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Thoughts on Giving at Christmas
December 26, 2015, 2:14 pm
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I appreciate those who love to give things that are practical and necessary, I do as well. Sadly sometimes it seems this “special” day is a tradition of giving for the sake of getting, getting to get the best and most “stuff” even at the cost of burdening ourselves with higher and greater debt monetarily and increasing the guilt of those who don’t have “stuff” or enough “stuff” to give.

Jesus says to the brothers and sisters, “not so among you.”

Christ came to give His life and His life given and received among the brothers and sisters are for our daily mutual edification and His glory, not for one day of the week or for a few “special” days a year based on man’s traditions, although these can be wonderful events.

His life, His “grace given to each of us,” looks differently in and through each of us: serving, sharing knowledge, encouraging and comforting, giving, caring, showing mercy, etc. Brothers and sisters in Christ are each members of His body. Christ’s body is not made up of “one part” (choose whichever gift you like/prefer the best, such as “giving”) “but of many.” Christ’s life of love is to be honored and cherished, no matter how He looks in His body



“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.”

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.” Matthew 13:44.

“But seek his kingdom…Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” Luke 12:31a,32,34, 13:18-19.

“God…was pleased to reveal his Son in me…Christ lives in me…I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 1:15-16, 2:20, 4:19, 5:25.

“…God, who tests our hearts…the Word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe…May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts…” 1 Thessalonians 2:4,13, 3:12,13.

“…that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11.

“…God has been making it grow…God…makes things grow…the Holy Spirit, who is in you…But God has put the body together…you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it…follow the way of love.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, 6:19, 12:24,27, 14:1.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7.

“…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus…it is God who works in you to will and act in order to fulfill his good purpose…the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” Phlippians 1:6, 2:13, 3:8.

“…if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you…his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:10-11.

“…that you may know him better…that you may know…the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ…he might show the incomparable riches of his grace…the boundless riches of Christ…I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” Ephesians 1:17-19, 2:4,5,7, 3:8,16-17.

“…God has chosen to make known…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory…in Christ you have been brought to fullness…Christ, who is your life” Colossians 1:27, 2:10, 3:4.

” ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’…See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks…we have a clear conscience…” Hebrews 3:15, 12:25, 13:18.

“God’s work…is by faith. The goal…is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith…take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 1:4,5, 6:19.

Verses from Today’s New International Version.



“I am the vine; you are the branches…”
February 22, 2015, 5:24 pm
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At a new organic fellowship last night while listening to the sharing of one another in the midst of the sharing I noticed the room had a very ornate clock on the mantle of the fireplace and to its left was what looked like limbs from a tree with long leaves. I was reminded that as humans we are very inclined to make what is simple complex. All of our institutions and organizations are perfected so that they run like clockwork and in so doing become more and more complex and we become enslaved in a system void of relationships as it is more about the system, keeping it running with all of its deadlines and productivity, and the egos that run it, instead of how well we relate to one another. The church, the organized way it has become institutionalized is very much like this, it is about running a machine that works like clockwork fueled by the passions of those who think they know what’s best for everyone, no matter who gets knocked over in the process.

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Christ Jesus had a different way, a different reality of how His body shared life together. Jesus during his last moments on Earth said “I am the vine; you are the branches…”

As I looked at this tree and thought about trees in general, I remembered this morning while working on the front lawn that branches of a tree tended to veer about in seemingly random ways but always outward and upward because of the Sun. The brothers and sisters in Christ are like this. When we gather Christ in us is giving us His life to share with one another, sometimes it may seem kind of random, but as we see more of Him and allow Christ to be Head of His body, what appeared to be random gives shape to something quite beautiful, Christ Himself, His life to us through one another. Sometimes our soul life gets in the way and we hurt one another, Christ is our healer and as we learn to hear Him we follow Him by forgiving or asking for forgiveness and making amends.  Love, truth, and faith always builds up the body and Christ in us continues our upward and forward growth in Him together.

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This life together just like with various trees can look quite differently from one another, and hence not make clockwork or set a precedent on what happens as we gather together. Christ is too creative than that! There are also seasons to consider. No matter the season it is still about allowing Christ as Head together and being sustained by Him as He lives through one another. The world often judges the poor seasons of life. We should  see it differently. If we see the brothers and sisters in one place being broken and hurt by the world around them be careful in your judgements, for even a myrtle tree only grows unless it’s branches are cut completely, but it’s roots are ever growing deeper.

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“I have installed my King on Zion…”
February 15, 2015, 3:34 pm
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“I have installed my King on Zion…The LORD is King for ever and ever…Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty-he is the King of glory…For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth…For God is King of all the earth…above all gods.” Psalms

“…I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted…my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Isaiah

“But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King…God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.” Jeremiah

See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation…” Zechariah

“But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you…” Jesus

If you are the Messiah…tell us.
Jesus answered “…the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?”
He replied, “You say that I am.”

So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

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“…be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” Peter

“But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Paul



God is in control. Christ the Lord has our time in His hands.
December 31, 2013, 2:10 pm
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God is in control. Christ the Lord has our time in His hands.

He is in the beginning before time, is in time now, and is in the consummate of time.

In Him is the beginning of life, the now of life, and the consummate of life. In Him is the beginning of love, the now of love, and the consummate of love. In Him is the beginning of hope, the now of hope, and the consummate of hope. In Him is the beginning of faith, the now of faith, and the consummate of faith.

Christ is before us, with us, and ahead of us. His life of love, hope and faith is before us, with us, and ahead of us. In Him life, love, hope and faith has its beginning in us, its now in us, and its consummation in us in His hands.

Christ the Lord has our time in His hands. God is in control.



Christ is our Home
December 25, 2013, 3:47 pm
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Christ is our home, our safe refuge. Christ is our home, our place of rest. As He is made Head over all and in all in His body He finds a place to rest and becomes our Rest.

In Christ, He is our foundation. In Him there is no shifting sand of falsehood, only truth. He keeps us firm from all that is false, for He is Truth. Christ keeps us and we find rest.

In Christ, He is our walls. In Him there is no selfishness, only unselfishness. He protects us from all that is without, that which is selfish and soulish, which is of the world and the flesh. Christ protects us and we find rest.

In Christ, He is our roof. In Him there is no evil, only love. He shelters us from the enemy of the air who wars against our souls. Christ shelters us and we find rest.

Christ is our Keeper, He keeps us. May Christ keep us. May Christ be Head in us.

Christ is our Protector, He protects us. May Christ protect us. May Christ be Head through us.

Christ is our Shelter, He shelters us. May Christ Shelter us. May Christ be Head over us.



Within, Without, and to All
December 25, 2013, 3:25 pm
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Christ is greater than just the sum parts of the whole of His body.

I was reminded again that His fullness is greater than just the individual or some parts of the body. The less we participate in Him the less of His life of love by faith is manifested. This results in a body life of soulish delusion and spiritual weakness, because we are dependent upon our human mind and physical strength.

Christ is greater than just the sum parts of the whole of His body.

As He is Head over all in all He works within, without, and to all, multiplying His work as each member participates by His life, doing the greater works. This results in a body life of reality and spiritual strength, because Christ is our Reality and Strength.

Christ our all and in all.