Community – Restoration to Transformation


The one who is hurt often is the one who can restore.

Peter was the one who was always ready to Peter was the go to guy the one who was eager and first to proclaim that Jesus was the Messiah the one who Jesus showed great confidence in. Remember He was the one who could not wait to get out of the boat to meet with Jesus. During what is called the last supper Peter was the one who swore to fight to his death if needed. In John chapter 13 the story of peter continues Jesus gathers his disciples for the Passover meal. Jesus gets up while the disciples before his disciples’ and takes the lowly task of washing their feet. Peter asks Him, I like to say incredulously, with humility “You shall never wash my feet, Jesus answered him “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me” Peter in typical enthusiasm say then wash my hands and head as well. If a foot washing gets me a share then I want more! Later in the meal after Jesus shares that he will be betrayed by one in the room and later when Peter asks him where is going Jesus says where I am going you cannot follow me now. Peter declares “he would lay down my life for you!” Jesus state before the rooster crows you will deny me three times. Finally in the garden after Judas betrays Jesus, Peter draws a sword to prove Jesus wrong and hacks off one of the ears of those there to arrest Jesus, a high priest’ servant named Malcus. Jesus again rebukes him and tells him to put the sword back into the sheath and heals the servant.

Peter and one other disciple follow the group who arrested Jesus. There the other disciple gets peter into the court but the girl who was keeping the door said aren’t you one of this man’s disciples’. To this he states “I am not”. Peter enters the courtyard and stands near a charcoal fire to keep warm and gets asked again “aren’t you one of his disciples?” Peter again denies with and says “I am not”, finally one of the servants of the high priest a relative of Malcus states “did not I see you in the garden with Him?” Matthew reports Peter invokes a curse on himself and swears he does not know him and then the rooster crows and Peter leaves weeping bitterly.

Jesus is publically beaten, abused and crucified and gives up his life. After three days he rises from the grave. Appearing first to the Mary’s they go back to share the news, Peter and what is described by John as the other disciple run to verify the empty tomb and Peter goes right in and believes. However he remains with the shame of his betrayal in denial. Jesus reveals himself and teaches them further the truths of God’s plan of redemption and what the implication of the cross what His death and resurrection means and tells them of the coming indwelling of the very Holy Spirit of God. But Jesus was not done with Peter yet. Peter decides to go fishing with some of his friends and after a long night of fishing and no catching they started to come back to the shore when a man on the beach tells them to try one more time and cast the nets on the right side of the boat. Peter has a déjà vu moment and remembers this was the second time a man tried to tell him how to fish in such a similar way realizes that this is Jesus and is once again jumping right out of the boat to swim and get to Jesus as soon as he could.

After they ate breakfast Jesus say to Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Peter replies “Yes Lord; you know that I love you.” To this Jesus says “feed my lambs.” Jesus then says “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” again Peter replies “Yes Lord; You know that I love you.” Jesus says “Tend my sheep” Jesus then says a third time “Simon, son of John do you love me” to this Peter was grieved because he was asked a third time “do you love me” and Peter says, “Lord you know everything, you know that I love you.” To this Jesus says “feed my sheep”

Now it strikes me that this is one of the keys to Peter’s restoration. As he denied the Lord three times right after he declared and boasts to all that he would die for him and Jesus indicates that he will be given a second opportunity and assigns him responsibilities’ of caring for the flock of lambs and sheep to feed and tend them.

How does this apply to us the normal everyday Christians who follow yet at a distance and were not called as the disciples were? Yet have we not been called? By God’s own spirit he draws us to himself? When we say things that hurt one another and need restoration don’t we who are hurt also need to say to one another do you Love me? Then get back to work reaching a lost and dying world by discipling one another, bearing one another’s burdens, sharing the burden’s and sufferings of the cross and the redemptive power of the resurrection?

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The real Gun Debate Starts Here!


This whole Quasi gun Debate reminds me of Stalinist/Mao/Communist/tyrannies in that if you disagreed with their policies you must have a mental defect because who would not love socialism or what ever rules they want to impose.  The really smart people who should be under a doctors care already know if they go their freedom to listen to their voices would be impinged.  At the crux of this is ability to put a loved or unloved one into a evaluation process that requires and honest answer which even if possible may be improbable if not impracticable.  Being able to defend oneself from the deranged, pales in comparison with the ability to protect one’s self, family, and lively hood from increased tyranny of the elected.  With no established norms then society (the majority) gets to decide what is normal.

As far as a debate this can only go on with the protection of the second amendment.  The right to bear arms is tied with the responsibility to be able to bear arms effectively.  Getting together with you neighbors to discuss the safety and security of your neck of the woods is not forming a militia to overthrow the government.  It is an opportunity to discuss disaster preparedness (ie Earthquakes, fires, natural disasters and man made disasters in all of the permutations and variables.)  Our bigger issues is the marketing of evil as normalcy and the sad nihilism glorified in Les Miserable by Victor Hugo.  We can push back against tyranny of the ever expanding federal government using our local town government to start with.  volunteering to helping one another by Healing the sick , making the lame walk, giving sight to th blind,  helping the deaf to hear,  setting the captives free, should be everyone’s mission. 

The whole discussion should be based on the Grace received and given in Love through the creator’s self sacrifice, through Love, by love.  This is not a the role of the pacifist but by those who seize the kingdom by force.  Through the weapons of prayer and good works and the willingness to suffer for doing what is right, instead of because of what they did wrong.   Frankly without an understanding of the implication of the life death burial and Resurrection of Jesus we stand already condemned as enemies of God!


Thoughts of my Friend and Pastor!

theVisibleKingdom

Father,

Thank you for another day. I choose today to enter the mission. Fill me with your Spirit to empower me to live as one sent.

Empower me to think, see, feel and hear like Jesus.
Empower me to act on behalf of your Kingdom today. May my thoughts, words and actions bring glory to You, and may I be used by You to extend the righteousness of Your Kingdom into the world in which I live today.

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit even now. Mold me and form me as wet clay into a beautiful shape which serves as a testimony to those around me of Your reality and goodness.

Enable me to represent You.
Give me courage to near my cross this day. Awaken my senses all day long of the urgency of the mission to which You have called Your people.

Father, I ask for compassion…

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Without a Christmas tree


Gerald Jerry Patrick Wood wrote:

Without a Christmas tree © Gerald Jerry Patrick Wood 2012

Looking back on all those days and all those times of stuff and things

Didn’t really matter, did not really count, when all things considered,

Content to spend the day Without a Christmas tree.

A time of angelic heralds’ and starlit majestic splendor.

 Of  unheeded candor and murder by a king

 of mourning in Ramah.  A firstborn’s drama 

All foreseen, yet unchanged considered results of an evil

Launched by Adam n Eve pointing a need for a coming redemptive king.

 

People will "move"…


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People will "move"…


That is the bugaboo. people always act in their own self interest and only when they have control of their own finances do they have the opportunity to get the joy of giving and if everything is confiscated the tend to hold onto what they would normally give freely. everyone wants to pay their fair share if they have been taught and training with the moral underpinnings. when this is abrogated by the federal government and it’s questionable success lauded” and everyone can see that it was a waste of money, their money they become adversaries and then the government must stomp in with their jack boots and make an example by fear to extract what was normally freely given. IN a poor area of Mexico Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca. I saw building with rebar sticking out of the top everywhere and I asked are they going to finish the construction? I was told NO! as soon as they finish their taxes go up dramatically . hence nothing is every completed. Secondly all businesses fail after a couple of years, because once a business starts to thrive they slap on more taxes. so the business fail and restart with a new entity. this is going to be the norm in the new America when we go after more revenue with a regressive confiscatory class warfare attitude. Those who have resources will protect their interests and hire the accountants and attorneys to keep their earnings and those who can’t will pay the higher cost through the goods and services. With quantitative easing and the devaluation of the dollar we already have hidden inflation because fuel and food are excluded. Prices have risen almost doubled and those who eat and drive just keep paying more and the sales tax also increases on the false value. People are moving because they want hope for a better future and without the ability to own personal property and benefit from their sweat equity they will go to greener pastures and those who stay and can will move their capital off shore .

Without a Christmas tree © Gerald Jerry Patrick Wood 2012


 

Looking back on all those days and all those times of stuff and things

Didn’t really matter, did not really count, when all things considered,

Content to spend the day Without a Christmas tree.

A time of angelic heralds’ and starlit majestic splendor.

 Of  unheeded candor and murder by a king

 of mourning in Ramah.  A firstborn’s drama  

All foreseen, yet unchanged considered results of an evil

Launched by Adam n Eve pointing a need for a coming redemptive king.

The Second Amendmant


We need to ban box-cutters and cars and clothes.

These are the tools of the modern day international terrorists.  With them they crashed planes into the twin towers,  they used others to drive bombs into our building and bases and checkpoints.  And yet they nefariously covered there human bombs in clothes to hide their intent.  So we need society to walk around naked and have the inability to stock our shelves in the grocery market.  I feel safer already!

So now after a very recent tragedy we are being attacked again by those who would remove the only way to protect ourselves is by removing the instrument we can use to protect ourselves.  They say we combat evil in the world by removing the fight from those who would stand to protect ourselves. Can we wait for the police or security fairies to show up at just the right time and wave their wands.  Heinous acts being used for political positions have been used through the ages.  Remember the Alamo, Pearl Harbor, 911, and such.  Ted Lieu posted several more crimes of those who would use guns not revealing the double standard that we all can’t have special security forces on guard outside our house nor we some of us want them.  The unknown factor of indiscriminate deadly force keeps those who would brutalize society from getting stronger.  An analysis of history shows  for tyranny to exist you must first disarm the general population.  We are a nation because we kept our “weapons” and did not relinquish them to the British Overlords per se.  Is it a perfect solution?  No!  We are an imperfect people.  Our hope and freedom remains not in the ability to defend ourselves perfectly but in the hope for a better future.  If laws could stop evil, it would have been eradicated years ago.  Plus if we keep redefining our morals lower and lower than what?  Without any standards in an amoral society it will be every one for themselves and the great american experiment in self governance is over.  It is more than a popularity contest in democracy.  Being able to disagree non violently depends on the ability to defend oneself.  The slaughter by a domestic terrorist needs justice but when the terrorist is already dead there is nothing left but to weep for the lost and vow to better protect the ones remaining by being vigilant and realizing the world has changed and we need to as well.  Removing the ability to defend oneself is a cowardly way to give up in hope of what?  Train and equip those in school to defend our children.  To not is to try to imprison them in a cement bunker with no hope.  A nonviolent approach in the use of deadly force is an oxymoron that has served us well for over two centuries.

Being able to defend one self and ones castle and family is one of the linchpins that hold our Constitution together.  It allows us to continue to struggle with providing a better future for our children and their children.  Do we all need to stock up on guns and ammo because of the threat from those who believe in just being nice will solve the problems of evil through diplomacy?  I say you first. Am I saying give our political leaders no protection other than their wits?  NO!  They are free to walk around and chose to have no weapon other than pepper-spray.  We have embarked on a disaster of our own making.  The ship has sailed full speed ahead.  Quick rearrange the deck chairs!

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