Death Comes A-Knocking

Death comes knocking on everybody’s door sooner or later. Be prepared to answer with “YES! Jesus Christ already paid the price for me and HALLELUJAH I am going to be with Him forever!”

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

(Romans 10:9, KJV)

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Well Done!

I love getting the little notification that announces to me and only me how many days in a row I’ve posted on WordPress. Do you know what I mean?

Not that I do things for the sole purpose of receiving any kind of acknowledgement, but it does feel good to get a little pat on the back, even if via a pre-programmed note. There was a human behind the original creation of that note, and I appreciate that they thought of it.

I believe it is going to feel extra wonderful to hear sweet words from my Lord Jesus when I see Him face to face, like He paints in a parable where He says the famous lines: “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:23)

Look up the whole passage in the Bible, in Matthew 25:14-30, for the full details. Here’s a link to help you get there, and you can find it in whichever version you like to read: Matthew 25:14-30

By the way, I like my steak well done, too, but that’s another topic.

Well done!

Barbecue is a food group

Declutter!

Declutter!

Is that an order?

Yes. Yes, it is. It is an orderly order.

Okay. Well, what if I don’t do it? How about I sit here in this wooden rocking chair and stare at the woodstove in front of me?

That woodstove and everything on it, beside it, and around it represents the most uncluttered place in my life. Looking at it inspires me to go upstairs to my bedroom and attempt to bring order to a mish-mash of matter that has accumulated in boxes and on surfaces over the past several years.

Mmmmm…

The sight of the stove, all quiet and cool, with no need for a fire this non-frozen morning in semi-wild BC, fills me with calm, if only momentarily until I gaze upon the mess I’ve piled up over the past week while I returned everything to my newly carpeted room. It represents peace. It inspires me.

“Okay, I’m done!” I say, as I jump up from my chair, hook earbuds over my ears, and take my phone upstairs to declutter with a head full of music.

I can DO this!

“Let all things be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40)

An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign — Shaped by the Word

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I am sharing this from another WordPress blogger:

Reading the Word Matthew 16:1–4 (ESV) 1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘It will be […]

via An Evil Generation Seeks a Sign — Shaped by the Word

An Un-churchianity Christian

For years, I couldn’t find a church where I was comfortable. I had been to many organized fellowships, but the more I read the Bible on my own, the more I didn’t feel right about the way things were.

I’m now to the point that I am simply not comfortable in organized churches of the land – and I am comfortable with that.

WE, the believers in Christ, are the church.

There is a lot out there in “churchianity” that is more like a business than the way the Bible shows us about the New Testament believers (the body of Chriest) and how fellowship looks.

I know my beliefs concerning this are unpopular. I get frowned upon by a lot of people who are happy to be involved in Sunday meetings with a specific format, to sit under the teaching of a “leader” who we assume will always know more than we can ever learn on our own by studying the Scriptures like a Berean, to help pay the mortgage and/or the bills of their meeting space, etc. But there are some of us who don’t see that as Biblically correct.

That’s the condensed version to reach out in case others share my feelings. If you can relate, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Discouraged or something

“Have I laboured all for nothing.
Trying to make it on my own.
Fear to reach out to the hand
Of one who understands me
Say ‘I’d rather be here all alone.’

It’s all my fault

I sit and wallow in seclusion.
As if I had no hope at all,
I guess truth becomes you
I have seen it all in motion
That pride comes before the fall.”

-From Jennifer Knapp’s “Whole Again”

Those words of a beloved song came to mind as I thought about how good it would be to reach out and be understood.

“Cheer up. Look on the bright side. Here’s what you need to feel better.”

Best intentions aren’t always a solution.

Sometimes a solution is not the answer.

Maybe there is a reason for the feelings. I believe I will know someday, and all these pains won’t even be worth comparing to the joy that is coming.

Until then, though, I ponder.

Why is understanding in such short supply? Or do I just not know where to find it or how to hunt for it?

So much in this life seems so complicated and only results in what feels like futility.

Maybe someone will think about me. Maybe someone will pray for me.

I think I need to go out for a walk.

Maybe I will think about eternity. Maybe I will think about the sunshine breaking through the clouds. Maybe I will think about mud.

Maybe I will think about this song:

(Jennifer Knapp’s “Whole Again” performed live, acoustic version)

 

Discouraged

“Have I laboured all for nothing.
Trying to make it on my own.
Fear to reach out to the hand
Of one who understands me
Say ‘I’d rather be here all alone.’

It’s all my fault

I sit and wallow in seclusion.
As if I had no hope at all,
I guess truth becomes you
I have seen it all in motion
That pride comes before the fall.”

-From Jennifer Knapp’s “Whole Again”

Those words of a beloved song came to mind as I thought about how good it would be to reach out and be understood.

“Cheer up. Look on the bright side. Here’s what you need to feel better.”

Best intentions aren’t always a solution.

Sometimes a solution is not the answer.

Maybe there is a reason for the feelings. I believe I will know someday, and all these pains won’t even be worth comparing to the joy that is coming.

Until then, though, I ponder.

Why is understanding in such short supply? Or do I just not know where to find it or how to hunt for it?

So much in this life seems so complicated and only results in what feels like futility.

Maybe someone will think about me. Maybe someone will pray for me.

I think I need to go out for a walk.

Maybe I will think about eternity. Maybe I will think about the sunshine breaking through the clouds. Maybe I will think about mud.

Maybe I will think about this song:

 

 

About God…

The following was written by my friend Ivor, who wrote it for one of his other friends. I share it here with his permission. If you have any questions that I can’t answer, I will pass them on to him.

Please allow me to put together a picture of what God has shown me in His word that He wants:

And before I do that let me say why I believe that there even is a God.

Even if it is just for the sake of discussion, I like to acknowledge that it may all be not true and when we die it will be lights out, done, over.

There are many that cling to that idea as I’m sure you know.
These are people that want to live for themselves and not be answerable to God, so they just do away with God in their own mind.

A more sober person is willing to give things a more open and sincere look.

The case for God is strong but nobody can prove His existence.

Again, the case is strong, the evidence is compelling, but yet we believe in God because we decide to, and we believe that, based on the evidence, we have made an intelligent life decision, thus one big step in faith. (If you want any more discussion on this please say so.)

God created man for love and fellowship with Him. As you know, actual love is not possible when one is held totally subordinate to the other, so God turned man loose so that man could make choices.

Since then, God has been trying to get our attention and draw each of us into a love relationship with Him. (The Bible is essentially a love letter to us from God that pivots on John 3.16*)

God knows man and all elements of the life of men and God says the gate is narrow (to Him) and few there will be that find it.

The problem:

The problem is that none of us is perfect so we all have done things that are not okay with God.

God is perfect, Holy, and cannot accept sin or sinful people, so He devised a plan that included a perfect sacrifice for all the sins of anyone that believes and trusts in the Sacrifce to make them presentable to the Father.

The Lord Jesus died on the Cross to accomplish two simple things:

1) Pay for our sins
2) Win our hearts

However, if it does not do the second, it does not do the first. It’s that simple.

There is absolutely nothing that we can do to win God’s favor but to accept God’s provision for our redemption and deliverance.

God wants us to have a turning point – a moment when we cease from our own efforts and waywardness and shift our hope and confidence to the Lord Jesus once and for all.

Below is a prayer that contains the elements listed in Scripture for immediate salvation.
This is a once in a lifetime prayer and if spoken from the heart with sincerity will assure one of salvation and it will likely make a monumental change in one’s life.

“God, I come to you in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ. You said in Your word that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10 : 13). I am calling on Jesus right now. I believe He died on the cross for my sins, that He was raised from the dead on the third day. Lord Jesus, I am asking You now to come and live within me as Lord and Savior and help me be what you want me to be.

I repent of my sins and surrender myself totally and completely to you. I accept You and confess You as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for making me a new person and forgiving me of my sins, In Jesus Name, Amen.”

When this is settled we can move forward into life in God which is different for each of us and how to find fellowship with the the rest of God’s family.

I am but a bystander as this is strictly between you and God.

*John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

PTB!

When you are in a grocery store and you see something on the shelf that doesn’t fit in with the other items around it, if you are with someone, point at the item, and with amusement say “PTB!”

They might not know what you mean, so you will need to explain the following, about which I originally mused aloud to one of my children many years ago:

I can just imagine a kid carrying that box of chocolates around as their mom shops.

The kid asks, “Mom, can I get this?”

In an irritated voice, the mom says, “No! Put that back!”

The child says, “But I don’t know where it goes.”

The mom says in an even more irritated voice, “Just put it right there,” pointing at a blank spot between the dish soap and the Windex.

The child with sufficient common sense might realize that is not the correct spot and balk at the command.

The mom, in the most irritated voice she has left, says, “Ugh!” as she grabs the chocolates and tosses them on the shelf.

Since then, I’ve told variants of that story to all seven of my children, and even to a few friends outside the family, whenever we see something that is out of place on a grocery shelf.

“Put that back!” in a mock irritated voice is often shortened to a mere “PTB” in a smiling voice.

A PTB comes in all shapes and sizes. It could be a can of Pringles in the toilet paper section. It might be a bag of chewy banana candies sitting by the bleach. It’s possibly a jar of Bick’s pickles beside the motor oil. It could even be a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup in with the scented jar candles (though I don’t know if anyone would realistically want to carry a can of that soup around for any length of time, so it could be assumed it was a small child too young to realize what it was).

I draw the line, however, at seeing cold items in a warm section. If time and energy permit, I will usher a carton of cashew milk to its proper refrigerator, and if a container of Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Toffee Crunch should appear in an inappropriate location and isn’t melted, I would more than likely have to add it to my cart for purchase. Waste not, want not.

Next time you are in a store and you see something out of place, think of my little story. If you can, please take a picture and send it to me.

Below is a photo of a PTB I saw yesterday at a local grocery store. 🙂

Happy shopping!

See the PTB? It’s a stuffed animal among toilet cleaning supplies.