Humilitas

What shall I bring to the LORD, the God of heaven, when I come to worship him? Shall I bring the best calves to burn as offerings to him? Will the LORD be pleased if I bring him thousands of sheep or endless streams of olive oil? Shall I offer him my first-born child to pay for my sins?

No, the LORD has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God. Micah 6:6-8 GNT

God hates the sin of pride almost more than any other sin. The opposite of pridefulness is humility. #imjustsaying

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Sanctified: A Work In Process

The conversion of a soul is the miracle of a moment, but the manufacture of a saint is the task of a lifetime. Alan Redpath

#pbpGinfwmy

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The Sabbath As A Spiritual Discipline

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV

The act of keeping the Sabbath, of following the Fourth Commandment, is a fast, not so much from food, but from temporal things. We abstain from our ordinary and necessary work. We turn off the phone and the computer in order to silence their constant demands for our attention. A fast to draw closer to our Maker, to honor His majesty.

The aim of this effort is to create an atmosphere that will allow space for God. To create an environment that allows for our own awareness of God. God is always present with us. It is our preoccupation with the necessities and otherwise of life that often distract us from Him.

The Sabbath is God’s provision for man. Practicing the Sabbath introduces a different rhythm into our lives; a holy, God-centered, rhythm. It renews us. It reminds us that we are entirely dependent on Him. And that we are interconnected with each other in that dependence.

So here’s the fasting spiritual discipline application. No email. No telephone. No texting. No worries.

Shabbat Shalom.

From #themajestyofGod series #Sabbathfast

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Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war;
with the cross of Jesus, going on before.
Christ the Royal Master, leads against the foe.
Forward into battle, see His banners go.

Onward Christian Soldiers, Sabine Baring-Gould (1865), with music by Arthur Sullivan (1871)

Called To Influence And Occupy

Our Country is a mess.  The World is a mess.  Abortion. Idolatry. Licentiousness. Sin appears to have the winning hand. 

What now 2 do? 

Some advocate for withdrawing from the world into a holy huddle, and just waiting for Christ’s return, which they posit is obviously coming at any moment. 

We don’t believe that to be Biblical. We have been freed from the bondage of sin to serve Christ. Perhaps  William Barkley (1907 – 1978),  the controversial Scottish theologian and educator,  put it best when he said “The principle of the Christian life is not escape, but conquest.”

God has not called us into escape. He has called us to conquest. To go into all the World.  To be salt and light. To influence and occupy every square inch of His Creation until the moment of Christ’s return. 

Let’s roll.

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We interrupt our regularly-scheduled programming to bring you this important message. . . .

We had today’s post ready to go this morning. And then God’s Providence broke in. Fear not. Today’s post will run tomorrow.

Herewith today’s homily.

We are a biggly fan of @tarzanajoe (TarzanaJoe.com). He is the Poet Laureate of reality. And a darn good rhymer. We encourage you to patronize him, and to tell your friends.

Here is his offering from this morning.

All Loving Is Local

Though I have this sturdy platform
Which I climb on every week
I do on certain issues
Often hesitate to speak

Sure, I’ll take them on with taxes
Or a bit of global warming
And on many other issues
You might call me non-conforming

In fact, there’s quite a lot that
I’ve been willing to opine on
But when it comes racism
That’s one I’ve drawn the line on

It’s not that I’m a bigot
Or hold my freedom cheaply
It’s simply that I understand
A wrong word might hurt deeply

I’ve seen the country struggle
And those struggles seem in vain
I sure don’t want to be a part
Of someone else’s pain

So the instinct is to mumble
Or let other voices speak
I’d call that understandable
But I’d also call that weak

I wish there were no issues
But the issues are quite real
And the only way to deal with them
Is to speak the way you feel

For if you stay with silence
Or hide out with the herds
You leave the future in the hands
Of other, louder words

And because I’ve heard of Jesus
Here’s a truth I’ve understood
To acknowledge we’re imperfect
Doesn’t mean that we’re no good

We are called to love our neighbor
And to find a way to show it
What good is all that loving
If your neighbor doesn’t know it

So speak what’s in your heart of hearts
Take care what words are said
It’s the only way, I’d like to say
We all can move ahead.

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On the Geniuses Of American Exceptionalism

Cultural “wisdom” is trying to have it that Green New Deal Socialism is infinitely better than the existing Constitutional Republic. That this is false is confirmed by Progressive’s efforts to denigrate and obliterate the history of American Exceptionalism and replace it with a Woke history that America was evil from the outset and white supremacist by design. And by the continuing of their divisive identity politics until the Country is no longer governable.

Much can be said about the prideful and mendacious Woke rewriting of history. It is instructive to consider from whence we arrived at this point. For that we look at a foreign educator and The Framers.

A wise Indian scholar (is there any other kind?) once posited that America’s success was because it had the Bible (i.e. was based on the Judeo-Christian Worldview). And that is true as far as it goes. But there is much more to it.

The American construct acknowledged the reality that man was created by God and endowed with certain inalienable rights. And that civilization works best when those rights and responsibilities are adjudicated  between man and his Maker, rather than man and government. This is the Judeo-Christian Worldview, the bowing to the rules of right and order embedded in Creation.

The entire concept of American democracy is about local control, and civil and individual liberty, accompanied and inseparable from personal responsibility. The Constitution of The United States of America (a Constitutional Republic) was designed to work with an economic system of ordered liberty where, among other things, the risks of consumerism and competition are acknowledged, and are mitigated by a moral culture rather than by regulation of the state. Regulation where absolutely necessary, but not as a default position.

The writers of this blog believe we are passed the point of no return. That the American Experiment is over. History has had its shining city upon a hill and moved on like the proverbial caravan. The loss to the citizens of the Country is one thing. The loss to humanity another. The only question now to be answered is the timing and nature of the unraveling.

Finally, a note on Christianity and Socialism (or, if you prefer, Democratic-Socialism, the ultimate oxymoron). The religion of Socialism, in any of its variants, is antithetical to (Orthodox) Christianity. It is not possible to believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God and subscribe to the Progressive Socialist Globalist agenda. The Darwinian Post-Modern Secular worldview is built on false and non-Biblical prescriptions. It bangs around in the pillar to post wilderness between blame the liberty-desiring capitalists and the ever receding horizon of totalitarian promise. Socialism, seeking a government solution for everything, will ultimately cave in on itself, but not before a Jacobin eating of its own (Note 1).

Wait for it.

Note 1: See the French Revolution.

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Today’s Prayer

If I’m not dead, You’re not done.

From the #imjustsaying series

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An Immortal Directive

Take time to smell the roses everyday.

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The Test Of A First-Rate Mind

We collect sayings. “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.” “Tact is the ability to tell a person to go to hell and make him feel happy to be in his way.” And this: “There is no such thing as an ending, just a place where you leave the story.” We are entertained watching how aptly these adages describe life.

On the second tier of our collected sayings is this one by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” It never reached the first tier because it just never felt entirely right.

Lately it has become even more unsatisfying. We think we know why. It is both not entirely full, and it is too cute by half. Here is our redraft: “The test of a first-rate mind is the ability to fully and clearly articulate both sides of an issue, argue persuasively for one position, while acknowledging that either could be correct.”

From the #imjustsaying series

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A Purpose And A Promise

On this Sabbath, two Truths to reflect upon:

We are placed here for a purpose, The Great Commission: “And you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost ends of the earth.” Jesus Christ, circa 33 AD, Acts 1:8 DRB

And this. We are never alone: “What can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Paul, Romans 8:31 NOG

Shabbat Shalom.

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