Sunday, June 17, 2018

"Thanatopsis"

 "Yet not to thine eternal resting-place 
 Shalt thou retire alone, thou shalt lie down 
 with patriarchs of the infant world—with kings, 
 The powerful of the earth—the wise, the good, 
 fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past, 
 all in one mighty sepulcher. The hills 
 rock-ribbed and ancient as the sun,—the vales 
 stretching in pensive quietness between;
 the venerable woods—rivers that move
 In majesty, and the complaining brooks
 that make the meadows green; and, poured round all,
 Old Ocean’s gray and melancholy waste,—
 are but the solemn decorations all
 Of the great tomb of man. The golden sun,
 The planets, all the infinite host of heaven,
 Are shining on the sad abodes of death,
 Through the still lapse of ages. All that tread
 The globe are but a handful to the tribes
 That slumber in its bosom.—Take the wings
 of morning, pierce the wilderness,
 Or lose thyself in the continuous woods
 Where rolls the Oregon, and hears no sound,
 Save his own dashings—yet the dead are there:
 And millions in those solitudes, since first
 The flight of years began, have laid them down
 In their last sleep—the dead reign there alone.
So shalt thou rest, and what if thou withdraw
 In silence from the living, and no friend
 Take note of thy departure? All that breathe
 will share thy destiny. The gay will laugh
When thou art gone, the solemn brood of care
 plod on, and each one as before will chase
 His favorite phantom; yet all these shall leave
 Their mirth and their employments, and shall come
And make their bed with thee. As the long train
 Of ages glide away, the sons of men,
 The youth in life’s green spring, and he who goes
 In the full strength of years, matron and maid,
 The speechless babe, and the gray-headed man—
 Shall one by one be gathered to thy side,
 By those, who in their turn shall follow them.
So live, that when thy summons comes to join
 The innumerable caravan, which moves
 To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
 His chamber in the silent halls of death,
 Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
 Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
 By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
 Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
 About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."


-William Cullen Bryant  (circa)1817



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Why we losing our generation of "Millennials" in Church.

-Only 2 in 10 Americans under 30 believe attending a church is important or worthwhile (an all time low)
-59% of millennials raised in church have dropped out
-35% of millennials have an anti-church stance
-Millennials are the least likely age group of anyone to attend church.
Despite the steep drop off in millennials. most church's seem to be continuing on with business as usual. Sure, maybe add a bowling night here or there but no one seems to be reacting with any level of concern that matches these STAGGERING statistics. Q: Where is the task-force searching for the lost generation? Where is the introspective reflection necessary when 1/3 of a generation is ANTI-CHURCH? I read a blog recently that offered solutions in chronological order: 1. Problem: Nobody is listening to us: Millennials value voice and receptivity above all else. Solution: create outlets: involve millennials in more regular leadership opportunities to serve the outside communities needs, opposed to creating an exclusive "clickish" hierarchy. Fraternities do a better job of this than many churches. 2. We are sick of hearing about values and mission statements: "Why does every church need its own mission statement anyway? Sweet Moses, people give it a rest. Jesus was insanely clear about our purpose on earth. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is love thy neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. "Love God, love others, task completed. Why does every church need its own mission statement anyway? Aren't we all one body of Christ serving one God? What would happen if the entire American church came together in our commonalities and used the same, concise mission statement?
The solution is simple. Stop wasting time on the religious, mambo jambo and get back to the heart of the gospel. If you have to explain your mission and values to the church, it's overly religious and too complicated. And when we enact "church membership" it becomes exclusive, and "cultish". Were not impressed with the hours you brag about spending behind closed doors wrestling with "Christianese" words on a paper. We're impressed with actions and service. Helping the poor has become not a priority anymore. Just clock the hours members spend in bible studies, meetings, groups, social functions, book clubs, church funding events vs....the hours spent serving the least of these........ugh awkward. If the numbers are not at least equal please check your bible for better comprehension "If our lives do not reflect radical compassion for others in need, there is cause to wonder if Christ is even in us at all" Lastly everyone is tired of the church blaming the culture. Perhaps its easier to focus on how terrible the world is out there than actually address the mess within. Put the "end times" rhetoric to rest and focus on real solutions and real impact in the immediate community while explicitly showing how our lives should differ from the mainstream cultures Example: Organize a group of millennials to visit the jailhouse once or twice a week and reach out to those people.
Most millennials want to be mentored not preached at. Preaching just doesn't reach our techno-savvy generation the same way it did our grandparents and great-grandparents. We have millions of podcast and YouTube videos for that reason the currency of good preaching is at its lowest value in history -- Millennials crave relationship, to have someone walking beside them through the muck. They are looking for mentors authentically invested in their lives, if we don't have real people who actually care about us, why not listen to a sermon from the couch with the ecstasy of doughnuts and sweatpants. Create a network base of mentors and younger millennial's looking for someone to talk with them about controversial issues, because people want to feel valued....Only then can real change to the public perception of the church as a whole begin to happen. I read Paul's blueprint in the New Testament on how a church should behave and I think...wow, in America...we aren't doing this.. We are failing at being the aroma of Christ because we've made it into an aroma of Doctrine, abandoned our spiritual moorings and drifted far from true religion which is described by James as this: looking after the orphans and widows in their distress, serving everyone in need regardless of culture, color, class or capactiy....end rant.





Thursday, February 1, 2018

They sold their souls for Rock N' Roll" and the "Stairway to Hell"

     I recently watched all 5 episodes of the documentary and Youtube series: "They sold their souls for Rock N' Roll". It was pretty alarming to me how many famous artists did actually sell their soul to the devil for $ and fame. For example, even the Beatles were heavily influenced by Satanist "Aleister Crowley". Hitler (a Crowley disciple) and Crowley himself were both displayed on the Beatle’s “Sergeant Pepper” Album. The undercurrents can be found in the composition of the song “My Sweet Lord” (with the chorus headlining) "Hallelujah..Hare Krishna." Krishna is a dark underworld god/demon that is prominent in the Buddha and Hindu religions. It’s easy to get lulled into a spiritual slumber by the lyrics “my sweet lord” and “hallelujah” while feeling the pleasurable dopamine releases in the brain, not realizing you are unwittingly paying homage to dark gods. Even famous guitarist Jimmy Hendrix admitted to a spirit taking over his fingers and controlling his onstage movements. He notes after he dropped acid at Woodstock: “The guitar turned into a snake and my fingers were not my own”. A dark entity was evidently behind his rise to fame as he admitted to being possessed and not his own on stage and subject to violent and unpredictable mood swings. 

Robert Johnson, who many call "The grandfather of Rock N' Roll" stands at the crossroads
of American music, due in no small part to a popular folk legend that he once stood at a Mississippi crossroads and sold his soul to the devil in exchange for guitar-playing prowess. Yet this story has gained weight through his own family members saying overnight he turned from a "wannabe" with a screechy voice and terrible guitar skills to the most gifted guitarist the world had yet seen, equipped with an uncanny ability to play both rifts and cords simultaneously. Those who heard him perform live would say "It was almost as if two guitars were being played at the same time and the rare combination was beautiful". To who does he owe this powerful transformation? We can only guess he had aide..

The more you dig into the personal biographies and on-stage testimonies, you will be intriqued by the discovery that a large portion of the lyrics for famous rock n’ roll songs were accompliched through sorcery, channeling and automatic handwriting. Many composers will tell a similar story of a spirit taking over the writing of the lyrics, the stage and even the choreographed rhymthic movements of the performers as well. They will also give credit to that mysterious spirit who occassionally visits them in their homes to whisper "sweet nothings" in their ears for the next batch of successful composition. Many will admit to ethereal encounters as the bluepring for their  notoriety and smashing success. The sad part is humanity is a mere illusional backdrop for them as they work behind the scenes. Many, if not all of these famous Rock n’ Roll “legends” are mere puppets/ mediums /conduits, if you will, for dark underworld gods to channel for their sinister purposes, all in order to promote an unbiblical demonic agenda. Lead Satanist Aleister Crowley’s  “Do what thou will” motto, prominent through the hippie/psychedelic movement in the 60’s-70’s has deceived and influenced millions. The more psychedelic drugs one does, the more doors one opens for mental and physical manipulation. 

For example, when Carlos Santana plays guitar it appears as if he were a man possessed, and that the guitar itself is a wailing spirit. It may sound ethereal to say that, but keep in mind, he DOES get possessed when he plays. So as much as it may seem silly, it is not something Carlos Santana denies. He very much considers himself a conduit for a larger being that chooses to play through him. Many would say he is just a vessel. He, himself, would admit to this. Let us start our journey on that note. 

Now flash back a bit with me, to 1998. Carlos Santana is meditating. There are candles lit around him, and he is in a deeply meditative state. A being he refers to as Metatron comes to him in a very clear vision and says:

"We want to hook you back in to the radio air-wave frequency. We want you to reach junior high schools, high schools, and universities. Once you reach them – because we are going to connect you with the best artists of the day – then we want you to present them a new menu. Let them know that they are, themselves, multi-dimensional spirits with enormous possibilities and opportunities. We want you to inform them with a new form of existence that transcends religion, politics, or the modus operandi of education today."

I would love to tell you I made that up. That I just came up with that, but the fact is, it was in a Rolling Stone interview. As a matter of fact. Pretty much any interview or article you read about Santana will have references to Metatron and how the Supernatural album came to be. What I am telling you now is not private news. It is just news most people ignore or glance over. But I’m sorry. I tend to not glance over someone telling me something came to them and told him to win them teens over (and win them away from politics and organized religion). I am sorry, but that is basic Antichrist stuff, right there. Why don’t we take a moment to really talk about the above quote?

First off, he says his “angel” is Metatron. Sure enough, if you look up Metatron, there is a great amount of info about him being an archangel and, potentially, the ruler of the Tree of Life. But if you look deeper into demon possession, you will see in most cases the demon gives off a fake name. A name that will lull the person seeking them into a false sense of safety. It seems as Santana sold his soul in seeking riches, he was also blind to the fact that was being played by them like an instrument in the same way he plays his guitar. 

Jim Van Morrison, artist of the hit single "brown eyed girl" was quoted by his fellow band mates to have many different voices while performing on stage and his erratic behavior terrified them at times. In one of his biographies, and I quote "On stage (Morrison) came alive and was the most exciting and dynamic performer I'd ever seen. He would go through trips on stage, you woudn't beleive the personalitities that would come out of him. the intensity that would speack to the audience. 15,000 people would just be hushed, stopped, not even breathing. Man, when I was on stage with that guy I don't know who was playing the organ. Sure it was my fingers, but...? Implying that the same forces who took control of Jim Morrison took control of his fingers. Jim Morrison biographers in the book  "The last Waltz" point out "he was opening himself to be used and abused by any spiritual entity that happened to come along. The result may have been  some amazing inspirations, but also a tragically restless, misdirected life"

Bob Dylan as well during a nationally televised interview on 60 minutes admitted candidly in a cryptic message, to making a pact with the devil:

Ed Bradley: Why do you still do it? Why are you still out here?
Dylan: It goes back to that destiny thing. I made a bargain with it a long time ago, and I’m holding up my end.
Bradley: What was your bargain? 
Dylan: To get where I am now.
Bradley: Should I ask whom you made the bargain with?
Dylan: With the chief commander.
Bradley: On this earth?
Dylan: (laughing) On this earth and the world we can’t see"

And then there was the Beyonce' Super bowl 2013 performance where millions saw her
physical appearance transform onstage after she flashed several luciferean and
occultic signs.Beyonce' herself admitted to being possessed onstage by the dark spirit "Sasha Fierce". As you can clearly see nobody home in exhibit A to the right.

Even arguably, the most famous Rock N' Roll song of all time "Stairway to Heaven" was composed in a 10 minute span by Jimmy Page, who later goes on to say he was writing so quickly and without thought he doesn’t recall what he wrote. “The lyrics just came to me and my hands flew off the page. I didn’t write it. The idea was not my own”. The song is mere byproduct of the mystic, new age movement and promotes a false way to heaven. The song pays homage to the dark god "hamelin" displayed in ancient literature with a pipe in his hand. And a new day will dawn for those who stand with him long, the forests will echo with laughter. (the new-age anti-Christ is the piper that will lead all who will follow the tune of the devil into hell - the new day is the new-age - it's a counterfeit of the Bible verses that tell us those who stand for Jesus to the end will be saved.) Further lyrics in this song further illiterate the thick spidery web of deception, such as "Its just a spring clean for the May queen". (the queen of heaven again, mayday was an ancient pagan fertility celebration)

Your head is humming and it won’t go, In case you don’t know: The pipers calling you to join him. (once again, I reiterate, the piper is not your friend) 

Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, And did you know: Your stairway lies on the whispering wind. (the wind is a spirit - you can choose to follow the Holy Spirit or evil spirits.)  

Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven. (demons try to turn us away from God and toward sin through our thoughts.)

There's more lyrics about the evil lady however..."There’s a lady whose sure all that glitters is gold and she’s buying a stairway to heaven. When she gets there, she knows if the stores are all closed with a word she can get what she came for.

(Occult alchemy.  Some people live as though material things have lasting value. Some believe they can buy, with money or sex, whatever they want.  An ancient fertility goddess called the queen of heaven - ancient devil worship.  It's a blasphemy verse as money, material things and sex have no place or value in God's heaven.)

Lyrics (cont..) Theres a feeling I get when I look to the west, And my spirit is crying for leaving. (in ancient times, the west, the direction of the sunset, was the direction of hell - sadly, children of darkness long to return home to their master where death and destruction awaits them)

The “Red HotChili Peppers” for one, publicly thanked Satan after winning a Grammy award.
It’s really quite tragic and sad at how deceived most of us are when you peel the layers back 😔

   








Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Saints are Coming Home

Sometimes I’ll see in my minds eyes what I refer to as “The falling man” on a cold moonlit night, a lone figure:

The Son of God...

Falling on his face almost unable to bear the crushing weight he was about to carry. The Rock of Ages planted in humiliating fashion. 

I see the image again after I sin egregiously - a man falling on his face- amid the moonlit glow, struck down in the line of duty for that very sin I committed. I see him carrying that sin all the way to the cross. I see him pleading before the father not to punish me for that sin as he’s pointing to his side and nail scarred wrist “that one, I paid for it too My Father”. 

I see a risen savior setting captives free in paradise, as comforting angels surround them...

All are echoing the same chorus: “he’s approaching, he’s coming soon, your sins are right now being atoned for, wait for it. “We are going to see The King”. 

A giant explosion rends the air...

The son of God himself, closely followed by the the ransomed thief on the  cross ruptures the outer wall...

Cries of joy rend the air...

 A loud voice splits the sky: 

 “follow me!”

Out the redeemed saints pour, led by their fearless leader Jesus Christ, the keys of death and hades anchored to his side...

Into the halls of heaven they pour...

Now arising from the Throne of the most High, in a  welcome gesture toward his son who is now followed by myriads of angels and redeemed saints in tow is His Father “Well done my faithful Son, well done” What a greeting it was too as heavens gates swung open wide “Make way for the Kings Son! Is the cry, as angels jostle to get a better view of the scene unfolding...

Look! they cry in one accord: “The saints are coming home!”

He did it...

The Son of Man has completed his mission..

After our sad procession following his exit from the Highest and descent to earth to become a man, surely we thought we’d never see him again. All the straining into the mysteries of His Divine plan, no longer rendered necessary ...

All the constructs in heaven we’ve been making? 

It makes sense now, those dwellings will now be filled...

There had been a sad day in Heaven once before, when Satan fell, and dragged with him a third of the stars of heaven, and when the Son of God launching from his great right hand the Omnipotent thunders, dashed the rebellious crew to the pit of perdition...

 But if we could conceive a grief in heaven, that must have been a sadder day, when the Son of the Most High left his Father's realm, where he had lain from before all worlds. "Go!," says the Father, "and thy Father's blessing on your head!"

 Then comes the unrobing. How do angels crowd around to see the Son of God take off his robes He laid aside his crown; he said, "My father, I am Lord over all, blessed for ever, but I will lay my crown aside, and be as mortal men are." He strips himself of his bright vest of glory; "Father," he says, "I will wear a robe of clay, just such as men wear." Then he takes off all those jewels wherewith he was glorified; he lays aside his starry mantles and robes of light, to dress himself in the simple garments of the peasant of Galilee. What a solemn disrobing that must have been! 

And next, can you picture the dismissal! 


The angels attend the Saviour through the streets, until they approach the doors: when an angel cries, "Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lifted up ye everlasting doors, and let the king of glory through!" Oh! methinks the angels must have wept when they lost the company of Jesus—when the Sun of Heaven bereaved them of all its light. 

But they went after him. They descended with him; and when his spirit entered into flesh and he became a babe, he was attended by that mighty host of angels, who after they had been with him to Bethlehem's manger, and seen him safely, laid on his mother's breast, in their journey upwards appeared to the shepherds and told them that he was born king of the Jews. The Father sent him! Contemplate that subject. Let your soul get hold of it, and in every period of his life think that he suffered what the Father willed; that every step of his life was marked with the approval of the great I AM." 

Countless mythical allegories pointing to this great day, litter our literature these days:

“The ring bearer completing his mission...

Yet, only after covertly penetrating the heart of the dark lords kingdom..

In allegorical terms he was throwing the very mechanisms of hatred, greed and malice into the fires of destruction yet redeeming the prize...

Harry Potter only after the means of laying down his life finally defeats Voldemort. Yet again..A sacrificial redemptive element.

In Greek literature: Perseus, the half-God half man rescuing his captive bride andromeda (Christ’s church) from being consumed by the Kraken then returning with her and the beheaded Medusa in his hand. It all points to a bigger picture”

Back to the story at hand however: the damned in hell see them leave paradise which was adjacent to their position separated by an expanse...

Yet sadly, it only adds to their despair. 

All hope of ever being redeemed or rescued is lost...

LOST! Forever! 

Damned!!! Forever! Are the despairing wails that rend the hellborn sky..

Jesus would soon after his horrific death culminating in crucifixion be descending to Hades..

His proclamation however was not one of redemption....

Yet, a woeful one of judgement and eternal fire. 

After his 3 days preaching in the belly of Hell Jesus returned to reclaim his earthly body and encourage his followers. “As Jonah was 3 days in the belly of the whale so will the son of man be the heart if the earth” it says (eg. in other translations): Hades. The ABUSO: the inhabitation of the dead..

Tombs were broke open on this great resurrection day...

And many saints were reunited with their bodies. They then walked among the city.

Yet... The earth was still dark at this hour....

A very catastrophic event was occuring within our whole timeline (BC/AD) gets shaken up...A great rendition is transpiring..

Possibly these saints were rewarded with their bodies before the forthcoming advancement of heralded multitudes... 

Prophets possibly?

 The rest is conjecture, but I’d assume the resurrection of our bodies along with our spirits will not transpire til later, thus it would be a divine precursor to forthcoming events and means  of strengthening their earthborn families left to linger until they transpire here on earth. 

The dead who were raised on this great day could have been a comforting show to their loved ones, revealing the marvelous truth - that they were indeed more alive and well than them on earth even.

This kindles my spirit with seraphic flames and gets me excited...

Jesus is coming back accompanied with great  pomp. Spiritual warfare is real and their is much fighting still to be done on this battlefield between the two eternal homes before we the redeemed are carried up into glory and receive our rest. Amen  🙏


Thursday, June 29, 2017

It's not about RELIGION


What are your ideas of christianity? A book filled with a bunch of stories? A savior with fair skin and long brown hair holding lambs? Or a building with institutionalized norms of how to live? All these are mostly false representations of religion. It is my strong belief that God really is, the very definition of God is the intelligent existence holding the entire fabric of universe together, to the air you breathe around you, to the love you see in others; yet, you, I and everyone "living" is bound to this dying place and its broken systems in our biological bodies. Thus, your soul and your flesh are both struggling to go two very different directions. This system of "negative energy" is a separated (quarantined) system. It is a system under the control of the prince of this world and those with him whose time of CHOICE has passed. While unconnected and in this flesh, we are all under the thumb of the things we cannot see. the world around and even our own flesh can be compared to a bicycle going downhill gaining speed until it reaches a velocity, that without outside intervention, will ultimately meet with disaster of one form or another. This is the default setting. The automated direction that mankind blindly moves when God's light of all that is, was, or remains to come, an indwelling connection to Him are willfully, or even subconsciously, cast aside in the great pursuit of the sin which may indeed summarize all sin: Self-will. And unless a saving figure intervenes and absorbs that inevitable shock at the bottom then we are destined to ride the downward spiral toward  oblivion. In the grandness of all the stars, the solar systems, the world within worlds, the great beyond and all that which this feeble human mind would shutter to understand, we are such a speck; a tiny, tiny speck. We, and when I say we, I really mean "I" as well as everyone else have fancied ourselves as little kings, self-important, self-proclaimed gods to which all should bow to recognize our trite conquests, trials, problems and achievements. It is like a drop of water telling the ocean how important it is. But God despite all this still strives to connect with us. The programmer is still at work salvaging a part of the program by interjecting His own blood into a system infected with a deadly serum (the sin virus) it is wildly contagious and affects is all. Yet the great architect behind all things, is on the move, undoing this cosmic curse with incredible care and patience.

I've often wondered with perplexity : if God is the all-consuming power, why are so few are saved? Does he want this ratio? Jesus said MANY people will seek to enter Heaven, but will not be able. Most of the people in the world today want to go to Heaven, i.e., to go to a better place; but they love their sin-habits too much to come to Christ for salvation... "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." I've heard people that say "yeah I beleive in God, He died for me, that was real, but when asked if they've been born-again christian. They have literally said, "I'm not ready for that." And the reasoning "I love the women in my life, or I want to live life how I want, unrestricted, basically, I'm not willing to change my  lifestyle." Yet God doesn't expect you to make lifestyle changes once you're saved because that is impossible to do without him. The more you get closer to God, the less desirable these worldly things become, the more you realize true freedom is in following God because it is liberating and not oppressive. One of the devils greatest lies was convincing mankind he was free while forcing him to put the shackles on binding and controlling their instincts to every corrupting way of the world. I'm not here saying I'm the holy man, cause I'm not, in fact the reason I'm writing this is because that was me and still many times is me. I was angry, angry that God is just plucking a few out of the masses of humanity while the rest suffer unending punishment, I was tired of the battle of self denial the what I considered a self-flagellating lifestyle of denying your selfish impulses. Essentially though I think that's the reason so few are saved, because so few want to be saved, so many want to let their pride govern their way of living and choose the praise of people over the praise of God, Yet this world is a gift, your body is a gift, you were a created being. God isn't up in Heaven masochistically saying "oh praise me praise me" like He needs that. He's perfectly happy without that or you, but He knows you can only be really happy with HIM, yet apart from him an exchange takes place. WE are inherently created to worship something. It's in our very nature, similar to a hose one cannot shut off, and when God is not the focal point, a horrid EXCHANGE transmits energy back to self. People worship the human-physique, music, motion pictures, news personalities, celebrity figures, all these are the EXCHANGE from GOD that takes place and pulls our desires away by redirecting the current of our praise into abasement.  Now even the angry, unpleasant human beings that seemingly have all these gifts and wealth are benefiting from God. He showers out blessings on the earth like rainfall ,so that they'll have no excuse. We were created in a such a way, that we are INNATELY drivin' by desires to make much of and worship something else, either a certain movie star, body type, personality, money, we strive for means of happiness outside of ourselves because down deep we know we cant find it in ourselves! 

That should say something about us, even in movies you see the need for a savior, (batman taking the grenade for helpless gotham, Leonidas taking the famous stand, dying so that Sparta can be free, Harry Potter dying so that Hogswart could be free) Well there was one hero these stories, novels and values are pointing to and so desperately attempting to understand the kind of joy and satisfaction from a powerful force that sacrifices for the many. Even among the pharisee's there were those who knew who this was they were crucifying but they craved the praise of people over God, which is what so many of us crave, so they got rid of him, Jesus was in the way of that. He convicted them of their wrongdoing and this infuriated them, how many of us are in that same exact boat? If more people really understood how sickening and horrific sin is, more people would seek the all powerful assistance of the Almighty God in their lives.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cpt. Kirk Sr's Sacrifice aboard the USS Kelvin: An allegory of Christ and Calvary

In the opening scene of the newest Star Trek film, we were all witness to Cpt George Kirk, sensing an oncoming danger and forthcoming destruction of his vessel, he eventually yells:  "Everyone get off of the Kelvin!" and kisses his super pregnant wife Winona goodbye as she goes into labor with his son James. She gives birth as George sacrifices himself and crashes the USS Kelvin  into the Romulans, saving everyone's life but his own. It's a pretty busy, and depressing, opening scene. Yet, while Captain Kirks father may have died rescuing his family and friends aboard the Kelvin his legacy lives on, emblazoned in all of our hearts. Yet what impacted me the most during this opening scene is the manner in which George Kirk Sr. dies, it is the finest picture of a selfless sacrifice. As the USS Kelvin hurtled toward impact, his thoughts were toward his wife and newborn son. He is naming him and thinking of the boys new certain and "safe future". We can all see representations of Jesus looking toward his mother Mary and brother John on the cross as he tells them in no uncertain terms to leave this place of shameful suffering and look after their needs. His mind must have drifted in this moment to the joy set before him, our new names and safe identity in Christ which are written in his nail scarred hands. He is most likely visualizing the wedding feast in his Fathers kingdom, an eternal life of joy, the creation set aright into an unfallen state, all of Satans lies exposed and done away with, forever. The new Jerusalem, his eternal bride composed of every tribe every tongue and nation, washed clean with a new redeemed nature in whom he was bleeding for. It must have been the only thing that comforted and sustained him in this shameful state of horror and morbid suffering.

I see Cpt. Kirks sacrifice as a picture of Jesus. His earthly pod is heading speedily toward incoming divine wrath and certain destruction. Yet his thoughts are toward us and our future lives we would get to enjoy as our death would become his. It must have been these images which comforted his poor tormented tried and vexed soul as he endures the unfathomable crushing weight our sins are so deserving of.  

"They are coming to you FATHER! I am bringing them to you". 

A cup mixed with gall is thrust to his lips. 

He refuses... 

He must taste the bitter pangs of death to the fullest.

If the weight of the fall is to be placed on the redeemers graceful shoulders. He must drink that awful poisoned cup to the dregs. 

It was in the very words He spoke to the Roman contingent right after his betrayal and before his arrest. 

"IF YOU COME FOR ME, LET THESE MEN GO THEIR WAY!"

In the same way Cpt Kirks mother was in labor, Jesus was experiencing the birth pangs of our new spiritual lives. It would NEED to take his sacrifice, a substitute in our place. An eternal redemption could only be purchased by an eternal being and the awful price of sin could only be understood by the death of the apple of God's eye: 

His own dearly beloved son. The God-man...

JESUS mans the doomed vessels we are all on, whose trajectory is a collision course for eternal destruction. In doing so the great exchange transpires as He vicariously interposes our broken and sorrow filled life for HIS perfect one...

The SON passionately yells at the adversary the same way he yelled at Pharaoh through Moses 1500 years prior 

"LET MY PEOPLE GO!"  

 Out of slavery of sin and Satan the redeemed must come...

In every cell of the dungeons of Despair, the sound is echoed.

 "Let these go their way," 


Satan hears the well-known voice, and lifts his foot from the neck of the fallen; and Death hears it, and the grave opens her gates to let the dead arise.  

Their way is one of progress, holiness, triumph, glory, and none shall dare to stay them in it.

By faith let us rejoice that we shall still reign in Christ Jesus. The woman's seed in spite of the decision of the first of her kind to taste the tainted fruit shall in the end prevail.What dishonor to Satan to have his head bruised by human feet! 

For Jesus, the ruling passion is strong in death. He resigns himself to the enemy, but he interposes a word of power to set his people free...

As to himself, like a sheep before her shearers he is dumb and opened not his mouth, but for his disciples' sake he speaks with almighty energy. Herein is love, constant, self-forgetting, faithful love. 

"No lion shall be on their way, neither shall any ravenous beast go upon them. "The hind of the morning (The Son of God)" has drawn the cruel hunters upon himself, and now the most timid roes and hinds of the field may graze at perfect peace among the lilies of his loves. The thunder-cloud has burst over the Cross of Calvary, and the pilgrims of Zion shall never be smitten by the bolts of vengeance. Come, my heart, rejoice in the immunity which thy Redeemer has secured thee, and bless his name all the day, and every day." -CH Spurgeon

By his love, and pity, and compassion, he is sure to remember you. A woman can sooner forget her nursing-child than your God could forget you...Amen :)














Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Our Spiritual Father


   My understanding of the family of God as little as it it is is nowhere close to the appreciation of the grandeur it deserves. We have been brought into an heavenly family. God is our real spiritual Father. He is as connected as an earthly father in fact more so, because we share one of his sons X chromosomes. I may be poor but I have a brother in heaven who is rich. A brother in heaven where I am going and will one day meet.

   Yet, if we look around we shall find we are in an enemies country. There are more spies, double agents, and deceptive forces than we realize. The mere act of looking out a window can cause the green sin of envy and jealous root of bitterness to shoot up within us. Therefore we should expect trouble, in God's regiments we are the mark of all the riflemen of the enemy.We must all be on our guard for the devil has deceived many soldiers of the cross by making them fall into sins that few thought possible at one point in their spiritual walk. We are strangers and sojourners in a land not our own, as Israelites seeking the promised haven, so we as Christians are today. The world is not our friend if it is then we are not God's friend. According to CH Spurgeon: "Be assured that thou shalt find foe-men everywhere. When thou sleepest, think thou art resting on the battlefield; when thou wakest, suspect an ambush in every hedge. As mosquitoes are said to bite strangers more than natives so will the trials of earth be sharpest to you. Lastly look within thee, into thine own heart, if thou hadst no devils to tempt thee, no enemies to fight, and no world to ensnare thee, thou wouldst still find in thyself evil enough to be a sore trouble for thee".

   I pray that we will remember that we are eternal beings, future-eternal not past-eternal and we will one day judge angels on thrones, judge angels? The seraphim and cherubum? It is impossible, surely angels are greater in power and might than us poor feeble mortal folk? Yet it says it scripture "we shall judge angels" how marvelous a picture this is. As humans we were all made lower than angels but Jesus through being made"a little lower than the angels" he has brought us up with him, and now through his efficacious blood we will reign with him and have his very righteousness attributed to us. Could these be the fallen angels Paul is referring to? Possible, he does not make this distinction. However, judge we will is all we are sure of in this present estate.

In Ephesians 1:5 “we read that he predestined us to be adopted as his sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”

    According to Charles Spurgeon: "I believe God has made many things that are not his children. He made the angels, who stand in an high and holy position, are they his children? "Unto which of the angels said he at any time, thou art my son?" I do not find, as a rule, that angels are called the children of God; No, beloved, it needs something beyond creation to constitute the relationship, and those who can say, "Our Father which art in heaven," are something more than God's creatures: they have been adopted into his family. He has taken them out of the old black family in which they were born; he has washed them. and cleansed them, and given them a new name and a new spirit, and made them "heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;" and all this of his own free, sovereign, unmerited, distinguishing grace." John Bunyan, in the first part of his "Pilgrim's Progress," describes Christian as a lonely traveler, pursuing his road to the Celestial City alone; occasionally he is attended by Faithful, or he meets with a Hopeful; but these are casual acquaintances, and are not of his kith or kin: brother or child after the flesh he has none with him." SO as we as Christians make our way through this weary world full of woe, we will find heavenly family members who are our brothers and sisters in the spirit. I must hold that in the moment when Jesus Christ paid my debts, my debts were cancelled—in the hour when He worked out for me a perfect righteousness, it was imputed to me, and therefore I may, as a believer say I was complete in Christ before I was born.I find this amazing truth in the gospel that states: It is in the souls of men that God delights. Angels have not souls as they are heavenly spirits and cannot sing in this same redemption song. But can only be partakers to gawk and wonder at the unfathomable love of their God. 

     The legalist says "I don't see it. I cannot have it and I won't, if we are both equal in character, it cannot be fair that one should be lost and the other saved" and thus he mocks at free grace. This will always be unpopular and men will hate it. They cannot fathom how it could not be a show of works and instead a show of God's rich and free undeserving grace to us poor sinners. What? Popular to humble a mans pride, to abolish mans standing, and make him cringe before God as a poor sinner? No they grind their teeth at this. WE all fancy ourselves as little Gods, little deities in this vast universe, surely that cannot be the case. it is far too self-abasing No it will never be popular til men are born pure as angels, and all of us love the Lord with an appreciation unmatched, and that will not be seen just yet in this world.

    I wanted to close this with another inspiring quote from the prince of preachers: "He who knows himself will never think that he has much to recommend of himself to God. In cases of adoption, there usually is some recommendation. A man, when he adopts a child, sometimes is moved thereto by its extraordinary beauty, or at other times by its intelligent manners, and winning disposition. But, beloved, when God passed by the field in which we were lying, He saw no tears in our eyes till He put them there Himself! He saw no contrition in us until He had given us repentance; there was no beauty in us that could induce Him to adopt us—on the contrary we were everything that was repulsive! And if He had said, when He passed by, “You are cursed, be lost forever,” it would have been nothing but what we might have expected from a God who had been so long provoked and whose majesty had been so terribly insulted! But no, though He found a rebellious child, a filthy, frightful, ugly child, He took it to His bosom and said, “Black though you are, you are beautiful in My eyes through My Son, Jesus. Unworthy though you are, yet I cover you with His robe, and in your Brother’s garments, I accept you. “you are made a prince! You are adopted into the royal family, and you shall one day wear a crown! You are now as much the son of God, as you are the son of your own father.” You can conceive the poor creature fainting with joy at such a thought, that he whose neck was just ready for the halter, should have his head now ready for a crown—that he who expected to be clothed in the felon’s garb and taken away to death, is now to be exalted and clothed in robes of honor! So, Christian, think what you did deserve—robes of shame and infamy—but you are to have those of glory. Are you in God’s family now? Well said the poet— “It does not yet appear, How great we must be made.” We do not know the greatness of adoption yet. Yes, I believe that even in eternity we shall scarcely be able to measure the infinite depth of the love of God in that one blessing of “adoption by Jesus Christ unto Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

Let us think of the many of our brothers and sisters that are in the back streets of the world, that are in the dens and caves of Satan. "Think of the poor brothers and sisters that are intoxicated with the spirit of the evil one; think of him or her, led astray by pride, greed, lust and discontent, and perhaps to murder, pray for them, pray for us all and may God keep us all -- His eternal family, in the sovereign grip of His Almighty Grace"