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Tread lightly, my son…

I am a ‘abyie-normal'(reference to a statement in ‘Young Frankenstein’ kind of person. I am always swimming upstream in alot of arena’s. Religion is one of them. I will go up against the norm to challenge it to let it stand up to ‘not persecution’ but to ‘pillars of truth’.

I find it funny and at the same time, sad, that it would come to this but it always what happens when something ‘different’ or ‘new’ to someone when it is challenged to someone’s theology or institution.The ‘log’ that impedes our eyesight is that we not ‘see’ but that we haven’t ‘seen’, because we have been “soundbit’n” for over 500+ years thru the channels of the ‘church’.

Let me expound on this, a Pastor is person that is trying to speak to one small snippet of scripture of a theme,human righteousness, a story, or even a exegesis of a few verses. This paradigm is flawed. It is not using a Corporate Narrative to the Word of God. It(church) cannot ever work this way. The ‘Message’ or ‘Narrative’ cannot be told in a million soundbites over countless Sundays.

I am not sure if it possible to do this with any “Message” to the whole world at a level of this enormous level at a time. But what I do believe that as ‘hearers’ of the Word, or the ‘readers’ of the Word, that we(all) can finally ‘see’ the narrative of God’s story. I believe by starting from the beginning of the story and methodically seeing what God is moving the story along to get to his final scene, that Rest will come to Him.

It is the sincerity of the believers that will bring this mission of uniting all of us to the true Gospel to the World. Reading God’s word with the intent of ‘seeing’ Genesis 1-2 as God’s defining moment of His Kingdom. Realizing that God’s plan for all to be indwelt in the Holy Spirit as is His Son, thus given the title “Sons of God” a reality for all.

My skepticism of the current model is with alot of evidence to this reality of the ‘church'(assembly), one aspect of this would be the fact that the ‘disciples’ have no knowledge of the scriptures after 40+ yrs in the building that was supposed to do this exact thing, learn the word! There seems to be no rhyme or reason of the ‘teaching’ of the word, skipping from here to there in the bible, without any obvious relation to each other. Not realizing that the ‘sole’ issue of the bible starts at the beginning of the narrative, Genesis 1-2, has just been a blind spot from the very beginning of the reformation to now. Although, there seems to be some light shining from this corner, that is gaining some steam to see that this is where the story begins and that it is the Catalyst for the rest of the narrative til the final two chapters in the bible.

It is because we have been down the wrong road from the ‘Y’ intersection that we have missed the wrong message of christianity. It wasn’t about ‘trying’ to get to ‘Heaven’, but it was about having a ‘people’ holy enough to have ‘Heaven’ be on earth as the ‘New Creation’ or the New Kingdom of God.

This concept is now being realized in many of the roads outside the corner church’s, and even in some, it is realized inside the church’s. This is the beginning of what I believe to be the light that will have to be seen not only to the christians inside the building, but also outside in the road’s and highways of the world.

What has really surprised me in all this transfiguration of events is that it was not ‘seen’ sooner. When I have read the bible thru my own studies, I, one, have had problems ‘seeing’ the message that I always was given on sunday morning, there was no evidence of it to be seen. Secondly, I was seeing in plain site the real eternal purpose of God in front of me in the scriptures. Which leads me to another interesting observance of God.

Thru my studying and my involvement with other bible enthusiasts, I have had many ‘words’ used to describe things in the bible. One, being ‘hardened’, which was used in another topical discussion. But it got to me in thinking about it and the usage in the bible, especially in the Old Testament, it was used quite frequently for different times that God was having to deal with individual people or an entity of a group. I believe that God ‘hardened’ Israel to not ‘see’ their Messiah(Jesus) during a prolonged time until it was to be a ‘eye opening’ moment for the Whole World to observe in an Act of God to Showcase His Son, the Savior of the World!!

It is at this time, that the World will come to Him(thru Israel) the servant King to unite all(Israel,Gentile) to come and bow down to the God of All!!

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Where 2 or 3 are gathered…..

I see a different body being portrayed in the years to come.

Not mine, but the body of Christ. It is being molded in a different way because of universal conditions. Let me condition this statement with a bit of clarification, I like to talk about the universal body, the body of the world of Christ’s followers. What I don’t want to do is to make a statement that is just considered a perspective from what country that I live in. This would in fact make my observations skewed in my perspective.

I believe that God has altered man’s way, a way that was going in the wrong direction, that was hampering in the way that God could be seen as the God of All. It has brought about all around the world the social scene of just being with a friend or two to socialize in the daily activities that we have. We are being subjected into the more close knit groups that we have already made in our little world’s. This is where the meat of the close reliability of our true friends can honestly be a great advantage for us to talk frankly to with each other.

Mankind has been pulled in so many directions over the last 40-50 years with social issues,governmental distrust, and just plain confusing life everyday. This may bring the family closer to each other being sequestered together more of the day, it may keep us tight with our friends that we have close by, and to just rely on them more. This change of lifestyle is going to be a life changer for alot of people, it will take away to be accustomed to and to realize that lifestyle has changed, in alot of ways.

Daily life will not be the same, it is what we do because of it that will make the difference in our lives and for ones around us. I see the pattern change to the more smaller units of people being together and socializing together. It will be the need to have the more intimate relationships of friends and family.

God describes this bonding as bonding with him, in as a few people at a time, say two or three, this would be a unit of the body that would stand on its own. God created the body as a complete unit, it is made up of small and unique individuals, groups and clusters of like minded christians. It is small and intimate being with God, that will grow and cultivate that being as Christ, in Christ, and Christlike that will cement ourselves as the body of Christ.

Let me digress here, but will be making a point to this subject. Listening to people on why they go somewhere(church) is usually the #1 reason that they go or say that the reason that they should go, is that ‘they should all be together to have fellowship with the others’, what is astounding is that it does not say anything like this in the scriptures. We are called to ‘be in Him, and He in Us’ this is the only criteria that we need. This is because ‘WE are away from Him’ now. It is this exile that exists that has kept us away from Him because we left Him. This gathering that we think we must have to be ‘labeled the Church’ is sorta funny if you think about it. We aren’t called the church until we all get in the church building? It’s like saying we are not a car until we park ourselves in the garage?!

We are, What we are, wherever you are at. God wants Us in Him,and Him in Us. It’s that simple. Let me a little word picture for you. I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado and it is a very beautiful city and desirable place to go for vacation with alot of things to do for entertainment for family’s. Some tourist places have a large map in their foyer with alot of push pins around the outside of the map. All visitors that come to their business can stick a push pin into the city from where they are from. When a business has been in existence for quite a few years this map can be quite full for push pins, showing from all around the world where they came from to be at this location. If you was to stand back and look at this map it will be filled almost completely with pins.

This Word Picture is exactly what the body represents to God in his intentionalality of Christ’s body. It is his oneness of all mankind each representing Him as us in Him. It is not the pin that is stuck at the church’s location, but the individual that represents Christ unto all the world.

Let us bound ourselves together in 2-3 people to bond and grow in the Lord,to challenge ourselves to have the mind of Christ, to live as Him, and be the BODY OF CHRIST!

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