Update

Well, it’s been a long time since I posted anything here. The site was actually off line for a while. After the Curry Blake seminar a lot happened, very fast. I’m not making excuses, but I just laid everything down for a while (including, I think, my life.)

The site is back up now, and I’m rethinking this whole thing. I’m going back to the original “vision” I had for this project and see if I can figure out where I’m supposed to be headed.

The home group we were hosting disbanded, I got a new job, and lots of other changes have happened. Updates will probably be sporadic at best until I figure out what we’re doing, but I’m getting “back in the game” at least.

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A quick clarification …

Randy brought to my attention after the meeting tonight that I kind of left part of my subject “undeveloped” or at least not fully developed.

I was discussing the tripartite man: body, soul, spirit. The point I was attempting to make was NOT that we are not tripartite, but that normally I think we view the soulish man as more connected to the physical realm – that is, we think of the “mind, will, emotions” as a function of the brain. I was trying to share that I am beginning to believe the soul is more closely tied to the spirit than the flesh, and may NOT be a function of the brain at all – that what we think of as the “mind, will, emotions” may have existed in Satan (Lucifer), who is non-corporeal (no body, hence, no brain) and therefore these things may not be a function of the brain.

I’m not ready, at this point, to make a doctrinal statement out of this. There are other aspects of this subject that could be examined more closely – for example, whether or not the soul is immortal, whether it is redeemed by the blood of Jesus, etc.

I don’t want this to confuse anyone, or scare anyone off. The bigger picture I was seeing had to do with how we understand faith, and how that impacts our actions. I was trying to “make the bridge” between the spiritual and the temporal, and how God (and how we) call “those things that are not as though they are, creating what is seen (the temporal) out of what is not seen (the spiritual).

If this needs more clarification please let me know.

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An interesting conversation …

Tony and I had an interesting conversation today about what, exactly, Jesus may be asking of us. I am concerned about the fact that very little of my life is spent sharing the gospel. Often I am hesitant because it doesn’t seem an "opportune time", or I don’t want to "cast my pearls before swine" etc. But I get to the end of a day, and I think "what have I done for the kingdom today?" the honest answer, most often, is "not much".

I’m not claiming to have an answer at this point, I’m just working through this issue. As I have said before I think we need to move beyond sitting around telling EACH OTHER how good God is, and get out and tell the world. But I also think we have to DEMONSTRATE the love of Christ. Words will only get us so far, and the world can spot a charlatan a mile away. I want to know that I have the "real deal", and that’s what I want to be sharing.

I still have far to go and much to learn …

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Just in time

This morning we have an inch of snow and more big flakes falling down. Looks like I got the garden cleaned out just in time. Yesterday I finished cleaning up squash, peppers and watermelons. Now I’m done until somebody bags a deer:)
KC is working on the storage room wall. It’s much easier to get things done with a little heat in the basement.

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