Why is this important?

Thank you Christina Perri,

5000 B.C. – GOD, Son of GOD, and Adam,

4000 B.C. – Jared, Enoch (Fu Xi?), and Methuselah,

3000 B.C. – Lamech, Noah, and Shem,

2200 B.C. – Peleg, Reu, and Serug,

2000 B.C. – Terah, Abraham, and Issac,

1800 B.C. – Judah, Perez, and Hezron,

1600 B.C. – Amminadab, Nahshon, and Salmon,

1400 B.C. – Moses, Joshua, and Caleb,

1200 B.C. – Salmon, Boaz, and Obed,

1000 B.C. – David, Solomon, and Menelik,

00000000 – Joseph, Jesus, and Gebiyah,

200 A.D. – (The dates on St. Augustine are wrong b/c he was contemporary w/ Pliny)

Monica, Augustine, and Adeodatus,

400 A.D. – Merovech, Childerich, and Clovis

600 A.D. – King Suddhodana (Lao Tzi), Siddhartha Gautama, and Joshua Hsueh Chen,

1000 A.D. – Earl of Ibelin, Bailian, and Helvis,

1200 A.D. – King Charles II and Maria of Hungary, Charles Martel of Anjou, and Charles Robert,

1400 A.D. – Vlad II, Vlad Tepes & Mina, and the Mihai,

1600 A.D. – Medmed III, Ahmed I, and Osman II,

1800 A.D. – King Rama III, King Rama IV, and Prince Chitchareon

2000 A.D. – Jaime and Brenda 4ever

Leadership basics, p.3

You must follow well, to lead well. That’s is where the basis of your ‘right’ to lead comes from. You’ve put in the time, you’ve listened and submitted or will, you know that EVERYONE this side of heaven must come under authority (it all is under the LORD Jesus Christ), you know that when you’ve been placed or ‘anointed’ into a position of authority, you have been appointed by GOD himself. So exercise your authority, but always with love, justice, patience, mercy, hope, and faith, among others. Always do your best! Be encouraged!

Those of you who want to lead, be a GOOD leader. One that cares, one that shares. But being a good leader also means fighting for what is right. Leading by example, and doing what is right even if the whole world doesn’t agree. It can mean ‘forcing’ with love, even if you don’t’ want to. But, communication and expression of caring is very important. Although people might misunderstand you, you have to help them understand. Cappesh? Those who lead, must understand that your followers sometimes don’t know the Way, and want to go their way. Everyone wants to go a thousand different ways, often the way of the self. But, deep down inside they know the right way. And you who have strength must trust in GOD, because through Him you know what is right and wrong. He will give you strength to lead, you are in essence being strong FOR your followers, and showing how it is to do right and you are reflecting the might that comes from being right. It isn’t the other way around.

Walking in the Light, Metaphysically and Bampfing

Walking in the light as said by said Author of Book of Jon, is to be honest about your deeds, and honest about who you are. Taking it up a notch, walking in the light is Living in the land of light in the Kingdom of GOD, which is in your heart but may be a different dimension — a different level of living on this earth. When you are living in communion and true relationship with GOD the Jesus Christ, you are phased into the Kingdom eventually, but disobedience takes you not from the earth, but you are living in a totally different metaphysically reality, still on this earth. It’s a kin to having heaven on earth or hell on earth, it’s your choice. Heaven on earth is achieved with GOD, hell is what we make of it.

Confessions, p.3

I smoked it, and I did inhale.  If you know what I mean.  That was a long time ago.  I smoked marijuana in college.  Does that make me a druggie, maybe.  But I stopped more than ten years ago.  Do I crave it?  No.  Did I enjoy it?  Yes, I remember I did.  But, I needed it at the time as I had problems.  Understand if you can.  In light of the Prop 8 in California, I’m wondering why do some things like Prop 8, marijuana get made into big things?  They really are big, people have a lot to say about them.  But they really are small things too aren’t they?  Those of us who live in America, we are free.  Maybe the free-est nation in the world?  So if you want to be with someone, then be with them.  If you want to eat or smoke something, then eat or smoke.  The consequences will always ensue if it’s a wrong choice.  Like gravity which is a certainty, the justice of GOD (maybe we can describe it as kharma) always follows and is unavoidable.

Some Thoughts on ‘Laying It Down’, p.1

Lay it Down, for the LORD.

What does that make me think of?  We’ve all heard it often in the realm of Christdom, but what is it?  Let’s try to describe it.  It is putting things that belong to you on the ground for the LORD.  Surrender.  It’s giving it up.  But why?

Does Christ require this?  In my experience, He did.  Watching my son (he’s two now), I see that he has many qualities and abilities that I don’t have; even ‘heavenly’ ones.  But children I’m starting to see lack somethings.  One is trust.  Another is that they often are possessive.  It could be learned, but kids learn it really fast and don’t seem to unlearn it quite well.

‘That’s MINE!’.

‘Daddy, it’s mine, mine.’

I don’t take my kid’s stuff, but rather try to give him more and his heart’s desire if possible.  So why is GOD any different?  I DON”T REALLY KNOW. But here are some ideas:

1) We often don’t know what’s best for us or GOD wants to do something
When I was courting, I was into someone. But it was never quite right. GOD already told me to let her go. But I couldn’t or wouldn’t. I heard Him, but my desire was out of control. After months of suffering (Yes, GOD allowed suffering to come into my life.), I was fasting and praying and GOD finally broke through. I received the strength I needed, so I went over to her place and we broke it off. (more…)

My Zoology

Unlike my theology which states there is a GOD, I don’t believe in zoos. Admittedly, part of me enjoys taking my son there, especially to free ones like the Chicago Zoo. So in that respect I am weak. Because, deep down I believe animals have been mistreated and yes, disenfranchised. Animals have rights too, that we have collectively decided that they don’t. As living beings, they have a right to do the things they have to – to survive. And as managers of the earth, according to the biblical account, we SHOULD look out for our ‘brethen’ (some cultures believe this), the animals. That includes making sure they have what they need to live and flourish.

Instead, we treat animals as entertainment. Basically, we put them on display. We take them out of their natural environments and say we are helping them because otherwise they wouldn’t survive. But we ourselves are the one’s responsible for making their environments unhabitable. We domesticate animals for our own pleasure and use, but in the process confuse, breed out the natural instinct, ‘enslave’, cut off, and give away their babies. This sounds harsh, but really it is just my thinking. And that’s what we are doing.

And lastly, we eat animals. Again, I admit, once in a while, I like to have a steak. But, for a few months I’ve been mostly vegetarian and I FEEL GREAT! Not only are vegetables and fruits the best food for us, if no one ate meat, we wouldn’t have to shed so much blood.

I’m talking to crazy, I guess, but we vote with our feet, so to speak. I mostly try to live a vegetarian lifestyle, but at the same time hope not to be rollin’ holy. I recognize that this is a depraved, fallen world. Me and everything in it is flawed and imperfect, and never will be in this age. That is until the Christ returns to make things anew. I’ve come across many writings by religious sects mostly that promote the pursuit of purity and it seems perfection. At this point, my thinking is I’ll work with GOD on those things, but extreme pursuit of holiness has always backfire on me leading to pride and not a ‘setting apart’ of myself, but self-exaltation and alienation from my family, friends, and fellow man. I hope I don’t come across as a purist, but that’s what I think about animals and people. We got a lot of esplaining to do regarding our treatment of the Animal Kingdom. We’d best start to undo some of the damage now, and make things right. Just my thoughts.

Follow the LORD Jesus, p10000000000000000000000000000000

I’ve been guilty of making this blog about wisdom. I’m Sorry…it’s all about Jesus. What does that mean? Ask Him.

FOLLOW THE LORD JESUS.

LAMB OF GOD.

LION OF JUDAH.

THE BRANCH.

THE WORD.

THE SON OF GOD.

THE SON OF MAN.

CHRIST.

MESSIAH

THE BELOVED>

IAM.

THE ONE.

ANOINTED ONE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

How many words are there for snow in the Eskimo language?

Elijah, What More Can I Say? p.1

I’ve been getting hits for Elijah or Elijah the Prophet.  So what do you guys/gals want to know?  Did he have power?  Wouldn’t you like power like that?  Magic, that’s what it’s like.

The power is GOD’s.  Like Moses who lifted his hands when told, then GOD did the heavy lifting, Elijah spoke and acted as GOD directed.  Like a puppet, sort of.  How would you like to be a puppet?  :)  I’m just kidding.

Elijah wasn’t brain-dead.  He always had free will, and could have disobeyed GOD’s commands at any time.  But he chose to do things GOD’s way, to trust GOD.  He chose to submit his own way of doing things to GOD’s way.  It is not easy.  One may even think of it as a collaboration of sorts.  By following GOD, GOD would in time establish a prophet through fulfilled prophecies, miracles, healings, things of that sort.  A true prophet would be honored in the community eventually.

Elijah was a prophet.  So, what’s a prophet?  Right now, I don’t really know 100%.  But, just as GOD created each of us to be individual and unique, prophets come in all colors, flavors, shapes, and sizes.  That’s for sure.

People don’t usually like prophets around because they remind them of their sins.  Prophets are like policemen, policewomen.  And they may point out people their sins too, ouch. But, the best way to describe what or the way this could be done is in Ezekial.  Prophets ‘warn’ of danger to people’s lives, to their souls.  And they may even be a sign of judgement, as Jonah was to the Ninevites.  But I believe, that the opposite is true also.  Prophets encourage or praise when a person turns from sin, and they could also be a sign of blessing to a community.

Sinner or Righteous?

Jesus Christ himself rather went after the ‘sinners’ and harshly rebuked the ‘righteous’.

Which one are you?

Sinners were those unchurched, not going to church.  The righteous were regular, church going people.  But why would Christ be harsh with the righteous?  Aren’t they doing the right thing by religiously going to the (temple)?

I believe GOD looks right into our hearts.  And although both sinners and the righteous, sin.  There is great hypocrisy in many churches, even today.  Many in church leadership, even today, are leading church-goers down, down, down.  As Christ said,” (more…)

Why be Wronged?

The Apostle Paul tells us that instead of taking brothers to court, why not be wronged?

That is an interesting concept.

An Eye for an Eye

38“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.  -Jesus Christ, fr. Matthew 5.

My mom a while back, said this is hard to do.  My wife tells me its kind of dumb.  But, this is Jesus’s way.  And He is the Way.

The point is do not be afraid to be ‘taken advantage’ of, to be wronged.  Be a giver for the LORD.  Give your body, your belongings, your time, your energy, your money…to win people for the LORD.   Don’t be afraid to give your all to the LORD.  After all, He can fill you up, again and again.

Elijah the Prophet, Well to Do?

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Elijah the Prophet is an interesting character from the Bible, 1 Kings.

He bursts on the scene w/ no introduction, performs wonderous miracles and signs, and then after a few chapters is taken up to heaven in a whirlwind.

But here’s a question – what did he do to feed himself?  Was he rich?  Poor?  Some people would say he totally depended on the LORD as shown by being fed by ravens and being fed by the widow of Zarephath. These are just my thoughts.  Some musings, if you will… (more…)

Can Men and Women Be Friends?

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For those of us who remember When Harry Met Sally, the movie…remember that question?

‘Can Men and Women be friends?’

My answer is yes.  I’ll say why I think so. (more…)

Be the light, To Be p.5

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Jesus Christ, told us to be the salt and the light.  I’d like to talk about being light this post.  What do the scriptures say?  Let’s see:

14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:14

also:

3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. – John 1:3-9

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Just My Take – Parable of the Sower

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I’d just like to say a few things about this parable:

Many preachers get it right by saying this is about your heart condition.  Is your heart in a good condition to receive the seed of GOD’s Word’s of Truth?

Your heart condition is how sinful is your heart.  If you have a very sinful heart…you will not be able to understand Words of Spiritual Truth. (more…)

God ‘knows’ everybody

I was thinking one day.  ‘Doesn’t GOD know everybody, since He is Omniscient, and yes, He created everyone and everything?”

That’s true isn’t it?

And aren’t we supposed to be like our Father?

Then why is it, that someone whom you met, or are acquaintences with gets a ‘look away’ from you.  Or maybe you don’t take the time to say hello, when you know you should? (more…)

Corruption

Here on Guam, the front page news is sometimes quite often corruption in the government.

It’s always a shocker, but I’m here to say that our world has long been corrupted.  It’s pretty much all marked to be destroyed in God’s fire at the end of the age.

Is there anything safe from this fire?  No, sadly no…wait!  There is…

(joking)

The spirits of men that have been faithful to the LORD Jesus.  The souls of men that are in the Spirit of Christ.

This is not to say that true believers should give up on the world.  Sure, its not perfect.  But its the only one we’ve got for now.  Let’s do the best we can with what we have.

On a different note, look around.  Have you been looking through rose-colored glasses?  Corruption and impurity may lie where you least expect.  Ask GOD to give you wisdom, and to open the eyes and ears of your heart.

What can you do to help?  Again, ask GOD.  He knows all the answers.

The Law of the Tithe

I feel this information is so important so I’m posting.  And I’ll regularly repost this material.  I have an e-book on tithing that is downloadable to the right.  It was very well written by Graeme Carle from New Zealand.  And don’t worry I got permission for him/his wife to host it.

Have you ever been confused about the tithe?  Then let’s look at Deuteronomy 14:22 -29. (more…)

Be Religious, To Be p2

What does it mean to be religious?

Does it mean you go to church, say ‘Praise the LORD’, raise your hands in church, sing hymns, and Bible study like a maniac?  Those things are good, but can also be abused? 

I think religion has to do more with how you live your life?  Everyday things.  In my experience, it is through your everyday life that GOD shapes you.

After searching Biblegateway for ‘religion’, here is what I came up with: (more…)

Be the Salt of the Earth, To Be p1

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Lately I’ve been wondering…what are we supposed to be doing here on earth while our LORD is gone.  Is it to be religiously going to church and doing Bible studies?  That’s part of it.  But let’s look at the words of our LORD.  He said during His Sermon on the Mount, ‘You are the salt of the earth’.

What does that mean?

After doing a keword search for ‘salt’ on Biblegateway.com, I found numerous uses for salt. (more…)

Just My Take – Parable of the Workers

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“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” WHAT?

This parable is from Matthew 20.  The reason why I’m writing is that I’ve heard two times that this parable is about how people who accept Christ early and those who accept Him late, say on the death-bed, are equal in that they both receive heaven from Christ.  I’ve heard it twice, so I thought it must be right.  But when I thought about it more…that doesn’t makes sense.  Is the denarius = heaven?  Why are the people who worked all day (early acceptors of Christ) complaining?  The landowner, who must be the King or Jesus or GOD, seems upset at the ones that worked all day.  Is Jesus upset at those who accept Him early in life?  I’ve never heard anyone who accepted Christ early complain of unfairness that someone accepted the LORD before they died.  Instead they rejoiced!  You see what I see? (more…)

Different Religions – One Jesus

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Ever hear of the GOD shaped vacuum?  I’ve never found it in a text, but in some circles it’s been said that there is a hole in every person’s heart that can only be filled with GOD himself.  Everyone needs GOD in their life.  That is true in my case.  I’ve always been a ‘spiritual’ person.  But when I gave my life to Christ and started to be in relationship with Him, I believe this vacuum was filled.  And I experienced the peace and joy that comes from Him.  (That’s in the Bible) (more…)

Jesus, Great Escapes

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The picture is of Nightcrawler, a hero from Marvel Comics’ X-Men.  He has the power of teleportation, and is good at escaping from danger.  He doesn’t look like Jesus.  He actually looks like a demon, but my point is we saw Jesus’ miracles and signs, but one thing that was pointed out to me is that in Scripture, whenever a crowd got together to mess with the Son of GOD, He was always able to escape miraculously, yes miraculously…because it wasn’t his time to go to the cross.  Whew!  How’s that for a sentence?  It’s got to be a run-on.  (more…)

Cardboard Testimonies

If it is possible you haven’t seen this, please do.  We don’t hear of GOD’s amazing work everyday.  But He is at work all the time, everywhere — you can see it.  Open the eyes of your heart.

My gift is…no gift?

Not really.

I’m talking about spiritual gifts today. What are they? Well, they are abilities that GOD gives a believer to build up the church…not the building, but to actually build up another believer or believers.

One is giving. Most obviously, it is giving money to people in the church. But it could be other things like your talents and time. Believe it or not, but most people are not naturally inclined to give…with no strings attached. Giving generously and unselfishly and as directed by the LORD is a spiritual gift or ability.

The topic of this post is another gift called helps.  It is the ability to come alongside someone else and…help.  Basically it is NOT being the boss and assisting someone else.  How do I know what it is?  Because I think it is a gift I may have.

Being an assistant is not sexy or glamourous.  To the contrary, it is not a desirable position (reward – wise) and seems kind of effeminate (a position for men to have).  But one of the most buff characters we see in the Bible, Joshua (general of GOD’s army Israel), was in fact Moses’ assistant until Moses passed the torch to him.

Why do I mention helps now?  Lately the theme of purpose or call has been all around me.  Purhaps some of you readers’ call is to serve someone right now.  To put your own dreams and agenda on the shelf for now and just assist someone else and be directed by someone else.  Why do that?  Well, I really believe in order to learn to lead one must learn to be a good follower.  Perhaps a leadership is there on the horizon for you, but GOD may be asking you to serve first.

If this resonates with you?  You might be asking…how do I know if I have this gift?  Is this part of my purpose?

That’s between you and GOD.  But some hints that this may be your “call” – Are you all around with your skills?  Are you ‘not really good at anything?  A Jack of All Trades?’  How about your personality?  Are you too nice?  Are you a peacemaker?  Do you follow directions very easily?  Do you think you’ve been easily misled? 

Instead of looking at yourself as a failure.  Instead of asking yourself why haven’t I had the success my peers have had?  Perhaps GOD has a different path for you.  One that involves servitude. 

Once it was Joshua’s time to lead.  He did not become a prophet like Moses.  He became a general.  So say you serve a pastor, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will become one either.  You may.  But GOD’s ways are so incredible.  He is so wise.

I hope this post at least makes sense to one other person than myself.  Hope it helps.

One last thing I’d like to mention.  “I’d rather serve the LORD in Heaven as a janitor, than rule with the dark enemy.”  I would be infintely more blessed!

Nobody likes a loser…except GOD

Our world celebrates winners. Perfect people who single handedly accomplish amazing things. But usually, at what cost? Winners in this world may cheat to win, step on the backs of others, steal, and even kill to attain for themselves whatever it is they desire – money, possessions, women, power, fame, etc…

When we look at the Bible, who do we see? Moses, who performed GOD’s miraculous signs and wonders, to lead GOD’s people.  Perhaps he was not the champion we might think him to be. I’ve seen movies that depict his early life to be a grand one; being raised as a prince of Egypt.  But perhaps it didn’t go down like that. When he was adopted by Pharoh’s daughter he did not cease to be a Hebrew. She knew it, her father, the Pharoh, knew it. If Pharoh was killing (hate) Hebrew babies at this time, why would he allow his daughter to raise one? Perhaps Moses was raised as ‘a pet’ of sorts. Forgive me for my bluntness. Also his real mother was allowed to raise him to childhood, so she must have told him who he was. (more…)

Religulous

The movie ‘Religulous’ with Bill Maher can be viewed gratis here.  It’s good to see another perspective.  Bill Maher raises some good questions and has a good point that perhaps some of us Christians can get a little kooky and too serious.