Bullet Points

Jan. 3, 2020
More poking the stick at the bear, saber rattling, drum rolls, threats, global bullying, and assassinating as the beat goes on. This world must be a bad dream. May a brighter day arrive soon, when we can awaken.
 
When will we turn our swords into plowshares, and our spears into pruning hooks? When will the time come when we learn not to make war anymore?
 
When the hearts, one by one, of every person - regardless of rank in society - have surrendered themselves fully to the Prince of Peace, and thus are no longer at war with God Himself, when we are willing to learn of Him, and remember that we are to reveal His likeness in our own character on Earth while still in a body. Then surrendered to His Way, and loving one another, as if the other is ourself, we can be at peace.
 
Conflict has so long terrorized this planet that one wonders if we could stand it if we actually did experience a lack of it. It's not just political and military, but domestic and personal. It's riding hard that person who cuts us off in traffic. It's everywhere from grandiose political posturing to the minutiae of daily interactions. Is there anyone who is not in conflict with someone else on some level?
 
Don't you ever wonder about that?
Nov. 22, 2019

Just a quick one –

To feel or battle doubt need not be necessarily condemned as sin; it is rather an emptiness that begs to be filled with right understanding, the answers of questions, or a need for information that brings puzzle pieces of the bigger picture into view and puts them together. This is something I had to learn from experience – after a long struggle due to buying into the idea (from previous reductionist religious/spiritual programming) that doubt was a “crime punishable by death,” so to speak. Once I could see it for what it is, then the answers it represented began to fall into place as well, and much needed direction came into view. Never criminalize yourself for doubting, but pray and keep on praying – in spite of your feelings.

Someone needs to hear this, so I am posting this remark. Pass along as you wish.

Jul. 5, 2019
The Kingdom of God is not a democracy or a constitutional republic. Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world." The Father said, "This is My beloved Son; hear ye Him." Something to really pray about and consider.
 

"Whoever keeps His commandments remains in God, and God in him. And by this we know that He remains in us: by the Spirit He has given us." 1 John 3:24

 
"All who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Romans 8:14.
 
"The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God." Romans 8:19.
 
Did you ever think about it this way?
May. 18, 2019

All things may be possible, but are all things according to God's will? Not every "dream" is from God, and may be something that will take you from His dream for you and the reason He redeemed you - to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Pray for His highest good for you, not the temporal goods or goals of this world that end with the grave. Pray for discernment and the wherewithal of the Holy Spirit to follow it.

May. 7, 2019
 
 
In some respects the day has been rather a "sticky wicket".
 
Now there's an expression we don't hear this side of the pond too much. It might be nice to find and use some different "colorful metaphors" as a "facelift for languishing language."
 
Maybe some new verbs can give us some new vibes, turning languishing into flourishing - both of language and of life. There's power in the words we speak...
 
Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit."
 
Proverbs 10:19-21 (ESV)
"When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense."
 
And there are times when it might be wisest to remember that, "You have the right to remain silent."
 
Hint: God gave us two eyes, two ears, and one mouth.
 
Kirk and Spock on "colorful metaphors" - a humorous ending note.