Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2 verses

Now you should carry this project through to completion just as enthusiastically as you began it.
2 Corinthians 8:11



So don't get tired of doing what is good.
Don't get discouraged & give up,
for we will reap a harvest of blessing
at the right time.
Galatians 6:9



Who needs to hear this today, besides me?

Monday, January 22, 2018

yeast

Matthew 13:33 Jesus also used this illustration: 

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. 

Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, 

it permeated every part of the dough."



So, we're supposed to be like yeast?

Although not very big, 

by being who we are, 

we slowly, 

gently, 

& methodically spread the reality of who Jesus is 

& what His identity means 

& does 

for humankind?


So it's not campaigns or gimmicks that spread this connection to God?

Nor is the furthered by going whoring for political power & influence, or by being moral policeman?


Hmmm... I must ponder the implications of Jesus' words...

Sunday, January 21, 2018

a special message

This is for someone who especially, desperately needs to hear this...



God is ready to help you right now. 2 Corinthians 6:2b (NLT, 1st ed.)



God is ready to help you right now.


God is ready to help you right now.


God is ready to help you right now.


God is ready to help you right now.


God is ready to help you right now.



Whoever you are, let Him help you - He wants to.

Rest in that thought & open up your heart & life to Him...

& let Him help you, right now.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

operative word: come

The operative word here is "come" in these translations from Biblegateway.com...


Jesus, the God of the universes, says come...



Then Jesus said,

Come to me, 

all you who are weary & carry heavy burdens,

& I will give you rest. (NLT, 1st ed.)

Matthew 11:28


“Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest.
If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.
Come to me, all ye who labour and are burdened, and *I* will give you rest.
Come to Me, all the ones being weary and having been burdened, and I will give you rest.
Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.
“Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest.
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all of you who are ·tired [weary] and ·have heavy loads [overburdened; T heavy-laden] and I will give you rest.
Come unto me, all ye that are weary and laden, and I will ease you.
“Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads. I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest!”
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come to me, all of you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke.”
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
Come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will refresh you.
“Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all you who are tired and are carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy loads. I will give you rest.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
‘Are you having a real struggle? Come to me! Are you carrying a big load on your back? Come to me – I’ll give you a rest!
Come to me, all you who are burden-weary and heavy laden, and I will give you Shabbos menuchah.
"Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis."
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
All you who work hard! All you who carry heavy loads! Come to me! I will give you rest.
All ye that travail, and be charged, come to me, and I shall fulfill you [and I shall refresh, or fulfill, you].
`Come unto me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest,

Friday, January 19, 2018

troubles, & enduring

Sometimes, I think I understand a little bit about what Paul is saying here...



2 Corinthians 4

7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, 

but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. 

This makes it clear that our great power is from God, 

not from ourselves.



  8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, 

but we are not crushed. 

We are perplexed, 

but not driven to despair.

9 We are hunted down, 

but never abandoned by God. 

We get knocked down, 

but we are not destroyed.

10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus 

so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.



16 That is why we never give up. 

Though our bodies are dying, 

our spirits are being renewed every day.

17 For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. 

Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them 

and will last forever!

18 So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; 

rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. 

For the things we see now will soon be gone, 

but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

the harvest & the workers

Matthew 9:37 (Jesus) said to his disciples, 

"The harvest is great, 

but the workers are few.

38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; 

ask him to send more workers into his fields."



Unfortunately, as I have passed through this life of mine, I've seen less & less of an emphasis on both "the harvest" & "the workers".


There seems to be more of an emphasis of "living the American Dream" - which somehow became synonymous with being a Christian.

Funny, I don't find any reference in the Bible to the American Dream as the ultimate goal in a life of discipleship.


There also seems to have been more energy & money put into a wholesale legitimization of intentional whoring for political power & influence.


And somewhere along the line we've quit making the focal point of our lives to love God & love people & picked up the banner of moral policemen, judging others rather than connecting with them & loving them into the kingdom.

I feel a song coming on...

"And they'll know we are Christians by our love..."



Somewhere during my 67 years it seems we've strayed away from working to "save the lost" as our mandate & imbued being a Christian with the tawdry middle class values of late twentieth century white people.


And I'm afraid a return to the basic "mission" of Christian mandated by Jesus Himself may only be brought about after some cataclysmic occurrence that will pare away our silly & prissy values, making us aware of what really matters in the Kingdom of God.


Every once in a great while I find someone who still understand the needs of "the harvest" while realizing we are all one of "the workers" Jesus was talking about in this verse.

But as the years have passed, there are fewer & fewer of those kinds of people.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

XCII

Psalm 92

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
  to sing praises to the Most High.
2 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,
  your faithfulness in the evening,
3 accompanied by the ten-stringed harp
  and the melody of the lyre.

4 You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me!
  I sing for joy because of what you have done.
5 O LORD, what great works you do!
  And how deep are your thoughts.
6 Only a simpleton would not know,
  and only a fool would not understand this:
7 Though the wicked sprout like weeds
  and evildoers flourish,
  they will be destroyed forever.

8 But you, O LORD, will be exalted forever.
9 Your enemies, LORD, will surely perish;
  all evildoers will be scattered.
10 But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.
  You have anointed me with the finest oil.
11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
  my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.
12 But the godly will flourish like palm trees
  and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
13 For they are transplanted to the LORD's own house.
  They flourish in the courts of our God.
14 Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
  they will remain vital and green.
15 They will declare, "The LORD is just!
  He is my rock!
  There is no evil in him!"