Monday, November 23, 2009

no stock in religion...

I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God.
Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is here (points to head), and here (points to heart)-and by what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man. Or not.”

quote from Kingdom of Heaven

Saturday, November 14, 2009

You Did Not Have a Home

You Did Not Have a Home

Oh, You did not have a home
There were places You visited frequently
You took off Your shoes and scratched Your feet
'Cause you knew that the whole world belongs to the meek
But You did not have a home
No, You did not have a home

And You did not take a wife
There were pretty maids all in a row
Who lined up to touch the hem of Your robe
But You had no place to take them, so
You did not take a wife
No, You did not take a wife

Birds have nests, foxes have dens
But the hope of the whole world rests
On the shoulders of a homeless man
You had the shoulders of a homeless man
No, You did not have a home

Well you had no stones to throw
You came without an ax to grind
You did not tow the party line
No wonder sight came to the blind
You had no stones to throw
You had no stones to throw

And You rode and ass' foal
They spread their coats and cut down palms
For You and Your donkey to walk upon
But the world won't find what it thinks it wants
On the back of an ass' foal
So I guess You had to get sold
'Cause the world can't stand what it can't own
And it can't own You
'Cause You did not have a home

Birds have nests, foxes have dens
But the hope of the whole world rests
On the shoulders of a homeless man
You had the shoulders of a homeless man
No, You did not have a home

Birds have nests, foxes have dens
But the hope of the whole world rests
On the shoulders of a homeless man
You had the shoulders of a homeless man
And the world can't stand what it can't own
And it can't own You
'Cause You did not have a home

Rich Mullins

Thursday, October 15, 2009

acquaint yourself with Jesus...

"What then, would you have of me? What am I to do?" Inquired Wingfold.

"Your business," emphasized Polwarth, "is to acquaint yourself with the man Jesus: he will be to you the one to reveal the Father. Take your New Testament as if you have never seen it before, and read to find out. The point is, there was a man who said he knew God, and that if you would give heed to him, you should know him too. The record left of him is indeed scanty, yet enough to disclose what kind if man he was -- his principles, his ways of looking at things, his thoughts of his Father and his brothers, and the relations between them, of man's business in life, his destiny, and his hopes."

George McDonald, A Curate's Awakening

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God/Heaven

The Jews were impatiently awaiting their promised Saviour and Ruler; the one so many prophets had described and hinted at. They believed he would come and knock off the Romans, and restore Israel to it's former Golden Age that it had enjoyed under David and Solomon. In the past, when the Israelites were being oppressed by their enemies, the prophets preached that they needed to repent of their sins and return to God.
So when all this talk of the Kingdom of Heaven and of God was being thrown about, it's no wonder they got excited, and come by the thousands. They wanted it to be like the old days under David and Solomon; God, I think, may have wanted it to be like the Older Days, when He was their King...

So he came Himself as their Ruler; the King. But this Man's Kingdom was going to look quite different to the Present Order...quite different...

to be continued...

Matthew 3: 1-2

If I hadn't grown up in a religious home with a steady biblical diet, I have no doubt I'd find a lot about the Bible strange. Including the name John the Baptist. It took a long time before I realized that the stories weren't about some guy named John Thebaptist. The Baptist...what an odd title. I wonder if they had entries for those kind of people...
  • Son: Hey, Mum, do you know the number for someone who might dunk me under water in a symbolic gesture?
  • Mum: Sorry, Son. Try the Yellow Pages.
  • Son: What should I look under?
  • Mum: Try B. Look for a Baptist.
See? No one uses that word anymore!
Matthew 3:3-6

John's audience were ready and willing to hear what he had to say; they'd had 400 years of silence, during which there had been no prophets.
Instead of repelling them with his strange fashion sense (fur coats and leather belts) and odd diet (locust and honey sandwiches), he attracted them, and they came to him from all over the countryside.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all quote Isaiah 40:3, which foretold John preparing the way for the Lord, and making 'straight paths for him.' John preached that the preparation was to be made through repentance of sins.

When a king visited a country, the roads would be worked on, and improved in readiness for his coming. The Messiah, Anointed One, was coming! So the people had to get ready. They did so by coming in hordes to John, confessing their sins, and being baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Matthew 2: 13-23

Matthew 2: 13-23

Joseph doesn't get any where near as much honour as Mary does, but he was a righteous and obedient man. He married a woman who was pregnant by Someone other than him, and he obeyed strange angels commands to the letter every time. It must have gotten so he was afraid to go to sleep after a while, as time after time, angels appear to warn and instruct him. Maybe the righteous man needed this to understand and obey. Even though most of these instructions required him to do things that no good Jewish man would enjoy, like flee to Egypt in the middle of the night.

Herod tries to slay the little Jesus, by conducting a mass slaughter of boys under two in Bethlehem. This incident rings bells of a certain Pharaoh who also slaughtered baby boys. Both of these men did so because they felt threatened by the future of the children.
God knew it was going to happen; that's why he warned Mary and Joseph to escape with Jesus to Egypt.

He knew it was going to happen, and he let it happen.

Scholars say that Herod the Great died in 4 B.C., and they also think Jesus was born around 7 B.C.
So it seems that not long after the slaughter, Herod himself died. I guess he didn't really have to worry about the threat from the young king.

He was scared of this prophecy...of a ruler coming forth who would rule Israel. He tried to thwart God's plans...
It wasn't a fair fight...the one who made the prophecy already knew it would come true...

Matthew 2: 1-12

Matthew 2:1-12

Wise men came to worship the one born King of the Jews. They were possibly from Persia or Southern Arabia. Why did they come so far to worship this King? Why would those so far away care about a Jewish King, and come to worship him? Unless they thought he was that and more? There was already a king ruling in Judea.
Herod was disturbed at the thought of this king. He calls the religious leaders together to ask where the Christ was to be born.
So perhaps it was understood that this King was the 'anointed one'...or Messiah?

The religious leaders quote Micah 5:2.
In verse 11, the wise men find Jesus, who was then 2 years old, and they give him kingly gifts, and worship him. I find it interesting that the first instance of worship given to Jesus is done by foreigners...non-Jews.

Matthew 1

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6)

Thoughts on Matthew chapter one:

Matt 1:
Jesus' ancestry was not shiny clean. It included prostitutes, adulterers, and foreigners. As a son of David, he had non-Jewish blood in him.

Mary was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. According to the law, any betrothed virgin found pregnant was to be stoned to death. Jesus didn't enter the world in a way that religious leaders might have wanted.
Jesus would be called Immanuel, which means "God with us". The name Jesus means, "The Lord Saves."
The angel told Joseph that Jesus would "save his people from their sins."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How did Jesus walk???

I was reading 1 John one day when a verse I had read many times before struck me.

Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6, NIV)

I certainly claim to be a follower of I walk as Jesus did?

How did Jesus walk?

I have an inherent desire to read through the if with fresh eyes...and try and catch a glimpse of how Jesus walked. What he was like, how he thought, how he operated...

because I honestly believe that when we begin to understand Jesus, we can begin to understand God...and what He is like.

Am going to start with Matthew...Let the discoveries begin!

Monday, October 5, 2009


She takes the blame

She covers the shame
Removes the stain
It could be her name

It`s a name for a girl
It`s also a thought that
Changed the world

And when she walks on the street
You can hear the strings
Grace finds goodness
In everything

She`s got the walk
Not on a ramp or on chalk
She`s got the time to talk

She travels outside
Of karma, karma
She travels outside
Of karma

When she goes to work
You can hear the strings
Grace finds beauty
In everything

She carries a world on her hips
No champagne flute for her lips
No twirls or skips
Between her fingertips

She carries a pearl
In perfect condition
What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings

Because grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things

Grace finds beauty
In everything

Grace finds goodness
In everything