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(This post was written a few years back and just never posted, hope you enjoy and comment on it with your thoughts.)

I just don’t get it? God said he would do it!

Matthew 16:17-18 Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,but my Father who is in heaven.18. And I tell you, you are Peter,and on this rock I will build by church, and the gates of of hell shall not prevail against it.

I fell into the trap too. Call it heritity,stupid, don’t care attitude, going with the flow, I didn’t know better, I never read the bible to know different, there is more but these are just a few of why we have gone on for so long not knowing God’s in control. For to long now we have relied on that sunday morning ritual of just going to church and hearing that sermon about why we are not who we should be, and let me tell you where you went wrong speech. (I am truly sorry to point this this out but it is true)

We as people,(not necessarily just christians) have been under the impression that we are to help God make the Church?  Let just sit back and think about this one,k. what did you come up with?  Now, my God is Big, He is awesome, He can do anything,(creation),He can Say anything and make it happen.(light),He can be anywhere,at the same time,He is with me,He is with you as you are reading this! WOW.

Now, why would God rely on us to do some of his work for Him? Don’t know about you but I make alot of mistakes! Don’t think God has that in mind in making His Church. Did you know that  us christians have been working on the church for over 2000 years now. Boy, I think I could build a structure by myself in that amount of time, I know, not quite the same thing.  But if understand the reasoning behind this you will start to understand that only God can do it.

Here, in my eyes, is the problem.        We have it backwards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Say what? Yes!

Let me explain, God thru Jesus,is the body. It is this that if we believe, are in Christ which is His body/church.

Let me share an analogy with you. Most people that know me know that I am a Huge Nebraska Football fan. I collect  things,shirts,jackets,hats and footballs with the Huskers on it. You see, I have bought into to the notion that I am apart of the team, even tho I am 8 hours away from the stadium, and the huge crowd of fans. I watch on tv like I was there, I holler when they win, and wimper when they lose. I am a Husker.

Now,beware there are alot of us out there, we are in your neighborhood, could be your next door friend, but we are all over the world. You know who they are, because we will tell you,over and over again. We actually have little bodies of people that meet on saturday’s and watch the games,too.

The fact that there are 86,000 plus people in one place enjoying the Huskers play in Lincoln,Nebraska on saturday’s in the fall is just moment in time that all husker fans are in one place at one time. When in fact that when the game is over, they all go back to their homes around the country. This still makes them Huskers. It is that we(husker fans) are in(to) the huskers that we are one as a entity. Being a Husker is an identification with the team, we are the body of it in essence.

Now go back and re-read my analogy and this time substitute the word huskers with the word Church/body.(I prefer to use the word body, in this sense because of ‘church’ always being used as a double meaning of a building.)

You can also use the illustration of the old testament of the Israelites as God’s people that were designated  as His. It was never illustrated by God, that they were not his people when they were not all together at a specific point or day. They were the body because they were God’s people, and God’s definition of them was their loyalty to him and his ways.

Wow, this just blows my mind when I think of it this way!!

But just remember that it is first that we are in God thru Christ that makes us the church. It is as His people,His Israel, His bride, His Body that we are Indwelt in Him that makes the Church. Believing that Jesus was the new example of creation(2nd/New),that makes us apart of the new creation.

I hope that you can maybe see this in a different light and that you will ask questions and see if you can see where we have put the cart before the horse.

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Simple enough.

The ‘Gospel’= to get back to the Garden.

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What’s next?

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So you’re a new parent, a proud family with a new example of you and your spouse. You raise them from baby’s to toddler,to a young person to  an adult. You have done your job in creating your ‘mini me’.

And then your ‘mini me’ fail’s at being your ‘mini me’. Now what?

What is the thought process of God when it happens to him.? Hummmmmm.

Our best understanding  of what God would do, or does do is to look at what he does after the event.It seems that God doesn’t waste any time in correcting or reinstating his creation,child,or his people. God leaves Adam and Eve to themselves to venture into their domain of ‘worldly’ ways, He leaves them to themselves,but he is still there, you see,after all, he did create the whole thing! Adam and eve would soon have children of their own, Cain and Able. It is God now that is sitting and watching to see how these parents do in their parenting skills. It seems that this is the model to watch!

Cain,being the first for Adam is one to study and see how his intentions and desires are for the world. How would he react to life, and all its goodness and to all its reality. The goodness that cain is living in, is not the same kind of goodness that his parents lived in, it was different. I am sure that his parents told him that they were living in paradise and could eat and walk anywhere  to enjoy their goodness in their God’s garden. Cain’s goodness was that he was still enjoying God’s creation, but with some stiff penalties, he had to work for them!! Big difference. Cain the ‘worker of the ground’, the punishment that God gave to his father! It would  now have weeds to deal with in his garden. It would not be easy, as his parents had it.

We will not go into the  condemnation of God’s people and their punishment, but we will  just show the appropriate solution that God had for children.

Adam and Eve gave birth to their second son named ‘Able’ (ironic isn’t it). He was different in his attitude,his life style, has peacefulness, and his desire to do what was meant for his life. Now, this is key to see what God is doing with Able

Able is put in the ‘same scene’ as his father and mother was in the garden! He is the “keeper of the sheep(animals). That is all he does.

Now, this scene has not changed since this scene was created. Brothers will be brothers, there are issues and there is that ‘who do the parents like the best of the children?!(lol) In Cain case it was really starting to eat at him,alot. It came to a boil  when it was time for the first fruits.(Notice that there was still a need to acknowledge God, and to give him a sacrifice of the best.)

It was at this time that Cain saw the writing on the wall, that it was not going his way. Able gave of what his life was all about, which was what God had originally gave his parents to do. To be caretakers of his creation.(that’s all). It was when Cain gave ‘his'(worldly) best of what he did as the tiller of the ground(work) as God had punished adam to do. This after all, was ‘his best effort'(so),this does not measure up with what God is,or has done. Cain,seething at the thought that his best was not good enough, had to destroy ‘the best’ so he would be the best of the sacrificial givers.

Then came Murder.

But the God of creation is not done.   God’s story of showing Adam and Eve and the example’s of the right thing and the wrong thing is the retelling of the garden with his parents, probably in more of a in your face king of thing to see.

God’s kingdom will always prevail, no matter what. Along comes Seth, who will follow his brother in knowing that his responsibility is the keeping of the animals. This is the dynamic of the story that is portrayed in the first few chapters of genesis of his creation. God’s creations will be as He intended as the “Caretakers of His Creation”.

There is that seed that has been planted over and over again in His creation that knows that they are the Creations Caretakers.

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Is your gospel incomplete?

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If the story of the bible that the gospel  portrays does not include the “Revelation” by John, then it is incomplete.

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Overload

I have been tbookso college for a year in my younger years, it was different, it was information overload!

It was different teachers all giving the students all the information that they knew about their individual subjects,all within a semester. It was like someone left the faucet on in the kitchen and you were supposed to drink it all in, and then use it wisely. In this case of college it was about seven faucets  on at the same time! You talk about overload!! That’s alot of water to consume!!

I am in another circumstance now that is similar but different, if you know what I mean? LOL

I have been in very earnest,deep and thorough study of the bible for the last seven years and it could be considered a massive overload of information to soak in. This experience has been a very exciting, thought provoking,aha moments,questionable comments, and just over all the journey that I feel that God has wanted me to be on all my life. I wouldn’t change a thing that I have done.

It is now that I am putting these things into perspective and into  God’s story in the bible that I am just in awe of the magnitude of God’s design of the story and his putting the right pieces together, and the right pieces in first to have us see the outline of what the ending picture(puzzle) will be.

This puzzle that God is designing, is no ordinary puzzle, no way, it’s not even 3D, no,its like 10D!!!

God’s designing is not something you could go to school for, it’s one of a kind. You see, His way is His way. It is like a tapestry of the Universe for the earth. It is huge in design, but still with one purpose.

His Temple,His People,His World.

It is not until we throw away the 1D puzzle away that we have been working on for the last five hundred years, and look at putting together that 10D puzzle together that will just blow you away at the complexity, the hugeness,the simple, but provoking puzzle that you have ever put your eyes on, let alone understand God’s desire for us.

I challenge you, to look closer into the scriptures, and look at the puzzle not from the top of the puzzle, but from the side, with all its dimensions that God has designed for us to see. The ups and downs of the valleys, the mountains, from failure to insight, to God’s leaders,to God’s heartaches. In the end God’s design is finished and is awesome made in His Image.

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God’s oral word.

I bet you have never heard that statement before,have you?

You see the “Word” was and is an orally presented message, that just happens to be written down for us to see now. It is because of mankind’s need to see things written down to have them to read as an individual’s opportunity to have in one’s own possession that it has changed in the last 500 years. It was the advancement of the printing press that has given us the masses this chance to all see,read and interrupt the words of all things orally read aloud for the crowds. It was only before this time that the  records of all orally decreed messages of men were only kept as an archive for print.

This concept thus becomes important to our understanding of the “word” of God. God’s desire for us to ‘hear’ the word was more important to him, than to read it  on black and white paper. This is what Jesus was telling the Pharisee’s and Sadducees that tho they ‘read the word’ over and over again, they still did not hear the message. It was not in the written word but in the message within the words. There is a difference!

God’s Spirit is within the “oral word”, His spirit talks to us in a more distinct way than just the words of the bible.

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Ok, let’s just start from scratch.

As I have put my toes in alot of things over the years in the arena of Religion. It has shed alot of things that has amazed me, intrigued me, and even blew me away!

What is funny about all this is that the premise where we need to start from scratch from is the beginning of what we call time.(whatever we(you) consider time to have begun. Now to some of you this seems redundant to even speak about, but not everyone  has a concrete answer for it. So it is there that it has to be settled. You say why does it matter? But it does!

You see, it has everything to do with it.

Depending on who or what you give credit to your being or existence is how you will react to the premise from then on.

I believe that there are three primary camps of thought to this premise. A God of all, gods of many things, and no gods at all.

I believe the period that we are in,is the god of many things. Let me explain. This period of having many gods  has been instituted for a long, long time. It was iniately from the time of the Garden of Eden. Had adam picked the tree of life, there would not have been this carried out drama of wading thru the different gods. This is another discussion for a latter time. Our view of things need to focus on what is facing us all. The gods of many things.

Let’s see if we can work our way thru this. An example that we might use here is the one of the old testament that we see of the gentiles, or of the Rome kingdom. If you know anything of this time period  and of the society, you soon realize that the world was  in the hands of the romans, they craved total autonomy of the land. What society did on it was open to everyone’s god’s. So they did. There were greek gods,roman gods, gods with no names, gods of the deep,gods of the sky’s. What you saw fit to believe in was open to you, with no repercussions.

This was the beginning. The names have changed but the gods still are out there. There are some gods out there that we even don’t give credit to, but yet we still give worship to!  Yes, it is possible.

We have all give worsphip to alot of different gods over our lives and even for generations without even stopping and considering what we are doing. It is first that we must define what a god is. What he is supposed to be,do, or represent. Defining what a god is could and will change your life if you stop and ponder on it.

Can we start from there? If we use the template of the what the greeks or gentiles had as far as what they used as gods, you will notice that their ‘gods’ were ones that explained what they considered ‘life’ to be to them. If we could also look at what our understanding of what our ‘life’ depends on to us, you see a different picture of our being than you might think it does.

It is now, we must decide if that is what we really want or we change our gods, or just have a ‘God’, and to what that really means.

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