The Higher Self

My 9/11 post was about Matthew 5:4. I had finished writing and posting before I realized it was appropriate to the day.

Tricia’s post was more traditional, and I suppose it was more appropriate. She reminded us of our loss, of one of the people we mourn.

In this life we are born into sin. We may feel innocent. We may look upon children as innocent, but we are not born innocent. We are born wanting to be loved, demanding that others love us. That insistence that others must love us is ultimately a prideful, selfish thing.

Consider the hero in Tricia’s story. He gave his life for strangers. Was Welles Crowther a perfect man? Were his motives completely unselfish? Not likely. None of us are perfect. Nevertheless, he made the choice that matters most. Whether they cared about him or not, he decided to care about other people, his neighbors. Like our Lord, He chose to love unselfishly.

Freedom Through Empowerment

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9/11 is a stand-alone word. Technically it’s not even a word and grammatically it’s a hot mess, but no one misinterprets its meaning; the day nearly 3,000 people were viciously murdered by terrorists as the Twin Towers came toppling down. Today of course marks the 15 year anniversary.

My original thought was to do a reblog from last year that focused on what to me signified the most horrific part of that awful day; the jumpers who faced the impossible choice of whether to die from extreme heat and smoke exposure while their skin melted away, or jumping to certain death thousands of feet below.

Thinking about this now brings up raw emotions; thirst for justice for the dead, sadness for their loved ones and extreme frustration that our leadership seems intent on making the same mistakes that made this possible and a new attack imminent.

Time has softened the…

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BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN WHAT?

cross2Those Who Mourn is about one of the beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 5:4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Blessed are those who mourn,
    For they shall be comforted.

When Jesus speaks of mourning, what are we blessed for mourning?

Most of the time, we don’t associate blessing with mourning; maybe we should rethink this… Matthew didn’t actually say what those blessed ones are mourning; it could be the loss of a loved one, it could be the loss of their home or possessions, or it could be the sinful and rebellious state of this world. Maybe it doesn’t matter… (continued here)

Here Don Merritt demonstrates a willingness to let the Bible speak for itself. Most commentators seem to think that given the context the word “mourn” here refers to mourning our sins. Perhaps, but the passage does not say. So a broader interpretation may more appropriate. Here is how The Jeremiah Study Bible explains the verse.

The hurting. The one who weeps over the pains of life can be confident of God’s healing and comfort. The Greek word translated as comforted is also used to describe the ministry of the Holy Spirit. In our sadness, the Holy Spirit will move us to joy.

So what then is the meaning of that verse? The Message is not my favorite translation, but sometimes it gets at the meaning of a passage better than a straightforward translation. So perhaps its translation is better.

Matthew 5:4 The Message (MSG)

4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

I watched my children as they grew, and I learned much. When one of them lost a possession, I saw the grief. I recognized it because I had known such grief myself. But such grief is a small thing. If we live long enough, like Job we will lose everything.

  • We will lose our family. Our Lord may favor us with grandchildren, but even they will not replace our spouses and the people we grew up with.
  • We will lose our health. Suddenly, perhaps, but more likely we will lose it slowly. Dribbled away. Leaving us to wonder what happened. Why?
  • We will lose our fortune. How? If nothing else because we have become incapable, we will let our children or grandchildren take control.
  • Most important, perhaps, we will lose our innocence. Can you imagine King David’s grief after the prophet Nathan spoke these words from the Lord.

    2 Samuel 12:7-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

    Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’”

Each of us sins, even best of kings, and those who mourn most see their sins, understand the consequences, and grieve.

So how does the Holy Spirit comfort us? I once heard Chuck Swindoll describe a conversation with Corrie Ten Boom. Her words to him were something to this effect.

Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open. (from here)

Since that struck me as incomplete, I searched further. So I found this quote. I think it helps, perhaps, to explain the first.

You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have. (from here)

Why are those who mourn blessed? We understand we need a savior.

If Biblical events were covered by today’s media

The news media is infamous for making the news fit the narrative they want us to us to hear. What is even more pathetic how little effort we make to see through their silly nonsense. So can you imagine how our intrepid reporters would have reported on the prophets and finally Jesus? Well, someone has, and they haven’t even gotten into how the news media would have misquoted the prophets and Jesus.

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Israelites crossing the Red Sea:

FRAGILE WETLANDS TRAMPLED IN LABOR STRIKE
Law Enforcement Officials Slain While Pursuing Unruly Mob

David vs. Goliath:

CHAMPION OF RELIEF TROOPS KILLED IN HATE CRIME
Racial and Religious Prejudice Cited as Motivation

Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel:

WILDFIRE SENDS RELIGIOUS ACTIVIST INTO FRENZY
Hundreds Killed in Unprovoked Attack

The birth of Jesus:

HOTELS FULL, ANIMALS EJECTED FROM SHELTER
Animal Rights Advocates Threaten Lawsuit 

The wedding at Cana:

ITINERANT PREACHER ACCUSED OF MOONSHINING
Police Unable to Locate Still

Jesus feeding the five thousand:

FUNDAMENTALIST MINISTER STEALS CHILD’S LUNCH
Disciples Mystified by Leader’s Strange Behavior

Jesus healing ten lepers:

QUACK PREYS ON TERMINALLY ILL
Authorities Investigating Unlicensed Use of Non-Traditional Medicine

Jesus healing the man possessed by demons:

MADMAN CAUSES STAMPEDE
Local Farmer Faces Bankruptcy Following Loss of Hogs

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PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL LAW: ‘Borderless’ or ‘Open Society’ = Lawless Or Tyranny

This post makes the point that when we are talking about a right to immigrate we are trying to redefine the definition of national sovereignty into something unworkable. Similarly, the article at this link (=> http://www.str.org/articles/we-re-arguing-definitions-not-rights#.V8eSozUW6eE) argues that the debate over same-sex “marriage” is not about rights. It is about an unworkable definition of marriage.

THE ROAD TO CONCORD

There is a growing movement in America to have a, ‘open’ or ‘borderless’ society.  This is lawlessness.  If we take the time to actually look at the definitions for the words being used and apply a little basic logic, this is easy to prove.  If you have a moment, I’d like to show you how.

First, by definition, a nationmust have a border.  If it does not have a border, then it is not and cannot be a nation.

Now, the natural response to this is that one definition of ‘nation’ refers to a people, and not a specific piece of land.  OK, but does that definition actually work in reality, or has it been accepted by people seeking to push a hidden agenda?  Let us look to see.  Look in the world and show me the ‘nation’ of Hitites.  Or the ‘nation’ of Assyrians. Or the ‘nation’ of…

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