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Then come together again

-1 Corinthians 7:5-

-“Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”-

I think about me and the relationship I am in. I often wonder if it’s alright that only one of us believes.
Paul is nuts.

Am I to be patient with God or HE with me? Am I to be patient with my partner? Does that imply that my partner is a child?
Or is he to be patient with me and all my tantrums and paradoxes and complications?

-1 Corinthians 7:14-

-“For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”-

Here is Grace and Mercy and Forgiveness and Gentleness and Kindness and Self-Discipline.
Further:

-1 Corinthians 7:16-

-“How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?”-

Intense. Even the grammar. And the punctuation. And I think there is space for my lover and I to love each other in God.
I think it’s possible.

-Leviticus 10:10-

-“You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean.”-

I just don’t know how to do it.

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Posted by on June 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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“When Allah Laughs””

https://youtu.be/7suDUh-D-F8

I have read the Quran once. A desperate attempt at least. When I was twenty-six.

I’m not sure I finished it all. I read Sura’s – read for a year, and memorised verses, and pleaded Allah would allow the experience remain with me, through my life – and that the attempt would count for something at the time of my death…

And then I walked away from Allah, and gave the Quran to my sister, and could not understand the state of Islam as I found it, and the violence around it.

I have found that same doubt accost me from time to time, around God and Christians, around Jews and around Brahmins – the idea that God is theirs, and is cruel and harsh and partial, with laws to kill and to press upon….

I found this sometime ago, on YouTube.

I hope the future me can find it here, on my own page.

God is God.

‘la ilaha illa allah’

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Praise

You know; just when I’m tired of God and this world, of extremist Jews and Crazy Baptists and Violent Muslims and God, I find this.

In this Psalms, I know that I can at least kneel and say thank you for the things that God has brought into my life, whether or not the World OR Religion are making sense.

I am confused about Injustice and outraged by what to me seems like the utter corruption of God by the very people who claim to love God.

I am crumbling under the weight of women in ankle length skirts, and men with Sacred Semen and Churches that would kill in God’s name.

-Psalms 103-

1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressionsfrom us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Prophet, be careful!

Everybody wants to be a prophet these days. Shrouded in a cape, staff in hand, highly respected – whispers about the camp.

The anointed. The seer. The selected.

Prophesy however, is subject to God. So what happens when you are sent as a prophet and it works and the people turn from Sin and they are saved?

– Jonah 4 –

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”

4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NIV-22575a" data-link="[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NIV-22575a" data-link="[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>a<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NIV-22575a" data-link="[

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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We are not the only ones on muddy Lanes

-Ezra 10:9-

-“Within three days, all the men of Judah and Benjamin were gathered in Jerusalem.

And on the twentieth day of the ninth month, all the people were sitting in the square before the house of God, greatly distressed by the occasion and because of the rain.“-

It makes me smile, the image of this lot huddled about in distress and soaked to the skin, knee deep in mud.

It reminds me of the village. Or Pilgrims on the Continent of India.

Underlying this however, is a grime reminder of just how treacherous a non-contextual look at the Bible can be.

Israel has come together to apologise to God for intermarriage.

These same passages I imagine have been read before – at the time of slavery, and I imagine are being read now – at a time of Supremacy.

It is difficult to read the Bible and depend on God when clearly, in the cycle of life, these have been used as tools of oppression and the congealing of ignorance.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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The LORD can give you much more than that

-2 Chronicles 25:9-

-Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?”

The man of God replied, “The LORD can give you much more than that.”-

What do I do when a tough situation arises? When things are desperate and I have to do what I have to do?

How far do I trust God?

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Look

-Revelation 1:7-

-“Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the people of the Earth will mourn because of him.

So shall it be! Amen.”-

Such a strident verse. It’s been more than two thousand years. What does this mean?

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Giving

-1 Chronicles 29:17-

-“I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.

All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent.

And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.”-

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Of Athens

-Acts 17:21-

-(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)-

This is such an interesting verse….

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Builders and the stopping of time

-1 Chronicles 7:24-

-“His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Heron as well as Uzzen Sheerah.”

Essay – She Built a City

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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