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Friday, September 29, 2006

No Place For Arrogance

The enemies of the cross have enough arrogance for all of us.

Mankind as a whole is ignorant. We flaunt our small pieces of knowledge like a child whistling through the graveyard. By delving into specialties we learn of processes and terminology that those people outside of our social enclave are unfamiliar with.

While this can make us feel superior, it just demonstrates the limits of our individual knowledge, a few snatches of math or vocabulary can set us apart.

Into this dark world of self inflated egos we now thrust the light of the simple good news.

God is smarter than we are, God is wiser than we are, God loves us more than we love ourselves. Knowing just this we can demonstrate the start of wisdom by coming to God and asking him to guide us.

God's love has already provided a route into his presence - through his willing sacrifice made to purchase our adoption into his family. Jesus Christ died for the punishment our actions, my actions, your actions, have deserved.

All we have to do now is decide to accept his sacrificial payment and ask God to direct us as we walk this life - and then follow his direction.

Those that account themselves as mighty, wealthy, and learned may find this repulsive. They would have to admit that the small differentiation they think sets them apart is really of small or no consequence. They would rather be blind to truth than shed the arrogance that covers their eyes.

The second thing you can do to understand your relationship to God is read The four gospels at the start of the New Testament and the book of the Acts of the apostles - also within the Bible. You will discover God's plan, how to act, and start to understand how great a wisdom has been made available to you.

Father God,

We ask that you remove any blinders we have self installed that limit our vision.

Lord we will read the Bible so that we may come to recognize your voice - knowing your word is both love and truth. Guide us to the truth. Forgive us of our many shortcomings - and of our tendency to dwell on the small differences that set us apart from our brothers.

We ask that we be guided by your love and wisdom within our whole life, and that we may be wise enough to share your love with others.

In the Name of Jesus Christ we ask - knowing we will receive your blessing.


Monday, September 11, 2006

"leave the theology to the theologian"

Theologians once honestly debated how many angels could dance on the head of a pin.

Many theologians still debate arcane and subtitle nuances that do not bear on our lives.

Jesus Christ is real. He has paid the price to allow us to be adopted into the family of God. Jesus will come again for those who are waiting for him.

We can argue about the meanings of Daniel's vision - but one day the real meaning will be apparent. In the meantime people perish without a vision of the reality of God.

One God - three persons -blessed Trinity. - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. - We can argue creation - or we can enjoy it, some day we will know as we are known. In the meantime - people perish.

The simplicity of the gospel, the good news that we can share in God's love by accepting the sacrifice of his son, is lost in details of no eternal significance.

And the people perish.

Lets forget the fancy words and endless debates about theology that divide the body of Christ. Instead let us unite before the pure and simple truths represented by the cross and an empty tomb.


Sunday, September 03, 2006

Unexpected Turns

Our walk in the lord and in our full lives can be led by the Holy Spirit.

God loves us more than we love ourselves.

God is both much wiser and much smarter than we are.

If we have a close friend that is far more knowledgeable than us on a subject that impacts us, we consider it normal to get their advice. If we are wise we will probably follow that advise. How much more should we seek direction from God?

Personally I am in that position right now. God is directing me along a new path - It is a thrill at every corner.

For now God is
once again directing me away from Junior Partner Ministries. I will keep the main site and this blog open, but posting may only come once a month or so.

The leading of the Holy Spirit can be likened to the guidance system of a rocket. Our actions can best be directed when we are moving.

Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments. - Psalm 119: 104-106

I will be walking the path the Lord is lighting before me.