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26 June 2012

An inseparable & unsegregated faith

Inseparable: Incapable of being separated, parted, or disjoined

Unsegregated: NOT separated or isolated from others or from a body, group or from the rest of society.




Rebuttal: Very true. However, one's faith is never the issue. It's his religion which causes divide.


I've never once found that the genuine outplaying of the Christian faith "Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" to be anything but a wonderful and encompassing thing. They are the things poets and prophets cry out for on the entire secular/spiritual spectrum and yet God identifies them as "The fruit of the spirit." I remember the old Rich Mullins song "The Creed" where he says,

"I did not make it... it is making me"


I've been thinking about just how inseparable and unsegregated a faith in God is from the rest of life's applications. The only reason people felt like it had to be, was that the fruit of the true Spirit of God wasn't coming out in everyday life causing "issues" with being able to function in real life in the real world.

Rebuttal: I always though religion/faith was something one kept to oneself and drawn upon when needed, not a vehicle where you needed to pound upon ones chest to declare how lucky you were that you were religious.


I believe it to be neither of those. It's like discovering the source of life in a treasure chest, swallowing a jar of life-juice and feeling it surge through your veins and seeing the world become beautiful... knowing that you'll never see it all the same again... and you'd love to share this miracle with as many as your can through "Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control". Daily BEING with God is not a secret weapon... it's what shapes the motive of your every moment.


Paul Simon wrote a word picture in his song "The Obvious Child" of:

"The Cross is in the Ballpark"

... as if to say that it's the looming, inescapable and lasting reality that hangs supreme in every (even the banal) moments of life.

I've seen this cross when I wake up to brush my teeth.
I can see when I drive to work.
I can see it when I interact with my co-workers... lurking over their shoulders so I can always see it.

I can see this when I nap on my lunch break.
I can see it when I get home to a wild house.
I've even see it at the actual ballpark... the beautiful ballpark.

You cannot segregate or separate the very thing that makes you move.

"The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn't live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn't take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don't make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him! One of your poets said it well: 'We're the God-created.'"

Paul the Apostle in the Book of Acts 17:24-29






25 June 2012

You See




I was at the conference where this song was recorded and I've thought about it often. Just a phenomenal moment of a shaggy, abandoned man wailing about a concept so transformational... begging for a glimpse of being able to see this world around us as God sees it.

Imagine the revival that would come to our spirits. Imagine. Then pray for it... if you dare.

Such a powerful song.



I see a mountain
You see a miracle
I see a wasteland
You see a garden
I see dry bones
You see an army
I see impossible
You see everything

I see a seed
You see a harvest
I see the water
You see the wine
I see the broken
You see your body
I see my enemy
You see your footstool

You are I am, but I’ve
Been so blind all this time
My God touch me, i want
To see the way that you see

I see my sins
You sin your blood
I see a baby
You see a Savior
I see my failures
You see redemption
I see a beggar
You see a son

I see my father
You see your son
I see a shepherd
You see your lamb
I see my Savior
You see your joy
I see your eyes
Staring at mine

Jonathan David Helser



16 June 2012

This train...

This train
Carries saints and sinners
This train
Carries losers and winners
This Train
Carries whores and gamblers
This Train
Carries lost souls
This Train
Dreams will not be thwarted
This Train
Faith will be rewarded
This Train
Hear the steel wheels singin'
This Train
Bells of freedom ringin'
This Train
Carries broken-hearted
This Train
Thieves and sweet souls departed
This Train
Carries fools and kings
This Train
All aboard

Springsteen

5 June 2012

Why I didn't become a Christian




I didn't become a Christian to sit static in a church.
I didn't become a Christian to have a boring life.
I didn't become a Christian to be solemn and bland.
I didn't become a Christian to find new lofty places of superiority to condemn from.
I didn't become a Christian to criticize God's church... His very bride.
I didn't become a Christian to propagate denomination and doctrine.
I didn't become a Christian to settle into a routine.
I didn't become a Christian to squash passions in others.
I didn't become a Christian to make ME feel good.
I didn't become a Christian to watch society pass me by.
I didn't become a Christian to be safe.
I didn't become a Christian to treat God's word like a dusty scroll to be protected from danger.
I didn't become a Christian to ignore my city.
I didn't become a Christian to have a reason to feel shame & embarrassment... nor pomposity.
I didn't become a Christian to verbally tear down my government & leaders.
I didn't become a Christian to ignore demographics and people groups.
I didn't become a Christian to be fashionable or trendy.
I didn't become a Christian to be stingy and prudent.
I didn't become a Christian to be quiet.
I didn't become a Christian to be popular.
I didn't become a Christian to be ineffectual.
I didn't become a Christian to be negative and hopeless.
I didn't become a Christian to find high moral ground to curse those who curse me from.
I didn't become a Christian to hoard LIFE to myself; missing the very point of Jesus.

Luckily... becoming a Christian doesn't mean any of those things.

I became a Christian because the very source of LIFE itself sought me out and transformed me. I told HIM that I'd do anything to stay living with such LIFE and I've found the path he led me down to be PACKED with this LIFE.

I did not make it; it is making me.
For the rest of my days... I will share this LIFE.

Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don't miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.
Colossians 4:5-6 The Message



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