Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Change of State....

I wasn't going to write about this, because I thought it was maybe something only I had experienced and perhaps wasn't so much spiritually related . . . but could have just been a strange internal physical anomaly . . . but I'm beginning to think a broader event has--is occurring.

Last Wednesday was one of the strangest days I've ever experienced--and I've had some doozies in the past, heh.  To quickly describe it--and it was really beyond words--it was as if different dimensions merged for a moment and bled into each other.  It was like a combination of ongoing deja vu, dreamstate, melancholy, soul/body dislocation . . . and more.  It started in the morning and my wife also seemed to be feeling different, very strange as we talked about it.  It went on through the better part of the day and gradually, gradually faded with some remnants slipping into the next day and so on.

I won't bore you with all the subtle, odd and more personal details to it . . . but all in all, as one having a solid "reformed" Christian world/reality view of things I had to wonder what God was doing.  If I were allowing fanciful suppositions I might suggest that . . . something was happening to that part of my soul, so to speak, which resides already saved in the heavenly places . . . almost as if . . . my body was still operating here on the earth, but I was also elsewhere, but at a place I was not allowed to consciously, materially view in the present. . . . Argh . . . words fail. 

At one point I must admit I was concerned if it only was a brain thing--like how some have described their identity functioning being altered because, as it turned out, a brain tumor was causing cognitive disassociation. . . . It didn't feel necessarily bad, but it was uncomfortable and unnerving as it went on strongly for some hours.  It made me wonder if something had "moved" in the heavens, some decree, or some lined had been crossed as pertains to events in the world.  It didn't help that it was in the midst of this sudden and now ongoing large concern among many as to what could be about to break out related to Syria and the Middle East.

But it is what has happened since that has really got me thinking.  At least here, in our homefront, both Isaac and Sky, independently, have suddenly, within the last day and today, effused off the cuff, about how happy, contented and aware they are of the Spirit.  Sky just got done describing to me and my wife what is clearly a born again type experience he is in the midst of, unprompted by us.  He is deaf, recall, and so misses out on a lot of the language typically used by born again people and people who have obviously had a profound God/JesusHoly Spirit experience.  But it was blatant to us, what he was describing. Again, I won't weigh you down with all the details, but suffice to say that within this same strange period of time, others, I am observing are also having some intense, deep, paradigm shattering SPIRITUAL infusions--all related specifically to the Lord, His very present PRESENCE, transformative . . . uplifting . . . bracing . . . proximate . . . powerful.  To a degree and in a fashion I have not witnessed before. . . .

Has there been a decree go forth--a trumpet blared?  Are squadrons of protecting, guiding and empowering angels, messengers going forth to speak to born again souls in the Spirit . . . perhaps because we really are on the verge of momentous occasion?  Has there been a lot mostly theater and maneuvering until now, but now . . . things are about to get "real"? . . . if you know what I mean?

Clearly, the Spirit is "moving" . . . that much I dare say.  I am just wondering if it is in advance of certain, perhaps specifically prophesied events that are about to take place . . . . . . .?

In any case, after hearing Isaac last night just start effusing, expressing Spirit, out of the blue, and then Skylar this morning, combined with what my wife and I had already been noting in our own realm--the emphasized surreal quality of the past few days beginning with that especially strange one I went through--I am prompted to go ahead and mention it, to share, alert and perhaps open up the topic to other confirmation from other quarters.  As in, I am not certain if this is only a localized "move" . . . or something broader.  Looking at current worldly events . . . I'm suspecting broader. . . .

Anyway, God bless you each that read these words!  I appreciate you more than you know, and a couple of you :) . . . a LOT more than you know:) . . . . Thank you for your comradery and encouragement.  I trust to be contending and fighting the good fight here and about . . . and welcome your cyber-spiritual friendship!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Judgment

"As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. My people, your leaders are misleading you— they're giving you confusing directions."

Isa. 3:12
 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What You Look At Accrues Related Thoughts

Where do thoughts come from?  Does your mind search out thoughts in some ether, find them, bring them in, then those are the ones that you have rattling around in your head?

No . . . that can't be, because first you have to have the thought to go look for other thoughts/ideas and the question remains where did that FIRST thought come from?  Do you conjure it from nothing?

No, they are attached to other thoughts, connected . . . in a train of relationship . . . cause and effects, it would seem (which, note . . . then trigger, attach to and call up related emotions).  All quite mysterious. . . .

Anyhow, here is the most powerful weapon in having it so that your thoughts, and thus emotions, are of a more spiritual kind, rather than just of flesh, carnal, depraved. . . .

It all stems from what you are looking at, what you consistently focus upon.  If you look at the world and at the things and people of the world, then thoughts will attach and accrue relatedly around that object as it takes up residence in your mind (hence the dire need for a change of mind, "metanoia", repentance.)

But if you look at Jesus, at the cross--what He did--then likewise, thoughts of a higher order will accrue and attract to that object within the mind's eye.

Your heart must be made flesh, of course, beforehand . . . for any of this to make sense and have meaning, otherwise it just sounds like gobbledeegook . . . but assuming that, the next step is to work at looking at the cross.  It is holy work . . . and a privilege, a blessing. . . .

Then, as you "thinketh" . . . so are you!  Regeneration commences. . . .

Especially, in these days when the Adversary is using a hundred different shiny objects per hour to distract, misdirect, carnalize . . . . . . . . . Keep focused on the cross.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Oh Wicked Heart, Your Day Is Done

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"  --Jer. 17:9

Deceitful:  deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud

Desperately:  gravely, perilously

Wicked:  evil by nature and in practice

The heart is deceptive, fraudulent, disposed to cheat, defraud . . . and perilously evil by nature and in practice. . . .

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders," --Mark 7:21

"None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God."  --Rom. 3:10-11

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."  --Isa. 64:6
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What we mostly fail to grasp . . . is just how bad off we really are.  We compare ourselves to the worst of the worst and think, "I'm not so bad . . . I'm a pretty good person . . . surely God will see my heart and even though I make a few mistakes here and there, my intentions are overall good. . . . "

But here is the deception, the fraud, the deceitful basic nature of the heart in its fallen condition!  Our intentions are NOT good!  God DOES see our heart and it is rotten, corrupt.

There is little difference between the punk thug who beats to death the old man for a few dollars . . . or the child abuser . . . or the tyrant who enslaves and murders thousands . . . AND the typical heart of the typical fallen person in this world who thinks they are "pretty good" overall.  Time . . . opportunity . . . circumstances are all that separate the wicked heart that acts out versus the one whose evil thoughts stay dormant.

I remember, years ago, looking at myself, into my own thoughts and heart and realizing with a cold shudder . . . that . . . given certain circumstances, opportunities, motivations etc., I was quite capable of perpetrating just as evil an act as any of the worst considered criminals in history.  I knew, ultimately, I was no better, and given the right situation, I was capable and potentially inclined to do anything . . . in a moment of desperation or high temptation. . . .

Don't fool yourself that you are any different.  The Word of God is clear that we ALL are wretches, wickedly hearted and perilously evil BY NATURE!

Nor do we grasp the holiness of God compared to our present state.  We have no idea just how far away we are from the holiness He is and the holiness we must be to exist in His Kingdom.

Nor how desperately in need of a Savior we are. . . .

This is among--if not THE greatest of barriers which keeps us in death spiraling darkness: not appreciating the depth of our innate depravity compared to the loftiness of His holy character. 

Once you see it, however, you are riven through to the core and should be terrified.  It is a holy, righteous terror at the actual condition of things, of YOU!  And there you will find that similarly righteous FEAR . . . which is the beginning of true wisdom. 

Now you know you need a Savior!  The delusion flees that you are "not so bad" . . . and finally you begin to grasp the astounding mercy of the God-man who condescended into this fallen, material world and took upon himself ALL of the wrath, all of the punishment that YOU deserved!

And there is nothing you have done . . . nothing you could do . . . ever . . . to warrant His saving mission on YOUR behalf.  FOR YOU!

And not only that, but His righteousness--His perfect, holy, sinless life--is put in your account, PUT IN THE PLACE OF your long trail of lies, cheating, adulteries, murders, blasphemies, which are legion whether you admit them or not! 

Astounding!  Wondrous!  Amazing!  Merciful!  Gracious!  Kind!  Heroic! What He did . . . for us--for those who have done nothing but hate and rebel, pervert and destroy His creation!

But so many can't see this.  They chaff at the notion that they are sinners.  They think they do good things.  They think, of themselves, they have some merit, some intrinsic worth or increased value by the things they have done or by who they have been.

Once it is revealed to you . . . and you see the actual depraved state of your self and this world . . . you at last come into the halls of your destiny.  For you are called to be a witness and to witness to others . . . what this reality is and what happened at Calvary. 

This is what the Apostles did.  They did not politically agitate, did not try to "change the system."  They did not teach esoteric mystical techniques and practices.  They did not lay a set of rules and say "do this, don't do that, then all will be well."

No, their primary clarion call was CHRIST IS RISEN.  They preached Jesus.  "Look at the Lord, Who He is, what He has done!"  Witnesses they were to risen glory and this they proclaimed above all.

And this is what we are to do.  We witness, attest . . . to our awful, desperate, lost condition and then the unmerited grace that He bestowed in taking on our sins, dying and rising triumphant, so that the wages of sin--death--is conquered evermore. 

We can do no good thing in and of ourselves.  All goodness, all holiness, righteousness . . . comes from GOD, our Lord . . . and our destiny is to be witnesses of His glory, forever. . . .

Life . . . is a waste, a fraud, a meaningless puff in cosmic eternal time . . . unless and until . . . you realize your desperate, wicked and hopeless condition . . . without Christ. 

Then, the angels shout and sing and the Heavens ring with praises for I AM THAT I AM when life is restored . . . at that moment . . . you realize that He lives and will save you if you but repent and surrender to His Lordship!

At last there is meaning; finally there is purpose; life truly begins and the wicked heart's day is done. . . .

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bits And Pieces .....

I see the Syria trigger appearing to be getting cocked.... For any new readers and fwiw, which probably isn't much, years ago, when Syria was not even on anyone's radar and causing no notice at all, and everyone was saying "Iran, Iran" . . . I wrote that I believed Syria was actually the kingpin to final NWO escapades . . . . I had a strange dream, for one thing, at the time, which included a bear--an obvious symbol of Russia's perturbations in the scene . . . . . I actually can't remember the various other reasons or intuitions that caused me to continue to say watch Syria .... but as it has developed and as it appears now . . . it is indeed looking to be a major component in the upcoming chaotic brew......

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Al is back--came back a day or so ago from the Idaho "Beaver Creek" fire.... It was a big, wild, wildfire and I got some new "Fire Tales" video . . . of him recounting some of the intensity and adventures there.... Boy, he barely gets a tiny brake to recover and because of all the other fires, he is likely to be called right back out tomorrow, possibly to the raging Yosemite blaze.  That one looks particularly dangerous to me, because of the terrain and old growth .... yikes....

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Also, I found some video of the last live music performance I managed to do just a couple years back in Park City .... with my ad hoc band of the moment "The Psychotronic Foil" . . . . and . . . even though I was quite disappointed by that whole venture.... I think I will post a couple of the songs performed . . . . .

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And I'm wondering ... is this the fall . . . that starts the big "fall" in earnest? . . . . It seems it has always been expected that one of these September, Octobers . . . is when things will really take off--the "final phase" . . . . . A lot of strange things going on . . . no doubt about that . . .  .
Monitoring ....

Although... meanwhile . . . . always . . . . God above all, let the dead bury the dead and affections set in the world to come, not this soon to be flaming ball of dumb.... :)

...oh and thanks Lee for the heads up on Thunder On The Mountain:) in the comments

Friday, August 23, 2013

Consistency with the Sword & Chief Joseph

Re "anon's" Q as to what I think would be considered a "just war" by America . . . I think the Revolutionary War to secede from the political, economic and religious tyranny of Britain I would support and the War of 1812 which was really just an extension of same . . . . . That's about all I would suggest.  If the Civil War was truly done to end slavery then I would add that one, but I don't think it was . . . however not sure on that because of all the contradictory history as to the real agenda behind it.  It did seem to end slavery, whatever the actual behind-the-scenes reasons . . . and I think a war to end slavery, oppression, state-sanctioned torment of a people would be just.  As in, I would support a war to liberate the imprisoned, enslaved, tortured, oppressed people of North Korea, if that was truly its purpose.  If I were stuck in one of their Satanic communist gulags being tortured, watching my children and wife being tortured, raped, starved and sometimes killed, day after day, year after year . . . I would be praying for and ecstatically grateful if some country or army attacked the Godless, totalitarian regime to liberate me and my loved ones . . . for sure.

In any case, whatever wars have been "just" or "unjust" in light of scripture . . . so far, I know that God has allowed them all, and so, at the very least I know that they work toward His ultimate good and perfect purposes and are in within His sovereign decree. . . .

The alternative is that wars have been happening . . . which God hasn't been able or willing to prevent or control, serving no ultimate purpose--pointless, tragic, for no good reason . . . which would mean that God is either weak, cruel, apathetic, indifferent or confused . . . which I don't believe for one second, and in fact, consider a blasphemous conception of Him.

Actually, God has used and continues to use war as a mode of judgment, correction and to effect His will on earth . . . sometimes commanding it affirmatively to His people, other times bringing it via enemies for chastisement upon His people--He is apparently not as squeamish about such things as are some who claim to believe in Him.

God provides that the state should bear the "sword" in executing justice.

"For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."  --Romans 13:4

Consistency . . . . . . To be consistent, if you totally disavow self defense and the execution of justice with the sword then you cannot be paying taxes and must divorce yourself from the benefits that result from the fact that there are those whose duty it is protect, defend and serve God-sanctioned state justice.
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Hey Jon, thanks for asking re a good book on Chief Joseph :) ....... I think it might be hard to find, but its just a little paperbook that I enjoyed the most, well written and documented ... called "Thunder On The Mountain" by Giff Cheshire published by Curtis Books....
If you were really interested in the subject and can't find it I would be happy to loan you mine..... It's actually something I've thought of doing before.. which is probably totally unrealistic and kooky in this day and age... but doing a kind of book loaning thing with select, trustworthy people (like yourself:) .... where I have got some great, hard to find books on a lot of subjects .... I'm such a fan of reading and books! .... I hate seeing the new generation not being able to read and not caring about all this great writing that has gone on in the past and especially before politically correctness (Marxist propaganda) has now such a stranglehold on everything ......
God bless



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Consistency Is Important

Consistency . . . . . theological . . . intellectual . . . spiritual. . . .

I believe it is important because it has to do with truth and truth is the all in all.  God IS the truth, so the closer we get to Him the more we ought be knowing and experiencing and expressing the truth.  Lies are abhorrent to the Truth and it is the "father of lies" who would (if he could) wreck God's intentions for creation.

I find that having a consistent, ordered "worldview" and thus, consistent theological understanding of our situation here . . . is like the tumblers in a lock.  Having the right "combination" . . . opens the locked mechanism.  Whereas, if you are just guessing, trying this and that, and maybe you have one number right but not the others . . . the lock remains closed, fast.

In a similar way, I find that if I have the right doctrines in mind-the ones that correspond and are consistent with the way things actually are . . . it opens up channels, so to speak, in my mind, heart, soul . . . that make it easier, quicker, stronger . . . for the Holy Spirit to do His sanctifying work of regeneration in me. 

Inconsistencies or wrong understandings, however, are like those still locked tumblers that stand in the way of a fuller, richer experience, comprehension of His reality and purposes.

Wrong ideas believed to be true and acted upon also tend to attract other wrong ideas--they stack upon each other, trying to support the initial fallacious notion . . . and before long you are lost in the woods, off the track altogether . . . or stuck in some swampy ditch going in circles.  Here is where heresy sprouts, cults begin, and the doctrines of devils becomes the guide.

"Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons."  --1 Tim. 4:1

Let me give an example of an inconsistency that occurred to me this morning which led to this topic.

It is commonly understood, and you will hear many a preacher say it, that:  " . . no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit."  --1 Cor. 12:3

Preachers and teachers of the Word will often reiterate how they are only able to "sow the seed", "preach the Gospel" . . . but that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict, convert a person who is "dead in their sins."  They will assert that it is not they (the preacher) who do the converting, but God who changes a person's heart so that the person is able to receive the truth of the Gospel.  The preacher is called to announce, exhort, proclaim etc., but the preacher will nearly always admit that it must be God who does convicting.  Right?  Haven't you heard this many, many times?

But a large portion of these same preachers . . . will also say . . . that it is up to the man--up to the person being exhorted--whether the man chooses God or not . . . through free will . . . if he will accept the Gospel or not.

So which is it?

Here we have an inconsistency.

And this is where many go mushy, not being consistent.

Is it that the Holy Spirit, GOD does the convicting, the converting?  Because that is what the preacher will say:  "I only sow the seed . . . I can only present the Gospel . . . I can't convince you . . . the Holy Spirit must convince you."

At the same, the preacher will say:  " YOU must decide . . . it is up to YOU . . . whether you accept the truth or not."

Inconsistent, I dare say, this. . . .







Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Killed All The Day Long

I've said all along that . . . when looking at geo-politics and the current state of the world and its power actors . . . that the primary policy objective, whether disguised in this or that social/political agenda . . . is really . . . just the persecution and execution of Christians and the goal of eliminating Biblical teaching from the face of the earth.

And this keeps being proved, as in recent years, when there is war or revolution, though it is rarely or barely reported, the first things and people assaulted are Christian churches, Christian families, priests, pastors, nuns, believing children . . . all their property. . . . It is first on the agenda.  Because man hates God, Who is the God of the Bible, and the Adversary seeks little more than to harass, torment, confuse and kill the disciples and followers of the Lord.

There is little more obvious than this, once you have the eyes to see it; there it is, time and time again.

"Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." --Psalm 44:22

But oh, what a great honor it is, to be counted as one of His sheep, and to walk even for moments the trail of His path . . . !  This life a vapor, but the riches and kingdom to come, forever!

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The true Christian in the present day must never be surprised to find that they have constant trials to endure. Sinful human nature never changes. So long as they serve the world, and walk in the broad way, little perhaps will be said against them. Once let them take up the cross and follow Christ, and there is no lie too monstrous, and no story too absurd, for some to tell against them, and for others to believe. But let them take comfort in the thought that they are only drinking the cup which their blessed Master drank before them. The lies of their enemies do them no injury in heaven, whatever they may on earth. Let them bear them patiently, and not fret, or lose their temper. When Christ was reviled, “He reviled not again” (1 Peter 2:23). Let the Christian do likewise.

What does it cost to be a true Christian?
“It will cost a man the favor of the world. He must be content to be thought ill of by man if he pleases God. He must count it no strange thing to be mocked, ridiculed, slandered, persecuted, and even hated. He must not be surprised to find his opinions and practices in religion despised and held up to scorn. He must submit to be thought by many a fool, an enthusiast, and a fanatic – to have his words perverted and his actions misrepresented. In fact, he must not marvel if some call him mad.
“I dare say this also sounds hard. We naturally dislike unjust dealing and false charges, and think it very hard to be accused without cause. We should not be flesh and blood if we did not wish to have the good opinion of our neighbors. It is always unpleasant to be spoken against, and forsaken, and lied about, and to stand alone. But there is no help for it. The cup which our Master drank must be drunk by His disciples. They must be ‘despised and rejected of men’ (Isaiah 53:3). Let us set down that item last in our account. To be a Christian it will cost a man the favor of the world.”

J.C.Ryle

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fires and Chief Joseph

Alexander our son is still out on the front lines of the fire battles. . . . We keep missing his once in a while calls to update us on the land line where the firefighters up there line up on a given day to quickly use the one phone that shows up on our ID as a toll free number, so we are not absolutely certain which fire he is at but we are pretty sure it is the big monster near Sun Valley Idaho called the Beaver Creek Fire.  It's up to over 100,000 acres now and last we heard they had around a 1000 firefighters on the scene . . . which is a lot!  In a normal extreme situation by regulation he is only suppose to be out on the line for 14 days max, then a mandatory 2 day rest and reorganize at home, then back . . . but in some cases they are called to do an extension--extra days beyond the 14.  Wednesday would be the 14th day out for him . . . so he may be able to return for a bit . . . or not . . . if they extend because of the seriousness of the giant blaze.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/19/us-usa-wildfire-idaho-idUSBRE97E18T20130819

That is a beautiful area--the Sawtooth wilderness in Idaho. . . . I went there a few times as a boy and really loved it; so wild and rugged.  Nez Perce' country and not too far from where Chief Joseph made his famous retreat from U.S. army, although Joseph started on the east end of Oregon and clipped across northern Idaho, while Al is more in the south we suspect.  [That is an amazing story, btw, and well worth a good read on, how Joseph and his small band of warriors, women and children managed to constantly slip through the lines of the army, fighting all the way, up to the sad ending and final battle on the Montana/Canada border.  Most of the chief's top warriors were gone by then, but he still lived and eventually surrendered, when he gave his famous speech with the words, "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever."]

Anyway--thanks for your prayers for Al, if you've been so led, that he and the others maintain in safety in a rough situation.....

And God bless you!
 
Chief Joseph
 
 
 

                                                                  Nez Perce' warriors


Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Million OTHER Things . . .

It strikes me regularly--(because I intentionally call it up to my mind to so be struck:)--how much "drama" and contention people provoke or cause . . . which is totally unnecessary.

The reason I regularly think about it is in order to make sure I myself am not engaged in time and energy wasting enterprises which tend to be nothing more than the accouterments surrounding idol worship in one guise or another.

It is so easy to drift away, chasing this or that new "love" or fascination, infatuated yet again . . . by some thing . . . or some one . . . OTHER than the One Who should be the focus of our attention.

But here's what you will find.  Even those claiming to be believers very often don't really want God.  He is just another hobby, distraction, or means to self fulfillment.  They don't love God for God's sake, but for their own sake--what it gets them to purportedly believe in and "serve" God.

It's a difficult situation, no doubt.  For in our natural fallen state . . . we simply and completely DON'T WANT GOD.  We aren't interested. 

Left to ourselves, we would never genuinely seek Him out, let alone submit and die for Him.

Oh, many claim to want Him, seek Him; but far more often than not, such pursuits are just another disguised form of self seeking, self fulfilling, covered by a cloak of good intentions.

It is a miracle of sorts . . . when God reaches out, raises you from the dead, and instills the REAL desire and yearning to seek Him and submit. 

But you will more often see those who . . . seem to be initially touched by an encounter with the Divine, but then, go no further . . . and instead go about busying themselves in all sorts of pursuits and dramas and contentions and controversies OTHER than focusing on the real God, because truly, they don't love God; they love themselves and others more.

So . . . interpersonal relationships, family, friends, followers, sycophants, new "gurus", earth changes, aliens, "Zionists", AntiChrist, past lives, arguments, body care, politics, celebrities, survivalism, dreams, business, security--A MILLION AND ONE THINGS occupy the bulk of one's thought, energy, attention . . . with a few shallow, quick nods at God, or mentions of Jesus . . . while TRULY . . . in the heart, in the mind . . . He is mostly shunted to a corner, worn on the sleeve now and again . . . as ten thousand other objects take turns taking precedence. . . .

Of course, all such things have their place and are dealt with as needed . . . and there are seasons when a project or situation demands extra attention--but even in these, He should always be first.  How is He TRULY glorified in the way the thing is handled?  As Imago Dei--being in His image--are we acting and thinking and feeling in ways that glorify and worship Him through us?

Or is it just off to the races, and eventually, as an afterthought, "oh, yeah . . . too late . . . but what would Jesus have done?"

So much drama . . . so much intensity, passion, focus . . . is spent on . . . general nonsense and things that are basically meaningless and temporarily self-serving . . . which things will be just consumed in fire . . . WHEREAS we could be spending our time and care and attention . . . properly . . . on those things He has commanded us to do.

Now, of course we fail, even when rightly directing our sentiments toward the Lord . . . instead of at creatures, things and our self . . . BUT . . . for those who truly love God . . . ALL things work to the good, including our missteps, falterings and trip-ups!

It really is profoundly simple . . . and powerful.  What . . . who . . . do you love?  Above all?

The answer to that basic question--which is alight in the first and greatest of all commandments--will show itself . . . in the bulk of your thoughts and energy and attention and focus . . . day to day.

Is it in a hundred and one things OTHER than God and His Holy Word which He has so graciously provided? . . . and in something OTHER than working out His will with fear and trembling . . . day to day, seeking to glorify Him in all that you do and devote your time to?

Or, is the answer shown by those many other things, dramas, people, self projects, interests and infatuations that every day, beginning at waking, is filled up with?

We can pray for . . . mercy.  We can pray for Him to give us passion and love for Him--more and more.  We can pray that all things we are engaged in that are not glorifying to Him be diminished and put in their proper places--no thing and no one reigning ABOVE Him on our self-made altars.  We can pray that our hidden idols crumble and are destroyed--all the self deceit, the compromising, the secret lying and hiding. . . .

This is what He wants.  He wants . . . and is getting . . . a people for Himself, who He will perfect.

And we can pray for that perfecting process to be accelerated, strengthened, honed, and we can study and practice and focus in HIS direction, which is eternal; not on the passing fancies of Godless beasts and demoniacs who currently bedazzle the world. . . .

We can . . . and should . . . and will want to . . . pray for increasing and perfecting love of God ABOVE all else, leaving the childish things to the children and the babes, as we pray for the desire to advance in maturity in the Spirit. . . .

These things I pray, earnestly, today!

God bless :) 

Friday, August 16, 2013

God or Man Centered?

I think there's something to it. . . . And it reminds me of pro-Rome apologists I've heard in debate with Reformed proponents.  The Romist says, "Yes, the Word of God is important . . . but it is not the final authority."  The Catechism says, “Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.”  However, the church and tradition, in practice take precedence.

I had an unsettled, disturbed feeling when I've heard the Papist arguing against the Bible as being wholly sufficient.  Scripture alone is not adequate to reveal God's directives--we need (fallible) man to interpret and add what is ultimately necessary for salvation. . . .

Likewise, I get the same sense when I hear someone arguing against God's sovereignty being absolutely supreme when they say that man's "free will" is the final determinate. 

I think to myself:  If I have a choice between God's will versus man's will as being the final authority, every time I am going to side with God!

Do we have a God whose ultimate decrees are utterly, absolutely fulfilled?  Or do we have a God who wishes, pines, hopes that His will is achieved, but it rests in man whether this is so?  As in, God WANTS that everybody be saved, but only a few will be, because the ultimate decision (power) lies in man; or, is God a perfect Savior who saves every single soul He chooses to and NONE are lost that He wants for Himself?

If scripture is unclear and there seems to be evidence for both views, I am going to fall on the side of God's sovereignty every time! 

But actually scripture is not unclear and I find that those who fight for supremacy of man's will above God's have simply not taken the time nor made the effort to search the thing out.  They go by their own light in the matter, rather than let the Word say what it does.

"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things."  Isaiah 45:7

So, let's consider the "free will" advocate who claims to love God and be saved.  Why did he get saved and another one didn't?  He would have to say (though he won't) that he chose God . . . because he is just a bit more spiritual than the one who didn't.  I mean, really . . . if it is up to man to chose God rather than the other way around, how can it be avoided that the one choosing God doesn't have some cause to boast? 

If we look even just a little bit harder, there can NEVER be a reason to boast.  Your intellect, your emotional proclivities, your gifts and opportunities . . . come from things like . . . who your parents were . . . and the genetic make-up THEY provided you . . . and you happened to be born into a certain place and time . . . and certain events transpired (over which you have no control) to bring you to a place where you (supposedly) decided to choose God. 

But look at all of the things that went together there over which you had no control, no say-so.  The kind of brain, the type of heart, the stamina of the body--ALL are inherited from others and work to give you your various talents, opportunities, inclinations etc.  You can claim credit for none of it!  [Unless, like Joseph Smith, who hated Reformed Christianity, you invent the notion of a pre-existence, where, because of your worthiness there . . . you are born into such and such favorable circumstances, ie., NOT black where those who were "fence-sitters" and "lazy" are born colored as a demerit.]

The idea that anyone . . . in and of themselves . . . has a greater ability to be "good" and choose God . . . is an illusion--a self delusion.  You can just look at it and see that virtually everything that you "have" as a capacity or ability or inclination . . . to be just that little bit more "spiritual" such that you chose God . . . HAS ALL come from something or someone else, whether through inherited genetics or favorable circumstances. 

Now, you might argue, "no, it is because I studied and pondered and analyzed things that I figured it out!" 

And I say, can you not see that your very ABILITY to study, ponder, analyze and figure things out comes from the kind of intellect and "heart" you happened to inherit? 

But--and this is what makes me uneasy, like the Romist arguing for the supremacy of tradition over scripture--the "free will" advocate will vociferously contend that it was THEIR will, THEIR choosing, THEIR action and energy etc., that won the day!

And I sit and wonder . . . why . . . why . . . does a person fight--FIGHT!--so hard for the idea that man's free will . . . is what determines the Book of Life in the end . . . NOT God's will. . . .

If the question and evidence is murky (which I suggest it is not once you seriously study it out) I am still going to side with GOD every time!  There can be NOTHING for me to boast of in it!  Not a shred.  Not even a tiny bit--this "I chose". . . .

God centered . . . or man centered . . . THAT is the question. . . .

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Better the Desert Walk in Truth

Something I observe. . . .

Better is walking with truth in the desert . . . than dancing in falsity on a cliff. . . .

This is not always the case but seems to be general happening; that is, that when you are first saved, there is a wave of grace.  The Spirit sends an emotional blast and an excitement at having found/been found by--the Truth.  I think He does this for the "babe in Christ" to give us encouragement and energy in the beginning of our new walk, and He holds the demonic attacks at bay . . . for a season.

There is a season of joy, exuberance and faith . . . which lasts for a while. . . .

But then, as you begin to mature (in Christ) the Spirit seems to recede and it seems that you are left on your own . . . to trudge in advancing.

What too often happens, is that people get discouraged and start to question, doubt . . . and begin casting about for a "new" experience.  Here is where it gets dangerous, for there is a temptation to latch onto some novel, fanciful "new" interpretation. . . . This is where it is easy to end up following some new "teacher" or guru who again provides that "pop"--excitement and "spiritual experience".

But what should happen (and I dare say DOES happen) to the genuinely saved Believer . . . is a steady, grounded regeneration of the MIND and intellect, in searching out and grappling with correct doctrine.  You get into the Word and the mind starts into a process where, little by little, falsities and misguided notions begin to be winnowed out and away.

An emotional experience which is not grounded and guided by correct "intellectual" principles tends to go off the rails, and is susceptible to being hijacked "mystical" forces and false teaching.

But this can be a somewhat "dry" experience--a "desert walk"--where the soul beings to doubt because it FEELS as if the Spirit has left.

However, He hasn't left, but is watching and leading you just from a "higher" actually SPIRITUAL place, which is beyond mere emotionalism and sentimentality.

Your MIND is becoming regenerated.  The HEART will follow.  It is dangerous (albeit strongly tempting) to reverse that order and the Enemy will be constantly trying to do just that in prompting you to be discouraged, and many take the bait . . . run from the desert . . . and go to join others dancing in some novel ecstasy . . . on a cliff. 

 The Adversary employs various "pied pipers" who will encourage you abandon your "dry" walk, and they will harangue and deceive you into viewing the seemingly lonely walk of maturity--that it is too "legalistic" . . . too "doctrinal" . . . too "patriarchal", "authoritarian" or some other pejorative . . . enticing you instead to something more "free", "new", "heartfelt". . . .

Emotion and sentimentality have their places, but "repentance" is a CHANGE OF THE MIND--and that is where the Spirit commences the WORK of regeneration, sanctification.  The new "heart of flesh" is then able to react appropriately to Truth . . . as He (Truth) is taking possession of your being, your "temple". . . .

Compared to the incredible gift and grace we are given . . . exercising some mature patience, steadfastness, longsuffering--during the somewhat lonely, desert walk seasons--should be the least we can do!  All the while continuing to express our gratitude, HAPPY to carry our cross for as long as He sees fit; where He knows exactly and lovingly just what we can bear and what is best for our ongoing ACTUAL spiritual growth. . . .

Better the desert walk in truth . . . than dancing in falsity on a cliff. . . .
God bless :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Envying The Dead

You can get your heaven now.  It's easy.  If you go with the flow and accede to the downward pull of a certain gravity you will gain momentum; and the way is broad as you find you can swing from side to sides and still be maintaining your plummeting trajectory. . . .

VS.

The struggle, the fight, the daily grind of battling against your sin nature, constantly beset by temptation and guilt. . . .

Many go the easy way, for in this world, that is where the faster rewards often lie, in "getting with the program" and joining in the crowd who will laud and encourage you.

For the (temporary) ruler of this world is eager to see you fall away from your fight and that you just give in to his system of seduction and rewards.

Doors will be opened, ways will be paved, "friends" will appear with connections and lubricants to make your entry into their schemes pleasant and quick.

VS.

Those who resist, who are then attacked, maligned, marginalized, mocked and their way made hard.

Like Asaph (in Psalm 73) sometimes the elect starts to envy the unbeliever.  He or she looks at their easy wealth, their security, their powerful connections--how they are honored everywhere they go and even doubt can creep in.  "Has God forgotten me?  Have I done something wrong?  Why does it seem to go so easy for the unbeliever and so hard for me?"

Then there is a scene . . . of the Christians huddled together in the stadium, hearing the jeers of the free citizens, the wealthy and powerful looking down, as the lions are let in. . . .

Do we believe or not?  DO WE BELIEVE OR NOT!?

God forbid we should ever envy the unbelievers who get their paltry plate of "heaven" now, being winded and dined and lauded by The Father of Lies and the demonic hordes who fly to and fro seducing fools into eternal destruction!

DO WE BELIEVE OR NOT!  If not, then GO! . . . RUN! . . . to the gatherings of the wicked who hate God and hate His saints; dash to their side and take up your sticks and stones and brands to harry the faithful!  Do not linger on the fence claiming repentance and devotion to Christ while languishing in envy and lust for the temporary rewards given by the devil to his followers, secretly wishing you were amongst them!

This world is as close to hell as the believer will ever get and you say you cannot brave it with dignity and grace for one vaporous season, as it comes and goes in a flash, while glorious eternity waits to receive you, on account of what Another did to save you?!

What fool envies the damned?!

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.  --Rev. 20:11-12

The earth and heavens flee from His presence . . . and there is no place for them?  We are seeing here the ultimate "coming down of the curtain."  It will be like a theater--a play--that has been so engrossing . . . that everyone involved . . . forgot and lost themselves in their roles, engaged in the drama, moment by moment . . . BUT THEN, the lights come on, the music stops and all are standing there revealed as just wearing costumes and God Himself appears, shattering all the illusions, the dreaming, the plans and schemes . . . mid-sentence . . . . . And all realize that the present earth and sky were but a stage--props, temporary, useful for a season, but they are pulled away, dissolved, gone . . . AND THE ONLY REALITY--TRUE REALITY--is all that's left standing there . . . game over, party done, the madness and chaos of the creatures' rebellion SHUT DOWN with a blinding light and a searing thunder . . . all are awakened . . . to the sudden awful moment . . . where now, what's done is done . . . and the only question remaining . . . is whether you relied on your self and your own works and doings? . . . or on Jesus, the One True Savior . . . of the world?

One group has their names written in the Book of Life; the other group is slated for the lake of fire.

Do you want to be caught then envying the damned and the dead?

So do not do it now!  What faith is there in that? 

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."  --Heb. 11:6

Rewards . . . now . . . given by Satan, pleasing the self? . . . .

Or, rewards as God wills it in HIS time, dead to self, alive in Christ, beginning now . . . and forever? . . . .

Friday, August 9, 2013

Just War

God bless you bj . . . but your pet theory of compulsory passivity is simply not Biblical, as I've demonstrated via scripture already before when you brought it up. . . .
The proof is overwhelming although I know you'll continue to refuse to see it, but
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"The teaching of the Bible leads the Christian to presuppose the possibility of a just war. There are five arguments that show that war is not necessarily sinful (though, of course, a particular war may be), and that war can indeed be the righteous response to evil.

First, God, through the inspired words of Scripture, depicts Himself as a “man of war” engaged in battle against His enemies (Ex. 15:3-9; Isa. 42:13). The Lord reveals that He is “mighty in battle” (i.e. warfare; Ps. 24:8). He describes Himself as using weapons of war (e.g., the sword and arrows; Deut. 32:41-42) to take vengeance on His enemies. If warfare is always evil and the warrior is always acting sinfully when wielding his weapons, then God could not depict His nature and ways by reference to war. The fact that God so extensively associates Himself with war and the warrior indicates that war can be just. The Messiah, the Lord Jesus, is also depicted as a warrior engaged in battle in both the Old and New Testaments (Ps. 110; Rev. 19:11-21).

Second, God commanded Israel to engage in war and went forth with His people to give them victory in battle. This included the charge to destroy the Canaanites and the commands related to the defense of the land of Palestine against invaders and oppressors (e.g., Judg. 4:6-7; 6:11-17; 1 Chron. 14:8-17). God cannot command His people to do that which is intrinsically evil.
Third, the Lord gave specific instructions on the conduct of war in His revealed law (Deut. 20:1-20). All of the laws of God are just. Therefore, it follows that war itself is just if the laws of God concerning it are followed.

Fourth, men of God, such as Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, and David, engaged in warfare with God’s approval and help. Furthermore, the New Testament specifically endorses the warfare of these men as examples of faith in God and what faith can accomplish (Heb. 11:33-34).
Fifth, the New Testament does not repeal the Old Testament law in regard to war, and specifically upholds, in principle, the civil magistrates authority to go to war. The sword that is given by the Lord to the civil ruler, which he does not wield in vain as God’s minister, is a weapon of war and a symbol of warfare (Rom. 13:1-4). Additionally, Jesus, John the Baptist, and Peter did not call soldiers who believed in God to leave their profession of arms (Luke 7:9; 3:14; Acts 10).

The just war position recognizes that every war comes about because of the evil in the heart of man (cf. James 4:1-2). If we lived in a world where all men sought to love God and their neighbor there would be no war. However, the truth is that wicked men yet abound and seek to tyrannize other men and nations through their weapons and armies. It is the righteous duty of civil rulers to act to stop the rapine and murder of their people by wicked assailants and restore peace (1 Tim. 2:2). So, even though the genesis of war is found in the evil of man, the taking up of arms to stop that evil can be righteous."

http://www.visionforumministries.org/issues/ballot_box/a_christian_perspective_on_jus.aspx

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Truth Haters

It's obvious here locally that the L.D.S. church leaders are increasingly flummoxed by the truth getting out on "the church's" shady history--especially the various cons and sexual escapades of it's so-called "prophet" Joseph Smith.  The Internet is here and at the touch of a few keystrokes questioning Mormons, if they dare, are able to find out a lot.  There are also several locally produced Christian apologetic cable shows that are hammering away at the contradictions, lies and obfuscation "the church" once use to easily get away with.

So, on one of the old AM radio talk stations here (the one I use to have a show on) each week a Mormon obfuscator comes on and attempts to distract, misdirect, fluff, and smokescreen the audience in regards to some of the more glaring issues that are really causing doubt among the "members."  The Mormon author and obfuscating guest-host is Michael Ash touting his book "Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt" . . . which is a book specifically designed to wrangle doubting "members" back into the fold.

It was painful to listen to, but I tried . . . just long enough to hear one fellow who called the show saying, "Well, I'm glad you wrote your book, but I don't really see the need for it.  In fact, I couldn't care less even if the Book of Mormon was a complete fairytale!  All I know is what I feel, and so I know 'the church' is true!"

Yes, I know . . . it's pathetic, scary and frightfully distressing . . . but quite common, this line of "thinking" amongst church members.  And as the fraudulent nature of Joseph's Smith's character and claims become better known . . . and as the lack of evidence and outright fraudulent nature of the B. of M. and related "revealed" texts becomes more obvious . . . this is indeed the new line of "reasoning" that apologists like Michael Ash are using and what I hear many "members" spouting.

That is, they say they  don't really care whether the Book of Mormon is actually true--it doesn't matter--because what it teaches and what "the church" offers and does overall . . . FEELS so "good."

Truth?  Awww . . . not that important.  Feelings?  Yes!

Which . . . is basically the same philosophy/religion the WORLD espouses.  If it "feels" "good" . . . do it--whatever makes you FEEL better is A-ok!

This matter of the Mormon church losing members because of information now easily available on the Internet (showing "the church's sordid history and fraudulent foundation) is such a big problem, it was recently covered in the New York Times.

****On  July 20, 2013, the New York Times published an article and video (“Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt") featuring the testimony of Hans Mattsson, a Swede who once served as a local area authority in his country (third quorum of the Seventy, 2000-2005).
 According to the article:
"When fellow believers in Sweden first began coming to him with information from the Internet that contradicted the church’s history and teachings, he dismissed it as ‘anti-Mormon propaganda,’ the whisperings of Lucifer. He asked his superiors for help in responding to the members’ doubts, and when they seemed to only sidestep the questions, Mr. Mattsson began his own investigation.”
However, Mattsson--who is a third generation Mormon--felt his life “began to crumble” when he found out historical information on Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon that did not coincide with what he had been taught. The New York Times theorized:
“Around the world and in the United States, where the faith was founded, the Mormon Church is grappling with a wave of doubt and disillusionment among members who encountered information on the Internet that sabotaged what they were taught about their faith, according to interviews with dozens of Mormons and those who study the church.”
The article quoted Mattsson,
“I felt like I had an earthquake under my feet,” said Mr. Mattsson, now an emeritus area authority. “Everything I’d been taught, everything I’d been proud to preach about and witness about just crumbled under my feet. It was such a terrible psychological and nearly physical disturbance.”****   http://www.mrm.org/hans-mattsson
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With this or any other idol, it all boils down to the FIRST commandment.  Do you love your feelings, you idol, the present comfort of YOUR SELF . . . MORE THAN GOD?  Or is God the Lord of your life--of your mind, heart, body, soul......?!?!?!

HE won't be fooled!  He knows every hidden corner of your fallen, deceitful, wicked heart.  And the only way you can be saved from your slavery to it, is in becoming the bond servant of the Master Jesus, whose pure and perfect heart stands in the place of your own, which then the Father sees!

The stakes are so high . . . . . . . It baffles me that people don't care enough to search for the TRUTH, no matter how uncomfortable it gets and whatever personal idol may be renounced. 

Such people . . . I say . . . don't really believe in God.  Well, actually, it's worse than that.  They know God exists, somewhere in the depths of their being, but, they hate Him, they reject Him.  So, with that, of course TRUTH is hated and rejected too.

Terrifying . . . that . . . . . ~!




Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"There Was I" (and fire pics)

You never want your Christianity to be just a different form of self expression--something you take pride in, in yourself.  As if, let's say before you were into running, or bike racing or business . . . and you excelled--but then you "got Jesus" . . . and now "Christianity" is your thing and you "excel" at that.  You just trade idols--cash in one repository of pride for another, only now it's worse because you've glossed it over with religiosity.

A bad habit, and a crucial one to break in the process of sanctification, is the tendency while looking at all the lost ones, to think you are better than them.  Better off indeed you are (once saved) but never forget it is only by God's grace that now you can See.  It is nothing you did or warranted.

When you make a new habit of recalling how lost you yourself once were, and how only by God's mercy have you been rescued, then you can start leaving that self-righteous station with it's taint of spiritual haughtiness which the Spirit so abhors.

It is an easy new idolatry to slip into. . . . The idol of your newfound "faith in Christ."  The fruits of the Spirit are "love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."  So, are these rising and abounding in you?  Or mostly just judgment, condemnation, criticism, arrogance, loftiness--self love cloaked in religious garb?

This is a doozy.  A tough nut to crack, subtle, hidden and slippery. . . .

It is best faced head on, confessed, repented of and thereafter resisted, when realizing that you are looking down on others, forgetting that, not so long ago "there was I". . . .

"I pray, Lord, to see hypocrisy and pride defeated in me, so that I never forget Your grace and mercy and love, Who rescued me, based on no merit of my own, but only what You have Sovereignly decreed!"

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Okay, if you haven't noticed it, we got the latest video up of Al vividly describing his last fire fighting battle.....there on Youtube (see link to the right). . . . .

Here are some pics from the battlegrounds....................

Monday, August 5, 2013

Happy the soul . . .

"Satan is the arch-counterfeiter. As we have seen, the Devil is now busy at work in the same field in which the Lord sowed the good seed. He is seeking to prevent the growth of the wheat by another plant, the tares, which closely resembles the wheat in appearance. In a word, by a process of imitation he is aiming to neutralize the Word of Christ. Therefore, as Christ has a Gospel, Satan has a gospel too; the latter being a clever counterfeit of the former. So closely does the gospel of Satan resemble that which it parades, multitudes of the unsaved are deceived by it."

"In contradistinction to the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of Satan teaches salvation by works. It inculcates justification before God on the ground of human merits. Its sacramental phrase is "Be good and do good"; but it fails to recognize that in the flesh there dwelleth no good thing. It announces salvation by character, which reverses the order of God’s Word—character by, as the fruit of, salvation."

"To the one who delights in the sovereignty of God the clouds not only have a 'silver lining' but they are silvern all through, the darkness only serving to offset the light!"

"Daily living by faith on Christ is what makes the difference between the sickly and the healthy Christian, between the defeated and the victorious saint."

"Happy the soul that has been awed by a view of God's majesty"

a.w.pink

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Gift of Spiritual Hunger and Faith

Well, I sat down to write this morning and had a few ideas I was thinking of addressing . . . but then, well the following just kinda flowed through and took the "pen", fwiw...a sort of poem or psalm or whatever it might be considered.....
Thank you for checking in:)
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I can't help it.  I'm fascinated by God, His character, and all beings and things related thereat.  The worlder thinks it obsessive, and maybe it is.  But I don't imagine it would be better, if one is to be obsessed and/or brooding on some subject, that it ought be issues of temporality--things that come and go and have no eternal significance.  People follow politics, social issues, celebrities' activities, latest scandals, business, recreation. . . . And such things have their place, for we are here in a material world with its needs and requirements, such as maintain us within a certain flow of ephemera. . . . But looking through our glasses darkly, is it not more fitting for one considering themselves a disciple of the very Lord of the universe, to constantly, within the flux of daily living, to be looking towards the Light?  To be striving, wrestling, dividing, appreciating . . . just what is that holy Light, which is the cause of all . . . and especially knowing that it is a Person Who is the cause of all?

And one thing clearer than most in such practice . . . is that this predilection, this drive . . . to search out the things and character of God . . . comes from a motivation . . . that is instilled.  You either have such a compulsion, or not.  Those who don't . . . can't fathom why anyone would bother.  Almost every other thing is more interesting and pressing to them than contemplating Deity, let alone His offered Word.

However, the seeker finds . . . that within himself or herself . . . there is something like a hunger and a thirst, which is of a subtle nature--not of the bodily needs, but must, I dare say, pertain to what we generally know as "spiritual."  It includes the mental and the emotional and also is of a sense that is above and beyond the usual machinations related to mere surviving and thriving in the present world.

As all things come from God, we must know that this spiritual craving is a gift He has given us so that we are driven to find and know Him . . . intimately . . . as does a child to the father; and what greater thrill can there be to know that the Creator wills that we should know Him and that He gives us the promptings and abilities to do so!

Of all gifts given, surely this ranks at the top, for it is what compels us to the spirit of repentance and includes the acquisition of faith--FAITH . . . which is as a spiritual substance, like a manna which nourishes and sustains and adheres us . . . to taste somewhat, even in this dark, fallen world, the sweet glories of Heaven.

You who are of faith, be glad in your hearts always, no matter what the world brings . . . as all its pomp and noise and terrors are doomed to fade and disintegrate beneath the crushing feet of judgment in the wine-press of God.

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  --Cor.18-21

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Wild Elect and No Special "Precious"

Hey Jon, I hope it is ok I just put up here that post you mentioned (see below) in case others might also find it interesting.  Over the years I have amassed a fairly decent library of books--some rare and obscure--covering all kinds information about the history, culture, religious beliefs of Native Americans in doing research for a book I hope to finish some day. . . . In general I have long been interested in how "native" peoples apart from Christian contact sometimes have developed beliefs and religious culture that contains what appears to be what we think of as "Biblical" teachings.  I personally believe that God--with Jesus and the Holy Spirit--can and has revealed Himself to people who have never heard of the Bible and do not know the name of Jesus.  It is not literally the Anglicized name "Jesus" which saves (which is just a translated version of "Yeshuah", "Joshua") but the PERSON Jesus/Yeshuah/Joshua/Son/etc. Who saves and is the ONLY One whereby a soul can be saved.  I suspect it is rare, but it is also rare in general that people are saved (compared to the "many" who will go to destruction via the "broad way".)

And so I can imagine . . . for instance . . . the "Native American"--the Sioux or Apache or Cherokee for instance, in ages past . . . being inspired, led . . . even "elected" . . . and, in his heart surrendering to the (Holy) Spirit communicating with him, although, since the "native" does not have the historical information to know certain specifics (that the Spirit relating to and guiding him is the same as came through the line of Adam, Abraham, David . . . born as God/man at the "fullness of time", who died and resurrected etc.) . . . in TRUTH and in his heart . . . reaches the "native", although isolated from broader civilization. . . .
I might consider these the "wild elect". . . .
For instance in the Apache prayer in the video Randall spoke of his greatest enemy being himself.  THAT kind of knowledge comes from the Spirit of Truth.  The world's "prayers" glorify the self and set it above all--based in the "humanist" perspective. 

Like the thief on the cross, without good works or mastery of doctrinal knowledge to commend himself, the criminal was awarded Paradise for simple (but profoundly) recognizing and surrendering to the Lordship of God.  I think that is also possible for some ( the elect) people who have been born and lived in societies who never had the Gospel physically brought to them, but managed to receive it in their hearts and souls.  I know this is controversial and I'm not 100% convinced this is the case, but I tend to believe it is so.  And this is how I suspect that we end up with certain isolated instances where aborigines express and maintain traditions and beliefs that are suspiciously "Christian" sounding even though it would appear that they had never had contact with any missionaries.

At the same time, from looking into the matter, I also think there is lots of solid evidence that worldwide travel has always been going on to varying degrees and early Hebraic culture scattered at times around the globe and has left its traces through the early centuries.

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Now, something I just thought I'd mention . . . since posting that video . . . is that you may have noticed a distinct lack of "political correctness" and fawning deference to the Apache Randall.  Due respect, yes, as befits ANY human made imago dei, in the image of God . . . but I reject that typical pretentious assertion of "preciousness" that many moderns give to so-called "native peoples."  We are all "native peoples".  Race is not a big deal to me, either way.  There is one race, the human race. 

I can't stand the destructive agendas of the Marxists/socialist/Godless communists . . . who have it as a deliberate political/cultural strategy . . . to pit "groups" against each other, exploit "minorities", create opportunistic divisions and strife . . . for their brute, ugly, EVIL mere objective . . . to gain power and control and socially engineer. 

And as to calling Randall an "Indian" versus "Native American" . . . you'll note he did not have a big objection and didn't really seem to think much of the difference.  Mostly white, liberal/left-wing hacks want to make it a big deal, again for their own self-serving agenda disguised behind "cultural sensitivity." 

For one thing, it doesn't make literary sense to me to call them "Native American".  This land wasn't even called "America" until the Europeans came.  Now, "Indian" is just as much a European-derived misnomer, but either way, BOTH names are not really correct, which is why, when He said He was Apache, I went with that, which is more apt.  But even that is not quite right, if you want to get down to brass tacks.  They called themselves "the people" or, in their language, "Dine'" (Din-eh).  Many tribes called themselves, in their own language, something to the equivalent of "the people". . . .

Anyway, I've always had the tendency to not magnify and "precious-ize" an individual's foremost physical characteristic, but rather, just treat them like a normal person.  As in, people with handicaps or Parkinson's or some deformity, or race--whatever aspect might, in modern, secular-humanist culture might lead to considering them a "victim" or "special" in a pretentious, overly "precious" kind of way.  I think most of that tendency is usually just shallow, superficial, over-sensitive manipulative tripe and disguised self glorification, utilized by social and political operatives who have other agendas besides sincerely caring about "minorities" . . . "disabilities" . . . etc.  I rather consider that every individual is precious, because each one is created by God, but not more "precious" than another because of some varying physical characteristic (that they can't claim responsibility/credit for anyway, since GOD made it/them.)  In a sense, like God, being no "respecter of persons" in the way that is meant.

I am NOT saying people with "special needs" ought not get certain accommodations and extra help in surviving this rough world.  I am just referring to the current epidemic of hyper-sensitive, coddling, difference-elevating mindset that todays' Marxist social theory creates in schools, media and general candy-a** culture . . . where everyone is sitting on pins and needles waiting, hoping, angling . . . to be offended and then go blubbering and clamoring for "reparations."

Most of all this is nothing more than what has been a long time, effective, insidious social engineering strategy by the ENEMIES OF FREEDOM . . . designed to MANUFACTURE dis-unity, discord, division, etc., so that the would-be rulers can gain totalitarian control of . . . this country (USA) and the world.

For example, the promotion of homosexuality and gay rights and targeting of the classical "Biblical" family . . . was one of the early strategic objectives of the Socialist International cabal--via the KGB and early Soviet infiltrators into media, education, religion etc.  Note how RUSSIA does not allow rampant gay rights agenda in their OWN country.  Because they know it is a destructive social force, with its primary objective the corruption and devastating of the traditional family unit.  All tyrants and tyrannical cabals . . . for ages . . . have known that the traditional family unit . . . is the greatest barrier to absolute political, economic, social control.  SO, homosexuality, along with general heterosexual promiscuity, pornography . . . is promoted, encouraged . . . as people are much easier controlled when they are enslaved to their baser passions and rebellious acts against God's laws. . . .

And speaking of the comment about which "enemies" I was referring to . . . . . I kind of had Psalm 23 in mind . . . "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over." . . . and in general just considering all the enemies of God and His people . . . which surround the Believer on all sides . . . in this present, fallen world.

Take care, God is with you,
b,t

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[from 7-12-11 blog post]

Meanwhile, I just wanted to mention again the highly intriguing artifact that is the "Los Lunas Commandment Stone" located in New Mexico at the base of Mystery Mountain . . . .

And, to note that the Cherokee, it turns out, have a long oral tradition claiming to have ancient Hebrew influence in their tribal customs and even language . . . interestingly GOING BACK TO MASADA!

The Los Lunas Stone, you may recall . . . is a large 70 ton boulder . . . made of volcanic basalt . . . which has inscribed onto it . . . ancient "paleo-Hebrew" characters--an abbreviated form OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS!

The inscription dates to approximately 1000 B.C.!  The supposition (which my own--albeit minor at this point--research so far supports)  is that Solomon had a major fleet of exploring oceanic vessels, and in league with the sea-faring Phoenicians . . . he was traversing all around the globe, including North America . . . gathering copper, iron ore and other products . . . and that some faction related to these travels . . .  ended up in old New Mexico and had a little culture there.

There is evidence, it appears, scattered all over the America's showing the influence of wandering Israelites, including, as I said, quite a lot within the customs of the Cherokee Indians . . . .

Considering that the people of America, both the native stock, and those "Caucasians"/"Saxons" who came later . . . ARE part of the lost tribes . . . ie., the Anglo-Saxons being of Manasseh, the 13th tribe . . .  I suspect there is a kind of "dna" knowledge . . . and connection to the past . . . of BOTH . . . which I was tapping into . . . as an innocent and open minded/spirited child . . . . .

It is all so fascinating and intriguing!  Me loves the history!

Some more thoughts on all this . . . as the research and study continues to unfold . . . fwiw . . . .
Yah bless, Great Spirit . . . .
brother, thomas 
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On the Los Lunas Stone:

"I (am) Jehovah [the Eternal] Eloah [your God] who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim [Mizraim or the two Egypts] out of the house of bondages. You shall not have other [foreign] gods in place of (me). You shall not make for yourself molded (or carved) idols [graven images]. You shall not lift up your voice to connect the name of Jehovah in hate. Remember you (the) Sabbath to make it holy. Honor your father and your mother to make long your existence upon the land which Jehovah Eloah [the Eternal your God] gave to you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery (or idolatry). You shall not steal (or deceive). You shall not bear witness against your neighbor, testimony for a bribe. You shall not covet (the) wife of your neighbor and all which belongs to your neighbor."
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"The Los Lunas Commandment Stone is one of several proofs that exist in America that the ancients of Israel, including both the worshippers of the false gods such as Baal and of the True Eternal God, walked on this continent long before Columbus or any of the 14th century European explorers. It is also another proof that biblical history is accurate. In the past, when a "new" world kingdom came into power they had the option of re-writing how their history and the history of those in subjection to them would be remembered. It was not uncommon to strike out the good things achieved by a former power that was now in subjection or exile. Or even to ascribe the glory of the former powers conquests to themselves. The bible, and the history of Israel that it contains, is refreshingly honest in its history of battles won and lost. It does not cover up Israel's mistakes or captivities. God's word is truth. History's word is questionable. It is obvious that the writers of world history knew of these ancient travellers but neglected to tell the story of history from a neutral standpoint. Reality to each of us is what we are taught. Truth is what is absolute, beyond the perception of men and their "reality". History has some explaining to do"
http://www.truthontheweb.org/comstone.htm
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http://dnaconsultants.com/Cherokee/index.htm
"The Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory has recently shocked the world by claiming their ancient Oral legends tell of a Cherokee migration made to America from the area known as Masada.

This startling evidence is being offered to the public by Beverly Baker Northup whom is the spokesperson for their organization. The evidence offered in support of this connection to Cherokees escaping the mountain fortress of Masada is based in part of what Northup claims is stories passed down from elders and the similarity between ancient words.

Beverly Baker Northup believes there is a connection between these two peoples based on evidence of Jews of the region around Masada during Roman times wearing braided hair and the similarities that the spokesperson attributes to Hebrew language."

http://israelinsider.net/forum/topics/missouri-cherokee-tribes

Friday, August 2, 2013

"4-Corners Warriors" video

Okay, we finally got the video up on youtube (I see some have noticed already :) ....

It's not that great . . . the audio is to low in the beginning . . . but gets better as it goes on. . . . But hey it's a first run and I'll get the hang of it and have a lot more ideas to bring into it.......

Here's the link again:

http://www.youtube.com/user/brotherthomas1

God bless you and recall with me today the presence of the Lord, may He be strong in, through and around us, showing our interest, longing, gratitude . . . and especially His presence here amongst our enemies, trusting His will IS being done on earth as it is in Heaven, His kingdom begun, never to end!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans!

 Rudolf Otto the eminent German theologian of the late 19th century describes that other-sensely "knowing" of God and his quality of holiness as being "numinous" . . . which is the "non-rational, non-sensory experience or feeling whose primary and immediate object is outside the self."

THAT is the sense or knowledge which I recall having always, even as a child.  I believe everyone has it/perceives/knows it . . . deep within, but most lose it through secular indoctrination and the noetic (mind related) effects of sin. It is that knowledge which the Bible says all are born with and thus have no excuse for rejecting God.

Another great description Otto gave is one I easily relate to:  "mysterium tremendum et fascinans"   (mystery, tremendous and fascinating) . . . which is the "complex of feelings of overwhelming majesty and human insignificance" . . . both terrifying and fascinating at the same time . . . because, I would say, it is real . . . and the intrinsic knowledge that HE is real . . . and the God of Scripture.

Here is a mystery I experience and which fascinates me in such ways. . . . That is, I can see that I have done nothing in and of myself.  God is the director, the author, the first causal agent . . . of ALL.  While at the same time . . . I feel and know and accept that I am responsible for my actions, for my sinful condition!  There is no way I would ever think that the mistakes, failures, evils . . . I have committed in my life is any other's fault but mine.  I can blame no one else; not parents, not government, not friends, not idols, not God.  I know it is my responsibility.

YET . . . I also see that God has determined my course--designed me, predestined my steps . . . from the foundation of time. . . .

A mysterious, tremendous and fascinating wonder!

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p.s. Alexander is back from the last tour of fires--especially a big, dangerous fire in Idaho that got up to 5000 acres near and about the Sawtooth wilderness (one of my favorite wild areas, btw) . . . . .

He is always full of stories and energy when he gets back . . . and I caught some of it on video (he is a great storyteller!) . . . and will have that available to see . . . asap . . . just after I get the other video up in the next few days (sorry for the confusion Jon, no it is not up yet...we finally got the segments combined into one piece so I can edit a couple of the over-jiggly parts and will then get it up).....I think you will enjoy it:) God bless!

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