Being forgiven is a gift, not a title of rank. We are servants of Jesus, yet a royal priesthood of the least of these of equal rank. That is what “Wash Feet” means. Keep your shoes on it is a metaphor.

Peter writes that we are a “Royal priesthood” a “Chosen Nation” selected for service in the Kingdom. Paul calls individuals ambassadors for Christ and hands over the “Ministry of reconciliation” to you and me. Click on the underline to check the reference or source of quote.

When Jesus washed the disciples feet as they were arguing who should set where based on rank and Satan filled Judas with bitterness, we see in action what Jesus will, does and has done many times with His bitter tears. Jesus will pick up our muddy, filthy feet and wash the world’s dirt from our life. (Hebrews sez Jesus’ blood sacrifice paid it all) Sometimes He uses the rod of discipline on me, sometimes it is His staff pulling me back from the danger I just do not see because of the bright lights and glitter of the golden idols the world has for me.

I found these 10 quotes on a clickbait site. I quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer and add a thought of my own numbered and bold before Dietrich’s. The more I study the writings of God I find gentle souls that looked outside the box. Especially today when many realize that the lukewarm worship of entertainment and the sage on a stage is not fellowship with Jesus we see in the Gospels or the Ekklesia in Acts or the letters. I hear many voices saying similar things. Numbers say the mainstream model is broken in many places and for far too many sheep that are wandering. I pray for unity. Unity will take the Holy Spirit to melt prideful hearts and gently break soft ones.

Mr. Bonhoeffer was a martyr during the NAZI occupation of Europe.

1. Mutual respect for another means I love you too much to sin against you or God in your presence or to allow you to continue in sin against others or God. Not about judging, but about saving.

“Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.”

2. Jesus was/is a friend of sinners, lived with the poor and least of these. Who is going to serve the “least of these”, dones, nones, ?

“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people.”

3. Being forgiven is a gift, not a title of rank. We are servants of Jesus, yet a royal priesthood of the least of these of equal rank. That is what “Wash feet” means.

“If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller or less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I am still not recognizing my sinfulness at all. … How can I possibly serve another person in unfeigned humility if I seriously regard his sinfulness as worse than my own?”

4. We can build a church of sticks and bricks, or as Jesus did with living stones on the foundation of the Rock of Ages.

“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.”

5. Prayer in the name of Jesus separates the Ekklesia from the “religions of the world”. Our redeemer lives!

“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.”

6. Be prepared to be used, if one time like Ananias with Saul or thousands like Phillip.

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions.”

7. “Tame the tongue” Train the ear! This one is mine. James sez “rudder” as in control your boat. Paul sez we can control the tongue

“There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.”

8. Who are you compassionate about? Wash the feet of your brothers and sisters. Be kind to neighbors. There is a difference.

“The Christian, however, must bear the burden of a brother. He must suffer and endure the brother. It is only when he is a burden that another person is really a brother and not merely an object to be manipulated. The burden of men was so heavy for God Himself that He had to endure the Cross. God verily bore the burden of men in the body of Jesus Christ.”

9. God is in the details, watching.

“Who can really be faithful in great things if he has not learned to be faithful in the things of daily life?”

10. Thankful, and able to be thankful of others.

“If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if on the contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is so paltry and petty, so far from what we expected, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Jesus Christ.”

Got to work on these! pray for your neighbors!

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The New Birth

The pendulum swings, both ways

Most issues with the meaning of life, God and what are we to do are answered with pendulum swings from the extreme pharisaic rule keeper to the liberal side with all that pc stuff.  A Pendulum swing goes extreme, over to the side and leaves no doubt we have broken the agreement with God. In an effort to avoid the blade we run to one side or the other. From one extreme to another. Two truths opposed to each other are either true on one side or the other. Diametrically opposed truths cannot exist in the real world we live in. Math teachers tell me there is only one correct answer for a proper question.  How many times must God say something to be clearly heard? 

How many people handle snakes for a worship service? I don’t but I have known people that do or did as some are passed on. I am not afraid of snakes I just don’t think God wants us to handle dangerous pets or play with fire to prove our love and obedience for our Savior.  I do believe we must give up our lives to Jesus, not in foolish, stupid stuff but poured out as an offering with nothing in our will, ego, conscience or actions holding back. A disciple obeys out of love for the master. A slave responds to the whip. 

How much obedience must you do to be saved? Oh! Are we saved by Faith Alone “Sola Fida”? You say the Theif on the cross did nothing but believe that Jesus could save. You are right and if you are ever nailed to a cross to soon die a gruesome death God will know your heart and give you perfect justice. What would the Theif do if he was removed from the cross as was a friend of Josephus? and let’s say he was removed before He got past the point of no return in that he survived the agony and pain of the cross. Let’s imagine he meets Jesus a few days or weeks later and talks with him. What will Jesus tell him about being a disciple? Will Jesus ask the Thief to “Fulfill all righteousness”? What would be an answer to a “Good conscience toward God?” What would Peter say to the lost? Something new and improved to meet current liberal views? Why not just be a Mormon, they are good people, great family values. Of course, the Mormons, Muslims or LDS don’t believe in Jesus as “The very image of God” or the “Word become flesh” or “Mighty God” of the old covenant. Do you? Then obey Jesus in His commandments. “His commands are easy His burden(Yoke) is light” Which ones do you skip because of family, friends, tradition, ego, pride? 

Some pride themselves on what they obey or not do because it is in the Bible. Of course they mix the covenants and combine or ignore what they deem important or irrevelent.  Most of these resemble social clubs with rules, rituals and leadership you will not find in the New Covenant. 

I do not have enough faith to be an atheist or a gameday fan of God. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Protestantism

Have you obeyed the Gospel? https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-thessalonians/1-8.html

Have you obeyed your master? Is Jesus the writer of the Book of Life?https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/passage/?q=heb+5:9;heb+11:8 

My belief should bring forth action. I can do as the demons did or I can obey Jesus and be his witness where I am. The Gadarene demonic Jesus healed obeyed. The demons got pigged out. 

Paul taught you should obey and show that you believe the Gospelhttps://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/passage/?q=ro+5:19;ro+6:16;ro+15:18;ro+16:19;ro+16:26

You have a choice. Who will you obey? 

Water of Life

Gal 6:12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God. 17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 

Paul wrote this to the followers that were being told they must follow some of the old covenant rules and rituals in the Churches of Galatia. Paul said the same things in the letter circulated in the Churches of Phrygia 

Col 2:6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised byChrist, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

If one reads the two letters and has prayerful focus on where Paul shows disdain and worthless value for the works of the Law, Jewish customs and even Abraham’s covenant! One comes away with these questions.

Why are we doing mixed covenants today? I would love to celebrate Hanukkah but I would only do so if Christ is exalted as Messiah. I would love to celebrate all the Hebrew Covenant rituals but only if Christ is the head and center of Worship.

To reach back and pull a practice up tells Jesus that the new covenant is not enough. If an angel told your prophet or the Holy Spirit spoke to you? Did what you heard or saw contradict the “Royal Law”, “The Law of Liberty”, the Elders you have a relationship with, the clear words of God in the new agreement? 

Why are traditions of men developed into a rule of faith or practice? Who does it serve? Power? Control? Money? Is the thing/practice/rule an added expedient? Does it obey Christ in all things? Does it continue the mission?  

Or does it divide and separate the very Church Jesus died for?

Does the practice or teaching focus the “Followers” to practice pure Religious Worship that Jesus’ brother reminds us that the balance of faith and works is based on Love for one another? 

In the first and only recorded Holy Spirit, Apostle and Elder decision in the book of Acts of the Apostles is the divorce letter to the Hebrew Nation of Israel on the rules and rituals, laws of a moral nature and Moses to the hard-headed Jews of that day. As James, the brother of the Lord says” The Law of Liberty”   is the Law of Love

If we keep the “Royal Law” do we need more or any other? To do so seems to me to be telling Jesus we don’t need Him or His Grace. If I must show up on a special “holy” time to meet God, cough up some cash, sign the guest list or be a member and watch the show. If I must keep a sabbath, tithe or some rule/ritual then I am a lawbreaker of the worst sort because I can’t keep up the act without hypocrisy and deceit to my conscience. 

More later………..

He messed up and was fired.

How do you face failure? The young man like you failed and the contention was bitter. Acts tell us Paul refused to take John with him because JohnMark had deserted during the mission trip.  Paul later forgave and called Mark “Profitable for the Ministry” 2 Timothy 4:11  Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

Peter refers to his son “Markos” Was Mark forgiven? Are you forgiven by all your brothers and sisters? Your family? No one else? 

Painting from the romantic period with artist misconception of the dispute over John Mark. The dispute was bitter and John Mark could have quit for good. Where can we get hats to wear?

 https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/markos.html

I am forever grateful for forgiveness. More so the second chances God gives me like rain on a dry land. Jesus said “Poured out and overflowing “when He described forgiveness in the teaching of Luke 6: https://www.biblestudytools.com/luke/6-38-compare.html

You cannot out give God, you forgive and forgiveness pours over you in a downpour of Spiritual wealth that the World does not know. Peter describes this ” Knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers;  but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, [even the blood] of Christ:  who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at the end of times for your sake,  who through him are believers in God, that raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God. seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently: 

Note that Peter calls for “Obedience to the Truth”. Have you obeyed the Truth? What is Truth? Jesus said He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by Jesus   

Do you believe the statement Jesus makes? He claims to be the only way to God, the One God of Israel, The Ancient of Ages, The Alpha and the Omega. The Word of God. Does anyone find salvation in any other? 

Free and no hassle! 

Ted talk on “Unchurching” Read also Francis Chan, “Letters to the Church” and A. Stanley “Irresistible” for more views on what some are doing. 

We need more conversations on where we want our Church to be in the next few years and beyond. I don’t see the answer to our problems as yet but we must have new bottles for new wine. We can allow the world to see us so divided and so scattered in our divided camps and ask them to join us??? That is absurd! Quit doing that! Get out of your comfort zone and meet your neighbors, care for them, pray with them and for them. Feed the hungry, clothe and shelter the homeless, check on and care for widows and widowers in your community. Be the Salt that savors your neighbors life, shine the Light to the lost, wash feet of your brothers and sisters. 

Who was King James and what was his solution to a problem?

Take a leap of Faith and learn what God’s Word says for yourself. Find someone to read with and leave all your old stuff in the wake of your ship.

Take a leap of Faith and learn what God’s Word says for yourself. Find someone to read and study with. Learn God’s word from God. The tools we have online today are handy, fast and reflect in some cases the latest discoveries in history and science. 

James was King and he wanted England to have a church of its own so he had his minions create the KJVhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version  

This worked for the Church of England in the wars and fights with the Roman Catholics. Everyone called each other heretic and enslaved millions, killed more and said it was all in the bible.

When I am really thirsty I have been known to drink water from creeks, streams, and rivers, ponds, mud holes, and ditches. You have to be really dehydrated to want water that bad. Why not drink from the source of the only clean water? The Old Testament told of the Rock that Moses struck to provide water was the forerunner of Jesus as He declared that He was the Water of Life   

Click on the highlights and read what the Word says about the Water of Life! The link will take you to one of the many bible study sites for an in-depth look at the different translations and all kinds of study aids. Before you get lost in the weeds and rabbit holes on the net, take time to read God’s Word and speak to Him directly for wisdom

Read the Word in Greek of the original writings by using Strong’s Concordance

Revelation 22:17 NIVhttps://www.biblestudytools.com/revelation/22-17.html

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

I am out of my mind for my Savior, Jesus, my God and King.

Are you thirsty? Or full of the water found in the world? The original books or letters of the Church were written on fragile products that were around when Paul was a pup. None of the very first originals are extant or laying around somewhere like last weeks best seller. Most of what we have is dated after 150 AD for scraps and pieces of the pages that were laboriously hand copied by people in monasteries, public houses(library) or church buildings. After 70 AD the second temple is destroyed by Rome and

The Babylonians destroyed the temple Solomon built and may have taken the Ark or not depending on who you ask. That was where God met man in the form of the high priest. As a follower of the Way of Jesus, we are the dwelling place of the El Shekinah and God speaks through His Spirit to our spirit. After the destruction of the first temple and the second temple being crushed and destroyed along with the city of Jerusalem by the Romans, 

 

Siege of Jerusalem. This is an artist misconception from the 1500 era of church art and like most perception of that period the noble war was fighting the pagan muslim and Arab hordes  for the city of Jerusalem as if God wanted it back or needed it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Jerusalem_(70_CE)

 there was no Jewish temple in Jerusalem and we won’t see the return of the Temple that God dwells until we see the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven. We are the Temple and the presence of God is within us. Learn the lesson of the “Woman at the Well”, “God is Spirit we must worship Him in Spirit and Truth” Jesus spoke to this outcast, a racially divided woman the powerful truths of God. He is Spirit! He is outside of our physical boxes where we try and place the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Wonderful Counselor. The discovery of the dead sea scrolls verified the accuracy of the Old Testament or what the devout Hebrew calls the Torah and Prophets. The books were gathered in several stages to come down to us as our many translations and copies. The most recognized translation is in Old English of Shakespeare and contains some prejudice towards the Roman and leans toward the protestant church somewhat. All that has led to a lot of division. The King James Version is one of the worst translations and yet will be OK to use if you know what to watch for.  I love the language of the KJV and love to read it out loud. The words are Old English and carry some peculiar meanings in some passages. The original books or letters of the Church were written on fragile products that were around when Paul was a pup. None of the very first originals are extant or laying around somewhere like last weeks best seller. Most of what we have is dated after 150 AD for scraps and pieces of the pages that were laboriously hand copied by people in monasteries, public houses(library) or church buildings. After 70 AD the second temple is destroyed by Rome  there was no Jewish temple in Jerusalem and we won’t see the return of the Temple that God dwells until we see the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven. We are the Temple and the presence of God is within us. Learn the lesson of the “Woman at the Well”, “God is Spirit we must worship Him in Spirit and Truth” Jesus spoke to this outcast, a racially divided woman the powerful truths of God. He is Spirit! He is outside of our physical boxes where we try and place the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Wonderful Counselor. The discovery of the dead sea scrolls verified the accuracy of the Old Testament or what the devout Hebrew calls the Torah and Prophets. The books were gathered in several stages to come down to us as our many translations and copies. The most recognized translation is in Old English of Shakespeare and contains some prejudice towards the Roman and leans toward the protestant church somewhat. All that has led to a lot of division. The King James Version is one of the worst translations and yet will be OK to use if you know what to watch for.  I love the language of the KJV and love to read it out loud. The words are Old English and carry some peculiar meanings in some passages.  Check out Hebrews 6:7 for an example. Would a person reading God’s Word in “Middle English” or “Early Modern English” be considered speaking in tounges if the Holy Spirit is leading them to read? We can use online tools to find the Greek meaning of the words of the bible. We can form our own opinion and come to our own understanding of the Truths of the New Covenant. Link here.

Woman at the well asking about which temple to worship at. Today the questions will be the same and the answers still the Truth! John 4: God is Spirit

Common Ground of Jesus Christ is that the Jewish Messiah is now Lord and God of all nations, people and tribes. 

Out of my mind!

Paul wrote the Church at Corinth about the ministry we each have been offered. This is 2 Corinthians 5:13

 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.  For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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To those of the world that choose to not believe in our God and deny the ressurection, I have little common ground to build on. I will keep loving them and pray the Spirit moves them in and out of my life so that I can be ready for the experience to explain why I am “Out of my mind” to my neighbor and the next person I meet in my journey to home. Our duty is to be the person God has gifted and equipped to be. We defeat His purpose when we serve ourselves first and hoard God’s bounty. We cheapen the message when we claim His name as a follower yet live the lifestyle of a fan. We confuse the seeker when we say ” Here is Jesus! He rose from the dead, and then tell kids “Here is Santa, he sees you when you are sleeping” “If you are not good you won’t get a reward” or “The devil will get you”  from various deities and sources, Example: Easter bunnies, tooth fairy, Halloween witch. Our children are raised on vapors of reality in a world where nothing is Holy or sacred. When you meet someone and tell them you are a radical follower of Jesus do you get the stare? The one where the person looks for snakes in a strange place.
No, I don’t handle snakes. Or do all those old testament rituals, rules and requirements under the old covenants of God with a man or a nation. My self-being an adopted child that assumes I am a Gentile obedient to the council of Acts 15 and no other, and “The Perfect Law of Liberty” as demonstrated by Jesus Christ on the Cross. James, the half-brother of Jesus, said “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”   Your neighbors are waiting to be loved. When I taught High school I discovered that no one especially teenagers care what you know until they know you care. The same with your neighbor.
Does your building and programs drive the mission or does the mission drive the buildings and programs? 20181014_192215

God does not need a calendar or a calculator.

God created us for His purpose. We all have free will and choice to accept God’s payment for our rebellion, our sin. Jesus Christ is your savior or He is just another religious person in history. If Jesus is the “Mighty God” of Isaiah then He is the Wonderful Counselor of the same passage. Jesus is the Way or He is a side show on the road of life?  “What must we do to be saved? is the question? Acts 2: states that Peter said ” Repent and be immersed for the forgiveness of sin, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”  The text here is linked to a page that will give you the Greek and English word use. I like to know what the original Greek said so I can use the mind that God gave me to understand His Word. It is so difficult to understand! You must be a scholar of the Bible or a little child to understand God’s Word. As I become a student of the New Testament I rely on the Holy Spirit to use God’s Word that I read to come to me when most needed. When I talk to God I ask many foolish questions, many questions about like the disciples and the questions they had for Jesus. When will I die? What about him? When are you coming back? I know those answers somewhat and I don’t fear the outcome but like a patient going into surgery, I fear the physical unknown part of death. Time stops for those that are dead. What do the dead need of time? How we die is not important or significant to me. Funeral preparations past a sanitary conclusion to my physical body are a waste and poor substitute for sincere grief and grace. Don’t look for me here I am gone, Celebrate! Praise God you can party at my departing service. Give my clothes and junk to the poor. Sell any valuables and give the money to the poor. Take care of widows and orphans. Glorify God, not me. Did you bury me at sea? The sea will give up the dead. Will I be asleep?  The same God that formed me in the womb will take care of my soul when that time comes.  I will not be there I will be in the welcome open arms of my Savior.  God saw all the days of our lives before we were formed in our mother.  I pray that He finds you a humble servant and obedient follower of Christ.

Acts 2:37-39 Peter gives the Keys of the Kingdom to all.

 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do
38 Then Peter saidunto them, Repentand be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission ofsins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 
39 For the promise is unto you, and to yourchildren, and to all that are afar off*, even as many as the Lord our God shall call 

light cumberland
Everyone in a storm needs a lighthouse

 

When I sailed offshore I felt closer to God than ever before. I know I listened more to His word when alone, sailing, reading God’s word,  offshore in God’s hand. Floating in His water by His law of physics, propelled by the wind blowing in the directions assigned by God for that day in our timeline. The event you can recall, even remembers with sudden clarity a minor detail that meant so much to the outcome of the adventure you went through, only by God’s Grace can be the answer of your safety! To say my survival after all of my prodigal, misspent youth and many sins I repented of with bitter tears were due to luck is a fool’s gambit.  To trust in luck is like the Greek gods of the sea, Neptune and Zeus. If they are real, like mother nature according to weather news,  then my God rules them and destroys them. They are not gods I follow.

 Only would a fool say there is no god and nothing matters. They lose nothing, God allows the unbelieving choice to choose, they gain nothing for they believe nothing. Then another says “We have god here in our box. We will share free to all that adopt our rules and rituals of our religion” or worse we divide up into camps and squabble over which pope was married or what to eat on the day and time set by those in power that Jesus will come by and collect nickels and noses. We go so far in organized religion as to divide over music, names, titles, race, politics, and things of this world and many other foolish reasons that won’t matter in the New Heaven and New Earth!  All that ritual and rules are worthless without Grace.
       Time at sea becomes a visual thing and if I doze off I may not recall how much time has passed in my sleep or how many miles the boat has traveled and in what direction. Time only mattered when I want to know exactly where I was and where I was going.
By myself at sea, often sleepy and relaxed with a good breeze to fill the sails and the roll of the Gulf Stream pushing my vessel forward. I would doze, my bread timer would ring and wake me. A few times sleep had me and I awoke in a dream we had overturned, as before in a storm in the Gulf. For some waking may be faster than me. When I sleep hard deep sleep I have no recollection of time or space until I emerge to reality. First I am aware of is it night or day? God set that in place in the beginning so we would have rest & work time. If the compass is visible or the GPS is working I will determine my position. Am I where God wants me to be? My prayer to God is that we will go where He sends us.  My face in the wind will tell me where my sail will have to bend for the direction I want to go. I may have a perfectly logical position or place to be and many good reasons for being there. Wow! Tell God your plans and listen for the laugh.   One of the things about owning boats is you are never satisfied and all boats are compromises. We should never compromise on the command Jesus gave us to love one another. No matter what bad decision by me that was made back then, and there were many of them. I will place my faith with the creator of the earth, wind, and sea.  If I am sailing without a compass and a map or the high tech gps, radar, EPIRBs, and radios I would want for safety and I have the means to obtain these items, my choice not own them would be foolish. I sailed before the GPS, we followed maps with compasses left over from WW2 in the jungle. Yesterday when I was a rebel and I could do anything I wanted to. Today I want all God has to help me serve Him.  Today I want to please God by following the example of Jesus Christ in loving my neighbor. Yesterday I was lost with bad maps, local guides that were lost, bad intel on the terrain, an unjust war. I saw the Light and have studied God’s word. I use the word as light for my feet and follow Jesus. When I look for the Church of Acts or of Corinth, or Ephesus in today’s world I am hard pressed to locate them. Sometimes we have found them in buildings, sometimes in homes, on a boat, on a beach. Where and what day of your calendar did Jesus cook breakfast after giving fishing advice to his friends? Was that Church? Why not? One day time as we know it will be no more. For God, that type of time that has been His domain and how He views our world is beyond our understanding. Jesus told the woman at the well. “Time is coming it won’t matter where you worship. God is Spirit! “
I will shout  “Today I will do my best to love my neighbor, forgive my enemy and wash the feet of my brothers and sisters”  Nothing else matters, and everything that matters is Love’s opportunity.
When I got into trouble at sea it was my mistakes, bad decisions and poorly thought out plans. Much like warfare the quick and the dead are accounted for regardless of religion, race, national status, gender or any other qualification than all are sinners and lost. Most people drop God right about here. It is like you sailed off the map and ran aground. Now you are mad at the map maker for your choice to sail off the map. You pay for the damage and the tow, you and those around you pay the price for all we do in our rebellion. God forgives but physics still says falls at home is number 1 killer. My uncle left home when he heard that news. God is never surprised by our questions or actions.
Maybe if we look at our compass and direction in the wind, our position by the GPS we can find our way home, maybe God is very pleased with you right now where you are, doing what you are doing with love. If I was truly lost as I was a few times and had trouble, I used a VHF radio to call for help from the Coast Guard or Boat US. I would consider anyone with a boat of any serious use or size have BoatUS service. In fact, I feel it would be a foolish as a person that rejects Jesus because of the poor church models religious men have created and fed to the sheep all these years. Most people reject God and following Jesus because they had a bitter experience with someone or a church. Some have developed atheist views to cover a personal or shameful reason they are bitter with God. Foolish to allow someone else to push you away.  Pour Grace on your bitterness. There are many good people in institutions that are doing good things. Some denominations run hospitals, schools, and shelters for the homeless, widows and orphans. Some are worldwide with charity and doing good things. When will we acknowledge that we are divided and those divisions keep us broken and weak? Jesus said the world would be won when we are One.  Many of God’s people are sincere in the Faith they know and are told. They just don’t read and study God’s word on their own. Tradition and family give them an excuse to continue in the rut of religion and attendance. My call is to be a radical Christian, a follower, never a fan after knowing Him. Fans show up for ritual and follow rules, rulers and titles and all sorts of stuff I can not find in the New Agreement we followers of Jesus have with God. Fans are content to watch and pay $$ to support bigger and better programs and events to draw more fans. Fans enjoy being treated especially nice. Followers treat everyone special. There are no clergy or lay people in the New Testament Church. No power struggle ever helps, politics and power are Satan’s home game, he will win if you try to play. The leaders of followers of Christ are foot washers, servants and they love their neighbors. The foot washing is a metaphor for acts of service, things done for your brother and sister out of love, not the world’s love, of lust, strife, and evil done by men to others.
 If I had known I was to have lived this long I would have sailed a little more and done a little more, but now I realize as Soloman that all is vanity, all is worthless. Only what is done for my Savior, Jesus the Christ, Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father!

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