Monthly Archives: October 2008

I know how the little one feelz…

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

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People as Blessings…

Just random thoughts about life, nothing too deep (no, you don’t need a shovel).  Many times, at least I’ve found, blessings come in the form of people, and if we aren’t on the lookout for them, they can pass us right by without our acknowledgment.

In life, there are people we will know for as long as we live, or as long as they live.  Death separates some of us for a time, and that’s when blessings can hurt the most…the separation from someone we dearly love, even if we know they’ve gone to a better place and that we’ll join them someday, is rough.  But, the fact remains of their blessing status in our lives.

I’ve lost all four of my beloved grandparents already, and they all truly were blessings given to me (not me alone, but you’ll have to pardon my self-centeredness in this post).  Is the pain at their loss a small price to pay for all the wonderful times and love given in life? Absolutely.

Then, there are those who come into our lives for a short while.  Strangers can even fall into this category.  I remember one day in grad school (that’s grad school, not grade school) that I was walking outside and had something heavy on my mind.  Apparently it showed, and I had to have had my “burdened” face on…well, a guy whose name I might never know passed me by, grinned, and said “smile.”  It made me laugh, and in that moment was he not a blessing?  It was years ago, yet I still remember it, and it still makes me laugh.

Then there are those that fall somewhere in between; friends, close and distant, that add something to our lives for varying amounts of time; teachers, class mates, students, baristas (you know, those that make your espresso), supervisors, bosses, co-workers, people we “meet” on the ‘net…  I just think we need to remember that blessings come in many different ways, many different forms.

That doesn’t mean it has to be any big mystical thing, but, as an example, I need reminded that my students are each individuals making their way through life and that God, for whatever reason, has brought them through my room, perhaps just for a semester.  I do count several of my present and former students as friends, and love recognizing a human connection between…humans.  Perhaps if I can keep in mind the kindnesses done to me, as a student, I can try to give some of that kindness to them as a teacher.  Sometimes it’s a listening ear, or a joke, or a piece of candy…little things are indeed important.

There’s no doubt about the other side of the coin; there are some people that tear others down, belittle, and who hurt us; sometimes physically, emotionally, mentally, etc… where there are humans, in this life, there will be that type as well.  That makes the others, the little moments of kindness, compassion, and humor all the more precious.

In an age where a lot of connections are made over electronic devices; such as cell phones, and the internet, it can be a rare thing to stop and really recognize that others are flesh and blood, have feelings and lives and pain and joy, just like we do.  Humans are humans, not perfect, especially around each other…however, I do acknowledge that there are humans in my life past, present, and future that add something, or have added something meaningful to my existence that may not even be aware of it…that’s both a happy, and a sad thought, is it not?

(Hmmm….maybe you did need a shovel after all… 😉 )

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Just another funny…

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The ‘Scribbler took a vacation…

Sorry dear readers, I had meant to post about my absence before flying off to “exotic destinations” but forgot to post it in all the pre-vacation rush.  But, I’m back now and plan to finish out my “Catholic verses?” series very soon, as well as delving into new topics.

Oh, and if anyone was wondering from an old post; yes, I bit the bullet and am now attempting to learn to play the guitar; pray for my fingers and my instructor’s ears (and my husband’s 😉 ).  My third lesson is this week, so with everything going on, it will probably be tomorrow before I get another proper post up.

Yes, I had fun on vacation, but now I need a vacation from my vacation!!

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Ministry Review; Answers in Genesis

Answers in Genesis (AiG) is mainly known for its scientific approach to Creationism, and its literal interpretation of Genesis (for example; God created in six literal 24-hour days).  The founder is Ken Ham, originally of Australia.  If you want to try to find a creation-scientist’s view on something, this would be my first stop: www.answersingenesis.org

There are many Ph.D.’s involved in this ministry…and yes, the many of those degrees came from secular institutions.

One of the main teachings of the ministry is that the foundation for many Christian doctrines find their start in Genesis.  Also, that a non-literal reading of Genesis contradicts several other key scriptures.  It is quite interesting to follow along when the Young Earth Creationists (YEC’s) and the Old Earth Creationists (OEC’s) disagree.

Thus far, I do indeed lean YEC, though I’m open to many different ways of see the beginning of our world (and us), as long as it fits with scripture.  If someone puts forth a metaphorical position, it is important to make sure the it fits logically with scripture.  It also must be completely accurate.

AIG offers an extensive set of articles, and previously answered questions that you can take advantage of via their “search” on the main page.  Biology, Botany, Geology, Philosophy, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, etc… are all included.

Any drawbacks?  As always, I never agree completely with any ministry, just as one example, I believe that God could indeed have made starlight in transit to earth.  AIG rejects this notion, claiming it would be deceptive of God to do so, since it would contain events that never actually happened.  (Sometimes this gets thrown in with the “apparent age” hypothesis.)  Instead they favor other, alternative explanations for the “starlight” question.  Starlight in transit serves a purpose all on it’s own, IMO, and I believe it could indeed have been created on the way here for signs in the heavens, and also as a “declaration” of God’s handiwork.

Regardless, if you are interested in Creationism in the least, check out AiG; they are a very comprehensive ministry on the subject.

You can also see my Creation Museum Review.

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Good…

Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.

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The Prodigal Son via Breaking Benjamin’s “Medicate”…

Medicate

I got somethin’ up my sleeve
I know you will cover me
Inside out and in between
I know you will cover me
I’ve got bruises on my knees
I know you will cover me
Inside out and in between
And I know you will cover me

[Chorus:]
Run away
Make hate
And get laid
And get laid
You tie me up
I’ve had enough
So medicate
Medicate

I’m already incomplete
I know you will cover me
Broken by your empathy
I know you will cover me
I’ve been lyin’ here for weeks
I know you will cover me
Inside out and in between
And I know you will cover me

Some who hear this song will think it sung in praise of rowdy behavior, though it isn’t…some would just be plain offended, (“What’s all this ‘makin’ hate and gettin’ laid?!”).  Move past that if you can, if not, move on…

When I listen to it, in all of it’s rock angst glory, it reminds me of the story of the prodigal son, and all the sin that is forgiven us, past, present, and future, when we turn to God in faith.  Was this Ben Burnley and the band’s intention; hardly.  Again, my blatant disclaimer; Breaking Benjamin is NOT a Christian Band, far from it.  Most fans agree that this is more of a human relationship-centered song…but I can’t help the connections I make, though I’m pretty sure they are unintentional.

As I’ve said before, one of the ways I tend to think is in terms of the “sacred secular;” there are certain things that I hear/read/watch in the “secular,” or mundane world that reminds me of a lesson or story in the “sacred,” usually as how it applies to me.

So, let’s look at the prodigal son:

Luke 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Well?  The younger brother took his money, ran away, got laid, squandered all the wealth his father had given him.  Lest anyone think that “riotous” living just means partying…the greek is “asotos.”  He was living “profligately” that means “utterly and shamelessly immoral.”  Utterly immoral.  I’m pretty sure the prodigal would indeed have tried to self-“medicate” at some point…to go through all that money, booze has got to be involved somewhere.

He hits the bottom pretty hard, pretty fast.  He’s lusting after pig slop folks.  He does something else very important; he realizes all of it.  He realized what he’s done, where he’s at, and further, he realizes what he left behind.  He’s sorry.  Not just because of where he finds himself, but what he has done, the sin he’s committed against heaven, and his father.

He’s ready to go home and ask for the position of a servant.  But, there’s a surprise; he can’t out-love his father.  Before the son even gets one word out, before he’s even all the way to the front door, his father is there; Grace – unmerited favor.  Remember the line in the song?  “Broken by your empathy…” this is how we should all be, because the father is representative of our Heavenly Father; God Himself.

He’s waiting for all His prodigals to come home.  Find yourself having run away?  Alone? Scared? Doing things you could never imagine yourself doing before taking on a certain lifestyle?  Get out of the pig slop, ask for help, turn to you Father.  It won’t be all smooth sailing in this life, in fact believers are promised persecution.

I’ve got bruises on my knees; I know you will cover me” I know that when I slip, for I do and I will, that Christ has and will “cover” me.  I am also quite familiar with my knees hitting the floor in prayer, and in sorrow for the grief I must cause my Father…or them hitting the floor in order to show praise and worship.  We should never be tempted to sin all the more so that grace can abound, that is not what we are called to do.  But we should be absolutely certain that God, our Father, is there, He loves us, and we can be covered because of Christ’s sacrifice for us, if we only “return” to Him in Faith.

Breaking Benjamin’s “Medicate” off their album Saturate

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Publicans and Harlots; Tax collectors and Prostitutes…

Matthew 21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? 24 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? 26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. 27 And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Read it again, slower this time and really understand what the Lord is preaching here.  There are people sitting in the pews of churches, or watching preachers on TV, or listening to them on the radio that need to get this in their heads…as well as non-believers rejecting the gospel.

Do you know how many people are turned away from the church because of the self-righteousness of the members?  And, I’m not talking about those church goers that hearken to the Spirit, live a life of faith, recognize their own sin, but fight it with the help of the Holy Spirit, that teach faith and live it (yes, they are out there, and I’m privileged to know some).  I’m talking about the people that make up their own lists of sin and then try to make everyone live up to that.

Don’t dance, don’t play a musical instrument, don’t listen to Rock’n’Roll…don’t smoke, don’t drink, don’t wear pants if you are a woman, even if they are made for a woman, don’t don’t don’t…don’t don’t.  Find me any one of those in the Bible, and that is but a small example.

Who is Christ talking to here?  The Chief Priests, and the Elders.  And what does He say to them?  In “American,” the cheating, mean, deceptive tax collectors (publicans) and the whores/hookers (harlots) are getting into Heaven before you Priests and Elders.  Why?

First, the Priests and Elders had tacked on all this man-made tradition to the actual law of God.  They had also made the very law of God about following the letter of the law, and not the spirit of the law.  Then, they lorded it over people, and acted “holier than thou.”  What was their most fatal flaw?  They failed to listen to God, who was teaching through John and through Christ.

Who listened and believed?  The Tax guys and the whores.  Why?  I have my guesses; they were under no delusion that they were “good people.”  They lived their lives amongst those that I’m sure reminded them of their sin daily…so, they knew instantly that they were sinners in need of saving…they knew that they could not get to God on their own through any amount of work.  They had to have faith, and trust, and they needed cleansing…and they knew it!

What’s the Greek word there for they “believed” him?  Pisteuo, they had faith in what John was teaching.  We all need to make sure that we are listening to Christ here, after all, look at the words He’s using and who He’s communicating with…can you imagine the reaction of the Priests?

And as far as any of my fellow Christians who look down their noses at people with a past…you should start by examining your own internal thoughts, and flaws…judge yourselves, that the logs out of your own eyes.  People struggle, people slip, people are a bunch of sinners, as am I. It’s no excuse to yield to unrighteousness, to wallow in sin, nor to call evil “good.” However, Christ has covered us and God has provided us a Help, a Comfort, and a Guide in the Holy Spirit…yield to Him; He will change you.

And for anyone who hasn’t yet commited their beings to Christ; take another look.  He’s it; He’s The Saviour that is able to cleanse us all from any level of sin; ANY level of sin.  Look to Christ; He never slips, never stumbles, never sins…He gave His life for us, and He is indeed Lord.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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loldog, Look out!

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

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