In the year 2162, a young boy named Jal Valhyn is caught in a maelstrom of violence and conflict. His country is at war and the world government based on humanistic principles that had fulfilled its promise of a halcyon peace for over a century has fallen.
06 Apr 2014 Leave a comment
In my Sunday morning’s reading of G. Campbell Morgan’s sermon on Holiness: It’s fruit, I meditated upon our Christian journey.
God is Holy and He requires that we be holy if we are to walk daily in a faithful relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.The characteristics instilled in us by God can be used for selfish gain or be used in the furtherance of His Kingdom.
Every normal citizen of a country has a love of self, admiration of the world, passion for ownership of goods…land, home, a great love for kindred and friends, and patriotism. These characteristics define the Christian as well, but God removes the veil from the heart of the child of God who sees through the prism of a heavenly light.(2 Cor. 14) All characteristics are to be under God’s control. The narrow view of the ordinary man/woman becomes a broader and a deeper one. The love of self evolves into the love of God, “For in Him we live and move and have our Being.”
A recognition of the beauty of God’s handiwork and the suffering of His creatures that make this planet their home broadens the Christian’s viewpoint and implants a tendency to reach out to the world and alleviate the suffering.
God implanted the passion for gathering up the goods of this world in us and the passion is transformed within the Christian in a growing awareness that all belongs to God. The Christian acknowledges the stewardship that inspires him/her to share with others. By the surrender of our self to Him on our journey to reflect His holiness in our lives … we… …are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit…2 Corinthians 3-17-18. (NIV Bible)
The fruits of our lives are evident in the way we walk whether by the world’s standard or by God’s standard.
Add your comments on the concept of Holiness?
03 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
Originally posted on If Not Love:
That fruit was taken from The Tree
A veil was laid upon our eyes
That darkened all we see
Through the veil we see the world
Through the darker shades of shame
Through shades of insecurity
The purpose of veil
Was to blind us to the sight
That God is ever near
But the veil is fastened tight
By the duel clasps of pride and fear
Making day as night
God’s Law is meant to lift the veil
To lead us off the darker trail
God’s Law is meant to wet our thirst
For the Redeemer of the cursed
The fruit that was eaten from The Tree
Left a stain upon our soul
That while veiled
We are always blind to see
03 Mar 2014 Leave a comment
In many contemporary Christian circles there is a common view of God’s Grace that is accepted as true; God is a loving God. Surely, a God of love would not condemn anyone to a Hell as described in the Bible.
However, there is a difference in today’s fashionable belief and the Biblical one. He is an unchanging, faithful God. In addition to a God of love, He is a Holy God, a Righteous God, a God of Fire, a God who judges. We have to reconcile these attributes of God to understand even a bit about His love expressed through the sacrifice of His Son.
The present view is promoted by a belief that the enlightened generation of today is wiser than past generations and more able to interpret the Bible.The reasoning is: a merciful God would never condemn anyone. His love covers all, and in past ages believers may have misunderstood what His love meant. In the modern age believers have grown more intelligent and tolerant, or so it is supposed.
This contemporary belief is an ancient one. St Paul had to correct the Corinthian Christians in their practice of immorality and other distorted beliefs that had crept into the church, based on the same belief as expressed above. It was normal at the time, a part of the Roman religious worship, to practice immorality in religious rites, and to accept other forms of behavior, not tolerated by Christians. The early Church Fathers had to fight continually to keep the Church pure, and so it has been down through the age.
The assertion that God does not condemn is right. Condemnation is a self declared ‘right.’ The equation of human responsibility in the current concept of Grace has gone missing. The current view of behavioral consequences is to deny them or to ignore them. The separation of Grace and responsibility is thus complete.
We, who base our Christianity on the Bible, and the indwelling Holy Spirit’s guidance, follow the precept of Jesus. “If you love me keep my commandants.” John 14:15
Jesus said in regard to the Law, “For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, til all be fulfilled. Mat. 5:17
26 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
My morning’s reading was G. Campbell Morgan’s “Is The Religious Life Necessary? He spoke of the individuals’ conception of Life and Death.
Life is spiritual in essence and endures forever. That is the Christian’s conception of our life in this world as taught by Jesus.” Do not fear them which kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. Fear Him who can…Luke 12:4
What then is death? It is a passing to another plane. We, who are left behind, grieve for those who have gone from our presence. But they have cast aside this earthly body to be clothed upon with a new one from heaven.
What is the relation of this life to our heavenly one? When we view death as laying aside a tent and going on as the same person, we don’t view our life as a separation,but a continuity. We change environments and move to a new world, but we are still the same,in personality and character. We learn new things and most of us will undoubtedly have to learn many things. Even there we will progress the same as here, little by little. Some Christians have the idea that we will be completely changed at the moment of our arrival home. G Campbell Morgan says, and I have believed for many years, that Death is not going to do anything for us that Christ has not done, or cannot do….(except) to leave us more free for development along the very lines on which we have been progressing.
08 Dec 2013 Leave a comment
A recent experience of mine reinforced the fact that our Father prepares our way in advance.
I planned a visit to my son and booked my flight on an airline that only flies in to his small Florida town about twice per week. We had a pleasant visit and on the evening before my return flight I went online and downloaded my Boarding Pass. I didn’t look at the time my flight would leave for I knew it, or thought I did. My son and I left for the airport very early the next morning, a thirty minute drive. About half way there I happened to look at the Boarding Pass. The plane was due to leave in fifteen minutes and we were only halfway to the airport. I felt so foolish. My son attempted to soothe me as we drove on. I was praying all the while, not quite sure why I should ask God to delay the plane for me. We arrived about two minutes before the plane was due to take off. I ran to the flight desk and got, “You’re late , the plane has left. I’ll see what we can do for you.” The young man made a call while I stood waiting for the dreaded word, “gone”. He hung up the phone and looked at me. “Go on through, the plane is a few minutes late.”
And so, I came home with a grateful heart for a Father so loving and kind.