, although they realize suffering.

He knows and allows His own to traverse pain in order to bring forth more than the imagination conceives.

Looking at Christ, notice how His murderers actually sealed their fate... according to His purpose.

His resurrection showed that, although the flesh is killed, the Spirit lives on and forever.

This reality propelled His first witnesses to spread this news.

God allows all things to happen for unfathomable reasons, revealing His bountiful grace and love for His children, despite their sufferings from the wayward's trespasses.

Consider how grateful the children are for grace despite the things done in their past, or the doubts their hearts regularly experience.

Yet they are not granted a license to trespass.

God's grace is one of the most misunderstood, underestimated, least explained spiritual phenomena.

God's grace is beyond conception, immeasurable by human means.

Men dare say who is or isn't in His grace, but this is merely arrogance and misaligned zealotry.

They reflect God's immeasurable love.

He redeems those who some people may label nonredeemable!

His chosen can absorb, as water does a grain of salt, the judgments and opinions of people, regardless of title or position in organized religions and secular circles.

29 November 2015

Always Finding The Good

I recently watched a movie I've heard about but never seen.

It's a comedy with quite a powerful story.

A reporter, who is very full of himself, desires to ascend to a more prestigious position.

His current assignment is to a small town covering an annual folk story of a weather predicting rodent.

If you're my age or older, you may have seen this movie or heard about it.

He dismisses and offends everyone around him, considering himself too great, too smart and too talented to be around them, seeing himself above the simple and humble people of this town.

But something quite unorthodox happens.

He is bound to repeat that same day over and over again.

He relives the same day every day, despite his efforts to alter his destiny, even to the point of killing himself, he continues awaking to the same day and always repeating events.

At first he has his fun, learning about people and their past to gain leverage over them, but his exploits never carry over into the next day, showing his deplorable efforts a fleeting waste of time.

Yet, as the same day repeats, his heart's desire comes to the surface; his love for a coworker.

His own attempts fails to win her heart.

When he 'predicts' all events of that day to her, this alienates him further from her and others.

Only when he confronts his own frail character, arrogance, unbridled pride and broken heart does he realize life's purpose and meaning.

One particular repeated day, he wastes no time serving everyone he can reach in town.

From the homeless man that will eventually die later in the evening, to the little old ladies in a car with a punctured tire, he pours himself out to serve everyone.

This lifts him to the status he has always desired, but finds himself not full of his old self, but with the love he so desired for himself from those around him.

He also wins the love of his coworker, again because he put himself last in lifting everyone else around him.

His earlier disrespect and distaste for this small town and people now turns to love and belonging.

I was touched by this movie in a great way, learning what the writers had woven into the comedy of a man bound to repeat a day he initially couldn't stand.

I laughed and cried.

28 November 2015

First Impressions

When you first meet someone, are your initial thoughts of them correct?

Assuming you build a friendship an acquaintance with them, are you always right in your assumptions?

Have you ever been wrong?

Have your perceptions change over time?

Have your first impressions lingered despite later realizing you were wrong?

If you were to meet someone, and at that moment you were not your best, it would be a shame they would hold that initial first meeting against you for the rest of your life.

Some of us had parents which did this to us.

We may have siblings who still view us as that brat, or blockhead child, and not the peer we are.

We've also been subject to such time-stamped judgments.

We've done this with food.

We've done this with places.

We've done this with ideas.

I used to be deathly afraid of sushi because of the opinions of others... who never had sushi.

It wasn't until I was practically coerced into trying some that I was able to overcome my fear, my false judgment and my belief of opinions.

I really like sushi today and can't get enough.

I've turned on others to sushi, helping them also overcome negative perceptions built upon opinions.

If we are to approach human beings with preconceived notions, judging them by their outer appearances, or what others have opined of them, how comfortable would we be if others would approach us with negative notions about ourselves?

I do acknowledge that people, like sheep, assimilate and identify with whichever ideology or identity they are grouped in, by default or design or desire.

If we can look at our past and realize change, growth and maturity, surely other human beings can change, grow and mature.

Can we put ourselves in their shoes and love?

26 November 2015

The Spirit's Image

Seeing Yeshua / Isa / Jesus is like seeing a cloud.

The elements that would make a cloud are ever present, but unseen by the human eye.

As men have measured and found out, a cloud becomes visible when temperature meets with certain elements.

And as some of us have noticed when looking at clouds, one could sometimes see certain shapes familiar to things we are familiar with.

But from another perspective, these shapes are not clear, only perhaps a cloud is seen, nothing more.

With Christ appearing, what has always been there was made visible for man to see.

Those who had the proper perspective sown into their hearts were able to see clearly who was before them.

Others simply saw a man.

Although a cloud rains down upon the land and makes the cycles of life work, arguably one of the most important components of life, it is sometimes dismissed because its effort is always ever present.

It is like forgetting the miracle of breathing; with every breath, your body is revitalized with the oxygen plants and trees produce.

It is like forgetting water is recycled and cycled through the ocean, evaporation, the clouds, mountain peaks, rivers and streams, underground aquifers, and other ways creation purifies water; what men have nothing to do with in bringing what passes through us back again.

It is like forgetting our body's intricate work; healing itself when injured, blood circulating throughout all places and being filtered while passing through other places, the air going into our lungs and passing to our cells, being fed with oxygen, sustaining life.

It is outstandingly amazing how we can forget the miracle of life we are!

It is amazingly amazing how these things happen without our effort!

It is a grand design.

Thank the Grand Designer.

25 November 2015

Translating The Message

For some, the Gospel speaks to and reflects the heart clearly...

...for others, the Gospel is quite unclear, the heart misunderstanding

The Gospel is a message, not a mathematical formula.

The earliest disciples of Christ did not have the written Gospel in-hand as they traveled about.

The message was carried in their hearts.
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
- Hebrews 10: 16
And if you can believe, the Holy Spirit would speak through them whenever God desired.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.
- John 16: 13
The King James Version (KJV) of the bible was penned in the early 17th century.

Remember, English didn't exist when the message manifested.

The message would be weaved through translations from Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, and other languages.

This message is still being translated Today into most known languages in the known world.

What are we to consider looking at all of those various English translations in the years prior to the favored KJV?

Shall we argue over specific words, or the use of a certain term instead of another term?

The Gospel (good news) is a message.

If the message doesn't speak to the heart, then no translation, nor proper order of words in whichever language, is going to speak to your heart.

It is God who opens the heart and plants His Word in the hearts of men.

Men in pride love to battle and argue over words, and as we see Today, over which compilation of the message is "right”.

They seem to worship the works and opinions of men instead of the One who inspired the message.