Sunday, August 25, 2013

Jesus came to reveal the Father and speak His Truth . . .

So, why do we "children of God" continue to add to the Gospel our own dysfunctional rules?!

Friday, August 23, 2013

The thistle and the shamrock -

Not a nation, but a people and a land.  Native people (Polynesians, American 
"Indians", etc.) know what that means.

The buffalo and the bear.

The fire and the sea.

The sun, moon and stars.


The Church vs the church -

Let's get this clear, the Church (capital 'C') is people "built" into a holy 
"nation" by Christ Jesus.  The church (lower case 'c') is an institution of man 
that includes buildings, budgets, programs, paid leaders, etc.  The latter (church) 
should only exist in so much as it supports the Church (Christ's people), otherwise, it 
is worthless to Christ.

Christ's Church exists for the benefit of "non-members."  To be "salt and 
light" for the earth, not to impress more salt or shine light within.  Therefore, 
"Go" is the operative word for the Church (His people).


Saturday, August 17, 2013

"I get no respect!"

I feel like Rodney Dangerfield. My wife asks me if she can scan the Costco app into her iPhone, I say no not on your iPhone 3 but you can just go to the App Store and download it. She complains I don't know what I'm talking about and proceeds to go ask my son who gives her the same answer.
Really?! Yea, more Men o' Pause! I get no respect (spell it out Aretha!), nor appreciation! People outside of my marriage respect and appreciate me more, at least that's how it feels in Men o' Pause?! 😳😜❤

Friday, August 2, 2013

"conditions" or restrictions of man placed on disciples of Christ -

Churches and denominations can and do provide a measure of accountability and safety to congregations, and to the people in those congregations. However, the artificial "rules" and "by-laws" of man can often "quench" the work of the Holy Spirit. It takes discerning pastors and leadership teams to identify and recognize those people and their gifts which should be empowered as "priests", shepherds within the assembly for whom God has plans to benefit all.
Regimental adherence to denominational or local doctrine or rules can and does deprive whole congregations from experiencing all God has for them. Be prudent, yes, but do not quench the Spirit, lest you foster spiritual death rather than transformation.