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Say it isn’t so!

This ‘kingdom’ has got us wrapped around its little finger and we don’t even know it, or worse we don’t care!

There is this ‘just another day’ of life, and whatever it is that I must do to get thru it I will. There is even this notion that I must ‘better’ myself that I can make it easier on myself or get ahead that it is the right thing to do. Are we playing their rules or God’s? What does it say to our teammates or our adversaries? They are probably as confused as we are? We have to play the game. And we have to win! Where will it end, and when?

This kingdom that has got us is the one that has been around since it was created by ‘us’ the smart ones(the ones that said we could handle making the rules,and say who is in charge) starting with Adam and Eve and still continuing  with ‘us’.

The good things have been good, we can create our own good, our own way,our own time. That is in our own thinking,according to our individualist way, to each our own! LOL, look where this has got us, we believe we can and will create our own ‘good’, it should be respected by all that are around us and beyond. It is my right. But wait, it now can offend someone? And it is not alright, say it isn’t so. ha ha. Have we now created a conundrum all by our selves? We have created confusion all amongst ourselves, just in the name of us wanting to ‘set’ the rules of our ‘kingdom’.

Now, the bad. Where does one start? I’ll just let you fill in the blanks, the fact that you can fill in the blanks, should tell us something! But yet we still do it?

I almost feel that this encapsulating feeling is that it is the only game in town to be in to play. But why. For some of us, it should be seen as a insult. We know better.

Christianity has and is playing the same game! Why? …………….     I think I know, and it isn’t going to go over very well.

You see it is for the same reason  that God told all of God’s people of the old testament, it is for your ‘good’ that you seen as  the ‘good’ people of God and to be looked at as “My People” said God. It is to be that ‘they’ will ‘see’ who you are and believe that “I am your God”.  God told his believers that ‘He will make his people’, it would be in his own way and time. It was told to the Jews that they should not mix with their neighbors,because of the influence that they would have on them.  Their ways,their gods, their practices, and their rituals were the dirt to the white robes of the Israelites.

It is for this reason that it has evident that this is what has taken place to christianity. In our quest to welcome our neighbor to our family we have also welcomed the dirt of that neighbor in with it. It is when we welcome in the one that is family into our family that is unique and right to be apart of that family that we see that it belongs without hesitation that we can be white and pure in the truest sense.

Our ‘being’ Christlike  ‘is’ the attraction that everyone will see that we are christians, or to be more succinct, They(non-believers) will come to be in Him by ‘our being like Him’.

So, let’s don’t say: Say it isn’t so, that we(christians) are just like everybody else!

Let’s be different! Let’s be not of this world,kingdom but let us be of God’s kingdom and be different! Let’s be Christlike.

Let’s be of that “Kingdom not of this world” says Jesus.

 

 

 

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How do you,Read?

For those that take reading the bible seriously, I mean in a more serious bible study of your own, in what lens do you read from? ( You won’t see this at church)

For most people that are serious in real bible study will come from usually come from either from their upbringing traditions, which is reading the scriptures from an all ready theology mindset, and when the word is read it will ‘fit’ their story.

This mindset has been in effect for quite awhile in the christian main stream, which will give it its own direction and outcome. I would unpack this scenario now but this is not the road for today.

Where as the road today is pointing to the road less traveled is the one of the critical Historic method of which the storyline is kept in context of history, and using the social, personal, and historical truth describe the origins of ancient texts in order to understand  ‘the world behind the text’.

This method ‘critical historical method’ is one that is being used more aggressively it seems the last thirty to forty years in the educational realm, which has brought about some new and different light to the scriptures. In my opinion it is the more truest form of extracting the ‘message’ of the scriptures. In the way of ‘theological methodology’ the scriptures are skewed because you are being biased in your reading and mindset. It is only because you are set in your ways of ‘seeing’ the bible or that it is thought to be the only way to read it, or it was the way that your church sees it.

It is a safe way to start from scratch with out any preconceived notions on anything and just take the text for what meant to the person,persons or people on a social understanding to stay within the context of the story. Go deeper into God’s people, who they were,why they were chosen, what were they to do? This will get you on a good path of God’s storyline for ‘His Chosen People’!!

 

 

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Worship

I find it ironic that that this word ‘Worship’ can be used as a noun(object) or a verb(action).(I do this for mainly me,wasn’t that good in english in school.)lol

The verb of this word assumes that you have the noun of this word.

Because you cannot have the verb without the noun first!

But I have problems with the noun first with society and christianity that troubles me. I fear that most people do not know or just not understand who or what they are worshiping!

If you ask everyone who or what people(society) worship(n) they will name of ,they will name off a hundred things, just say “everything”. But they will sometimes cringe when you try to name their personal ‘Worship'(n), it is hard for everyone to admit.

It is even more interesting when you prod them on first what or who it is, then you ask them to explore their lives and define how they live. Is it ‘all’, ‘part’ or ‘none’ of the defining things of who or what they see as ‘Worship'(n) of their belief?

After all, it is proof in the pudding in one’s own life on your life as an ‘example’ of one’s ‘Worship'(v).

One can also be fooled into believing that they are worshiping their ‘one true god’ when in fact they could be serving multiple gods. But for them to see that they are actually ‘worshiping'(n) the others will be a tough sell for them to see. Again, it is the actions of oneself to that ‘worship'(v) that prove itself to that god.

You see, if one is proclaiming to be that one ‘Worship'(n) person, it must be of ‘all or nothing’, there cannot be the multitude of ‘Worship'(n). It is especially designed in God’s Kingdom, that His proclamation is that “He is Lord of all”. This utterance of Kingship is in demanding sola rule. His rule trumps everyone and everything.

It is not realized with people that they have other things or people sharing that ‘worship'(n) with God. It is wise for one to sit back and look at the understanding of who is receiving their ‘worship'(v).

We must look at the things that we have that are blocking or are in-between what we ‘Worship'(n). We are fooled in thinking that their is nothing between us and Worship(n). But their usually is. There are alot of things that are, once we see what has our priorities are, we see we have multitude’s of things that get in our way of our ‘first’ worship'(n).

Just for fun let us look at some of the things that people mention as possible ‘gods’ of their ‘worship’. There is money, work, sex, nothing, drugs, living, life, stars, people, politics, evil, it is these that are more defined in our lives but it is also the little things that control our lives because of what we do that defines the ‘worship'(n) of our ‘worship'(v).

Take time to re-visit your worship(v) to see where your worship(n) really is. It might be very revealing!!

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Language

An author of a subject that he is writing about, uses a very distinct language so that the words he uses are familiar with the reader, or student. His many descriptive words for  conveying the same meaning can lead to a very elaborate picture of his subject that he is painting before our eyes.

These words are spread out over all the material that he uses to describe his story. Although, in some instances it can take another form of the descriptive language, to convey his point to build upon the knowledge of the subject. It is like any other thing that we do or say, our understanding needs to be enhanced or grown into the full meaning of the subject that the author is talking about.

This is the exact model that God has used in telling of his story. He has used very distinctive language of his story telling. You may not see it right at first, but the further into the story you start seeing the layout of God’s design of story telling. A lawyer uses the court language, a carpenter uses building language, a doctor uses medical language, and God uses his own language.

If you can see it in the first book of the bible,Genesis, and use it from the beginning of Genesis(it’s in the middle of the book) and take it all the way thru to the book of Revelation, you will see how amazing God’s story is and how it expands on it and the storyline throughout the bible and even in our timeline that it is still occurring.

I would love to hear from you on this subject, and what you think it could be. Albeit, there are a few of minor language’s that God uses, but their is one major one that overrides the others.

Let me know what you think!

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Context

My studies  have given me alot of insight into the scriptures over the years, but it occurs to me, this latest insight maybe the most eye-opening one of them all.

Reading a story we are usually set up first with what is called the ‘back story’, this will usually include some or all the things that you need to know  for the story to make sense to the reader. This is true with the bible and with God’s setup of it.

Without going into all the detail of genesis, there is alot of back story there to process, we even have issues now to what it still means, (which does affect a story, one way or another) but the storyline is basic in that God created a place(universe), a people(children of Israel), and himself(their God). Remember, this is really basic, but it gives you the jest of the story, but then he lets the story go in motion to let things play out.

It is this storyline that is used throughout the whole bible I mean whole bible, there is not another story introduced in the middle, or end, or anywhere else. It is all the same story.

Paul, a main character in the last part of the story, has an epiphany that what had happened a few years earlier with the appearing of ‘Jesus’ on the scene was what the scriptures(mainly the prophets, and even in the Old Testament) was in fact talking about in the future. Paul had taken the scriptures from the old, and had matched them up with the history of the day to see that this was what they(prophets) were describing of the ‘Messiah’ to come. It was not of what the Jewish people had in mind, but it was what the God of Israel described for them.

This is, in so many ways tells us that we must stay in context of anything that is being told to us, read to us, or in belief. It was Paul that connected the dots from the old covenant to the new covenant, that what it was and what it would look like.

It is when we as believers are led away from the ‘context’ of the story that it is a in a wild tangent, that makes us need to go back to the first of the story, to get our point of reference back again.

This would be a good thing to do every once in a while to re-read genesis and to really see what God’s storyline is, and to know what the back story is.

God, God’s world, God’s people.

The basic, Context.

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Image

planet-earth-1401465793UfsGenesis 1.26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our own image,after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

“Imatation is the Greatest form of flattery”!!

Do you see what God has done?

His image was duplicated and put on earth to be set as an example of Himself, of who he was, what he was, and why he was. We are his spitting image of himself to be seen as the creator,the designer, the caretaker,and the representation of all mankind.

We are the model. the representative, The Adam, of God.

We are to just BE  the image. that’s it. period.

Do you understand? This was God’s design. Nothing else is to be done,nothing to be said, nothing,nothing for us to do.

God has taken it upon himself to set things right.

Let me take this for ride that you might not see, in the scriptures, God’s desire is not only to rid the cause of the fall(sin) but also of the punishment that was given out to mankind. (This is very relevent, and most of the time not addressed in discussions of the resurrection of Jesus) something to think about. God’s desire was to  kill two birds with one stone, to use the old adage. God would send his son to represent the  sinless of man, to die for its repercussion of the act, but to the unsuspecting world he not only goes thru death but he comes out the other side to conquer it thru the resurrection of Jesus.

Now, with the crime(sin) and the punishment(death) being taken care of, it is now in short, a new creation(LIFE) without the baggage as before. It is now the true ‘image’ of God on his ‘land’ and his ‘kingdom’.

“It is Finished” John 19:30

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There’s grass in my weeds!

Do you have that problem at your house?

Nothing is growing where it is supposed to!

Have you noticed that the place where we live is out of sorts. It is not functioning quite right, It is not in order!

The weeds are growing where I want  the grass to grow, I have weeds where I have a garden, my food that I need to live is surrounded by weeds! How dare them!

There is another thing that is out of whack that you might not even know about or even thought to consider. Why can’t the animals just get along together? What does the lion have against the zebra, why can’t the bear leave the salmon alone,why does the sharks just destroy their prey?

The animal kingdom is just all messed up.

and another thing, have you noticed all the catasrophes around the world? Earthquakes,floods,tornados,deserts, and fire.

The world is just out of whack.

Oh, Wait. It is supposed to be out of whack.

You see God ordained it to be with the whole world that it would be out of whack. It would not have any rhyme or reason to all work together as a complete whole unit. This includes the  main cog in all the meshing of all the previous things mentioned, MAN.

Man is just the catalyst that is the  ingredient that God sees as His Image in His Temple,in His Garden.

God is putting it back together as His people, His Church, and His New Jerusalem!

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