Friday, 30 November 2018

Not so much a guess, more a calculation






Mic 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

I can relate to Micah, particularly when he challenges exploitation in the land by the idle rich. Greed is not good and often has a trail of oppression and destruction. You see it in Capitalism, Socialism & Communism. But be that as it may there are a lot more sins than greed that also seem to go unchallenged today.

Some types of poverty have a lot going for it (according to Scripture) and riches are not all they are cracked up to be. The same cannot be said of sexual sin and selfish desire. In this the good news is that God is greater than both or all types and kinds of sin and His solution and redemption goes beyond a political sphere into a spiritual and natural kingdom made holy in preparation of the new heaven and earth.

Now back to Micah and the prophecy regarding Bethlehem and a ruler from Ancient times. This could refer to Moses & Joshua or also King David. In the either or of interpreting Scripture (at times) some things are inescapable.

“In the present context, therefore, it views the Messiah’s ancestry as reaching back to the early founders of Israel/Jacob, the promises and predictions of Him as dating from the earliest times, and Himself as pre-existing the actual date of His appearing.” New Bible Commentary. 3rd edition IVP.

Into our world, out of Bethlehem, out of Nazareth, and out of Egypt, tracking Jesus the Messiah. I dont know of a better match, do you?




The candle and the wind that brings holy fire







Every book, diverse yet in complete unity across time and space, 66 in all, in God’s Word one way or another is connected to the Saviour of the World, The risen King Jesus Christ-God become man, Light of the world.John 8:12-20.





Greater than Abraham, greater than the prophets.John 8:48-59.



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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Immanuel



Isa 29:13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught."


God makes it very plain that true religion can decline or deform into nothing more than a man-made tradition that has nothing at all to do with God. This is true of ancient Israel and it is equally true for modern Christianity that has become adulterated by human influence. And the world with its secular faith would even lay claim to an interpretation of God, His world and His preserved Word. In this version the universe or mankind is usually the supreme power. Such is our obstinate nature to have things our way says God.


This is the world that Christ/God came into and for, be it Abrahamic or Gentile based. He came to open the eyes and ears of blind. He came to do what we or nature cannot do. Isa 35:1-10. We get a beautiful glimpse in the Old Testament and a further confirmation in the NT. The length, breadth and depths that God would go to that we might be lifted out of the mud and mire that may as well be Mars or Jupiter with all its alienation.


At the moment many are amazed of a space contraption: Insight? (probably soon to be outdated again) that made it to Mars. Not so many are amazed that God came down taking on human form and frame with the words of eternal life. Again we assume that we are the redeemers in no such need of redemption when it comes to a holy God. But on the contrary, when I look around far and near the evidence is and continues to be astounding. Abrahamic or Gentile based.






God is with us.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

More than a feel good Christmas








In the promises of God, in the prophets (both major and minor), in the fulfillment of all things. Indicator after indicator, sign after sign a highway is made, a kingdom comes and a people are let go from the oppressive rule and bond of sin. This is not pedal to the metal but a powerful long haul through the ages of expiring time.

The baby Jesus will become, is become the T intersection of life and death in its various dimensions. The road less travelled is the narrow road that leads to all things good for body and soul both now and forever more. Col 1:15-23. Keep your eyes on the road of salvation.



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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Secular sheep and the temporary overlord








If there is no God (hypothetically) and evolution (molecules to man & life from non- life) is the underlying scheme, scam or jam then life has no true meaning and that goes for gender, non gender, family,individuality, work etc. Everything is random and has a set purpose of nothingness. Even those aspirational feelings, intellectual accomplishments, political victories  and sporting achievements, dreams, freedom and justice are just social constructs built upon a meaning that has no meaning that amounts to something? that is less than a mist.

While many believe science is neutral it is a pre conceived contraption that automatically disregards God without evidence and is itself totally reliant on miracles. In reality it is committing to a man-made faith that nature is all there is. And from this faith its devilish religion flows and continues to bear influence on the sons and daughters of earth. Eph 2:1-10.

Once again we require something greater than a mere mortal full of immortal imaginations to undo our incoherent & inconsistant faith in nature,“God did not say” and mankind is king or god over all. Dan 4:28-37. For all the modernisms and style that we see with our eyes, our hearts and minds still follow ancient paths. And in this gated secular society God continues to shine His light into the darkness of nothingness and meaningless. John 1:1-18. Thank God you came, thank God for Christmas lest we be lost in the oppressive madness and incoherant gospel of the secular age.


https://www.michaeljkruger.com/macklemores-same-love-and-the-incoherence-of-postmodern-morality/




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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

New religions (that are pretty old)



The secular doctrine of empathy or feelings that denies basic biology and permits, encourages and facilitates born again genders and conversions cannot end well. Particularly as new information comes to light of deep and painful regret for those who have chosen gender reassignment only to realize their mistake down the track.

When the age of reason starts to reason no longer, or reasons with emotion that is not necessarily love but a version of fear or a phobia due to the soft science of no real set criteria then society is well and truly crumbling all the more even if the veneer of subjective assumption says otherwise as it sets its command to full speed ahead.

An ideology that on the surface is not as violent as Isis but none the less dangerous and also leaves a trail of destruction and carnage on the face of western thought/Christianity is rainbow ideology.

To be truly born again into fullness and not just abiding by a piece of paper or some medical and pharmaceutical adjustments we must turn to Jesus. Only he can make us wonderfully whole in body and spirit. Col 2:6-15. Mark 9:42-50.



Jesus priceless treasure lyrics







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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Not 'just' for kids





It is that time of year again not long after a commercially saturated Halloween where a new and improved super hero like (but not the same as) Saint Nicholas(Santa Claus) comes to us with via an arbitral adjusted North Pole where elves take on the nature of dwarves or leprechauns and excel at making toys. It is that time of year when things get a bit M.C Escher-ish in a very visual and sound stimulated way.

I like Christmas, I love Christmas, but it is tricky at times. The authentic divine Christmas rich in God’s grace and mercy becomes swallowed up in commercial enterprise like Sundays in society a few generations ago. What was once church and family orientated now must compete with all manner of activity and adventure and we are the poorer for it (in my view) regardless of what many call progress as we commit more and more to our Saviour the mighty market of money that moves in mysterious ways.

Apparently there is heated debate in the Netherlands about black Pete and implications regarding slavery or Darwinian racism* (I didn’t get into it) but nobody seems to mind about what has happened to Saint Nicholas. So ironic for a society that wants to be authentic and considerate.







https://creation.com/evolutionary-racism











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Friday, 16 November 2018

Water is not everywhere, God is.







Redefining truth, twisting truth and hiding truth is lying and deceiving whether we do it to ourselves or others, purposefully or in ignorance. Freedom or power without truth is a lie that exerts oppression. In the search for authenticity and identity we need our original starting point, genesis & origin lest we vanish into the meaningless of all things being relative, where even relative isn’t that relative or truthful. In this, some exercise their faith and will in a world of feelings and emotion, for others it is in observation and assumption. For others everything is relative or material and others Meta physical or spiritual.


We live in a type of Gondwana before Gondwana, torn individuals in a torn and shattered humanity like a landscape and seascape of Goliath proportion even greater than Gilgamesh with a bearing and significance that spans to Golgotha. For it was in the Garden (Eden) where we were rapidly torn away from God by God because of holiness and transgression. We live in an aftermath, awash with sin and confusion torn this way and that, this way and that.


Fully functional and fully stung by death we have become dead to truth. Only God’s breath again can make us new through the power of life giving blood that opens a way and pays a price that earth cannot construct or afford.

Acts 8:9-25.



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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Fluidity, social expeiriments & yellow submarines







It was at least 30 years ago that in some sermons and books I was seriously introduced to the idea of the destruction of a then present day society from within through ideology rather than some over and over outbreak of war and an eve of destruction. And to be honest I thought it might be a bit of a stretch growing up in a pretty moderate society (on the surface). Surely not now, surely the significance is a long way off and still to peak or redline.

But there it was, just around the corner. Could people really be so filled with stupor so as not to realize society was devolving and a Rome of sorts was burning again? Yes we can says Scripture. Could what happened in what appeared to be an isolated incident @ Sodom & Gomorrah happen all over again, even on a larger or more intense scale? Indeed it can as humanity slips and slides this way and that.Rom 1:18-32. (be careful what you desire)

I was born amidst the 60’s sexual revolution and grew up in the power of mushroom clouds, flower & peace symbols. And now I behold a sexual revolution that is even more concerning and that I thought belonged to ancient times. This is not a revolution or evolution but a behavioral change founded upon a new religion of natural and unnatural significance steeped in ancient pagan ideas as peoples turn their face and lives away from God and his good purposes for us demonstrated in Christ.

It is a strange land indeed where humans are glorified beyond the limits of reason and science where they become gods of knowledge and pleasure where the created is worshiped instead of the Creator. Here chaos is permitted as it  exerts its limited power and desire for a time.





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Friday, 9 November 2018

Counting God's ways, learning His colours









We cannot undo our sin, in fact it increases on a daily basis.
 It is His love to us that is the greatest love of all. Full and free.
Only He is sufficiently and generously able 
to take us out of the red or black and into the green.

Ps 32:2 Blessed are those whose sin the LORD 
does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.




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Systematic and systemic belief patterns.









Q. Where does modern science cross the line into religion?

A. Whenever it relies on metaphysical unobserved evidence, imaginary illustrations, animations & commentary. And don’t forget Modern historical science is founded upon and a proiri position/commitment that nature is all there is. God is automatically excluded even if scientific evidence is in harmony with Scripture (and the secularists said amen).In reality Evolutionary explanations require faith and the unexplained as well as being heavily reliant on indoctrination and just so stories, so pretty much all the time.


Q. Is there anything sacred today?

A. Indeed there is. Materialism, Humanism, Naturalism, Secular bias/culture and scientific explanations founded upon a mathematical consensus rather than outright scientific observation. 

So, don’t be fooled religion is alive and kicking in our ancient/modern/post-modern culture. Pagan icons and practises abound as the myth of molecules to man is worshipped and adored above all else.








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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Long time Long time Long term Eternal God







Eccl 4:13-16.” High place offers no assurance of security. A king's popularity is never permanent; he is supplanted by some clever young aspirant for a time, whose influence in turn soon evaporates, and the subject-people reap no benefit from the change. ”https://biblehub.com/commentaries/ecclesiastes/4-13.htm


We would like to think we are cementing things up with our political and education systems and perhaps ‘for a time’ we do and that makes us feel good. But in the bigger picture of problem shifting and adult tactics of winning friends and influencing people we are no closer to the unity and purpose that allows us to thrive as one nation or one human race, even though that is what we are or claim to be. Riches and power are but a breath and corruption is not far behind and the human race of old continues to follow an old pattern.


In the bigger picture the teacher reminds us that reality bites and the idea that we are masters of our own destiny or history is nothing more than a merry go round. In the continual state of flux seeking anything and everything as our greatest need except God we should come to our senses and look to Him (who does not change) for all that we need.





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Monday, 5 November 2018

Love is not love








One of the big messages of the Christian church and therefore Christ is repentance & exclusivity to God alone. The ethos of inclusivity and a love that does not speak or teach to every area of our life and challenge us to walk in holiness but rather embrace and not let go of worldliness is not a Christ centred message.Neither does it respect religious freedom, like a political oppressor it seeks to snuff out the light of Christ as it takes on a form of godliness and political power.


To be sure, good thing like love, courage, inclusivity and acceptance can be warped and twisted into emotional baggage and blackmail that leads one away from God. When Jesus mentioned the prostitutes and tax collectors gaining entrance into the kingdom it did not come without repentance and turning away from sin. Matt 21:28-32. Don’t be fooled by a love that does not measure up to the love of God who leads us into, not out of truth and freedom.



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Thursday, 1 November 2018

It’s God’s world and it shall be made new









The insect world is amazing, complex and diverse. According to scientific observation these creatures defy evolution. https://creation.com/gladiator-an-extinct-insect-is-found-alive. I do, you do, and we do battle it out with insects. And although they are extremely small in stature they have ways of bringing us undone, on mass or as a single unit insects can make our life a misery. Comically this can be pretty funny at times in the world of animation but seriously when it comes to insects we seek solace, sanctuary and healing.

This in a way is a picture of the good news of Jesus who came to undo the curse that is recorded in Gen 3 where even plants and people also are subject to suffering due to serious sin. God was just in bringing about change and hardship, mankind on the other hand was reckless and careless for disobeying God's wise instruction that came with clear warnings.

Nature is no accident and the deadly and unsettling things that we experience in it is because of our sin and only Jesus can deliver on the type of peace and harmony that we seek but don’t seem to find. The new heaven and new earth shall be filled with an unimaginable peace, beauty and healing beyond the music and medicine that we experience on an earthly level. Greater things and more glorious things are yet to come for God’s trusting children. Isa 64:4. 1 Cor 2:9-16.







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