Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Does God manipulate? Jan. 3

A normal, free thinking person does not like to be manipulated to justify another's end result. And yet, as Chritians we are being changed by a means to an end. Christ is the means. Salvation is the end. This is not a manipulation. Change occurs because the Holy Spirit was invited in and accepted as the means. Manipulation uses a forced motivator. God uses love, an inborn pull.

If you lose a sense of purpose in a system you belong to or are paid by, you feel more a slave than a partner. God's true purpose is to say YES to His enterprise and kingdom growth.   SEE: 2 Cor. 1:20.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Technology Dec.22

"He [God] will certainly lead us into all truth, but He will not lead us into arragance and confusion between technical advance and spiritual wisdom."

J.B. Phillips (Bible translator)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Highest Value Dec.9

We develop all kinds of values . . . what we hold important enough to follow with behavior to express some belief.

There are those who feel "correctness of belief" to be the highest value.

1John 4:7 indicates that love comes from God, no matter what one may think about it.

Monday, December 4, 2017

True Change Dec.4

      According to Gen. 9:6 and other scripture, we are made in God's image. This fact implies we are to be re-created in Christ since Christ is the original creator with the Father. This process implies we will need a condition [like heaven] to always grow towards something new throughout eternal existance. Every moment [ however time is measured] will be like a pleasant surprise because we keep growing toward Christlikeness.   
1 Cor.2:9

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christian Listening Nov.7

My view:

In Christ, we do not possess a spiritual neutrality, but we must practice listening to an inaccurate perspective. By listening, I do not have to accept an incorrect, anti-biblical view of life. I give a courtesy to listen and I expect a courtesy back for my Christian view. Does this always work? No.

But, every person has a right to speak but no person has the right to strangle our democracy with selfish hands. We need to learn how to listen and sometimes, listen with silence.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Never Underestimate Any Gender Nov.1

In Acts 21:8-9,

The one of seven laymen chosen to serve [Phillip] had unmarried daughters who spoke what God had revealed. They had the ability to SPEAK TRUTH.

This Phillip was probably known as the evangelist.

I say: Superb!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Self Struggle Sept.18

"Within my earthly temple, there's a crowd.
There's one of us that's humble, one is proud.
There's one that's broken-hearted for his sins.
And one who unrepentant, sins and grins.

There's one who loves his neighbor as himself.
And one who cares not but fame and self.
From much corroding care would I be free,
If once I could determine which is me."
----------- Edward Sanford Martin--------

The war between the true self and the false continues.  Romans 7:21-23.