Sunday, 17 June 2018

Saturday, 16 June 2018

My People.


I stand upon the Holy Mountain.

Candles lit in fervent prayer.

Looking out across the plain.

To where my people suffer pain.


"Come up!"  He said.  And so I did.

And heard of His undying heart.

To live and love in life abundant.

Trusting His unceasing Love.


To give as we receive is best.

To love and hear the least of these.

To help. To care. To carry. To stay.

Will see us to a bright new day!


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Friday, 15 June 2018

Eternal Life.

                            

St. Paul called his body "this body of death".  Romans 7:24 (NRSV)

This is because the body dies but the spirit lives on.

And so he assumed that all physical pleasures were sinful and brought about death to God.  This is abstract thinking extrapolated from the material.

"For the wages of sin is death."  Romans 6: 23 (NRSV)

But death is no place, no state, so kingdom.

Eternity, however, Eternal Life, is now.

My body is alive now.

I am never separated from God.

And I experience His Life in my body which is Love.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Gay!


Up the rocky slope

to the summit.

Down into

the darkest pit.

To work and struggle

thirty years.

At last to see

the light of day.

And now we seek

God's Holy Blessing.

No longer to be

shunned and shamed.

But free

to live and love together.

Walking

His Undying Way.


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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Religion for Dummies.

                            

Satanism may seem like an answer for those who feel they can't live up to God's expectations.

"I'm no angel."

But is negativity an answer?

Guilt, shame, poison, sabotage, lies, hate, and hell are not really helpful.

Torture, torment, and pain are considered fun.

If they tell you to lie the chances are they are lying to you in the first place.

There is no Satan in reality.

So Satanism is really only religion for dummies.


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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Light.


May the Light

of God

shine upon you.

And banish

the darkness

that surrounds you.


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Monday, 11 June 2018

The Dark Night.

                            

We are living in the dark night.

The world is evil and corrupt.

We have no power.

And God is dead.

But unbeknown to us this is the result of a deliberate campaign to rid the world of goodness and spread evil everywhere.

Satanists in the rock music and entertainment industries set out to destroy the Church and promote Satanism in its place.

Their work is dark, sinister, and blasphemous.

And they have largely succeeded.

Although people don't know that what they are doing is Satanism.

It is backwards and upside-down.

So throw away your C.D.s, turn off the T.V., and unplug your earphones.

We have been deceived.


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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Church Leaders.


"The shepherds also have no understanding.
they have all turned to their own way,
to their own gain, one and all."  Isaiah 56:11 (NRSV)

We may wonder why those in positions of authority in the Church teach things which seem so contradictory of Jesus and our intuitive understanding of God.

But in ancient Israel the prophets were often critical of the shepherds - i.e. the religious leaders of Israel.

They were called blind and deaf and Jesus called them hypocrites.

So we should not be surprised when the Church appears to be wrong.
It has been wrong before.

So why doesn't God tell them?

The answer is that He does.

He sends prophets and messengers to tell them.

But as Jesus said, "'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to it!  How often have I desired to gather my children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!'"  Luke 13:34 (NRSV)

This is the meaning of Jesus' saying: "'And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."'"  Luke 13:35 (NRSV) 


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Clouds of Heaven.



What are

The Clouds of Heaven

But

Clouds of Love.


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(The image has been slightly modified)

Friday, 8 June 2018

Sunday Christians.

                            

Why do people sit in church every Sunday and nod piously during the sermon, even espouse hospitality during prayers, but you never see them during the week?

Church people only associate with others during official Church functions.  They never invite you into their homes let alone provide a meal.

We are constantly reminded that Jesus attended and spoke about meals, using this as a metaphor for God's hospitality.

Hospitality is one of the principles of Messy Church but not one of them has ever invited me into their homes for a meal.

So they sit there and the sermon goes in one ear and out the other, or over their heads completely.

No wonder the Church is dying.


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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Jar.


The Egyptian hieroglyph of a jar - ab - means the heart.


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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Open Your Eyes.


May you

Open your eyes.

And see

Through the darkness.

The love

That surrounds you.

And wash with

Your tears.

And banish

Your fears.


Photo Credit: Isaac Gharvidel.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Monday, 4 June 2018

Waves.


Give love

to him

in infinite

waves.

That come from

the heart

in mysterious

ways.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

To Millennials.


A light in the darkness.

Peace and Love.

The voice of experience.

The Holy Dove.

We support your endeavors.

Your voices.  Your tears.

And pray that your actions

can counter your fears.

We will not desert you.

We will not be moved.

A light in the darkness.

The promise of Love.


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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Heart of Gold.


Christmas Night.

With the Fairies.

A Heart of Gold.


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