Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Proverbs 2 My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
Make your ear attentive to wisdom;
Incline your heart to understanding.
For if you cry out for insight,
And [a]raise your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And discover the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;

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            As I sat an a pew playing background music duringthe first Wednesday night prayer meeting in a long while it came to my mind that the church as we interpret it today is much like the ld dog trying to learn a new trick. We don’t know how to pray when we’re together because we don’t really know each other. I would normally complain loudly over this (as I have in the past, usually to no avail) but in reality I do understand and must once again dive deep into scripture for the answer to the conundrum I have faced for many years.

            Admittedly I am something, (really much nore than something) of a Luddite (see below)) but I also realize that technology and socia change are two wild horses that God has known about from the beginning and has planned for. I applaud the efforts made to being the modern church technologically into the twenty first century, but I decry the parasitic social ideologies that have attached themselves to much of what has been brough into the church. God is still on the throne. Sin is still sin. There will be a reckoning.

            Lord grant me wisdom to be the very best for you that I can and true to the word in all things.

Lud·dite

[ˈlədˌīt]

NOUN

  1. derogatory

a person opposed to new technology or ways of working:

“a small-minded Luddite resisting progress” · 

[more]

  • historical

a member of any of the bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs (1811–16).

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024503 Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Psalm 121:7-8 The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in From this time and forever.

Some years ago when I was hunting I was sitting on a deer watch at the end of a fallen log on the edge of an abandoned orchard. Apples still grew and although not the perfect apples we see in the grocery stores today they were still quite delicious if you could get past the appearance. As always these are a favorite of squirrels and on this particular day I watched as a noise at the opposite end pf the log caught my attention. As I turned to look I saw a large red apple moving slowly up the log toward me. After a few seconds the apple was shown to be clamped in the mouth of a silly gray squirrel who, upon “noticing” me dropped the apple and in his own shrieking flight scampered up the nearest tree. What’s the point? Simply this. The squirrel had gotten careless and had taken for granted that he was alone in that moment. The verse above does not relieve us of the burden of watchfulness and care. It simple means that when we follow the commands of God to the best of our ability we are equipped to withstand the worst that the world ill throw at us.

The body they may kill,

God’s Truth abideth still. (Martin Luther)

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Mark 7:26

The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. (NIV)

Amid all of the catcalling, race baiting (in both directions vis black and white) that we hear loudly proclaimed from every source today I find it extremely refreshing to read about Jesus and His encounter with the woman mentioned in the verse above. The very fact that there was something about Jesus, a magnetism that gave this woman the unmitigated gall to even dare to approach Him speaks volumes. Often lauded for her courage, the real star of this moment from Jesus’ earthly ministry is Jesus Himself, and the fact that He was willing and able (speaking here of His authority) to cross whatever cultural lines he needed to in order to bring glory to His Father.

Remembering our challenge to “be imitators” 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 2:14) I am daily challenged by the behavior of our so-called leaders and the pundits who decry their every action. Learning not to listen, but rather to be in the moment and to be available for whatever the Spirit of God challenges you to undertake is perhaps the highest calling to which we may ever ascend.

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024501 Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Deuteronomy 30: 15 “See, I have placed before you today life and happiness, and death and adversity, 16 in that I am commanding you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, so that you may live and become numerous, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but allow yourself to be led astray and you worship other gods and serve them,18 I declare to you today that you will certainly perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and take possession of it. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have placed before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20 by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding close to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, so that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” (NASB)

            A lifetime ago a film was made entitled Ground hog day.  (Columbia pictures 1993) The premise of the movie was built around the idea of one man experiencing the same day over and over again until he made the “right” choices and all lived happily ever after.

There is a sort of ground hog day experience in scripture where people are continually given the chance to choose whether to follow their own whims or to observe every truth God has revealed to them. On one side there is the aspect of feeling good, fitting in, ease of passage through the times. On the other side is living as righteous for righteousness’ sake. The people of Israel continually failed with the startling and controversial exceptions of a few individuals. (Vis Joshua 24:15, etc.)

            Today it seems that we are at that point. To be honest with you, in my own humble opinion, every institution I have believed in over the course of my life has been perverted, misused, or has utterly failed to live up to the standards they had set for themselves in the beginning. Government, church denominations, foundations and charities all have failed in some way or another.

The only answer for any of us is Jesus the Savior, Jesus the crucified, Jesus the Risen Lord. Follow Him and let all the others fall by the wayside. Obey Him and reach out in love to the lost, confused, evil, and frankly stupid people around you. Teach and admonish (that means to warn) of the coming apocalypse (that means the end when Jesus returns to put all things right) everyone who will listen. Do not be overly grieved by those who won’t hear you. Keep walking just as Jesus did.

Coming soon. The Whitney Chronicles a prequel. Found in the Rubble

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Hebrews 2:10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.

            We know that God gave some to be evangelists. (Ephesians 4:11) But hear this. Not one of them is Jesus. Not one of them is messiah. The only one who saves is Jesus because of His willing sacrifice of His life to pay the blood debt for your sins and mine. Stop looking to men to facilitate your salvation. It’s never gonna happen. You’ll only be disappointed. No program will ever insure that your children will always follow the Way. It is only the constancy of our willingness to put Jesus first and foremost in our lives that will remain when all of the demons of Hell assault everything we believe in about Jesus.

            Death could not defeat Him. Do not let your doubt keep you away from trusting Jesus for your eternal soul.

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James 4: 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

            So many people today are lingering on the door step of true salvation undecided whether or not to enter in. What will it cost? How long can I wait? What happens if I don’t understand? It all seems so farfetched. Somebody tell me what to do! Wait! I don’t trust anybody.  

            After so many outright failures of the highest leaders of the church it is little wonder that so many are lingering in doubt on that doorstep. Tragically, far too many have walked away and gone off seeking soul satisfaction in other faith disciplines that all demand some sort of treadmill like performance factor.

            Our own pig headedness is most often to blame when the reality of Christ’s perfect life is placed before us as the ideal of Heaven. Let me state categorically that this is a standard far too high for anyone on earth to meet. Do not make idols of preachers, denominations, or translations of the scriptures.

More to come…

Coming soon, The Whitney Chronicles- A prequel Found in the Rubble

Josiah Whitney is investigating a collapsed parking structure where three people have died. His first wife Sarah is dying with cancer, and he is being pursued and threatened by a crooked contractor. It all becomes too much to bear.

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Psalm 68:4-5Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name Yah, And rejoice before Him. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

            Riots in the cities, inflation plaguing the entire world, Nations at war, bizarre weather phenomena, what on earth is happening? AS we near this Father’s day, I wanted to stop and ask the question whether it is not possible that the dissolution of the family in favor of the lust  of the moment and the headlong rush to embrace every new and frankly weird idea about who we are and how we got here might just have something to do with the sorry state of affairs on this world. What do you think?

            I have had the sad duty over my years of pastoral ministry to help families trying to pick up the pieces after infidelity, abandonment, and divorce. Although I was not really very good at it, especially when the same things came flooding into my own family,  I recognize that only Jesus can really make a difference in the lives of people who have made terrible and destructive choices effecting the lives of spouses and children.

            This Father’s Day, I am asking all fathers that may read this or be told about it to think once again of the precious gift of family and do everything within your power to call upon the Name of Jesus to heal and restore the brokenness in your own homes.

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Genesis 19:10 But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.

            Lot’s dilemma. Lot and his family had gravitated away from the agrarian lifestyle in favo of an urban existence. They enjoyed the connections, they enjoyed the cosmopolitan atmosphere and were willin to overlook the perversion and disgusting lust for those perverted ends all around them. True to form in their day their women were regarded as chattel, a commodity to be brokered away at any convenient moment. How like Lot we are. For all our so called modern “sensibilities” we stay in the midst of the incomprehensible corruption all around us.

              Our Lord, Jesus, walked through it all and was able to keep walking on even though the corruption of culture was inescapable, He remained pure and without sin. Anger, Jealousy, greed, avarice, murderous intent, rape were all around Him as He walked through the cesspool that was Rome, Yet He was never deterred. Oh; Let it be so for me.

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2 Corinthians 6:12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what [d]fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore: “Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”

            As I flipped through the channels in my hotel room the other night, I was astonished to see so much homosexual content on of all places the Disney channel. Admittedly I live in somewhat fo a “cultural” vacuum regarding such things, but as I thought and researched on the Cable channels, and in the news reports it would seem that sexually people are being given license to be or do whatever they wish. Imagine a drag show at an elementary school and the children being told that this is normative behavior.

              Do you recall when President Reagan’s wife, Nancy Reagan, launched the “Just Say No” campaign, which encouraged children to reject experimenting with or using drugs by simply saying the word “no.” The movement started in the early 1980s and continued for more than a decade. How in our reactionary madness have we come so far down the sewer? It is nearly impossible to function in society without lining the pockets of merchants who gleefully go along hand in hand with every perverted human idea coming down the pike.

            As much as is possible we should begin to repudiate in every way possible the politicians, the merchants, and the various other perverted people who are attempting to destroy the live of families and children. 

            Through boycotts, embargos, and every other means available we should be acting to save the ones closest to us.

A word about purchasing e-books from amazon- I was surprised and somewhat chagrined to discover that amazon and google have had a feud over profits and now I can no longer buy books from amazon on my android phone. (Google is the parent of android.)

I have reached out to a couple of people who know this business inside and out and s soon as I know anything I will communicate such information as I can gather.

If you have any knowledge or insight into this matter, I invite you to contact me at larrymlawrence@larrymlawrence.com

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John 2:23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

            As we delve more deeply into the self- awareness of Jesus it is important to note that he was complete within Himself. He was neither divided nor compartmentalized. He lived as a man who had within Himself every attribute of His Father because they were one in Spirit.

            We, however, struggle to keep ourselves together while holding many differing and often conflicting ideas, emotions and needs in a sort of dynamic tension that for many results in our psychological ruin. How then, do we ever hope to approach the perfection of the Christ personality? Very simply the essential “thing” is to offer up to Him everything. Then, as His Spirit fills us, we may begin to see the dead spaces in our “tree” begin to fill in with amazing life.