Go to your mountain

The remnant of the saved in Mount Zion
will go into the mountains of Esau
And rule justly and fairly,
a rule that honors God's kingdom.

Obadiah 21, The Message

I believe that God's plan is that His people would influence the mountains of the world.

The Lord makes a way where there isn't one

Thus says the LORD,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters

Isaiah 43:16

This is the verse I've been pondering for the past week.

Isaiah has in mind the Exodus event, when God parted the Red Sea.

Bring Back

"Bring back my bonnie to me."

This song is not a folksong about a lover longing for his lass. It's a song about a longing for leadership that stood for freedom of worship, that was deposed and exiled, to be re-asserted in the land. The song is about Charles Edward Stuart, who was commonly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie. His grandpa, James II, was deposed in 1688.

Revival prayer

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth .

LORD, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD.
Renew them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.

Habakkuk 3:1-2 (NIV)

Have you heard about what God has done in the past? Do you know about the great awakenings in the US? Do you know about revival history? God has moved massive numbers of people from darkness to light in a short period of time. Heaven has invaded earth. The impossible became possible in a moments time.

There is no other hope for the world nor the church than God's direct intervention. The church does not need new programs or new styles or forms. What's needed is the raw power of God to change things- to change hearts from darkness to light, from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of God.

We don't want to just talk about God, we want God. We don't just want to learn about what God did or can do or might do, but we want God to do it now. No learning or fellowship or discipleship will do what we need. We need God. We need God's action, God's intervention, God's rule and reign. We need ministers who will be quiet and stand back in awe and watch God move.

We won't be satisfied unless we have God in our midst. Let the guest of honor be in your meetings. Ask God to speak and minister. Get out of the way. Make room for a big Good.

Make your own kind of music

I had this song recorded by "Mama" Cass Eliot, in my head when I awoke this morning:

Nobody can tell ya
There's only one song worth singing
They may try and sell ya
Cause it hangs them up to see someone like you

But you've gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along

You're gonna be nowhere
The loneliest kind of lonely
It may be rough going
Just to do your thing's the hardest thing to do

But you've gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along

So if you cannot take my hand
And if you must be going
I will understand

You've gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music
Even if nobody else sings along

You've gotta make your own kind of music
Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music

The message here is that each person is unique and the song is an encouragement to be your self. Each person God creates as unique as each snowflake. God is a God of creative hand crafting and not mass production copies.

God is oh so creative. He would be, since he is the creator. The creative arts belong to God. He is the original poet, artist, architect, writer, and on and on.

God is also the Father. He invented the term. He nurtures and encourages. He is never boring. God has good ideas.

All this is to say that I think God encourages you and me to be ourselves. Be uniquely who you were created to be.

What God thinks about you

You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.
Song of Songs 4:7

If you are walking in covenant with God, this is a word for you. God, in His benevolence, can purely view his children this way.

Healthy self-esteem is to view yourself in God's redeeming light. You aren't "better than" nor "worse than". Low self esteem is just as dysfunctional as overinflated self-esteem. You can be humble and meek, yet have healthy self-esteem that isn't at a low worm level. We're all God's favorite if we are His children.

Christology, then Mission, then Form

I think that for the Christian, Christology must always come first. This is what separates Christ followers from non-Christ followers. Who is Christ? What is His claim on us? What's he about in this world today?

The famous quote from Bonhoeffer, "when Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die". Christ is looking for people who will die daily. These are Christians. Jesus can ask you to die because of who he is and what he has done. To have solid Christology (settled) is to understand the deity of Jesus of Nazareth and his claim on you if you choose to follow him , making him your Lord and Messiah; the only one who can recover, redeem, reconcile, and save you, atoning for your sins.

If that is settled, then you are propeled into a life of mission. Missionary describes the church at large. We all carry Christ's message and are on a mission from God. No one is in the stands or writing checks only, but we are all on the Field, going out and sharing. If you are a Christ follower, you are a missionary, and being a missionary just means you are on Christ's mission.

After Christology is settled which immediately propels those who follow Christ into Christ's mission, the the form of church comes into place. Do you see how off-track that things could be or would be if we decide on form first, then decide what parts of Christology we buy into and then let those two inform how we are on mission?

Freedom Writers

I finally have a High Definition DVD player coming by UPS next week and I had to select our first HD DVD to watch on it and I chose Freedom Writers. This is a picture of Erin Gruwell and the movie is based on her book. A little bit about Erin is here.

Wilson High, where this true story takes place is in Long Beach and my dad went to High School there.

Here is a link to Christianity Today's 3 star review and links to other reviews.

I think that good teachers are so special and so important for children. I still remember some of my teachers who were frankly Christlike in there compassion and care for me and my friends. I remember Mr Shafer from Soleado Elementary school. He was there for me in 5th grade when my best friend had just moved out of the country and I felt lost. I remember Alan Freeman who had BIG letters on the wall of his room: "CARE". I didn't get it at the time. But it got me and I never forgot that sign or the man who really did care.
1/10 Update:
We watched Freedom Writers last night. Kind of shocking unless you live in the city. It is a true story of how one person can make a huge difference.


I've been reading about Galileo a bit today. The one issue of his life that I honed in on was how he discovered that the earth rotates around the sun rather than the other way around, and for this, he got in trouble with the church, who taught the former.

He discovered something true that conflicted with what was thought to be true. Bible texts that say that the sun rises and sets were taken literally to mean that the sun was moving across the sky. Today we know that the earth moves, while it appears that the sun moves. It doesn't make the text wrong of course.


Bartholomew is one of the twelve Apostles that we almost don't know anything about.
Historians believe he went to India and/or Armenia to preach the Gospel and that he was martyred in Armenia.

His name means "son of the farmer". To me, that means "harvester". His dad farmed and now he will harvest and farm some more.

The fact that there are no stories of what Bart did except in general terms, with the other guys; says something to me about how many good things are done without it being chronicled. Everyone that does good does not get visibility.

You need your bilge pump

A bilge pump is a pump in the very bottom portion of a ship that pumps out waste liquids that have flowed down from above or through leaks. Ships usually have a primary bilge pump and a back up above it, if the primary fails.

I think the analogy is apt that we also need to constantly pump the bad stuff that flows unto us, out of us the stay fresh and clean. If we have a worry or a concern or a disappointment, we need to go to God with it and make an exchange, casting our cares on him who cares for us.

The Philippians "be anxious for no thing", passage says that if we've made the exchange, that we will then receive, "peace that passes all understanding". Sometimes God gives us understanding that gives us peace or direction. But many times, God wants you give us peace without (that passes) understanding. It's like an infusion of faith that says, "God has got it covered".

I read an article called "How not to sink", wherein the author states that 99% of boats (he's talking about boats 32 feet and under) do not have adequate bilge pumping ability. A $400 to $800 investment in better and more pumps can make the boats safer, and these boats can run up to $100,000.

Sky Links, 9-27-17