A Newborn Year — A Newborn Life

To the new born, everything is new. While usually their eyes are still sealed shut, the new world around them is vibrant with sounds, smells and textures. All of which are spell binding. All of which are wonderfully compelling. All of which create a drive to want to see. To the person who is newly born into the true faith of the Spirit of God, of Christ, within us it is no different. These new born believers hear the sounds of truth around them. They smell the essence of the incense of prayers for them. And they feel the love which is now their life not only within them but all around them. Grow, little children, sleep, observe, play; for soon you will see with your own eyes, your own spirits, that which many have only ever dreamed.

We are holding now a three day old New Year in our hands, what do we do to help it grow and develop into the type of year we can be proud to be part of? We are also holding the occassion to allow the Spirit of the Christ child opportunity to grow within us. The question is will we?

There is only one way a baby grows: By someone loving it enough to provide its basic needs of air, water, milk, warmth and protection. As newborns grow they learn to do these things themselves, but for now they must be comfortable with being cared for by those who love them.

The same is true with this new year. While often uncomfortable, the inability to know the future is actually quite a blessing at times. To know the future would mean that we also would feel responsible to attempt to change that future if something were foreknown to be harmful to someone we love or ourselves. This type of responsibility could cause irresponsible actions by us because we would feel compelled to take actions which, on a universal-eternal basis, may not be prudent.

No, for the most part we know not the future. The year just past has proven that to most of us with the social-political events which have shook the globe. But the globe has been shaken before, yet it still spins on its axis and travels around the sun at a steady pace. And yes, we are still here.

The fact is that the spiritual Kingdom of God is but still an infant, a newborn. The Apostle, Paul, stated that he, representing the early church, “travailed in birth” (GAL 4:19) awaiting the rebirth of the believers in God through the Christ Spirit. And John said, in the book of The Revelation, that the birth of the Christian Church was as if the Hebrew faith were pregnant, and “travailing in birth,” or that is to be in labor (REV 12:2). The early church was the rebirth of mankind’s faith in the true Holy Spirit of God.

It has now been two allegorical days since that birth (2PE 3:8) and while much growth has occurred within the past 2000 years for most of us our eyes are not yet open. Many of us are frustrated and dismayed that the world is still in what seems to be even worse turmoil than historians have recorded to have occurred in the past. So we weep and shout and proclaim ourselves the ones to bring about the promised Kingdom of God on Earth, even with violence if necessary. Yet, even this decision shows that we do not understand Christ’s words when he said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (JON 18:36)

We are still infants, when it comes to true faith in God. Even as this year we call 2017 is but three days old today, the universal, invisible church called “Christian” is just now entering its third day of existence in the Spiritual realm. It is now time for believers to open our eyes to see the possibilities of the spiritual world which cannot be seen, but sensed only in our hearts and minds – only in our spirits. By doing so, and only by doing so, shall we see the fulfillment of the line in the Lord’s Prayer: “ Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”  (MAT 6:9-11)

May God bless you all this coming year.

Christmas Greetings 2016

OK Genie, put away that camera and let’s get up to your kitchen where you can serve me a pound of that roast you cooked — I’m STARVING!!!

The sleigh is empty, the deer are in the barn, and I’ve changed out of that overstuffed winter survival suit.

NOW LET’s GO EAT!

 

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May the Christ Child be born in your heart.

                            MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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Is There Room Within You?

Almost everyone on this planet called Earth has now heard this story about the Hebraic couple who had found themselves in the difficult situation of being required to go to their family’ s hometown by the Roman government to be counted in their national census. Though this couple reportedly had never yet experienced coupling, she was pregnant and large with child with no other transportation available than a borrowed donkey which her husband had lead across the rugged terrain for many miles. The importance of the child that Mary, then just a young teenage girl, was carrying was, in the couple’s minds, of unbelievable importance: They believed this child to be the son of the living Hebrew God – their Messiah. Yet, because of the fact that it took them so long to make the trek to Bethlehem by the time they got to town there was no room in any of the inns or anyone’s homes for them to stay. So this couple had to accept staying in a stall-room, a manger, with a farmer’s animals to have a place to sleep. That night Mary had her baby, and that baby grew up to change the world through the words he spoke and the life he lived. You’ve heard this story, yearly, at this time of year. It’s the true reason for Christmas for Christians. But there’s more. . . .
       Whether you can believe the miraculous events reported in the Holy Bible or not, like the virgin birth, the angelic visitations, and others is here unimportant. They are part of the story of how this Messiah was born as reported by several witnesses. What is important here is one’s understanding of the spiritual message of this birth and the life of this one named Jesus who was born that night. Put simply: Is there room in your inn for the true, universal, invisible church of the one and only God of the universe to have his only begotten son?
       Now please understand, I am not preaching for any certain denomination or worldly church. That is not my calling, that’s not what I do. I am not a preacher. But I am a messenger who tries to reveal hidden truths in things which have been hidden for centuries. Hidden, strangely, in plain site.
       But, once again I ask, is there room in you for the spirit of the Christ child, the son of God, the Messiah of not only the Jews and Hebrews but of all of mankind to be born, have room to grow and help make this world a better place to be? You may believe you already have done so. But if you only have a head knowledge of this one called Christ, if you only know his historical records and the stories about him, then you know him only as another man. A man who changed the world, for sure, but head knowledge alone does not make the distinction of a man of history and a man of Spirit – of God.
       Gautama, the Buddha, in his trek to find truth, finally told his disciples at the end of his life that yes there is a truth to be known but that he should not be the one to be worshipped. He claimed only to be a teacher. This is generally the message which has been proclaimed by all of the great religious founders and teachers throughout the ages. “Don’t worship me,” is their essential message, “worship God.” Yes, even Jesus said, quoting a book in the Old Testament, said, “. . . it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (LUK 4:8)
       But in this world as we know it of social, political, economic, and spiritual extremes where time is not only of the essence but demanded by every issue imaginable how do we make room within our hearts and minds for a simple thought of hope and love to be born? Is it possible that you have delegated the message of truth to stable conditions within your mind, thinking it’s message to be as just more animal dung on the stable floor?
       Awake, oh earthly citizens, and see the true light of the Spirit of God on this dawning of the third day since the first advent of Christ. The first beams of light are coming from the sunrise and are offering light to those who choose to see. Put aside your fears, your hatred, your anger and your worldly ways which lead to confusion and learn from he who was sent to show us the way.
       Knowing the history of Jesus, the Christ, is only the beginning. At least you have given space for his name to be born. But the message of Christ is much more than history. It is more than what any one denomination is teaching about his history or philosophical or theological theory. The message of the Messiah is greater than world conquest, as seems to have been the goal of many who claim to worship this Messiah during the past year.  The message of this Christ of God, this savior of mankind, is not that our “tribe” is to overcome the nations of this world through worldly means, but how to overcome the corruption which the world has caused within our own lives through Spiritual means. Through this understanding will the corruption of the world then be exterminated.
       Thus my plea to you is simple. If you do not know this one named Jesus, who is the Christ, then find room within yourself to learn of him. Get acquainted with him. If you already know of him, then learn from him. Learn the religion of Jesus and be set free from the spiritual, emotional struggles which trap you like in a prison from experiencing love, hope, joy and peace. You simply must move beyond the heady historical knowledge of this man named “Jesus” to his truth in the Spirit.
       Learn the religion of the Christ. Make room in your heart for Jesus.

 

 

At the Solstice, on the Precipice: Good, Evil and the Future of Life on Earth

Solstice 2016 will be remembered as the time when the human-induced darkness grew so deep and so frightening that many of us began to wonder whether we would ever be able to find out way out of its…

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Is This Democracy?

I just sent a letter to the editors of three different newspapers stating my opinion as clearly as possible about the current political condition we find ourselves in this country. While I realize most of you who have followed me on Facebook, etc., already know who I believe should not have won; but that is not the subject of this posting. What the purpose is, however, concerns how we are seeing how a broken political system such as we currently have can result in both unexpected and undemocratic ways. Whether you wanted Trump or Clinton is not the issue here. The question is do you want to live in a democratic society, or some other form of government. Please read this article to see what I mean:

 

Is This Democracy?

 Citizens of the United States are either rejoicing or lamenting the election of Donald Trump as the next president of our country. While many ask the question of if Trump is even qualified to hold such a position, many are also asking a more basic question: Is this really how the top leader of a democracy is chosen?
              In childhood we are taught that in our democratic system the majority rules. The vote of the majority chooses who will lead, who will make decisions, who will write the laws.
              But that is not what we are witnessing. Through the electoral system, the electors of a few, smaller states, will effectively over-ride the votes of over two-million voters. That is two-million more voters who voted for Hillary Clinton than those voting for Donald Trump. This system of electoral voting has thus overshadowed democracy making the desire of the populous, expressed through their votes, irrelevant.
It is time for U.S. citizens to demand the end of the Electoral College system. Please contact your local elector and insist that they vote as expressed by the national vote count. Democracy is now in your elector’s hands — and yours.
 
 
 
(Note: Elecooral College Petition available at: https://electoralcollegepetition.com/ )