30 April 2015

I Found My Tires



I've learned an important lesson and I don't want to miss the opportunity to share. I hope this sharing doesn't seem boastful. I'd simply like to give insight to my lesson's simplicity.

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking with a friend. We've shared personal stories about business, relationships and faith. But the last time I spoke with him, he lamented how long winded I can be and his distaste for discussing religion outside of 'church.' My feelings were hurt. I felt insulted. I later questioned our friendship by the manner in which he spoke to me, reflecting emotionally.

I took his admonition to heart. I tried not dismissing him as being wrong and me being right. I prayed since then and have been aware of my speaking manners. I admit; I can become long winded. I can over-elaborate the simple. I could be a bit heavy in sharing the faith. He was right!

My choice was to either accept the correction despite the delivery, or continue in my pride.
Yesterday I was confronted by this very challenge among a group of unrelated friends. One of these friends also lamented, saying I speak very much and say more than necessary (my very prayer). I was humbled. I had been avoiding learning this particular lesson. After catching myself, I acknowledged this shortcoming. My effort was recognized and we all shared a laugh.

Later that day, I was among another group of friends. Now being aware of my lesson, I was making an effort to listen and also speaking with precision. I realized a greater dynamic between all other participants. I saw a meeting of the minds and hearts. I was amazed hearing from others what I desired to convey.

I thank the Lord for His patient hand upon my heart.

29 April 2015

To His Glory



Throughout time men have claimed they knew God (“I know something”), their God was more powerful than another god (according to winning battles), they are with God (“we follow God”), God is with them (“God is with us”), etc.

Man has made objects to look like god(s) (figurines/statues/drawings/paintings). Men also made themselves to be god(s), either after death (kings/rulers/dictators/gurus) or during their lifetime (Nebuchadnezzar/Caligula). We've seen men who considered themselves divine or having a divine place among other men (Alexander/Cyrus).

Throughout the prophecies of the old covenant, fact of God is revealed. One ancient revealing was done through Moses when dealing with Pharaoh. Egypt's regional hegemony ended shortly after Moses and Israel departed.

The knowledge of 'who' God is came through the Hebrews, not because this 'people' or 'group' was “better.” God chose a man, named him Abraham, and eventually revealed who God is. Abraham's children were the Hebrews.

The evidence Christ's message of love embracing all humanity, the testimony that Yeshua was “God with us” (Immanuel), is the fact that HisName has absorbed nearly all peoples, strongholds and cultures in the world.

We see God made for Himself a people to eventually reveal the Messiah. After the revealing of the Messiah, the proving of lineage and bloodline was accomplished. No man or ethnic group can take pride in their heritage, although they do try and argue to no end.

“So in Christ Yeshua you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Yeshua. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

- Galatians 3: 26-29

28 April 2015

When Violence Is Justified



When is violence justified?  Never.

It is quite interesting to see how people quickly become polarized when troubling times arise. Some people resort to tribal mentality. Other people keep their senses and honor before them. Folks begin to identify with peer groups, with people of like interests or like views. People you would otherwise not notice on the street are somehow now your enemy. The divisions come to the forefront when troubling times arise. And when people begin to align themselves with others according to skin tone, heritage, economic status and religion, then is society's fragility revealed. Then we really see what is going on inside of people by what they do, besides what they say. Then do we see the past sins of both individuals and a culture come to the forefront and open the previously believed-to-be healed wounds.

Whether it is international warfare, domestic civil injustice, class inequality or differing belief systems, the demons seem to run amok when people's sensibilities are challenged.

So why isn't violence ever justifiable? Has the domestic violence victim 'learned' their lesson after being battered by an abuser? Has the supposed criminal 'learned' their lesson after having their skull shattered prior to a court hearing? Has the country 'learned' their lesson after being carpet bombed from border to border for their political indifference? Has the convicted murderer 'learned' their lesson after they are executed by the state? Has the aborted unborn child 'learned' their lesson after being vacuumed from the womb?

If the answer is an obvious NO to the preceding questions, why would one suppose the ones committing the violent acts are somehow justified?

People need a love doctor. Perhaps if true love was taught and expressed, both sides of the question would realize their blindness to identifying what love really is.

27 April 2015

The Consumer's Empire



I met a gentleman this morning who shares a similar recent ancestry to me. His predecessors occupied high political offices in Cuba almost a century ago, about the time my predecessors were on the farm scratching out a living. We discussed Cuba, its politics, current affairs, perceptions and identities. In time he exclaims “who died and made him king?” referring to Fidel Castro. I didn't answer, but furthered an objective conversation.

Political discussions sadly fall into categories, making separating ideas from perceptions, rights from justified wrongs, difficult.

I asked if farmers with few possessions are unhappy, or if city dwellers with many possessions are happy. I referenced my maternal family saving for a Frigidaire (conflating brand with product, like Coke with soda). We laughed. That purchase inarguably improved their life; likely producing happiness, besides bringing a higher electric bill. At least perishables lasted longer.

The embargo intended to punish political rebellion. Castro realized Cuba wasn't Cuban owned and desired to change that. He broke the expected 'order' and many paid for it. But again, do products or access to products always bring happiness or produce satisfied people?

We see some products produce unhappy byproducts; non-biodegradable, pollution, and synthetic leaching into foods.

Trading and independent farmers may not need politics to continue their livelihood. City people do not produce food (food being an essential for life, unlike a Frigidaire). We see a clear incentive for politics in a segment of the population.

To answer this man's question regarding Castro; many people died. Whoever opposed Castro's idea of Cuba was systematically removed. This has always been the case throughout history. Some examples: Mongols, Greeks, Romans, Moors, English, French, Spanish and now Amerika.

History justifies murder to produce agreeable/disagreeable orders.

Our agreement is filtered through history's authors.

The Frigidaire is a placating by-product.

[Ecclesiastes 3: 9-22]

26 April 2015

A Wife Is A Blessing



Had a wonderful weekend with my wife. We slept in late both Saturday and Sunday. Not sure what it is, but the longer one sleeps, it seems the sleepier one can become. With the shades drawn, we cannot tell what time it is unless we sneak a peak at the clock. We included in our two days off with getting some work done. It's great to be able to work with your loved one, whether at home or a nearby coffee shop. We did both. Some evenings during the week, we bring our laptops along and do our individual work load. This is what we did this weekend between a movie and regular meals. It's great to look over at her and share a laugh after I show her some silly internet pictures / jokes, or email her a little love note and see her expression.

After a nice long walk Sunday afternoon when we finished a meal overlooking the ocean, we settled in at a favorite coffee shop. Ordered some chocolate chip cookies as dessert to help us begin our tasks. She only asked for one, and I asked for three. However, when I went in for the last two, I noticed the bag only had one left. I had to think if I had already devoured the previous two and I just forgot. Looking over at her I knew there was foul play at hand!

It is silly moments like these that makes me praise God for the peace He has granted me, the countless blessings He's bestowed and the match He ordained in heaven for me to enjoy on earth.

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. 
- Proverbs 18: 22

I've been highly favored!

Blessed be Your Name!

25 April 2015

Who Is Jesus, Anyway?


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through Him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(John testified concerning Him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’”) Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Yeshua Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the One and Only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known.

- John 1: 18

24 April 2015

Having It Your Way



The first depiction of Moses leading the Israelites into a violent confrontation is a defensive effort, found in Exodus 17: 8. The Israelites are attacked by the Amalekites shortly after leaving Egypt's slavery. God is not referenced directing Moses to take any action. Later God is quoted asking Moses to record what happened. The record is to be remembered, so Joshua would remember it. God then declares He will blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.

The indifference between Israel and the Amalekites are played out in later decades into the monarchy as the Israelite tribes settle the previously occupied areas. Throughout the centuries, the reference in what was termed “Amalek”/“Amalekite” has developed a particular dogma through the generations of Jewish ideology. Anyone or any entity challenging or attacking what is perceived to be Israel is considered an Amalekite or like Amalek.

The attack of the Amalekites comes after the Israelites grumble and complain to Moses for not having water. They considered it would have been better to have stayed slaves in Egypt than endure with the challenge of finding water in the desert they were now traversing. This episode is after they walked on dry land through the Red Sea, seeing a wall of water on both sides. They saw Pharaoh's army swallowed up by the Red Sea when it returned to natural form. They previously saw the many plagues brought upon the Egyptians.

I wonder if it is possible the Israelites, after having seen God move in such amazing ways, suffered the outcome of doubting that God was actually taking care of them. Doubt and disobedience was the issue, as seen in Exodus 16: 28.

Obedience and faith; two basics.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

- Exodus 14: 14

23 April 2015

From Vessel To Vessel To Vessel



It amazes me how the message of Christ developed. Today, practically every language, nation and people on earth praise His Holy Name! A testament to a faith-filled message that sprouted from the lips of a man named Yeshua. He came from an unregarded little town in a notorious province of that time's empire.

Unlike religions, movements and political examples in history, the faithful message of a man who raised to life after being murdered was not spread by force, compulsion or manipulation of its promoters. For the first 300 years, the message spread by love, by service and by martyrdom. It spread by illogical and impractical means. It spread miraculously. Attempts to extinguish the flames of faith by force, murder, intimidation and slander only fueled the flames of this faith. The faith saturated every economic class, every ethnic variety and every position up to the highest political levels.

The mystery of Christ reached a temporary zenith when proclaimed by that empire's king. The proclamation of 'who' God is, much like in the times of Joseph, Daniel and Moses, was once again trumpeted throughout that time's civilization. Yeshua was proclaimed Christ, the King of kings, Lord of lords, the fulfillment of 'God with us.'

Although the faith was eventually made a religion by men, the love and service continued beyond the walls of Rome. Though the example of Christ's love began ebbing away from politicized bishop's, the faith flowed quietly through the hearts of both the high and low. The message continued manifesting itself in those who were destined to believe it.

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.

- Isaiah 9: 6

22 April 2015

Table For One



We all have our horizon; our limit of seeing things and understanding things. Since every person is at a different place in the journey of life, rarely do any two people see any single thing the same. I think this is because we can learn something from others. Even a king could learn something quite valuable from the lowliest of his subjects. That is, if that king is open to learning.

I think one could learn something from practically anyone, even in an unrelated conversation. You could be talking about dirt and realize something about what you've been mulling in your mind from earlier that day. It is quite interesting when this happens.

Certain gems of wisdom are not always derived from the wise. If they were, a teacher's job would never be finished. The teacher would always be needed to continually teach the student. It is when a teacher teaches the pupil how to learn that the pupil begins to learn beyond what the curriculum did not cover.

What have you learned recently?

I personally learned recently that I talk too much, repeat myself, and don't listen to who I am speaking with at times. I recently learned that my favorite topics of conversation are not universally desirable to be mentioned in public. I already knew this, but since they are topics that I like, I wasn't considering how others feel about these subjects. The historian can easily bore the sports fan, as the sports fan can easily bore the historian. I shouldn't bore or upset anyone simply because I find some topics mundane. I shouldn't arrogantly expect others to jump into my mind's world and feel comfortable.

I find myself learning the lessons of life from the most unusual of people speaking about the most unusual of topics.

21 April 2015

Still Subcontracting Your Work?



Have you noticed that some people in 'modern' societies have been subcontracting their responsibilities? Subcontracting is practical, convenient and sometimes wise. Other times, it is unavoidable and perhaps the reason why things are as they are.

Specialization is great when all parties find their return adequate and fair. Having to learn how to build a house, install plumbing, electric wiring and perform the labor in order to have a house isn't practical. In other words; you don't have to become a house builder in order to have a house.

However, you do need to learn how to build a home in order to have a family.

Where and when is subcontracting arguably not the best choice? Schooling for the labor class is essential for that portion of society that is incapable of teaching their children while also providing for them. This is where teachers instruct children what the parents are not specialized in. However, the teacher's vocation isn't to raise children. This is the occupation of the parent, or should be. Manners, ethics, discipline and building character is the occupation of the parent, or should be. Subcontracting this very important work out to others is a disservice to children.

Today's western societies are glorified because of the material wealth they produce and the power they wield, but what good is wealth and power when the very foundation of society isn't properly built?

People look to a priest, pastor, imam, guru, etc., instead of themselves according to the tenets of their faith.

People look to the banker to increase their money, instead of learning to handle money.

People look to the politician for change, instead of becoming the civic leader they desire.

People look to others to raise their children, instead of being the first and continued teacher their children need.

20 April 2015

The Lemon Question



Let's think of adding lemons for a moment, shall we?

How could one have two lemons, adding those two to another two, and have a sum total of seven?

Is this possible? Sounds like a play on words, right? I did in fact write the word “two” three times and “one” once, making for a possible sum total of seven lemons. What is the context actually saying? Simply adding 2 lemons to 2 other lemons. Reading it another way, another possible contextual understanding would speak to six lemons in total. Read the lemon question again.

If the above lemon question could have three possible answers, depending on the reader's comprehension, imagine how easy it would be to derive many meanings from things unseen?

Up until recently, science has realized ( and somehow determined ) that more mass and energy is present in 'dark' matter ( the unseen / dark portions of space ) than exists in the visible things, like stars and planets. Sounds paradoxical, but science somehow is putting this paradox into words which makes the subject matter somewhat understandable.

The same lemon question confusion happens with the religions of men. To one who looks at all religions, a semblance and agreement can be identified. To others, nothing but contradiction and confusion. I personally can see the unifying qualities while acknowledging the obvious differences. But, if religions attempt to explain the unexplainable, how can the unexplainable be explained? This is why I call science a religion too. Just because words with definitions exist doesn't mean men understand what they are not looking at ( dark matter ).

Consider how the word 'love' is misused and misunderstood. One taught to “love your enemy.” Some who claim to believe the Author still cannot see past their hate of their supposed enemy.

19 April 2015

Words Echo To Eternity



I read over the daily news ( not the reality show disguised as sarcastic news ). I read local, national, international, science, business, health and other news. I remind myself to pray for the deceased; whether they died by accident, by justified execution, excusable murder, were deemed innocent or judged to be wicked. I remind myself to pray for them and for their relatives, family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and associates. I ask for God's good will to be done in all of those people's lives.

Death has a way of reminding people of their immortality, their place.

Since I cannot see the condition of any human being's heart, I cannot tell who is innocent or who is wicked. I am not one who can judge nor condemn. My vocation is to do my part. My part is void of judgment. My part is to bless and not curse, to love and forgive.

However, since I am still a human being and fall short, I do at times judge. I am not perfect, though I aim and strive to be perfect.

What I realize is that I have been forgetting to pray for all other situations and scenarios I read in the news. Now that I've caught myself praying narrowly, I will begin praying broadly. I typically ignore the mundane, but now realize that even entertainers who fall on dark times also need to be prayed for.
Those athletes who find themselves in criminal situations also need His grace. Those businessmen and politicians who worship money and know it not also need prayers.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

- Ephesians 6: 12

16 April 2015

To Infinity... And With-In



Follow me on this journey of imagination.

During my walk Today, I began to ponder things unknown. I began to imagine how big the universe may be. I began to wonder what is beyond the universe. Some theorize that the universe is continually expanding. I wonder: into what space is it expanding? How much more 'space' is the space beyond the unknown universe? Is the space beyond the universe empty, void of a gravitational pull, or is there something else ( other universes )?

Is the universe the size of a baseball in the box it comes in?

Is the universe the size of a betta fish in a one-gallon fish bowl?

Is the universe the size of a plankter in the pacific ocean?

Is the space outside our unknown universe never ending?

Scientists and engineers have measured things which can be measured. However, going now in the opposite direction into the molecular and quantum level, how small does 'small' get? Here too, man must develop theories to ponder the thought process of the unknown with-in, as has been done considering what is with-out. Man cannot see what is within the energy, same as man cannot fathom what is about the so-called 'dark' energy.

Imagine now, if you can, an existence where there are no ends.

Imagine if the journey with-in doesn't come to a stop, as neither the journey with-out is seemingly endless.

I recall learning in cosmology the fact that neutrinos travel through the earth as they journey from the sun through outer space. At this very moment, billions of neutrinos are passing through your body.  However, we cannot see nor feel the violation of our space by these shameless subatomic particles.

It is not easy speaking of the unknown. It is a challenge to ponder the invisible.

15 April 2015

Coming Out Of The Mud... Again



Have you ever caught yourself after having stepped into some mud?

Don't you hate it when you didn't see the puddle of mud as you were walking on your path, but now that you sense your feet are heavier, you begin to take inventory?

You notice that yes in fact you do have mud on your feet.

You may be surprised.

Some are not so surprised or don't even notice.

We can sometimes notice those who haven't a clue about their dirty feet, can't we?

Sometimes, it is much easier to point out the mud on the feet of others, but not our own.

The fresh mud sometimes covers up the old mud which hasn't been removed.

Perhaps you can tell your feet are dirty because you keep your feet clean as best you can.

Maybe you consider that it is eventually going to happen, so you simply leave the mud there.

But what happens when you try to bring your dirty feet into your home?

Now you have a mess in your home.

Now it is clear to others that you stepped in the mud, again.

Now instead of your feet being dirty, now your home's floors are dirty.

Too bad we cannot see the mud puddles sometimes.

At times, the mud puddle is evident.

We can see it up ahead.

Other times, it appears within a second's notice.

And unfortunately, we sometimes see and decide to head right into that mud puddle.

It is a humiliating experience when I see that I have mud on my feet.

It is even more humiliating when someone points out that mud.

A challenge arises when you have the choice to deny there is any mud or face the facts.

Let us always be willing to notice and clean our muddy feet.

14 April 2015

Finding What Is Meaningful



He means the world to me.

To live without Him is to run in a race thinking you are in first place, only to find out you have been disqualified.

To live with Him, is to know your race has been won despite the challenge of the track.

To read His words to me is to be filled with an immeasurable joy.

I must contain myself and hold my tongue!

Some things are kept secret and sometimes never revealed for a reason, despite my desire to share.

His Word means the world to me.

To live without His direction is to die.


The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun?

Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.

The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.

The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.

All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.

All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.

No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.

- Ecclesiastes 1: 1-11

13 April 2015

Pride Begets Pride



I recently ran into a familiar face. Years ago when I resided in north Long Beach, I walked over to some police activity near my residence. Two men, looking poor and destitute, had been pulled over. Their vehicle's trunk was open, exposing new and used copper wire.

Standing near these men, one officer asks if I'd like to speak with them. I ask their names, attempting to be friendly. At this, the officer curses, chastising me for speaking with the suspects, and orders me away. Confused, I ask him why he offered the opportunity only to ridicule me.

Walking to his sergeant (which I was previously speaking with at the scene), I notify him of what just occurred. The sergeant asks the officer in private and returns saying the officer denies it. The sergeant offered to file a formal complaint. I dropped it, voicing my surprise at the attitude and choice of words by his subordinate.

Seeing him now, I reminded him of that day. He remembered. I told him he was a liar and dishonorable; the very reason why the public's trust is challenged regarding his vocation. He again denied any wrongdoing, saying I had refused identifying myself. He then labeled me a sovereign citizen. I restated my opinion and walked away.

I wonder if I should have done this, not out of fear of retribution, but thinking it was me who had just dishonored my Father by what I had said to this man. After my pride subsided, I recalled this passage of Scripture and felt embarrassed:

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

- Proverbs 25: 2-3

10 April 2015

One Order



To me, the purpose of God separating a people unto Himself ( by choosing Abraham and granting revelation to his progeny through Isaac – the rest of the Old Testament ), was not to keep people separate centuries later, but to establish a hierarchy of humanity based on noble examples, not power.

Much how a noble family stays 'noble' by their virtues, their words AND their actions, so does a righteous person show themselves to be 'right' ( by their words AND deeds ).

In due time, we can see how societies both big and small ( empires and still existing indigenous tribal families ) reflect much of what God started. We can read how their lives reflect the premise found in the law of Moses.

This was to bring unity among all peoples, not division. People are divided by their projected ideas.

Identity plays a big part in dividing people. One says they are a Jew, another an American, another a Muslim, another a ____ ( fill in your identity ). But, before and after all this, we are human beings. Even science is now discovering we are all related. So, in essence, we are brothers and distant cousins. This reality is evident when people put their exterior differences aside and focus on the similarities.  This, God has purposed.  But folks, out of pride or programming, fall into their identity traps, following terms, labels, titles, etc.  Do these truly define a person, a human being, a child of God?

Before your identity, are you not a human being?

We could look past the words made for us to conceive our differences, or we can see what God has done in bringing all people into one community. This has been both the aim of men and apparently the will of God!

09 April 2015

We Are All Color Blind



How do you convince the color blind that the sky is blue, the ocean is blue and nobles are called blue-bloods although the color of royalty is purple?

I was watching Casa Blanca last night, again. Such an interesting and always moving film. Never a dull moment. I also listened to Robert Ebert's commentary over the film. It adds an extension of historical insights and background information about points surrounding the actors, the production and the time that adds to the experience.

The perspective from the producers is centric, naturally. The Nazis believed they were the rightful blue-bloods. We all have our centric point of view, by default. We view the colors of the world according to how we were taught them. Our politics, our belief systems, our cultures and our closely guarded thoughts are formed and influenced by others who have gone before us. By the time a child has come to terms with the decision making process, they have a foundation formulated by others to contend with. For the folks who cannot differentiate between baby blue, teal, turquoise and indigo, they simply see 'blue.' The child who always saw the lightest shades of blue as baby blue, when they eventually see a color graph, they'll see that all blues blend from one to another. Identifying one color from another is ignoring the many hues in between.

How about the person who only sees shades of grey and no color hue? Watching that classic movie, there was no color, only shades between absolute black and absolute white. Perhaps I could better use the terms, darkness and lightness. Even the terms 'black' and 'white' do not properly address and identify the spectrum of light. Black is not equal to dark much like white not equal to light.

Such is life.

07 April 2015

Prophecies You Say?



“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man / human being, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

- Daniel 7: 13-14 (~6th Century Before Christ)

Then Yeshua came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I Am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

- Matthew 28: 18-20 (~1st Century After Christ)

“Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I Am God, and there is no other. By Myself I have sworn, My mouth has uttered in all integrity a Word that will not be revoked:

Before Me every knee will bow; by Me every tongue will swear.”

- Isaiah 45: 22-23 (~7th Century Before Christ)

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Yeshua Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

- Philippians 2: 9-11 (~1st Century After Christ)

These are two examples of the many prophetic conclusions.  Read the various languages which praise His Holy Name!

Cheers!



It is not for kings, Lemuel—it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

- Proverbs 31: 4-7

We can see the advice here asking those with responsibilities to have restraint. Does this passage encourage or pacify drunkenness? Doesn't it call for responsibility and passive application?

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.

- Ephesians 5: 11-19

Here we see advice coming from a church leader to another leader; a man with responsibilities.

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.

- 1 Corinthians 6: 12

Here we see the balance of freedom and responsibility; enjoying things without abusing them.

06 April 2015

She Asked Me A Question



Yesterday a lady asked me if I believed in Easter.

She wondered what “I” was doing since I had stopped to talk to her. She had called out to me earlier as I was crossing the street. I faintly heard her say “where can I get one of those...”

I looked at her from across the street. She was barefoot, pacing back and forth, speaking briefly to people.

My heart went out to her. I saw her get into a car and I wondered if she was capable of driving. I made my way towards her, crossing the street. I saw her again pacing back and forth. I asked if she was okay and needing help. She seemed coherent, but then seemed confused. Now she had a can of bug spray in her hand. I asked if she was using that to get high. She denied it, putting it down and then said she couldn't remember if she had used it. She now had open-toe heels on. Her toes were long and crowding over each other. Her attire was clean, but her finger nails looked dirty.

She walked away, turned around and told me I better get away from her. She then asked me what I wanted. I said I came over to her because she looked confused and I was worried for her, especially after noticing she may get behind the wheel.

This was when she asked me if I believed in Easter. I responded that I believe in Christ. She asked what Christ means to me. I said due to His rising after death, that event gives me hope that life doesn't end at death, but continues. His rising from the dead gives me hope.

She walked away, warned me again, got in her car and drove away.

05 April 2015

Acknowledgment Of Worth



What does it mean to “worship” God?

We hear this term on days like Today (celebration/remembrance of Yeshua rising from death).

/ˈwərSHəp/ noun

 - the feeling/expression of reverence/adoration for a deity; "the worship of God"

- the acts/rites making up formal expressions of reverence for a deity

- religious ceremony; "the church was opened for public worship"

- adoration/devotion comparable to religious homage; "our society’s worship of teenagers"

from Old English weorthscipe ‘worthiness, acknowledgment of worth’


“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that You are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

“Woman,” Yeshua replied, “believe Me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”

Then Yeshua declared, “I, the One speaking to you—I Am He.”

- John 4: 19-26


Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

- Romans 12: 1-2

04 April 2015

The Reality



Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

Like one from whom people hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem.

Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted.

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.

By oppression and judgment He was taken away.

Yet who of His generation protested?

For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of My people He was punished.

He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the Lord makes His life an offering for sin, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in His hand.

After He has suffered, He will see the light of life and be satisfied; by His knowledge My righteous servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will give Him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.

For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

- Isaiah 53

02 April 2015

No, No, No, I'm Right



Do you find yourself liking someone because they agree with you or see things in a similar fashion to how you see things?

Do you also find yourself disliking someone because they disagree or are on the opposite end of your point of view?

Since we see across the globe a variety of opinions, points of view, beliefs, historical narratives, ideas and so on, do you think it was God's purpose to create a cloning of mankind? Don't we see human beings with various traditions, cultural constructs, societal taboos and different laws? If one believes in an all knowing God, surely He has either allowed or planned the world in this way!

We see variety in nature within species of animals, plants, landscapes, etc.

We also see singularity and oneness in all of creation and in ourselves, can't we? Despite the external differences, we can appreciate our sometimes unnoticed commonality. We sometimes have to suspend the obvious differences to see clearly the likeness. We have to sometimes suspend how the media portrays people of other cultural and religious backgrounds to see their humanity and how it complements and, at times, equates ours! We have to sometimes consider others better than ourselves in order to keep ourselves from believing 'our' mind's view is more accurate than theirs. It is this very simple and universal consideration which is capable of preventing needless wars and ignorant division.

Hasn't all of mankind been separated by time and geography? The archeologist and historian can agree that as peoples moved away from one another, their original thought processes changed and evolved according to exterior factors. Eventually, new opinions were formed. The closeness that the direction the world is headed in is one to be embraced, otherwise the inner likeness can be overshadowed by the exterior difference.

01 April 2015

Defraud The Fraud



The further people remove themselves from a monetary system based on debt and usury, what truly is valuable will be made clearer. You and your trust-built relationships are the basis of value, not the money exchanged. Material resources are secondary and dependent on people's knowledge and talent. Is it the gold that makes a necklace valuable or the talent of fashioning the gold into something attractive?

Governments, by so-called consent or by right of monarchy, enforce their money's use by rule of law and force. Government has the first-lien position, by fact of power, regardless of their legitimacy.
Humans will be humans. Fallible humans, in positions of honor/power, need a better checking system than self-resignation. Almost universally, people are fired for incompetence, lackey activity, or misdeeds. Historical exceptions have been monarchical governments. These have also come to nothing when leadership became dishonorable and depraved.

Specie/money itself, in a simple monetary system that can be understood, could foster trust among merchants and consumers alike. Gold and silver are nominally valuable only in their narrow applications. A fiat is useful and can be equitable so long as that fiat is not defrauded ( as has happened ).

The greatest hindrance to equal weights and measures is: a) interest/usury causing inflation, and b) unbridled printing of unaccountable monies. An example of unaccountable monies: a defense budget only benefiting a small segment of the population at the cost of the many.

A misunderstood impression regarding rising prices is that some things have increased in value. What seems to be 'increased value' is actually 'inflated prices' due to the fraud of usury and debt issuance.

Money's functionality should be a simple concept. When a majority of people, who must work for money yet do not understand how their monetary system works, you have misrepresented government.