Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
BUT, Bob asked me to clarify the Luke 6:26 passage in a comment
Rather than take it on I will allow someone else who has done the work in Parallel gospel to clarify if for me.
I didn't use the Matthew 7 passage because of it's brevity. But, in clarity it is better, if you treat other people like small change, they will treat you the same way. If you are unwilling to recognize the gift of God in Others, don't be shocked if they fail to see your great and mighty anointing.
Treat others as you would want to be treated or as Jesus clearly says in Matthew 7:
1. Judge not, that you may not be judged. 2. For with what judgment you judge you shall be judged, and with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you again.I think that's pretty clear. I'm hoping my misled young leader (not from ILLINOIS) will get this message. Start paying attention. You are going to end up in deep weeds.
The Blogosphere is a bit like that.
I have had the opportunity to meet and have a beverage with a few people that are blog friends.
The distance between expectation and perceived reality is huge.
One man dreaded meeting with me, we had been at odds on several issues and got along famously when we met in person.
Another when we met we had little to say to each other.
I am always cautious. I have spoken on the phone with people with whom I correspond. Frankly I'm better with a keyboard sometimes than I am in person.
Oh, I can get up and speak but I need to think about what I'm about to say a little.
So, I hope someday to meet many of the people in the Blogosphere I have not yet met. Some I wish I hadn't. One man who will go nameless I had an image of who he was and he turned out to be much much less.
I still respect him but I find that many times mystery is better than reality.
Jesus is the only one who stuns us when we come face to face with him. Everyone else has the potential to disappoint.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I cautioned the person who I addressed that to. The teachings of Jesus are awfully inconvenient sometimes. This is one of those times.
However you deal with others is how they will deal with you. No man is to be a doormat but is to shake the dust off their feet and move on. It is God who's retribution in measuring out the same measure you give to others to you.
It's all inconvenient. Jesus hard teachings are sometimes the most important to pay attention to.
31And as you would like and desire that men would do to you, do exactly so to them.I say again to the person to whom this is addressed, BE very very careful. You are in the balance. Don't be found wanting.
33And if you are kind and good and do favors to and benefit those who are kind and good and do favors to and benefit you, what [u]quality of credit and thanks is that to you? For even [v]the preeminently sinful do the same.
34And if you lend money [w]at interest to those from whom you hope to receive, what [x]quality of credit and thanks is that to you? Even notorious sinners lend money [y]at interest to sinners, so as to recover as much again.
35But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors [z]so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but [aa]considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked.
36So be merciful (sympathetic, tender, responsive, and compassionate) even as your Father is [all these].
37Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and [ab]release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and [ac]released.
38Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour [ad]into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.
40A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone [when he is] completely trained (readjusted, restored, set to rights, and perfected) will be like his teacher.
That's the biblical thing to do.
I have several friend who have gone to visit the revival in Lakeland. So far I have not seen fit to go. I didn't go to Pensacola or Toronto. I still enjoyed the move of God that came from that. I am thinking this is what I need to do this time. To Go. I want to be part of this. These are my people. This is who I am - this is what I do. This are the people of God I most identify with spiritually.
A couple weeks ago Rick Pino did this song. WE HAVE THE BEST DAD IN THE WHOLE WORLD..
The following week in the Church in Berwyn there was a word given of reassurance of the destiny of God being active in the members lives. Some were having personal struggles. I decided to lead this song acapella. The place erupted. This is a truth in song that is so real and so foundational that it takes people out of their comfort zone and gives them a glimpse of the Love of the Father. People were set free and went home singing the song of the best dad in the whole world.
This weekend is fathers day. If you are a pastor or a worship leader, I suggest you consider doing this in your church. If I had been in my home church this weekend I would have suggested doing this song. Look at the people enjoying the Glory of God. Why rob them of this joy?
How can anyone not enjoy this kind of freedom in worship? I hear Rick is coming to Chicagoland in the fall. I would drive to be part of this. Old, young, any age will enjoy and benefit from this kind of release of uninhibited worship.
I love the fact that he is so radical in appearance that offends the religious spirits living among us. That's what is needed. Drive those old smelly demons out. Then we can have Church.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
- What do you want me to do first boss
- How am I supposed to do this
- I don't have enough (Fill in your own blank beginning with time, money, a tractor, help, dirt, whatever will keep them from working)
- I supposed to go on break now
- It's lunch time
- Who's going to help me
- I have to take a phone call (they are all broke but all have a cell phone)
- You're killing me boss
Sunday, June 08, 2008
ONE - Guys my age and lets say Physique who wear the spandex colored bike clothes and the silly little helmet on fancy bike. Hey, pal, Dorky.TWO - People who walk around and talk in front of you with that Bluetooth thingy in their ear. Cyborg dorkiness.THREE - People who come to church and wear their cell phone as a fashion accessory on their belt in a conspicuous position. Who they gonna get a call from, GOD? Dorky