Walking with Jesus: As Free by One Once Forever and Present Continuously More Free One Nugget of Raw-gold at a Time

 

Walking with Jesus: As Free by One Once Forever and Present Continuously More Free One Nugget of Raw-gold at a Time

 

 

 

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

 

 

Did you know Jesus rose from the dead breaking and destroying forever- for His people- death? When He was Freed from the power of Death He set the Freedom bells for an eternity ah-chimin. Death had nowhere to hide as The Light of the World and Author of our Salvation broke every fiber of what the first Adam passed onto us- bondage to fear and death. He broke every fiber of the chains that held us to the fears stirred-up by the Prince of darkness.

 

There is a rumor that sometimes when a man comes out of prison he paces the floor as though he was still inside of the bars- even though set free. Yes- Jesus broke us out to wrap Himself around us and make us whole. But, those old patterns we once lived in- we forget that Christ has bought us out of those counter-Kingdom habits our old nature formed. WE still need to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ for it is a good thing to establish our hearts in Grace. So- though Paul sees absolute 100% freedom in all Christ purchased and all we received when we first believed- he still says that we have to grow into and grow in accordance with our Freedom by “the renewing of your minds.”

 

Christ’s death, burial and resurrection are really the Cornerstone upon which- like being at the top of a mountain- we can shout out “I am Free and am becoming The Free I am already present continuously and Freedom means being made whole upon being Saved by Christ and present continuously being made more and more and more whole. How can God continuously making us more whole and more free be a bad thing reader. He is relentless and loved us too much to have left us in Bondage to every manner of sin and the powers of darkness and to death. Also, He loved us with a relentless love to have left us Whole – but germinated a present continuous wholeness that germinated “the hour I first believed.” If we are going to speak of freedom, healing, and wholeness, we can’t just leave it trapped in one tense only like past-tense. The work God began in you will be brought to completion and walking with Jesus does spell Freedom more and more as we walk in the light as He is in the light.  

 

 I remember once C.T. Studd- a great missionary from the past- went back into the jungles where he had ministered and found his flock to be in a desperate backslidden condition. How is it they were set free?

 

 

When it comes to backsliding the problem isn’t with the gospel- it’s with how the nuances of Biblical Freedom have been parsed and what exegesis has been set at the “Sup-Table.” ”Also, how profoundly deep that meeting place has the howling winds of the refreshing of the Spirit of the Living God moving to and fro around the table filling and speaking through each and every member (it’s all so much bigger than a church with a name nailed above the door- no matter how passionate some are about church membership) of the body of Christ…the whole big massively large Kingdom of God- N.S.E.W.

 

 

Freedom means we walk in the light as He is in the light and confess our missing the mark of God for our lives for it all to breakout into what Freedom and Wholeness bloom the most elegantly- having fellowship one with another believer that actually builds us up in Christ. Oh reader- does any of this make sense to you? Blessings on you as you experience faith, hope, and reciprocal love or not. Still- “the greatest of these is love.” Paul Come what has come and come what may, “I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day.”       

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He Rules My Heart and Heaven’s Throne

 

He Rules My Heart and Heaven’s Throne

 

 

My hopes are fixed in Christ Alone

He rules My Heart and Heaven’s Throne

The hearts of Men and Magistrates are in Your Hands

Before there ever was- You Stood as God over all Your Plans

 

 

Our body, soul and spirit are now Your Abode

All Wisdom, Power, Dominion flashing from Jesus’ Diadem

You’re Jesus the Wonderful- Healer of our Souls

And Your Holy Church- bound together with the Poets’ Pen

 

 

 

2X

 

[So, bow at His Throne and raise Your Hands up to His Cause

[For Jesus shed His own holy blood alone while abandoned on a Cross

[Never has there ever been such a One who Loved You So

[The weight of the world’s sin broke Jesus’ Heart- His Love for you to [Know.]

 

[Let me know you more than anything in This Life] 

[Let me know You more above the Sound of Strife]

[We Praise You God for those who Help us along the Way]

[You gave, and gave, and gave, and gave all You had Away]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They said of the Anomaly-son- Playing! Playing! All He does is play. So- we will use all our cunning and cut off his play. The Anomaly-son said, “it will not go well for you these bitter words…you have brought shame and judgement on your heads and the heads of others- and he looked-up and the sky darkened and it stirred, and stirred, and stirred and then it dropped…his persecutors brought this upon your heads that you might see His Eternal Power compared to your puny power and the gods that you serve…You say- “these events happen all the time” and the Anomaly-son said, “then with signs and wonders to accomplish God’s patience-tried for it says, “Don’t you know that the goodness of the Lord Leads you to repentance (a massive change of mind and heart in His direction- Jesus Christ)? On a larger scale he said to Fake-Media – “On a larger scale will you come to a crashing end- steady your hands and the knees that shake.”

 

When Life Pushes me down- God’s hand pulls me up- that’s jis how it is. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Signed: The Writer…

 

 

 

 

Note- some people are trying to redeem Deep-Fake (audio, visual, and audio-visual) by recreating for this the term (activity) “deep-learning.” The President was more right than so many- and I’ve been watching and listening to Deep-Fake for a long time now…Perhaps you remember when it got so potent that a leader was accused of saying things on a phone call that he said he never said…he was later off the hook…kinda stuff deep-fake can do. Oh Lord- that someone would step up to bat…or not.

 

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Social-Conventions

Social-Conventions, Culture-cultures, and Sub-cultures

Social Conventions: When social conventions are treated as though they are Universals by both those who believe in Universals and those who don’t; they can quickly become push-shove pedestals (Epistemology-pedestals and Existential-pedestals) in culture-culture and sub-cultures. What I mean is- they become the center of argument as an apriori or as propositional truth in the opening statement within a discussion or friendly argument.

This Day and Age

In this day and age where it is true that in culture-culture and sub-cultures are using Social Conventions (the term loosely means what is normal thinking or behavior in the culture you are part of)- I must say, “they have become as though the final and absolute truth with a snap of the whip behind them if you get out of line.” Sure, diversity is celebrated- but to say, “diversity is celebrated” is to say- one social convention is “to be more than tolerant of others”- even- “Sanguine about extremities of differences.” 

History With Wings

History has flipped through tens of thousands of pages that tell man- “Here is our social convention today- how you should think and how you should behave-absolutely.” Most people don’t press the pause button to see this truth 3-D in real-time at work. But, take a sec.

Sociological-Marginalization

Some people who don’t obey social-conventions flowing from situational-ethics are marginalized or dubbed as mentally ill for breaking their Societal Ten Commandments- so to speak. We see this in court cases all the time when it all boils down to the questions: “What does truth say about this matter? Or What does the seriousness and negative-outcome (Situation) warrant in this situation- how does it fare in current pop-culture Social-Conventions? What do social conventions say about this?” Many people who are in law know that it is utter foolishness to speak this way- but, is law bias in the mix of it all with social conventions shouting out – picketing for a certain verdict – so to speak.  

The Constitution, Situational-Ethics, and Social-Conventions

Sometimes I wonder- is a constitution and its propositional truth e.g. all men are created equal- therefore…crumbling or holding itself together to create a just legal system and fair. And in all truthfulness- will constitutions be able to endure the thrust and force- the very velocity of projectiles (metaphorically speaking) without an “Infinite-Personal-Reference-Point” to stand in the background and bolster whatever truth there is? (Schaeffer, n.d.)

I met a man once in my lifetime who was quite young to be speaking like this- but, he said: “When I die let it say on my gravestone, “He sought the truth.” Reader- the truth is more splendorous and full of glory than we could have ever imagined.

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The Abby: The Elusive Brother

 

The Abby: The Elusive Brother

 

Dear Abby, I’m a tad concerned that my brother is part of a criminal organization- or at very least- an organization willing to break the law to “keep the law.” He’s always been a revengeful and vindictive person so- his perception is driven by whether he or another which he cares for has been hurt. It all sounds so noble- but, he has to target his brother again and again as “the group” also has similar sentiments and he entertains the group and gets a sense of self-worth by doing negative stuff to his brother.

 

Recently, my touch-pad on my laptop, which is always closed, found the left/right click literally stuck. Glued-down. (they were just fine and dandy not long ago) And, the touch pad has gone dead and I did all I could do to unstuck those two mouse-clickers- they are simply physically glued down. Things like this have been going on around 15 years when I got back from overseas and especially the last 7 years. Not to mention Double-Talk where if a person or some form of media into a form of Deep Fake on the fly in real-time via. typical surveillance wants you to know they have everything about your personal life they will do it like this: “The sky was so blue today January 7 1955 and the temperature was just right.” The level of impunity to blurt out my date of birth first begs the question- how did they know it and who went to the trouble to get it and why did they have to sit at the table next to me?

 

To be continued

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The Accuser

 

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down.

 

Rev. 12

 

The Accuser

 

You’re nothing but a backstabber

Jis a whole bunch of self-serving blabber

No sooner has a kindness been won

You accuse those by whom it was done 

 

 

Doesn’t matter to you who you slay

You’ve been that way since our first day

One minute the disgust is here and the next right there

It doesn’t matter what- ur stubborn abuse is everywhere

 

God called ya a liar right from the start

What’s funny to you is jist another broken heart

What’s funny to you is jist another broken heart

 

To be continued – but not ad infinitum

 

 

 

 

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5. Walking with Jesus: As We Go Through Intense Trials

5.Walking with Jesus: As We Go Though Intense Trials

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”

The Apostle Peter

Throughout almost every minute of every century men, women, and children have suffered in one way or another and to lesser and greater degrees compared to others. Reader, have you suffered? Are you suffering anything? The emotional response is of course across the spectrum from a great deal of anxiety to a lesser degree feeling guilty like you should have been able to stop suffering, and anger or resentment.

James said, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” The Apostle Paul said, “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Why then do you still sin and get anxious and angry? Because you like being anxious or angry in the moment. And so- the fruit doesn’t come of righteousness because you are holding onto anger. And so- the fruit doesn’t come of peace of mind because you are still holding onto anxiety and it isn’t cast into the Strong Hands of the Lord Jesus and the Work of the Spirit to take away anxiety and to give peace. John said, regarding the clinching onto guilty emotions, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Some people just go around feeling “not enough” or guilty all the time without a blizzard of critiques anywhere.

I’m not going to say that “there is no such a thing as pain or the painful” as some philosophies might adhere to that kind of thinking. There is a whole gamut of range in the arena of pain and suffering that many of us have no idea about it because we haven’t experienced this or that kind of intensity of pain and suffering.” Are we alone in all this? Paul says, “standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” Just the idea that somebody somewhere who calls him or herself Christian and is suffering in many of the ways we have brings about the feeling that we are not alone and we can feel others’ empathy for us and we for our fellow-sufferers.

Why even bring up anger, anxiety and a false guilt? Because, it is very human for us to experience these emotions when we are suffering and left unbridled they can go hog-wild on us and besmirch the gospel of Jesus’ finished work before a Watching World. There are two points of good news about suffering that are unique to believers and that is, “we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” And, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Believer- though I can’t put into words only you can about your sufferings- and though it may be as intense as intense can get- still God knows and can comfort you the same ways in which I have been comforted and guarantees that He’ll bring it about that your suffering builds character and in your union to the kind of afflictions Jesus endured- glory and our glorification with Christ is just around the corner!

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Walking with Jesus: As the Deer Pants for the Waters

 

 

 

  1. Walking with Jesus: As a Deer Pants for the Waters

 

 

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

 

King David of old sets the pace and example before us in one of the greatest matters a believer must take up and that is in a question, “Do I have a profoundly deep thirst and hunger to walk with the Living God?” Oh!

 

There are a great many things and kinds people from which our profoundly thirsty souls can temporarily gain a pseudo-quenching. The Lord Jesus said to a woman who was panting after simple well water for a temporary quenching of that kind of thirst, “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.” You know, those things and people may be simply “perfect gifts from above.” But, we were never meant to be continually needy of respect, love, belonging like in a club or gang, and purpose. Some have continued down this path only to find their souls more empty and exceedingly thirsty.

 

The people of God in the Old Testament were chastened by this Living God for He said, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” You see- to God the subject of water and walking with Him as you believe on him isn’t something so foreign that it is a way out there something that can never be understood. God both paints a picture and uses analogies to get to our heart because He desires a mankind that He can walk with- not a mankind running in the opposite direction.

 

This whole thing of “Walking with Jesus” isn’t some kind of hamster on a will experience or cactus in the hot desert hills in the middle of nowhere. No! It’s meant to be living and vibrant to the soul who longs and pants after the Lord Jesus with all of his heart.

 

 

Of the person on the right track God says, “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

Paul the Apostle and great missionary to the world said- regarding being thirsty for Christ to walk with Him, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”

 

 

 

How common though this verse is in our world today, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Yet, once you have experienced receiving Jesus Christ by God’s calling and election and come into the light as He is in the light remember no matter how many times you fall in that walk, “the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” Reader- come to know how Precious this Gift called Eternal Life is because it really truly is Eternal Life- a quality of life that abides in God as we abide in Jesus. Allow Jesus to quench your thirst today, hold out your hands and receive regeneration or renewal to raise your hands once again oh wanderer from God. 

 

  

 

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2. Walking with Jesus: As a Branch Draws Nourishment from the Vine

 

  1. Walking with Jesus: As a branch Draws Nourishment from the Vine

 

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

 

 

 

Every day there are a great many things that would draw us away from the Lord Jesus Christ. You see- some of the sons and daughters of Adam have said, “you need a new _______ before you ever need Jesus.” Or, if you are like me from time to time, if you do a double-check to see if you are sucking your sense of direction, worth, purpose, vision, and on and on and on from a significant other then you will see you will eventually feel an emptiness come over you or worse yet, you’ll be left high and dry for people aren’t perfect. So- what or who are you abiding in?

 

 

What do you go to for nourishment when you begin your day or end your day? The reason lots of relationships break down is simply because that special someone is always giving and it is a big temptation to always be taking. With Jesus- it matters not how much you draw from Him for his counsel, encouragement, direction, or just simply you draw so that you might give him back the fruit of praise and worship in whatever you do in His great Name.

 

Psalm 91- in the Old Testament – starts with these verses: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” How comforting! With Jesus as our Vine we will find rest. With Jesus as our Vine we will find we are walking in His Shadow- He is all around us making a way lest we be scorched. Where the heat of the battle comes, He is our Refuge and Fortress as we abide under His Special Care. Jesus called His Father the Gardner insuring that every and all His children are Channels of Blessing as they abide in Jesus. So, God has a huge investment in seeing us become victorious fruitful over comers. Oh!

 

For those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God.” His Holy Spirit dwells in every soul who has thrown his/her self upon the Life, Death, Burial, Resurrection, yes- even His Finished work in life and death on the cross shedding His own Blood to cover the many ways we miss God’s mark for our lives. Are you covered? Is the Holy Spirit dwelling in your life daily? Remember- Christ’s own shed blood covers the spottiness of your Abiding in and Walking with Jesus. Part of Jesus’ work in you and me is refining us as though by fire that we may come forth as gold. Imagine- gold-fruit flowing from Jesus into your life!

 

Do you see in part- as we explore walking with Jesus- what it means from yet another angle? The Bible is full of such encouraging examples to keep us encouraged and on the right track- so, keep the dust off of your Bible or Screen and dig-in for in the Written Word you will find The Living Word and the Holy Spirit using it to work in your heart daily. Blessings on you reader! The Holy Spirit (the Lord) produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Such is the kind of life available for the one who “remains” or “abides” and walks with Jesus by His Mighty Spirit.

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3. Walking with Jesus: As We Humble Ourselves

  1. Walking with Jesus: As We Humble Ourselves

To be humble means: one is accurately mindful of his/her own importance and abases him/herself regarding importance as others are esteemed = to or > than. Believer- we are called a Kingdom of Kings and Priests unto the Living God of All Glory. But, these acts of the mercy and grace of Jesus’ glory bestowed upon us are through the broken bread and the flowing of wine- Jesus’ broken body on the cross where crimson flowed on our behalf Church! And so the author knowing this positional and legal glory placed upon us as a mantle says to the Philippians, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” … and what kind of mind would this be? “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Wow! This one to whom all the elect angels of Heaven bowed down to was found in the form of a man. This one of whom it is written, “For in him all things were created:things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;all things have been created through him and for him.” This one- Jesus of Nazareth stooped down to mankind as an act of humility and then went further through “the passion of the Christ” and stooped down to being nailed to the cursed tree between two criminals counted as a criminal to Redeem His people which he has both done and will do. That is the kind of humility God calls of us.

By faith as God had split the Red Sea wide open for the peoples to go through- the sheep of His pasture- Moses led them on in the faith. After such a Mighty Deliverance Moses never got all puffed up and never completely turned his back on God’s people in the wilderness though they angered him- still- he was humble enough to plead to God on their behalf not to utterly wipe them off of the face of the earth. After standing before the Pharaoh of Egypt and watching one plague after another- it never went to His head- for he was faithful in all his house God put him over and so- it was all to and for the Glory of God to deliver His people and send plagues to Egypt by the hand of Moses and the Mouth of Aaron. Still- he just kept keeping on and never waved his staff around like a mad man when the people angered him in unbelief as though to threaten to call God’s fire down from Heaven. For it is written: “(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)”

Years ago I wrote a paper entitled Humility: The Doorway to Unity Philippians 2 because that was the thrust of the whole passage and not just that but it had embedded in it the same idea of the outcome of the bond of unity via. Humility as Peter said, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” How would one pray except to say, “Oh Mighty Savior Who Humbled Himself even unto death upon the cross we praise you for God has highly exalted You giving You the name above all names- every name named in Heaven and on Earth. And You are the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever- for all Eternity and we too shall be highly exalted and have been in Jesus name and V is on our shield for the Victory the Lord Jesus has already won over all of our enemies. Yes, Lord, we may have tears for the moment but joy comes in the morning because He Lives ever to make intercession for us!!! So God, exalt the Lord Jesus in my midst and let us know well His Glory.”

 

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4. Walking with Jesus: As One of His Disciples

  1. Walking with Jesus: As One of His Disciples

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

A quick Google search brings up as a definition of a disciple as: “a personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.” Or, “a follower or student of a teacher, leader, or philosopher.” My take is being a disciple is like being an Apprentice of the Lord Jesus and being told to go into all the world and make more apprentices. Therefore, how Jesus lived and died in the face of everything we call that a supernaturally normal life and so much beyond. Simply put, we are to walk slash live even as Jesus did. In Antioch, so much were the people of Antioch moved by the disciples of the Early Church they called Jesus’ followers “little Christs,” telling us- surely they walked as He did. And, if you read the book of acts surely they did with signs, wonders, and miracles wherever the gospel was preached and disciples were made. Friend, when it comes to making true disciples of Jesus God the Holy Spirit- like the wind – moves to and fro throughout all the earth to bring souls to Jesus feet in revelation and faith, redemption, and reconciliation back into the Father’s loving, gentle and forgiving arms.

One thing for sure is that Jesus Christ never meant any disciple to take up His global plan for mankind in his or her own strength. So much so is this true oh powerless ones He says, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” I another place Jesus says, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The point really is two-fold: After you become an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ you may believe and receive power from on high in your inner-person and experience this fact, “Jesus is with His disciples” right away or you may need to rest in faith that God wants you empowered or subdued or endowed and infused with power and wait for these things in prayer or ask brethren who do know God to lay hands on you to receive for it is written, “ask and you shall receive.” And the word “with” is really- we become co-laborers with Christ. There is a verse that says, “Let him who has ears to hear hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” and I believe right now God is calling us in a peculiar way to experience the Holy Spirit and this “with you” Jesus the Christ to go and make A-Z disciples with healing, signs, wonders, visions, and believers dreaming dreams sent from Heaven above to move His Kingdom forward so that “thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Yes- I really, truly believe that we are being called to re-consider what it means to be a disciple who is destined to receive power, love, and a sound mind and not just encourage souls like a 5 minute thing- even though some sow, some water, but it is God who brings forth the increase. That is a comment on God on the need for His power and how He is always- ever unceasingly working with all those who Know Jesus Christ. Pray for the Orphaned believers around the globe who had a 5 minute encounter with the gospel and obeyed God unto being saved through faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work. Reconsider what it means to make disciples and perhaps re-connect with those souls you just shared your faith with and then abandoned them.

Jesus gives us a Paradox, “take up your cross and follow me,” for all those who are in Christ Jesus will suffer volitional suffering or suffering because you are called and walk like a believer full steam ahead. And the other thing that seems to contradict this idea of taking up a cross daily (metaphorically- but, in some sense really). Jesus said, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” On the one hand we are to face the rigors of this life and those spots, seasons, and places where we are being misunderstood and persecuted and tossed and tumbled by the prince of darkness by taking-up our cross, dying to our own preference of the moment, and continuing on following Jesus Christ as the Spirit of all Comfort and Father of all Comfort comforts us. And then on the other hand we are to take the Head-Trainer’s yoke (like the yoke oxen wear for to train the younger ox to learn the ways of the older ox- Jesus is the Ancient of Days- He’s been at Holy Living forever) upon us and learn about Jesus Christ as given in God’s Written Word. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened and that you would be strong in the Lord and the Power of His Might.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All Truth is God’s Truth

 

 

 

An Augustinian Paraphrase:

 

All Truth is God’s Truth

 

Personal Facetious Ponder for the day: “If I’m truly an ENTJ, what is stopping me from ruling the world?” :>) Answer: Every year there are at least 10, 000 reasons as to “why not?” to my metaphorical “ruling the world?” question.

 

I’ve spoken on gifts of the Holy Spirit in times past and I don’t know if it went over very well by my Christian and Non-Christian “receivers.” I recall I spoke about (my paraphrase) a word of knowledge, a word of wisdom, and a New Covenant prophecy. There are examples of these all through the Bible and so this is why at the end of the day- I want to quote the title of a book: All Truth is God’s Truth (1977). Remember, truth never gets old though a book might be- kinda.

 

 

So- Intuition is one of the traits in my personality-type and I wondered what it was and I set myself to researching. So: “Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning, or understanding how the knowledge was acquired.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungian_cognitive_functions, n.d.)

Intuition is also presented as a basic psychological function as hunches and visions provide an alternative means of perception to sensation: “It is that psychological function which transmits perceptions in an unconscious way. Everything, whether outer or inner objects or their associations, can be the object of this perception. Intuition has this peculiar quality: it is neither sensation, nor feeling, nor intellectual conclusion, although it may appear in any of these forms.”  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungian_cognitive_functions, n.d.)

 

I underline the mystical side of all things and that is “how the knowledge was acquired.” But, as I mentioned and underscored a truth- no matter where truth comes from- whether Heaven itself of the Earth below- “All truth is God’s truth.”

 

If Daniel of old would have become a post hole digger, he would have missed out on the thrill of applying Wisdom, the blowing winds of intense character testing ridicule, the tempering and testing of his patience and faith, and the severe trials that would later increase his faith. And then, there was the reward, too. Though, me thinx- pleasing the one whom He served- the Mighty Jehovah-Jirah- would have been enough for the humble Daniel by doing what he was obviously skilled at. P.S. Post hole diggers are in an honourable position to if that’s what’s available and God has called them to.

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Fallacious Thinking and Correction

 

 

 

 

Fallacious Thinking & Correction:

 

  1. Last Days

 

Some people believe that the last days are those days at the end of the world. But, during the times when the Apostles walked and talked on the earth and after the crucifixion took place the writer said of the Last Days:

 

 

Book to the Hebrews (1:1-2)

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

 

So- for a couple of thousand of years at very least mankind has been walking and talking in The Last Days. What did you expect them to look like?

 

  1. Antichrist(s)

 

Some people have set all their attention to waiting for 1 single anti-Christ which is similar to waiting for one single Last Day. The timeline is skewed. So- the Apostle John straightens this whole anti-Christ thing.

 

1 John 2:18

 

“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.”  

 

  1. God’s Take on Time

 

Some people believe that our take on time regarding “last days,” ”last hour,” or “when antichrist will come” is the same take God has regarding time when He speaks of it. That’s fallacious thinking. Many antichrists have already (are) come brother/sister in Christ Jesus and Curious Non-Believer.   

 

2 Peter 3:8

 

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

 

  1. Just a simple belief in some whatever “a god” is Enough

 

There is a bothersome thing going around and around and around in different forms. But, they all end-up swirling in a spiral to this kind of religion: godianity or a Christ-less “Christianity” (these want to prune the Lord Jesus off of the faith once for all delivered unto the saints) Or “Christ-less Eternity.” I have no idea where such persons (they seem to be in abundance) got their idea of god or of a Christ-less “Christianity” and Christian World-missions (what’s the point of Evangelism if Jesus isn’t the Divine Saviour-Son of God- the Door?)  

 

The Lord Jesus- regarding people who held to the OT Living God – was gentle towards them and didn’t want them to stumble and said in John 14:

 

 

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” Jesus

 

 

Remember this Rhyme: “People who can’t just take that step of faith are really trying to play it safe.” They are going to stick it out with God-somebody-something- but, not using Jesus as The Bridge to Life- “that’s too extreme” and not wide enough for them.

 

[He said, “what are they saying- listen? He said, “they are calling the receiving and believing and resting in and telling the good news to others about Jesus “Extreme.”]  

[He said, “they send it in a file after copy-paste-send- that’s how and why those with no interest in it all don’t know what was copied and pasted and sent oh precious-one to God the Father.”]

 

But- the Apostle Peter makes it abundantly clear that The Narrow Way is wide enough so that you don’t have to fear or be afraid that trusting in Jesus is like joining a cult.

 

1 Peter 1:21

 

“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.21 Through him (clarification: Jesus) you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

 

Let me flip that “backwards” kinda: Through faith and trust in Jesus you really believe in God because He was God’s plan; so your faith and hope are in God.

 

  1. The Last Days will just be very, very hog-wild so you can’t miss them.

 

By the way I write at times moving in and out of the past-present-future people might get the idea I’m stuck on an Apocalypse centered or end-times centered something…but, if you go through all my writings (many hyperbole and art and some insight) you will find out of the thousands of topics or fresh or old ideas embedded quite a bit of talk where “end of the world stuff” is absent. Did you notice that? Tonight I thought this was needed- though.

 

  1. On a Linear line of thinking about time things were “perfectly normal” and at another point things go hog-wild

 

Jesus- when speaking about the last days- speaks astonishingly as though if you blink you may see nothing spectacular concerning a certain place on the linear-line on “the last days.”  

 

Jesus said: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;”

 

Did you notice anything in Jesus words? People were living very normal lives in the last days across the planet and they were just like the people of Noah’s day. They were getting married, eating, drinking…everyday normal life! Where is the Hog-Wild in that? It is such a normal that the god of this world sprays a mist across the eyes of his-own souls when they hear the Good News. Kinda like the boiling frog experiment.    

 

 

Here is the thing about time- we view it and speak about it as Linear like we say the sun rises and sets when in all reality the sun does neither (literally)

 

Somewhere on the time-line Paul warns us regarding that on a specially & specifically poignant place on the time-line: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1 Perhaps some thought that when Messiah (Anointed from Heaven King) came he would set everyone straight during their time. Perilous according to the online Google Dictionary means: “full of danger or risk…exposed to imminent risk of disaster or ruin…” Do we have to live full of fear that disaster and danger loom around our next corner? My Bible says: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

[The Fear of God- a respectful respecting of the One True God as Three Persons and God in three persons- is the beginning of Wisdom. There is a Wisdom that is not from Above.]

 

To be continued – be encouraged- He has overcome- Take His yoke upon you and learn of Him.

 

Jesus Christ Stands me up, stirs me up, fills me up, centers me up, gives me hope, joy, peace, and empowers me up or infuses me with power to think slash do as He would speak, think, and do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Words that Really Matter

If you are a teacher, trainer, a person who gives presentations, are raising a child or children, manage the HR department…these are words where you want to ask this question: 

 

Is the person or are the persons I am dealing with A: 

 

Tactile Learner;

Visual Learner;

Auditory Learner?

How does he/she or do they best learn- by what means?

Concrete

Abstract

Representational

Which areas do I need to touch upon and be sensitive to in the learners life? 

The Affective Domain

The Cognitive Domain

The Volitional Domain

How can I reach this person or these persons by knowing something about:

The Roles they play in life

The Tasks they do on a daily basis

 

Major Chunks of the Students’ Lives:

Skills

Interests

Traits

Values

Types of Conversationalists

People who love to speak Nostalgically.

People who love to Describe features.

People who love to give descriptive Information.

People who love to use Body Language.

People who love to always say something Funny.

People who love to give Persuasive Speeches.

People who love to be a continual source of Humbly-Encouraging Speech.

People who love speaking Technically about their career or field of knowledge. 

 

All of these things make Information more relevant and meaningful if they are seen as bridges to the soul. If we just talk to someone who learns through example and is highly tactile in what and how they learn- what good is the audible then if it gets all the time in the world? 

 

Keep these terms in the back of your mind always. And have a motto to boot: “If I fail in teaching they will fail in understanding.””If we like the idea of students and all people everywhere learning from us- then we must employ an unconditional-embracing-of all that makes-up the particulars of the students.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To What End God Orchestrates a Matter is Unfathomable at Times

To What End God Orchestrates a Matter is Unfathomable at Times

 

 

The Warp and Woof Outcome of the Randomness Theory

 

I fear I live in a generation like no other before that has embraced Empiricism and Materialism (in a philosophical sense) to degrees that those moments that present high-end odds for or against a thing happening (e.g. Now what would the odds be of a Canadian meeting a fellow Canadian from the same town in the jungles of the Amazon River?) have cut-off all ideas- clear or fuzzy logic- to even one thought of “God Ordained Providence” and has made moot the lyrics of a simple tune “He has the whole world in His hands.”

 

 

For some ‘unfortunates?’ (this is tongue-n-cheek in how Christians who adhere to Christ are viewed by some in the world in Such a Day as This) holding onto such a worldview (He is Lord of everything or of nothing) this all universal-ish-ness sounding has now become a mental disorder or disease of the mind to many inside and outside of The Church Universal in Western Civilization.

 

 

It all sounds like the title of a book F. Schaeffer wrote: Escape from Reason. In the world of Humanism (a philosophical term) “randomness” is supposed to be the whole woof and warp behind the Tapestry of Outcome (what you see, hear, touch, smell, and experience). It’s a random thang you see- this 21st Century Metaphysical (philosophical term) infectious cough because in places in Western Civilization the family of God has shrivelled leaving behind only edifices. Conformity of thought on some keystone or deep-as-deep questions can get have left us with random-matter + time down to a quirk, quark, or speck has led leaders there when universities were what I call purging- empty handed and with a canon-less-canon (an ultimate measurement of a thing as…).

 

Somebody once said on the radio things begin with a man, then become a movement, move onto a monument and end-up being a mausoleum. I believe the Lord Jesus hinted at this in his teaching and Paul, when speaking on the question of, “who baptized you?” as though there was a hierarchy when there wasn’t. Really, day after day after day American currency utters these words to all peoples- “In God We Trust.”  

 

What are You doing with The Pendulum Effect?    

 

Every generation has a pendulum effect going on and right now the pendulum has swung with the very hands of some of my brethren holding-onto “Time + Matter + Chance” permeating their world and how they live (with astronomical numbers or odds for this outcome we call life and the cosmos) firmly in place to explain The Metaphysical (a philosophical term asking speaking to the origins of the universe or universes).

 

 

Sure some of the academicians permit a god behind it all guiding and directing matter and pushing for synergistic moments in the sludge turning into the Proterozoic Period with one cell this and that floating around. They feel they must explain “what is” in these terms because they can’t reconcile in their thinking “what is” explains “what is” and the sciences only make it more radically louder and more clear. The radiation-bombarded Tsetse Fly still can’t reproduce no matter how many times it mutates. This search for creating other species continues to cry-out at the gates to the city.

 

 

 

Either God is Sovereign Over Everything or God Over Nothing  

 

It’s my belief and the belief of some other theologians that Everything- down to a speck- is being orchestrated by an Infinite-Intelligent-Personal-Reference-Point (He is There and He is not Silent). I believe the influence the prior (Time + Chance + Matter) view has upon Christendom has toned-down Pneumatology from many pulpits into a pointless nihilism of despair that there even is an “existential” and “universal” (experience-able) true-truth anywhere. And that is where my Emperialist-ic Materialistic some brethren, some friends, and some acquaintances stand on the matter. And perhaps- most aren’t even aware at all what their position is. And if they can’t figure-out what differentiates Christians from the Watching World- it is no surprise to me that they would dwell in their own world of conformity of thought to the world at large. With certainty I am no acceptation and in no lesser need of a Saviour from powers that be which are anti-Christ.    

 

My Calling as a Believer in Jesus is to say at Least This Much  

 

This profound truth about history has now infected how Exegesis (interpretation) and Homiletics (Homiletically Honed Tools to attempt to give an accurate interpretation) are done and many go the way with these souls down the path that just eventually concluded that since there was no Empirical Evidence for the Charismatic Gifts over time (and some have even gone further dousing Supernaturally Providentially Orchestrated events which they call ‘coincidences’ or ‘misunderstandings’ and ‘dangerous’) with a sense of almost an Empiricism many say, “we now have a complete canon of scripture and so see feelings and experiences as dangerous to the Church” (I agree but don’t agree to this statement, “with a complete canon we have no need of the Gifts of the Spirit on top of being won by the Spirit, Sealed by the Spirit, Baptized into the body of Christ by the Spirit, Taught and Filled with the Spirit.”)

 

 

Dr. Lloyd-Jones as noble as the Bereans once said of Experience: “Let us realize then the profound character of the experience. This is not light and superficial and ordinary. It is not something of which you can say ‘don’t worry about your feelings.’ “Worry” about your feelings. You will have such a depth of feeling that for a moment you will imagine that you have never felt anything in your life before. It is the profoundest experience that a man can ever know.“[Speaking of an encounter with the Living Christ by the Ministry of the Holy Spirit]

 

 

 

 

Chalking-up Everyday Experiences vs. Just Saying “God Appointed”

 

Chalking-up everything called “the Act(s)-ivity of the Holy Spirit” as just existential-nonsense or as another coincidence or living in the land of “Maybe God is doing something here or maybe He is not” smacks of Humanistic-Materialism leaning on Empiricism. I’m the last person to say, “we don’t need science to forge ahead.” Or “We don’t need doctors and so have a right to refuse treatment” in an amoral matter. Many are simply an act of God’s Grace that they even exist unto God and their Fellow-man.

 

Don’t Chalk-up everything as Coincidence “My sheep know my Voice (the Lord Jesus)

 

 

I want to encourage the reader- “don’t chalk up everything to coincidence because the more I get to know God and His ways and the more time I spend with Him alone in prayer the more I know in my heart of hearts what Dr. Lloyd-Jones and others encourage us in to be true as true blue to. When you are dealing with an Eternally Wise and Powerful God who is Personal- is there really “coincidence” or “randomness” or a Written Word without the Living Word Jesus Christ in action by the power of His Holy Spirit? Oh that this generation would come to the altar and drink from the well and experience (the Lord Jesus) through the word and the Spirit’s work to Affirm the Truth in us by ways of experiences Jesus has beforehand prepared for us to be part of from Eternity.     

 

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Is CUIZ (quiz) back again?

Song Lyrics I Wrote

 

Mmmmmm ahhhh gotta think about this.

Gotta think about this.

Gotta think about this.

Gotta thin, thin, th, th, think on this

As the tanks role in.

As the tanks role in, “ro, ro, rrrr, rrrr, role in. 

You said, “he said,” they said, “you said, she

Said, “they said,” and everyone said,

“Say what?”

 

So I came ripping up to your door

You had your ripped jeans on and as I

hit the floor. “Are ya about peace or into war”

were the questions I had for ya &

many, many more.

 

So I came ripping up to your door.

I saw you had your ripped jeans on as

You danced on your floor

To our song

 

2 B continued… 

 

I’m thinken of a girl like you like that. 2 X

Baby don’t be surprised.

I’m thinken of a girl like you like that.

 

It only takes one heart to set a thing ablaze.

It only takes two to get into the phase.

It only takes one to make a maze.

It only takes two to break the haze.

I’m thinken of a girl like you like that- it’s

Killin me you don’t come back.

[When I write poems or songs I really have nobody in mind] 

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This Teacher’s Checklist for an Innately Social and Communicative Approach to Language Learning

To my 1 WordPress Follower or Visitor and or if be my Keylogger crowd :>)—I didn’t just “poof” and disappear on the topic of TESOL or ESL/EFL language learning. Nor have I disappeared on other forms of what I call “my art” “my deep thinking on a matter.” Yes- there is still a spark in my soul to desire to train upcoming or ongoing ESL/EFL teachers ways and approaches to TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

As for just doing a thing off the top of my head like some might approach ESL/EFL- this second book has required much reflection, meditation on the topic, and comparative research (comparing what I’m thinking to what others thought or are thinking).    

 

 

 

This Teacher’s Kaleidoscope Checklist for an Innately Social and Communicative Approach to Language Learning

 

  1. Tactile
  2. Visual
  3. Auditory
  4. Verbal
  5. Concrete
  6. Abstract
  7. Representational
  8. Affective
  9. Cognitive
  10. Volitional
  11. Roles
  12. Tasks

What makes my first and now this- my second book “novel?” Because- there is only 1 “me” on the planet who would say a thing just like it is said and nobody can really reproduce or manufacture that no matter what stage of stages I am in in my writing. 

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When You Feel Pushed back into a Corner: Remember, “His Kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom” Means Something

When You Feel Pushed back into a Corner:  Remember, “His Kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom” Means Something

 

Daniel 2:44

 

Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

 

 

Isaiah 9:7

During the reigns of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. It will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness, and it will stand forever.

 

 

Revelation 19:11-19

[The return of Jesus the Exalted One]

 

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 

 

 

 

It was Easter Sunday and life was happening and I wasn’t – to my knowledge- expecting anything different- but, there it came in my mind’s heart and eye giving me what Paul calls “a peace that passes all understanding guarding your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” The verse went: “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.

 

The fact that I and others may not have astounding anything that will last thousands of years to our glory-  as children of the King of kings (God’s Royal Kingdom and Priesthood); the rule and reign of the sons and daughters of man are predestined to a big The End. On the other hand- no matter which kingdom people are promoting themselves- there will ever and always be One Kingdom that will last forever under His care from the throne room of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This fact ought to well up in the peace the verse speaks of and joy because the Nature of the Kingdom of God is the Nature of God- He has Everlasting Joy.

 

If the Lord Jesus and Paul taught us anything it was this: you can be at the heart of a squall taking in water- but, you need not panic as all that is Nasty is Temporal and all that is Temporal can be Nasty- and Happy to our surprise, shock, and stunned-amazement.

 

The Lord Jesus is coming to Confirm His Everlasting Kingdom in Heaven and on Earth. It has no end. Pain? It has an end. Sorrow? It has an end for believers? Tears? They have an end.

 

The good news is that on the one hand no matter how the bad in our lives make us feel as though it will be forever; But, the good we long for can feel “afar off” until we get a grip on the brevity of life and see the Victory over this conundrum is Eternal and God never changes.  

 

There are people around the globe who are being persecuted with, by, and through verbal abuse- “especially in N.A.;” We might be tempted to say. And there are believers who are scoffed at for being far from perfect and still they sing, “Your grace still amazes me.” These are wrapped in God’s Grace eternally. So- believer- no matter what has painted you into a corner has at the Helm an All-Powerful Saviour who is eternally such. I meditated on the words at Easter, “of His Kingdom there shall be no end” and immediately the peace that passes all understanding flooded my mind and my soul and my perspective? Does your worldview do that for you?  

Everything under the sun has a learning-curve. If you are starting in the far left, why not show yourself some grace to “grow” and “get back up again.”    

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Being Saved: A past fact. It is a present fact always at work. It will be a fact of inheritance in the future.

Being Saved: A past fact. It is a present fact always at work. It will be a fact of inheritance in the future.

 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

 

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? [Future-Save]

 

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harmartology (the study of missing God’s mark- sin)

 

Imagine something cataclysmic as a tsunami rolling on and through history- humanity.

Imagine that an event- a moral event- locked and sealed every soul down-under the currents and force of this moral-tsunami. For, “all have sinned and are present-continuously falling from God’s Glory/His Perfect Attributes.”

 

Imagine that every soul from the time of Adam’s moral failure (his disobedience with a warning from God that he would surely die) separated souls/spirits from God leaving them dead to God right from the first moral earthquake til now.

Imagine- if just for your many or few times you missed God’s Call and Command- led you to a separation putting your very soul at war with God’s Moral Overseer- the Radiance of His Glory- Jesus.

Can any man survive Adam’s Moral Earthquake…was it really if he went down with the ship he was taking all down into the death-of-separation principle?  Do you get it?   

 

The Principle of Sin and our own Personal Sins:

First, missing the mark in Adam/through Adam comes at us like a two-pronged fork…there is Adam’s sin which separated humanity leaving the human race on a wide path away from God.

Second, there are our own personal sins (what God reveals in His word and tells us to do- but, we sin and don’t obey or aren’t even interested if God is telling us to do something or not (e.g. love your neighbour as you own self”) and do something else or nothing at all).

On these two points it is clear- being moral creatures running from God and spiritually dead right from the get-go we need to be made alive to God (a Resurrection) and by Grace through faith in all of Jesus (His Personage, His Words, His Finished Work).

Reconciliation to God and Heaven’s Will.

 

 

Soteriology: The Study of Salvation (Grace + Faith in the Power of the Gospel having exhausted death at the cross and in the tomb to raise-up from moral-death (God raised Jesus and emptied tomb)…the resurrection…the ascension) and reconciled souls back to Himself.

 

 

Imagine the greatest thing you could ever want in this world and a stranger showing-up at your door to just give the key to you at great cost that opened up that which you longed for often. At first, maybe you would wonder, “how could this stranger know what I wanted more than anything?” Perhaps you’re caught off guard because you are a cynic and always say, “there’s nothing free in this world.” Imagine there are only two ways to receive or reject the gift of grace 1.) To have faith and trust to a measure in the stranger that the key really was to something really great. 2.) Sceptically back away from the stranger and the key while you find yourself getting annoyed, fearful over the whole event so strange and out of this world, and eventually you mock it all in your heart and turn your back on it.

 

This story is really an analogy of  Grace (a never to be earned gift) and Faith (a belief that Jesus Christ is just who He said He was- God’s Son come to save us); also, for it says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned,” “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

Regarding Christ (Christology) and Christians (Ecclesiology) if you are a steadfast or not so steadfast believer in Jesus being on the other side of the spiritual death I spoke of separating men and women from the Life God has for You in Christ; “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,”

 

This is a really rough analogy- but, think of a Corn-Dog. The batter on the outside is Christ and what he has done and the hot-dog inside is us who have chosen to receive God’s great gift. Wherever the batter goes so goes the hot-dog. Jesus died on the cross and went down into the grave. So, those of us who have believed have died with Christ and went down to the grave because “the wages of sin are death; but the gift of God is Eternal Life” and we came up from the grave (spiritually- we were resurrected- made alive). Then the Lord Jesus ascended to the highest place in Heaven given a name above every name- so, we too went IN HIM in the ascension. What a wonderful Salvation! The Past-Present-Future Gospel (good news) of Grace through faith and a faith of Grace. Not by works lest any of us should boast in the presence of God the Great Gift Bearer. But not being saved without good works either. May we ever remember- good works ought to be an outflow not a way to earn Grace in and of and through Christ.      

 

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The Paint 2018

Which Compass Will You Choose:

One that has supernatural origins

or not for developing your core

and the kind of persona

you desire to have? 

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness (virtue); and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. The Apostle Peter 

 

 

Google Dictionary Quote on Persona: “the aspect of someone’s character that is presented to or perceived by others.” There are two kinds of impressions we can have regarding another person. The first is negative and the second is positive. On the one hand this is about “we don’t like you” or “we do like you.”

 

Every person has a persona whether they are conscious of it or not. Some unconsciously project aspects of themselves onto other people for reasons that this blog doesn’t have enough space to give clarity to just how that is. Some have a tendency to Mirror those around them whether its the core of their being coming out or their Persona. So, getting to know people can be like peeling onion peels back from the event(s) in their lives generating Personas (self-protective or thirsty souls with a map in reaching out to others they have made themselves sometimes radically reflecting back to the world someone else’s personality traits). 

 

[These are the things I have been reflecting on…]

 

 

 

 

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Glory to the Great God of Love

 

 

Glory to the Great God of Love

 

 

 

Rolling Thunder Flashing Lightening

With fire in Your eyes

King of kings and Lord of lords

Written on Your thigh

 

 

So we sing:

 

Glo oh oh ory to Our Great God of Love

We were chained to sin and shame

Until Jesus’ greatest work was done

Glo oh oh ory we love to Praise Your Name

The Great I AM-El-Shaddai-Adonai-Yeshua

Forever-more the Same

 

Once our servant-lord

Lowly we would have seen

You broke the bread and drank the wine

You were about to carry the Cursed Tree

 

Our Champion Dread Warrior

With Zeal for Your Father’s House

Infused with Strength, Compassion and Wisdom

You Shed Your own blood for Your Spouse

 

By Your Spirit You tenderly spoke

the Gospel of Jesus the Christ

All Wrapped up in the Person of Your Son

We have reaped the rewards of His Fight

 

So we sing:

 

Glo oh oh ory to Our Great God of Love

We were chained to sin and shame

Until Jesus’ greatest work was Done

 

Glo oh oh ory we love to Praise Your Name

The Great I AM-El-Shaddai-Adonai-Yeshua

Forever-more the Same

 

By “Egypt the Lord has been Gracious of the Lord’s Way”

[Just a literal transliteration of my own name- it blesses me]

Lyrics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intimacy with Christ: Heaven is about a Personal Eternal Being Elohim and Being with Him Eternally

 

Intimacy with Christ: Heaven is about a Personal Eternal Being Elohim and Being with Him Eternally  

 

 

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” The Lord Jesus

 

 

 

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (The Lord Jesus) Do you know God the Father as Jesus did? Do you know Jesus Christ His Eternal Son who shed His blood for mankind- to redeem man? Is He to you knowable? I used to think that “it” was all about Heaven. And so, for a long time the question was in the eighties, “should you be hit by a car and pass on do you know where you will go?” The answer was supposed to be Heaven and really the question could have gone deeper into intimacy with Christ, “if you were hit by a car and passed on would you go to be with Jesus forever as He takes all who called on His name in this life?” To make my point I want to say, “it is not all about going to Heaven.” But, still the Kingdom of Heaven remains salient to our existence now.

 

 

 

If nobody were there but you, what’s the point? And if you are at all passionate about the Lord Jesus, then- if it tears your heart- the idea of Jesus not being in Heaven- this makes Heaven to you about the Lord Jesus and not just a beautiful place. Intimacy with Christ knows the son of man’s (Jesus’) God and the Son (Jesus) of God’s Father. In this passage of the Bible Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure into death via. the cross, into victory over sin and death to be raised-up from the dead. And, to then ascend into Heaven after appearing to many that He wasn’t dead on the third day- rather he was alive as alive can get.

 

The Lord Jesus said, “you know the way to the place I am going.” And so- He reiterates for His followers with these well known words; “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

 

 

 

 

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Conversing: Which one of the following are you and your friends and relatives?

 

 

 

Conversing: Which one of the following are you and your friends and relatives?

 

 

 

As I thought about conversing the other day, I thought- “you know what? That person always seems to communicate in that manner or style or within that scope or mode of speaking.” So, I kept sorting through people in my mind’s eye to identify how people have drivers that dominate on the most pert which mode will be the emphatic. Here we go:

 

  1. Speaks oft about nostalgia
  2. Speaks oft in describing the features of stuff
  3. Speaks oft in giving information
  4. Uses body language more often than others around them
  5. Tries to often say something funny
  6. Speaks oft using persuasive speech to get people on their side (reverse psychology is a form of using it still for the same end result)
  7. Speaks often humbly encouraging words to build people up
  8. Speaks oft technically about a topic (normally two people chatting about their careers or even the technicalities of sports)
  9. Speaks oft internally or externally in telling others or commanding others what they should do

 

To what end were you born in how you speak? Are any of these simply social conventions flowing out of the status-quo? E.g. I remember the Seinfeld Generation that was always trying to be funny in the same way the characters carried on. It had strong sociological proliferation at the time deep into the psyche of a generation, now there is a major shift- facetious isn’t as appreciated or satire not to be laughed about or found funny in an odd way politically correct way.  

 

 

 

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Love and Selfishness Contrasted

Love is patient,

 

Selfishness is impatient

 

love is kind.

 

Selfishness is unkind

 

It does not envy,

 

Selfishness envies what others have

 

it does not boast,

 

Selfishness boasts

 

 

it is not proud

 

Selfishness is Proud

 

 

 

does not dishonor others,

 

Selfishness dishonors others

 

 

it is not self-seeking,

 

 

Selfishness is self-seeking

 

 

 

it is not easily angered,

 

Selfishness is easily angered

 

 

it keeps no record of wrongs

 

 

 

Selfishness keeps a records of wrongs done.

 

 

 

 

 

Love does not delight in evil

 

Selfishness loves besmirching its Creator and His name, His Inspired Bible, His Son-Jesus, and His Children and delights in it

 

 

 

 

but rejoices with the truth.

 

 

Selfishness gets a big kick out of people who get charred with lies

 

 

 

 

It always protects,

 

 

Selfishness rarely- if ever- protects

 

 

 

 

always trusts,

 

 

Selfishness has to control because it distrusts people…”me-me-me-ish-ism” is inclined to Neurosis (over-worry about self matters)

 

 

 

always hopes,

 

Selfishness gives-up hope sometimes easily

 

 

 

 

 

always perseveres.

 

 

Selfishness gave-up on Jesus far too quickly and gives-up on Jesus far too quickly

 

 

 

 

 

Love never fails,

 

Selfishness has one end result towards which it is going like a train speeding out of control – failure before the face of God vs. Gracious Reward

 

 

 

 

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Intimacy with Christ: “Who is this?”

 

 

Intimacy with Christ: “Who is this?”  

 

 

 

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

 

One of the Apostle Paul’s deepest cries was in his own words: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” Jesus- Quantum proportionate to infinite power- our personal-infinite-reference-point proportionate to God Almighty- Jesus and the fact of the Hypostatic Union.

 

 

To Paul He was worthy of getting to know from every angle. Twas His Personhood as God the Son that makes the word “proportionate” salient. Still though, he humbled himself as and being found in the form of a man…and it was still His Sinless Entitlement as God the Son in the Trinity. He was born of a virgin of and by the Holy Spirit as the Eternal Word made flesh. And so- we see this in the story when Jesus- with three words- calms the squall. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

 

The focus here is a person- Jesus Christ and his Divine Nature. That was Paul’s life ambition. Paul’s central theme among one body of believers or believers spread around Corinth was: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” The Christian’s focus isn’t 24K with a cross hanging off of his or her neck. Rather, it was all about God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in a Dispensation or Season of Grace and Redemption with the De facto on Jesus Christ and His precious blood shed for us on the cross. It was about The Lamb of God slain and shedding His own blood on a hill the shape of a skull- Golgoth. Jesus mounted the hill and then surrendered His Life to the Father as he mounted the cross to redeem mankind and some have said, “the greatest miracle is when one more soul is Born from Above by these facts and faith in them- even- that God raised Him from the dead by His mighty power- the same power that calmed the wind and the waves. Is there any known thing He doesn’t have power over in all of creation? 

 

Sometimes I hear the cross spoken and isolated in speech all on its own and I get the impression that it is all about several pieces of wood forming a cross and how horrible it would be to die that way. But, the “cursed tree” has a man nailed to it in the gospel message which is the Dunamis -Greek- (Power) of God to the end of being saved from the bondage to sin and blindness to God’s love. What a beautiful word-picture…Jesus came to purchase, adopt, seal, salvage, and in the future to one day glorify His children as He Blows Away the power of slavery in the dungeons of fear and shame and indebtedness to God- this gospel, good news, is the power of God to being saved…the same that raised Jesus and calmed the squall.

 

These words I type are only scratching the surface of who Jesus Christ is in relationship to “know Him” and to getting to know Jesus intimately from this angle: “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” The cross without Jesus is a Christ-less Christianity. What happened on the altar of sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is the message of Atonement for Sin(s) of mankind the great barrier to fellowship and “whosoever will” embrace His wonderful gift to find peace with God.  God never made it hard for His disciples- on the one hand- to have faith in Jesus. There are so many things that can blind-side like a side-winder out of nowhere our faith in the Mighty Jehovah- Jesus Yeshua.

 

A squall did it and they weren’t ready to say with the likes of Esther, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego- paraphrase- “if I die in this trial I die.” They could have been drinking in the waters of Shiloh- symbolic for peace had they trusted Jesus to even raise up their dead carcasses up from the waters. It is an interesting thing that the miracle that the wind and waves obeying the Lord Jesus Christ utterly undid and terrorized the disciples. I wonder if their focus had so gotten onto people and ministry that nowhere in there focus was there room for a God of all Creation Christ. How about you. I’ve seen so many answers to prayer and am learning little by little what kind of faith the Lord Jesus is calling on us for and that in our weakness this kind of Trust, Love, and Faith is available plentifully. Reader- “who is Jesus?”      

 

 

 

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Intimacy with Christ: “There Were Other Boats with Him”

 

 

 

Intimacy with Christ: “There Were Other Boats with Him”

 

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

 

“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” Prior to and during the time Jesus stopped the squall and waves, by this time the disciples were loaded to the brim with Stimuli- their minds, hands, eyes all racing in all manner of direction.

 

 

The howl of the wind, the billows of water crashing into their boat, voices in the background in a panic, the look of dread and horror on faces, and they likely glanced over to Jesus at least a dozen times with a deeply disturbed question mark on their forehead- “Is Jesus awake yet?” And then there were “Other boats with him.” When the Lord Jesus chose the 12 it wasn’t an exclusionary club or anything like that. When Jesus said, “come unto me” he wasn’t asking the 12 to do umpteen salvation-alter-calls before they could be sure they were “with Him.” No, whosoever comes and whosoever came were “with Him.”   

 

Somehow the other boats came to learn that the Lord Jesus and His disciples were headed across to the other side. So, they joined Jesus. The disciples in the boat alone with Jesus couldn’t be blamed for not going it alone or thinning out the crowd for His sake as they hit the waters.

 

They were all in-charge of getting the Lord Jesus to the other side- and so His Majesty had extra boats with Him. At least that is on the human side of things which Jesus was both son of man and Son of God. Fully man with men, fully Immanuel “with” His followers, and a Gift to the whole earth; His divinity didn’t distance itself so far away from mankind that he didn’t allow purely “man-ish” things to happen. In some ways, I surmise- that during those peak moments of the squall it would be an interest to the disciples with the Lord Jesus how the other boats were doing- but, they’d have little time to see if they could see and hear anything at all except the loud calls of the others with them trying to save the boat.   

 

Why would Jesus sleep in a storm that threatened lives? How could he? And it wasn’t just his boat in need, “other boats” were “with Him.” So many people aren’t just responsible for their own selves. Rather, when the life-squalls hit they have others to consider. Right now we have more single parents in Canada than any other time- around 1.64 million. And, like the Lord Jesus, they weren’t in-charge of just their inside-circle; they were “in-charge” (term used loosely) of the others around them too. CEOs aren’t responsible just of the VP, Treasurer, and every other worker and assets down their chain of command. From the single parent to the successful CEO or Prime Minister or President- they all need Resources that would meet the Squalls of Life and Liberty.

 

 

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were more than sufficient for the demands that faced his followers and protectors. If God looks and sounds dead- never you mind how things seem- if you have a squall run to the cross and cling to Jesus calling on his name and being assured that in the small picture and big picture He still had the whole world in His hands and has your very best in mind even if He takes you the long way around to just that. Intimacy with Jesus Christ doesn’t always take place in our tiny circles, sometimes it includes others “outside of our circle” like a bridge over many waters.     

 

 

 

 

 

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Intimacy with Christ: “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

 

 

Intimacy with Christ: “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

 

 

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

 

Do you have to be a disciple of Jesus Christ to have a “Mission-Matter” in your life? Everybody has a mission whether he or she is cognizant of it. For some, they have to cross isles back and forth and hang new clothes out. Huge corporations have a “Mission Statement” which contains their “what it is we’re going to do- our primary purpose for being.” Many Churches and their pamphlets have a Mission-Statement. For the disciples I imagine early on it was: “Following Jesus and His teaching and being hands-on in the ministry because Jesus said to do so.” So, in this passage we find to a point the disciples following the Lord Jesus short-term mission to go from one side of the lake to the other side of the lake.

 

“This can’t be done” are the very last words any manager of sales would want to hear. The Mission within an arm or organization that focuses on directly selling products needs “can do” people assuming the Demographics and HR both have the right kind of match for the job. Sometimes sales persons are telling the utter truth, the demographic they find themselves in is drier than the most dry desert on the planet- the Atacama Desert. It’s been milked from one angle (that’s not to say it can’t be milked from another angle) too long until it was finally, “over-kill” until the organization or department produces another angle or not. When the squall hit the disciples were bone-dry for answers how to not sink and so I imagine them to be a little emotional over their Master just sleeping when their lives were at risk. 

 

 

Ask yourself how you are doing in any mission in any role you play in life. Perhaps your company has given you the Mission to be an electrical engineer over a large project and you agreed with, liked, and took their Mission Statement seriously and offered nothing but Par excel ante insight and service. You put your faith in your training, your personal ability (giftedness), the company you work for and their resources being sufficient to the task. Basically, this is all the disciples had to do to get to the other side. But, somewhere they lost sight of His resources and Jesus being sufficient to the task no matter what the task.

 

Sometimes when things come at us really fast like a squall, we forget so many lessons we had learned and so because we forget so quickly we need things summed up for us in a nutshell. One could be just the words “Trust Jesus” or another from the pen post-resurrection of most likely one of the disciples, Peter, in the boat: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”  When you go with a Mission by another’s command the one who sent you is “with” you and the one “with” you needs to insure this one thing- “when you go about our business we have the resources and have given you what you need to succeed.” Basically, we are told just that by our Lord Jesus Christ. He never said, “to the middle of the deep blue.”

 

Intimacy with Jesus Christ means first that we Trust Jesus (truly). Second, follow Him. Third, learn of His instruction from Matthew all the way to the end of Revelation (God laid out His Mission Statement- to Redeem Mankind – the daughters and sons of man) and Genesis to the last verse in Malachi. Though, now we read the Old Testament scriptures/writings through the New Testament finding God left plenty of hints what it means- this Covenant of Grace and to walk by it and in it by faith working through love.

 

By the time Peter’s admonition should have taken place the disciples seemed anxious about everything and had forgotten all those prayer times with Jesus for Victory in building God’s Kingdom as though God had gone blind for a moment. The word “Petition” means: the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.” You’d be surprised how stubborn we are and by the time we get to God in our many troubles over a life-time we have diminished him in some way.

 

 I flipped quickly to Mark to see what kinds of miracles Jesus did before they took the boat trip and into which they would be planted in the hearts and minds of the disciples. There were lots and even in the realm of creatures from other realms he said, “be quiet.” Such was his power over the storm. The disciples knew all of that and more and still it took a squall to bring them to really focus on God. So spiritually dire had things gotten they actually said to the Lord Jesus, ““Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” They were back in discipleship kindergarten somehow and questioned whether or not Jesus even loved them enough to care about the storm. Believer, have you ever wondered in the midst of all the stones, thistles, and fears whether Jesus loved you or not- whether you became  His Seed at New Birth- believing on the Son of Love.

 

I used to hear this saying, “we are immortal until it is time for God to take us home.” And with Jesus that was 100% true. He knew he was the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world at the cross- for such a day as this Jesus Mission would be incomplete dying out on he waters and his plan for the Apostles to declare Him as the resurrected Saviour-King.

 

Nobody can really say how intimately close the disciples had gotten to the Lord Jesus Pre-Cross and Pre-Pentecost. But, Jesus said these words: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” It’s interesting that Peter exhorts us in petitioning and calling upon the Lord Jesus to give thanks because the Nature of Peter’s Great and Glorious King- the Son of the Living God spoke to the wind and the waves and something likely the disciples had never seen before everything came to peace and a quiet stillness. Believer or Unbeliever God Loves You and so bring your requests to Jesus knowing. And before you come read even the first four chapters of Mark and see what great things God can do- He’s the God of the squall as well as God of the calm-quietness of Nature at its best. Believe. Yes, God cares about your situation big or small. He still moves mountains and leaves X-Rays blank where there was once disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intimacy with Christ: Where do Life’s Squalls Take Your Presuppositionalism?

 

February 3rd 2018 10:56 PM

 

Intimacy with Christ: Where do Life’s Squalls Take Your Presuppositionalism? 

 

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

 

Sometimes in life what seems simple to do ends-up facing one squall after another slamming into the “simple” and unless the Grace of God saves- the stain-colour glass window of many a dream will be shattered and laid to waste- sometimes once and for all time. This is what the disciples and the Lord Jesus faced- hypothetically in the natural. 

The boat could only take in so much water and waves slapping it around without finally falling prey to the laws of physics. Do you have a wily law right now eating away at your dreams and fantasies as though to rip them apart nail by nail? Or so powerful that they can entice you to ask God Himself in and through Christ our Lord ask- “what Lord is Your vision for my life? Save me Lord!”   

 

 

Assumptions can load dreams and fantasies right to the brim to the point where unless given- truly given- from the LORD himself a vision to work-out by faith and some sweat- those assumptions will always come to a head and burst. Whatever a man sows that shall he also reap- all things will come to a head- lucky-good-assumptions and bad-assumptions will come to a head. There is no avoiding it. Good seed and bad seed all come to a head. The disciple fisher-men were supposed to have a lot of experience traveling by boat so that they had plenty of experience to sow on their trip to “insure” success. But something hit them sideways- a squall. 

 

It’s those lucky-good-assumptions that are oh so alluring like fools gold or the twinkle of a fish-hook to catch the eye of a fish. How many a man assumed and never completed that which he dreamed of beginning and finishing? Bad logic and squalls that need a Supernatural-Intervention in many a case- if they don’t get one they won’t get hardly one nail out of the nail-gun to start building. Remember the story Jesus told of the man who never took into account everything and didn’t have enough funding and resources to even start his expedition.  

 

Many have had God’s Vision for their life but few chose to Petition the Almighty all the way to the end of that Vision. The Disciples here Passionately Petitioned the Lord Jesus to save them to see the vision through to its end. They had all manner of attitude- but, the one Jesus answered was the one that flowed from their Intimacy with Him that said, “Lord Jesus, You are our solution.” We need groups of men around the globe to look at Employment and Stock-Exchanges and to stop and say in all honesty- Lord Jesus, You are our solution” and then pray a thing through all the way.” 

 

There are two kinds of beginnings on the “move forward” side of life. The nonchalantly-assumptive beginning and the well planned-out beginning. The disciples had chartered the waters and sailed them many a time and so when it came time to take their Lord across the way upon the waters it would have been a nonchalantly-assumptive-beginning.

 

Everyday people say, “It has always been my experience that this is the quickest route and so, let’s go.” The wise say, “Yes, but- you’re forgetting a variable- on x-date people inundate this part of the highway because they are heading to x to ski.” There is always a variable that remains invisible until one is ready to start and then actually starts. When the disciples began their trip, they had no idea what was about to meet them. Life is just like that. It didn’t paralyze them from doing a thing- it just simply is that part of life that hits us unaware and nails and ropes start a popping and snapping and creaking.

 

You know, it seems like it always takes a Squall to bring us to a place where we literally run to our knees and petition and shake -as it were- Heaven itself to gain ear with the King. This is another kind of Intimacy with Christ and the disciples did exactly that with their Lord sleeping at the stern of the boat as though they would drown. By all accounts Physics- they were on their way to the bottom of the water all along those other boats that went with them only because of Jesus. But- one thing in the intimacy factor- their puny faith may have been cast down by the squall and their hearts and hopes….but, with Paul they could say that they were “not utterly destroyed.”

 

 

Father…by Your grace at work in my life I pray You give me the words tomorrow to finish this project and pray through it. AMEN   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Everybody…lyrics

Everybody

 

I can envision this being rap, pop, or country-western…that’s just how some lyrics are…flexible

 

 

Everybody has something painful

going wrong

 

And everybody has in their heart 

A love song

 

Everybody has penned with tears

their own story

 

Everybody has the chance to say,

“I’m sorry”

 

Cause we are everybody.

We are the children of God.

Things may be dark in the evening.

But in the morning He gives a song.

 

Cause, we are everybody…give it up- we

are everybody. X ? number rap/4 X

 

He showers this earth with His uncountable blessings.

But, he allows the earth to feel The Fall’s sear.

Nothing He’s promised will ever fail.

Be sure God knows we are frail by Jesus’ own tears.

 

 

Everybody needs a friend that sticks

closer than a brother.

 

Everybody has a universe to tell us

What Creation has uttered.

 

Everybody will hear and see

the gospel story.

 

The saints will sing, “Halleluiah glory, glory.”  

 

  

Cause we are everybody.

We are the children of God.

Things may be dark in the evening.

But in the morning He gives a song.

 

Cause, we are everybody…give it up- we

are everybody.

 

He showers this earth with His uncountable blessings.

But, he allows the earth to feel The Fall’s sear.

Nothing He’s promised will ever fail.

Be sure God knows we are frail by Jesus’ own tears.

 

 

[I understand on the one hand what it means to be everybody – the offspring of God Acts 17:29 and what it means to be Born Again into not only adoption as a child- but, right into His family as children John 1:12,13 says…so, understand how thick/thin the ice is on the words in this song…we need to know we are everybody – like- everybody on this planet unless we are from another planet…:>)

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“The Angel in Charge of the Waters…”

 

 

 

Revelation 16:5 Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:You are just in these judgments, O Holy One, you who are and who were;”

 

 

 

Record breaking floods are happening everywhere- water and ice in season or in sync with geo-climate realities or out of sync.   

 

Remember, Jesus is very clear that no man knows the hour (of his coming) in which all these seals and trumpets and angels taking up cause with mankind happen one after another until He Returns as Exalted King of kings.  

 

As I was praying-meditating-worshiping a flash of China’s floods (past tense with my own questioning- “Lord, future too?”) flashed in my mind’s eye and on Jan 24th the word 3-D-ed- flooding- and later I simply said, “water and ice.” January 28th this was all retyped and the verbose was cut out.

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Internalizing ISCA by Teachers

Internalizing ISCA by Teachers

 

  1. Conviction over a matter is when questioned knowledge internally become unquestioned-knowledge with strong beliefs that the knowledge is trustworthy. After working thousands of hours in the TESOL/TEFL field observing and working, I can innately say that people are innately social and communicative. People are communicative because they are social and being communicative is a sign that they are social. Tis why we have seen in our generation a first time generation with more people than ever imagined tied to their devices for the purposes of socializing electronically.
  2. What’s your approach to teaching English as a Second or Foreign language? Which words come to your mind when asked that question? Write them down to compare them later after you are done reading this book or doing a course. Some of you new to the industry might just want to cover all the bases and say, “eclectic. My approach will be eclectic.” It’s great you want to cover all the bases- but, it has no flavour and it is not definitive. The problem with this attitude is that it can end-up saying, “whatever I feel today or how the students feel, that will be my eclectic approach.”
  3. The history of ESL/EFL has seen a healthy number of philosophies, approaches, and methods come and go straight to the peripheral.   To be continued…

 

 

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Intimacy with Christ: Humility

Intimacy with Christ: Humility

 

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, Because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 

 

The word humility carries with it a sense of a realistic estimation of one’s importance or value. And where somebody else has strength and is stronger at doing something, the humble person will give praise where praise is due without cringing in doing it. Jealousy is the great trouble-maker because normally it refuses to give the person next to it a “from the heart” compliment. Jealous people feel smaller and smaller and smaller the more the proverbially “Jones” keep getting ahead on this, that, or some other thing that is considered valuable.

 

Is there anyone who is “especially to be humble” before the face of the Living God? Peter starts with the crowd of believers he has in mind when writing about humility- “All of you.” Without prejudice everyone is to keep jealousy under bridle. What the Lord Jesus did on the cross was a snapshot of the Almighty, All-glorious, fully Worthy to be Praised God for humbly crouching down to man so to provide an Absolute Way for Reconciliation and Forgiveness and Peace. A Holy Relationship.   

to be continued … 

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Intimacy with Christ: Feeling at Home

 

 

 

Intimacy with Jesus: Feeling at Home

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

Just prior to the Crucifixion and Resurrection in John 14 Jesus speaks about his departure in the future and the powerful effect the disciples’ future helper (paraclete in the Greek) the Holy Spirit would have once Jesus was seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty as Lord Supreme- God the Son.

At the start of the chapter, we find Jesus speaking of God the Father and his own self making a home with those who loved Jesus and followed His instruction- His Commandments. I remember being overseas and one biz had a sign that said, “no foreigners.” In Jesus’ case, he opens the doors wide open and simply says, “Anyone.”

In this verse the Lord Jesus brings up “The Great Synergism.” The twain are inseparable in Biblical Christianity. Where the grand synergism is at work God  wraps His arms around the Faithful Follower of Jesus. And then the Father and Son pledge themselves to that one who shows his/her love by following Jesus’ instruction (take note that the Epistles were as much God breathed as the Gospels and what Jesus taught) and His Commandments.

I’ve often heard people getting married say, “you’re my home; where you go I will go.” And really- that’s Intimacy- Loyalty and Action. What the Lord Jesus was really saying to you and me was “We love you back and in fact will make Our home with you wherever go- and so it comes to pass “Immanuel- God with us.” What tender words of our Saviour.

One thing for sure is that where man has failed God remains faithful. He says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Who is the you? The one, who loves Jesus, keeps His commandments and instruction. This person gets to experience what it all meant- the down-payment of the now home with Christ- to be going to a Heavenly Home to be with the Father and Son and Spirit. Do you know and feel you are at home with the Lord Jesus right now? No matter what the born-again noggin has going on with negative-speak, The Positives Remain True- “believer, feel and know you are at home with God.”    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intimacy with Christ: The Great Synergism

 

 

Intimacy with Christ: The Great Synergism

 

 

“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

 

You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

 

1:5b-7

Joshua

 

I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you;

 

 

 

Without Obedience + Loving-Faith to Jesus Christ being vibrantly coupled together, left each to its own apart from the other is mere religious sentiment on both sides. Ever have an imbalance in your life where one aspect of life was present and the other was not? Your very maintenance of your imbalance requires magical thinking and a great deal of denial.

 

 

Suppose that all I did was read my Bible and write my reflections and yet have no income coming in or interest in growing more intimate with Jesus Christ; that would be a crying-shame. The computer and thumb-drives- onto which I write and onto which I organize and save- these would simply just gather cob-webs and dust without meaningful input and output- without The Great Synergism. One synergism could be I pray about ways to “serve” and then I carry-out the plan. Going through the motions of “do, do, do” with an ever shrivelling faith working through love is increasingly nullifies the worth of the prior. 

 

 

The Romantic notion that relationship with Jesus = just “good works” and righteousness=loving-faith are Biblically both empty and fraudulent notions if each is held separately. Jesus knew that and said, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is one who loves me.” If you or I are ever to be intimate with Jesus Christ, we need The Great Synergism leading to knowing Jesus Christ even more profoundly and deeper.      

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Looking at 2 Gifts of the Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

 

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spiritto another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

 

This day and age there are no shortage of programs that deal with the supernatural or things of the realms “bigger than life.” If it is not another movie coming out it is another tv series underscoring the thematic that “there is more” from a non-Christian point of view. This is where Christianity parts paths with the end of that statement for one says, “there is more to man- the supernatural” and the other says, “there is more to Life in the Spirit of the Living God that professes Jesus as Lord.”

 

 

Yes- I agree that man has such potential and a large capacity for a great many things that make my mouth drop. They are things that I would never be able to do unless some experience quite supernatural endowed me. That much, I have experienced. But, all those things that make my mouth drop- unless handed over to God for His Glory and to build his Kingdom Building- will just never be able to build the Kingdom of Jesus Christ on earth.

 

Even as I type people of every nation, tribe, and tongue are growing as living stones into God’s Temple and as His Kingdom. (Note: Melchizedek was both Priest and King- a type of Christ and believers are of the high order of Melchizedek through the High-Priest-King Jesus.)

 

 

First, what is most often called, “discernment of spirits” is what it says it is- it “discerns-” and not unlike the Word of God – we are told in Hebrews that it (the Written Word of God) divides and cuts deeply. Like the Word of God discernment cuts to the heart and spirit and separate the one from the other.

 

 

This gift when manifested can have the insight to see the difference spiritual-infirmities and infirmity-infirmities. In the gospels we see both.

 

Even as the “Body of Jesus Christ” (the corporate oneness with Jesus of believers around the globe) had the Manifestation of the Father’s Will manifesting the very same ceaseless-manifestation of discernment in Jesus (discernment of spirits) for John wrote: “But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.”

 

 

The Word made flesh in bodily form knew what was in every man’s mind- his/her very heart continually. This is why he could discern an “unclean spirit” leaving a person with an infirmity caused by profound spiritual darkness (all people who have God’s image stamped on them making things a battle from the get-go because the Evil One and his minions are at war with God and so- His Image on Earth in mankind) vs. people with an infirmity-infirmity who were separated out of the crowed by the Gospel accounts because they just simply state the facts “this one had an infirmity caused by the kingdom of spiritual darkness” and that one was caused by bugs, viral infections or afflictions from birth. There is a very important point to make here and that is there are still tribes and villages and places on earth who see infirmity-infirmities as an evil spirit when in all reality they needed the Discernment that comes from the Spirit of Christ. Some scientists might believe that Christianity drives R & D backwards. But, the opposite is true…it has the potential to manifest the gift of discernment and to see infirmity-infirmities for what they are. Coupled with a Word of Knowledge- wow- what diseases of the body and soul that could be cured logically, medically, and scientifically by Supernatural Means.  

 

I remember one professor made a statement that made sense and that was when the Spirit came with power in Africa often times the believer was so new that he/she didn’t know the Bible all that well- but, they still manifested the Gifts, Fruit, and Filling of the Spirit of God with power. Sometimes leaders seem paralyzed by a kind of conflict in their spirit between the idea of the Cessation of spiritual gifts and the continuation of the gifts. But, testimonies from around the world- when certain kinds of revivals broke-out so did manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit.   

I knew a man from North America who had the gift of discerning spirits and over the course of his Christian walk on 5 occasions this Christian soul discerned that they had been part of the kingdom of darkness in the things of the occult and witch-craft. Two of those persons started twitching and broke down under the power of God as the gospel was being shared and ran from the good news of the gospel literally. 

Later, however when the Massive-Cultural-Shift came through a shift in how Linguistics was Landing on two landing-strips rather than one; the darkness too was massive and caught him off guard- but, pushed him closer to the Lord in many ways. How could he say, “the whole movement is dark and isn’t of God in any way- it’s almost worse than occult anything?”

First, continual exposure to this kind of darkness- if one isn’t strong in the Lord and the power of His Might- he/she may find great loss and that the weight is a crushing one indeed. As time went on these truths were discerned in greater degrees by manifestations of the Spirit of the Living God. These are just some examples of how- from my perspective- God the this gift of discernment can just emerge out of “nowhere” and do Heaven’s bidding.

 

“To another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit”

 

This gift has a common thread in meaning making it close to a prophecy, a Word of Wisdom, the Oracles of God, and even the interpretation of Tongues. Remember, these are manifestations of the Spirit of the God of Adam to the very last child formed- same God all the way through. Fear not my friend that we are belittling the fact that the Measure-Stick (the canon)- the Holy Bible will by a Word of Knowledge or “message of knowledge” supersede God’s Written Word.  

 

So- strictly speaking- knowledge we never had prior to the moment the Spirit gave it to us to build God’s children into a Holy Family (sons and daughters of God loving even as Jesus loved these) much the same way a prophecy or the Word of God (God’s finished measure-stick). Next comes the purpose of winning the world to Jesus Christ. A Word of knowledge can bless a neighbour or encourage a saint.

 

I heard of an inventor a long time ago who used to get dreams and visions and instructions of sorts telling him how to innovate and pull together this and that patent for one more in his collection of patents and inventions. Sometimes as believers we forget- yes, there is one door and only one Holy Bible (what Christians call The Bible- God’s Word)- but the way God could take and use a Word of knowledge- first, what that knowledge is about, when it comes, where it comes, to whom it comes, ………………….there are a zillion angles God wants to build His Church up from.

 

I knew a man who had literally scores and scores of “words of knowledge” that he never had before a certain time in his life. It would simply 3-D in his lines of thinking or Pop-up. He began an on and off journal to see what these thoughts were exactly like of how people do what’s called paper-trading in the stock market without putting one cent of money down whilst following one or more financial products and testing this theory and that theory (a lot of the times needing God’s word to be the propositional-truth-measurement). Though Paul said, “all men are liars” and James said that a perfect man stumbles not in what he says, “God cannot lie” and so as the Manifestation of the Holy Spirit of God used words of knowledge coming and going, he was really and truly blessed with his off and on journal/diary of things of Heaven. It seemed like his ideas stayed one generation to two or three generations ahead of a certain product he had picked to do creative thinking in Imagine-Innovation. Have you ever done that before?

 

In Evangelicalism here and there around the globe, I rarely heard these words, “I believe the Lord just gave this to me” and go on saying what it was in terms of words. Young or old pastor, we need to find these things on our knees, expectant faith, obedience to the light God has already given us to move forward not to get stuck and stagnant for it’s written, “sing a new song unto the Lord” and somewhere the Lord says, “I will do a new work…”

 

He’s the God of the new brother/sister. All I have left to say brother/sister- visitor- earnestly pray-believe-expect in your work place and pray in your ministry or at your home that regarding just the roles you play in these that you would receive a “word of knowledge and have discernment” and remain faithful to seeing that as a mode and method of Heaven to build His Kingdom and to bless and encourage every nation with “a word of knowledge” that “He is There and He is Not Silent.” Lead us to the cross where Jesus’ Well is gushing and springing forth with the Holy Spirit just waiting to all who cling to it for the Manifold Blessings coming down from Heaven right there.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ISCA Presses Onward…

By Kam VanH

 

Book II.

An Innately Social and Communicative Approach (ISCA) to Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

It was my experience that as I studied more deeply the topics of Methods, Approaches, and Philosophies- in Teaching ESL/EFL that- the meaning of the three topics began to blur one with the other. These words started to smack as simply being synonymous- even though in a dictionary they are very different; however, in the discipline of TESOL their meanings have similarities. This was happening in the field of TESOL to the degree that TESOL and Applied Linguistics professionals started parsing the meaning of the nuances between the three in the field of teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language simply to be clear on their position.

Eventually, in my mind, logic gave way and I saw a Hierarchy within the three terms. It went: 1. A Philosophy of Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language 2. An Approach to teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language 3. Some Methods for teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.

 

Stating the Philosophy and Approach in a nut-shell definition via. an exegetical analysis of key components reveals that the Approach is the child of the Philosophy and the grounds for saying such; while the Methods are the Rivulets as to what type of action will be an emphatic or used to realize the full potential of the philosophy and the approach. All should chime in either as a melody or in harmony one with the other. 

 

The Confidence and Optimism of ISCA (my acronym and term) is that it is almost universally accepted that people are people-ish when they are born- meaning- they are instantly in motion as communicators negotiating the meaning of two-way streets of sound or the motion we see in sign-language (coming from them and their audience) and that they are social creatures reaching out to the world of mankind for cause and effect scenarios that are on a personal level. Remember? People-ish people people-ize (root singular meaning- person).

 

During the initial years as a child (often referred to as the “critical years” for learning) when “neuron-plasticity” is very high, we should be amazed at how quickly a child can pick-up a first, second or even third language. Their appetite for The Social and The Communicative Roles they can play seems to be voracious, mirror-like (suggesting that because people mirror people they will linguistically and socially reflect each-other or another side to it all is they will be like goslings when imprinting takes place. My educated guess is one day in the future the majority of linguistic-experts will embrace the idea of mirror neurons in humans), and even sponge-like.

So, with these almost totally universal propositional truths in place as rock solid, being social and communicative teachers and students doesn’t require us to create a Innately Social and Communicative Essence within him/herself. It’s intrinsic. 

 

 

[Since I began researching and pondering this topic for the beginning of a book- Lord Willing- I can get published in the future- I see so many fields of study that would benefit in communicating and understanding people in just these three paragraphs alone.]

 

 

ISCA: An Innately Social and Communicative Approach to Second or Foreign Language Acquisition

Listening

Speaking

Reading

Writing

 

Note: My formatting has gone hog-wild – but, the content is here… 

Introduction:

I. Teachers Using ISCA in LSRW

A. Listening

B. Speaking

C. Reading

D. Writing

II. Students and ISCA to LSRW

A. Listening

B. Speaking

C. Reading

D. Writing

III. Curricula (ESL Language Materials) and ISCA to LSRW

A. Listening

B. Speaking

C. Reading

D.Writing

IV. Entrance Exams in LSRW via. ISCA

A. Listening

B. Speaking

C. Reading

D. Writing

V. Lesson Plans and ISCA to LSRW

A. Listening

B. Speaking

C. Reading

D. Writing

VI. Level Graduation Exams and ISCA

A. Listening

B. Speaking

C. Reading

D.Writing

VII.ISCA to Varying Levels and Ages in LSRW

A. Listening

B. Speaking

C. Reading

D. Writing

 

[Note: tactile learners, visual learners, and auditory learners…concrete, representational, abstract learners] [The influence of culture on learning]

 

 

 

I. Internalizing ISCA by Teachers

II. Recognizing the need for ISCA to Students

III. Implementing ISCA in the Classroom

IV. Charging the Atmosphere with ISCA

V. Preparing Entry Level Tests using ISCA

VI. Preparing Next Level Tests using ISCA

VII. Creating Curricula Materials with ISCA

VIII. Lesson Plans Using ISCA

IX. Making ISCA a Universal Approach

X. Already Seeing ISCA in the Universe of TESOL/TEFL

 

 

Temp. Conc.

 

 

 

You’ll notice that there are two potential outlines simply because the term ISCA is so ever-present in so many areas of what we call, `life“ that likely a thousand outlines could be made.

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The Essence of ISCA Words and Word Phrases

 

 

My Philosophy of TESOL Education: an Innately Social and Communicative Approach (ISCA)

 

List of Words and Phrases Being the Essence of ISCA

 

Introduction:

 

As I was working on my project several years ago on the philosophy of TESOL education, I came up with a list of words that came to me defining a number of important infrastructure points on the grid. The more I read the list the more I realize, “this list doesn’t have to be limited in how teachers approach their students, only.” It has all the earmarks of people who have been successful leaders and I’m not calling a sociopath-method of trying to dominate the whole earth a good leadership-style. Such men are called in the world of corporations e.g. “the axmen” for clear reasons.

 

Imagine filling this sentence, “to be an effective ______________, you will have the quality of _______________.”

 

Uniqueness of the Underlings/Students is dealt with by:

 

  • Embracing
  • Welcoming
  • Utilizing
  • Implementing …individuality…diversity of cultures…economic status

 

     Here- the Teacher is:

 

  • A catalyst
  • An Advocate
  • A Partner of sorts
  • A Practitioner
  • Counselor
  • A Mentor Present/Future

 

 

The Innate qualities of a Teacher:

 

  • Humor
  • Creativity
  • Mystique
  • Adventurous
  • Active
  • Professionalism
  • Understands
  • Appreciates

 

The Teacher strives to understand the Students and their varying ages:

 

  • The Advantages of an Age-group
  • The Differences within an Age-group
  • The Dynamics of an Age-group
  • The Impact an Age can have on Language Acquisition
  • The Age-group’s Keys to Language Acquisition
  • Biochemical Respondents (Determinism or Students are Robots to be Programmed) vs. Nurtured Respondents (Free-will)

 

ISCA and What it doesn’t do and is not:

 

  • Force Students into “One Mold Fits All”
  • Destroy the Students Ego (Sense of Worth)
  • Critiques “all the time”
  • Not too Ambitious/Overbearing
  • Not too Authoritative/Militant
  • Not Forceful
  • Not Impatient
  • Not Unkind
  • Not Rude
  • To be continued…

 

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