31 May 2015

Like Water Through Sand


In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

- Hebrews 1: 1-3

- heir of all things
- universe made through Him
- radiance of God
- exact representation of His being
- purified sins

The vastness of God is unseen and invisible, for God is Spirit.

We can read various testimonies showing how God communicates.

Dreams; Solomon, Jacob.

Visions; Daniel, Ezekiel.

Unusual ways; donkey, burning bush, cloud.

Gentle whisper, fury of thunder, lighting and smoke.

Angels.

Men and women.

Why, how and can the Creator of all things have a Son?

Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

- Hebrews 2: 14-15

God knows our hearts, and proved His love:

For this reason He had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.

- Hebrews 2: 17-18

How humble, gentle and noble this Magnificent Eternal Being!

He became human for you and me!

29 May 2015

The Two Shall Become One



When is it appropriate to sever communication with someone?

In my early 20's I was a member of a particular church group. They recommended I cut ties with friends who were not interested in church, to limit possible negative influences. That was the vast majority of people I knew, including relatives! Today, I understand the aim of that advice, but the approach was fearful, faithless and lacking love.

Nearly 20 years later, it was an obvious mistake to follow the letter of their legalistic suggestion. A meal together every so often, or a phone call (not to only again invite them to church) would have been appropriate. Not associating with someone because they practice certain activities is questionable. If the activity is searching for loose encounters (what a nightclub atmosphere provides, for example), then that activity one can excuse themselves from, without excusing the friendship altogether.

Today, there is a wiser and more loving approach to those who may not agree with the notion of God and His Way. Alienating them or excommunicating them is not loving them.

However, there is a time where this is appropriate and arguably necessary: past intimate relationship(s).

Speaking from experience, continuing to communicate with a well intending past lover is like unlocking a door which time and circumstance can easily open. The rejection isn't rejecting the individual. Whether they are in fact cause for temptation or express moral restraint, the tie being cut is the cause for wickedness to occur. Communication must absolutely cease.

God hates infidelity, it leads to divorce, destroying families and God's good work.

And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

- Matthew 5: 30

28 May 2015

Nature Speaks



Spring is a learning experience waiting to be realized. As I walk the neighborhoods throughout mid-southern Long Beach, California, I see and hear many things.

For weeks now, several trees and bushes have been flowering. Bees are traveling about. I see some trees drop their flowers ahead of others. It is like the trees take turns.

I see many squirrels. Some are quite brave and allow me to approach them. I see them running after one another, making quite a ruckus. They establish comfort zones between them. They scamper after nuts and fruits from the trees.

I see male pigeons doing their show to court the female pigeons. The males are sometimes relentless. Other times, after a few turns and display, they take off for a more receptive partner.

Last week I saw a hawk, circling high above and floating on warm air thermals rising from the paved black roads. This particular hawk was harassed by several other birds. They looked like crows. These birds took their turn attacking the hawk. The hawk would extend its talons in response to the attacks, just in case one of them would get close enough to become a meal.

I wonder, since it is in the nature of the hawk to eat the young of the crows, does this make the hawk 'bad'? Are the crows 'justified' in attacking the hawk and casting it out of their nesting area? I am using my human perception in projecting my thoughts.

Don't we see all around us the purpose of creation?

Don't we see each living thing having a purpose and fulfilling their automation?

How does the hawk know to eat meat and not fruits or berries like the crow?

Why don't the squirrels get along outside of mating season?

Why are female pigeons aloof?

27 May 2015

Manifested For His Glory

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of His robe filled the temple.

- Isaiah 6: 1


“As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of His head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before Him. Thousands upon thousands attended Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.

- Daniel 7: 9-10


“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I Am He. Before Me no god was formed, nor will there be one after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from Me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I Am God. Yes, and from Ancient Days I Am He. No one can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”

- Isaiah 43: 10-13


If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Yeshua answered: “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I Am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work.

- John 14: 7-10

26 May 2015

Manifested For Your Sake


Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be His waist up He looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down He looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded Him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around Him.

This was the appearance of the likeness of the Glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of One speaking.

- Ezekiel 1: 26 – 2: 2

I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lamp stands, and among the lamp stands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to His feet and with a golden sash around His chest. The hair on His head was white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and coming out of His mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I Am the First and the Last. I Am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I Am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

- Revelation 1: 12-18

24 May 2015

Words Shape Humanity



Words are very powerful. For some, words are the most powerful weapon on earth. For others, words can never hurt anyone. Some of you have heard “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Children have been told that to help them ignore taunts, bullying and teasing in school. Is that little riddle true? The first part of it is, but that last part is one of the first conditioned lies upon the child's mind. You know very well how you have been hurt by words. Why did an adult repeat such a lie to us, knowing very well they have been hurt by the words of others?

If you say to a child “you are good for nothing,” don't be surprised if that child grows up to be just as you've cursed them to be. If you say to a child “you are good for something,” don't be surprised to when that child becomes exceedingly good at something. If you say to a child “you are good at many things,” don't be surprised to see that child develop into a multifaceted human being with talents and gifts being discovered at every turn.

Words are what we hear in the mind when thinking. Words are what we use to speak with others. Words tell a story. Words are written and followed, forming laws. Words are tools that can build a nation of people, while at the same time also destroy a nation of people.

We are defined by words. Any given word, on its own, isn't false. It is the combination of words that are used which will make the message false, or true.

By speaking words, God did this:

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
 
- Genesis 1: 3

Speak your words wisely.

22 May 2015

Redeemed Into Society



The identification of people on the fringes of society, the marginalized, have sometimes changed throughout time. People who were considered as having questionable occupations and lifestyles were ostracized, and at other times accepted, for times and perceptions change. But what is defined as 'contrary' to God's Way hasn't changed despite people's opinions trending with their times.

We see Yeshua as first loving those who needed love, despite their current state, their status in society or their acceptance / rejection by others. How did Yeshua Christ approach those who were considered 'fringe' persons and were called 'unacceptable?' What did Yeshua teach and explain regarding the secrets of the heart?

When one of the Pharisees invited Yeshua to have dinner with him, He went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Yeshua was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, He would know who is touching Him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Yeshua answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, Teacher,” he said.

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Yeshua said.

Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give Me any water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give Me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing My feet. You did not put oil on My head, but she has poured perfume on My feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Yeshua said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Yeshua said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

- Luke 7: 36-50

21 May 2015

Grandfather's Gray



Returning from a five day trip out of town with my dear wife last night, I was trimming my beard and mustache this morning. Quite a bit of hair can grow in five days, making a trimmed beard look unkempt.

Earlier this year I noticed something that really put my age in perspective. I spotted a couple of hairs growing out of my left ear. Nothing signals old age like hairs sprouting of your ears. Yet another reminder of my short and limited time walking this plain in the material paradigm. I am in my 40th year and I am amazed I've lasted this long. The gray hairs on the sides of my head in my late 20's was quite a shock. Now seeing them throughout my beard isn't that big of a deal.

I remember seeing these same old-age ear hairs and gray hairs on my grandfather as a child. He'd make me take a mid-afternoon nap with him. I hated it. To pacify my restlessness, he'd let me play with his ears. He would still manage to fall asleep after that ordeal. But he wasn't that much asleep, for the times I would try to sneak off the bed he'd wake up. It was a way to give my grandmother a rest. It's forced moments like those that afforded me the opportunity to look at him closely. The size of his nose. His little ears. The way his mustache was always trimmed. He shaved every morning. His face was always clean and without stubble. He was both a military man and police officer.

The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
- Proverbs 20: 29

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.
- Proverbs 16: 31

19 May 2015

Love's Viewfinder



How you view the world around you is how you understand it.

The heart's condition and the mind's discipline determines how you 'see' the world.

If you lean more towards the pessimistic view of reality, you will most likely see things as half empty, as a shortcoming, as a disappointment.

The negative is easy to point out.

If you lean towards the optimistic paradigm, you may see things as half full, as works in progress.

You may be able to notice the good works in society, in people, maybe even in yourself.

Love is the beginning and end of all things.

It is through love that injury is healed, the trespass forgiven, the shortcoming filled, the broken heart repaired.

By viewing the world through the lens of love, the viewer can see the contribution of all living things and all good works.

Through the eyes of love, one can see all things purposed for a good reason.

Through love, a sober judgment of oneself and a gracious view of others is possible.

Love binds what is loose.

Love builds what is ruined.

Is love simply an emotion?

Does love last beyond the butterfly feeling in your stomach?

What is Love?
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
- 1 Corinthians 13: 3-8a
 Love turns all things into One.

18 May 2015

Living For Others Is Living



What would you do if you were retired? You're wealthy; money automatically comes in without direct effort. All bills and buying desires are covered. Think of what you would do. Will these activities make you happy? Those not retired would likely answer “yes,” right? But for some, having it all doesn't fill the void. Some find themselves searching but never finding.

The news often shares tragic stories of rich people going off the deep end. The seemingly 'have-it-alls' fall into murder, drug addiction, sexual depravity, mental psychosis, etc. We find ourselves saying “if I was them, I would be happy.”

Hasn't the western culture conditioned the world to believe that more material possessions equals happier people? The bigger house, nicer car, more vacations and more consumer items will produce MORE joy, peace and happiness, right? A lovely false fairytale. False for those wealthy without human responsibility. Not responsibility to produce more wealth and protect it. Purposeful responsibility to the human element.

The wealthy are responsible to look after the poor. The material security the masses pursue makes the wealthy. Without purpose towards the human element, loneliness is real in a room full of people who love you. Without a good purpose, a person who has it all finds they have nothing to truly contribute to others. They find themselves unfulfilled and lacking purpose.

Perhaps the 'burden' of the many to scratch out a living isn't a burden for them after all, but a meaningful blessing. Perhaps the following is indeed true:
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
- Ecclesiastes 3: 12-13
Make life humanly meaningful.

15 May 2015

Reason For Life's Storms



Whenever a storm is brewing, all seems gloomy. Things get soggy and wet. For me, it is challenging walking around in sandals. But if anyone has ever taken off on a commercial flight during a storm, what did you notice when the plane climbed beyond the rain clouds? The clear skies and bright rays of the sun are there! The sun was shining all that time despite the temporary rain clouds.

It is the temporary discomforts which should be seen as they are; temporary discomforts. For some, the rain is a welcomed respite. For others, a hindrance. There is talk of drought in some areas of the world while other places are inundated. For me, it depends on the time of day and what I'm wearing. I'd rather hear the rain fall when my wife and I are tucked into bed, making for a time to warmly snuggle while dozing into a deep sleep to the sound of rain drops outside.

We should view any sort of challenge, whether emotional, physical, mental or spiritual, as a temporary and purposed rainstorm. If we see it as purposed (happening in order to produce something good in your life), then hope will lead us through to the clear skies. If not, we may be altered by these challenges instead of being shaped and refined by them.

There is a great video of a woman who was born with cerebral palsy. Her parents didn't treat her any different from her siblings, but challenged her just the same as the other children. She doesn't seem to have the insecurity attached to the label 'disabled.' If anything, her 'disability' as enabled her to grow by leaps and bounds where her 'able' peers have floundered.

Embrace rainy days; how else will the flowers of your soul bloom?

14 May 2015

What Is Your Opinion?



Every so often I hear from believers various views of who Yeshua is.

Since He appeared in the body, views have varied.

As we'll see, details are only revealed by God.


When Yeshua came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Yeshua replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven.

- Matthew 16: 13-17


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: 6-7


Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Yeshua told him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

- John 20: 27-29


When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

- Matthew 28: 17


Notice Thomas wasn't corrected.

Neither were those who worshiped Yeshua as God.

13 May 2015

What Is Normal-ism?



Watching the documentary “Surplus” recently, I noticed how the sharing of Fidel Castro's ideology showcases the removal of the individual from the treadmill of consumerism.

What else is the motivation to get up and go to work if it isn't to feed oneself and buy stuff to pass the time? Isn't this what the world calls 'living' or 'normal'? However, to some this idea seems like a mouse chasing cheese in a mouse-wheel. The documentary clearing makes this point. Some acknowledge the world's history and choose not the way of consumerism to sustain themselves and local economies. Those cultures who choose not are sometimes viewed as 'backwards.' Those cultures argue they are much happier with growing their own food, raising animals and being close to family and friends... and not having a house and garage full of consumer products they don't use half the time.

I write this not to suggest the Cuban political/economic model is a solution, but simply showcasing the different mentality in the face of the business of managing both human beings and natural resources as commodities.

Extreme examples conceptualized as capitalism, communism, socialism or any ism, are not end-all and absolute solutions. Balance. Balance between greed and gifting, order and rights, pursuing freedom and defining what 'freedom' means to the individual. That balance, in my opinion, is best realized when the individual has their own plot of land, can grow their own food, can have time to produce something into the market (if they care to)... and become interdependent with his neighbor in contributing to the community. City life, being somewhat restrictive of food independence (demanding the individual to find a job in order to feed themselves) is quite fragile despite still working in some miraculous way.

Man is the only being which pays to exist.

12 May 2015

Changing Lanes, Lines & Lineage



“TAMALEEEEEES” sings the lady walking down the street with a box full of homemade chicken, meat, pork and corn tamales. I laugh to myself when I see a woman just getting out of her car staring in amazement and perhaps confusion/discomfort at the singing tamale-selling lady. I am not sure how the 'old world' countryside still or used to go about selling their goods, but I do know in Latino Amerika, one goes around announcing (sounds like singing) what they have to offer. “ARREGLO ZAPATOOOOOOS.”

I was watching the movie Dances With Wolves again the other night. What a spectacular effort to convey a message. I cried again at the end. When I have objectively researched that time's history, the natives endured 'change' not according to their terms or liking. Two mindsets collided. Both peoples faced the same change; one seeking a new life, the other holding on to their current life. And much like these two depictions had different manners in responding to change, also those bringing the change were not all the same. Not all colonials were stealing, killing and justifying their taking of native lands. Aside from the dubious ideology of 'manifest destiny,' some colonialists did in fact see what was happening and did their best despite the popular notion of hating people they knew little about.

Still Today, the world (and the United States) is continually changing in demographic and ideology. Nothing in life is constant other than God and His purpose. Some people have difficulty adjusting to change, seeing change as negative, frightening or intrusive. But is change bad? It is interesting and at times humorous how within change a pattern (consistency) can be realized.

I suggest not becoming attached to manufactured ideologies which typically divide otherwise peace-seeking people. Besides, Spanish is a beautiful language.

11 May 2015

Choosing To Love The Purpose



Have you known someone acknowledging their attraction to the same sex, but choosing to deny that attraction for the faithful pursuit of the Gospel?

There is a passage saying "with man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.” Contextually, it speaks about leaving all things behind (family, business, secular pursuits, identity, etc.) for God and His kingdom.

I have friends who, despite their same sex attraction, have chosen to deny themselves of that impulse. Some of these friends are married (their wives know and support them). One friend has chosen to be single (eunuch) but has an extended spiritual family.

This comparison will fail for some, but I don't know how else to make this point: Perhaps much like an alcoholic has no power to cease drinking unless he/she acknowledges their drinking and relinquishes themselves to a higher power (A.A. persons can relate to this example), thus a 'miraculous' result is realized when the alcoholic puts themselves aside (denies themselves), acknowledges the Higher Power and their powerlessness ("what is impossible with man") to change.

Again, perhaps a poor comparison, but I mention it to put the point across, not to offend anyone or even to say that one is like the other.

Aside from the debate whether it is a choice or not, most people can agree that the adult/mature person has a free-will choice.

Repentance should be mentioned, for every human being has at least one thing to repent from. I don't think God made a mistake or purposely burdened someone. All things are purposed and exist for a reason. The apostle Paul, in striving for perfection (in thought, word and deed), shared about a 'thorn' that God was unwilling to remove. The 'thorn' kept him humble and dependent on God's love and grace for him.

10 May 2015

Seeing The Unseen



Describing how the Invisible One became Visible:


As I continued to watch this night vision of mine, I suddenly saw One like a human being coming with the heavenly clouds.

He came to the Ancient One and was presented before Him.

Rule, glory, and kingship were given to Him; all peoples, nations, and languages will serve Him.

His rule is an everlasting one—it will never pass away!—His kingship is indestructible.

- Daniel 7: 13-14


In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

The Word was with God in the beginning.

Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being.

What came into being through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

- John 1: 1-5


The Son is the image of the invisible God, the One who is first over all creation,

Because all things were created by Him: both in the heavens and on the earth, the things that are visible and the things that are invisible.

Whether they are thrones or powers, or rulers or authorities, all things were created through Him and for Him.

He existed before all things, and all things are held together in Him.

He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the One who is firstborn from among the dead so that He might occupy the first place in everything.

Because all the fullness of God was pleased to live in Him, and He reconciled all things to Himself through Him—whether things on earth or in the heavens.

He brought peace through the blood of His cross.

- Colossians 1: 15-20

08 May 2015

Walk Like An Egyptian




I've been reading about ancient Egyptian Pharaohs and their religions. Besides the current timetable showing which Pharaoh was king when Moses and the Israelite slaves departed, I found some interesting and insightful things.

There was a Pharaoh who changed his name to Akhenaten. He is the only Pharaoh/king to have broken religious tradition. He introduced faith in one God. He outlawed polytheism (belief in more than one god). He wrote descriptions of this God's essence as the Being who created all things, is invisible and in which all things exist. He even outlawed idolatry. He started Atenism.

What is also interesting, aside from Akhenaten leading Egypt to praise and worship a single God, was what happened after his death. His efforts were called heresy and the worship of all the traditional gods were reinstated. His legacy was erased and Egypt's history was revised to ignore his efforts.

The business of temple worship was very lucrative for the many priests of the many different gods.

The timetable is interesting. Was it after Moses and Israel left Egypt or when Joseph rose to being Vizier to Pharaoh? Revision of history has been a constant current in government throughout all eras. Here is a secular timeline. Here is an intricate theological timeline. Both arrive to a particular mean expanse of 400 years.

What secular history shows is Egypt's influence declining after this time-frame. What is very notable is the introduction of worshiping a single and invisible God, described as having attributes very similar to what Moses the Hebrew described.

I wonder; is it possible that Egypt revised their history to remove the shame of a Pharaoh and an army that drowned in the sea when pursuing a slave-nation they freed?

Or perhaps Akhenaten recognized the accounts of Joseph's God and sought Him out!

06 May 2015

What Inspires You?



The definitions of “inspiration.”

1- (physiology, uncountable) The drawing of air into the lungs, as part of the act of respiration.

2- (countable) A breath, a single inhalation.
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
- Genesis 2: 7
3- A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
- 2 Timothy 3: 16-17
4- The act of an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect, emotions or creativity.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
- Ecclesiastes 3: 11
5- A person, object, or situation which quickens or stimulates an influence upon the intellect, emotions or creativity.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
- Jeremiah 29: 11-13
6- A new idea, especially one which arises suddenly and is clever or creative.
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
- Revelations 21: 5

05 May 2015

The Silent Voice



Every generation faces difficult challenges. The world's cultures Today are measurably ordered after religious and legal views. These cultures reflect a swinging pendulum of order between moral, ethical and commercial laws. Sometimes these three points intersect, other times they detract. Laws come and go, edited and erased by people's hands. This pendulum typically swings according to popular sentiment and a leader's heart condition. However, not all people are swayed by popular sentiment.

Progress is seen as evolutionary, as growth and maturity.

Sometimes, 'progress' is actually devolution.

Murder is outlawed for individuals, but allowed and justified according to political policy. You cannot murder, but the state can murder you. Of course, the state's act isn't termed 'murder.' It's called 'justice.' A group of people decides to kill someone, it's called justice. The individual decides to kill someone, it's called murder.

Going further; the unborn can be 'legally' vacuumed from the womb. This 'legality' has been decided also by a group of people. An individual can choose to murder the unborn, but this act isn't called murder.

Why not?

The unborn is not called a 'human.' The unborn has been dehumanized, called some new term. It is clear what will come of the unborn once born. However, people make terms to justify their intentions. Lethal force is termed justice, abortion is termed 'termination of pregnancy.' Pregnancy was onced called 'with child.'

Some believe society as a whole is becoming 'better.' But here we see how men make laws to justify their actions, but the removing of life is still the act of murder, despite a newly made term.

As culture's morality loosens, so does order. In pursuing utopia, man dismisses past lessons of depravity which wrought disorder. The effort for perfection becomes a curse.

Why?

Man seeks perfection according to his terms.

04 May 2015

Baby Baby



What does a newborn baby know?

Do they know their name?

Are they aware of their parent's economic status?

Have they learned their ethnic category?

Do they know if they are of the oppressed or the oppressor?

Does a baby hate anyone?

Do they know their religion?

Have they found out they will die one day?

What does a baby truly know?

Do they know how to cry?

Is crying simply an automatic response not yet learned?

Don't they cry when they are hungry or uncomfortable?

Isn't it later a baby 'learns' to cry to get its way?

Isn't it also later when a baby learns right from wrong, or good and bad?

When does a baby begin to learn about the world around them?

Isn't a baby the reflection of its parent(s) and/or those who raise them?

Does a baby know how to distinguish the good from the bad they see in the adults around them?

How does a baby grow up to be a lover of others?

How does a baby grow up to be a murderer?

How does a baby grow up to be a beggar?

How does a baby grow up to be a billionaire industry magnate?

How does a baby grow up to be a saint?

How does a baby grow up to be a sinner?

People were also bringing babies to Yeshua for Him to place His hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Yeshua called the children to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

- Luke 18: 15-17

01 May 2015

I Only Have Eyes For You


I Only Have Eyes For You

My love must be a kind of blind love

I can't see anyone but you

Are the stars out tonight?

I don't know if it's cloudy or bright

I only have eyes for you, dear

The moon may be high

But I can't see a thing in the sky

I only have eyes for you

I don't know if we're in a garden

Or on a crowded avenue

You are here and so am I

Maybe millions of people go by

But they all disappear from view

And I only have eyes for you

- Al Dubin, 1934 A.D.

Read about this tune's journey from inception to popularity.

This song incites a particular emotion in me. It may be the recording's atmosphere, the singing, or the lyrics, or all of it. Perhaps the imagery that comes to mind. I love my wife dearly, but she doesn't come to mind when hearing this song.


I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. 
I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your Name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. 
When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. 
May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord, when they hear what you have decreed. 
May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great. 
- Psalm 138: 1-5

I love you, Lord, my strength. 
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 
- Psalm 18: 1-2

Yeshua answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” 
- Luke 4: 8