1Here is what God is saying concerning the United States: The colors of your flag are red, white, and blue; why then is your land only red? 2The sounds of violence are within the ear shots of babes; the musician no longer plays their instrument, and the singer has ceased from singing. 3Nations have turned their backs on you; even those who plead to you for their lives, for you have exchanged vitals for vitriol. 4Open your eyes and weep! Feel remorse! For your transgressions have piled up, and you have prized rubies over me.
His Story of Slaves
5I showed belligerence to your fathers; when I punished them with the sword and with whips, my wrath was on display as in a stadium. 6I impoverished them even to the depths of their soul, but my Holy Ones can afford my delight and favor; for the sweetness of my charm has never left my necks. 7They have found their standing in Me, and become my most precious of Messengers. Because of this, they will receive my inheritance. 8Doesn’t my name bring about salvation? Does it not both deliver and destroy? Dare to praise me, and you will find refuge.
The King’s Meme
9For I am the LORD, a consuming fire; Yeshua, the LORD of hosts. I was severed from my brothers as in the days of Joseph. 10And my brothers came to me saying, “Who are you to tell us you’re the King?” And my authority is challenged. 11Therefore I instructed my muses to prepare a drink for me with hyssop; for a libation, but for themselves. Let them pursue pleasure within reason, lest the serpent beguile them. 12I commanded the powers to irrigate the land with dryness; that the country shall thirst with nothing to quench, and the ungodly shall drown in their appetite. 13Those who have respect to my name shall not be in chains, they shall remain untarnished; uninhibited and will escape the grip of the despot. 14Still the sacrilegious shall burn in their corruption; it shall be heaped upon them as coals of fire; yes even as meteors of wormwood. 15Their souls shall be tormented forever; left desolate with no one to restore, for they despised the only hand that could rescue.
A Waning Church
16O Israel, my ministers have become dispassionate; my prophets are apathetic, for their bloodshot eyes have not seen peace. 17And the minds of the wise agonize, they seek knowledge from dusk until morning, and yet no solution is found to cure. 18Because at the end of the Day, they’ve forgotten Me. I am the Day, the Bright Morning Star. The grind that the LORD requires has ceased amongst them. 19Therefore dancing shall cease from the clubs, and skipping from the hearts of the streets. Giddiness shall be known as an ancient relic; 20And the vigor of the strong shall fail; even the fragrances and cosmetics. Let those who keep judgment accept bribes no more!
21Keep the ways of the LORD and he will preserve you; You will continue on Highways that the profane cannot enter. 22You will rest in the loveliest pastures that God has provided. Justice shall be your front and rear shield. For only the pure in heart can enter my presence.
Earlier this morning I had a vision after seeking the LORD and receiving His word.
I had a brief glance of Simpson characters who resembled the likes of Homer and Bart Simpson.
Now there are two ways one can consider the vision.
1.) Idolatry of the heart
“Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I consult with them in any way? Ez 14:3 BSB
2) A message from Christ
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Heb 1:1-2 ESV
I did a quick etymology of the last name to discover this:
Simpson means son of Sim(me) which can be traced to Middle English and Hebrew names Simon or Simeon.
Simeon was Leah’s second son, the first wife of Jacob who was loved less. Now Simeon name means ‘heard’ or ‘God has heard’.
And perhaps there are some of us who feel like they have been forgotten; your dreams have taken a back seat and you are finding yourself in not so ideal situations. What you long for looks more and more like it is impossible to have and that there are those around you who are having a grand o’ time. Let this word be a plausible sign to you:
You have been wearied in believing, I will now come to you. Those who have felt unloved and abandoned I will cherish you and carry you under my wings. You shall no longer toil in infertile ground, for I will give you blessings according to My Joy and Pleasure. Years will feel like days to you, and your youthfulness shall be restored. For I alone am the Lord God who removes damnation, let those who believe in Me flow with my breath.
You ever in your younger years enjoyed a past-time that was considered innocent; it could be a form of entertainment, or hanging out with friends; doing some type of activity that when you got older realized how messed up that past-time was? Such epiphanies can be traumatic or eye-opening depending on how socially unacceptable the practice really is. The latter is how I think about Disney movies. Some adaptions of children stories were perhaps not really for children to begin with. Alice in Wonderland is one of those movies that come to mind.
Let me spill the tea on a dark saying in the movie: There’s a certain scene in which Alice interrupts a celebration held by the Mad Hatter and the silly rabbit. The party had to do with un-birthdays; the days of the year that a person wasn’t born. Now while this could give a living person a reason to celebrate every day of the year, this also indirectly speaks to a practice that is shunned in American society. To what extent should we celebrate the lives of the unborn? This is where we begin exploring the text:
And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun. Ecc 4:2-3 ESV
It wasn’t until God took the lives of every firstborn including Pharaoh that he decided to let the children of Israel go. Leaving Egypt marked the beginnings of deliverance for Israel with its climax occurring after crossing the Red Sea. Miriam would worship God in celebrating God’s deliverance from the Egyptians. On one hand, there was celebration of the salvation of God. On the other, an entire generation and their future children were destroyed.
Eve O’ Eve
The darkest hours are often the most pivotal. When a new age is dawning, there is a lot more pressure. Either you’ll cave in and give up or you’ll press through to victory. The thing about decisions is that there are always alternative options. The kicker is knowing which course is better and what is best considering the circumstances. Don’t trade what is eternal for what is temporary or sacrifice what is wholesome for what is fleeting. One of the most devasting moment in the story of Redemption is the Fall of Man: after they ate of the tree, Adam would give his wife a name.
And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Gen 3:20 ESV Emphasis added.
The scripture is amazing for a number of reasons. Do you realize that that scripture is saying that Eve was a mother BEFORE Cain and Abel was in the picture? Let’s do a thought experiment here: If Eve was a mother of all before she ate of the tree, how many children did Adam and Eve have? Why weren’t we given any names? Perhaps this may be how Cain found a wife out of ‘thin air’? Oh, if only Eve aborted the desire to eat of the fruit, she’d be the glorious mother of all and none of this mess we see in the world would happen.
It was never God’s design for Eve to remain the mother of all living. For by an extreme design, Jesus would enter the world through a Virgin receiving the flesh and bones of Adam. He would then be crucified on the Cross and pierced in His side; and although no bone was broken, the Church would become joined to him as bone and marrow. No wonder then that neither Eve nor Mary’s name is used in Revelations 12 describing the woman who would give birth to the Messiah who rules overall. For this woman is clothed by the sun…
Little ft’s Cross
If we don’t see Christ in all than we’re more prone to make distinctions that are subjective or relative but lacks objectivity. If all things cannot be reconciled to Christ, ultimately giving Him glory and preeminence in everything, then there are things in this world that in no circumstances can be redeemed. Jesus came into the world as one possessing the fullness of Deity, yet as a child appeared to men as one who is helpless; one who is immature and ignorant and dependent on the care of others. Just how knowledgeable and powerful was Jesus when he was in the manger? And if he is the life of all men, to what extent are our children like Him?
2And having summoned a child, He set it in their midst, 3’Truly I tell you’, He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
What age was the child brought to the disciples? Teenager? Kid? Toddler? Baby?
What a hidden miracle it would’ve been if Jesus brought before the disciples a living fetus!
Does Jesus require us to become like unborn children? If so, how does this play in the lifestyle of self-denial?
One of the things I’m learning is that sometimes, to receive reinvigoration, you have to let down things that burden you. This life is filled with people and things who will heap concern upon concern on you without ever considering lifting up your load. And there are others, who haven’t climbed any mountain but will insist on telling you to go up higher. It’s difficult for me to imagine the plight many are in right now. You know there are women who were raped and is now with child. Children who have been caught up in trafficking rings are with child after being at the whims of men. There are women who during pregnant are being told that there is a high chance for them dying in giving birth. And yet there are leaders in the church who knowing that God shuts up the wombs and causes miscarriages, will insist that abortion is inherently evil.
You see they’re trying to wash Tsunamis/
With Tabloids and the Paparazzi/
Where’s peace when you have Nazis/
Kamikaze the option when they’re spraying peppers/
Only the brave is grave in the tomb/
Who would’ve thought/
Saviors can bear the cross from the place of the womb/
Like Lara Croft is Sailor Moon/
I’m in the Anna but they cursed the R@00!$%?M/
Too soon to treat the temple trivially/
Children screaming MOO MOO/
Like being silent is being cowardly/
Doo Doo fired from principalities/
Liu Loo we finished him with babalities/
Too smooth to be charged with a crime/
Ten sixths I’m forty cents short of a rhyme/
Subliminally eyeing the line/
God will elevate you when the time’s right/
Mind your six and you won’t get a felly/
When they preach there’s martyrs in the belly/
Might have to drop ‘em. Drop a dime in the piggies/
Kobe Jack Cheese/
JONES IN THE WHALE wail no I’m not yelling/
I’m just telling you what ought to be the norm/
The church consists of the dead, alive, and unborn/
Bbo Right Now
As we get ready to close, we just want to reiterate the idea that its possible our children are smarter and powerful than what we think them to be. By children I’m not merely talking about kids in the flesh, but in the Spirit. This conversation may be a huge contrast to what people are used to hearing and what some leaders have preached their entire careers. And my sincere hope is that after laying down solid arguments, when it comes to issues of giving birth or abortion there will be less judging and more objective studies case by case. Just because someone doubles down and holds an opinion doesn’t make it the ultimate reality. Neither does it mean it should be followed no matter how popular. A good sign someone is pointing to absolute truth is in their inclusiveness, and not exclusivity. I hope discrimination on these issues will not continue like the issues of racism, sexism and slavery.
A good sign someone is pointing to absolute truth is in their inclusiveness and not exclusivity.
Two trains of thoughts to help center ourselves in redeeming abortion. 1.) Can the child choose to bear the Cross of Christ to death while in the womb? And 2.) If a parent doesn’t want to birth a child into sin and a world of suffering, is that an act of love?
I bring these concerns because truly, truly I tell you, as long as anyone looks to the flesh and the things that are seen, they will ignore the things God has freely given us; the things that come without labor and without cost. May these words serve as the directive to enter into God’s rest and put away the comparisons; the envy and discontent, the low self-esteem and need for approval. For it is in this place a person finds freedom as they enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore,
It gives me great pleasure to remind us who we were so that we can see who we truly are in Christ. You see the work and the worlds that I’m building. I can’t imagine changing our world without you by my side. My love and Mother of our Children, you heard my cries and felt my tears. You saw my scars and kissed me there. Who would’ve thought this tiger could lose his stripes? We will suffer the cross and we will suffer no more. So, here’s a little kiss to remind you how close we are. Although we’ve had sorrows, in Him there’s a greater joy. Let all of God’s children rejoice in the LORD.
I’ll write one more part on this subject for the road. Until then, take care loves.
1 “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
FOREWARD: I do not speak Punjab and I have little exposure to Hindi. Learning Hindi was practical for me due to the nature of work I had to do in the past. The goal is to find Christ’s Immanence in all text; something that is easier to do within Abrahamic Religions than outside. The path of seeing Christ in all calls out to me as a deep longing I hold. I made this post public to invite those who are intrigued by such notions to join me in this Journey of Discovering Christ.
The following is an excerpt of the first Vaars of Bhai Gurdas ji. Vaars in this context is referring to literature within Sikhism and shouldn’t be conflated with the seven days of week in Hinduism.
Greetings to the Guru, Satnamu, the mantra recited. (2-4-7) The substance of salvation is absorbed out of the abyss. (2-4-7) ਜਨਮ ਮਰਨ ਭੌ ਕਟਿਆ ਸੰਸਾ ਰੋਗ ਵਿਜੋਗ ਮਿਟਾਯਾ॥ (1-7) Sansa, this is the world, suffering in birth and death. (2-4-7) At the feet of the Guru, the Sat Shabad is liberated. (2-4-7) Bhai Bhagat Gurpurab Kar Naam Daan Ishnan Dridhaya. (2-4-7) The seed has borne fruit. (2-4-7) At first, I was breathless, but I could not hear anything. (2-4-7) ਰਕਤ ਬਿੰਦ ਕੀ ਦੇਹ ਰਚ ਪਾਂਚ ਤਤ ਕੀ ਜੜਤ ਜੜਾਈ॥ (2-4-7) The wind and the water merge with the fourth earth without hesitation. (2-4-7) In the Punch, the Creator of the sky is absorbed in the sixth invisible. (1-7) The five elements, twenty-five times the enemy, the friend, the body together. (2-4-7)
NOTE: The numbers after the text looks like they belong to a musical system. There seems to be a common theme of salvation in Eastern Religions. If salvation is in Jesus alone, there needs to be more objective proof in words and deeds. The phrase, ‘In the Punch,’ I believe is more likely to refer to a place in India rather than some juice or action.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
When reconciling foreign cultures, it’s good practice to NOT conflate names and take note of titles. How can we find Jesus in the passage?
What similarities are there with the Vaars and the Bible? What are the differences?
What are the five elements being referred here in the poem? In what ways is such knowledge useful and irrelevant?
Ask, and it will be given you; SIKH, and you shall find, knock, and the door shall be opened to you. Matt 7:7 ESV Eisegesis added
There are certain issues that shouldn’t be addressed as it brings about too much tension. And there are some issues that you have to confront as it’s silent prejudices brings forth subtle separation in society. Abortion is one of those subjects that can be dangerously wielded to bring about unbalanced power and influence. Historically we have seen ethical stigmas attached to such practices as inherently evil and we want to dispel those myths. Hopefully, I won’t have to write several articles defending this case, but for now let’s give a sound Biblical argument which helps level judgments on the matter.
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. Lu 14:26 BSB [Emphasis Added]
A struggling songwriter once wrote the line,
It’s us, find power
Live life, mind power
It’s us, find power
Live life, mind power
All too often, people are hindered from approaching God due to the systems of teachings that brought undue blemishes to a person’s reputation. Many assumptions were made; that the Bible made clear this practice is wrong or right – and in some cases – that’s true. Unfortunately, many leaders have overstepped Biblical Authority in giving Christian Ethics that were either prescribed practices the Bible was silent on and/or where there were discrepancies. If Christians can understand that righteousness comes from faith in Christ alone, then we would refrain from judging others by what things look or sound like.
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. Matt 5:29-30 ESV
Three questions about this passage:
How do those Scriptures confine one in its immediate context? What ways does it liberate?
Does the following passage suggest practicing Eisegesis? If so, under what context can we hint at cancelling or overwriting the text?
How could this passage speak to the issue of Abortion? Does it speak in favor or against it? Can it speak in favor of both?
Less of a Sign
Not barking up the wrong tree here but if you frequently drive between lanes, you’re Haagen Daaz. No Jairy you’re a whole anonymousness. I’mma need you to go get some help. It may appear to some that I’m the quintessential con man due to my waywardness in speech. I’ll protest in defense of this ‘froward’ (as some will claim) attitude that is doesn’t stem from a delight in evil. Rather this is the decisive outgrowth of being rooted in Christ. Like how that little man Paul was as he was writing to the Philippians. And we all know how great of a disciple Paul was. He extended an invitation to those who would be of the same family to imitate him and other mature Christians in the faith to sacrifice all for Jesus. Should Christians surrender all to Jesus? Sounds like a simple answer right? Apparently not for pro-lifers, who insist that the birthing of children is immune from all reproach; that unborn children have the right to be born and to strip that away is of utmost wickedness. Like God would never say to a couple expecting, “I know you’re in the middle of pregnancy, but I need you to drop that and follow me.”
Fascinating! For a second there I thought somebody was starting a party. Factions happen when we conveniently skew the facts and omit details. I know some of us have been raised well and have gone to the finest schools and have gotten straight A’s. Notwithstanding an impeccable record, it would become meaningless as one follows the ways of God. How interesting is it to find the most precious of blessings to become the lowest of grades. No I’m talking about children here – including – the unborn child. Because when it comes to one’s life and it’s relationship with Christ, you’ll know the difference between the sheep and the goats by those who said F’ DEM KIDS!!!
Either/Or or Both
Let’s go ahead and clear up somethings before fake news goes out and say that I’m preaching about shirking from responsibility or cruelly damaging others for pleasure. Because we know especially in the context of the Black Community, this narrative has the Monopoly over the Black Man. Are you bored that I insist on talking about Black Issues? I guess things would be more Flava full if I started rapping or talking about our women twerking in the streets. Because at the end of the day, people would rather grift our culture than actually stop the injustices of racism and systematic oppression in our country. There’s another A in the whole anonymousness department.
What is the mathematical formula for the volume of cylinders?
A godly man knows that the worship of God is superlative to all other loves. The forsaking of all is not to live some frivolous life in fancied piety, but to position oneself to take more active roles in serving others. A godly man will remove all obstacles in his way to get to the Father, so that in return he may be a father to the fatherless. May this provide some clarity of possibilities to those who were raised in broken homes. Some were scarred by parents who passed away while they were young, others were immature and couldn’t handle the responsibility, and yet others were complete douchebags. It may be difficult for you to find a place in your heart to truly honor your parents, and that’s why God calls you to Himself first. You’re brought to the Father so that not only are you healed in Christ, you also become the child that makes their parents proud – yes even – birth new life into your parents through the resurrecting power of the Spirit.
The forsaking of all is not to live some frivolous life in fancied piety, but to position oneself to take more active roles in serving others.
The Black Donnie
No matter how you look at it, if you don’t clothe yourself with the righteousness of Christ, you can forget it. For those who trust in letters will eventually be condemned by them. We missed a mark didn’t we?
9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)[d]— 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.” Mark 7:9-13
Let’s not search the Scriptures for Eternal Life missing Jesus in the Way. SIDEBAR: You ever wondered what Jesus’ teenage years were like? Like did he have the spoiled brat side of Him that he had to keep in check because he could do a job on a mug. This temptation had to go through his mind at some point – as soon as he saw someone he disliked:
Jesus: OH so you wanna be donkey eh? Let’s see how silly you gonna be once I put you to sleep. Nail you right in that coffee…
***sips tea while chuckling***
***Friend comes in***
Friend: Hey Jesus!
Jesus wakes from his tempting scheme
Jesus: Oh Hi O, didn’t see you there.
Friend: Hey, did you hear about Nimrod? He kicked the bucket while milking Johnny’s cows!
Jesus: WELL HAAGENITY DAAZ, do you know what he died from?
No, in all seriousness though, can you imagine what it would be like to be tempted in every way and yet not make a mistake? To be Lord of all, and yet be disciplined by the rod of correction is a awe filled wonder of the nature of Christ. What weight is lifted in simply trusting and following Him!
The Name’s Connor
As we take further descent into Christology, we’ll close this blog out with a reverberated idea; how absurd is it that Jesus who is the driving force behind the creation of all things, does not properly enter the world until the appointed time! For Jesus is the sower, seed, and soil yet we call Him the Son of David. How many times was the mission of redemption aborted before it was time to fulfill prophecy?
Neva would I think Laughlin/
The bruised esophagus gets cured with Lozenges/
A spoonful of sugar got Mary Poppin/
Stopped the bleed/
Smoked the weed out of hippopotamus/
She came clean on the dialysis/
And called me in the cottage/
Must be a bad day cuz I sensed something was rotten/
Now I’m not a poor man but I begged her pardon/
She said I played a hard rock but I wasn’t James Harden/
Now I’m wondering/
Where is she getting this fantasy?/
Got me feeling like Michael Blackson singing Billie Jean/
Huh? What you mean?/
Got the jitters on 11 shots of Caffeine/
I’m grounded more than an 11-year-old in Quaran(teen)/
Good mornin’ she’s moaning/
Something serious is forming/
I’m thinking is this Black Mirror/
Cuz people are cloning/
I asked her riddle me this/
If I was really out there Roman/
I’d be the Parable of the Sower/
More barbaric than ‘C’Onan/
The point of this poem is to Honor the LORD through song/
And show that He’s the final arbiter of right and wrong/
From D-Troy abortion keeps away the unruly throng/
For God to wait to conceive the Virgin/
His pull out game was strong/
How many times was the mission of redemption aborted before it was time to fulfill prophecy?
Is there more evidence that abortion is not inherently evil?
Well explore next time on the episode of ROD (Reckless Organ Donors).
This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, “The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses”).
1These are the words of James: one of the many servants in the Chi; which he heard regarding Israel during the last days of Trump, and in the days of Joe President of the United States, and Xi Jinping President of the People’s Republic of China, one year before the Great Quake.
2This is what was seen and heard, those who have an ear to hear, let them hear:
“The winds would have guided you,
And the currents would carry along.
The trees have disclosed secrets;
Of the embers to come.
3Had you paid attention,
You would have known of my dangers,
For the LORD’s voice buzzed amongst many flowers,
Now shall he drone bellows below!”
4Thus saith the LORD:
“When Judah and Simeon hung up their bowed instruments,
They were utterly defeated amongst the Caananites;
They were chased away by the sword and robbed and plundered.
I the LORD have humbled them before the nations,
Could you not see this?”
Judgement on washington
5And the LORD said to me:
“Speak in the ears of the rulers who stand by the gates,
‘I have opened the windows of heaven on you,
And blessed you with everything you could desire,
I gave you wisdom and surrounded you with learned men,
But your heart became proud and did not fear me.
6O Obsidian and Leviathan do you see this?
Even the serpent knows that wickedness will not be exalted forever,
Yet these men build towers to oppress my people.
7Therefore what I will do to them shall be a surprise.
Their downfall shall come not from the mighty, but from babes.
Children shall open their mouths – even the children of Jerusalem,
8And their lofts shall fall to the ground quicker than lightning.
Terror shall scatter your wizards and men of knowledge.
You will seek them for counsel, and they will tell you lies.
9For you have deceived my people,
And enriched yourself while perverting their ways.
10The heart of Jacob shall be strengthened,
And Judah shall restore worship in the temple of God.
11It shall occupy the households of Hebron,
And the extended lands shall wither.’”
12Thus saith the LORD:
“ O, Shepherds, mourn for the lost children of Zion.
Knowledge has been despised in the land.
13The men have been emasculated through oppression,
And the women are led to prostitution through poverty.
Don’t be two # because people won’t appreciate it and will challenge you. You know I’ll be the first to admit I’m not too fond of the saying ‘Starting over from scratch’, because ‘The Devil is in the Details’. That was before I was acquainted with the whole truth and the nature of unity. The sorrows that knowledge brings is like an onion; a hard peel to swallow. You can relate to that feeling I’m sure of.
If I speak openly, it’s in Defense of the Gospel and to offend the rulers who oppress others with lies. If I’m quiet, it’s in ambition to lead a quiet life and to let my faith spread everywhere so that I along with the saints and the Heavenly hosts need not say another word.
So to give another Devotional, we will answer a baseless claim as we rightfully Divide the word of Truth.
No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved. – Proverbs 12:3
If I could get a dollar for how many people have become rich by scamming others, I’d be a millionaire. Of course, this isn’t what this Proverb is really hinting at for these words are spiritual.
Two things we’ll do with the first clause so we can get the bigger picture.
1.) We’ll emphasize a word
2.) We’ll add a word for clarity [ Known as Eisegesis ]
Dark Sayings of the Wise
No one IS established made permanent by wickedness, but and the ROOT of the righteous will never be moved.
Because on the way to the cross, Jesus took upon our infirmities, our weakness; our sins. And although the Beauty of the Divine was upon Him, he masked himself so that there was nothing to desire. There was much ugliness in his afflictions all the way to Death.
He was beaten and bruised so that he would be the cream of the crop. Isn’t it strange that God would command his own beating? Talk about a hellthy dose of self-hatred.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Is 5:20
13When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Col 2:13-14
Or in other words, while you are in the middle of doing dirty deeds (although we shouldn’t be sinning willfully) Christ’s resurrecting life is at work in you in accordance to your faith in Him.
No De nada
What amazing truth to know that God sent His Son to die for us! How obscure is it to know that this was predestined and not fulfilled until the appropriate time. For orthodoxy believes that Jesus is the firstborn of all creation. Yet he was not born until the days of Herod, in a manger and through the Spirit. Talk about abortion and pro-choice!!! Do we really believe that we should allow EVERY desire conceived to give birth?
Sorry, but not sorry. I had to put it that way. Monists typically get the most flack when we put glasses on folks. People tend to see double and we like to avoid DVision. We gonna bond in this Aston Martin or no?
For those who are struggling with this notion of abortion as if Jesus said nothing about it we’ll take a D-tour so that it is abundantly clear that Jesus did speak of these things being Lord over PRO-LIFE AND PRO-CHOICE.
It’s been said that those who believe in abortion are fake Disciples, but truly truly I say to you whatever a man leaves for my sake shall receive a hundredfold in the age to come.
The Dark Sayings of Jesus
I know the passage doesn’t fit the bill.
Pains me to give you an F in aching
The Doula IS-REAL
Nothing is covered up that will not be revealeD, or hidDen that will not be known. Luke 12:2
God trained Moses in a palace to use him in a desert. He trained Joseph in a desert to use him in a palace. – Ravi Zacharias
We could be flying starships across galaxies and shooting hostile alien aircrafts but here we are on social media again swiping through tweets and reading blog posts. Well at least one of us have super powers! We made it to the last week of one of the hardest and unique years many of us have ever faced, and I’d like to say that if all you managed to do this year was simply survive you have done an excellent job. If all you could did was fight to maintain your sanity, I salute as one who is strong. Indeed, the forces that be have tried to manipulate many into false dilemmas and catch 22s, yet they have failed to control those who are awakened by tenors of truth.
1:01 a.m. I had the privilege of watching ‘Soul’ last night which led me to tears towards the end. More frequently than normal have I enjoyed art deeply for its resonation with me. James I really do hope you get the inside joke here: I didn’t know aliens from Mars are sporting Jerry curls. Could reality be that bizarre? Are we nothing more than microcosms of stories told by co-auteurs? True story – before I decided to become a Jazz Musician, my passion was in animation; I drew a lot with my dreams of one day developing a picture for Pixar Studios.
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder (also ‘author’ in the Greek) and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:1-2 ESV)
Why did ‘Soul’ touch me so much? Well for one I think any musician that has ever been ‘in the zone’ can relate to those experiences Joe Gardner had. Number two, the sound behind the story was familiar to me. The way Joe Gardner played and felt the music – I know that sound…
Shout out to Jamie Foxx for another stellar performance! Truly you are an underrated musician and vocalist of our day. Big props to Jon Baptiste! There must be something in the water for you to have the type of talent that you have!
From the Evil Donkeys
You know what problems biases can create? I find they tend to bring about injustices in opinions; partiality in understandings which can lead to undue indulgence in one’s convictions. There are subtle delusions in confirmation biases: just because a handful of people agree to certain facts doesn’t’ make it the actual and/or ultimate truth. I say this so that those who subscribe to certain frameworks of thinking whether be in science, philosophy, politics, or faith – yes I am talking even to Christians here – may put our worldviews in their proper place and truly scrutinize the veracity of our beliefs. Did you know that Jainism has what can be called a ‘transtheistic’ philosophy; a middle ground of sorts between theism and atheism in which god is not the highest spiritual instance? From my understanding, they also believe in reincarnation which I find interesting. What makes being a born again Christian different than reincarnation? Furthermore, can there be a higher spiritual instance than God? If these questions are startling the faith of you my brother, I question whether you know Jesus well, for Jesus is RIDDLED WITHIN THIS ENTIRE PARAGRAPH. How strange is it that a God who demands worship of Himself, would create religions antagonistic to His ways!
Going out of Order
Those who are familiar with JS, what’s wrong with the following code?
This past year, an unprecedented number of jobs were lost due to the pandemic and many jobs went out of business; all due to pre-conceived prejudices, ill-natured motives, and lack of urgency to stop a ‘bug’ from spreading. However, even if this year wasn’t stopped by Covid-19, the threat of AI taking over jobs and businesses still lingers over the Economy. If we’re not careful, we can allow these fears to bring out the worst in us, rather than use them as tools to make our world better. It is not inevitable to fall into a dystopian technocracy, nevertheless a beast-like world order seems to be on the uprise. What manner of beast is it though: NWO, BoeM, BWO, L.A.M.B, or the Anti-Christ? Try to keep an open mind so that we won’t live the rest of our lives in drudgery over eschatology.
6but when they had grazed,[a] they became full, they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; therefore they forgot me. 7 So I am to them like a lion; like a leopard I will lurk beside the way. 8 I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rip them open.
Try to keep an open mind so that we won’t live the rest of our lives in drudgery over eschatology.
Goodbye and Pharaoh
As we approach the end of the year, I hope that we will leave certain habits and mindsets behind. I can tell you as one who is relearning what it means to love again there are things that I must cut out in 2021. If I am to love perfectly; to love purely, unconditionally; with prudence and discernment; in a way that is fair and acceptable to God and men, I must discipline myself and allow God to prune the things that is unbecoming of Agape. My wife and I have recently started journaling in a sketchbook in which we would draw anything according to our imagination. And,
If there is something that could fulfill my joy, it would be seeing your art again knowing that you enjoy doing what you love 2 do! I used to draw a lot 2 you know? If you have the heart, would you remember me and bond soul to soul? Vamos nos tornar amigos por correspondência ou não?
I must discipline myself and not overextend myself unnecessarily. Let’s not get it twisted for those who assume roles of healers yet have never healed another in their entire life: I WILL TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY FILL IN MY BODY WHAT IS LACKING IN THE AFFLICTIONS OF CHRIST; for the sake of His body – the Church; so that even as death is at work in me, LIFE IS AT WORK IN YOU!!! TALK ABOUT TRANSFER OF ENERGY!
I must discipline myself in that old proverbial wisdom, “Do not spend your strength on women or your vigor on those who ruin kings.” Because where can you find a virtuous woman now a days? And where are the faithful men? I found it disheartening to learn about Ravi Zacharias’ legacy. Indeed, no man is perfect, and I took the confirmation of his sexual deviations as a warning to myself. As much as I desire to see Christ’s Consummation of everything in full effect; I must not step out of the bounds of his will and pacing lest the purity of my intentions be evil spoken of. Where can you find a virtuous woman now a days? There’s only one I know of, and she’s in my dreams – Christ that is. Nevertheless love, don’t be mistaken; I DO want you in your worst state…
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But in an upright way.
I must respect myself to no longer build another man’s pyramid, unless it is the city of God; that heavenly Jerusalem – where the economy is primarily spiritual and produce free; where the abundant Life eliminates all forms of scarcity.
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Is 55:1 ESV
Not exactly sure how certain Christians have convinced themselves that Capitalism is God’s Economy but I digress. That verse seems impractical until one comes in and turns capitalism against itself; playing the game well.
To take life as it comes; to be in harmony with it whether good or bad; to take strides to live life to the fullest; that’s how I want to enter 2021 – Enter in worship and awe of the One who created it all. For many of those who have entered the narrow path, you will share in the Everlasting Joy of God. For others, you will face trials but keep pushing and you’ll reach the Promised Land. And yet for some, you will face a greater sense of judgment because of your insolence. God will not be mocked. Every idle word will be taken into account May God have mercy upon your soul.
Jerry: So, what do you think you’ll do? How are you gonna spend your life?
Joe: I’m not sure, but I DO know I’m gonna live every minute of it.
One of the few things I’m enjoying more of now that I am reconnecting with my family is playing games with Julia. I am learning to hold precious the times we play Hide and Seek together; she counts to ten and I’ll scurry my little self behind the door in her room knowing that she’ll probably miss me as she comes in. It feels like every time; she just walks right by me and then ARRRGGHHH the harmless monster roars!!! I chased her around and do what good Father’s do when they play with their children. Funny how some of us get the privilege of perceiving what the fear of the Lord is early on in life.
Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet to see who they really are. – Will Ferrell
Who Murdered the Cheerios?
Last night my wife and I watched a comedy special from one of the greatest comedians of the social media era, Tony Baker. I had to support since he’s been moving joysticks and pushing buttons lately…besides we have that Chicago love; if I’m not mistaken, Tony hung out near the Chatham area where my grandfather resides. He may have even visited my grandfather once, you never know. Regardless, this man helped me laugh during my struggles with depression, so big shout out Tony! Congrats on the success of the show! Overall it was good and I am glad I can support! Much love!
My wife and I had a good discussion about culture and what it finds to be humorous. We figured that what people find to be funny depends entirely on a person’s background, their values and personal preferences. Peer pressure may play a part too. Whatever the case, I’m finding comedy to be a true form of art; you need a delicate balance of psychology, wit, and charisma to do it well. It’s sad when you fall into a ditch and just simply butcher one joke after another. I’m sure there’s a term for that but I digress. God has a weird sense of humor.
The Godfather of Funnies
But how do you know that God is funny? Was Jesus humorous when he walked the earth? For many Christians, there aren’t many jokes written in the Scriptures so we get a picture of Jesus not being so funny. What a way to strip away Jesus’ full humanity! All too often we get partial information and then wanna make assumptions. And you know what they say about people who assume:
Can you imagine what it would be like walking around in Biblical times? No shoes. No socks; just rolling through the dust barefoot? I’m quite sure there were plenty of gorilla looking feet in Jesus’ day. They had to be grunting because there were corns somewhere, “Oomph, Grunt, Oomph, Grunt.” The Gospel portrays stories with obscure pictures. Like we take words for granted because words convey several different meanings.
Take Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist for example. Now we know that John was that grave; serious play-no-games type a man. Jesus comes to him and he’s like, you should be baptizing me Jesus, who am I to baptize you?
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Matt 3:15 KJV
Like what in the world is that supposed to mean? Suffer it be so now… WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?!! I neva…neva…I NEVA NEW the word ‘fulfil’ had variant spellings. Like did John just baptize Jesus one time in the Jordan, or did he keep baptizing him in the water? Just baptizing him, taking Jesus by the head and dunking him over and over; double and triple dribblin’ Jesus’s head like a basketball, crossing over the Jordan, just DONKEYING HIM shooting buckets.
SWIIIIIISSSHH!!! SPLAAAAASSH!!! Btw, I totally agree with this tweet.
KevonStage is truly the MVP of 2020. Big shout out to Kev for being such a hard worker in bringing people joy. God Bless you sir; you bald-headed Negro you!
God has a weird sense of humor.
On palju valdkondi, mida rohkem teada saada, kes on Jeesus.
This is my attempt in saying in Estonian: there are many areas to discover more about who Jesus is
– This is Julia Richardson attempting to spell her name. She wanted to be silly so she spelled her name twice in two different ways. Yeah I know, it doesn’t sound British. Thank God!
It’s amazing what new information lies behind the door of inquiry. All too often in Christendom, we shun and demonize what is foreign to us when in reality it is another facet to everything Jesus is. Take for example the moment in Jesus’ Triumphant Entry. In the gospel of Luke, it appears to be that Jesus is riding two donkeys to fulfill prophesy.
4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Matt 21:4-5
Have you ever said or did something that you intended to affect your past, present, and future? I know the prevailing opinion is that you can’t change the past nor should you worry about the future. I agree. You can’t change the past, but you can certainly fulfill it. Did you see Jesus in the passage?
I got em shippn’ outlandish/
sailin’ from Kansas/
We birthed a new thing with this message/
It’s high art on a canvas/
Don’t take it for granted/
When I give you my two sense/
I’m a warrior not Lion King/
I got the Scars to prove it/
Where the lamp at? HADOKEN/
My fireball is lucid/
Watch out for the luci/
For Jesus’ comeback is gruesome/
This ain’t a threesome kid/
There’s only one Morning Star/
I see you didn’t choose Mars/
Let me give you these Chocolate Bars/
Could it be that when said that Jesus was riding on two donkeys, it was speaking of Jesus in different times: One coming to Jerusalem getting closer to His crucifixion and two, coming to Jesus through the womb of Mary. Because I find it hard to believe that Mary would be barefoot and walking with Joseph to Jerusalem while pregnant.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, (to the city of David,) which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. Luke 2:4-5 ESV
How probable is it that Jesus is now riding upon silly beasts today to be united with His Holy City? The same city that I too wish to be united to.
You’ve seen the way I paved for us to walk together forever. Through the grace that is in Christ, it is finished; finished before the foundations of the world began. You have witnessed my spirit and the purity of my heart, albeit at times I (James) have made mistakes. You cannot deny the fire we made when you looked into my eyes. Now a city is coming down from Heaven; a city that wars against the ungodly and establishes Eternal peace. Though all of the saints of God are coming down, we can continue to stay in the heavens. Remember the gates that are on the earth and walk in the one where you will find me. For certainly the times of excess will not be expedient. Who else has made you feel the way that you feel when I speak with you? You feel my touch although I’m thousands of miles away. This is free game, and others will see and copy so that you will know who is the Prototype.
I James, servant and brother of THE MOST HIGH, the Lord Jesus Christ do communicate to you the gospel of grace and peace to you. THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND!
I can see Jesus performing stand up: There was this one time when John tried to drown me in the Jordan. God Bless You!!!
17and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matt 3:17 ESV
for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 2 Timothy 2:9 ESV
Strange place to begin but bear with me here. This week has been tough; I intended to build a lot of things this week after quietly going through pain. And when I thought I felt good enough to get more stuff done, another recurring pain has paralyzed me. I hope you can imagine the frustration that I’m feeling; I just want to get things done. Yet my own frailties is showing me that you move according to the strength God provides.
We learned recently that Biblical scriptures independently and collectively constitute as one complete thought. Who cares about thoughts though? The general consensus is that words don’t matter, actions do. Don’t give me empty language; empty promises, performative love, performative justice. etc. Give me solutions, give me change, show me you’re about that life with your walk.
Treating the Rash
The problem with putting actions before thoughts or words is that the actions are uninformed. It is equivalent to someone who has a cut on their foot deciding to self-medicate by putting a bandage on their arm. While they may have the right tool for the problem, they are probably missing additional tools and applying the wrong area. The same can be said about the ineffectiveness of the church. We have the word of God, but where to apply it in everyday life is a struggle often due to being misinformed about God’s Word to begin with.
Hermeneutics deals with interpretation. Due to the nature of the Bible, it is necessary to have this skill. However, if we stopped at understanding correctly what the Bible says, we have cut off the rest of the spiritual sciences God has provided. Bible study would be relegated to something like a relic to be studied in a museum, rather than something that is active and alive in our very midst. To adequately challenge the notion that words do not matter, additional research and analysis needs to be performed. We must move on from simply comparing Scriptures with Scripture. Let’s begin with specimen now:
I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors,
with a clear conscience,
as I remember you
constantly in my prayers
night and day.
For which I am
chains as a
But the word
Those Scriptures are not put together merely for artistic sake. There is more to it. What is taking place here? What research and analysis can be made to study its activity? To those who have ears to hear and eyes to see go your ways. Remember to not go ahead of the light provided for you and fight to maintain a pure heart. When the morning star approaches, we will reveal more about this. For now, let’s keep things under wrap. For the rest of us, let’s break our devotional verse down.
The Mirrors Volley
Christianity teaches that there are two worlds where wars take place; the war of the world and the war of the spiritual realm. Every once in a while, the two worlds collide. It is also taught that the word of God is a mirror to the soul. Not only does the Bible reveal the nature of God, it also reveals the true nature of the reader.
for which I am suffering…2 Tim 2:9a
To which some of you will read this and laugh because you’re thriving right now. Let me add that the broadest definition of suffering is to undergo or experience something. You can experience good and pleasure and/or evil and pain. In this life we can expect suffering in both until the Kingdom of Heaven is established upon the earth.
aNd Yeast Abounds
The Bible will show a person that they are not as good as they think. If the reader is humble, they will also realize they are not as smart or wise as they presume themselves to be. Of course, this assumes that the person believes that what the Bible is saying is true. And there are plenty of reasons to believe the Bible is not so it is reasonable to approach the Scriptures skeptically on the onset. Nevertheless, the Bible teaches that disobedience to the laws of God bring about slavery leading to death.
Bound with chains as a criminal…2 Tim 2:9b
But Paul is considered a holy man who feared God and followed Christ. It seems that his loyalty to Jesus brought more troubles than he would imagine. It would be an oversimplification then to say that good things happen to good people while bad things happen to bad people. It is possible to undergo things at no fault of your own.
You Free Dough
The gospel of Christ teaches there is freedom ‘from’ the mundane things of life. Worldly freedom usually is heralded in the following ways
Financial freedom: Get enough wealth so you can live life like you want
Personal freedom: Do whatever you want when you want, it’s your life
Sexual freedom: An extension of personal freedom but revolving around sex
Let me take a tangent here as now is a good time to feed two birds with one loaf. There is much contention over the purity of the Gospel in recent years and for good reasons. A lot of it stems from how people interpret Scriptures hence the reason why I’m speaking up. A great deal of Christians interpret God’s word through compartmentalizing or through linear context (how it relates to scriptures within the Chapter, other Chapters etc.) Very few integrate or juxtapose words together. So when we see this:
No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. 2 Tim 2:4 NIV
Many people will get the idea that true Evangelism requires total abandonment of all worldly concerns preaching Jesus at every chance they get to others. While that notion is correct, it is only a partial truth. If Paul thought that Christians shouldn’t get involved in any worldly affairs, why speak of civil matters in the next two verses?
Perhaps the suffering that comes through proclaiming the Gospel isn’t necessarily only being on the front lines as an Evangelist, behind the pulpit, or street witnessing. Perhaps there is a war zone just as violent in Evangelizing as there is in attending your business or working for corporations. It may be possible to proclaim the Gospel through your work, with or without saying a word, with or without speaking ‘Christianese’ (Christian jargon). Is the word of God only proclaimed from a certain political party? Is seeking the welfare of those marginalized or promoting policies that benefit all against the call of the gospel? There is so much more I can say about this as so I hope you can see a plausible reason to exploring texts in different cultures. For certainly there are levels to this. Let’s not emasculate the potency of words through our narrow views of understanding.
My heart goes out to all those who are going through tough times right now. I want you to know that someone out here cares and is going through right alongside you. I just came out of urgent care yesterday after going through excruciating pain for the past couple of days. Didn’t think I’d get on here and receive more bad news. Remember, for all of us who are in Christ we are one body. We’ll continue this devotional soon. Love you dearly.
Has this devotional been a blessing to you? Are you suffering and in need of prayer? Want more insight into how words are juxtaposed or integrated together? Please comment below and share with others.