Monday, August 28, 2006


I was thinking tonight about myself, and my life up until now. I have always considered myself, in the flesh, to be a homely and unattractively plain fellow. No need to try and flatter or tell me otherwise(I'm not fishing for compliments), I know that we all see ourselves differently, and people see us differently than we see ourselves. But still there are a lot of us that lower our worth because of our minds image. And many of us that lower others worth, thanks to the gift of sight we tend to misuse. God gave us a worth! How much are we worth? We are worth the blood of Christ Jesus His son... a treasure beyond our thoughts and understanding. So we must not let ourselves be deceived and we must quit deceiving others with our sneers and judging looks and comments.

But now I'll come to my point: As I was feeling a little blue and upset that I couldn't woo whoever I wished or make a crowd swoon by my smile (yeah... I'm ashamed to say I was in one of those silly fleshy moods, in which I'm thinking about me and not Christ) Then a joy occurred to me...I am, if only in my minds eye, more like Jesus if I am unbecomingly average. For that is what God did...He didn't just make Himself of no reputation, but He also made Himself to be no handsome and dashing jewish model nor a rugged, burly muscleman. His picture was definitely not in the fashion magazines of the time.
"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 men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed him not."" Just as many were astonished at you, My people, So His appearance was marred more than any man and His form more than the sons of men. (Excerpts from Isaiah)"

My point is this, that we are blessed to be in His likeness and if we find ourselves "homely" so what! For we are made in a likeness to how He made Himself on this earth. An honor nothing else in all of creation can bear. He is now all beauty and has been glorified! And soon we will be blessed to be more like Him because we will see Him as He is!

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.1 John 3:1-3"

So truly, we are blessed because He loves us, and the sooner we can forget about ourselves the better.

Why am I so selfish? Why do I turn from looking at Jesus and look back at myself? Why do I sometimes forget truth and so judge myself and others? Lord Jesus, help me to keep my eyes on You and You alone!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Interesting Principles

God began to show me that His Word alone is our standard of judgement; that it can be explained only by the Holy Spirit; and that in our day, as well as in former times, He is the teacher of the people."~George Muller

Muller had the opinion that to lay up stores or hoard money was inconsistent with a life of faith. Lest God send then to their hoardings before answering their prayers. A life of trust forbids laying up treasures for unforeseen needs, since with God "No emergency is unforeseen and no want unprovided for."~Muller

This is from a biography on George Muller that I'm currently reading. It's actually a very good read, and is full of encouragement for those who are desiring to live by faith! I'm only just starting the fifth chapter and already I am being strengthened in the faith department. I plan on writing a more thorough book report when I'm finished the book, but for now I just thought that those were some interesting quotes that I thought I'd share!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

What's Up!

If we exalt ourselves God will humble us, but if we humble ourselves God will exalt us!
Although I was/am planning/hoping to move this fall or winter, I still do not have the where, so instead I will seek to live in what I know. I do know that I would like to live a more obedient life in loving kindness and I have the desire to be more generous in giving to the needy of this world. So until further notice I shall strive to give and to be obedient to His word in love, faith, and hope. May God's Spirit help me in this venture! He is good and if we are faithful in the little things, He will put us in charge of bigger things.

As it is written "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little" and "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
"He has scattered abroad His gifts to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever." Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11"

Being A New Creation!

This is a fraction of some of the things I have been pondering as of late. Once again sorry it is so long, I did shorten it and this is what remains. I don't claim these words to be perfect, but I do pray they will bless and not hinder His work in you the reader.

Come, take up your cross, and follow me–Mark 10:21

Should we expect attesting miracles and wonders to accompany us in our sharing of the word? Yes, but we should be more concerned with the sharing of His word and that our names are written in the Lambs book of life? For many will walk, but the faithful will be lifted up!(Philippians 3:18-20) Many will perform signs, miracles, and wonders in His name(Matthew 7:21-23), but only those who truly believe(not just know, but a belief that causes you to submit yourself through faith under that knowledge of the unseen). A belief that causes you to surrender your life under His kingship and authority, surrendering to Him in a righteous faith and obedience as servants of His word. Then we can be assured of that which we hope for. Even Jesus ,as a man, was first a slave and servant of the Most High God, submitting Himself to death on a cross! We are not greater than Jesus that we should expect a life without walking in faith, obedience, or even persecution like that of Christ are we? Which is more difficult, to be bold in a faith and obedience that produces fruit (a burden He says is light), being a slave of righteousness whose reward is eternal life, or living a life for the flesh(body/lusts/greed/fears/etc.) first, one full of deceitful riches, pleasures, and worries that leads to judgement and eternal Hell fire(which isn't meant for us but for the devil and his demons)?

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' "But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.' "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.' "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.' " 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "

Our life in Christ Jesus is to be both that of the servant and the heir. The servant first and then when He returns we shall be fully heirs with Him and sons of God. Loving others is not a request from Jesus to the believer; it is a command and promise! Jesus is our Savior because He first came as a servant to seek and to save that which was lost, but He is also and completely our Teacher and Master! He has not left us here for our health, pleasure, or so that we may live comfortably, but so that we might share in working the work of God and the kingdom; spreading the gospel and proving ourselves to be faithful servants of the most high God! Jesus left us here to bear fruit, and when He returns clothed in the heavens and surrounded by the angels, those who have will be given more, yet those who are without even what they have will be taken away. He is our Master and we are called to be faithful and obedient even as He was to death. Why? So that it will be well with us, and so that we will no longer slaves but sons, even sons of the most High God!
And if we believe in the One whom God the Father sent then we must also do what He says, for "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears My words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete." "If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father's commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."
Do you love your neighbour, boss, family member, or enemy as much today/everyday as you love yourself or as much as Christ loved you? If you are in Christ you will! But you must take up your cross first and then that promise will be realized. For all who have died to sin are free from its law of death. "Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.""For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin" "Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.""Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?""But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life." "Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty"
Let your flesh and fears perish on the cross with Christ Jesus and go follow Him! For He will make us sons and one with Him and the Father! Let your life perish so that you may truly live, not in miracles and wonders, but in everlasting life, not in comfort and ease on this earth, but in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control! If your fleshly mind says "NO!" Master your fleshly mind! If your flesh is afraid to let go of your life, then let His Spirit conquer it! Do that which you fear and the death of fear is soon to follow. For He has not given us a Spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind. Let your newness of life in the Spirit rule your flesh which is now dead, for it has been buried with Christ Jesus in your baptism and now it to can also find life in His resurrection! Quit submitting your body to sin and temptations so as to be their slave, but instead submit to the righteousness that is found in obedience to Christ Jesus and His word.

Time can with circumstance and deception kill/delay the zealous heart, so if God has given you a passion or command, do not wait for a comfortable time! For now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation! Leave everything family/friends/wealth/securities and follow the passion that comes from His Spirit in you. Then you will be rewarded! "I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life."
"Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."

Now ask me how well I'm doing in all that....yes, truly we need to encourage each other to be diligent workers!

Monday, June 19, 2006


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Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Pharisees Perception?

Disclaimer: Sorry if this is too long or if it doesn't flow very well. Take it with a grain of salt and receive a seasoned meal with Christ teaching you(not me) and receive whatever blessing He has for you in there somewhere.

Last night I had just finished cleaning my room, everyone else was otherwise engaged and so I was left with nothing else to do but contemplate and meditate. For some reason the thought of the pharisee popped into my head and so that is what I pondered. I began with the nature of the pharisees identity. These were men who had devoted their lives to the living out of Gods Law and the teaching of God's righteousness. I began to surmise that they had three identities, one the world perceived, one God distinguished, and one that the pharisee himself envisioned.

I'd like to just sum up the first two briefly because the last one is of more interest at this time to me.
1. Man perceived the pharisee to be proud, pompous and pious, but in the end the goodie-goodie who was without fault and righteous according to the Law (as they were taught anyway). The people who knew the law thought they needed to be like them and the people who knew them couldn't stand to be near them and their superior natures. They were revered and exalted yet feared. There are, however, as many guesses at how they were viewed as there are people to view them and so this point ends here.
2. God loved the pharisee yet hated their heart. He distinguished the actor and their act from the truth He would bring. Was it devotion to Him that made them create new rules to follow so that they wouldn't break His, and yet scorn and despised the works of their fellow man? Jesus knew the truth about them for Jesus was The Truth. God the Father knew their hearts and their deeds that they were but filthy rags. Certainly such devotion to the letter of the Law could and would never bring them righteousness for there very conscience accused them daily. Jesus gave them Truth yet they would not let go of their self-made righteousness to receive it. They were unrepentant and knew not the spirit behind the Law that they held so dear.

3. But what of the pharisee himself? Was He caught in the very lie and act in a show that he caused others to believe? I strongly believe that the pharisee thought he was a man in the know. He believed the very act and performance he daily put on in the local church and market place. For he thought himself righteous because of the works and good deeds he did in accordance with the law. I wonder how the mind of the pharisee conducted this thought. For in my own mind when I slip up I feel guilt, shame, remorse, and hatred concerning that pit in which I've fallen, and when I overcome a temptation I feel I'm one step closer to being that better man I know the Lord Jesus is transforming me into. But the pharisee... did he mess up? Did he feel such remorse and fall on his knees before his maker in repentance? Or did he make the necessary sacrifice, a declaration before man and God of his wickedness, probably for not washing his hands before he ate, and thus be now free of the ridicule of man and God? In a sense to save himself by his actions?
Now, if you didn't perceive where I'm going, I am about to compare this pharisee to the pharisee in myself and in the church today.
For the Truth came, Christ Jesus the light of the world, and the very word of creation, has come into this world to seek and to save that which was lost. That means he came for everyone, including the pharisee who was lost in their false righteousness. Jesus spoke harshly to them and yet He loved them no less than the poor man and "visible" sinner. He did say those who know the truth yet cast it aside receive the stricter judgement and alas I think the pharisees received the first fruits of that truth. For the pharisee, knowing the letter of the law, was the first to scoff at and shake his head concerning Jesus(the only true fulfilment of the law). The pharisee who would give his very life to the act of serving God, would be the first of all to reject the reward of righteousness found in Christ Jesus. Oh... you may say the pharisee is full of good intentions(as we often think ourselves to be). I wonder if the pharisee knew he was the actor in a play so detrimental. I have often seen the pharisee in myself and know that what I do is but a show. Whether I do something to be praised by others, or at least something to be seen as someone who is living the "Christian life." Yet, I know that which is false... Did the pharisee? Perhaps, but perhaps they held onto a lie so long that they throughout the generations even deceived themselves. I know there are times in my life where I had thought something to be entirely Christian, yet it was far from anything Christ said. I have been such a pharisee and were it not for God's grace I still might be so deluded. What words will Christ have for that deluded and self-seeking pharisee. "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness." For they held their "law" from God in more esteem than God Himself. Their manmade "righteousness" could have no part in the truth. Nor could their law be considered to be in any true likeness to God's Law. For God's law is about faith and love and their was merely "good deeds"wrapped in whitewashed filthy rags. They held onto a form of Godliness yet denied it's power to save trough faith alone. For faith, not works, brings the righteousness of God to all those who believe. The pharisee and that nature in us have a sad story indeed.

How do you view then this verse? "For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven."The pharisee in us will say "Now wait just a minute, how can that be? They've done it all. They have even kept laws that aren't in the Bible just so they wouldn't break laws that were! How could I ever live a more righteous life than they did? Hmmm... perhaps if I could do my best... yes even a bit more, yes... I know, I'll do what they could not. I'll do that stuff Jesus talked about, like not hating because is the same as murder. Oh!... and I won't lust because that is just like adultery. Hmmmm... what else? Perhaps if I don't drink, swear, gamble, smoke, do drugs, eat meat...yes, that just might do the trick(the trick indeed)! I'll just die to my pleasures and find life in that sacrifice( sigh...Big Smile...relief)" But Christ has revealed the truth. That these very thoughts are those of the pharisee and no more righteousness is attained this way than by hunting witches or cutting off your tongue. I was in the mind set of the pharisee and didn't know it. So what does Christ Jesus (The Truth) reveal to me, and the church... to us all? He revealed the good news! That to have a righteousness that surpasses that of the pharisee is to have a righteousness of FAITH and NOT WORKS! For works that don't come from faith and love are both proud and meaningless, they lead strait to death. An example of works without faith and those done because of faith can be seen in the story of the sheep and goats.

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

I pray that we won't miss the truth in Churches today, and that we won't just try to be "Christians" by name alone, being no more righteous than that pharisee of old. Just doing works and trying to save ourselves by being merely "good" people with seemingly "right" intentions. May our eyes be open to the light of the truth. That faith alone in Jesus saves, and faith alone bears fruit and true works of love and not false works and fake intentions. Then beware the leaven(works) of the pharisee which are praised by the world. For their works are of the law of sin and death and they will never see the kingdom that way. There is only one who has the keys of life eternal. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is God's son Jesus Christ.

Have Faith and know that your worth is not found in things perishable(like good intentions or works done by your own perishing hands) but your worth is found in the imperishable love that came with Jesus' death and resurrection. So cast the pharisee in your heart aside with the act and the seemingly good intentions. Rely on God alone! Hold firm to His gifts of faith, hope and love, and die to yourself daily, not merely to pleasures but to the thoughts of saving yourself by your own means. It's not self-righteous and sanctimoniousness to declare the truth, but it is if you act for merely your own glory. I shall endeavour to trust in Him alone, for all other self-made truth is false.

One more thing... never feel ashamed to declare your love of Christ if it is true. For we all too often fear the judgement of man, but it is right to express our faith in God by expressing our love for God, and by loving not just with word and tongue but by actions and truth. For I love Jesus! Because He loves me. So I shall also love others as He, in me, desires me to. How? Well, We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us(Philippians 4:13) and He can do the rest!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Good thoughts

Isn't it good when someone love's YOU!
Isn't it infinitely better that God love’s YOU!
If we could let all other thoughts fall out of our heads and that one remains, I think we would all be better off!

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. John 15:9”(word's of Jesus to us all)

Monday, May 01, 2006

Galatians 3:5

So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?

Not everything is done the way we expect it to be done. If our Father the King and creator of all things, invisible and visible, has declared to us a truth… how can we justify unbelief?

Why do we search out answers by circumstance alone? Why do we analyze our future by the way we currently live (do we forget He's changing us moment by moment)?

Why do we judge ourselves to be so very inept in our Christian walks? He is with us, both guiding and perfecting us!

He is able to do what He is willing to do!

Jesus said “Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me! (John 14:1)”

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to God alone; Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries it shall be done! - Charles Wesley

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

RE: Feed Back!

Matthew 17:14-20
14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before Him. 15 "Lord, have mercy on my son," he said. "He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water.
16 I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not heal him."
17 And Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me."
18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not drive it out?"
20 And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

I asked for some feed back on the above passage 27 days ago and was pleasantly surprised to receive a lot of good insights and different points of view. Today my mind came back to this scripture, however, and so I thought I’d add a point I have previously overlooked. It is a witness on the character and wonderful life of Jesus.
In these verses Jesus’ disciples were unable to heal a man’s son and so the man took his plea strait to the author of faith and life. Jesus responded in quite a confusing way. He didn’t say to the man “go your faith has made him well.” He responded with some harsh yet necessary words of tough love, and then proceeded to heal the boy.
Now this is the interesting point that was solidified in my mind today. Jesus still healed the boy! The disciples lacked faith at this point to heal the child and apparently their faith was smaller than a mustard seed. Yet Jesus with them remained faithful, even when they were faithless. I love to see that testimony in this scripture because that is an important part of Christ. He was/is both full of mercy and faith. When our lives doubt, or our faith shrinks in fear, Christ in us remains faithful. Christ in us heals the broken hearted releases the captives and declares the glory of our God! If our faith is weak and cannot move mountains, Christ’s Spirit in us and with us strengthens our faith and does the deeds we couldn’t yet perform. In short this passage of His word shows us how we are, in Him, made complete. With Jesus in our lives, He proclaimed that greater things we would accomplish then He did while on this earth. Not because of our great faith in God but because of our faith in a Great God. He is our King of kings and savior who is full of mercy and grace. Let us never disown His rightful place in our hearts and then nothing will be impossible to us! (That’s including overcoming a twisted nature which is prone to wonder, and even one lacking a mustard seed worth of faith)

If we endure, we will also reign with Him. If we disown Him, He will also disown us; if we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself. 2 timothy 2:12-13

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Farmer in all of us!

I was doing my nightly meditation before sleep and thinking about the parable of the sower lately and God showed me something new I had previously overlooked.

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear."

I have usually always previously taken the position of the seed in the soil and had often wondered whether I was the seed planted in good soil bearing fruit or that in the thorns being choked by "weeds." However, this time I saw that because of Jesus’ life giving Spirit in us, I could be the sower of the seed. Also I found it fascinating that the sower in the parable spread the word everywhere. He hadn't spent years cultivating the perfect soil or learning the ancient lost art of seed planting and irrigation. He was a farmer who simply spread his crop generously around knowing that the nature of the seed will take hold and grow as it was planned and created to function. I think sometimes we imagine that sharing the "good news" has to be more difficult and complex than Jesus had intended it to be. When all we were instructed with is the sharing of His word and gospel with those who can listen and receive it. He has made His word with the power to take root in their heart WITHOUT necessarily needing our clever explanations to be ready before we can share it, because that is the nature of His word. It is both the power and the wisdom of God to those who believe.

Hear then the parable of the sower. "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."

Here's an awesome verse full of promise and hope for both the seed in us and the sower:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1 12-13

I’m not saying I never have taken the position of the sower before but that I more frequently (I don’t know why) assume the position of the seed.

Fact for the day: Did you know that the George means farmer or "earthworker" and that George just happens to be one of my middle names. Coincidence?... I don't think so!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Extremely Shocking News!

I found an elephant in my pajamas, how an elephant got into my pajamas I shall never know! HAHAHAHAHA!

For more great jokes like the one above just watch movies like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Now, do you want to hear a dirty joke?

A man on horseback fell into a mud puddle HAHAHAHA!

April fool!

Disclaimer: This news was neither extreme nor shocking nor news!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Feed back!

Matthew 17:17-20
17And Jesus answered and said, "You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me."

18And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once.

19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not drive it out?"

20And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

I just wanted to know some of your opinions on this text. Feel free to share your comments.

Friday, March 03, 2006

My book review of Sadhu Sunder Singh

I have a day off today... and so I just finished reading “The Story of Sadhu Sundar Singh” by Cyril J. Davey. It was a compelling 156 page tale of God’s provision, grace and mercy to those who love Him and long to serve Him. It is an account of Sundar’s life in Jesus. Sundar was born in 1889 in a Sikh family with strong Hindu affinities, and he was still in his early teens when he became a follower of Christ. Sundar converted to Christianity immediately after seeing a literal vision of Jesus at the age of fourteen, and was consequently poisoned by his family and thrown out of his home in dishonor because of his faith and love for Christ. After being baptized at sixteen he spent most of the rest of his life as an Indian “Holy Man”(Sadhu) observing “the way” and living as a missionary to both India and Tibet. During every year of his life that followed, he faced both torture and death because of his love of Christ. One of the most convicting parts of this book is to know that he lived this fantastic life full of peril and blessing at a relatively young age. From the age of fourteen until his disappearance at around the age of forty he didn’t sway towards the temptations of family and friends. His decision of devotion to his now first love, Jesus Christ was more than enough. This was a man whose deep conviction and love for Christ Jesus lead him to live a life set apart from the things of this world and from the desires of wealth and pleasures of youth. His pleasure was his savior and his joy was to walk in the foot steps of Jesus, covered in blood and sweat though they were. He declared that “a Christian is a man who has fallen in love with Christ.” and “When we have left this life we shall not have a second chance of bearing the cross for Christ.” I love the fact that this book reminds me that a life fully lost for Christ is a life found and full!

The book continues to share how this Sadhu who had given up his life for Christ Jesus did have the chance to visit the west(Europe, Australia & America) in 1920. He stated, without abashment, some important warnings to the west. In one of which he declared, “I found a stone in a pool among the Himalayas. It was hallow, and when I broke it, I found the center completely dry. So it is here in the west. You have lain for centuries in the waters of Christianity, but it has never penetrated your hearts.” The truth of this can still be seen today! We must remember to pray. Once when in a rat infested prison for declaring Christ’s gospel in Tibet, Sundar wrote in his now tattered new testament “Christ’s presence has turned my prison into a blessed heaven. What will it be like in heaven itself?”

This is definitely a book filled with conviction for the reader. And I must admit that I will certainly be more willing to live a life devoted to Christ after reading it (with His help of course). I do desperately wish that I had the courage to live such a life, and perhaps with His Spirit to guide and help, I/we might all find His joy that comes with suffering for Him. We must remember how much it is that God loves us. We must remember that Jesus is our first love, He is the light found in our eyes and the delight of our souls. May we know no other joy then Him.

All in all, this is an excellent book and a must read for those who need a good kick in the pants (like I did) in reminding what a new life in Jesus is all about. It isn’t about not going to hell and it’s definitely not just about going to heaven. It’s about loving Him as He loves us. Not loving Him like you love a fine cigar or a cold glass of Iced tea. Not loving Him like you love your mother, father, sister or brother, nor like loving best friend. But it’s loving Him like He loves us(something we are only capable of doing because of Christ’s love for the Father in us). However, we often neglect the fact that love must be sacrificial. We must die to our sinful desires and take hold of this new life and love. It takes courage and guts to stand outside in foreign clothing declaring words the world hates. Let’s remember to pray for each other!

Anyway, this book is filled with tons of interesting glimpses into the Indian culture of Asia, as well as a mysterious secret society of believing Sadhu, a three hundred year old Christian hermit and tales of Gods protection from man’s hatred, wild beasts, and tumultuous acts of nature.

I’ll end with this interesting paraphrase of Jesus’ words. Sundar had told this to America on his visit here after seeing our state of affairs, “Come unto me all ye that are heavy-laden with gold and I will give you rest.”

I assure you His rest is far better than all the world’s gold, riches, and pleasures!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Analyzing the Analytical Analyst

I have decided through many thorough and methodical thought processes that my human nature is bizarre. I am to myself, a bit of an enigma. I have a life which is not my own and yet that is the very life I yearn to dominate. I was/am an analytical control freak! I don’t ever just see one situation for what it is. Instead I see a situation with a myriad of possibilities and hang-ups. The frustrating part is that I know better. I know that I am no longer my own, and I know that nothing will change by my worrying about it. I know that I must die to myself daily and that God has promised to be a Father to me. I know I should trust in the Lord with all of my heart, leaning not on my own understanding and in all my ways acknowledge Him and He WILL direct my path!

Shouldn’t that be enough? It is enough! The problem is that I often forget that truth. The world around us is constantly judging our appearance, success rate, ideals, and drive for worldly things etc. I think because of this the warning bells within my old nature immediately start going off and the analyst within takes over. He begins by screaming, “Don’t judge me! I can be normal and successful and everything you think I should be, just you wait and see!” He continues with a hearty dose of doubt and with a truck load of pride. Then the analyst within starts to hide popular memoirs of my mind, usually beginning with promises from God and anything else that will give him friends on the jury(world). I start by analyzing my past, things I could or should have done differently, and then I continue by analyzing my current state of affairs and how they will play a role in my future i.e. What goals do I have for my life? Will these goals support me or a family if my life takes that turn? What should I be doing now to advance myself toward such goals? Are these goals from God or are they just something my surroundings are pushing me towards? Is God using my surroundings to push me towards them? Am I missing the obvious way because I’m to busy analyzing the situation? What about timing should I wait or should I go now? Is there an obvious way?

Does this get me anywhere? No…If anything it distracts me from the truth. The truth is that I must seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to me as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt. 6:33-34) I know that… I just need to hold onto it! There are so many distractions in life…I am so thankful that I have a Father who promised to always love me and who is always there to counsel His children. His Holy Spirit daily gives us the wanting to be…the wanting to be new creations free from the sin that so easily entangles...the wanting to be humble before the God of the universe… the wanting to be set apart and special… the wanting to seek first His kingdom and righteousness etc. And the best part of all is that His Holy Spirit also daily gives us the how to be…the how to be all of the things we can’t be without him…the how to be a new creation… the how be a person who can love his enemies and neighbors just as Christ loves the church... the how to be a man fully dedicated to the Lord etc. He is both our wanting to be and our how to be! (referencing Philipians 2:13)

So my advice to those whose analytical doubts in life are clouding their joy in Christ is this… Rejoice in the Lord always…again I say rejoice, for being in the way the Lord will lead you!

'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Monday, February 13, 2006

A Fork in the Road

Have you ever reached a turning point or a fork in the road and wondered which path to take? Of course you have, everyone must make life altering decisions at least once in their life. I am at such a fork. I've been here awhile (years) and still I wait. I know God will guide me but sometimes the waiting is almost unbearable. It isn't that I don't know the way, but it's that I don't know the time. The thing that gets me the most is that the longer I wait the more inconvenient circumstances seem to become. But perhaps the less suited I am for life’s task the more suited I am for Christ's purpose. How long must you wait at the fork in the road before His time reveals your path? Only God knows I suppose, and I see that patience is most certainly a virtue and it's a fruit of the Spirit that those who are in Christ must bear! Why is human nature so quick to give up! Why does it sometimes seek to stop seeking and yearn to stop yearning? Why are you in despair, O my soul and why have you become disturbed within me!?! Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

O what grace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear… all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer!

Godliness with contentment is great gain!

Monday, January 30, 2006

End Result

What will my life be like ten years from now? I realize that we can only live day to day and in fact we are instructed not to worry ourselves about the things of tomorrow, but here is the same question in other words… How are the choices I’m making today shaping my temperament, personality, and morality? Am I living in such a way that ten years from now (if myself or world last that long) I will be more like Christ?
“Do not be deceived bad company corrupts good morals 1 Cor.15:33” Am I daily choosing a life that is surrounded by good or bad influences? Because whether you want to believe it or not… it does matter!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

In Christ Alone

I think that the older I get the more aware of my sinful nature I become, and yet (when I remember to focus on His love and not my guilt) it is that awareness that draws me closer to Him and allows me to praise Him all the more. Yet, even that is only because of God’s presence in me and His promises to me.

I was listening to this song the other day as it is one of my favorites, probably because of it’s gospel message and the wonderful hope and truth that can be found in it. I love this song because it helps me to not focus on myself and all of my short comings but to fix my eyes on Jesus, on him alone. He is our Comforter our All in All... well I’ll let you read it for yourself.

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Amen to that!

Monday, January 16, 2006

High Places

Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.
But the high places were not taken away; nevertheless the heart of Asa was wholly devoted to the LORD all his days.

Jehoshaphat was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. He walked in all the way of Asa his father; he did not turn aside from it, doing right in the sight of the LORD However, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burnt incense on the high places.

Jehoash did right in the sight of the LORD all his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Only the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah became king. He did right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like David his father; he did according to all that Joash his father had done. Only the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah became king. He was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. He did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. Only the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.
(Excerpts from 1 & 2 Kings)

Do you notice a trend in these passages?
Why were these high places not removed from the land of the kings who served the Lord God?
Is there a right and a wrong way to worship the Lord nowadays?
How can this be applicable to us today, are we leaving “high places” untouched in our Christian lives?
Are we doing right in the sight of the Lord according to those around us and their standards(like those kings) or according to His life in us?
We have an advantage that these Kings never did. We are Christ Jesus’ inheritance because of what He did and we have an inheritance found in Him (His Spirit to guide us and overcome the world around us.) You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 So let us shed these “high places” (anything that hinders us from fully surrendering our lives to Christ Jesus) for we are not our own but we have been bought with a price more precious than gold or anything else for that matter. We are His inheritance. Yep, even when we were at our most sinful and wretched He wanted us soooo much that He died for us!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Scribes and Pharisees

Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. Matt. 22:29”

John, I find this to be an interesting verse because of who Jesus was speaking to. He was responding to the scribes and pharisees. These are men who would have been meticulously studying the scriptures since their youth. They would have been known by their peers to be men of renown, great intellects and masters in the law. They are the ancient equivalent of having a doctor of divinity and being professors, M.D.s, lawyers and judges, and yet they were in error because despite their study they did not really know the Scriptures or the power of God. They were in fact trying to use their knowledge to confound Jesus (the creator of the universe) and publically discredit Him. This error is something to be careful of today as pride often blinds a person to it. Even the most brilliant and best can have it all wrong if their eyes aren’t focused on Jesus Christ. You may see this problem in some churches today. Some have no trouble understanding and being witness to the power of God, but they do not know the Scriptures and so they can easily be deceived concerning God’s word and led astray. Others know the Scriptures backwards and forwards, yet they deny His power to be evident today and so all of their learning is powerless (blind and useless). You must remember that the gospel is both the wisdom and the power of God for those who believe. However, to the “wise” who are perishing it is seen as foolishness and weakness.

Verses to ponder on pride and humility:

In his pride the wicked does not seek Him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God. Psalms 10:4

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. 2 Chron. 26:16

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 14:11

Monday, January 09, 2006


John here are some points to ponder:

1. The spiritual can influence the physical, but the physical can’t directly affect the spiritual(Physical= mass, energy etc. Spiritual=???)

2. If physical can physically affect spiritual, then man could alter or affect the unshakable, constant, steadfast, eternal.

3.Spiritual is made unshakable, constant, steadfast, eternal. Physical is made destructible, chaotic, temporal.

4. God created all eternal and spiritual things as well as the physical. He made everything that is visible and invisible and all eternal beings i.e. Angels, mans spirit, unclean spirits, demons, and everything else I don’t fully understand. He is therefore not just greater, but infinitely greater... surpassing all angels or demons(the devil included) in power and in every other way.

5. God is eternal yet even eternity in its’ fullness is subject to only Him. And so it can be said that only God is God. The All-powerful, All-knowing, All-present God of everything and anything.

6. If God knows the beginning and the end is eternity itself a created thing? Time is created but is eternity part of time or something else?

7.God is Spirit(is that a created aspect of God for our explanation or part of an uncreated eternal?)

8. God is so much greater than anything anyone could invent with the imagination of a created mind. He is greater than any man made god and greater than mans atheism.

9. I do not understand eternity or God and even these thoughts of God are subject to error because they come from theories and guesses I have made. How can man understand God. How foolish we can be to try to explain God as we are His creation not His creator. All we can know of Him is what He chooses to reveal to us and gives us understanding about.

10. There is not a part of me that wasn’t created by God right down to every part of every atom in my body was masterfully created by Him. Even the abilities of my brain, whether the ability to breathe, smell, taste, see, hear, even my personalty, my thought processes and everything that makes We were truly wonderfully and marvelously made. Can anyone or anything say the same about Him. No!

These points to ponder are just interesting to me. They let me unmask some of my unfounded preconceived ideas about God and the spiritual realm. And they let me realize just how amazing it is that He loves us. I can know that His promises are not subject to some physical or spiritual force but they come from Him who is able. It is not just a coincidence that His name means “I AM”. He is!

I ‘ll end with a children’s song that we are never too old to use in singing His praises.

“My God IS so big so strong and so mighty there is nothing my God can not do. The mountains are His... the rivers are His... the stars are His handy work too... My God IS so big so strong and so mighty there is nothing my God can not do. For you!”