Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Faith

Hey bloggers,

I haven’t had a long enough break today between appointments to write anything, but you seem to be doing just fine on your own (there are 24 comments already posted at the time of this writing). I’ve been reading some of your published dialogue, and when I get some time later tonight, I’ll try to respond personally on the comments page to a couple of things that you have said or asked.

In the meantime, here are some things that are in my spirit today.

First, is this Scripture that I was just sharing with someone in my last appointment. I love this verse, especially in the Amplified Bible:

But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him]. (1 Corinthians 2:15 - Amplified Bible)

That’s lovingly dedicated to the citizens of this cyber-city set on a hill…all of you spiritual men and women who have found BLOGINTHENOW to be a venue for visionaries…a sanctuary for seers…a virtual Mt. Carmel, where the prophetic is embraced and celebrated in cyberspace…

Also, I was looking last night at some One On One’s that I posted last year on the CITN site, and I came across one that contained these quotes by the amazing George MacDonald (1824 – 1905). C.S. Lewis has been referred to by some of you in the last few days, and MacDonald was the man that Lewis considered to be his spiritual mentor, even though MacDonald was a "universalist" and Lewis, technically, was not.

Anyway, I hadn’t read these in a while and they really blessed me, so I thought I would share them with you here…

1. “God hides nothing. His very work from the beginning is revelation--a casting aside of veil after veil, a showing unto men of truth after truth. On and on from fact Divine He advances, until at length in His Son Jesus He unveils His very face.”


2. “God Himself--His thoughts, His will, His love, His judgments are men's home. To think His thoughts, to choose His will, to judge His judgments, and thus to know that He is in us, with us, is to be at home. And to pass through the valley of the shadow of death is the way home, but only thus, that as all changes have hitherto led us nearer to this home, the knowledge of God, so this greatest of all outward changes--for it is but an outward change--will surely usher us into a region where there will be fresh possibilities of drawing nigh in heart, soul, and mind to the Father of us all.”


3. “Do you so love the truth and the right that you welcome, or at least submit willingly to, the idea of an exposure of what in you is yet unknown to yourself -- an exposure that may redound to the glory of the truth by making you ashamed and humbled?... Are you willing to be made glad that you were wrong when you thought others were wrong?... We may trust God with our past as heartily as with our future. It will not hurt us so long as we do not try to hide things, so long as we are ready to bow our heads in hearty shame where it is fit that we should be ashamed. For to be ashamed is a holy and blessed thing. Shame is a thing to shame only those who want to appear, not those who want to be. Shame is to shame those who want to pass their examination, not those who would get into the heart of things... To be humbly ashamed is to be plunged in the cleansing bath of truth.”


4. “The Gospels contain what the Apostles preached -- the Epistles, what they wrote after the preaching. And until we understand the Gospel, the good news about our brother-king -- until we understand Him, until we have His Spirit, promised so freely to them that ask it -- all the Epistles, the words of men who were full of Him, and wrote out of that fullness, who loved Him so utterly that by that very love they were lifted into the air of pure reason and right, and would die for Him, without two thoughts about it, in the very simplicity of no choice -- the Letters, I say, of such men are to us a sealed book. Until we love the Lord so as to do what He tells us, we have no right to an opinion about what one of those men meant; for all they wrote is about things beyond us. The simplest woman who tries not to judge her neighbor, or not to be anxious for the morrow, will better know what is best to know, than the best-read bishop without that one simple outgoing of his highest nature in the effort to do the will of Him who thus spoke.”


5. “There is more hid in Christ than we shall ever learn, here or there either; but they that begin first to inquire will soonest be gladdened with revelation; and with them He will be best pleased, for the slowness of His disciples troubled Him of old. To say that we must wait for the other world, to know the mind of Him who came to this world to give Himself to us, seems to me the foolishness of a worldly and lazy spirit. The Son of God is the teacher of men, giving to them of His Spirit - that Spirit which manifests the deep things of God, being to a man the mind of Christ. The great heresy of the Church of the present day is unbelief in this Spirit.”


6. “Sad, indeed, would the whole matter be if the Bible had told us everything God meant us to believe. But herein is the Bible greatly wronged. It nowhere lays claim to be regarded as the Word, the Way, the Truth. The Bible leads us to Jesus, the inexhaustible, the ever-unfolding Revelation of God. It is Christ "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," not the Bible, save as leading to Him.”


7. “It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is, when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today, that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourselves so, my friends. If you find yourselves so loaded, at least remember this: it is your own doing, not God's. He begs you to leave the future to Him, and mind the present.”


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39 comments:

Avatar said...

As I posted late on yesterday's blog, I thought "hey! The last shall be first!"


FUNNY! I bet you're seeing a LOT of stars!

Anonymous said...

when you people say you are saved
are you saying from something or to something
are you adding to or taking away or is it all of the above

Anonymous said...

FRIDAY, the only day of the week that has the two days of the weekend following after it. Lord, thank you for making Friday.

Nothing to lose.

peacemaker said...

Anonymous...
I think the jury is still out on that one. But I'd be willing to bet the real meaning, as was written to the readers of the time, somehow got lost in translation through the years. How it's interpreted now probably isn't even close to how it was then.

Have a Great Day,
PM

peacemaker said...

Bish I got to know...

Are you up at those crazy hours to post all these insomniac's comments or do they appear automatically?

Hope something comes by your window today...

PM

PS,
I did like the pic of the little evangelist. He probably could have been either one of us at that age.

peacemaker said...

Ok...maybe I should have read the exchange between you and "elle" before I commented on Pugsley Addams, the evangelist. I take it back about you but he still kind of reminds me of me at that age.

A thousand pardons...

Anonymous said...

Good morning,

Very provocative, anon @ 4:01. My answer would be all of the above and then some. As one who embraces the completed work of Christ from before the foundation of the world, that work has saved to the utermost every being that has breath to give praise to God. The common thread mentioned by Peacemaker yesterday does exist not only in every religion today but includes all in the past and future. It is my belief that humanity, in our search for more true forms of knowledge, will find a way to connect the threads and weave the most beautiful of garments.

That thought leads me to the seamless garment worn by Jesus that was made by His mother. There is also a seamless garment that is being worn by all made from the common thread of Love that is already holding everything together. That garment, in my paradigm is the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit is present in all and works through all for the good of all. Our recognition of that mystical power is for now considered intangible but just think how empowered with a workable love that produces the peacable fruit of righteousness humanity will be when that which they have known from the beginning is revealed to them in such a tangible form that it is no longer considered supernatural.

These are not the rantings of a madman but are indeed the promises of God. We are on the brink of it. Yesterday Larry reminded me to think of God speaking through donkeys and the Rock. I liked his encouragement and got the message he intended to convey.

Larry you were very talky yesterday and said a lot of really great words. Your ability to articulate literate messages goes well beyond your pen. The door of ministry is open to you and it is clear that you are courageously walking through it. My blessings are added to those of all for your heart's desire to be revealed to you.

Prayers and blessings to all.

Peace in unity,

Johnny

Anonymous said...

Friday is the Muslim holy day. It is the only day here in Cairo when there is relative calm in the streets. It is the only day most shops and stores are closed. It is the only day you can hear the takbeer, the call to prayer, for all five prayers. Most days, the call rarely rises above the cacaphony of the 20 million souls sprawled about the banks of the Nile.

Fridays, during the fasting month of Ramadan especially, I'm reminded of Paul's directive in Thessalonians to "pray without ceasing." Mohammed recounts in a hadith that the angel Gabriel originally told him fifty prayers a day were necessary to please God. Apropos to this directive, Mohamed pled with God through ceaseless prayer and eventually reduced the number to five, the same as the pillars of Islam.

Salaam,

Abraham

Donald said...

Good morning all and thank God for His mercy!
Whew, "Tie my bowtie, watch me tie my bowtie!"
You pentecostals'll get that, but I'm really feeling it this morning!

peacemaker said...
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Laura said...

Looking out the window
Seeing what the day will bring
People to greet
Strolling down the street
Flowers to smell
Stories to tell
Wonders to see
Breaking loose and being free
The sky and the earth are calling my name
Salvation is the Lord's Reign
Spread what He's done for you
The price He paid lives in you

By Laura Benson
6-20-208




Today is going to be a day of adventure. Go outside your window
and experience it.

miraclegirl said...

Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name. God spoke to me in a dream and confirmed it through a license plate. He really will use anything!! (what can i say, i have a very long commute, LOL!) It was about a ministry I am to become involved in. Just thought I would share that. Love you guys.

mayam said...

Abraham:
Assalaamu alaikum

It's nice to see/hear your voice. Thank you for the information.

Friday is often the first day of fasting and prayer when I am compelled personally do so for 3 days - a one-on-one occurrence that I am spiritually led to do from time to time.

I pray for increased days of calmness in Cairo's streets. I also pray that you will continue to be a part of the BITN family.

Rest easy.

Salaam,
mayam

mayam said...

Bishop,
Thank you for opening a window...

mayam

Nancy said...

His Hands made it to Virginia! Every hour driving down the road there were signs showing us that this is where we are supposed to be.
When we got here we went to Jewel's mothers home. The church had made us a wonderful feast! Rosa, (Jewell's mom) lives in a home built in 1921. There are MANY rooms...No kidding...there are plentiful snacks in every room!
In one of the rooms is a statue of King Tut! The thought came to mind of Egypt and then Holly said, "There's corn in Egypt"..we enjoyed our THANKSGIVING feast and are thanking God for His abundant provision..It's so cool to see signs along the way that point to us being in the right place..
Gotta go-There's corn flakes in the kitchen
Nancy~

P. Debye said...

Abraham,
When Bishop and I were in Israel a few weeks ago, we were out walking in the Old City on the Friday we were to leave. I was in awe of the beautiful prayers of the Jews, the Muslims and the Greek Orthodox Catholics...the prayers were prayed almost in unison. My prayer is that beyond religious tradition, there is a "unity of the Sprit" that is taking place in the universe, that as the prayers were sent up before The Father, HIS will is done. As Bishop so beautifully taught Wednesday night, there is One Lord, One faith, One baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all. I do not think it is by accident that you have found us and I encourage you to keep the "lines open" for "the peace connection" to fully manifest....I am totally convinced that we are a part of something very massive in the atmosphere in terms of "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace".

Being a holy day in the Muslim faith, I honor your prayers today and add my agreement in the Spirit.

Salaam Alaikim,
Debye

Praying for peace in the Middle East!

G8TRGRL said...

Hello Blog Family,
I have wanted to post this since earlier this week... but have been been bogged down in some of my own Gehenna... anyways...I digress...

Had the pleasure of going on a field trip to the Legacy Center Museum (legacymuseum.com) in Lawrenceville, GA on Tuesday. It is an archeological/biblical/botanical museum. You are taken on a chronological tour of artifacts that are matched up biblically on a time line from the Chalcolithic Age (4500-3500 B.C.) to the Islamic Period (630-1099 A.D.). Pretty cool stuff on display, and some original pages of biblical translations from over the centuries. The one that peaked my curiosity the most was the bible written completely in shorthand. The author/translator was Sir Isaac Pitman (1813-1897), who created shorthand. They have a 1st edition on display there, as well as another bible that he translated in a "new language". He apparently did this in hope that it would be a "universal language" that all people(s) could read and would take off around the world. I couldn't find any other information on it/him (with a basic google search) beyond his contributions to shorthand... wondering if any of you that are "biblically knowledgeable" had any input on that?

Have a beautiful day... TTFN.

Rev. Dennis Caldwell said...

Anon.

The majority of Christian doctrine teaches that Jesus came to save us from an eternal hell. The only problem with that is you cannot find it in the bible.

Adam and eve SINNED AND DIED; this condition was passed on to all humanity. Adam being the federal head of all humanity; so all die in Adam;

The bible says THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH.

The bible says THE CARNAL MIND IS DEATH.

The carnal mind is at enmity with God and cannot have fellowship with God or know God.

JESUS CHRIST (the second Adam and federal head of all humanity) paid THE WAGES OF SIN WHICH WAS DEATH……..for every man and resurrected to life. SO ALL ARE MADE ALIVE IN CHRIST; (in their order)

So we can be saved FROM THE CONDITION OF DEATH ie the carnal mind (which is the cause of physical death) and is hostile to God…WE ARE SAVED FROM A CONDITION….NOT A LOCATION…..(ie. hell)

As we are three part spirit, soul, and body; we are saved in three phases; justification – it is finished (spirit), sanctification – being “worked out” in our nature (soul), glorification – body will be saved.

Our spirits were resurrected with Christ; our soul is being resurrected through Christ; and our body will be resurrected (in some form different than this) this is yet to be seen.


Rom 8:28-32 TNIV And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (29) For those God foreknew he also PREDESTINED TO BE CONFORMED to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (30) And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, HE ALSO JUSTIFIED; those he justified, HE ALSO GLORIFIED. (31) What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (32) He who did not spare his own Son, but GAVE HIM UP FOR US ALL—how will he not also, along with him, GRACIOUSLY GIVE US ALL THINGS?

Rom 8:23 TNIV Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

1Co 15:20-22 TNIV But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (21) For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a human being. (22) For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

1Co 15:40-49 TNIV (40) There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. (41) The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. (42) So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; (43) it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; (44) it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. IF THERE IS A NATURAL BODY, THERE IS ALSO A SPIRITUAL BODY. (45) SO IT IS WRITTEN: "THE FIRST ADAM BECAME A LIVING BEING"; THE LAST ADAM, A LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT. (46) The spiritual did not come first, but THE NATURAL, AND AFTER THAT THE SPIRITUAL. (47) The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. (48) As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. (49) And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, SO SHALL WE BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY MAN.

“WE” in this last sentence “ALL” OF US; we all bore the image of the earthly man (Adam) so we shall “ALL” BEAR THE IMAGE OF THE HEAVENLY MAN……..JESUS CHRIST

Know that everyone on this blog may not agree with me. And you know what………… that’s OK; And that’s what is so cool about this place.

I really meant to make this shorter…..sorry

The way I see it,
I SPEAK PEACE TO EVERY INDIVIDUAL AND ALL NATIONS AS THIS WORD VIA THE WWW CIRCLES THE GLOBE.

Dennis

Anonymous said...

Abraham,

Peace.

Nothing to lose

"elle" said...

Beautifully stated, Dennis!

Friend4Life said...

LQQKing out my window...What a beautiful Day!!

Want to say if you haven't comment today..just say something to know "you are here with us."

Teezy313 said...

I getcha Rev. Dennis and totally agree!!!

So..Bish....what's goin on? Still relecting off Wednesday night's message about letting Christ have true Lordship in your life...that concept of true Lordship in itself really has been taken in a wrong way by the modern church...so many people make doctrine or their "ism" their Lord that they can't see revelation when it hits them.....

Whatcha got cookin outside the tent?! Prime rib? Porterhouses?!

TEEZY

Friend4Life said...

Wow..AYITN!! 3Fold Cord!!

"Two are better than one, because they have a good [more satisfying] reward for their labor; for if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone? And though a man might prevail against him who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not easily broken." (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – AMP)

Love the 7 points (1 & 3 stand out to me)

Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because I have invested in covenant relationships. I have been there for others when they have needed me, and they are there for me when I need them.

Today I will be a support and encouragement for one who is disconnected and alone.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised at the many different answers to what you call being saved. from translations being lost through the years, to hell-yes to hell-no. I'm listening.
I am the anonymous June 20, 2008
4:01

Larry Usher said...

Thanks Johnny, God's will surely will be done! How's that song go?- "...it is my joy to honor You in ALL I do... Amazing love...

Nancy- isn't it great getting those signs along the way that "God is in it"! It so invigorates, so refreshes, so focuses your heart to continue on in His way...

Abraham- sounds like a serene scene sent spiritually to sentient souls! Reminds me of Thanksgiving & Christmas in my small hometown when EVERYTHING shut down- they even unplugged the street light! Well, just kidding about the light!
Egypt is just one of those ancient places that has a profound grip on the hearts of most of us- woven into our beings. It is awesome that you are in one of the world's greatest cities and no coincidence that you have connected with this blog! Peace to you my friend!

Laura- sounds like the clouds have lifted and spring is in the air in your poem- good to hear your poetic voice again!

Rev. Dennis- excellent exposition!

Hi Teezy!

Anon 1- the highlighted verse in this "Christmas" song is the essence of salvation!

Hark! The herald angels sing
Glory to the new born King
Peace on earth and mercy mild
GOD AND SINNERS RECONCILED
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark! The herald angels sing
Glory to the new born King


Blessings, peace & joy from God the Father & the Lord Jesus Christ

Larry

karl cobos said...

Hello Bishop,
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate AYITN...Love ya!

Also requesting prayer, some things goin' on...
Natasha suffering sinus infections, going soon for computer scan, allergic reaction to meds(went to ER the other day)will probably be going to allergist soon. She wants to leave her retail job and be able to do a lot more with her language work.
I'm not working at Cracker Barrel now and I'm working on resumes for both of us.
...Zachary got kicked out of invention camp just after 2 1/2 days for behavior issues...we're driving on a spare tire from last week.
Natasha's sister Taty is 5 months pregnant just went home from the hospital with severe pains...they think it's the kidneys,not sure, and we're hoping that her other sister Tania in Chile will be able to get a visa this month to come up here in a few months to visit... Past efforts have failed,

BUT YOU KNOW...it's all good and I believe that it will all work out, just looking for agreement and completion of a 3 cord today...thank you to anyone.
Bishop, your word June 18 in AYITN so helped me when a lot of these things are happening...SUFFICIENT GRACE!!!...and I saw and experienced it that day, and seek to remind myself of it today.

Thank you, thank you so much. Gotta run, not sure when I can respond but believing to frequent here again.
for anyone...770-787-9409
or 404-934-2506

Hasta luego!
-Karl

Friend4Life said...

(Karl)God see's you and wants me to tell you,"Everything is going to ok." Just breathe and enjoy today.

I am in total agreement that "Everything is going to be ok."

"Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty..who was and is, and is to come..." "YEAH"

(cyber-HUG)

Anonymous said...

To anon from June 20 4:01

Just move toward love. If it has love, is love, feels love, makes love, finds love and so on, the it is being saved from what ever. Why get technical. For me that is how I sum it up in my head. TO be saved simply means to change your mind about something you need to be saved from. Then finding your way towards the love.

"elle" said...

Karl,

Want to give you a little information that may or may not help Natasha, but it won't hurt to hear about it.

I was a sinus sufferer for years... from my twenties to my late thirties. One of my triggers is the weather, which obviously, I can't do much about. You know, that nasty, heavy atmospheric overhang when it needs to rain but won't. However, the other triggers for me are mostly scents... potpourri, scented candles, heavy perfume, etc. I used to work in retail... many places which sold these very items... and I'd come home sick on a near daily basis. I decided that I had to do something about it when about 13 years ago I felt so awful that I was literally ready to SMACK this little old lady for banging her cart into me at the grocery store. (Of course I didn't, but I wanted to.) I was working at a book store at the time, and came across the book SINUS SURVIVAL by Robert S Ivker, D.O. He includes programs for treating and preventing sinusitis, as well as allergies and bronchitis. I immediately started his program for sinusitis, and it was the ONLY thing that ever helped me! You might want to try to get a hold of this book. The doc is (or was in 1995) a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and President-elect of the American Holistic Medical Association. So his suggestions are a natural way to remedy deficiencies instead of using synthetic drugs to slap a bandage on a symptom. Believe me, I've been there. As soon as I came off them, I felt terrible again. What I found in my own situation was that I seemed to be very mineral deficient. Anyway, this is not for those who have trouble taking pills. There is a list of vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as a few herbals, and in order to get the suggested mgs/day I would take about 20 various pills. Not really fun, but monumentally better than pain and infection. I don't follow this particular program anymore because I don't feel the need to (I've long since left my retail life), but I do still take several herbal supplements and a good multivitamin.

If you would like, and if you will be in service this Sunday, I can print out the program for you. It's only a few pages, and I will be standing with my work after service at the 'meet the artist' thing. Just let me know. But I highly suggest trying to find this book and reading it cover to cover!

Also, not all vitamins are created equal. Go to vitacost.com and check out the NSI brand. Great product and relatively inexpensive.

Please know that I am in NO way suggesting that Natasha not see a doctor. Her problem could be something entirely different.
Good luck to you both!

DoubleBack Alley said...

Sahib,

PM's question about the post made me wax neonymnically:

Autoblog - self posting blogs

Blog clog - too many to posts at once

Blog dog - an unflattering picture on the post

Bloggal warming - someone inuring themselves to the posting rage

Ten Story Blogging - extremely long blogs

Writers Blog - Blogging when you have nothing to say (see DBA's post on 6/20)

Bloggellation – Ethernet flagellation performed with keyboard

Blog Fog - Conditions that make blog navigation difficult. Usually occurs just before dawn

Blog cog – the indispensable part of the blog, e.g. the one that keeps it going (see Bishop Swilley)

Blogona sandwich – the compilation of everything tasteful and tasteless; prepared with secret herbs and spices, surrounded on either side by the bread of life.


Back off Blogaloo, I say back of Blogaloo

Ain’t God Good?

Ebony said...

Happy Friday everyone! In reading the quotes you posted, quote #4 stuck out with me. He uses the word "shame" but it's clear he has an understanding of Godly conviction and "the Goodness of the Lord that draws to repentance", not the condemnation, judgment and guilt that comes from a religious brow-beating, and conventional shame can be cathartic as long as you don't wallow in it too long. Also cool to be part of this great community. My graduate advisor told me a few days ago that my program was relatively new, so I was going to doing a lot of firsts, which was how I got my bachelor's degree, where I was the first graduate of the Language Education program. He then said that I had the pattern of being a pioneer in my field, so it makes me think of what else is out there for me to do. Dream big and dream loud my fellow bloggers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the George MacDonald quotes. I bought a cd of his works last year after your one on one post. It is amazing how someone of two centuries past is still so in the now. Actually the beautiful meditations of God's greatness and great love are always in the now.

These quotes especially meant much to me today.

Johnny

Anonymous said...

DBA, thanks for the clas on blog terms 101.

I especially like the term bloggellation. That could vary depending on the pressure of the blog fog at the time.

minimal- phfffft
moderate- pthaaaaarp
severe- bhaaaruuuuumthapapap

peace in unity

Johnny

ps; my vari word was ppmmcyep, now that one sounded wet.

dgm2007 said...

wow.. i have so little to share.. that was great... i find myself being more reserved.. really getting back to my old self.. the little dominique who could just sit in the corner and wonder... or just sit.. its great.. i love to read the post here.. but im really not a ton of words right now.. luv u all. pz

Mystic said...

Hey Y'all...just dropped by to say goodnight...I really need to manage my time a bit better so that I can join in the discussion instead of just saying Hello and Goodbye.

I also want to say Thank You to Johnny...you were very kind in providing latitude and understanding in regard to my comments. I have always enjoyed your posts and found them quite thought provoking...as with many others here.

I do love y'all...we heathen (if I speak only for myself, please allow me this additional latitude as I was as heathen as possible-and oft times am still) must stick together and what better place to hang than such a place as this? We're accepted, heck, we're even celebrated...who could ask for more? What an awe-mazing Cybercity set on a hill this is indeed! Thank you so much Bishop...this place ROCKS as do the peeps here...y'all are my Blog Fam and I love yas!
Avatar...love your zeal
Pastor Nancy...LOVE 'HIS HANDS'! Y'all truly are an Awesome Wonder!
PM...you are da bomb! And I mean that in a totally without C4 but full of the explosive spirit of the Lord in PEACE! Coexist...YEAH BABY!
Abraham, thank you for your stark reality checks and the cries from your righteous heart for Peace.
Donald...thanks for the laughs as well as the depth of the word you bring. You and the Right Reverend Dennis can really bring it!
Pastor Debye (aka P-Debye) it is quite easy for us to literally feel your heart and we support and love you...unconditionally.
Laura, thank you for your delightful prose.
miraclegirl...You go, girl! We'll be supportin' ya!
Elle, friend, teezy...y'all bring the rock to the roll...just keep bringin' it.
mayam, gr8grl, ebony, dgm...you're all fun and exciting and I love to see ya post.
Larry...I'm really enjoying your positive pitch lately...you just keep on keepin' on-k?
DBA--thanks so much for the laughter and your provocative posts...you keep things interesting.
To All Anons...whether you're incognito because you don't know how to do it differently or because you don't wish to be known, whether you're past members who want to keep in touch (please do and please consider coming back home...we miss you) or whether you just have a desire to spur relevant conversation...I appreciate your being here and hope you return regularly.

To one of the regulars who has not posted today...Erik...thanks for your "out there" thought process that keeps me on my toes by expanding my vision, rethinking my definitions, and increasing my faith by keeping me outside any box ever created...thanks, bro...and vaya con Dios mi amigos!

Bishop...thanks again for all this but I did want to say one thing about the George MacDonald photo...it really reminds me of the "mad monk" Rasputin...now I'm wondering about that. What was it about Rasputin anyway? He was poisoned with enough to kill 5 men yet did not die, he was shot, stabbed, clubbed, and finally thrown in a river and drowned...what was that about? Then when they took his body and tried to cremate him (they still feared him even dead) his body sat up and moved in the flames! (Of course they were not used to doing such things and did not prepare the body correctly so that it would not move during the cremation process...but it sure did freak them out!) I have no idea why I got on this subject but oh well...that's what I get for blogging at 2AM.

I really have been considering what Bishop spoke of on Wednesday...Making the Lord My Lord is paramount for me...and I'm working on it. I want to see things differently, do things differently, and think things differently. I want to change my life...I need you, CITN/BITN to help me, to flow with me, and to pray for me (as I pray for y'all). Greater things are yet to come...greater things are still to be done IN THIS CITY! Can I get a witness on that? Halal to Jah...and goodnight y'all! Peace, Love, and Joy to the world and...

Blessings Blog Fam!

Anonymous said...

Apologies for the attempt at humor last night around 9 pm. Although retired from a life of suspended development in adolescence, I spent thirty plus years with mostly male companions in a career that included as a favorite topic of humor the various excretions and sounds that are associated with the human body.

On a sincerely serious note; peace, love and unity are central to my souls well being and are continuously resounding all around me and in me and sometimes through me. I know this is part of the desire that has been placed in my heart by God and that tells me that it will also be accomplished to completion. God gives me both the desire for that which I pursue and also gives me the tangible understanding of that desire coming into this reality. That is the way it works for me so all that is needed is patience and persistence.

Abraham, I have thought of you and prayed for you as a representative of a large part of God's worship inspired people. While meditating on the picture of " real corpses in the ashes of more than one faith " the vision of people, from all parts of the earth and all religions and throughout all millenia of seeking more knowledge about the guiding Spirit that we collectively worship as God, rose from those ashes and without any word being spoken they worked in unity and rebuilt Soloman's temple in greater splendor than the original and then spoke with one voice, " Come all you Children of the earth, come all you children not yet born, come all you Children of the most high God, enter and worship with understanding that Love resides within and without. Call upon the God in your heart who has given you a better understanding of Love. Recieve your desires fulfilled!

Abraham, your prayers along with the prayers of all God lovers are bringing the Kingdom of heaven where God's will is done to the earth where the will of man working in the goodness of unity is bringing about peace on earth.

I can only imagine for now what will happen for the good when we all respond to the call of accomplishing the purpose of the One who calls. Perhaps there will be a rebuilding of a holy temple that is not exclusive to one view but has all its doors open to all God's Children. Maybe the vision is just representative of a greater understanding among God's Children. I do believe that most of us now alive will see God's Kingdom come and will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

To close on a lighter note, Larry I once saw my dad insert screws with a hammer and asked him why he didn't use a screwdriver. He said a screwdriver was for taking them out. I then challenged him to drive a nail with a screwdriver. It was time consuming and difficult not to mention rough on the screw driver but guess what?

new word for the blogtionary; bloglectic- what we hear and read and celebrate as the various parts to the whole of all that participate on the blog.

Peace in unity,

Johnny

mayam said...

Bishop:
missing you and fellow bloggers this Saturday morning..like waking to find everyone in the house has already left for the day...like Simba (The Lion King)...."somebody, anybody..."

Such powerful words in yesterday's message, especially "But the spiritual man tries all things...but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into Him". Nevertheless, we seek to know...and are loved, favored, covered, and made visionaries, seers, prophets, praisers, interpreters, singers, shouters, teachers, leaders, cyber-believers and peacemakers because we endeavor to look - to look up from our being - to look out, look around, look up and look beyond apparent circumstance.

Suddenly,...I seem to smell hot bread in the oven...

Good morning, Holy Spirit,
Good morning Bishop,
Good morning Beautiful Bloggers,
mayam

Erik said...

We are part of the un-veilers, the revelation. We have the great assignment to unveil the beauty within every person we see, we do not instill the magnificence. We unveil the wonderfully gracious and Holy nature that is engraved in every heart, that is the nature of ALL that is. This is part of what The Lord has called us. We get to see the beauty in ALL, and share what we see with each. Following the CS Lewis quote by Larry the other day, no one has ever met an ‘ordinary’ person, and ‘mere’ mortals are myths, they simply do not exist.

That song, ‘We speak to Nations’ , in there is a spot that sings , “ Distant Shores and The Islands will see Your light, as it rises on us “. Well that can be OK, but what is the major Yikkity Yak, Dancing like David Dances experience is when ‘The Distant shores see Your light as it rises within THEM ‘ , Now THAT is what we do, in love, unveil, the unique God in each , the unique masterpiece they are of The Body we ALL are. When our interaction, unveils what has been in another from The Beginning…… very little compares to that. That’s God in us connecting our blueprints with other blueprints, it is us embracing who God says we are, and since part of our blueprint for those at CITN, is to be a dissolving agent for the veils, … Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Sweet Jesus, talk about a rapture, the strands of DNA constructed from The Holy Spirit connecting unveiled --- Peace. It is impossible for any to ever be actually separated from Adonai. We are part of the unveiling. The unveiling is a part of us.

We embrace how The Lord describes us, in whatever way. … ‘ Nowhere to run to ..baby,.. There’s nowhere to hide ‘ Praise God, does it get any funner???

karlcobos said...

Good morning Bishop!
Peace, Be Still.

Friend4life: thanks for your words.

elle: sounds great, I'll try to be there, also standing with my art and hope to see you. Thanks for what you wrote. God bless!
-Karl