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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Blessedness as an Affirmation of Faith

Hearing the Word

Jacob had become a old man and felt his lifespan was near finished. The principal wife loved of him Rachel; was deceased. That wounded relationship experienced another tear; when Joseph became entangled with his brothers and was removed to Egypt. The channel of slaverly brought Joseph to his purpose in restoring the harvest in part. He likewise will be blessed by his father Jacob and the gentile thought that someone other than a descendant of Abraham's flesh will be given coveant. The faith is established as a legacy through generations in accord with customary law. The ritual observances are today even built around our faith in the word of God and our reponse in prayer. We are missionaries, here to spread the word in truth, deed, hope, faith, and preservance. When Jacob blesses Joseph's sons he switch's the elder to the younger, and announces that they will both be a great nation. Again here we witness creation of faith being spread to other communities beside that of father Abraham. The "hand of blessing" becomes known as a wondrous grace, not because of the way it is always gone. We must focus and reconcile the fact that our blessing is an invocation of the divine persona manifested in his ever present being to man and his domain.

Question: Does our culture have enough respect for the power and importance of words to find any real meaning in "words of blessing"? Does our church?

Friday, November 9, 2007

Suffering Caused by Injustice

CME Church

23rd Sunday after Pentecost Eleventh Sunday of Kingdomtide 04 Nov 2007 Year C Green
I Thessalonians 1.1-4
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the LORD Jesus Christ!
That is, we are inseparably formed and created by God Almighty. Connected with and by our risen savior Jesus Christ, the quickening spirit, in this journey of life. Our devotional prayer life gives thanks to God always. The attachment becomes complete when we continue growing in faith where persecution is nearby. There is a time, where we recognize our moral obligation to the neighbor seeking justice. Our destiny is to realize that only right relations with the needy; and the continuing resolution of poverty and injustice is a boundary of the heavens.
The Judgment of God
Certain death is separation from Christ. Let us be sure that we hold steadfast to our faith. Remember, God is the all in all! Sure and endless ruin in separation from Christ is an eternal destruction. Not injustice or gone away, just forgotten. Let us be sure that we do not miss the mark. Will you let your spiritual life lead you to pray for your community?

Prayer Request:
Show some conservative ecology to the environment soon, use environmental friendly sources of energy, such as windmill electricity.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Humility does Censure Faith

Imani {Faith} as the Principle of Love

Attitude is a social emotion that we live by when going about daily tasks. Sometimes life experience dictate that we interact to give certain impressions of how we want to be known among our peers. However, what people observe most often are our critique on what went on in the office, at church, home or in the neighborhood. What we fail to recognize is that this affect has quite a bit to do with our well being and sense of wholeness. Do you have enough attitude to say I don't like that or I don't think that's right and try to do something about it?

You know we have a basic need to be accepted and loved. Just because something does not go your way, doesn't mean that you're not deserving of devotion. Honorarium and happiness are paradox in communal association. When we seek approval, of course there is always a if situation. Righteousness toward other's does reduce the risk we must take when we give out of love. You know it might be a good idea to seek out those opportunities to give and share outside of our comfort zone.

What is necessary to recieve the blessing? Give charitably might be one answer. Likewise we need take personal reflection and ponder why outcomes changed situations. Was our intention in community boastful or simply to enjoy the bounty given by God's grace. Perhaps the host would change our guest list when the invite was not accepted without excuse. Simply because others demanor and perception was of no value to their status. Our actions show that we are not worthy and need guidance, assurance and teaching to be able to share God's kingdom.

Pray: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Revised Common Lectionary

Introduction Haggai 1.15b-2.9
Cyrus published a decree 538 BC that allowed fugitive refugee Jews return to Palestine. Likewise the disparate population was to restore the temple at Jerusalem (Ezra 1.1-4). The new temple was finished spring 515 BC. Zechariah prophesied from 520 BC to 518 BC, who similarly was a contemporary with Haggai (Ezra 5.1; 6.14). Their common goal was rebuilding the temple, community purification, and announcement of the messianic age. Haggai and Zechariah link to Ezekiel's earlier prophecy and the mature apocalyptic thought of Daniel chapters 7-12.
This disruption and restoration of the chosen life would find (Nia) purpose in the revelation and renewal of covenant. The leaders of the Judean community received five exhortations during the sixth through the ninth months 520 BC. Zerubbabel the governor and Joshua the high priest were encouraged to join in (Umoja) unity that the temple project be successful. The hope in (imani) faith prophecy would bring God's blessing and establish the messianic king from the throne of David.
The new temple was to be as splendid, if not more so than Solomon's. The temple was raised in 'the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God. The peoples collective remembrances whence they came from Egypt with a promise in their assembly cried, I am with you! "My Spirit abides among you, fear not." The prophet Haggai questions: 'Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not in your sight as nothing?
The LORD claims all, in a little while, glory. The LORD of hosts will shake heavens, earth, sea, dry land, and nations so that treasure will come in. Everything and all creation belongs to God Almighty. How do you see it now?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Feminine Dimensions of the Sacred

Earth Mother Goddess

Sacred feminine water of the Deep
Holy, praise the current of life!

Woman thy womb
fruit is the Earth
Hallowed be eternal bliss*

Wave the current Erotica
Intimate place speak
Bring me the divine Spirit!

Concubine of man and Earth
treasue of the Mist
release the passion Eros evolved!

Circle of Woman, Fire, Air, Water
consumate the orgasmic seed
Crone to Being, Blessed Be!

Mother do not decieve me!
Fire came to me in the heathen Forest
Creation opened my Womb!

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