I never thought of “Jesus is the vengeance God takes on the wicked.” Sandy has some interesting thoughts on that.
Originally posted on multicolouredsmartypants:
Romans 12:17-19 (The Message)
For we know Him Who said, Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the meting out of full justice rest with Me]; I will repay [I will exact the compensation], says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge and determine and solve and settle the cause and cases of His people.
Hebrews 10:30 (Amplified)
Jesus wants those who follow him to be clear about why he came… In our celebration of the [Easter] mystery, we not only recall [the reasons Jesus came] but also witness the vengeance [such as that which] Jeremiah longed to see. God does not pick up rocks to stone the wicked: he picks up flesh and blood… and casts his only begotten Son on the earth, not to injure or destroy…
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In case you have not heard, Andrew Greer and Ginny Owens are leading a tour of Israel next year February. There are 40 seats available for this trip. ( Click here for info) As of today and if everything goes right I am going to go with them. I am surprised in how scared and excited I am right now. It does mean getting over my issues of flying and spending money, but Israel is one of the places I want to visit in my life.
Hopefully Ginny and Andrew won’t get mad at me for sharing this video they released yesterday. Andrew said they will be singing this song during the tour of Israel.
It has been too long of a day today. Started the day off with a meeting the ownership group of where and work at and a consultant. My head hurts now.
The weather has been crazy around here. One day in the upper 60’s the next day in the 20’s and snowing. I guess that is what makes spring time interesting.
You can tell that it is getting warmer. The local news for the last week has been filled with shooting throughout the area. It is sad that the nice weather = greater chance of being shot and killed.
Over the weekend I was going through all of my the old files and it is a little overwhelming. I have no ideal why I saved so much junk. The shredder quit more than once because overheating.
I have to admit that after I ended my fast I went on a eating binge. I could not eat all the unhealthy food fast enough.
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
In the future days, which we seek to secure, we look forwards to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world.
The second is the freedom of every person to worship God in his own way – everywhere in the world.
The third freedom from want – which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants – everywhere in the world.
The forth is a freedom from fear – - which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor – anywhere in the world.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Do you agree or disagree with President Roosevelt?
Here are how some of my mornings have gone over the last few weeks.
I’m off to a good start this morning. I woke up a little early so I went to pull a pillow and bed sheets over my head. In the process I managed to punch myself in the face. My right eye still stings a little bit and my sight is a little blurry. At least I did not get a black eye.
It has been a good day so far. On the way to work all of sudden I thought that I had left the front door unlocked and the garage door open. So I turned around and went back home. The garage door was closed and the front door was locked. Nothing like getting to work 20 minutes late and finding a bunch of paperwork dumped on your desk…
Insomnia is so fun. Nothing like after you get dressed that you realize that you have put clothing on backwards and inside out.
There is nothing like being at a gas station and not being able to start your car, because the ignition cylinder will not turn when the key is in it. After pounding on the steering wheel and steering column for ten minutes, I decided to call the boss to tell him I will be very late to work. While talking to the boss the cylinder loosens up and I can start the car. All caused because a little tumbler gets stuck.
Black ice is the best thing in the world. It is not a pretty picture seeing me doing the splits.
I hope that you all have a good day
I have been re-reading The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning when I came across this “Assured of your salvation by the unique grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” is the heartbeat of the gospel, joyful liberation from fear of the Final Outcome, a summons to self-acceptance, and freedom for a life of compassion towards others. And it was this that was bouncing around my head when I went to sleep.
Then last night when I woke up during the middle of the night, I thought it was going to be another night that I would not be able to fall asleep as I struggled with my faith, but I was wrong. For some reason things began to make sense and the dots began to connect in a way that had before.
I realized I have given up my freedom. In a way my faith or better put my belief about getting to heaven was as much about earning my way into heaven. It was not about grace and the free gift of salvation through our Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ. When I attend church, it seems that everything is about how to live or not to live. There seems to be a lot of sermons on money and raising kids. One of the verses that is quoted when telling us how not to live is 1 Corinthians 6:8-10 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Very little is said about the freedom of life that is gained by the Gift of Salvation that comes through Jesus.
Jesus came to save the unrighteous, the sinners. He walked with them and ate with them. He came for me, He came for you, He came for all of us. Jesus did not say first do this and that before you come to Me. He just said come to Me. Jesus did not say jump through all the hops for Me after you come to Me. Jesus said Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
So this really really messed up ragamuffin is saved by the grace from Jesus. I cannot earn this salvation it is a gift. God loves me for who I am the sinner that I am. I am not perfect nor will I be until I am in heaven. It this that I am thankful for, I am loved by God! I have been and will always be loved by God!!
I agreed to join a friend and his wife on a 10 day Daniel fast. For the last 7 days I’ve eaten cashews, peanuts, veggies, and fruits while only drinking water. Most days I am well under 750 calories, I go out for walks, and yet I have lost 0 pounds. That’s right. 0 pounds!!
My NCAA bracket jumped off the cliff and died a horrible death Friday afternoon.
I have determined that there will be no spring this year. This winter will go until august then summer will last a month and winter will start again.
I have been debating on whether to see the movie Noah. From the reviews I have seen the movie changes the reason for the flood. It is not for the sin of man against God, but for the abuse of nature that causes the judgment.
I cannot wait until the start of baseball. I know that my Cubbies will stink, but there is something calming about watching baseball.
Andrew Greer put a thing on FB about him and Ginny Owens leading a small group on a tour or Israel next February. Israel is one of the places I want to visit. To walk where Jesus walked, to experience the culture that Jesus lived in. I just am not sure I can come up with the funds to do this. Even if I could come up with the funds it would mean that I would have to get into a plane and that is a problem right now. I do not like flying…….. At least I still have a little bit of time to think about this before signing up for it.
Well that is enough for today. I hope that you all have a good day.