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And not to see death…

“…Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he [she] does, whether he [she] is slave or free.”

-Ephesians 6:7-8-

The Third Book of Enoch

These recount how Enoch was taken up to Heaven and was appointed guardian of all the celestial treasures, chief of the archangels, and the immediate attendant on God’s throne.

He was subsequently taught all secrets and mysteries and, with all the angels at his back, fulfils of his own accord whatever comes out of the mouth of God, executing His decrees.

Much esoteric literature like the 3rd Book of Enoch identifies Enoch as the Metatron, the angel which communicates God’s word.

In consequence, Enoch was seen, by this literature, and the Rabbinic kabbala of Jewish mysticism, as having been the one which communicated God’s revelation to Moses, in particular, the dictator of the Book of Jubilees.

And so the dream and promise of Heaven. Is this as clear to me as the dream and promises of a brand New Car? A bigger TV? A faster phone?

Is Heaven a clear reward for me? What is heaven anyway, is it the gold paving that I yearn for?

Or is there something more to the promise of Heaven, than walls encrusted with Diamond?

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Posted by on January 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Confrontation & Rebuke

Some of us are more comfortable with confrontation than others, but there are times when confrontation is the most loving thing we can do for another person.

Similarly, being rebuked by another person can be uncomfortable, but our openness and willingness to respond to correction are critical components of our character.

When someone criticises me, I lash out, shut down, hold grudges and get discouraged.

When I have to tell the truth about what someone is being or doing, I tend to say nothing and harbor ill-will.

Insult and hurt are the biggest lies we face in life. The reality is that we really cannot hurt another nor be fearful of being hurt.

That does not mean we act with callousness – but ‘being hurt’ puts blame on another person, and ‘feeling afraid to hurt’ dishonors myself.

What I would give to be free of the fear of Rebuke! Yet; how often to I listen to the Gentle word of God’s discipline, and how do I respond?

As a soul, I long to be pure. As a human, I have many faults. Learning to recognize, listen to and respond to God when life is correcting me, is a difficult place to stand.

Yet giving myself wholly to God allows me to release pain and worry and rest in my Faith.

This is a good one for you Kenny; read it again next year.

  • -Proverbs 15:31-
 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Then the land had rest from war

 

My Gardener is enthusiastic.

He kills all the weeds in my garden,
Sweating conviction,

In purple droplets,
Muscles wet,

In the midday sun, he
Slaughters them,

My perfect weeds I spent so long cultivating,
Black,

And whites ones,
Jewish and Muslim,

Mayhem.

Now the name of Hebron formerly was Kiriath-arba.
(Arba  was the greatest man among the Anakim.)
And the land had rest from war, 

But-

My gardener has turned into a terrorist,
And my weeds are no longer safe.

-Joshua 14:15-

Photo – Gay Israel on Pininterest

-short evocative poetry-


 
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Posted by on January 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Blessings and Discipline

“…You will be blessed in the City and blessed in the Country.
Your Children will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock – the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.”

“Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.”

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out…”

-Deuteronomy 28:3-6 & Jeremiah 29:11;13-

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Globalisation & God

“I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. 

I must bring them also.

They to will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one Shepard”

  • -John 10:16 & 1 Timothy 3: 12-
 
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Posted by on January 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Leadership


‘…The entire law is something up in a single command: “Love you neighbors as yourself”. If you keep on boring and detouring each other, watch out our you will be destroyed by each other.’

-Galatians 5; 14-15-

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Parade

 

‘…Jesse called Abinadab and presented him to Samuel.
“The LORD hasn’t chosen this one either,” Samuel said.
Then Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,
“The LORD hasn’t chosen this one either.”
Even the prophet Samuel was fooled.

 

1 Samuel 16; 8-9

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Ghost

 “So we make it our goal to please [the Lord], whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”

-2 Corinthians 5:9-

What is MY purpose?
What is MY passion?

Are the two the same?

If I am passionate, do I also have purpose?

Perhaps the purpose for us all is to find love and share it?

Happy New Year – 2018

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Leaves, Branches & Roots

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Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Hope


“… Therefore do not loose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

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  • 2 Corinthians 4:16
 
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Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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