Come & See

Beautiful You

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As I sit here at our rental in Astor, Florida on this Monday morning.  I am at a loss for words to put to paper. I have checked my email and found many prayer requests.  Along with those pleas for prayer, I add the long list of prayer requests within my own family. Two days ago I learned that dear friends we attend church with at DeLeon Springs, lost their daughter by her own hands.  My heart is very heavy for them.  I can’t even wrap my mind around the concept of losing a daughter let alone her decision to end her life.

I am lost in a fog induced by life’s difficult journeys.  I have had my quiet time and prayer time and I sit here attempting to plan my day.  To somehow make it count, but sorrow lies over me and weakens my soul.  I once again glance through my emails and my eyes fall on an old email sent to me in God’s love, many months ago.  My son-in-law heard this song on the radio and sent a “YouTube” link to his friends and loved ones.  When I finely took the time to actually watch and listen, I was blessed beyond words, so much so that I have never even considered deleting it.

Emerging Majesty

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This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ as well.  Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by.  Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from the Lenten Devotional of 1979 - March 3rd to be precise:

Read Matthew 5:17-46

"When I look at Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars which Thou hast established; what is man that Thou art mindful of Him? ~Psalm 8

One cloudy, rainy afternoon, I was driving to the airport to begin a business trip to a distant city.  The closer I got to the terminal the darker it became.  As I parked the car and tramped through the puddles to the loading ramp, the less sure I became of being able to take off in such nasty weather.  However, once safely aboard, the plane taxied through rain and fog to eth end of the runway to prepare for take off.  As we reached the far end and turned into the wind, all the terminal buildings slipped out of the sight in the rain and fog.

A Step Back

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To better accompany Markie on her journey, check out her last post here.

Let me take a step back. I want to explain myself a little better.  My last post dumped a lot of information on you all, so let me back up.

Immanuel Kant wrote that there were certain limits to our knowledge.  Because of the limits of our physical world, Kant argues we cannot understand what the metaphysical world may be.  He argues that humans have constructed reality in our minds through our senses.  Kant thinks that there is some other reality that is indeed very real but that we cannot access because of the limits of our mind.  It was because of these limits that Kant thought we could never know if God truly exists.  He did, however, think that belief in a “benevolent universe” could allow humans to live moral, meaningful lives.  He insisted that not knowing whether God truly exists outside of our own constructed reality is okay, ideal even.  He then tries to rationalize his anxiety of a godless world by suggesting that it is only without a god that is outside of our reality that we can bring a god into ourselves.  The belief in a kind universe allows us to live by our own moral will.  This, to Kant, means that God is no longer outside of our reality, but within us. 

Born Bad

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I recently read a book by James Boyce about the history of the Western branch of Christianity.  The book, entitled “Born Bad”, chronicles the influence the concept of original sin has had over that last 1600 years.  I heard about the book in a radio interview wherein the author recounted that the Founding Fathers of the US accepted original sin and therefore worked hard to craft a constitution that constrained man’s untrustworthy ambitions.  The result is that no one person or group can hold sway because of the separation of powers.

His Divine Plan

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You are where God  can show up at this very moment.  Every experience  can become part of His divine plan.  

Several years ago I attended a large medical conference in Las Vegas.  I enjoy attending conferences, blending in with the crowd and soaking up information.  I spoke with exactly one other attendee during this particular conference.  While waiting for a lunch session to begin, the gentleman sitting next to me struck up a conversation.  The gentleman was a cardiologist, practicing in Wichita, Kansas.  What a small world, I said.  I’m grew up in a small town about 40 minutes north of Wichita.  Small as in no stoplights and no fast food restaurants.  The world got even smaller when Dr. Bajaj shared that he holds clinic days once a month in my hometown and counts as patients many of my family’s friends and neighbors.