Anyone who welcomes you welcomes Me, and anyone who welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me. Anyone who welcomes a prophet and surrenders to his prophecy will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who welcomes a righteous person and conforms to the righteousness that surrounds him and proceeds from him will receive a righteous man’s reward. And anyone who has given so much as a cup of cold water to one of the little ones, because he is My disciple, I tell you, that person will be well rewarded.
To call charity no matter how small as evil or not “good enough” is further proof that self-proclaimed prophets and pastors have yet to look their “neighbor” in the eyes and realize that if that neighbor had been all there was in the world, Jesus would still have paid the ultimate price.
Our enemy is not the church or the “C”hurch, but the lack of right-living and doing it demonstratively.
Those who are leaving the church are not wanting to be entertained but intertwined in relationship. Those who have never looked inside a church want relationship to become intertwined with others
Seems to me both groups are the same. Why try to separate them? Remember we are to be implementers of the voice of Eternal not highly informed opinions of that voice.
“Right living – seeks God’s agenda, forgives with out measure, loves deeper than man’s wisdom, serves to abandon, and charges others to follow in the same path.”
What does it mean to be ageless? What does life mean if time is only a small portion of existence? Perhaps we should consider that we only have a beginning. Reconcile yourself to this idea and fear the Master Of The Beginning. Respect his providence, and negotiate your priorities to run in an existence where you know you have no end. Think bigger than the physical and dream of the etherial for our final home is where we “see” that we are ageless.
I have considered the notion that the old makes way for the new, but sometimes it’s the new that errs. From what point do we think of something as being too old to be relevant? Is it actual years attached to it? Could it be the ratio between prominence and obscurity? Like wise is a new beginning mean that we forget where we came from or what was in the past, to avoid the cliché of being like Buddy Holly who now is remembered more for his style than his work.
I think the important thing is to make sure that somewhere, you leave a mark, a testament if you will that someone can look at the standing stones and say. “So this is where that happened”
What was it about the circus that drew your attention as a child? Was it the sights and sounds of the menagerie to unfold or was it the exotic food like extruded sugar, or whipped sugar, or deep fried corn meal wrapped around a Oscar Mayer Wiener. Or could it have been the fear of the unknown, the hint that what was around you was unsafe, that normalcy had no place under the great red topped tent, and at any moment destruction could descend. It had to be the questions left in the brain by the triage of entertainment. Who is it they hides behind the grease paint. Your natural instinct is to not trust a mask no matter how thin and transparent it appears.
Once attended you will never escape a circus. It will haunt you if only as a whisper, a lure of standing to close to the precipice and thinking the words “Jump”. Thats the draw of the Big Top, you can see the bottom of the canyon with it’s boulders waiting to dash your bones to dust, you face it and then turn and walk away, cheating death it’s pleasure.