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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Randoms

Ever buy something that was not as cool as advertised?

Here are some even worse game show prizes!

Here are some faces in strange places.

"Common People" by William Shatner and Joe Jackson ain't so common:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Freedom of True Spirituality (part 3)

What does true spirituality look like when the Holy Spirit has His way? True spirituality looks like freedom! “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Rev. Eric Foley, CEO of Seoul USA, asked members of the North Korean underground church how Americans could pray for them. They answered, “You pray for us? We pray for you!” When I asked why, they responded, “Because Western Christians often put so much faith in their prosperity and political freedoms that they don't know what it's like to have to depend completely on God. And because of that, they often do not get to know Him in all the ways He invites us to.'"

One North Korean prisoner described the pitiful conditions he experienced, but being a Christian in prison is the only place to enjoy freedom in Christ: "It's like seminary," he said. "I prayed for others daily. My faith grew by leaps and bounds even as my body decayed."

True Spirituality looks like Jesus.

There is a difference between an impressionist and an impersonator. An impressionist communicates an interpretation.



An impersonator takes on the persona (voice, gestures, etc): i.e. imitators



A truly spiritual person will look like Jesus, “transformed into the same image.” Not merely copying or interpreting, but a metamorphosis if you will. Many look to Jesus as a role model, so they study, practice, impersonate, but never become. Becoming like Jesus culminates in a glory that never fades.

Think on these:

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

“Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18)

Being created in His image, we are halfway there. Just let Him author your spirituality and receive His Holy Spirit for the touchdown.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Freedom of True Spirituality (part 2)

“But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. . . . Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:14, 17-18)

When Christ removes the veil, our lives are transformed and we can be truly spiritual. We can be free to do everything we should spiritually. If we remove the veil ourselves, we momentarily ignite our own glory but this eventually fades.

The world talks of “secrets” to success;well, here’s the secret to true Spirituality: we don’t create our own spirituality ourselves. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Cor 3:17)

Here’s another way to look at it: if I can’t control my body functions (who makes their heart been and organs operate?) what confidence do I have in constructing my own meaningful spirituality? Christ must do it through His Spirit.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Existence of God and the Power of The Mind

The mind is a powerful thing, but can it stop an on-coming train?



So it is with denying the existence of God--no mind is powerful enough to make the Great "I AM" suddenly not "be". One must move, or be flattened by the reality of His existence.

Notice the man shaking his fist in defiance as the train brings reality to his senses.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Randoms

Re-grow food from kitchen scraps

10 VERY Embarrassing Fitness Gimmicks (it gets better worse on page 2)

Love books? Then you understand.

2 1/2 minutes on a bike . . . on a glacier. Hold on!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Fitness Puzzle

How does one use this piece of equipment? 
Yikes!


Monday, July 20, 2015

The Game's Afoot!

Many who follow us on social media notice from time to time a photograph of this fellow in some very strange places. I suppose now is a good time (as any) to explain:


After moving into our new our new home, this gnome was adopted into the family. Someone came up with the idea to "hide the gnome" so he tends to disappear from time to time. When he is discovered, that person posts a photograph on social media, tagging all players of the game. On rare occasions, visiting friends may discover him.

There is a trick, however. When he is discovered and photographed and posted online, the finder must immediately hide him again. This is a challenge when there are so many family members in the house at any given time--and the more people there are, the more cautious one must be. If he is not found after one week, he is placed in an agreed-upon "home base," which signals everyone that he has successfully remained undiscovered for that period of time.

It's fun for our family and friends! So if you come to the house, you are invited to play--just don't tell anyone. If you find him, snap a pic, post online and tag our family. This is our signal that the game is afoot!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Prophecy and the Reliability of Scripture

"The Bible has a total of 31,103 verses, 8,352 of which are prophetic; they speak of events yet to come. All biblical predictions about the future can be grouped into 737 different predictions. Of the 8,352 verses, 6,312 (or 522 different predictions) have already happened exactly as God's Word said they would. About 2,040 verses, with 215 specific predictions from God about the end of the world, are in process of being fulfilled. . . .

These prophecies can be further divided into eighteen chronological categories (by the timing of the events). There are only five categories of the eighteen left to be fulfilled. Here are the categories: church prophecies, Second Coming prophecies, Millennial prophecies, Final Judgment prophecies, and New Jerusalem prophecies. Each of the prophetic signs that Christ and His apostles gave is very specific. Jesus has explained that as we get closer to the Second Coming, we will witness these events, which will begin at the same time, run concurrently, and crescendo like the pains of a woman giving birth. . . .

In all history-only our generation has seen every one of these events starting to unfold. As Jesus said in Matthew 24, when you see these things happening, know that the end of days is getting near."

(John Barnett, Prophecy By The Numbers)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Randoms

Your body is the only gym you really need.

Tips on "How To Survive A Lightening Strike."

There comes a time in every man's life when he has no choice but to watch the paint dry.

Remember "Wilson" from the movie "Castaway." Well, he's gone, but not forgotten.

Watch out: Flight Attendants have their eye on you! Don't give them something to talk about!

I can sit and watch Spock channel Stan Laurel all day long.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Freedom Of True Spirituality (part 1)

True Spirituality is SPIRITUAL (hence the name “spirituality”). If we produce spirituality out of ourselves, then it’s really“HUMANISM” and we lock ourselves down to this realm in which we die.

“ . . . not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end.” [2 Cor. 3:13 ESV]

Moses veiled his face when he came down the mountain for two reasons (Ex 34:29 ff). The first reason is that the people were afraid to come near him. Paul elaborates that Moses veiled his face because the glory faded revealing he was not a spiritual superhero, but human--and humanity comes to an end. 

When we create our own spirituality, we put up a veil, a false front that protects our reputation, our humanistic individuality. Remember the Wizard of Oz telling Dorothy, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” There is no freedom in hiding.

“But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.” [2 Cor 3:14-15 ESV]

The second reason Moses veiled his face was because the people were blinded (lit. “made hard”--like stone) in their own spirituality. 

Nathaniel Hawthorne (mid-1800’s) wrote a short story that students and scholars still discuss today called: “The Minister’s Black Veil.” The Parson appears one day wearing a black veil and the townspeople immediate begin to gossip: they never talk about the veil, but instead say the Parson’s lost his mind, or is hiding a shameful sin. Parson Hooper goes about his daily life as if nothing is different, never responding to the people’s whispers. He preaches and does his daily duty, but everyone in town is impacted by the mystery. When he attends the funeral of a young woman, the people guess there was an adulterous affair (he SHOULD wear the veil!) but they can’t be sure. When he attends a wedding the joy turns to gloom as people stare and wonder what’s going on behind the veil.

Even while on his deathbed the Parson wears the veil. The minister uses his dying breath to give us the only clue we have as to why he wore the veil: you are all hypocrites, everyone wears a black veil, shielding their eyes from God as they draw around themselves people who make them comfortable. When the Parson dies he is buried with his face covered.

The Old Covenant was a preview of what was coming and they could not see it. The people were blinded in their own spirituality.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Randoms

Here's Proof that Atheists Don't Exist.

I love the focus of Bottle Episodes. How 'bout you?

When Taunting In Sports Goes Wrong:

Friday, July 03, 2015

God Bless America!


The Land of Freedom

One of the great blessings we enjoy in the United States of America is freedom. We all have the freedom to live our own life, choose our own path, and use our abilities for our own gain as well as for the good of others. We have the freedom to choose our leaders and the freedom to worship God without fear of interference from the government.

Freedom’s Cost

All of these freedoms are great blessings, but they were not won without a cost. Our forefathers took a stand for these freedoms and defended them, whatever the price. Since then, countless brave men and women have stood up to protect this great country, to secure its freedoms, and to promote the cause of freedom around the world. Many of them have paid the ultimate price, and we honor their sacrifice.

A Greater Freedom

There is an even greater freedom which can be possessed and enjoyed by every person on the face of the earth, regardless of their social standing or nationality. This is freedom from sin and its judgment. Mankind has been in bondage to sin long before America was founded. In fact, the power and consequences of sin have governed the world since the first man, Adam, disobeyed God. “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

The Greatest Sacrifice

Because man is in such terrible bondage to sin and Satan (Heb. 2:14,15), God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth as “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). On Calvary’s cross He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21). Christ died for sinners like you and me, and thereby paid the penalty for sin. Now He freely offers the gift of God—eternal life—to all who will come to Him (Romans 6:23).

Are You Really Free?

Have you received this gift of life and liberty from the Saviour? It is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). When one confesses to God that he is a sinner, and trusts the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour, he is then made free indeed! All his sins are washed away in the precious blood of Christ (1 John 1:7). True freedom for everyone is found alone in Jesus Christ who died for us and rose again.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). What a wonderful blessing it is to be free!

Posted with permission: mwtb

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

True Spirituality (part 7): Hearts and Stones

“You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all . . . Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end.” (2 Cor 3:2, 7)

Have you ever thought of your spirituality as a letter that can be read by anyone? Paul contrasts two kinds of letters: one written on the heart and the other written on stone. Spirituality conveys a message as if it were a written message.

The difference between a heart and a stone include the fact that one is warm and the other is cold. One is soft, the other is hard. It is also true that a heart can be hard and cold but a stone can never be warm and soft by itself. When we engrave words on a stone, the words are locked into the stone’s face. These words are unforgiving because they do not change or move. A stone cannot respond to the message it receives or communicates. The heart on the other hand can respond to what is written and that’s the point. The heart becomes a testimony to true spirituality because it can receive God’s message from God’s Spirit and respond to it.

The stone contains letters (grammar) while the heart becomes a letter (epistle). The stone of law is broken by the builder of the church, who in turn calls out living stones with which to build His church. He is looking for people of true spirituality. Paul will set up another contrast to help us understand.

"Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory." [see 2 Cor 3:7-9]

In short, the contrast lies between the “ministry of death/condemnation” (old) vs. “ministry of the
Spirit/righteousness” (new). The general direction of the text underscores the difference between the old covenant and the new; that is, between the Mosaic law contrasted against a ministry of grace. 

While the law is necessary to define sin, the grammar on the stone (law) keeps one under the guilt of sin; that is, the ministry of death. Grace, on the other hand, releases from the law once the requirements of the law are satisfied and communicates an entirely different message.

Consider  “that which fades away”  vs. “that which remains.” (3:11). Which is better? 
  • That which is permanent or that which fades away? Or;
  • The spirit of life or a ministry of death?
If God does not supply our spirituality, we are as good as dead, spiritually.

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