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TO SCATTER FLOWERS

November 16, 2009
To Scatter Flowers
O Jesus! O my Love! each eve I come to fling
My springtide roses sweet before Thy Cross divine;
By their plucked petals fair, my hands so gladly bring,
I long to dry Thine every tear!
To scatter flowers!—that means each sacrifice:
My lightest sighs and pains, my heaviest, saddest hours,
My hopes, my joys, my prayers—I will not count the price—
Behold my flowers!
With deep untold delight Thy beauty fills my soul,
Would I might light this love in hearts of all who live!
For this, my fairest flowers, all things in my control,
How fondly, gladly would I give!
To scatter flowers!—behold my chosen sword
For saving sinners’ souls and filling Heaven’s bowers:
The victory is mine—yea, I disarm Thee, Lord,
With these my flowers!
The petals in their flight caress Thy Holy Face;
They tell Thee that my heart is Thine, and Thine alone.
Thou knowest what these leaves are saying in my place:
On me Thou smilest from Thy Throne.
To scatter flowers!—that means, to speak of Thee—
My only pleasure here, where tears fill all the hours;
But soon, with Angel Hosts, my spirit shall be free
To scatter flowers.
June 28, 1896.

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http://www.ccel.org/ccel/therese/autobio.xxxii.iv.html

From: ST. THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX

THE STORY OF A SOUL (L’HISTOIRE D’UNE ÂME):
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ST. THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX

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From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola

June 9, 2009

From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola

Once again I get the privilege to review a book. This book was originally published as God’s Ultimate Passion but has been revamped into a very readable book. I really enjoyed the original so it was interesting to see the updated version.

The book is actually three volumes in one broken up into different themes. The first is the Bride of Christ which is a wonderful walk through creation and the relationship of Adam and Eve. Frank Viola brings out nuances that I believe many miss as they simply read though the narrative. Frank Viola points out how the original bride Eve is the prototype of another Bride, the Church.

Frank then begins the second section where the Homeless God is on a quest to make a new home for Himself. The narrative takes one from Genesis through Revelation where he shows God’s intention was to have a New Home in those who believe in Him through Jesus.

The Third Section brings us to The Family, or Body what we are becoming as believers in Jesus. God seeks to make each person who comes to Him in faith through Jesus a New Creation of His passion and expression of His Glory.

If you are in a book store and have a few minutes, I suggest reading the last bit which I think is one of the most important parts of the book, Frank Viola’s micro-biography. It is a short read yet in it one will find Frank Viola’s walk through various movements of the church and what he gained through them… and what he found was lacking in them. To me this gives the read understanding where Frank is coming from and in a sense where one will go as they read the book. It is a bit funny that I am saying to read the end of the book to get the rest of the book, yet if one does take the time I will guarantee they will be buying the book to see how Frank puts all this together.

On a personal note, I enjoyed that Frank quoted both Brian McLaren and Major Ian Thomas which was fascinating to see the two fit together as I have seen they do. This book was to me a wonderful read. In a sense I feel that where I am on my own journey is where many are going and Frank Viola is going. To me the core of both Brian McLaren and Major Ian Thomas as well as Frank Viola’s book is Grace. To gain more insight into the great and wonderful grace of God to me will aid anyone who believes in Jesus.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to dig deeper into who you are in Christ Jesus. This is one author I will be reading more from.

I am having the privilege to be part of a circuit of Blogger who are reviewing From Eternity to Here. If you want to read what others are saying here is a list. Many may even have interview questions.

Out of Ur
Shapevine
Brian Eberly
DashHouse.com
Greg Boyd
Vision Advance
David Flowers
Kingdom Grace
Captain’s Blog
Christine Sine
Darin Hufford – The Free Believers Network
Zoecarnate
Church Planting Novice
Staying Focused
Take Your Vitamin Z
Jeff Goins
Bunny Trails
Matt Cleaver
Jason T. Berggren
Simple Church
Parable Life
Consuming Worship
West Coast Witness
Oikos Australia
Tasha Via
Andrew Courtright
Keith Giles
ShowMeTheMooneys!
Leaving Salem, Blog of Ronnie McBrayer
Jason Coker
From Knowledge to Wisdom
Home Brewed Christianity
Dispossessed
Dandelion Seed
David Brodsky’s Blog- “Flip the tape Deck”
Chaordic Journey
Renee Martin
Bob Kuhn
Living with Freaks
Real Worship
Fervent Worship
Julie Ferwerda Blog
www.OneMillionArrows.com
What’s With Christina?!
Irreligious Canuck
This day on the journey
Live and Move: Thoughts on Authentic Christianity
Spiritual Journey With God
Dries Conje
http://www.thejesusfeed.com
http://www.bookdisciple.com.
Journey with Others
On Now to the Third Level
Christine Moers
Breaking Point
Hand to the Plough
Jon Reid
Weblight
D. L. Webster
Searching for the Whole-Hearted Life
s Bookmark and Share

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From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola

June 9, 2009

From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola

Once again I get the privilege to review a book. This book was originally published as God’s Ultimate Passion but has been revamped into a very readable book. I really enjoyed the original so it was interesting to see the updated version.

The book is actually three volumes in one broken up into different themes. The first is the Bride of Christ which is a wonderful walk through creation and the relationship of Adam and Eve. Frank Viola brings out nuances that I believe many miss as they simply read though the narrative. Frank Viola points out how the original bride Eve is the prototype of another Bride, the Church.

Frank then begins the second section where the Homeless God is on a quest to make a new home for Himself. The narrative takes one from Genesis through Revelation where he shows God’s intention was to have a New Home in those who believe in Him through Jesus.

The Third Section brings us to The Family, or Body what we are becoming as believers in Jesus. God seeks to make each person who comes to Him in faith through Jesus a New Creation of His passion and expression of His Glory.

If you are in a book store and have a few minutes, I suggest reading the last bit which I think is one of the most important parts of the book, Frank Viola’s micro-biography. It is a short read yet in it one will find Frank Viola’s walk through various movements of the church and what he gained through them… and what he found was lacking in them. To me this gives the read understanding where Frank is coming from and in a sense where one will go as they read the book. It is a bit funny that I am saying to read the end of the book to get the rest of the book, yet if one does take the time I will guarantee they will be buying the book to see how Frank puts all this together.

On a personal note, I enjoyed that Frank quoted both Brian McLaren and Major Ian Thomas which was fascinating to see the two fit together as I have seen they do. This book was to me a wonderful read. In a sense I feel that where I am on my own journey is where many are going and Frank Viola is going. To me the core of both Brian McLaren and Major Ian Thomas as well as Frank Viola’s book is Grace. To gain more insight into the great and wonderful grace of God to me will aid anyone who believes in Jesus.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to dig deeper into who you are in Christ Jesus. This is one author I will be reading more from.

I am having the privilege to be part of a circuit of Blogger who are reviewing From Eternity to Here. If you want to read what others are saying here is a list. Many may even have interview questions.

Out of Ur
Shapevine
Brian Eberly
DashHouse.com
Greg Boyd
Vision Advance
David Flowers
Kingdom Grace
Captain’s Blog
Christine Sine
Darin Hufford – The Free Believers Network
Zoecarnate
Church Planting Novice
Staying Focused
Take Your Vitamin Z
Jeff Goins
Bunny Trails
Matt Cleaver
Jason T. Berggren
Simple Church
Parable Life
Consuming Worship
West Coast Witness
Oikos Australia
Tasha Via
Andrew Courtright
Keith Giles
ShowMeTheMooneys!
Leaving Salem, Blog of Ronnie McBrayer
Jason Coker
From Knowledge to Wisdom
Home Brewed Christianity
Dispossessed
Dandelion Seed
David Brodsky’s Blog- “Flip the tape Deck”
Chaordic Journey
Renee Martin
Bob Kuhn
Living with Freaks
Real Worship
Fervent Worship
Julie Ferwerda Blog
www.OneMillionArrows.com
What’s With Christina?!
Irreligious Canuck
This day on the journey
Live and Move: Thoughts on Authentic Christianity
Spiritual Journey With God
Dries Conje
http://www.thejesusfeed.com
http://www.bookdisciple.com.
Journey with Others
On Now to the Third Level
Christine Moers
Breaking Point
Hand to the Plough
Jon Reid
Weblight
D. L. Webster
Searching for the Whole-Hearted Life
s Bookmark and Share

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The mystic ladder of Divine love, according to Saint Bernard and Saint Thomas

July 27, 2007
WE observe, then, that the steps of this ladder of love by which the soul mounts, one by one, to God, are ten. The first step of love causes the soul to languish, and this to its advantage. The Bride is speaking from this step of love when she says: ‘I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, that, if ye find my Beloved, ye tell Him that I am sick with love.’

This sickness, however, is not unto death, but for the glory of God, for in this sickness the soul swoons as to sin and as to all things that are not God, for the sake of God Himself, even as David testifies, saying: ‘My soul hath swooned away’. —that is, with respect to all things, for Thy salvation. For just as a sick man first of all loses his appetite and taste for all food, and his colour changes, so likewise in this degree of love the soul loses its taste and desire for all things and changes its colour and the other accidentals of its past life, like one in love. The soul falls not into this sickness if excess of heat be not communicated to it from above, even as is expressed in that verse of David which says: Pluviam voluntariam segregabis, Deus, haereditati tuae, et infirmata est, etc. This sickness and swooning to all things, which is the beginning and the first step on the road to God, we clearly described above, when we were speaking of the annihilation wherein the soul finds itself when it begins to climb this ladder of contemplative purgation, when it can find no pleasure, support, consolation or abiding-place in anything soever. Wherefore from this step it begins at once to climb to the second.

From CHAPTER XIX of Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

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The mystic ladder of Divine love, according to Saint Bernard and Saint Thomas

July 27, 2007
WE observe, then, that the steps of this ladder of love by which the soul mounts, one by one, to God, are ten. The first step of love causes the soul to languish, and this to its advantage. The Bride is speaking from this step of love when she says: ‘I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, that, if ye find my Beloved, ye tell Him that I am sick with love.’

This sickness, however, is not unto death, but for the glory of God, for in this sickness the soul swoons as to sin and as to all things that are not God, for the sake of God Himself, even as David testifies, saying: ‘My soul hath swooned away’. —that is, with respect to all things, for Thy salvation. For just as a sick man first of all loses his appetite and taste for all food, and his colour changes, so likewise in this degree of love the soul loses its taste and desire for all things and changes its colour and the other accidentals of its past life, like one in love. The soul falls not into this sickness if excess of heat be not communicated to it from above, even as is expressed in that verse of David which says: Pluviam voluntariam segregabis, Deus, haereditati tuae, et infirmata est, etc. This sickness and swooning to all things, which is the beginning and the first step on the road to God, we clearly described above, when we were speaking of the annihilation wherein the soul finds itself when it begins to climb this ladder of contemplative purgation, when it can find no pleasure, support, consolation or abiding-place in anything soever. Wherefore from this step it begins at once to climb to the second.

From CHAPTER XIX of Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

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Bones of Jesus and his family…

March 10, 2007

Bones of Jesus and his family…

Ok, I did not watch the show… I did not care to… I thought it was a hoax or at best the worst research ever. If it was in any relation to the bone box of James.

I was already convinced that it was wrong. Why? Because the Truth (Jesus) had already set me free and I have seen this stuff all before in different forms, but always the same idea. Jesus never died, he swooned or was replaced by a look alike, or my favorite Gnostic gospel teaching of Jesus making Judas look like Himself and hovering in a spirit form over the Cross sneering at the stupid humans crucify Judas in His place.

So, I have heard about all there is to know.

BTW, even this “Jesus married Mary and had a bunch of kids” things was around before that ridiculous Duh-Vinci code. (Which I think most Christian churches fell into the trap of promoting with the “we must make sure people know the truth” which was a “hey, let’s sell some “Christian” books and make some money” thing from my view point.) This was taught in some circles of Mormonism.

Jesus has a bride already. It is the Church in which He is betrothed to. We are the Bride of Christ and there was and will be no other. That would make God a polygamist.

I think the bible is trustworthy in it’s story of what happened. I do not worry about the latest fad to come around.

Now if you do need a bit more “intellectual” comfort I recommend this article by Scot McKnight.

Scot McKnight: A Boring Box of Bones

Blessings,
iggy


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Bones of Jesus and his family…

March 10, 2007

Bones of Jesus and his family…

Ok, I did not watch the show… I did not care to… I thought it was a hoax or at best the worst research ever. If it was in any relation to the bone box of James.

I was already convinced that it was wrong. Why? Because the Truth (Jesus) had already set me free and I have seen this stuff all before in different forms, but always the same idea. Jesus never died, he swooned or was replaced by a look alike, or my favorite Gnostic gospel teaching of Jesus making Judas look like Himself and hovering in a spirit form over the Cross sneering at the stupid humans crucify Judas in His place.

So, I have heard about all there is to know.

BTW, even this “Jesus married Mary and had a bunch of kids” things was around before that ridiculous Duh-Vinci code. (Which I think most Christian churches fell into the trap of promoting with the “we must make sure people know the truth” which was a “hey, let’s sell some “Christian” books and make some money” thing from my view point.) This was taught in some circles of Mormonism.

Jesus has a bride already. It is the Church in which He is betrothed to. We are the Bride of Christ and there was and will be no other. That would make God a polygamist.

I think the bible is trustworthy in it’s story of what happened. I do not worry about the latest fad to come around.

Now if you do need a bit more “intellectual” comfort I recommend this article by Scot McKnight.

Scot McKnight: A Boring Box of Bones

Blessings,
iggy


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Thoughts on the Harmony of Being Uniquely Individual and Being Part of a Whole

March 7, 2007

Thoughts on the harmony of being Uniquely Individual and being Part of a Whole

Within the thought that the many become one… and yet remain uniquely individual is the mystery of the Triune God… all unique yet in harmony as One. Also it is the idea of One Body (Jesus’) made of many parts (us) becoming the Church (called out ones) to become as One… the Bride to be brought out in perfection to be the Wife of Jesus… we are one in Him as He is in the Father…

Of course if one does not believe in the Triune God this is all lost to you.

More so though it is that though objectively all experience the same type of experience… yet uniquely it is subjectively experienced… the objective and subjective are not opposed but in union with each other. In that the objective abstract becomes subjective reality…

People who come to Christ share the same experience… yet it manifests in different ways… I was drunk then became sober with my sinners prayer…”if you keep me sober tonight, I will see what I can do for you” (famous last words!) God showed me I could do nothing for me as He had already done it at the Cross.

I came to realize some time ago that there is two types of Gnosis…

1. The revelational knowledge that is common to man, yet gives insight to this worlds struggles. It contains wisdom for this realm… but is truly worthless for salvation and the Kingdom of God.

2. The revelational knowledge that is based on faith. Faith in believing that what is not, is, and will be as God said it.

One is not in harmony with the other; in fact they are diametrically opposed to each other.

One teaches power and authority to control and gain for one’s self… the other is the idea of lowering one’s self to serve and love the other as better than yourself. Both cannot coexist. One cannot seek knowledge for knowledge sake with out seeking God to give meaning behind and for the knowledge given.

The fall was not just about eating forbidden fruit, but about man’s choosing to take knowledge for himself apart from God… to seek knowledge for knowledge sake and yet not understand what the knowledge is truly for. What Adam did was give up his birthright as first born to be a god unto himself… and lost his life, or rather the access to eternal life as the tree of life was now taken from his grasp as he was cast out of the Garden.

Adam sought knowledge apart from God whom he walked with in the Garden in the cool of the evening… Adam chose to sever his relationship over knowledge for knowledge sake.

To say that transformation is just my experience denies that it is for anyone that seeks God’s knowledge. It denies that man can now walk with God in the Garden for the Garden is now Christ Jesus. “If any man be in Christ, he is a New Creation.”

Blessings,
iggy


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Thoughts on the Harmony of Being Uniquely Individual and Being Part of a Whole

March 7, 2007

Thoughts on the harmony of being Uniquely Individual and being Part of a Whole

Within the thought that the many become one… and yet remain uniquely individual is the mystery of the Triune God… all unique yet in harmony as One. Also it is the idea of One Body (Jesus’) made of many parts (us) becoming the Church (called out ones) to become as One… the Bride to be brought out in perfection to be the Wife of Jesus… we are one in Him as He is in the Father…

Of course if one does not believe in the Triune God this is all lost to you.

More so though it is that though objectively all experience the same type of experience… yet uniquely it is subjectively experienced… the objective and subjective are not opposed but in union with each other. In that the objective abstract becomes subjective reality…

People who come to Christ share the same experience… yet it manifests in different ways… I was drunk then became sober with my sinners prayer…”if you keep me sober tonight, I will see what I can do for you” (famous last words!) God showed me I could do nothing for me as He had already done it at the Cross.

I came to realize some time ago that there is two types of Gnosis…

1. The revelational knowledge that is common to man, yet gives insight to this worlds struggles. It contains wisdom for this realm… but is truly worthless for salvation and the Kingdom of God.

2. The revelational knowledge that is based on faith. Faith in believing that what is not, is, and will be as God said it.

One is not in harmony with the other; in fact they are diametrically opposed to each other.

One teaches power and authority to control and gain for one’s self… the other is the idea of lowering one’s self to serve and love the other as better than yourself. Both cannot coexist. One cannot seek knowledge for knowledge sake with out seeking God to give meaning behind and for the knowledge given.

The fall was not just about eating forbidden fruit, but about man’s choosing to take knowledge for himself apart from God… to seek knowledge for knowledge sake and yet not understand what the knowledge is truly for. What Adam did was give up his birthright as first born to be a god unto himself… and lost his life, or rather the access to eternal life as the tree of life was now taken from his grasp as he was cast out of the Garden.

Adam sought knowledge apart from God whom he walked with in the Garden in the cool of the evening… Adam chose to sever his relationship over knowledge for knowledge sake.

To say that transformation is just my experience denies that it is for anyone that seeks God’s knowledge. It denies that man can now walk with God in the Garden for the Garden is now Christ Jesus. “If any man be in Christ, he is a New Creation.”

Blessings,
iggy


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Book Review: God’s Ultimate Passion by Frank Viola

February 28, 2007

Book review: God’s Ultimate Passion Frank Viola

Once again I get the privilege to review a book. I enjoyed that Frank quoted both Brian McLaren and Maj Ian Thomas which was fascinating to see the two fit together as I have seen they do. This book was to me a wonderful read. Though Frank Viola may refer to these to in the beginning of the book he moves on very quickly into the heart and purpose of his message and that is to reveal the Bride of Christ. There is a depth of understanding of the story of salvation yet even deeper Frank Viola shows our identity as the Bride of Christ.

Frank takes you through many different Bible passages to show the fine thread that is present. That the Father desires to give His Son a Bride… and that she will be perfect and unblemished and that Bride is all who are believers in Jesus.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to dig deeper into who you are in Christ Jesus. This is one author I will be reading more from.

Blessings,
iggy


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