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I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell amoung the people.” – [John Henry Newman]

ROMANS 14: Full 1- 23

1• Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.

2• For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.

3• Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.

4• Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval.

5• In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable.

6• Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.

7• For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves.

8• If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

9• Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.

10• So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.

11• For the Scriptures say,

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,

every knee will bend to me,

and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.’”

12• Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.

13• So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.

14• I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.

15• And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died.

16• Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good.

17• For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

18• If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.

19• So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

20• Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble.

21• It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.

22• You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.

23• But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.

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Posted by on June 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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And so enjoy yourself

Ecclesiastes 8:15

-“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.

Then Joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.”

-“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a woman under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.

Then Joy will accompany her in her work all the days of the life God has given her under the sun.”

This is a beautiful thought. Try to best to be good and get it right but in the end, enjoy yourself.

Enjoy yourself because we all have to die.

Does it change when I think of women…?

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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God before me, God behind

-Numbers 10:2-

-“Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out.”

This image of the Cloud at day and the Fire at night is very moving.

God before me, God behind.

Of course I cannot help thinking of the radiation if the Ark of Testimony was an Alien engine of sorts – still, even then the imagery captivates me.

A real cloud and a real light.

How many times I have asked to Hear God? How many times to See God, even?

How often do I ask – just tell me in a way that I can hear? Where are you? Are you there? Can’t you see what’s happening? Have I offended you?

What do I want?

God before me, God behind.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 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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Day Ninety-Seven: Watching my response to criticism

 

 

You WHAT??!!!

I was looking at the Newspaper today and glanced through the University pull outs.

We have about five National Universities, only two of which I would consider.

They were advertising for this Falls admissions, and because I’m an older person, they won’t ask for education credentials.

They will ask for money.

The fees run about KShs. 200,000/= per year, approx $3000.

That’s all. For a degree. Wow.

If there’s one thing I’d love to go back and learn, it’s how to take criticism.

 

My whole live depends on how I approach opportunity.

I approach warily, like a lion ready to fight – or like a hyena, un-trusting that the thing is dead enough to eat.

I am defensive, and stressed out. I want to succeed, but often it’s more about succeeding in having people respect me, than getting the task accomplished. Power, money and adoration.

I am fearful.

 

To stand before criticism and understand – really understand – that it helps me get better, and doesn’t mean I’m inadequate, would give me the freedom to try. To try with all my might, and to do so in full light.

 

As it is, all my successes are simple ones…personal ones. I’ve reigned in my drinking. I don’t steal. I haven’t killed. I forgive as best I can. I am generous.

I’d like to be successful in what I do…successful not just dependable.

 

I’d love to, just once, believe that I could be the one to get the top prize.

 

Then, I’d like to learn humility.

 

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.” Luke 4:14,15

cartoon – http://sketchedout.wordpress.com/2007/10/page/2/

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Day Ninety Three: Abandonment

 

 

In the last week of the ‘one hundred days of love’ journey, the teacher takes off.

She writes on this week that we are to come up with the weeks meditation. She offers her format as one to follow, but means for me, really, to go into the Bible, choose my own scripture, ask for my own help.

I expected this somehow, and wasn’t surprised, but my first thought was – why do all teachers do this?

Why in the end, do they take off, and say; that’s the end of the course, you know what to do, apply what you’ve learned!

 

This week the, I’ll just pick something and write.

 

I feel that God has been moving away from me for a while now.

I also feel (I think!), that I’ve been moving closer to myself.

Being responsible for my own life, my choices, my mistakes, is not something I’m enjoying.

I feel abandoned.

 

No miracles, no ray of shining light.

No transformation of paper into gold.

 

I had a talk with my sister yesterday about the power of positive thinking to transform the life that happens around you, or at least transform your experience of it.

One thought, held over a sufficient period of time, can change everything.

 

I am not poor.

I am not weighed down.

I am not ugly, fat, inadequate.

Not good enough, not pure enough, not strong enough.

 

I am rich.

I am free.

I am free.

 

“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – ” Romans 1:11

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Day eighty-one: Anger – seeing the other side

 

 

(If you have something against someone else) “first go away and make peace with that person. Then come back and offer your gift (at the altar).” (Matthew 5:24)

 

Being angry takes a lot of energy!

I guess today is about trying to see what worth there is in anger and ‘getting it’ from the others point of view.

When I’m angry with someone else, I like to think that I have a reason.

Often I think…’…if the person just acknowleged it and apologised, it would be alright…’

I certainly wouldn’t think I’ve made some kind of mistake and view the person less favourably.

 

But when someone is angry with me, an apology is the last thing I think of doing, and I get afraid because I feel that I’ve let them down and they don’t want to work with me anymore!

 

Letting go of anger has something to do with confidence then, and a right view of the world.

 

What am I angry about? Why?

Still, just don’t tell me that I should make friends with someone who I’m angry with!

 

My case is on the 6th. I’ll let my lawyer deal with it.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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