Rocking the Church Boat

I love my church. However, I truly, from my heart, believe all churches are not right in the spiritual head though meaning so very well. There are many religious traditions and expectations that have no place in the Bible, where our example of how Jesus wants His church to be set up and carried out. I have no wish to offend and will not call out particular wrongs but rather wish to convey what God says to do (see Acts). 1. Those meeting together should meet in homes if possible. If they grow too much, then a larger place to gather must be found. However, monies collected are to help each other as there are needs and then in service to those outside the church to help them as they can. Nowhere in Scripture is a fancy church building supported. (They cost too much and the real work is not accomplished then.) 2. Believers read the Bible. 3. They sang and worshipped God together. 4. They prayed together and sometimes fasted. 5. They shared their faith with others around them. 6. There were elders and deacons and deaconesses serving in different roles of service to the church. That is it. No sermons even. Everything else is fluff, unnecessary, distracting, expensive, often with politics resembling the world more than the beautiful bride of Jesus Christ, His church. These are things to consider. This has been weighing on my mind for months and the closer I get to the Lord, the more it burns in my heart. I needed to voice it. And being written now, I would challenge a reformation and accompanying revival of the church to take place. Who is brave enough to go out in faith and get the church going as God designed? Change is difficult but always worth it, in my experience. I challenge every Christian. Who are we trying tog please? Us, the world, or God? Think on it and pray and see where God leads you. ❤

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Psalm 51:7-13

Psalm 51:7. “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.”

The Ultimate Read

I love reading. I love writing. I love talking (intelligently and to the right person lol). There is something about words that is sacred. It shares and conveys ideas. It harnesses mental and emotional energy. It represents the visual and mental and brings that into someone else’s experience. And when I read, specifically, I understand the author better. When I read their words, I know about how they think, what they found important or unimportant, why they worded it that way, what life force and energy they possess, their thinking process, etc. That is part of the thrill for me. Yes the story is valuable, but I never want to reread the book unless the author is noble, moral, good somehow. I have to feel clean and cozy reading the book, if that makes sense. I stick to the classics of literature, art, music, science, mysteries, and history in general with some exceptions. People seemed more noble and purposeful maybe, not sure what it is. But my favorite and the best read I never tire of, always want more of and find the complex author so compelling and perfect is the Bible. It reads as history, science, love, mystery, all those things and more rolled into one. And every time I read it, I feel good or convicted or alive or loved or appreciative, whatever, but the thing is I feel it. I learn more every new read. I have read it cover to cover at least 7 times and it always does more. It is living. It is the truth. It is Jesus Christ. The ultimate read is definitively, unequivocally the Bible. ❤

Envisioning Heaven

When the day is hard and long

Escape with your mind

To a world that can’t be found

Unless your spirit finds it.

And think with me a place

Full of beauty, color rich

Where evil no longer resides

And no pain, no tears, no wretch.

And I can envision this

For it comes from pages bright

The text of ancient past

That is my sword and light.

And I know this full well

My Savior waits for me

Loved me enough to die

And rose to set us free.

And I can endure so much

With patient joy and peace

For soon awaits our world,

Our perfect jubilee.

Romans 2:1-11

Romans 2:1. “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4. Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? 5. But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” 7. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10. but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11. For God does not show favoritism.”