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Life Eternal

A short movie segment the follows the KJV. About how to pass from death to eternal life and exist in the Lord’s kingdom without the presence of time, pain, suffering, or sin. 

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Jn 3:4–8). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Follow the Light

Light in the Midst of Darkness

Last night a delivery was made to my dad’s house. In the dark a knock at the door from a man who had a large bag which contained a supply of morphine. What is morphine? A pain medication of the opiate type which is found naturally in a number of plants and animals. It acts directly on the central nervous system. It is the latest attempt at relieving the pain associated with my Dad’s cancer that is terminal and has grown throughout his body. He has tried numerous pain suppression types to now involve a more potent form of medicine, but this is the substance to relieve trauma all the way through to his passing.

He doesn’t have long. In the past two weeks, I have been pouring into his soul through prayer, testimony, time in the word, encouragement and daily help here and there. Entering a time of hospice, he will become closer to our Lord’s kingdom. From a couple of days ago, he has approximately two months or so left. Another image of God moving into eternity toward His glory and His purposes. 

Source & Absorption

Photo by Andressa Voltolini on Unsplash

While reading Ps 21 today, I came to two verses that stood out the most. While the overall chapter is about the favor of the Lord upon His king, these verses are entirely descriptive of the relationship between the two. Especially when the Lord is most glorified in the Psalm of David. Among His people and among the king’s enemies. 

“His glory is great through Your salvation,
Splendor and majesty You place upon him.
For You make him most blessed forever;
You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.”

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 21:5–6). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

“His glory is great in thy salvation:
Honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.
For thou hast made him most blessed for ever:
Thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.”

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Ps 21:5–6). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Numerous times through the day and remainder of the week, it came to mind that the source of splendor, majesty, honor is from the the LORD YHWH. I let that dwell within me while out and about to absorb and contemplate. 

Image Bearers

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Ge 1:26–28). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

When Jesus commands us to love others, it had not occurred to me the reasons why. Not necessarily for their merit, work or status per se. Yet because they bear the image of God. People are a visual expression by appearance in what God looks like. Therefore, I am to love them as God’s imprint on creation and flesh made over the generations.

Love God above all with everything you’ve got. Love others as they are loved by God. Love them because they are among creation and bear God’s likeness. By following this line of understanding and rationale, it is far easier to demonstrate and place thoughts of love upon others as people groups or as individuals. Even if there is full denial of God’s existence and rightful place in their lives. Even if they are enemies, accusers and those who are due forgiveness.

Lion of Judah

It is said, “If He be for us, who can be against us?” How we fight is not by means of familiar physical, mental or emotional harm done to others. It is by enduring the faith and fighting that which would come against us spiritually. It is fighting against temptation and relying upon God for strength, wisdom and help in our time of need. He is the source of our strength. His word is the means of our offense. 

Things are not as though they seem. When the daily life of living in Christ gets exceptionally difficult, the commitment is to honor our duty and fight. The evil, the oppression and the principles that would come against the knowledge of God in every place it is found. 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Eph 6:12–13). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Believers & Saints

Believers & Saints

“Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:  To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Rom 1:7

Called to Be Saints 

“We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were “saints” in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are “saints” whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weaknesses and temptations as ourselves.

Yet in so doing we are forgetful of this truth, that the nearer a man lives to God the more intensely has he to mourn over his own evil heart; and the more his Master honours him in his service, the more also doth the evil of the flesh vex and tease him day by day. The fact is, if we had seen the apostle Paul, we should have thought him remarkably like the rest of the chosen family: and if we had talked with him, we should have said, “We find that his experience and ours are much the same.

He is more faithful, more holy, and more deeply taught than we are, but he has the selfsame trials to endure. Nay, in some respects he is more sorely tried than ourselves.” Do not, then, look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins; and do not regard them with that mystic reverence which will almost make us idolaters. Their holiness is attainable even by us.

We are “called to be saints” by that same voice which constrained them to their high vocation. It is a Christian’s duty to force his way into the inner circle of saintship; and if these saints were superior to us in their attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us emulate their ardour and holiness. We have the same light that they had, the same grace is accessible to us, and why should we rest satisfied until we have equalled them in heavenly character? They lived with Jesus, they lived for Jesus, therefore they grew like Jesus. Let us live by the same Spirit as they did, “looking unto Jesus,” and our saintship will soon be apparent.”

Spurgeon, C. H. (1896). Morning and evening: Daily readings. London: Passmore & Alabaster.

Inscription From Asia

The caregiver of my sponsored child wrote to me a letter about her interests and a little about what she is like. Destine Hanamaria’s caregiver is her mother.

Outline / Letter dated 31 October, 2017
1. Caregiver’s name
2. No brothers and sisters
3. She can walk, jump, run and climb
4. Favorite food is cake and fruits
5. Prayer requests to include family members
6. Their desire for blessings of me and my family
7. A desire for Destine to grow healthy, smart, obedient and loved by everyone especially by God.

“Peace be with you. Dear Mr. James, how are you? Destine hopes you are always in God’s protection. She is so happy could sent this letter to you. She would like to thank you for sponsoring her. Destine and family here are good. May God bless you Mr. James and family there. That’s all from her. Amen.” [Assisted by Mother]

Pangs of Sorrow

What it feels like to suffer from mental illness. Bringing the inside to the outside.

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. ” – 1 Tim 6:10

Reasonable needs met in modern living. Not the unrelenting pursuit of wealth, opulence or the gain of money at all personal costs in terms of time, relationships or honor due before God. Not a pauper lifestyle, but money gained or earned by donations or work for value produced. 

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 1 Ti 6:10). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Wind Swept

“He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane. I am a tree. Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.”

While reading through Psalms, chapters 1 through 18, I have gone ever so slow. Start, stop, go back, rewind, check that word, cross-reference this phrase or that, re-read and repeat a series of verses and even a chapter here and there. Largely about what King David had said that in principle applies to us and our relationship with YHWH and Messiah.

“He who does these things will never be shaken.” -Ps 15:5  A Psalm of David.

  • Walk with integrity
  • Works righteousness
  • Speak truth from the heart
  • Does not slander
  • Does no evil to others
  • Despises the reprobate
  • Honors those who fear the Lord
  • Does not charge interest on money loaned
  • Does not take a bribe against the innocent

Overflowing Presence

Because of Bema. Because of time as short as it is. Because it’s new and interesting. Because it is straight to the point.

I’ve ordered hundreds of small printed notes. A couple of packs to give out and place here and there. At the idea of someone somewhere taking the seed within for it to germinate and for new life to come about. Merely another small effort among a series of words and actions to demonstrate love. Love by what I do and not just by what is said.

Because of the indwelling Spirit within, I love and have become the object of it. Not because I feel it, or know it, but because it is this faith made alive within. Each day something more than the day before.

Message of Love

Message of Love

Suppose It Is True After All

Suppose It Is True Afterall