Archive for November, 2008

fire

Friday, November 28th, 2008
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is mentioned over 500 times in the bible (KJV). I was reading in Hebrews 1:7  and the passage states;

And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

and I was struck at the idea of being a minister or servant of a flame of fire. I mean – when we read the bible fire is used in a lot of ways – to symbolize many things – but the meaning I get from this is that among the many different ways fire is used (not to mention the hell reference) there is apparently a friendly fire. When I look at my own life I use fire to serve my heating and cooking needs…but don’t want it to run rampant and burn my house down. So an uncontrolled fire would be undesirable and destructive, no doubt I want it put out asap. Since fire has good uses, perhaps the heavenly description of purification by fire is only to be feared by those that are only dross or have nothing good that would remain by the purification of fire. Maybe being purified by fire has little, less or no pain by those that have little, less or no dross. Perhaps the works that are destroyed by fire are the things that are impeding our actually living – kind of a surgical, geo-spiritual experience. It sounds like Paul is saying here in 1 Corinthians 3:12 that many will survive, or be saved – but their works will be destroyed by the fire. Here the important thing is what we are building on. Hot tip – build on the firm foundation of Christ.

Luke 3:16 , talks about being baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire… this can mean a lot of things – one thing I know is this; I have seen a lot of water baptisms, but I have never seen a fire baptism service. I once read an interesting spiritual reference to fire – as George MacDonald said – the fire is hotter the further we are away from God. It is interesting that something so near – and so prevalent, can be something so comforting and so terrifying depending on our relation to it.

Happy –

Thursday, November 27th, 2008
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Thanksgiving to you and yours.

well – that was one fast year…

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
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I started this site 1 year ago today. Officially I have not even really launched it – a lot of people don’t even know it exists (including some in my family)…having said that I have some big plans for the content that will be showing up here in the upcoming months…my hope is to be creating more content on a daily basis, and parlaying my interests and skills into something that will encourage and edify those of you that come on by. I am also planning on doing something akin to a launch – getting a kind of mailing list together to make it all official. For me at the moment – the idea of having this time to create, promote, network, and publish and generally work in and across the www seems almost too good to be true. Have a great day!

Jeb sez ewwww

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
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We had a fire yesterday (in the fireplace), and accidentally got smoke in my house…quite a bit of smoke actually. I was waving my arms and opening windows when I looked down and noticed my dog looking at me somewhat troubled.  He was plugging his nose. In case you never saw a dog plug his nose (or attempt to) I took a photo and share it with you here today.

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giving thanks and the Eucharist

Monday, November 24th, 2008
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since we are in the week of ‘Thanksgiving’ in America – I decided to do a word study on the word thanks. If you have ever been to this site before you should know I have an interest in etymology, and I use the Blue Letter Bible a lot in my studies. In doing a search on thanks, I discovered many interesting facts – but the one that surprised me the most was this (from Wikipedia);

The Greek noun eukharistia (??????????) derives from eu- “well” + kharis “favor, grace”. Eukharisteo (?????????) is the usual verb for “to thank”

The Eucharist means literally to thank. I have for years thought of communion and the Eucharist meaning roughly the same thing – but for some reason I did not necesarily equate ‘do this in remberence of me’- and ‘be thankful’. Weird huh? Clearly when we participate in communion, one of the verses quoted is that Jesus took the cup and gave thanks, so – the teaching is there – I just never knew eucharist means to thank. Anyway – my point here is that we need to be mindful, be thankful, and take note of what Jesus Christ did on the cross, shedding his blood for your sins and mine, in order to defeat the works of the devil and give us freedom, true love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Far more amazing than just turkey and potatoes. Don’t get me wrong – food is great, and here again Jesus instructs us to break bread and drink wine with a sense of solemn appreciation for the life He offers.

Colossians 2:7 suggests we abound in thanksgiving…and abound means more or less to go beyond the limits – so you can imagine in this context there are many opportunities for thanksgiving, be creative (are you thankful you see, hear, walk – let alone have a fridge full of food, how about money – are you expressing thanks by helping those with less? aren’t the amenities of electricity and running water great?).

So celebrate. I don’t believe God wants us to feel guilty for his favor – enjoy the food, family, laughs, time off, travel, games, eats, treats and incredible standard of living we have. Along with this remember our Lord, author of all things good, and the importance of a lifestyle of giving thanks and expressing this daily through our interactions with our fellow man, and to him whom much is given, much is expected.

Thank you Lord Jesus for being crucified on the cross for my sins.

Thank you.

music? what music…

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
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well – finishing my basement is hard work to say the least…I did move my drums from the breezeway into the house before the big freeze hit – and they are comfortably in (what I think is) an old well area of the basement…did I mention my house was built circa 50’s? I’ve come to discover there are 2 different wells on opposite sides of my house – both shut off. I believe we live kinda below lake level – because my backyard is mostly beach sand. What you may ask does this have to do with music? Well – I’m getting to that…I have been forcing myself to do this remodeling work for the simple reason I’d rather be working in the studio with the rest of the basement being done. Plus – we are currently heating our house exclusively with a fire burning stove – and I really should get that gas furnace hooked up. I am also doing quite a bit of research on music writing in general more specifically digital music – especially those doing what I want to do and how they are faring – interesting, this.

Paul, Apollos, Cephas, Luther or Calvin?

Friday, November 21st, 2008
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Around the year A.D. 55 Paul wrote a letter to the Corinthian church. In that letter – among many other topics he mentioned basically that their contentions were not good.

1 Corinthians 1:11 – 18

They were arguing about who they were affiliated with. You could call it a divisive spirit. Some in the town of Corinth said they were of Paul, others Apollos or Cephas. When we look at the church today it becomes pretty obvious that this kind of contentiousness would not be uniting. Paul went on to argue he was glad he hadn’t baptized many, and that he was not assigned to baptize – but to preach, and as a church planter it says a lot about what Paul thought was a priority. If I understand my church history Luther did not want a church started after him, and Calvin would not have wanted Gods word named after him either, and yet here we are. Personally I think the less we emphasize doctrines and mans titles and inventions – and the more we emphasize a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as our savior, and focus on Christ and Him crucified for our sins – which we need to be repentant of and serious about – the more we will find fellowship and unity in and among the bretheren, and less debates, contention and vindication as we walk our walk.

law / instructions

Thursday, November 20th, 2008
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It is interesting how the word law, as in Gods law, has come to mean ‘rules that are no fun’, when in reality what the word really means is something more akin to ‘instructions on how not to die / destroy yourself’. If I am lost in the wild woods I want directions on how to get safe / home. On this planet our greatest priority should be staying alive (not just existing), and the best instructions for this – both presently and eternally, are found in Gods word, in His law. Some might benefit from seeing Gods law generally like gravity, or motion, or light…immutable scientific realities, only for the meta physician. A person might argue “I am not going to obey the law of gravity,” and what they will find is – in fact – they will obey the law of gravity weather they want to or not – and the consequences can be deadly if the law of gravity is ignored. Similarly Gods laws will add life, bring peace, give satisfaction and generally direct and guide us in all of life’s paths…and that would be instructions we cannot afford to ignore, especially in this dark, hedonistic, blind, materialistic day with the air crackling in denial of our holy loving Lord. Let us read the owners manual (bible) and live.

panorama snowfall

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
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We had a beautiful snowfall yesterday, and I thought it would be fun to try out an autostitch feature on my camera. Here are some of the results. Click on the image for a larger rendition. Once you want to close the big image – just press ‘backspace’ to return to the website. I am thinking of using one of these to replace the summer clouds banner currently on top of my site…any votes?

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get smeared?

Saturday, November 8th, 2008
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I have been reading through psalm 119 lately, and it is so rich with great teaching and maxims. I am torn between two today that I’d like to share – so I’ll do both. The first one is;

Psa 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as [much as] in all riches.

and here I am challenged as to what I really want…it is easy for me to say I want to serve God, but do I really rejoice in His testimonies as much as all riches the earth has to offer? I will be the first to admit I have a large host of earthly conflicts / riches I need to keep at bay, and thankfully, God will help me to learn to put the things of this world (which are good in their appropriate place) where they belong. Do I really rejoice in Gods testimonies? I know this, I want to. Second is;

Psa 119:24 Thy testimonies also [are] my delight [and] my counselors.

Interestingly delight comes from a root word  shä·ah’ ,which means essentially to smear or blind (click link to look for yourself). Am I blinded, or, singular in my focus for Gods law and testimonies? In a good way I am reminded as I read through Psalm 119 that I have a long way to go, and I am convicted…but the funny thing is this – I am convicted for not rejoicing and being delighted enough, you see? It reminds me of what CS Lewis said about us not wanting too much – but wanting too little, and being content with playing with mud in the back alleys, when God wants us to build castles on the seashore. It really reminds me that God has my back and wants me to have life abundant – and it starts with Him.