coming up shorthanded is gone…

I was looking for something in one of my posts when I realized that this blog about the two men collaborating on hand prostheses has been taken down.  Long story and I don’t know the half of it.  You might pray for the two men and their friends and family.

 

This is posted under dead blogs and I know it’s been a while since I posted anything.  God is at work and sometimes he calls us to “Be still and know that He is God”.

When a hashtag alerts the church to a world of hurt, what do we do?

So there’s this Twitter hashtag called #YesAllWomen.  I read an article about it here:  http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/yesallwomen-twitters-powerful-reaction-to-the-santa-barbara-shootings-20140526-38xcc.html .

 

The article is shocking to me for various reasons but I was not going to write about it until I felt the Lord pressing me, so here goes.

Genesis 2:

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam[f] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
    for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

That the world has some recognition of this shocks me as I have not been consciously aware of feeling this except in terms of “your desire shall be for your husband” from Genesis 3:16 until the Lord set me free from the pain of having been abandoned by mine.  I am not shocked that this status of belonging is denounced by many and perverted by others.

I want to bring the conversation into the light so the church can approach this topic - I think, “what does God think/say about this?”

Another think has to do with whether or not I adopt this position of fear of man – I won’t, it is akin to taking up another’s offense, but it is a real temptation.

What is God Telling Us with Black Holes? Light and Dark 3 of 3

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Photo of my black out curtains during the day.  April 2014.

It is the weekend we celebrate the Resurrection of the Christ in the year 2014, the year Putin invaded Crimea and annexed it to Russia and US President Obama considered sending ground troops but so far has not.  I am home sick or maybe just homesick and, as is frequently the case now, I have been re-reading my Bible in order to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, Romans 12:2.  Today’s search began with the words “to be” as in  God made Christ to be sin for us…the NASB places emphasis here and so do I.  It is in 2 Corinthians 5.  Verse 4, NIV 1984, and following states “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  This passage precedes the one about light shining out of darkness, verse 6.  So, perhaps it is that the heavens are showing us the veiling of the mind, the light entering our hearts, which are black holes in themselves if you ask me(!), in order to set us free from that veil of ignorance.   Remember that God has recorded in His book that there will be signs in the heavens prior to Christ’s 2nd coming.   Praise the Lord!

Related articles

http://offbeatonpurpose.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/what-is-god-te…and-darkpart-2/

http://offbeatonpurpose.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/what-is-god-te…light-and-dark/

Job’s righteousness

Job held onto Jesus.  He, Christ, was Job’s righteousness as Job put on the “new self”.  Footnotes in Job 29:14 point to Ephesians 4:24.  Footnotes in Job 27:5 point to Ephesians 6:14 and the breastplate of righteousness believers own as part of their armor.  This is the righteousness Job refused to deny.

Isaiah 51:9 dreaming of reality

Isaiah 51:9

Awake, awake, arm of the Lord, clothe yourself with strength! Awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old. Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces, who pierced that monster through? from the NIV at Biblegateway dot com.
I just found this verse – I was not conscious of its existence until Friday or Saturday (yesterday or the day before).  I am wondering what monster or monsters God is cutting to pieces before our eyes.  Are you watching?  I am.

Millennial church

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English: the page of the codex with text of Matthew 9:23b-10:17 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Barna’s report on Millennial (Link included at end):

First, I behave like a Millennial in many ways but I am a Baby Boomer meaning it’s not just Millennials.

Next, Millennial dependence upon the net places them in an incredibly vulnerable position.  What happens if the net is turned off?  What happens if we lose electricity long enough that our devices do not work when power is restored?  What if some of the information they seek is barricaded behind pay walls or walls built to deceive or for “peace”?

The church is not the building.  The church is the people.  Too many churches are building buildings while the people suffer.  I know people who have no electricity and/or water, can not pay their rent, and struggle to feed their children.  What is the building doing to help that part of the church?  Jesus talked about cups of cold water for the thirsty, coats for the cold, food for the hungry, justice and breaking yokes of oppression.

I, like the Millennials, want you to show me don’t tell me.

Related article:

https://www.barna.org/barna-update/millennials