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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Why is "obey" such a bad word in 1st world countries?
Why is obey
such a bad word in 1st world countries?
Wed, March 26, 2014 | link
“I was not born to be free---I was born to adore and obey.” ~ C.S. Lewis
If a small child doesn’t
obey their parent what would the chances be for their survival?
Parents protect and look after their children and it normally starts with statements like…”Don’t
put that in your mouth!”… “Come away from the fire!” … “Don’t go near the edge!”
and similar warnings doesn’t it?
Are these statements of love? Yes!
these statements restrictive? Let’s think about that!
is freedom really?
Is it ability to do what we want when we want without any restriction being applied by the circumstances?
The oxford dictionary defines
freedom as “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants”
Does that child have that freedom?
Are they safe loved and given full opportunity to develop? Yes
open ability to choose anything at any time does not benefit anyone. On the roads if there were no rules we would have carnage. Similar in the air
and in shipping lanes.
have freedom, we need to agree to work together under certain constraints.
Freedom is not the lack of rules and law,
but having the right or correct constraints on our life.
That’s why Jesus makes bold statements like “Do
not break even one of the least important commandments. And do not teach others to break them. If you do, you will be called
the least important person in the kingdom of heaven. Instead, practice and teach these commands. Then you will be called important
in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5
expands on what this means saying “So obey God. Stand up to the devil. He will run away
from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners. Make your hearts pure, you who can’t
make up your minds.” James 4
God has given us constraints that are there to give us true freedom, our problem is that there is another
force at work inside us trying to get us to rebel, reject this freedom and conjure up our own meanings of freedom.
God’s meaning is absolute
and if he truly make this universe, which we as Christians contend he did, he knows exactly what is true freedom and what
it is our choice to obey,
like it is the child’s to listen to their parent. We are not wiser than God any more than a child in the first few years
of life is wiser than the parent.
Incorporating God’s wisdom into our life will set us free, to be free indeed.
understand resisting evil, will result in less temptations. Rejecting those items limiting our true freedom makes freedom easier to attain. Let’s resist! God
gave us the strength, it is ours to use.
Let’s use our strength of spirit to make good decisions and resist evil today. We want true
freedom don’t we?
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The time is coming to be counted…
The time is
coming to be counted…
Tue, March 25, 2014 | link
Christians Count is reaching to connect with Christians from all denominations, and political parties, so that the politicians
hear our voice on key issues, and so that Christians can be counted in the politics of the UK. ~Christian-count.org
is our value to our community?
in the world is the relevance of Christians going?
I was scanning information on our internet and found this organization that focuses UK Christians
on getting involved in influencing political situations that impact religion.
In the USA there are a number of these organizations.
Is it valid to get involved in this type of
how about we ask what politics is. It comes from the Greek “politikos” meaning “related to citizens”
Are we citizens? Yes!
Do we have the vote? Yes! (at least in most first world
we have view of how people should achieve and exercise governance of others? We should!
Politics is a mechanism of human control over
a community. Therefore we as Christians must be involved, as we love our communities.
We need to bring Christian influence to this aspect
Yes! We need to influence because
in the absence of that influence the void will grow and into it will seep all the sins and dirt of mankind.
We may not want to fight or argue, but we want our loving principles to be understood and valued. We need to of course first clear our hearts of selfish, nasty
and ignorant aspects that can cloud our direction. We need to have peace in our hearts. There may be things we would like
to see and not see achieved, but that does not mean doing nothing. On the contrary we need to be actively involved.
Politicians are moved by pressure and the
loving Christian community provides a pressure that should improve our laws and communities not only for us but for those around us of other religions.
should be clearly advocating freedom for ALL religions. We should demand that people be allowed to exercise religious beliefs. Religion is not the enemy of freedom,
but the encourager of freedom. Satan has been influencing people to try and twist this around.
As Christians let’s be careful of speaking against each
11 My brothers and sisters, don’t speak against one another. Anyone who speaks against another believer speaks against
the law. And anyone who judges another believer judges the law. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it. Instead, you
are acting as if you were its judge.
12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge. He is the One who is able to save life or destroy it. James
We should be interested
in the laws our country and provinces are passing.
We should be influencing them.
What will be doing this week in that regard?
Monday, March 24, 2014
“Church” . . . Club or relevant?
. . . Club or relevant?
Mon, March 24, 2014 | link
Last night I was talking to a guy who I met for the first time and in the nature of Christians, we got into some deep discussions
within a few minutes.
Don’t you just love the way God works in our Christian hearts when we meet another
There is a joining of spirits and with the Ancient of Ways guiding our conversation and lives ,we drop into deep intimate
discussions within minutes. It’s a foretaste of eternity!
Enjoying these moments, our minds turned to the greatness of God’s
He was from Scotland, I from Africa, and we were at a Canadian child’s birthday party. Glorious!
Then he said something that got
me thinking and giving him a Spiritual challenge. I was explaining how our way of doing church was going
into the community and working alongside people helping them overcome challenges to their daily life.
Reflecting on this he said (in
that lovely Scottish accent)…
“Yes, we should invite non-Christians to come to our small group.”
…referring to the mid-week meeting of Christians in a home, to study the bible and have fun together.
I put forward was…
“How about you suggest to the small group they go to a non-believer that
needs help and meet (him or her) in (his or her) home and help (him or her)?”
is a fundamental difference!
We have turned the church into a club instead of an impetus to change our society for the better.
said Matthew 28:19-20
“So you must go
and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And you can be sure
that I am always with you, to the very end.”
Where is the “call them in” in that statement?
much do we expect others to come to us, rather than we GO?
Our churches have lost this focus. The temple was destroyed to ensure
the Jewish people would not look for a "place" of God. Jesus never asked for a building to be established, because
he was to go into the world moving place to place meeting people where they lived. His disciples did the same.
Where did this stagnant, asset
grabbing, land developing, building focussed church, perspective come from?
Here’s a thought for today…
be the church, instead of inviting people to attend one!
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