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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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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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Elisha’s tomb

-2 Kings 13:21-

-“Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb.

When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.”

I have always thought that it was only Jesus that brought the dead back to life, and even with that it was just Lazarus and one child.

Actually Paul has. And Peter. Elisha does also, and even in death.

I am facing a crisis this year.

How can the Bible be a facsimile of truth? In other words, word for word, sentence for sentence, the exact copy of exact truth?

And if interpret it I must, who’s version do I seek and how is this different from Sharia Law and the Islamic system of Quranic reading?

It just is not possible to go through the Bible this way – it is not possible to read 2 Kings and see sanity.

So then Jesus came to change everything. And left the Holy Spirit. This same Spirit I am seeing on pulpits everywhere, across every religion, proclaiming themselves to be the ONE way to God, preaching the most egregious sentiment about everyone other than themselves, calling to arms, sentencing to hell, amassing to themselves, purifying and condemning, refusing even good if it is not subservient to their God, their way, the true way….

I am a Christian. I have been for decades. I believe in Jesus and in his death and his Resurrection and his invitation too life and, yeah, his miracles – I cannot, at the moment, just take the Bible as the word of God.

These are words of men and women in a battle with life through the history of life.

I don’t know where to turn.

Except for the prayer I have that God has this for me, that illumination is present in these words, that somehow God can speak to me – it’s rough.

Because I’m not sure the Christian I am is the Christian I here around me today.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Love


How can you ever hope to know the Beloved
Without becoming in every cell the Lover?
And when you are the Lover at last, you don’t care.
Whatever you know, or don’t — only Love is real.

– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi-

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Ask for help

A story is told about a girl who valiantly, but unsuccessfully, attempted to move a heavy log to clear a path to her favorite hideout.

Her Dad stood watching his daughter staining against the load.

Finally he said, “Daughter, why aren’t you using all of your strength?”

Confused and a little angry, the girl responded, “Dad, I’m using every last little bit of strength I have!”

“No, daughter, you are not,” her Dad quietly responded. “You haven’t even asked me to help.”

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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On humor

-Genesis 21:6-

-Sarah said, – “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will be laughing with me.”

  1. Astonishing to think that The Old Testament God of Soap Opera and killing, of Jealousness and Violence, should have a sense of laughter.

And what a way to express it!

Too often Leviticus is quoted to injure homosexuals – unfocused on the injury to women, ALL women – whilst here, in this single verse, God laughs;

And Sarah laughs, and everyone laughs, and the dignity of the wife is restored and the dignity of the husband is restored, and the dignity of his host is restored – truly, hilarious.

Then this;

-Genesis 30:16-

-“So when Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went in to meet him.

“You must sleep with me,” she said. “I have hired you with my son’s mandrakes.”

So he slept with her that night.”-

Mandrakes.

The scandal! The treachery! The salaciousness!

I am reminded to laugh and to laugh WITH people and not AT them.

I am reminded too of The BHAGAVAD GITA, and of Hindu Mythology, and Hindu God’s, and of the Mahabharata, and of Draupadi

2. -“…whose rape is thwarted by the mystery of her never-ending Sari.”-

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draupadi

-1 Corinthians 6:20-

-“…you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”-

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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So easy to see

-Mellen Thomas Benedict-

Indian summer in Manhattan,
Sunset, long shadows and jazz on the street,
Everyone was mellow.

Walking and singing my way uptown,
I was playing follow the leader with my shadow
as it stretched out ahead of me.
It seemed to know where it was going.
Funny thing, I thought,
My shadow is leading the way
and will arrive wherever I’m going before me.
But where am I going?

Just then a wreck of a cab pulled up
with a rastaman from outerspace in the drivers seat.
Purple incense burning on the dashboard altar
and Bob Marley wailing from a boom box

He took one look at me
jumped out, waved me over
and quickly opened the rear door.
I knew this was a sign and I knew what to do.
So I climbed in.

Welcome aboard, Holy stranger
I be a righteous man, you know
and
I’m legally blind, too,
but it’s
So easy to See,
said the blind Jamaican cab driver.

Then my fate is in your good hands,
now can you take me to the
Cafe at the End of the World,
I replied.

God help us then,
I know just the place, he laughed,
as he stepped on the gas
and
we cruised into the neon night of the city.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Climb onto the roof

-“We are darkness and God is Light; this house
Receives all splendor from the Sun
Here, the Light is mingled with shadow.
Do you want your light totally pure?
Leave the house and climb onto the roof.“-

-Rumi-

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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The Pygmy God

-Numbers 11:23-

-“The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’S arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you”-

This Old Testament God is hilarious at times. The sayings! I love this one.

The story though is about being too short sighted to see the blessings around me.

The chapter also has fascinating insights on manna. Anyway, the Israelites asked for meat… And boy did they get it!

I am reminded to be grateful first for what I have, and to be responsible with it, before asking for more.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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One was born hairy

  • -Genesis 25:25-

-The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. –

  1. I don’t know what to say.
  2. Sexuality is a hard thing.
  3. Only if sexuality is a thing to begin with.

Human Beings are not things.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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