New Blog – THE BIBLE RETURNS
Hesitantly I invite you to visit my new blog.
I say hesitantly for purely technical reasons. Because of the technical knowledge de-motivation mode that I’m usually in (ie knowledge as a result of necessity, rather than ‘Yippee! lets set up a blog’ – standpoint, if you get my gist?).
I haven’t worked out the technical side, in other words.
As in e.g. where did the ‘Page’ I just set up go to!?
I’m pretty sure there are a myriad of things I am not doing to ‘spread’ either of my two blogs to a wider audience – but I try to engage in life outside of blogging, so I’m afraid I’m relaxed over who (i.e. numbers) reads ‘seeds…’ or this new blog.
Posts are appearing, and that’s the main thing.
The Blog is named: ‘The Bible Returns’, and the other Christian name that my parents gave me (which I’m not too keen on) refers to yours truly (Ken) as Douglas.
Those at all familiar among the 3 hundred and something (I haven’t looked at statistics for months) – followers – will know I speak of ‘different hats’ that I wear. My Preacher hat is
donned almost exclusively now at ‘The Bible Returns’.
The Blog is primarily Bible Teaching for Christians but not exclusively.
So feel free to have a look.
Have a good day – have a day of Revelation.
Strength for the day
When you begin the journey of your day
Do you stop to think in any way?
“Pause for thought” as they say
Prayer is free – no need to pay
Before you face the crowd’s sway
Let your yea be yea and your nay be nay
You will be challenged in the fray
Misunderstood on life’s speedway
But ask for God’s strength – that’s okay
Jesus won’t let you down Sunday to Saturday
Things at the top of the pile
Things to the forefront
Things most popular
Most likes – most publicity
Most held views
Most educationists conclude…
Working down the pile now…
Another esteemed trend
Everybody doing it
That’s where they all go
Everybody is at this
The consensus has it…
The polls say…
We have long abandoned that…
The post-modernist view is…
Eclectic religious mix
Entering the last third of the pile…
Redundant – defunct – obsolete
Nothing down here to consider
The relegated view
At the bottom of the pile
Not popular to think that way anymore…
In the minority
We have moved-on now
And last – and for some – the least…
The gospel of Jesus Christ.
But beyond the pile of popular belief – stands the hidden treasure – the incorruptible – the only true.
John 1/11: He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.…
‘You are a spot on the ceiling of existence’
Too cold – try again
‘You are a cell in the kaleidoscope of history’
So so – one more:
‘You are unique – and an individual specimen
of human kind’
You are a person as all person’s we be
One only is you
Never again is you
What will you do?
Can you spin like a top?
Can you cook in a pot?
Can you try harder next time?
Can you lie back and unwind?
Can you cause a storm?
Can you sleep in a dorm?
Norm – ally I wouldn’t ask you these things
But I am bringing it all back home
As we speak
So – rhyme just to ease your mind
I’m doing this to see what I find
I’m simply taking rhyme for a walk
(- as I allow myself this indulgence)
But really there ain’t much sense in my talk.
Now at this you might balk(?):
But I like the word-play game
Isn’t it a large part of the word domain?
None of this I hasten to add
Has any form of real wisdom
Or desirable worthwhile truth
I just like enjoying the pattern on the curtain
Of a Riddle’s-esque design
– with emotion – oft doth chime
The language of truth and light
That’s a whole other ball game
No entertainment there
Just profound reverent awe of God
As the King of kings steps into the ring
And fights to win your battle
Offering you His title:
To be received with thanks
But note – He is not mocked
in any shape or form
To Him I will answer –
But He is not too severe –
but severe still
towards all that destroys.
Glad I got here into something more
grave and profound
I lost the rhyme
but – true truth – has been found.
FRIEND FOR A SEASON?
(a Christian’s experience of new friends…)
Somebody took a chance on you
Took a chance that you were real and true
Somebody took a chance on you
That with all your profound talk
You were just ordinary and wouldn’t scoff
Wouldn’t use rough insensitive language
Whilst you gave your spiritual sandwich
They took a chance on you
On your sincerity and
despite your strongly held beliefs
Took a chance that you were warm and
not on a ‘superiority’ trip
They took a chance on you
and liked your friendship
even though their thoughts
embrace to holding at arms length
They took a chance on you
but they haven’t been in touch lately…
I Corinthians 1/23 (Amplified)
OUT OF DEPRESSION
“Yes I know! – There you go!”
then – “goodbye”
the phone’s the gizmo
never before addressed with such info
but down the line the communication went
stirring inner ear vibrations in an accent
the ‘gossip’ about a girl’s success
passed from friend to friend with finesse
weeping with those who weep
rejoicing that they restored their beauty sleep
‘out of depression’ – I hear
glad they’re back up – to have it disappear
they were down, down, down – man
but something broke – they lost the ‘dead pan’
now they are fun to be around
a spring in their step – they’ve newly found
– down the gizmo – let all know
they are up and running
get’n on with their show.
The Prayer Life of Christ.
Jesus addressing Peter says:
But I have prayed that your faith will fail not. (Luke 22/31-33)
This is a very interesting revelation we are offered here – we are given special insight into the private prayer life of the Lord Jesus.
He knows what is going to happen in the life of Peter.
He knows beforehand that Peter will deny Him.
This is the foreknowledge of God operating here.
Knowing something will happen before it actually does.
God knows everything that will happen before it does.
We are conscious of a fact of life. Namely, that life consists of the past, the present, the future. But even as I speak we are not in the present anymore.
The present in one sense does not exist. Because time will not stand still.
‘As I…’ (…let’s stop there).
the ‘As I…’ has just passed away.
We are in a different present than the one we were in – a few seconds ago.
But God knows what will happen in a few hours time, everywhere in the world.
God is in eternity. Now is eternity – time without end? Or is eternity a dimension in which there is no time, no past present or future? The eternal now.
Well, the bible tells us – we only know ‘in part’. And there is a day coming for all believers in Christ when we shall no longer know ‘in part’, but know – even as God knows us. (I Corinthians 13/9)
We shall have the total eternal perspective on existence.
Jesus knew the future for Peter – and He tells him so. Tells Peter that he (Peter) will deny Him (Jesus).
Peter has no intention of believing this word. Based on his inner sense of love for Jesus, and his zealous desire to be faithful.
Matthew 26/33 : Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”
Jesus knew that Peter would stumble, and deny Him. Knowing he would, Jesus took a certain course of action.
He knew Peter would sin in this way. He knew the ‘disaster’ would happen. He did not prevent Peter from denying Him.
Peter had freedom of choice which was not taken away from him. Nor is it taken from you or I.
There is a day of reckoning (commonly called) – when the goodness of God must put an end to all that is destructive, at which time, on which day, the rebellion of free will – set on – the rebellious violation of goodness and righteousness, must be stopped.
Jesus did not pre-arrange a situation for Peter in order to keep him from that hour of temptation.
Peter had to be there. He was one of the most zealous of the disciples, even though he was perhaps the one most exposed in scripture regarding his personal shortcomings and failings.
Now the disciples already knew the Lord’s prayer. Peter did not (as far as we know) pray that prayer on hearing the prophesy of Jesus. (about his denial and the cock crowing – Mark 14/30)
He didn’t believe The Lord’s prophetic word, because he didn’t want to believe it.
Nobody who is a genuine Christian wants to believe they will fail the Lord.
And it should be our hearts desire every day to walk with Him without failing Him.
But we are still encompassed with the infirmity of our own limited flesh. Referred to in scripture as ‘this body of death’. So unfortunately we shall fail The Lord, and need to return in humility once again. There will be many ‘once again’s’ in the Christian life.
But by the Grace (unmerited favour) of God we do not lose our place of salvation, while we return to our Advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the Righteous. The one who is the propitiation for our sins. (appeasing God’s righteous indignation and supplying offered forgiveness)
Returning to our initial thought in this post. We are given insight into the prayer life of The Lord Jesus, as He communes with His Father continuously. Leaving us an example to do the same.
‘I have prayed the Father that your faith fail not’. prayed Jesus.
Wow! But surely Peter did fail? Yes he failed and denied the Lord, despite every intention initially, of not doing so.
But thanks to Jesus praying and agreeing with His Father – Peter was not cast off as a failure.
The good news is – he returned!
He went out and wept. And his mistake was an occasion for God to teach him a wonderful lesson, that he would learn more deeply for the rest of his days.
The lesson of how to walk with God in a Christ-dependant manner.
Not only dependant on Christ for salvation and eternal (future) life only.
But a lesson in learning how to walk with Jesus minute by minute, even in His earthly absence, after He (Jesus) had departed to be with the Father.
Walking in other words with The Holy Spirit, as his constant companion.
Peter’s bravado was based on his own ability. Our own ability will fail us when it comes to spiritual matters.
We must learn to live in the Holy Spirit and to walk in the Holy Spirit.
Faith gives us entrance into a relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ.
The outcome of that faith is a spiritual experience whereby we literally encounter God, The Holy Spirit, and having begun in The Spirit – we shall not be perfected in the strength of our own natural ability. (Galatians 3/3)
To encounter Jesus in this way is the most wonderful experience possible, this side of heaven.
To have our guilt removed by the Highest authority in existence. To satisfy God Almighty’s sense of Justice and at the same time to receive His forgiveness and freedom from condemnation and guilt, is or can be, a Time Surpassing any other in your life and mine.
All made possible through the finished work of Christ on the cross, where justice had it’s day and forgiveness was released to those who would ask for it.
Bearing in mind that God is omniscient (all knowing) – we conclude from this episode in Peter’s life that man’s freedom of choice, and God’s freedom of choice, go unhindered.
Whether man decides (volition) or not to satisfy God’s loving commands, there is always a place for returning to God, when, like Peter, we make a mistake.
However there is a sobering scripture addressing a lack of returning to God:
Whoever is stubborn [stiff-necked] after being corrected many times will suddenly be hurt [broken] beyond cure [healing]. (EXB translation – Proverbs 29/1)
Always a place for returning to God.
Unless we choose to die without doing so.
(‘Can I give you this to read…?’ one man asked.
The other man responded…)
Sorry I don’t have time to read it.
Can we talk?
…well two minutes max.
All right five – no more.
Sorry can’t go there at this time.
Too much writing on this literature –
here take it back
– I can’t take it in
at a glance… –
…so I’m afraid, you have lost me.
What’s it about anyway?
Just tell me.
Give me the gist.
No, – sorry, can’t relate. Must move on.
No – really I’m already late.
Maybe some other time.
Sorry not at the moment.
‘Life changing?’ – well…
Ok send me an email.
I will try to get round to it.
‘Time and tide and all that…’
So adios amigo…
Now you are getting a little obnoxious!
No, I’m not saying that I have
‘already concluded it isn’t for me’ –
it’s just I can’t read it right now – ok?
So look –
nice to have met you –
but I must fly.
Hope you find somebody who has the time…
…not my cup of tea anyway
by the sound of it.
I don’t do religion.
All right…have a nice day.
NOW HEAR THIS.
Now hear this! Now hear this!
All manner of persons go forth
Multiply goodwill towards all men
See to it – pronto
You all know
That’s the way to travel
Willing another’s highest good
But in return
you might get a stomach churn
As man’s inhumanity to man
in churlish action
drops his fellow man to the ground…
…for what might sound a reasoned cause
But becomes a mess of wires crossed
As violent natures all askew
Throw caution to the wind and
all but the
I only am left?
But there is seven thousand who
have not bowed the knee to Baal
Of sober exchanged character they be
who follow the dove and the lamb
If the time has arrived for departure.
And what’s more they often in rickety
ride are tossed for a time
– return, rest, renew, – peace sublime
Finding themselves again
at His feet
What does this mean?
Run out of steam and
they gain a greater strength
Strength to endure
to the end
so shall be
– fully set free
THE END ONCE BEFORE
Nothing left as was…
No ancient time of stuff
Nothing further to say
No Albatross or
No one about
No further glimpse
of something new
Just marking time
And when it’s you (Noah)
you give all you’ve got
To help these creatures
All these in a row
Into the ark they go
As it was in his day
Two by two of every kind
Where you there?
Then you don’t know
If it was otherwise
You weren’t there either
So the only proof either way
Is not a man’s theory
But a reference book
Out permanently on loan
on freedom’s library ticket
Look for yourself –
The story is told
of flood – rain induced
– of deluge overwhelmingly
great – and as it was in those days
– so shall it be
before the next Great phenomena.
As it was in flood’s time
So it shall be in latter day
Giving and taking in marriage
Skeptic unbelief and disdain
Noah man’s message
Man’s heart only evil continually?
“it’s not ‘dark’ yet but it’s getting there”
The flint strikes the steel
for the glimpses of light
That show the way out
of the dark tunnel of
Climb on board two by two
three by three
Whatever it takes
Listen to the trumpeted message
In your own heart
to call upon
The name of The Lord.