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Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:04 AM
[Character of the Christ
We are told as Christians that our past will be washed away, and that we will be reborn with a new self, once we commit ourselves to Christ.
How will this come about? Some believe like Saul, that they will be hit by lighting and everything they once knew would change. Well I tend to believe more, that the lighting strike may have been more a stroke of genius! But no matter what it was, it certainly wasnt my experience . Mine was more a process of pain on all levels at all different times, than on one felled swoop! But what I am certain of is, that growth in God, is only gotten by those who commit fully to wanting to be reborn in Him.
I recently purchased a book I would hope all serious Christians would read.
Its called "The Glorious Persuit" by Gary L. Thomas.
This book's simplicity focuses on what all healthy Christians in Christ need to focus on. Embracing the Virtues of Christ.
So many Christians still see their life in Christ through the legality of, "the should not's or can nots, and do nots". This focus has nothing to do with the likeness of Christ. In fact it makes us facus soley on the very sins Christ's blood was given for.
It constantly confirms the immaturity of being unworthy. The very thing Christ came to us, to dispell! When we mature in Christ, we seek to be more like Him, leaving our sinful self behind. And when we look to what He is in us, we will only see that when we accept His example is in the virtues we share. The very virtues, "if we commit to them fully, with all we have" will exemplify the Personhood of Christ.
For anyone who really wishes to commit to growing deeper in the Character of Christ, I would suggest purcashing this book. I found it by accident, but as we know when we seek to praise God, there is no such thing as an accident. I gain nothing in your purchase of it, other than the hope that someone will find what they need to grow further in their love of God
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 8:37 AM
[The Body Politics
Sometimes Art, in this case a TV program, gives us a look into our own good conscience.
Thanks to last Sunday's episode of the "Good Wife", I heard my beliefs about politics confirmed. Not that I needed to have that confirmation, but in a way, its nice to see the arugument you have concluded as the premise of your truth, viewed outside your own mind.
The episode oddly enough was a picture into Alicia's (the Good Wife) own mind.
The conflict she was dealing with, was one of good character, and the ideal of the greater good.
The conflict included Alicia's secular beliefs, and her daughters religious ones. And in essence, the fight posed the premise, can man be of good character, and ethical, without a belief in God?
Alicia (the Good Wife) is running for a political office. Her conflict, telling the whole truth and lose the election, or withhold the truth and win! The premise given her is, if she lies she will win, and that would put her in the position of doing good. Or as the premise states, achieving a position to do the greater good!
This belief is what our politics is based on. It includes the Machiavellian principle "The ends justify the means".
Her opponent say's he would rather lose, then lie to win.
We are left with Alicia leaning towards wanting the win!
What does this have to do with the belief in God?
I suppose it depends on who your God is? If your God is Jesus Christ, then your model is TRUTH as your God and your guide. Your's is a God who said He was the TRUTH!
THat Truth His Truth is Absolute. And if you really wish to fight the battle of man's idea of truth, and that of Christ/God, no real Good that lives in God's Eternal Truths, can come from a TRUTH that's corrupted for mans need to serve himself, under the guise of a greater good. That was Judas's argument. That was the temptation of the snake, in Eden.
If you are a follower of Christ's truth, you know what you would choose.
I know what I've chosen.....what would you do?
Monday, March 2, 2015, 8:47 AM
Guess I don't love lightly? Guess when I love, I love all the way!
A few sweet words, with lilting sounds has never moved me. Sweet platitudes leave me feeling, the need for so very much more.
My heart seeks a passion, few have within them to give.
My love isn't wrapped in superficiality , in pleasantries , or shallow phrases. Nor can it be filled by frilly hearts given this time of year, in place of my passions boundless nature.
When I love, my love runs deep, deeper than maybe most, would be willing to dive!
I see my heart as all I am, all I have to give. There is nothing more of me, than what is contained in every beat, every pounding of blood that rushes through my veins...keeping who I am , alive. Alive in it's wanting for you to know how my love feels.
Deep because my love comes out of His love for me.
Thursday, January 8, 2015, 9:59 AM
My cousin sent this to me, from her Facebook page
Its by a friend Sean Murphy..under the title "randoms"
I believe it's a random thought worth sharing:
On Birth and Death...
In a mother's womb were two babies.
One asked the other: "Do you believe in life after delivery?”
The other replies, "why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.
"Nonsense," says the other. "There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?”
"I don't know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.”
The other says "This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.”
"I think there is something and maybe it's different than it is here.”
The other replies, "No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.”
"Well, I don't know," says the other, "but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.”
"Mother??" You believe in mother? Where is she now?
"She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.”
"I don't see her, so it's only logical that she doesn't exist." To which the other replied, "sometimes when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her.”
I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality....
Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 8:42 AM
[My Heart My Soul My God
Now that our Christmas gift giving is over, and we put or play with whatever we believe Christmas was supposed to mean, away. Do we also put Christ's purpose for living, back in the closet with the ornaments for the tree.
Is our faith soley ornamental or sentimental?
Is Christmas still in the form of our childhood? Related to the joy we wish to give our children, more, than the understanding of our purpose in Him?
Each of us has an unwrapped gift. A purpose He has gifted us ...with, that is held in waiting, in our Soul. Some will never open it, and it will remain as the untouched purpose He gave us. Him aware that the choice of course was our own.
For me, I wanted to be an artist all my life, I thought that was my unwrapped gift. So when I opened it, the creative energy I got, said...this is it! THANK YOU GOD FOR GIVING ME THE ABILITY TO REACH MY LIFE LONG DREAM!
It was of course a dream come true, but is was MY NEED fulfilled, and not the purpose HE WANTED FOR ME.
It's when that creativity slowly made a change. As it became less of a love for art, and more for His need in me.
It was than, that I began to do something I really never thought of, nor even believed I could be something for me. I began to write. And as I wrote of what I loved, slowly that love became His purpose in my being. It became the expression of love. Less of the love whose focus is outward, and more inward as His Hand grasped tightly onto the feeling of my heart. My love for Him became the reason for my being. And I will speak of that Love, for as long as He gives me the breath to write.
Thursday, January 1, 2015, 7:58 AM
[Character of the Christ
One of my favorite quotes is: "Bread feeds the body, Beauty the Soul."
The beauty of which I speak, is a process by which a person is changed over time. It is part of the transformation that comes with Christ's preparing His Way, in us.
Of course we are good in how we see ourselves, but in Christ, beauty is a transforming element. It can change a complainer, into a supporter.
It can change a hater into a healer. It can change rage, into respect.
The Beauty of ones soul, can only be transformed, if we change the diet we have been fed on. It begins with listening to what we preach, and see if we follow our own message. It happens, when we choose to see life, not always from the perspective of pain, or our own past hurts. But rather in the growth that pain produced. Then that pain becomes beauty, and that beauty exudes gratitude. This transformational beauty produces a new being, who now can be fed by the truth and beauty of its Soul.
May this New Year usher in, the truth and beauty of your Soul
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 2:16 PM
[My Heart My Soul My God
Thank you for my Vet, my Pet and my TV set.
Thanks for laughter, and music that my ears have been allowed to hear.
I'm thankful for those few, who give me a thought, or click a " like" my way .
I'm grateful for the time I had with those taken from my life, and hope to fill that loss by giving that missing love, to others.
I'm hopeful for a year that brings more for me to be grateful for.
For friends who share their love, by writing on my blog.
Who care enough to read the feelings I need to share.
And whose purpose in my life, has helped fill in the blanks of a family lost , with whom I once shared.
I'm truly grateful for Facebook, and Beliefnet , for giving me a place to express my love of God. And a Country that allows that, without asking to have my head.
I'm grateful to have had a child, to know what it felt like to be a Mother.
To have a husband who I gave, almost every ounce of my love.
I'm grateful for the gift of sight. The gift of reason, something missing in much of my early life
I'm grateful for my car, my legs, and the nearest grocery store.
I'm grateful for perfume, powder and shampoo.
I'm grateful to have Sugar, and to have had 4 other furry friends to love.
Most of all, I'm grateful to my God, without whom, I would have nothing to be grateful for...Happy New Year...and may we all be Blessed by His Love and Truth.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 9:09 AM
[Character of the Christ
I recently read a blog here on B-net that stated Christ was the least religious man ever! Sadly, I had to ask, if He were not the most religious man ever, who was?
I believe the word " religion" has been linked to the meaning of dogma. That in a world that see's itself without sin, would of course cause fear in the hearts of those who would choose its rejection.
Religion in my understanding was a term that discribed mans relationship with his God. Dogma implies rules, and abiding by certain laws. Which if I am not mistaken, Christ Himself claimed He came to fulfill!
The blog used Christs chastizing the Pharaisees, as its validation that He was against religion. Rather than His being angry with the lack of God truth, being taught. Those in charge of teaching the Word of God, were at fault, not the religious core of which Christ came to teach and fulfill. To say Christ Himself, was the least religious man, says those making that claim have little understanding of His purpose on earth. They used the fact that He chastised the leaders who were in charge of teaching His Fathers word to make the point of religion being the fault, rather than those who had forgot the true purpose of Gods word, as the wrong doing.
We can see the same being done today, as Pope Francis took to cleaning house. Throwing the money changers out of todays Church, not because of their religion, but because their lack of it! They like the Pharisees had lost their religious purpose and practice! This is the practice of many, who will choose their own need, over ther purpose of Heaven.
Christ was the most religious of all men, certainly not the least! One of the greatest principles of " religious practice" is OBEDIENCE.. Who more then He, obeyed His Father to His death?
So please don't accept everything you read. Look to Christ's life to answer your questions. Dont throw the baby out with the bath water, "religion" is not the problem. It's, man's interpretation and lack of following it, that sullys the Word.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:14 AM
I just read an article here on B-net that states Jesus would disapprove of the American Dream. And although much of what is stated can be seen as a truth, I want to make the case for the Dream.
I can only say, those who are making that case, must have forgotten what the American Dream was all about?
The American Dream was a promise given to the individual, a land that would allow all people the opportunity to pursue what they believe fulfills their own idea of happiness. This dream isn't against anything Jesus would want for us. What seems to have happened is , many in that pursuit, left behind the... very element that CREATES HAPPINESS...our immortal SOUL.
It's that disconnect, that belief that "things" are what gives us the feeling of happiness, has never suffered the absence of their Soul.
Sadly we recently witnessed the death of Robin Williams, whose depression can give us a clue as to what one feels, when they lose sight of their source. When ones joy gives way to emptiness, and the realization that nothing one has materially can fill the pain of ones separation from God. Many have felt this, some have called it the Dark Night of the Soul. Some are brought through it, not on their own, but by the Hand of God...the God they no longer believe exists...for that is the reason for the darkness. For darkness is separation from God.
In Robins case he took his own life. In mine, God saw more purpose in lifting me out of that state. So that I know it was not due to anything I could have done, and so that I would also know, all Glory belongs to God.
It's not the American Dream that Jesus would be against...it's more the pursuit that forgets its purpose. All that is good is of God...its when we assume we are the source of that good, that we lose both our souls purpose and that of the American Dream.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 7:22 AM
So many people are waiting for Christ's return to earth, that it made me wonder, how would they know if He did?
Are they expecting that golden chariot in the sky? Are they expecting instant Peace to cover the earth with the White of snow?
What exactly do those who await His return believe they will see? And why do they believe He ever left them in the first place? Didn't He promise to be with us till the end of time? Or was that till the ends of time? And how will these who await Him, know when the Bridegroom cometh?
I believe those who are still waiting , will wait forever. I believe they know not what it is they need to see? Didnt Christ leave them with those same words? That they know not what they do?
I truly believe, those who are awaiting His return, need not wait. What I would ask them is, what has changed within them to make Christ enter into their world? Do they even know what is expected of them? And if they did, how willing would they be, to give up family and all the good they cling to the earth for. How many if any , will be saying ..."take me I'm yours!"
Few, if any will. The hold of the earth is strong. And their lack of awareness to what Christ asks of them, will keep them waiting till their end. How many would be more willing to change their moral character, when they prefer to look outside to others as their models of a Christian. They would prefer to cheer a young girl on Dancing with the Stars, than secure their own readiness to leave with One.
More are impressed with watching a movie about God, as if just watching it, proves where they are in Christ. How many of them would willingly accept the harshness of rejection, by being honest with those who need to hear the truth? I may sound like a non believer or a pessimist regarding my observation of the human race. But I have found few who want to really change who they are, as much as they would want others to believe they will. More are content with themselves mouthing the words, than making any attempt to grow more in His wisdom and understanding. For that, one needs passion. A passion that calls for more they they have to give.
If someone would say, Christ is on Beliefnet speaking to all who would listen and wish to change to conform more to Him. How many would sign on for the possibility? How many would even check it out to see if it were true?
I can only wonder? Because its harder to leave the intrenchment of ones mind, that believes its as good as it gets. It's easier to believe they are just what they are supposed to be, than to even make an attempt to become who they were truly meant to be.
For most it is impossible to surrender to the beauty of His truth, when they have yet to know what form His Beauty takes. They may wait forever, believing more in their time on earth as the goal, than in how they would live with Him in the Glory of Heaven.