Stirred not Shaken

June 2, 2010

My Security

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Ephesians 1:11-14 “11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

I love this scripture.  It tells me that one of God’s greatest desires for His people is that they feel secure in His love and power.  Everything else in our lives can be unstable… our health, our family, our jobs, education, friends, society, world…. but we know as believers that when we swore our allegiance to Christ, we didn’t sign on for a vacation.  Paul describes it as tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril and sword.. sheep to be slaughtered.  (Romans 8:35-36)  He goes into his own biography in 2 Corinthians 11:25-28…. quite eye opening.  Yet this man, who so frequently was subjected to danger, and opposed at every turn, avoided having a nervous breakdown.  Not only that, but he was stable and powerful in his soul.  I am convinced that his stability and power came from realizing that God desires us to be secure in His love and power, regardless of circumstances around us.

There are passages in His Word that can make us a bit shaky and rob us of our security:

Romans 11:20-21 “20Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.”

2 Corinthians 13:5 “5Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” and many others.

These kind of passages teach that the test of genuineness for the Christian is perseverance in faith and holiness of life.  I don’t believe they were written to threaten our security in God, they are to threaten our security in everything but God.  Is your security in your health?  The Bible will be a threat to you…. How about your family, job, money, education… (fill in the blank)  The Bible will be a threat to you.  It is in this threatening of these inadequate foundations of security and the Bible brings us back lovingly to the one and only eternal unshakable foundation….. Christ.

On one hand God demands us to turn from sin or we will die,  yet on the other hand when we feel eternally secure in His love, you will live….  When our feelings of security are threatened in this world, it is only to get us to see the security we do have in His love and His power.  It has but one message which is, to seek security in Him alone.

May 29, 2010

“Greater Love

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has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:13

For all of our soldiers, serving, and all of the families of our fallen heros, you are loved, remembered and prayed for.  I thank God for the ones who have lived this scripture….


May 28, 2010

Some Randomness

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Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

How do we do this?  God made this place, yet it is fallen, and one day God will redeem it.  We are at home but not at home…  God Himself became human… He was one of us. I think at times we forget about His humanness and how like us He was.  “The word became flesh and dwelt among us” John 1:14  He shares our same nature (Hebrews 2:14) and was tempted the way we are (Hebrews 4:15)  Yet He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him (John 1:11).  We killed Him, He knew we would, but He came anyway.  He was at home, and became like us, but He was so different.  The difference got Him killed.  This is the heart and the life of one who fully wants to serve, who wants to draw close to Christ.  They follow God, regardless of the difficulty, regardless of the pain, they stay focused on Him, and walk.

As we walk, the Holy Spirit goes to work on us, and we begin to become in practice who we are in Christ.  We have to change.  We can’t be at home how we are… Colossians 3:1-2 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

How do we find the balance?  We realize  the Creation is God’s, but it is fallen and needs redemption.  We strive to understand justification, and continue to practice the discipline of sanctification.  We understand that the kingdom has come, but not its consummation.  And we all devote ourselves to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

In every situation, in every action, I will pray for God’s wisdom, I will immerse my mind in His Word, and steadfastly look at my Savior, as He continues to transform me into His image, and teaches me to not conform to the pattern of this world, yet be a part of it.  I pray my time, my works, my heart, will always be well spent, for and of the things of God, and not of this world.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 “13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”

May 26, 2010

All Things

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Romans 8:28 “28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

This has to be one of my most loved promises of God’s Word.  I feel that more than any other promise in His Word this has helped me to trust Him through experiences that seem utterly pointless and painful.   It allows me as a believer that the sorrows and pains and disappointments will work together for good.  The King James version says, “all things work together for good”… it does not mean they work that way on their own, or by some kind of fate.  It means that God does it… makes it all work together for good.  Paul is not saying here that all things are good, they are turned by God for good.

It is a good reminder for me today.  This is the day the Lord has made, I will be glad an rejoice in it, His joy is my strength.

May 21, 2010

Discussion

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If you attend a church which suits your music style, teaching style, lifestyle and theology beliefs…. is that submission?  Take it how and where you want to…

May 14, 2010

Eucharist

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To take literally or not take literally, that is the question…🙂

John 6:30-31 says “30So they asked him, “What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

This begins a formal conversation that took place in Capernaum.  The Jews asking Jesus what sign he was able to perform so that they would believe in Him.  They gave Him a bit of a challenge reminding Him that “our forefathers ate the manna in the desert”  How was He gonna top that one?

Vs. 32-33 “32Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

They wanted this “bread” in which Christ repied “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”….at this point the Jews understood this as a metaphor.  But in reading further, Christ repeats what He said, then summarized in vs. 51 “51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

Now they understood him literally… He again repeats his words, with a greater emphasis and introduced about drinking His blood.  He made no attempt to soften what He says, or correct misunderstandings.  So if they HAD misunderstood Him, why is there no correction?  I find other occasions such as Matthew 16:5-12 where when there was confusion, He explained what He meant.   Yet here, where any kind of misunderstanding about this could be fatal in the walk of a believer, there was no effort to correct them, He only repeated Himself with a greater emphasis.

In the Catholic Church, they take John 6 literally.  With all of my nosing around, I can find no record from the early centuries, that would imply Christians doubted the Catholic interpretation.  The transformation that is believed to take place to my understanding is a spiritual one, not a physical one… just like many other aspects of the Christian walk, so why would the literal interpretation of this scripture be wrong?  I don’t believe it is.  Many, many times I have heard that this is re-sacrificing Christ… another myth… another post..🙂

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother’s Day

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This last year without Mom has been one of alot of reflection and memories.  The pain is easing and giving way to what she really wanted, for me to keep living life.

It’s taken awhile to go through her things, the hardest being her clothes, especially the ones with her perfume.  Some still had tags on them, she was “saving” them for a special occasion.  Mom always planned ahead, even if she didn’t know what exactly she was planning for….  but she always taught me to live in the “now”.

Mom used to tell me that there are two days a week, that  I should never worry about.  One is yesterday… with all of it’s mistakes faults, and blunders.  It’s gone, and beyond our control, we can’t undo the things that may not have been done… it’s gone.

The other day is tomorrow.  There may be adversity, and it is always full of promise.  The sun will still rise either in a bright blue sky, or behind the clouds…. but until it does, there really is nothing to worry about there either..

So that leaves today.  Anyone can handle, today.  It is when we begin to add the burden of yesterday or the uncertainty of tomorrow that things can become overwhelming.  So today, I will celebrate Mom, and the fact that I have two wonderful young men that call me Mom.   I believe Mom is still leading, guiding, loving all of us…  today.

This was one of her favorite songs…. Happy Mother’s Day!

May 7, 2010

HomiLy

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I seemed to have my own Catholic language for awhile until I learned the  lingo.  Messages given by a Father were Hominies, a type of corn, until I was corrected into it being a HomiLy, which is what the message given is called.  Father Troy is one I don’t miss.  I take away something from his messages every week.   I am posting a message from him that really touched me.  My hope is, that you will listen with your heart for God.  My first thought was to just post this and have you listen and not tell you who was speaking.  But I want you to hear the message he is giving, (he even uses scripture😉 and hear him as a brother in Christ and a man of God.    Hopefully this will be a first step in a better understanding, especially for those who have just “heard about” and never really actually experienced a Catholic Homily.  I will continue with other topics next week.  Love you guys and have a great weekend!  Just click the link below….  :)

IHMpodcast-2010-05-02-88025.mp3

May 4, 2010

Idol Worship

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This is something I still struggle with in the Catholic faith.  Mostly I think because that’s what “I’ve been told”….

I have heard over and over again that “God has forbidden the use of images in worship”… but all I am able to find in His word is His forbidding the worship of statues.  Israel was forbidden to make any depiction of God.  I can understand that given the pagan culture surrounding them.  But then God revealed himself under visible forms as in Daniel 7:9.  I have seen plenty of depictions made of the Father in the form this verse depicts.  The Holy Spirit Himself represents Himself as a dove and tongues of fire…. and I have my entire Protestant life used these visuals as reminders.  Fish, crosses etc., all seem to be acceptable.  I’m not understanding why it is harmful to make representations of God in Christ.  In fact every year at Christmas I put up a nativity scene full of little statues…. is that idolatry?

From everything I have read, the Catholic Church has always condemned idolatry.  I am not seeing where the line is drawn and distinctions are made, with Catholics being idol worshippers because they have different things to remind them of the things of God than Protestants.  Regardless of if it is a stone, a cross, a sticker, a t-shirt, a picture or a statue, if it is not being worshipped,  I don’t see the harm.  I don’t know, I’m still out on this one and am going to do some more reading…..

May 3, 2010

The Bible

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In writing my next post I realized that it would not make sense because when Catholics and Protestants talk about “the Bible” they have two completely different books in mind.  Catholics refer to the books that Reformers removed as the deuterocanonical books and some are known as protocanonical books.

First of all, from what I can find, the Catholic Church does not deny that there are writings which are “apocryphal.”  There were tons of manuscripts that claimed to be inspired by the Holy Spirit but were not…  The Canon of Scripture, Old and New Testaments was settled on at the Council of Rome in 382.  It was reaffirmed on numerous occasions.  I won’t get into the whole Luther thing again, but if it didn’t fit with his theology, he wanted it removed.  The entire idea that the Catholic Church somehow added the deuterocanonicals to the Bible at the Council of Trent is wrong.  The books had been in the Bible from before the time the canon was settled on in the 380’s.

Something just doesn’t seem right to me when the same people who are willing to accept the testimony of Hippo and Carthage, the councils that are most commonly cited for the canonicity of the New Testament deuterocanonicals,  are unwilling to accept the testimony of Hippo and Carthage for the canonicity of the Old Testament deuterocanonicals. It’s there… just need to study it out.

I also have a hard time saying books were not inspired by God that were in the Word for 400+ years, until some men  got involved, how did it all of a sudden become uninspired? … the next few posts will be written with these things in mind.

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