The Weekend Word

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  1. London says:

    Today I got lectured about how we aren’t “Christian enough” or following God enough and that’s why we are “struggling”
    If we’d just be open to God and his direction everything would be fine.

    Ironically, I didn’t even present any struggles except to ask my friend if her church in another another state was looking for help with something.

    The state and area she lives in.
    I thought she could help.

    Instead I was told their church does stuff that brings glory to God only.

    Basically, I was told we were sh*t and they were great.

    So, no. Didn’t hear the gospel today.

  2. Michael says:

    London,

    I’ll preach it to you then.
    Your willingness to always help, to be a friend, to care about the least of these…reflects the heart of God who came that we might have life and that more abundantly.
    I’m glad that we both have been adopted into the family of God and are co-laborors together for the kingdom.
    I’m thankful that our signs have been forgiven by the blood of Christ and we will be received gladly on that final day because of Him.
    I believe you will hear “well done” by Him, even if others are too busy congratulating themselves right now to know how well you’re doing.

  3. London says:

    Thanks.
    It’s not the first time we’ve gotten that same exact message of not being Christian enough from churches. It’s old hat…

    What bothered me about today is that this person was saying it about my friends. Actually about me, but using my friends to get the message to me that I suck at this whole “listening to God”, being a good Christian thing. I already get that.

    But it’s absolutely not true if my friends.
    I couldn’t get this person to understand and it just felt like being emotionally stabbed.

    Discouraging.

  4. London says:

    I’m sure I’m guilty of the same thing when it comes to other people. Not the being a “good Christian”, cause who the hell knows what that means, but I do it at work to people who I think aren’t “smart enough” or whatever.

    Usually I don’t do it to their face though 🙂

  5. PP Vet says:

    Had breakfast yesterday with a guy traveling down the West Coast on his bicycle. He had stopped in Medford, OR.

    A nutcase, but, so were many of the OT prophets, so I give nutcases a lot of respect, I really do. A genuine lover of Jesus, for sure.

    He definitely made me feel like I had lost my edge of desperation in the Kingdom. That bothers me …. not sure what to do about it.

    Maybe I should worry more about that after we decide on new patio furniture. 🙂

    Actually, I will.

  6. PP Vet says:

    Well, we made a decision on patio furniture.

    Whenever we need to make a major purchase, we ask one question: Is it in the clearance aisle at Sam’s? If not, wait until it is.

    This is the principle: Don’t buy it when you want it – buy it when the other guy wants to get rid of it.

    Prayed about, really felt like I should buy it, got it at a ridiculously reduced price, still felt awkward about it. Maybe some blessing will come from it.

  7. brian says:

    What did I teach, being a teacher I try to do this on a daily basis. I dont know if I taught anything I did try to teach grace, love, and hope.

    What did I learn, I learned to stay out of the way, I have always learned that. Get out of the way, deal with it, and above all, get out of the way. I learned that I should not bother people. Trust me I live by that motto dont bother people, ever, no mater what, ever. I get that in spades.

    Did I hear the gospel, no offense but no I did not, no matter what tribe I listen to there is no good news for another tribe so no I did not hear any good news for all of us. I had a long diatribe on this one but decided it would not be helpful.

    An aside our fine host offered.

    I’ll preach it to you then.
    Your willingness to always help, to be a friend, to care about the least of these…reflects the heart of God who came that we might have life and that more abundantly.

    Michael on my soul, if I have one, and I seriously doubt I do, this has been my biggest struggle, if there is one aspect of my theology that supports my personal worship of Satan it is this. We are to be apologetic, logical, efficient, and above all move on. We should not need outside of the apologetic.

    Having been reminded on many occasions about how much I hate God to His face and I am an apostate and I worship Satan and so on, no I dont get it, here is this person doing the works of mercy and these toads vomit their contempt. Shame on them. What a strange religion when you do good its bad. It really is a strange religion, and no its not good news, for the vast majority of humanity it is not good news, it never has been, ever. We might want to work on that abit.

  8. Nonnie says:

    PP Vet, I understand what you are saying about the “nut cases.”

    40 years ago, before we were Christians, we used to drive through a little town called Perris, Ca.on the way to visit my in-laws. On Sat. mornings there was always an old woman standing at the light to turn turned onto a highway intersection. She wore a long pioneer type skirt/dress and bonnet to keep the sun off her face .A guitar hung from her neck that she strummed with one hand and a Bible in the other that she would read scriptures. Of course we always looked for her and then would laugh as we drove by.

    10 years later, we are Christians, have 3 kids, and we bought a home in that town (homes were cheap and hubby could commute to work from there) and I actually got to know her. She was pastor of a church called “Church of the Living God, Holy Ghost and Fire.” Of course it was in her own home. I have no idea if she even had a congregation.
    This “nut case” opened her home to street people and vagabonds, gave away food, always preaching Jesus. She told me how she had been robbed and abused again and again, but she loved the Lord and continued to give what she had in time and resources, in the way she believed God was calling her to do.

    The “nut case” whom I had laughed at and mocked so many years before, was a real person who loved Jesus and loved others. I still have very mixed feelings about how she went about her “ministry,” but it certainly seemed to me that what she did, she did in her love for God and others.

  9. PP Vet says:

    Megadittoes, N.

    So much of my life has been waging a battle to use my faith to become a normal, healthy, happy, productive, prosperous person.

    I have finally won that battle.

    Now I am wondering: What did I win? What is prosperity, really? Do I have it now? Have I really had it all along, just in knowing Him?

    So I see nutcases with nothing and I ask myself, Do I really have anything that they do not have? Or do I have less than they?

    I know as I walked away from meeting with that poor itinerant a few days ago, I realized I needed to learn from him.

    Now I am trying to grasp just what it is that I am supposed to learn from him.

    I do not think that the lesson is, Sell all that you have.

    Maybe it is: Be utterly unattached to all that you have, and know where your real treasure lies.

    Dunno.

  10. Hello Michael,

    I hope you are doing well these days. Say, this weekend will be my first prewrath seminar on the west coast in California. Not sure how many followers to your blog are from Cali, but here is the information if you want to spread the word:

    http://www.alankurschner.com/2013/03/11/california-prophecy-seminar-2013/

    Blessings,

    Alan

  11. CrucifiED says:

    “So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

    My pastor gave a message from Luke 12:13-21. Normally, I would receive a list of ways that I can think less of myself and be more rich toward God. Each point usually validated by a verse of scripture that makes it sound like the Gospel.

    But today, I was instead reminded of how good and gracious God is toward me and how rich I am because of the precious gifts he gives to me every minute of the day to sustain me in this world and throughout my life.

    So instead of leaving with a list of rules for me to break this week, I left with a full tank of joy which gives me the fuel I need to overcome this selfish nature of mine and instead be rich toward God.

    Of course things will happen this week that will tax my joy which is why I need the pastor to remind me again next week of the grace and never ending gifts of God so that my joy may be full once again for another few days.

    I’m really loving this Lutheran message which has Christ at the center of the sermon instead of focusing so much on myself and what I can do to improve. Each message may have a way of convicting us of sin as we read the scriptures together, but if your resolution takes me back to myself and what I can do to overcome then you are not giving me any real answers.

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