Promised Rest

Thank you for allowing me to be part of our church's ministry.  I have just finished my tenth year at Green River Correction Complex (GRCC) and am in my seventh at the Hopkins County Jail (HCJ).  Some days get very long, working for the school system during the day and ministering at night, and there are times when I don't feel like going.  However, every time I feel weary I'm energized by the Holy Spirit and the inmates' need to see Jesus' love in someone spending time with them. I'm truly blessed.

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Ruminating with the Cervidae

2 Timothy 3:16-17  Where does all scripture come from?  What is scripture good for?
2 Peter 1:20-21  Does scripture come from the will of man?  Who "inspired" or "carried" men to write the Bible?
Psalm 12:6  Does the Bible contain any mistakes?  What does "pure" gold or silver mean?
Psalm 119:160  How can you respond to someone who says the Bible isn't true?  Does God ever need to come up with new rules or laws?
1 Corinthians 2:14  Why is it difficult for some people to understand the Bible?  How does God reveal the Bible to us?  If we acknowledge that scripture is God breathed and good for teaching, rebuking, correcting, training and equipping. And, that the WORD is flawless and pure; carried by the Holy Spirit; true and eternal; why do we have trouble with 1 Timothy 3 ?

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Frogs and Toads

"Therewith she [Errour] spewed out of her filthy maw
A floud of poyson horrible and blacke,
Full of great lumpes of flesh and gobbets raw...
Her voit full of bookes and papers was,
With loathly frogs and toades..."  Book 1, Canto 1, Stanza 20, The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser

Thinking about the Faerie Queene talking with the frogs I looked up the above quote.  I think about faeries and frogs every now and then.  The frogs echo the image of the deceiving spirits in the Biblical book of Revelation and Spenser is arguing Protestant theology over Catholicism.  Today many of us are spewing out a flood of poison full of self-righteous indignation over many truths, half-truths, or no truth at all, without searching our Bibles and our souls.  God's son, Yeshua, the Messiah, came to save the world.  His people rejected Him and I am afraid that we may be rejecting Him as well.  We profess that Jesus is Lord, but we don't live like we are His servants.

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"One Nation Under God"

Ezekiel 14:12  "The word of the LORD came again to me, saying: 13 'Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,' says the Lord God."

By the time you read this the Presidential Election will have passed.  Hopefully, we will have voted after speaking to God and we will be focusing on the future of souls rather than the national political scene.  We are a nation of unfaithfulness and God deals with such nations.  We can pray that those who call themselves Christians act like Christ, for we are predestined to be Christ-like.  We can pray that the Children of God act as His children and not as unruly children.  We can pray that those who have left our Father's house will return to Him.  However, like Noah, Daniel, and Job, we can only deliver ourselves to God by His righteousness, and we can only influence those to whom we speak.

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Aunt Pearl and Miss Piggy

Time constraints, lack of energy, family concerns, and missed opportunities have been weighing me down of late.  I've been searching scripture, praying, and asking God for direction and rest.  I do believe that God has anointed me to preach the Good News to the poor, deliverance to the captives, sight to the blind, etc.  However, sometimes I get disillusioned, and, lose sight of the gift.  I've tried to watch TV to 'veg out' and discovered that Mitchell on Swamp People has died, and the sports channels keep telling me my team can't win.  So, I turn to bible commentary and discovered the following by Jon Quinn:

Jesus came not to be served, but to serve.  He did that.  His faithful disciples also assume the role of servants.  They serve God, one another, those who are lost, and those who are in need and distress.  In this materialistic society where self-centeredness is the rule of the day,  the Christian is taught to be gracious and compassionate.

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Is There a Piper Playing?

"It is whispered that soon if we all call the tune, then the piper will lead us to reason.  And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the trees will echo with laughter.  In a tree by the brook, there's a song bird who sings, sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiving."  Robert Plant

Overture 40 from the NYC presbytery to the GA wants to change W-4.9000 (Marriage) to read 'between two people', instead of 'between a woman and a man'.  If we (PCUSA) continue to become more and more politically correct, the piper may just lead us to reason.  My question is who will be laughing on judgment day?  Is there a song bird singing that our thoughts are misgiving?  Ezekiel (3:18,33) reminds us that God holds us accountable not only for the things we do, but for the things we do not do as well.  And the fellow whose death and resurrection we celebrated last month reminds us that we are to be held accountable for the things we do, and do not do, for the least of these (Matthew 25).  Yes, Jesus forgives, but repentance is required.  John, his cousin, proclaimed "Repent, be baptized, for the Kingdom of God is near", Jesus said "Go into all nations teaching them what I have taught you."  Did Jesus teach us to sit on the wayside thinking we're all right, we're not sinning, and we are not responsible for that?  Or did He say:

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What Kind of Tree are You?

While in Seattle last month our daughter Kathleen and I had time to explore the communities around the Puget Sound.  While traveling on Camano Island I thought I heard the trees speaking to me.  There was a time when I could sit among the trees and get a sense of knowledge, wisdom, and truth, kind of Druid-like.  As I have become busier and busier, I haven't spent much time among the trees.  Ancestral Celts were steeped in the magic of the forest.  It was far from being a place of fear and darkness as told in stories and faerie tales; it was a place of respect.  The forest provided materials for all aspects of life - timber, shelter, fuel, food, etc.  Those who knew the forest stood a better chance not just of survival, but of comfortable living.  The greater the wisdom, the greater the level of comfort.  Those who knew the lore of the forest and the paths that ran through it would also have been well aware of the less tangible dimensions of their existence.  These people would have had plenty of time to contemplate and explore the mysteries that surrounded them.

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