Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Matthew 5:30 And Jesus, knowing in himself, that power had gone out from Him ….

How amazing is it that our Lord was possessed of such incredible awareness that he knew so intimately and cared so deeply that he recognized the touch of this desperate woman as to feel the power of grace, for that is certainly flowing out from him?

Please forgive the complex sentence above, but I wanted to ask you: Do you know, has the Holy Spirit shown you, your strengths, and your weaknesses?

Finding God in the Mystery of every day

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Exodus 30:48 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

     I was traveling yesterday through a town in Southern Illinois that reminded me for all the world of photos I’ve seen of Berlin, Germany at the end of World War II. I thought of this verse where the tabernacle, the “dwelling place” of God to those Israelites was the central and most visible security those people had. Have you driven through many large cities recently? The Church buildings are barely visible when they’re even still there. Frequently they are dwarfed by the temples of the “new” gods worshipped by the masses of people who throng our urban centers. Most of these temples are monuments to greed and entertainment. How sad. The “city on the hill” no longer seems to light the way for most people. How many abandoned buildings does it take before the Word of God is never told anymore? In the wake of the Southern Baptist and Roman Catholic scandals every sin and foible of people who call themselves Christian is being held up to the harsh light of a skeptical population.

              If ever there was cause to live Christ in thought, in deed, in active engagement in the lives of the others the world has no use for, now is that time.

Finding God in the Msytery of every day

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Exodus 6:9b …but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor.

            Between the devil and those who unwittingly serve him there is usually plenty of discouragement to go around. Lose a job, lose an opportunity, lose a friend, be denied a place, believe that God does not love you enough to fill you with His Holy Spirit. And that my friends is how the devil gets under our skin and “shows us the way to hell”. Our God is the God of hope, of restoration, of reconciliation, of possibility. We must not give in even when the voices all around us are telling us there is no point in trying.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

I can testify to the truth of these words from my own life. God does not always bring blessing in the form we desire or necessarily understand, but He always brings the blessing.

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Luke 11:7
And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’

            We have often taken this passage as a challenge to be more open and generous with those around us. Thinking of Jesus’ larger mission which saw everyone as though they were likely to believe, and yes, I know some of you think that he simply bypassed those He knew were hell bound; I do wonder, however, if the “sleeping family” Jesus was referring to here might not be the very Church He was going to build? We have gotten fat dumb and lazy over the years and unwilling on a moment-to-moment basis to “deal with” most who come to our door. What if some character’s face was looming out of the darkness who looked like the man in this picture? This is a picture that came up when I searched for a picture or image of “an ethnically accurate Jesus”.

            Regardless of our fright or shock we have the obligation to be social and spiritual risk takers. Will you be the one to open your door? (See Revelation3:20)

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Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

            As I sat on my porch enjoying the day I heard the plaintive cry of the mourning dove. This was in great contrast to the melodic singing of a mocking bird in a nearby tree. As I listened I was impressed in my spirit about how much of modern Christian music and thought is taken up with the misery of reflecting on the harm done to us in the past. How sad. Unlike the mourning dove we are given a new hope and a reason to shout with joy. I say this today even though I hurt with a physical pain beyond what I believe I can bear, yet I am filled with the knowledge that Jesus is with me and is watching over me and there is nothing I cannot withstand with His strength assisting me and lifting me up.

            Because I don’t have to be

            The old man inside of me

            His day is long dead and gone

            I am redeemed!

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Psalm 74: 18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, Lord,
    how foolish people have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts;
    do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.

            If ever there was an appropriate prayer for a people in crisis this is it. With Pentecost approaching and all the noise coming as a consequence of the recent school shooting in Uvalde Texas there is a deep, beyond imagining, and undeniably critical need for repentance and clarity of thinking. To ban one weapon will accomplish little. The Israelites were under a total metals embargo by the Philistines, (that means no tools, no utensils, no weapons of any kind) and yet Samson the judge was able to accomplish the killing of 1000 of them with the jawbone of an ass. (Judges 15:15)

            Truly, whatever the politicians may do the whole nation and everywhere the idea flows needs to be down on its face before God repenting of our callousness, our tendency to violence, and our utter lack of true agape love.

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Ezekiel 22:27Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. (NIV)

            What everyone seems to be missing in the debate surrounding the spate of recent “random” acts of violence is the fact that the weapons are not necessarily the problem, it is the character of the entire culture. When we can only be “outraged” by the most extremely offensive behavior, and that only within the seventy two hour news cycle, there is a problem, a big problem with the prevailing zeitgeist which must be changed.

            This is not just some “old guy” singin’ “rah, rah, rumble seats and runnin boards, them were the good ol’ days”. There is a need for fundamental change. In order to develop a respect for the law and the basics of appropriate human social interaction there must be a center upon which a majority agree and must be held at all costs. With all due apologies to the other so called “world religions” the moral imperatives of Christianity have within their makeup the ability to say NO to the kind of nonsense that now seems to be the norm rather than the exception within our culture, and yet do so with kindness and love.

Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

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Luke 22 35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”

“Nothing,” they answered.

36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.” (NIV)

            The imagery which the disciples may have seen in their minds eye would have been most probably something like the Roman short sword pictured above. Today, some, particularly those individuals who have seen military service may picture something like the AR-15 rifle as seen here. Regardless, we have to come to grips with the idea that weapons are abroad in the world. Also we know from experience that the world hates Jesus and all of those who follow him.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. (Matthew7:13)

            Practically speaking, from the stand point of one who has been in the business of selling firearms and teaching firearm safety, to try to single out one particular weapon to prohibit will only result in more and more creative ways of “getting around” the myriad of laws governing ownership of firearms, explosives, etcetera. More laws are not the answer. Recognizing that popular culture embraces the whining and protestations of fools who know nothing about the issue it is more likely that embracing Biblical morality, the message of peace in Jesus over a very long period of time, (probably two or more generations) might begin to have such an effect as would be desired to quell the violent hearts of humankind.

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Psalm 56:4 (New International Version)

 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

            It is an idea as old as the Bible itself. On this particular day, when we stop to remember the lives given in the battle or this self-same idea we should remember not only the individuals and do them honor but also in grateful praise thank the God who inspired this idea in the first place. What idea is that you may ask? It is very easy to become confused with all the shouting going on from nearly every quarter. That idea is freedom. The promoters of tyranny, whether on the airwaves ,or in the classroom, or even conjured up within our own misguided hearts are everywhere shouting at us and trying to peddle their false ideas of what is right for people to live together.

            The eagle has been the symbol of a sort of righteous power and dignity that represents the core concept of freedom and the very picture of watchful pride. We should be wary of becoming over proud, and recognize that restraint, informed by the love of God in Jesus Christ is behind the beautiful idea of what a nation might be.

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Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

            There is a huge difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus. If you find yourself standing on the wrong side of that statement the week ahead may give you pause. Sunday June 5, 2022 is Pentecost Sunday. It is the day when the church commemorates the events of the first Pentecost festival following the Resurrection of Jesus. There are many in the church who will state unequivocally that that event, that moment, was a “one-off” never to be repeated. Some wags have even built loud and obnoxious radio and television careers based upon that premise. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!

            Scripture is replete with promises and instances of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Do not be misled. It would break the very heart of Jesus to know that you were so bamboozled by those charlatans who have unfortunately walked and stalked the halls of our church buildings for the past 2000 years.            

You can be filled with the Holy Spirit; you can seek Him for all you’re worth. When you fall on Him in utter helplessness you are ready to be filled with His Holy presence and power

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