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The church is supposed to be like the Cossaks

Cossack--- the word meaning guerilla or adventurer (or free man)- first came from the Ukrainian Stepps that begin north of the Black sea and the Caucasus Mountians. The orgin of the cossacks can be traced to serfs who fled from the principality of Moscow in the 14th and 15th centuries and established wheat-growing and stock-raising communities in the valleys of the Dnepr, Don and Ural rivers. The individual cossack communities owned land in common. The cossack communities were governed by village assemblies, presided over elected village elders called atamans or hetmans. The chieftain of a region enjoyed great prestige and exercised the authority of a military chieftain in war and of a civil adminstrator in peacetime. Anybody could join the Cossacks, if the Cossacks considered him a worthy warrior (there are parallels in other warrior cultures for example, the Iroquois and some other Indians would accept strangers, even whites, as members of the tribe, if they could pro…

God is always good

". . . neither he nor his parents sinned. But that the works of God should be revealed in him, I must work . . ." (translation by David Guzik)
John 9:3

Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?
Luke 13:4

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;
Job 13:15

If when someone dies too early in their life, or when some other suffering is visited upon you, you might be tempted to think it was God's fault and that the event says God is not good, but think again. God is always good. God is not powerless, but God allows things to happen that are not what He wants. We know that God can and does intervene to stop bad things, but often when He does not, there is no perceivable reason that we can find. But, because we do not understand, it does not mean that God is not good. God is good and we don't understand the why.

Estuary

An estuary is where a river and the ocean meet. It is where the tide of the ocean meets the current of the river. The etymological root of estuary is aestus- boiling, passionate fire and arium- place, thing, related to, or connected to.

Finding change

I had just had a conversation about change and when I reached my next destination, a dime and a penny greeted me in the dirt, which I saw when I opened my car's door. What does 11 mean and what does 10 and 1 mean? Eleven means "new beginning" as far as I can tell. Ten is a completion and one is the new.
Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob and Joseph stands for revelation. Watch for or be ready for change and perhaps that change will be a revelation and/or a new beginning is what I would say.

Each One is gifted

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.
Ephesians 4:7

Every believer is gifted. Every person's gift counts. Every person should use their gift for the benefit of all. God is infinitely creative and so are his gifting's. We have a culture of consumption and stardom or entertainment, which results is passivity or inactivity as far as exercising or using one's gift(s) given by God.

Restored but unreformed

Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel gathered around me because of this unfaithfulness of the exiles. And I sat there appalled until the evening sacrifice.
Ezra 9:4

People's feet can get into a different, new or better place; while their hearts are unchanged.

People can see and experience and believe in God's acts, but not know God's ways.

Someone can be in the crowd or the audience but not be a disciple.

Matthew Henry quote on this verse: "Disbelief of God's all-sufficiency, is at the bottom of the sorry shifts we make to help ourselves. They exposed themselves and their children to the peril of idolatry, that had ruined their church and nation."

Confiscation

They will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Ezekiel 39:10b

I got this idea that God will confiscate what the enemy has stolen or what is does not belong to him.

Cyrus

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing.
Ezra 1:1

God causes His word to be fulfilled through whomever He wishes, sometimes through unlikely sources.