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Friday, April 29, 2011

Royalty, hope, and romantic idealism!
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 "Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour,
Romans, chapter 12.[1]

  These are the words read at the royal wedding of Kate and William! Wonderful words, uplifting words, words of guidance into the future, tough words that will take work to bring about.

 Don’t we love the promise in a royal wedding?

 Thousands of British fans and tourists were there to see the wedding and billions watched from afar.

 Why?

 This wedding was only two young people getting married and that happens every day doesn’t it?

 What makes this different?

 Hope!

 The billions of people watching have to be wanting to see a marriage that gives our world hope.

To most people the world promises a bland common existence, so the grandeur and splendour of this extravagant wedding points us to the fact that sometimes there is more than the common that could meet our everyday lives.

 As we wish Kate and William a wonderful future we invest ourselves into that future, riding alone with their lives in a virtual journey to what we hope will be a better future.

 Years ago, we did the same with Charles and Diane, and for a while that flared into a fairy story, before the dust and dirt of the world started to take its toll on their lives.

They were normal people and but for Diane’s death, perhaps that hope would have died. Instead it got locked into eternity in the hearts of people as another great emotion, compassion rose to support it.

 So while we look at the royal wedding, we find we are looking at our aspirations and desires through the mirror of their vows.
 
 Perhaps those age old words that the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians captures it best…

 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. “ 1 Cor 13:13 NIV


[1] Read more: http://www.canada.com/Prince+William+Kate+marry+billions+watch+royal+wedding/4695526/story.html#ixzz1KubNEn5c

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Toxic words, or touching trust?
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When God made his promise to Abraham, he took an oath to keep it. But there was no one greater than himself to take an oath by. So he took his oath by making an appeal to himself.

 He said, "I will certainly bless you. I will give you many children."—(Genesis 22:17) Abraham was patient while he waited. Then he received what God promised him. –Hebrews 6 (NIRV)

 Swearing is considered anti-Christian behaviour, but God did it!

 Many people think swear words are the worst toxic words we can have but they would be mistaken. 

I can prove it to you! 


 If you watch a lot of television of movies, by now the f__ word is common and you hardly think twice when you hear it. The visceral response it evokes is limited and meaning is completely lost. It is particularly amusing to me because what I think of when a person says f___ or f___ you, or f___ off is that they can hardly be wanting to do what they say at that point in time.

 Intercourse is hardly on their mind in any form!

So it is meaningless and mildly amusing and definitely says something of the lack intelligence of the person using it right?

 No, real toxic words come in sentences designed to strip the targeted person of self worth. They are those truthful statements that the targeted person actually identities with and agrees too! They are truths that are unpleasant and the person wants to avoid, but are used like a swords to impale the person on their own inadequacies.

 Those are the real toxic words! These are the words Christians are to avoid as far as possible!

 The opposite of toxic words are words that build someone up.

Look at how God built up Abraham with his words in the quote above. He built the man up, in so doing he built up his family, in so doing he built up his extended family, his tribe, his nation and through him came Jesus.
 
Jesus then built a way to God and built up the ability for everyone to love and communicate with God daily in a new and special way.

 Now those are words Abraham could trust! They touched him deeply, but had to be applied by faith because for many years he didn’t see them coming true!

 

Today let us look for words that build and help! They may not do so immediately, and it may take faith in the listener to apply them before they root and build their lives, but let us look for them and use them anyhow!

 That way instead of our words having simple stupidity or toxic impact, they will instead have eternal value!

Now that’s a legacy I would like to leave behind, what about you?
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Giving up on finding aliens? Why?
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“SETI Institute to shut down alien-seeking radio dishes
By Lisa M. Krieger

 If E.T. phones Earth, he'll get a "disconnect" signal.

 Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes that scan the skies for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations.” Excerpt from http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_17926565?nclick_check=1

 I have mixed feelings about this!

 Firstly I am sorry that space exploration is not continuing as I think it benefits us all. Money well spent!

 However, I think looking for other life in space is rather worthless, what we should be doing is helping grow the wonderful lives of those around us!

 I wrote an article a while back on SETI , the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and at that time, over a year back pointed out that they had not found one item of evidence of this life.

 Today they have decided that for themselves. The wasted money is being redirected to better endeavours.

 Yay! More bang for the buck!

 Why do we look so hard for life outside earth when the life outside earth has already visited us and many have rejected him?

 We are all so full of what we will do if we meet someone from outer space who may even take human form to communicate with us and we fail to realize Jesus as god was that life that took human form to communicate with us.

 Look what we did to him! We gave him capital punishment from loving us. We killed him! Just as well he wasn’t relying on being only human or he would have been no more!

 Being God he came alive again!

 More amazingly he still loved us so much he made ways for us to go to an eternal home after life if we accept him.

 Isn’t that amazing?

 Doesn’t the true story out perform our wildest imaginations?

 So why don’t we believe in it and instead believe in aliens that to date we have not yet found?

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Qualities of God
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"He is the God who made the world. He also made everything in it. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn't live in temples built by hands.  He is not served by human hands. He doesn't need anything. He himself gives life and breath to all people. He also gives them everything else they have. From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live. God did this so that people would seek him. Then perhaps they would reach out for him and find him. They would find him even though he is not far from any of us. 'In him we live and move and exist.' As some of your own poets have also said, 'We are his children.'
                                                                       
Paul, the apostle


 
Wow! What a statement! It seems to have been sufficiently important to quote verbatim and keep track of for 2000 years.

 The opening statement says he made the world, us and the universe we know. I am aware many people have an issue with this today, and feel science and evolution cover much of this. If you do please go back to my early blogs on the days of creation…

 The first day of creation!
The second “day” of creation!
The third “day” of creation
The Fourth “day” of creation!
The Fifth “day” of creation!
The Sixth “day” of creation!
 
Here I explain a little of how God and science AGREE to dispel the crazy notion the bible talks a completely different language to science.

 We can see God chose the time for man to walk on this planet, the exact time he was to do so, and God wants us to reach out for him and look for him.

 That is the inner design of every man. We are all to ask the big question of why we exist.

 Paul explains that in him we live and move and exist…see yesterdays blog for a more of an explanation on that.

 We are upheld by God’s power every moment of every day. A good friends father-in-law died this good Friday. Talking about it with a colleague I pointed out we are all only one heartbeat away from eternity. If that next heartbeat doesn’t occur we are dead meat!

  God builds the mechanisms that keep us alive and sustain us for many years. More than that, God builds a need to know him inside our hearts.

 Some people squash that need, and waste their live on pleasure and self satisfying activities, like the Epicureans of old. One group Paul that debated with in ancient Athens! He didn’t waste too much time with them. This group is so full of themselves they rarely hear God’s call in their lives. Instead they drown it out with noise and pleasure.

 Others search for God and discipline themselves to look for the touches of God within the canvas of time. Fine strokes are identified, but sometimes it takes a master to point out the qualities and tie it together.

 That is why God sent Jesus to earth as one of us. To point out how it all ties together. 

Thank-you God!

 I guess that today knowing this makes me look at life through different eyes. I see opportunity in every occasion, even ones where others see disaster.

 My work environment is under huge stress currently. People get upset easily. Not a nice place to be some would say! I say, God gave me this as an opportunity to be a peace maker and shine some of his light and love into a tough place. Isn’t that a privilege? Is he giving you similar opportunities?

 Praise be to God! Have a great success filled day!
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Respecting other religions, an attribute of Paul
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“In him we live and move and have our being”
Aratus 277B.C.

 “In him we live and move and have our being”
Paul 30A.D.

  So many Christians immediately have problems with people of different religions and almost take offense at what people who believe these religions say and do.

 
Why?

 
Paul was an apostle of Jesus and didn’t!

How do I know that?
 

Read Acts 17:16 onwards.

 Paul is in Athens and is upset at seeing all the idols. They must have been magnificent because today if you go to Athens (I have been there) there is an immediate impact made by the temples on the acropolis that overlook that city. The many white marble busts of gods litter the area around where the old city was and that is behind the current agora(marketplace).

 In the days of Paul these statues were painted and not white, they were probably covered in gold and bright colors and would have attracted much attention.

 Despite being upset, when Paul talks, it is with two groups of people, the  Epicurean and Stoic thinkers.

 Now the Epicureans followed a guy who lived in 377B.C. and believed in pleasuring yourself and rejecting all spiritual matters.
 
 Stoics were followers of Zeno of Citium an early 3rd century BC philosopher who considered emotion is destructive, and  believed in the supernatural and that one should live in harmony with nature.

 That Paul was able to argue logically with them, meant he understood both worldviews and respected their arguments enough to have investigate and understand them.

The men in turn respected him enough to take him to the Areopagus or the “rock of Ares” , the place where people debated these things. They set him up to be able to speak to the men of Athens.

 When he stands up he aligns his introduction by pointing out they already understand something of God since they have set up an altar to “the unknown god”.

 He doesn’t attack their pagan beliefs, instead he finds a point which he can honestly commend them for doing. Do we do this when we meet others of different religions? Do we respect them enough to understand their beliefs in detail?

 Then he quotes of God the father with the words “In him we live and move and exist.”  The learned men around him would immediately have understood this as the words spoken earlier by a Greek Philospher about Zeus!  

Aratus was a Greek poet of Cilicia the native place of Paul, and flourished about 277 years before Christ. He had said these words years before Jesus.

 In a simple non confrontational way Paul showed God was shown in the attributes of Zeus! Without destroying their beliefs, Paul extended them out to our great God.

Then he also quotes Aratus saying “We are his children”, a term Paul would have known was also used by Cleanthus in a hymn to Zeus.
[1] (translated in old English as “For we from Thee an offspring are, “)
 

Paul takes people where they are and reveals God to them as he points to Jesus.

 The result is not predictable but typical. Some accept his message (a few), the majority either mock it, or were mildly interested to hear more.

 It doesn’t really matter what the actual outcome is, since Paul did what he could by making sure they were aware of the good news of Jesus.

 Do we do that?

Do we in non-confrontational ways try and show others who God and Jesus really are?
 

Are we willing to take people where they are and lead them forward to Jesus. Are we willing to invest in understanding another’s religion so we could even quote from their important writings?

 Paul was! 

I guess that means I need to be! What about you?


[1] http://www.fwnewman.org/Theism/Cleanthes.pdf

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