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Saturday, March 19, 2011

I missed Friday's Blog for the first time for almost two years…cos I became a Grandad!
 
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What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance.  They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life.  And, most importantly, cookies.  ~Rudolph Giuliani


 
Yesterday my daughter gave birth to Samuel!

Happy times! Isn’t life a wonderful gift?

 

 Looking at the picture of the tiny face, I was struck by the fact that it is a eternal event. A new spirit is born into this universe and eternity. Out of no-where life arrives in a beautiful little package to give joy to a mom, dad and in this case a whole crowd of family members.

 
When we look at a baby we see opportunity, future and joy! At least, we should!

 How come when we look at each other we don’t see the same things?
 
We should!

 In eternity terms we are all newborns! We all have limitless potential! We are all able to experience eternal joy.

 Today, I cannot but be filled with joy but my prayer is this will become a way of life. May you and I grow into the joy of life more each day!

 Have a great one!
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

What is mankind that God is mindful of us?
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“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
 
   a son of man that you care for him?
You made them a little lower than the angels;
   you crowned them with glory and honor
 and put everything under their feet – Hebrews 2:7&8

 
For a little while we as human are lower than the angels as we go about our daily activities.

Angels guard and protect us daily.  In Exodus 32:34 God says his angels go ahead of us at times, if we look at Psalm 91:11 we find it says “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

 
So we are loved enough by God that he puts a superior being into the role of looking after us and protecting our interests. (probably also because we are not smart enough yet to do that effectively for ourselves).

 
What is more amazing is that Jesus came as a human, and so he put himself lower than angels for a while.

This is the case of the ultimate servant leader!

 
We see this type of activity in a simpler form on the television shows like “undercover boss”. Where the person who controls everything goes into a situation to experience exactly what his employees are experiencing.

 
What is different with Jesus, is he “created us”, and so he became part of his “creation”, which is much more than we see on undercover boss. Then, he didn’t pull back at any experience at all and that included undergoing being hated, tortured and killed.

 
God loves us enough to want to experience all we experience in every way.

 
In so doing God opened for us a way to have God in our life daily. Later holy Spirit came to be with every person daily. In this way Jesus brings heaven into our lives every moment of every day (if we submit to him and let him).

 
Glory and honour comes to us, even though we don’t really deserve it do we?

 
Let’s take on the day today knowing the creator of us and our universe is walking with us every step of the way!

What a way to enjoy the day!

 
Have a good one!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How many witnesses does it take to confirm something?
 
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Cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit to help you inflict suffering. Swearing on the other hand, is invoking, only the witness of a spirit to an statement you wish to make. - John Ruskin [1]

 
 According to Wikipedia “A witness is someone who has firsthand knowledge about a crime or significant event through his or her senses (e.g. seeing, hearing, smelling, touching) and can help certify important considerations about the crime or event”

 
A witness is judged by the criteria of reliability, trustworthiness and expertise.

 
In our court system, if a person is accused of murder and is on the stand, the word of a single witness can put that person in jail for life or get them released depending on if they are considered to have those three attributes or not.

 
In the time of Jesus, he choose twelve guys to walk around with him, he had thousands of people listen to what he had to say and two thousand years later we have the written statement of a good number of these people to read and review. The bible reflects these statements in gospels (good news books).

 
In any court of law it would be impossible to ignore not only Jesus’ existence, but the fact that his moral character was exemplary and his conduct incredibly honest.

 
Even non-Christian sources mention this unusual man!

Roman and Jewish historians mention him. Many of the people and places mentioned with him are also supported in Non-Christian writings of the time. Even the characters of others involved with him (like Pilate) are keenly judged by historians and show that the biblical statements are true.

 
It is undeniable Jesus lived and died, and if those who were with his are to be believed, that he rose from the dead and is the son of God.

 
So what can we learn about this today?


 
Well it says in Hebrews 2 “that salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.  God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”

 
One witness would have been sufficient but we have many!

 

Now to flip the coin and change the focus. . .

How many witnesses are necessary to qualify our own character and actions as being honest, Godly, full of integrity and being reliable and trustworthy?


 
We may think we need others, but there is only one that counts, that is God’s Holy Spirit who lives within us as believers. Even if we are nota believer, God sustains our ever breath and listens to our every word.

Cursing and swearing is heard in heaven and it is considered and weighed to see if it is true, or just foul! Every word is recorded for evaluation later. How do we feel about that?

 
Where do we sit on the balance of truth, how will we come out at the eternal trial?

 
I know Jesus is on my side making up fo my inadequacies, what about you?

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[1] http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/witness.html#ixzz1GlMxrjPB
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Drifting away from truth, the sublime art of deceiving to ourselves!
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It is only prudent never to place complete confidence in that by which we have even once been deceived.
- Rene Descartes  

One of the people that it is most difficult to trust after we have found them to be unreliable or untruthful, is ourselves!

Psychologists make a lot of money out of people who allow this problem to take hold of them to a point that they no longer can move themselves forward to face reality, simply because they may fail themselves or others.
 

Failing ourselves by taking in a false truth can be devastating!


The most painful of these is where we believe true love is unveiled, only to find it counterfeit or troublesome.
 

“What is truth” is then the question we ask, and how can we possibly know it?
 

A core understanding comes when we find out that not all voices that speak to us through our thoughts are to be considered equal.

Some are nasty lying thoughts that drag us downwards and once we are on that way, they thrash us and whip us along, often sucking sleep away from tired eyes by spinning through our minds with more force than a category one tornado!
 

How can we know truth?

 
As a Christian, I have learned that the writer to the Hebrews speaks it when he says… 

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” Hebrews 2:1

 
Truth for me comes from understanding, listening carefully to God, reading his guidelines, and locating God’s guidelines into my life. It is having what Jesus told his friends as central to my life purpose.

If I know what God considers good, then I can use it as a measure to establish which thoughts must be ignored and which acted upon.
 

One piece of good advice I have been given by a wise man was to not to argue with the false thoughts.


It’s rather worthless to argue with oneself (we call it rationalisation). It is far better to rather suppress and ignore them.

If possible do the opposite to the negative influence immediately! This pushes these false thoughts to where they belong, and enables success!
 

So that’s my plan for today! Focus on our God! Suppress false thoughts and be successful!

I do hope you manage to do that too!
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Monday, March 14, 2011

I also screw up sometimes! Don’t we all? (So, I will be fixing a previous blog discussion!)
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My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.[1]

- Abraham Lincoln

 
Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiam.[2] 
- Winston Churchill

 
A few days ago while writing a blog about Jesus’ activities as he moved to the cross and the three days between when he died and rose, I mistakenly mis-quoted where I got some of the bible references.

 
 I screwed up!

 
Sorry!

 
How often do you actually hear people say those words? I don't here them that often, instead I get to hear all sorts of excuses!



Well, this blog is to apologize, fix the mistake and also to encourage those people who fail to meet their own stringent standards (like I do) that it’s okay to fail now and again, as long as we don’t PLAN to fail!



If we plan to fail, or use the failures as an excuse to lower our objectives, then we are not doing ourselves any favours, are we?


 I once read an article that said good managers make 60% good decisions. That means they make 40% bad decisions. The good outweighs the bad and so they are labelled as good managers.

 
Are we good managers of our lives?

 
Okay, enough said about that! Now to fix up my screw up!

 
I was counting off the days just before Jesus died and doing it as days in “Nissan” the first Jewish month of the year.

Here we go again…hopefully with better results
Nissan 8ThursdayJesus spends the Thursday before at Zaccheus’ home in JerichoLuke 19:1-21 
Nissan 9FridayJesus goes to Jerusalem  Matt 21:1-15
Nissan 10SaturdaySABBATHDOESN’T DO ANYTHING …RESTING Mark 11:11 
Nissan 11SundayThe fig tree cursed! Jerusalem overturned traders tables, Temple teaching, back to BethanyMark 11
Nissan 12MondayThe fig tree has withered!Jesus authority, teach in temple, goes to Mt Olives, back to Bethany, anointedMark 11-14
Nissan 13TuesdayPreparation for the passover  Mark 14:1-11
Nissan 14WednesdayLast supper, trials, Jesus crucified at 9am(roman time).Jesus dies at 3pm(roman time) and is buried before the sun setsMark 14:12-15:25Mark 15:33-37
Nissan 15ThursdaySPECIAL SABBATHSpecial Sabbath of the feast of unleavened bread. The first day and a special Sabbath feast day celebrating the passover!John 19:31
Nissan 16Friday2nd day of feast of unleavened bread. It is a day before Sabbath so no touching of dead bodies is allowed! 
Nissan 17SaturdaySABBATHNormal Sabbath. 
Nissan 18SundayEaster Sunday! Jesus body is missing from the tomb early in the morning before daybreak!Mark 16:1-2
 Okay, and to revise on the 3 days Jesus was in the tomb, I will re-include the image that gives that context of that week of his life!

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So, here we can see the timeline with some references you can read!
So, here we see Jesus didn't die on good Friday but on Wednesday! My previous blog has the detail :).


 
My screw up is corrected, my failure exposed, my reward is knowing I didn’t mislead you forever (at least I hope and pray I didn’t).
 
I am off to enjoy a day of a few failures and many successes, where I hope and pray my successes outweigh my failure!


 
I pray you will also have a successful day! God bless you!


[1] http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/failure.html#ixzz1GQUYrobO 

[2] http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/failure.html#ixzz1GQUoOWIS

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