7/30/2003

...follow the King

   "Live pure, speak truth, right the wrong, follow the King" Last sunday Phil Graf spoke at the Bridge Communities. It was an intresting subject that he covered. We have been discussing Luke 15 the parable of the lost son, we've been looking at all the players. Dad, both sons, servants, their emotions, their journies, and their distant lands. I think the most impacting thing that I've learned from this story is how the father chases after both sons, no matter where they were in their sins. What a faithful and caring father we have. Always chasing after us with a passionate love in His eyes. It reminds me of Revelation where John sees Jesus and tried to describe him," His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire." His passion for His creation, a fire that is deep, uncontrolable, consuming anything in it's path. That is our Jesus, that is our King. So how do we live now ? Truth requires a response...my response is to "be" more like the Knights of the Round table, "Live pure, speak truth, right the wrong, follow the King." To not judge others, to know that my father loves all his children, to bring those in a "distant land" to the love of the father by example. To love the King more and more everyday.

the truth bomb

    I am struggling with some peoples understanding of the "truth" in this place called "blogsphere" and other "pm" websites. I have read many that blur over the "truth" issue. They've made it relative. At the risk of offending, and seeming arrogant there is a "truth" and it isn't relative to our experiences. We can't define the truth by our limited notions of reason. Truth in the "story of God" defines its self as "reality", and that reality is based on God. He is the Rock of Ages, He is the Ancient of Days, He is the Alpha and Omega, He is the Truth, He is absolute reality.    So if we are coming from any other stand point than this we are on a slippery slope that will be sure to cause confusion and pain to those we want to share Jesus with. Paul says this to Timothy "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." That fact is no matter what we "say" we believe, our actions mirror that which is our doctrine. And I see places in my life where I have to change my doctrine, because my actions don't match up. James says, "Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly." Yet we all want to be teachers ! Why? Some because of God's calling, other want the respect and honor (which I've struggled with), while others have even worse motives.         Paul also tells Timothy, "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." When is this time ? If not now then when ? I think that time is now. So be fearful and tremble when you speak or teach or blog to others the "truth" that you hold to. I do not want to sound condemning, but there is little accountability that I see in the world of blogs. Any place without accountability quickly becomes a festering blister, oozing out filth and disease. I think this post sounds harsh, but If I am not talking about you, then why worry, if I am then check yourself against the story and let His words dissect you instead of the other way around. If you think I have missed the point I am very open to discussion on this topic.