Category Archives: Musings

Hmmm…

A friend of mine posted this a few days ago and it has stuck with me so much that I felt I needed to write something.

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“Prayers appreciated. We are traveling this weekend to [….] so I can try out for the pulpit at […]. We want God’s will to be done more than anything. (And if you remember a year ago April, when I said I believed I would stay at […] until I retire, let me just say that God got a good chuckle at my hubris, too! :))”

I messaged him and said, ” ‘try out for the pulpit?’ you know my thoughts on this, besides show me scripture to backup this phrase. :)”

His reply, “Yes, we’ve discussed this a time or two. 🙂 And, of course, there is no scripture to back the phrase, since it is an extra-Biblical model of church governance. I’ll just have to do the best I can with what there is.”

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Yes, I once did and thought this too but after much soul and scripture searching I have a hard time accepting that mindset.

Yet, so many today seem to be content with the ‘pastor – spectator’ scenario, the ‘extra-biblical’ model of doing things.

Over the years we have been taught to accept so much ‘extra-biblical’ stuff we mark it up as being Biblical and are willing to follow the ‘extra-biblical’ blindly instead of questioning if it is from God or not.

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Here are some of the conclusions I’ve come to…

I believe each of us, when we accept the way of Jesus Christ, are called to be His ministers, mouthpieces, marquees, and so forth pointing to Him the Saviour of our souls.

We are, as followers of Christ;

  • To live our lives for Him.
  • To be total followers of Christ.
  • To truly let Him be seen in us as we connect with people day by day.
  • Commissioned to reach those who have not met Jesus by allowing Him to live in us.
  • To reflect Him to each and every person we come in contact with. No matter who it may be, whether family, friends, strangers, or even enemies.

Yes, we need to encourage one another.

  • To come together to lift up, praise, and worship Christ for who He is and what He has done for us. No matter where it is, a cafe, a park, a home, etc. [Heb. 10:24-25 ; 1Cor. 14:26]
  • To pray one for another, as the early church did, for boldness to live for and speak for Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. [Acts 4:29-31]
  • To be as the Bereans were, when they heard what Paul was sharing, to search the scriptures daily to find out whether or not what he was saying was true. [Acts 17:10-12]

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Perhaps this bit of rambling has struck a chord in you as well. I hope you will share your thoughts whether pro or con.

Keepin’ on for Christ!

David

Sort of Matrix-y

From Marc Winter over at Church Expatriates on Facebook

The Holy Spirit: At last. Welcome, Neo. As you no doubt have guessed, I am the Holy Spirit sent to teach you the Truth.
Neo: It’s an honor to meet you.
The Holy Spirit: I imagine that right now you’re feeling a bit like Alice, tumbling down the rabbit hole? Hm?

Neo: You could say that.
HS: I can see it in your heart. You have the heart of a man who can not accept what he sees in church because he knows it is not right.
Neo: I know something is really wrong.
Holy Spirit: I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re open to me. You’re open because you know something. What you know you can’t explain. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life. That there’s something seriously wrong with church. You don’t know what it is but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?
Neo: The entire subjugation of Christianity?
Holy Spirit: Do you want to know how it was done? Church is an illusion. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Holy Spirit: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind…. Unfortunately, few can comprehend the world and its church system, the enormity of the deception. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed in the morning a get dressed for church, and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, and your spiritual eyes will be opened, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…. Remember, all I’m offering is the truth, nothing more…. Follow me

The Cross

An unending list of hymns and songs have been sung, countless sermons preached, and a multitude of lessons taught about the cross. There are innumerable pictures, drawings, and versions of the cross. Crosses are placed on graves and buildings, hung on necklaces and other jewelry, raised on hills, properties, etc across our nation and perhaps others as well. The symbol of the cross was even painted on the shields of the crusaders fighting wars in the name of Christ.

It has been at the center of controversy, arguments, wars and so forth for countless years.

So I have, for a long time now, wondered if and when our views, thoughts, and symbols of the cross may cause it to become an idol.

In my estimation, we have put the cross on a pedestal and worship ‘it’ rather than, Jesus Christ, the one who died for mankind’s sins. In so doing, the cross becomes an enigma, a misrepresentation, and a hindrance to furthering the good news of salvation in Him.

Just because it is worn, adorns a building, raised, or placed somewhere the cross cannot save us nor protect us from calamity as so many folks seem to believe.

There have been too many souls lost to the enemy because of the senseless attitude of so-called ‘Christians’ who take affront every time there is a furor concerning a cross.

I believe we must reflect Jesus Christ and His attitude and love to everyone in spite of what we may feel. We need to ask ourselves, “how would Jesus react?” to this and all issues that we encounter. We are to live Christ to the world around us instead of pushing people away from Him because of our misguided intentions.

Now I do not think this has, necessarily, always been intentional or even applies to everyone.

Yet once the notion has been brought up then we must address the issue head on and purpose in our hearts and minds to not allow idol-ship of the cross be in our lives anymore.

We must remember…

Jesus is our salvation.

Jesus gave Himself for our redemption not the cross.

Jesus is the one we worship and adore not the cross.

Jesus is the one we sing praises to not the cross.

Here is a song about the cross which, in my thinking, does not glorify it.

‘There’s Room at the Cross’ by the Claiborne Brothers

[As always, comments whether pro or con are welcome! Simply because I believe we learn and grow together in our journey with Christ.]

Thank You

Hi Everyone!!

Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for following and commenting on this blog!

I think many times we forget to say those two little words for even the small things that come our way in life. It is encouraging to one another to realize what we have written is actually seen and read by others across and around the globe.

Sitting in Macon, Ga writing this today. We started the week waiting in Osage City, KS and visited friends there. Picked up a load on Tuesday afternoon, delivered it to Grand Island, NE by 1 am Wednesday then headed east toward Chicago on what’s called an ’empty move’ to get in a better area. Before we even got to Des Moines, IA we were called to pickup in Kansas City, MO and deliver to Kinder, LA. So, we took another ’empty move’ to go to Houston, TX and planned on stopping in Beaumont to meet up with my eldest daughter, but wouldn’t you know, we received another load offer and had to cancel the meetup. 😦 We turned around, drove about 120 miles to Port Allen, LA to pickup then deliverred this morning to Macon. WOW!!! That is only 2450 miles or so. 🙂

I know I have re-posted other author’s articles and not much of my own but perhaps I’ll be able to get the connection between my thoughts and fingers working. haha 🙂

I get to reading great stuff that goes along with my thinking and say to myself “I just gotta share this” and then I don’t write anything. I am working on a couple of things though whenever I get a chance and when my thoughts come together.

Since I drive cross-country it can be difficult to find the time to do anything else. 😦

Anyway, I truly hope all of will have an awesome, blessed day, and give God the glory no matter what may happen!!

 Keepin’ on for Christ, David

 

WOW!

Wow, what a trip! We returned home May 26th after being out on the road since April 23rd. In that time frame we drove 21,239 miles! 😮  I thank God for His protection!!

We expect to be gone again in a few days. So hopefully, I’ll be able to post a bit and share some of the other blogs I have read recently while also taking care of things that need to be done here at home. 🙂
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It is amazing at how the pace of life changes from one area to another here in America. From easy and laid back to a high fever pitch.

These reach into every aspect of an individual’s day to day life and whether at home, work, or play it seems the pace never changes. I have encountered many folks in my travels, through the years and even recently, in which this has given me pause for reflection.

Have I, in my pace [whatever it may be] without judging, expecting repayment or accolades, shared the love of Christ through….
– seeing and helping the hurting?
– giving help to those less fortunate than I?
– grieving with those who grieve?
– etc, etc.

James 1:27  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Rom. 12:15  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Also see Matthew 25:34-46

Think of this as well…..

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
(James 2:14-18)

Too many times we pass up, as followers of Christ, “…doing unto the least.”
We get so caught up in our own lives that we are blinded by self.
People forget that we are to BE Christ and not just talk about Him nor to even plan or program what we intend to do except BE Him to others in spite of our differences.
We are to be spontaneous in being Jesus to those around us.

Jesus said, in John 12:32,  “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself,” verse 33 says, ‘He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die’.
Yet I believe it goes even further.
If we lift up Jesus in our lives, let His life be seen and truly live in us, then HE will draw others to Himself.

Just as the chorus says from the song by Casting Crowns ‘If We Are The Body’,
But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?

Jesus loves us as we are! He will clean us as we surrender to Him!
Jesus was known as ‘friend of sinners’!
Jesus came to redeem us!