Bullet Points

Nov. 9, 2017

Says T. Austin Sparks in The Israel Of God

"Even in our Christian life, in our devotion to the Lord, we are so happy that other people see how devoted we are, and how humble we are!"
 
To which the Lord Jesus emphatically agrees, according to Mt 6:1-6, "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you."
 
Are we different from the Pharisees in this? Well worth a serious self examination about religious motivations.
Oct. 27, 2017

One does well to check and see that the bridge you're crossing doesn't lead you out of the frying pan into the fire.

(One of those little thoughts that won't leave me alone today, an FYI for whoever the shoe might happen to fit.)

Oct. 6, 2017

In reading all the arguing out there over theolgical viewpoints on justification versus sanctification, and that sort of thing, I have to wonder what would happen if all the theologians had to tinker with was the Sermon on the Mount?

Too much head and "legaleeze" and not enough heart and spirit.

Sep. 22, 2017

Tomorrow, September 23, 2017, is the end of the world.... Again... It has to be. After all, scores of You Tube videos say so. Truth be told it's the end of the world every few seconds for someone somewhere. Or it may be the world as you may have known it up until that point when "everything changes." All things have a beginning, exist for awhile, and end. Take a deep breath and ponder that one for awhile.

 

One of the most useful and practical treatments of this subject I've seen! Cuts to the chase with no hype.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmegJj3kmuA&feature=share

Sep. 14, 2017

I'm not so sure that Jesus advocated for highly organized religion, or if He didn't. The point is that what He did advocate was a new state of being and a new way of approaching life, which had not been taught by organized religion. (A good place to start is Matthew 5,6, and 7.)  His fiercest opponents were always the hierarchical traditionalists of organized religion, who seemed to have a pony in the race of who calls the shots, and who were always calling into question the authority by which He taught, performed miracles, and made His claims. It would seem that if organized religion provided the answer to the challenges which they themsleves posed, the answer should have been self evident, as well as Jesus' true identity.