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A meditation on Psalm 23

August 3, 2011
A meditation on Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. – Yet I still do… 
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. – Yet I eat thorns and breathe dust.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yet I feel weak and do so much wrong.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: – Yet at times my fear consumes me.
For thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. – Yet I fear the rod is for me and not to protect me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: – And then You challenge me to invite them to eat with me!
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup Runneth over. – Yet I fear how I will pay rent and other bills each month.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life – Teach me how to trust You, God.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Only by your Grace and Mercy…
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A question to consider

November 23, 2010
 
What if the people we believe do not fit into our theology, do in fact fit into God’s theology?
I am looking at this question as what we hold may be true but not complete… so being open to the possibility that God has more than what we now believe that pulls us ever deeper into Who God is, and who we are in Christ. To close off God with a sealed theology turns faith into religion that keeps God at bay and only allows hope in appeasing His anger. That is not growing in Love, but perishing in fear.
 
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Two things I have learned that have helped my faith.

April 26, 2010

Two things I have learned that have helped me grow in my faith.
1. If you come to the end of your rope… grease that sucker and let go… it is there you will meet God as you are completely in His Hands.
2. Trusting God is like trying to float… the more you try to float, the more you sink… yet, as you relax and let the water support you, you begin to float. Once you depend on God to float you is when you truly trust God.
3. Bonus: God is God and you are not. You are His creation flaws and all. God is not surprised at your flaws… He is very aware at who you are. He is more aware of who you are that YOU are. God has not called you to be perfect… in fact the verse in Matthew 5:48 actually should not be “be perfect” but “be mature” or “be full of age”… God calls us to maturity not perfection. God is perfect and you are not… and once you accept that, you will mature in your faith. Jesus was the only proven perfect One. Be clothed in Christ and His perfection.
Matthew 5:48 (Amplified Bible)
48You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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"Stay tuned" you prisoners of polluted politics

February 20, 2010
On Friday 19th February 2010, @lissnup said:
reply #IranElection “Stay tuned” you prisoners of polluted politics as you queue for the toilet, buttocks clenched tight against your blood-flecked diarrhea, against being taken away, against the baton, not knowing which might come for you.
Help is coming. Someone will write a very long letter, very soon. If you’re really lucky they might remember to mention your plight and that of thousands of others like you.
What’s that? No one knows where you are? They told you your family, you friends are all dead and you’re next? Just stay tuned anyway. I’m sure some important people will be having tea together again soon. Very soon.
 
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Interview with Adele Sakler: Gay Christians

January 10, 2010
Reposting this interview as it is this month’s iggytalks show.
This was a fun interview. Adele Sakler is funny witty and this interview could have gone on for hours. We cover many things from fear of gay people, to how we can move beyond focusing on “sin” and focus on Jesus.

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Of this I am certain (An ongoing conversation)

January 7, 2010
Is certainty the enemy of faith? Does being certain mean that mystery is no longer allowed? I run into those who seem to teach that we must be certain in all things of faith yet I just don’t see how that can be. I see that living in doubt leads one to fear, yet faith leads us to certainty and courage… so how does this all fit? I see this as a bit of a false dilemma made by those who cling to certainty and do not allow awe and mystery… or see that someone that simply trusts in God and does not need to know with certainty the answers… but knows that God IS the ANSWER.
Just on a personal level I have not issue with certainty… yet to me that does not mean all knowledgeable. The issue that I see is that many base their certainty as the basis of their fiath. Yet, Jesus stated, “Even more blessed are those that believe and have not seen.”
So I am certain that the bible is authoritative, not because I can prove it is infallible or inerrant, but that Jesus stated it was authoritative. Modernism seems to gut faith out of the bible and bring all of Heaven into the realm of man’s logic and reason. God is so far beyond us that to do so is to declare God is made in our image and results in God becoming vain human imagination.
So certainty can have mystery in it as we grow. One can be certain as to what God has taught them, and yet acknowledge there is so much more (an infinite amount of knowledge) to learn. This take humility which some lack as they make human logic and reason their certainty and believe they have arrived. They reduce faith in Jesus to believes and base salvation not on Grace or that the “Just shall live by faith” to salvation by believes and living by logic and reason.
To me I am certain in many things God has taught me… yet I am open to being wrong. Yet, often I confess God must bang my head against the wall to change my mind… but usually God hits my heart and then m mind follows. Then again, I may be wrong…

Peace.
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‘Man Vs. Wild’ Star Set to Lead Crusade in Orlando This Fall

July 27, 2009

‘Man Vs. Wild’ Star Set to Lead Crusade in Orlando This Fall

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