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How are christians supposed to act?

One on One. Are we supposed to be rigid,unwelcoming, unable to listen to anothers story, listening to one’s own beliefs? And you wonder why all the ‘religions’ will never ever be ‘one’, with this kind of hostility with each other. This just might be why evangelicalism has failed.

I have come across two instances of this in the last six months that tells me that ‘people of faith’ are unwilling to get out of their ‘box’ to listen or know other views or beliefs of others. This is not what the scriptures to do, to gentiles let alone any of our brothers and sisters.

Why is this? Hopefully somebody can tell me why?

If listening to somebody’s belief’s might taint your beliefs to make you waver in your own stance then it was not solid to begin with. God will put upon your heart the truth of scripture for you to distinguish between truth and lies. It is only when we test these ‘things’ that we will know if they are the truth.

Just maybe, this is the reason we have so many thousands of ‘religions’, that we have failed to see if we anything in common, not what we have in disagreement’s! If we can’t talk to each other, how can we talk to outsiders? Everyone has a story.

Listen. Listen. I guarantee you will learn and appreciate the other side of the conversation. Being closed minded, does not get you or anyone else a gold star in their cap in glory.

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My mind is Racing

I am always reading and listening to things around me,analyzing and taking in things that I hear people say or do. My mind is racing.

But I love it. It probably keeps me out of trouble! LOL

I have said it before but I believe that I could do what I like doing 24/7 if I was capable of doing it. I love learning I guess. To bad it didn’t start in those early years of school! LOL

I love christian books,Theology books and all other books connected to the first two. I have always loved the pictures that you see in the magazines of these huge 2 or 3 story library’s of just books, or the pictures of someones library that all the walls are full of books. I also love pictures of some writer or theologian’s desk with all the books he is reading or using for references on a subject. I strive to have one of those desks with books, sticky’s,pens,notepads, and coffee cups on it! It’s only a dream, tho. I am getting there, so says my wife! It’s a mess! she says, I say no, it’s organized!

I am beginning to have more than one project at a time in the works it seems now. It can be worrisome or it can be found exhilarating all day long. My problem is I don’t have enough time! Can maybe we have 36/7 so I will have enough time? It is my drive when I get up to the end of day when I fall asleep, and sometimes I can’t go to sleep because I am trying to work something out in my mind that stops me from sleeping!

I have been doing this for over 15 yrs now,off and on, just not consistent as I have been the last two years. And it came to me one day that, that while I was doing something else around the house, I was thinking of an subject that I wanted to research more on to write about. I decided that it was then I really had found my ‘passion’ of life. I have more books to read in a year than one needs to have but at least I will be chugging along to finish reading them.

I recommend that you find your ‘Passion’ in life and just go for it. Life is so much easier when you do. More importantly I recommend that you find one that is useful to God, and your fellow man. This always, at least it should, make you feel good helping God’s neighbor. Let me know what you are doing for your ‘Passion’, we then can share our stories of good and bad days.

Is your mind racing?

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Thinking about another blog….

I love reading. I love writing. But I also see the need to go deeper into the word of God.

So, Because I will sorta be sidelined to just sitting or very much physical exertion(I am having surgery on my foot next week and I will be healing from this and getting rehab after that) I have decided to prepare for another blog on my site to explore for everyone.

It will be a little more structured in what it talks about, and be the only thing that I blog about it in this blog. I will announce the new title or theme in the coming days. So, Stay tuned.

I will keep this one on ‘all things’ Christianity based writing. Let me know if you have any thing specific to write about on this one for me. For now, keep on believing!!

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Buellor,Buellor?

Everyone in the U.S. should know who this is in reference too. But for those who don’t, it is from a movie where a high school student is always skipping class from this one teacher to do things that he would rather do, than go to his class.

Just thought I would throw this out to all who follow the blog if you have any questions or topics you would like me to write about or would like any information on biblical topics, or discussions on anything related to these things. Finding out what everyone is coming from in their experiences to the bible or to following God in his eternal purpose is always interesting to me to hear how people know the Lord.

Just comment on one of the blogs and I will answer back or we can just get a conversation going to find where we stand. I would really like to hear from people from all around the world to what they believe and why. So let me know, Let’s chat!!

Your friend in Christ, Doug

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God filled people

I am serious.

about almost everything.

But mostly about God,Jesus,Holy Spirit and God’s word.

What I have noticed with alot of people who are said christians, is their lack of understanding that there are other people around them or around the world that are very deep and digging christians for the truth. The dismissing of anyone that only quote or read other references of authors or what I especially respect the ones that are in academia, that it is their ‘LIFE’ to continue to search the word for the answers.

I am one of those people that can search and study a principle, a question, a baffling statement, a theme, or anything else thrown at me all day long. I will also follow a blogger with multiple blogs with a theory or statement, and just read all the ‘for’ and ‘against’ rebuttals to the said problem and just see the angles that everyone comes from and check out their views. All day long, if I don’t catch myself.

What I am saying is that there are alot of God believing people out there that know things, with the knowledge of God and the bible. Just ‘Listen’, or read what the say and learn. The truth will show itself, or the opposite will be heard or read and you will know it.

Just as the Jewish community was doing in their daily lives is reading the torah. But remember it is not just reading it but ‘know’ what it means thru God’s mind and wisdom.

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Walking, Talking Christ

Life is hard.

It is hard fighting it.

We seem to be fighting life from the negative side or from the bad side of the equation. We believe that if we fight for a bad cause to make it better, life will get better. But fighting from this angle it can wear us down after time. In fact, our crusade could take us our whole life to conquer it. If even then it would be conquered then. This is just coming from a personal conviction, what about everyone else?

This way of fighting the negative could be considered a social fight to rid the world of the all the ‘so-called’ evil in the world. The effort that ‘our’ mission seems to be to rid the ‘evil’ is misguided in that God has vowed that this is ‘His’ job to fill. Man’s ability to make the ‘social ills’ of society, could be a disaster to all involved by the turmoil of what someone deems to be ‘evil’. We may be seeing this now in our world now.

But more importantly, who is to say ‘What is Evil or bad in one’s society’?

The other side of the coin, could be, no, It ‘is’ the way to attack the world. It is the standing up as a follower of Christ and the ‘identity’ that it upholds as the body of Christ. As was in the old testament the identity of God’s people was their identity of their law, and their own God. God’s change to the new covenant was to write the ‘law’ on the hearts of his people.

Our concept of what our ‘identity’ as a Christ follower has got to coincide with what the foreshadow of the old covenant. We must stand as representative of Christ in our world, such as a High Priest would do in Israel.

I saw an illustration of a small group of people singing carols in a circle, holding candle’s, with one being lit. The key to this illustration is the way that it is the right way to do it. You see, When one has the lit candle in a crowd, showing light in a dark place, all others are wanting to be ‘in’ the light. So there instinct is to ‘go’ to the one that has the light and be ‘like’ or just ‘be’ light.

You started with one candle lit(Christ’s light), with darkness all around him. You then are approached by someone from the darkness asking for to be in the ‘light’ with the touching of candles, to produce a brighter light. Those two lights are approached with another candle wanting to be lit as a light for himself, and for others. It is then seen by someone farther away in the darkness, that sees a light for direction, and goes there to have their candle(life) represented as a light in the world.

It is this model of God’s people coming together as one that will become God’s Kingdom.

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Light

As I sit at my desk, I am pondering the significance of the candle that I have lit shining its light around me.

I am dumbfounded that the candle does not need to move to shine it’s light, it just sits there in its candle holder.

It is only one light.

My use of a candle is redundant when I have a electrical light above my head.

Why then do I use a candle? for warmth, for ambience, for smell, for it’s just a thing?

My concept of me being not the light, but the candle, which produces the light, with the power of the fire.

What if I used two candles? or three? or four? or five? or hundred, or a thousand?

Would it make a difference in any of my ‘why’ I use the candle scenario’s?

It probably would in all those way’s.

But, what if all those candles, being candles, were in fact were not candles standing there all together, but were really God’s people, just being God’s people, standing there being a candle.

Candles are just candles, if they do not have the power of ‘fire’,it is just the vessel to be the carrior of the fire.

It is the wick, inside the candle that is buried inside the candle that sustains the candle throughout it’s burning.

It is the burning that is seen from close up to far away from another room, to across the valley to the mountain top.

The power is within. It shines within.

The candle, thus represents light, when lit with the fire.

In the end, the candle does not move, but yet it still accomplishes it’s intention, to give ‘light’.

Do God’s people need to rethink there purpose?

 

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A Foundation

Do most christians have a foundation of knowledge or insight to the scriptures?

Is it necessary?

Do we have others do it for us?

Do we actually study not read the bible, we have been accustomed to just read the bible, which is almost a sin all by itself. We have been told to read the bible in one year, or two year plan’s like it is a race?

We have been taught to read the stories of the bible as children, to learn the lesson of the time. It is like a manual of life that can be used when we come across the same storyline for us to  use in our time of need.

This is what we have been taught, this is what we have done thru tradition or ritual, but is it the purpose of the scriptures?

I believe that it is so much more and so much more relevant to us if we see the bible as a story, a story of God and his kingdom.

For this to happen tho, we have to change the way we look at the bible, it is a story of God,his kingdom, and where they live.

It starts in Genesis 1. Enjoy the story!

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Who’s in Charge?

It seems to me that the basic question in the Garden of Eden was ” Who is in Charge here”!

I don’t know about you, but if I was to just wake from a deep sleep or a beginning of my life and seen the garden of a beautiful landscape, my reaction would probably be “Did I do that?!”. lol.  My instincts would just takeover and assume that this creation was all about me, not for me!

A new creation I would be,unbeknowst to me, that I would think that I created this exquisite scene all around me. After all, I am the only one around! Therefore, I am in charge.

I, then, in my mind, must be a God!

But wait, a voice, where is that coming from? It is above me, but from where? I am the only one here.

This is strange. He says that He created everything that I see all around me, and above me as far as I can see.

Ok,So maybe I didn’t create everything around me, I thought I was something special. But He says, that he is God, the God of my creation and of my world. Wow, you mean he made me, and all these things around me,above me, and all the living things he made are for me. And He is going to come down to me from wherever He is and live with me?!

So the creator,author,God is going to live with me. Cool.

Now, my decision then is to decide whether I can make the important decision for life in this world and survive, or to believe that this God is the Life of all things that He has made.

We know the rest of the story, and its many trials and tribulations that man had to go thru to think that he was capable of Life.

So, Isn’t the first and only question throughout the scriptures, “Who’s in Charge?”

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The Church is…………………..

Christians, We have a problem!

Our identity is in disarray? And it’s our fault.

The looseness of our use of the word “church”and our actions,rituals, has and is not defining who we are as Christians. I see to some extent that maybe we have put the cart before the horse. We as christians have assumed that we are exemplifying the attributes of a christ like life, when in fact we are just a very weak example of a concept of a christ like ideal.

First, the realization of what God’s intention of his creations and their purpose from God’s chosen people,the jews, and then to spread the love for all to be included in his purpose. It is where we need to see the real meaning of what God was telling  and showing the children of Israel  that it was all about Him, in everything for everyone. This understanding  for the children was the practice of the details to comply with God’s identity. It was their manual to be “God’s people”, and their was no other way to this identity. This has in some respects bled thru in the christian life.

God gave them the law and it was written in stone!, so it could not and would not change,no additions or subtractions.This is the method that God speaks for his intentions for his people.

Put ourselves in the mindset of a jewish sect in the various kingdoms that they were a subset in that will bring us to the understanding  of their mindset of what God was going to free them from tyrant kingdoms that kept them in slavery. It was to become a flesh issue in their lives, but not an eternal one.

Secondly, with the inclusion of gentiles it was the dissolving of everything that jewish life was all about as to the rituals that ‘God’s people were and what they were. It couldn’t  include the gentiles, unless they succumbed to the rituals of the jews. This is what the issue with Paul and Peter was in the book of Acts. This united group was just not kosher with the jewish elite. It just couldn’t work in so many ways. This pronouncement that the old way of knowing of who God’s select people were, was not by the written and systematic ways of his people, but by who they were in God, and later to be thru Jesus,the messiah.

It is this second realization that we need to see that, we too need to drop our rituals and ways of becoming ‘God’s people’ as did the jewish community had to realize with the addition of the gentiles in the purpose of God. We have become stuck in the ways of our thinking of ‘creating the kingdom’ that we have missed the fact that we are the kingdom because of our belief in Jesus and his messianic life that, He is the new king of the new kingdom that has given us a new life in not the world but of God’s Life!

Christians need to be the ‘light on the hill’ to be reckonized as ‘God’s people’. This will be who Chirst is. Nothing more,nothing less.

The definition of ‘the Church’ is ‘God’s people’. and nothing else.

God’s desire for Adam in the garden was not slavery, but life. Adam chose slavery, God rectified Adam to bring us to life in Christ, which he shows us in Revelation 21-22.

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