This blog contains my thoughts and ideas. Often I will be writing about the Bible and I wish it to be known that when I do I will be interpreting it as I see it. I hope that everyone who reads this will check the Bible out for themselves and not take what I say as the correct interpretation. I am only human and make mistakes like anyone else. Only the Holy Spirit is capable of leading a person to to the truth of what the Bible means. For each of us must have an individual relationship with each member of the trinity and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

Philippians 2:11-13 (King James Version)
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Book Review-Revolution In World Missions

I have just finished reading one of the best Christian books I have had in my hands in years!!!! K. P. Yohannan has truly answered the call of the Almighty God, as have those he serves. If you don't read another book this year, read this one!!!!

In this time when the Western Church has turned to materialism, and social outreach, Brother Yohannan has heard the still, small voice of God for workers to go out into the fields and bring in the harvests. The great Commission, left to us by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ himself, to spread the gospel, is the deepest hearts desire of this man.

While others are preaching the sermon of prosperity, supporting one another(keeping the goods of the kingdom in the kingdom), the building up of treasures here on earth, ad nauseum, this man is going back the the first love of the church, the building up of the kingdom of God through the good news of the gospel of Christ and the salvation of souls.

Another wonderful thing about this mans ministry is the fact that he quite obviously lives what he preaches as do those he serves. If you want to read this book you can get it from the following website:

Free Book - Revolution In World Missions

That's right, no pledge for a big donation or love gift into his ministry. Because Brother Yohannan has learned the truth of the Bible, that God does not NEED us. We need Him. We are not the force behind the work of God in this world, He is. We are the tools that He uses, but only if we allow Him to use us. It has always bothered me that when God has something He wants His people to hear He would not expect them to pay to hear it.
Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to GIVE good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven GIVE good things to them that ask him?

Read this book, and let it set you free from the yolks of bondage to the lies Satin has implanted in the church in western society. Stop building your house in vain, by building it without the the master builder.Psalms 127:1 A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Stop building you house on the shifting sand of materialism and prosperity and start building it on the solid foundation of the Rock of Salvation.
Matthew 7:15-27 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Good Samaritan-A New Look

Let's take the parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:30-36 but consider some different circumstances. I want you to think, first of all, about the fact that some Biblical scholars feel this was not a parable, but a true story which Christ related to the lawyer who questioned Him. Secondly, I want you to reflect upon the idea, that these "different circumstances", these What If's that I will be speaking about, are also, all too often, perhaps not literally but figuratively, true.

As you know the man in the story was traveling to do business and was attacked on the road by thieves. Everything he had was stolen, even his clothes, he was beaten to a pulp and left for dead.

BUT, WHAT IF . . .
the thieves were not strangers to him, but people he knew, perhaps those who claimed to be his friends or worse yet, members of his own family?
Psalms 3:1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

Along comes a priest, one of the chosen and appointed of God. He sees the victim lying there, goes to the opposite side of the road from the victim and continues his journey. There are many idioms or expressions that would apply here such as "putting blinders on" or "sticking ones head in the sand". But the object is that he ignored the situation. There is an old saying that what you don't know can't hurt you, but that is simply not true. We are taught in Hosea 4:6 that God's people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. This same scripture clearly states that there is a huge difference between knowing a thing and admitting that one knows it, or "refusing" it. And in James 4:17 we find that if one knows to do good and doesn't do it, to that person, their failure to act is a sin.
Proverbs 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

James 2:14-16 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

1 John 3:17-18 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

BUT, WHAT IF . . .
he paused there on the other side of the road. And, realizing that the victim still lived, he gathered words, like stones, to hurl them at the victim? What if he stood and condemned him for being in such a mess, yelled at him that he had only gotten what he asked for and deserved, declared unto him that his lack of faith in the Holy One had caused this trouble to come upon him?
Psalms 109:16 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.

Here, let us digress even further from the original story and suppose that next came along a "good" person.
WHAT IF, . . .
after coming upon the victim, this person approaches. Seeing the circumstances they find something amongst their belongings with which to cover the victims nakedness. They also lift the victims head and give him something to drink. Then, not wanting too get involved, they set the container of water near the victim and, promising to keep the victim in their prayers, continue on their way. As they proceed in their journey they pledge to the Lord that they will take and give to the church, so that someone else can minister to people in such circumstances. In John, chapter 6, we find the story of Jesus feeding the multitudes with the fishes and loaves carried by a young boy. In verse 7 Philip speaks of how much it would cost to purchase a certain amount of bread and states that it wouldn't be enough to give every one there even a little bit. And in verse 9 Andrew questions the sufficiency of what the lad is carrying.
Deuteronomy 15:7-8 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.

For the purpose of this particular blog, we come now to what will be our last traveler, the Levite. Again we have a member of one of God's chosen groups.
Deuteronomy 10:8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.

But not only was the Levite one of God's chosen and appointed ones. They were also included in another special group, in Deuteronomy 14:29, with the widow, the orphan and the stranger. These were folks whom God's people were directed to tend to. They were to be taken care of, given special attention and consideration. So this traveler not only had the obligation of his special office towards the victim in this story. He also was, himself, one of the less fortunate of people. A fellow sufferer with the wounded man. But seeing the victim, the Levite goes up for a closer inspection of the situation, then continues on his way. Kind of puts one in mind of a busy highway on which an automobile accident has occurred. Almost everyone slows down, straining their necks to check out all the details, but no one stops and renders aid.

BUT, WHAT IF . . .

seeing that the victim now has a covering over his body and a supply of water by his side, the Levite decides that he could certainly use those things himself and he takes them from the victim. Not only that, he notices that the original thieves have dropped some of the coins they had taken from the victim and a few bills fluttering in the bushes nearby, so he collects those as well and puts them in his pocket. And before continuing on his journey, he takes out his frustrations and anger at his lot in life on the victim as well, placing a few well directed kicks to their head and body, spitting on the victim and cursing them.

Throughout the Bible we see comparisons of the church and Christians to flocks and herds of animals. And like flocks and herds of animals, God has appointed those who are to be husbandman to the members of the Church, pastors, ministers, teachers, etc.
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;".

All of Gods people have certain responsibilities to their fellow creatures that reside upon this earth.
Deuteronomy 22:1-4 Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother. And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again. In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother's, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself. Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.
Having such responsibilities to the lesser creatures that dwell amongst us, how much more so do we have the responsibility to "lift them up again" when it comes to our fellow man or our brothers and sisters in Christ?
Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
And if this be the responsibility of all Christians, then is it not even more so the responsibility of the leaders of the church, those called and appointed by God into special service?

Where are the "Good Samaritans" of today? Are we, those who call ourselves by the name of Christ, being what He would have us to be and doing what He would have us to do? Isiah 61:1-3 speaks of many of the things which we are called to do. We all need to be more conscientious of whether or not we are answering these calls or if we are being like the travelers in this tale. Remember 1 John 3:17 states that "whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need" and Deuteronomy 15:7 says "thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:". This means that God does not expect us to give what we do not have, He does not expect us to do that which we are not capable of.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Women and Wisdom

I read a post by Crysalis concerning whether or not Christian women should think and it got me to "thinking" about "thinking". Actually, it got me to thinking about a Christian woman's obligations and responsibilities concerning her knowledge of God and the Bible.

In my response to Chrysalis's post I told her that I thought of a person's knowledge on this subject as wisdom and quoted her the passage in Proverbs 31 about how the "virtuous woman" "openeth her mouth with wisdom" Proverbs 31:26. But a study of the word wisdom will lead one to find that wisdom is something that we are admonished to seek Proverbs 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; & Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.. We are told in Job 28:18 that the price of wisdom is above rubies and Proverbs 8:11 says "For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.."

In Matthew 25:1-13, Christ himself teaches the importance of wisdom in women. The parable of the ten virgins teaches that women must be wise in order to be prepared for the things that are to come. If we, as Christian women, do not "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15, then we will not be ready to face the things that the world will throw at us on a daily basis, much less for the return of our Lord, when He returns to take us home.

Making Changes

Well, it has been so very long since I blogged last. And so very much has happened in that time. Some of it heartbreaking, some of it mortifying, some of it potentially good.

My daughter ran off to New York in July, with my two oldest grandchildren. I say ran off because in doing this she defied a court order that says she could not move more than 50 miles from where she lived, here in Texas. This is not the first time that she has done this sort of thing, ignoring court orders, but apparently these orders are passed down for the express purpose of being disobeyed, since no one seems interested in doing anything about it.

My mom passed away towards the end of August. I wasn't able to see her in the last years of her life. Partly because of problems between she and I, partly because of other family members interference. I wasn't even notified when she passed and actually didn't find out until after she had been buried, and then it was on a social networking site when someone posted something about it. I have discovered that there is most likely some shenanigans that went on concerning her burial, some family who may have done some illegal things for financial gain.

My mom left me a house and I moved out of the nursing home and into it at the end of Sept. Yet things cannot be settled concerning the house until another family member probates the will, which they seem disinclined to do. I have reason to believe that they have also done some illegal things for the benefit of themselves and other family members and probating the will, will bring these things to light.

The house is in a little town where the powers that be have run a muck. In the short time that I have been back I have witnessed more of what I saw and experienced, when I lived here last, at one particular city facility. Again, illegal activity which no one seems interested in doing anything about. And this particular facility has already started giving me problems because they know what I stand for.

I spoke recently with another family member, who will soon be graduating from Law School, about these things. They seemed disinterested in it all as well. Their comments lead me to believe that they may have some problems with their chosen field since they had nothing but excuses on behalf of these people who break the law, especially those they are also related to. It saddens me to know that they don't have a clear stance on right and wrong. Especially knowing that they hope to go into the prosecution of criminals.

In this world what is illegal today could be legal tomorrow. I have witnessed this many times in my own lifetime, the changing of laws to suit one group or another. But the Bible's teachings are very clear, and unlike the laws of man, they are unchanging.

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Ideal Church

On the advice of one of my fellow bloggers I am submitting the following comment, which I made on her blog, as a post on my own. A precious sister in Christ, Chrysalis, asked us to describe our ideal church. Below you will find my reply

I'm not sure that I can tell you what my ideal church is but I do know what it isn't.

It isn't a big building that costs a lot of money where the only people allowed to come are ones dressed in expensive clothes that are deemed "appropriate" by some committee.

It isn't carpeted with $35 a square foot carpet so that those who have no shoes and dirty feet are not allowed to enter in and worship.

It isn't decked out with stained glass windows that are so expensive that no help is available for the local homeless people.

It isn't pastored by a shepard whose salary is so high that the local poor cannot be helped to pay their utilities to have running water, electrity to run their refrigerator, etc.

It isn't pastored by a shepard that requires a parsonage so grand that the local poor cannot be helped with food to put on their tables for themselves and their children.

It isn't pastored by a shepard that drives a big fine new car every year and wears tailor made clothes while there are people in his town who go around without decent clothes and no coats during the winter.

I guess I don't think of the church as a place at all. I am the church. You are the church. We, the Christian people are the Church. We are the Bride of Christ and we are to fellowship and do the work of God, not build buildings to meet in.

The Bible says "where two are more are gathered together" He is in the midst of them. Well, He is here, on the internet with us, because we are gathering together here. And we are fellowshipping here. So I guess we are "a church"!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

What is Love?

My favorite translation of 1 Corinthians 13 is from the first version of the Living Bible from back in the '70's. It is read in a song that was recorded at Explo' '72 that was held in Dallas, Texas. I still have a copy of that album and have that song on my computer as well. It is called "Love Song" by the band Love Song.

One of the reasons I love this translation so very much is because of its wording for verses 4-7 which are a description of agape or the love of God which is what we as Christians are to have for others.

It goes like this: "Love is very patient and kind. Never jealous or envious. Never boastful or proud. Never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand it's own way. It is not irratable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice. But rather rejoices whenever the truth wins out. If you love someone you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him. You will always expect the best of him. And always stand your ground in defending him."

Verse 8 tells us that this love goes on forever. It will never fail.
How very different than man's definition of love, for man considers love to be something that comes and goes like the seasons, passing in and out of one's life multiple times. But true love is eternal like God himself.

How often I have been accused of wanting to control those that I love. Wanting to run their lives for them. But the fact is that I love them enough that I expect the best of them. The truth is that I love them enough to want them to do what is right, to live righteously. As a Christian this is the only love, the best love I can give to anyone.

Jesus said in John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments." and in John 14:21"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."

So the two go hand in hand. True love comes only with obedience to the will of God or righteousness. One cannot live in habitual sin and be indwelt by the love of God. When one has found and accepted the salvation offered by the grace of God through Christ they become a new being and the old man is cast off along with the old sin life. It can be no other way. This is the love that I want for those I love, the love I have for them, the love that God has for them, the love of all loves.

Love And Tolerance

How very difficult it is to be estranged from those you love the most. It breaks ones heart to go for weeks, months even years without any real communication from ones children. This has been my situation with my children for some time now. The problem with my oldest child stems from their belief that, as a Christian, I am unloving and intolerant. They feel this way about all Christians.

What I have not been able to make my child understand is that Christian love is what makes them intolerant. Jesus himself teaches us in Matthew 5:27-30 "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." In other words, it is better not to tolerate even a part of ones body that causes one to sin than to allow it to remain and send one to eternal damnation.

As a Christian, I love people. But that does not mean that I love the sins that they commit. It does not mean that I condone their sin. It does not mean that I need tolerate their sin. It does not mean that I must accept their sin. In fact, I must do just the opposite, for because I love them I want for them the thing that I have, salvation and the bright hope of eternal life with Christ and God the Father. And I know that habitual sin will prevent them from having those things. Yes, it is my love for them that makes me intolerant. And little do those who claim to love and yet who are shouting that we must be tolerant know that it is they who do not love. For true love can not be tolerant, for tolerance leads to eternal damnation.