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He has the last word

Ten days ago I had an event in which we provided refreshments. Afterward I packed up the items and threw the trash in the chute. Unfortunately, a couple of hours later I could not find my glasses. I looked in the event room and in the remaining grocery bags to no avail and concluded that I must have thrown the glasses in the trash in my exhaustion. 

These two years old transitions lenses were my daily glasses even though I had a basic spare. I am overdue for an eye exam. I fretted for a bit and beat myself up for inattentiveness but then just started wearing the other pair. I figured this would prompt me to go ahead and make that overdue appointment with the eye doctor.  I let go of my little loss. 

This morning as I was preparing for church, my transitions lensed glasses peaked at me from the floor of my closet. My first thought was thanksgiving to the Lord for providing when I thought that all was lost. Truly, I know that lost glasses are not a significant issue but I got the lesson in this: things that I know may not actually be fact because He has the last word. 

What is wrong with…?

christianpost.com, Rod Anderson

no other gods before me christianpost.com, Rod Anderson

not make thee any graven image        www.pugster.com, http://www.adventornaments.com

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not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain God http://www.scientificamerican.com

remember the sabbath day http://www.brighthubeducation.com

honor thy father & thy mother indulge.com

not kill realistic imaginations

not commit adultery http://www.jokeroo.com

not steal mikeshapirocartoons.com

not bear false witness muzikfactorytwo.blogspot

not covet madefordominion.com

 

Jesus warned against the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees (Matthew 16:11) because they added to the law.

Jesus informs us,” Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Mathew 5:18)  Revelation 21:2  refers to the future time when the holy city, new Jerusalem comes down out of heaven.

Jesus repeatedly quoted from Jeremiah, Isaiah, and the prophets and was our example of keeping the law in the flesh.

So if Jesus came speaking his Father’s words (John 8:28), if he refers us to hear Moses and the prophets (Luke 16:31), and if all scripture is for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16) then why do some murmur against the ten commandments or scriptures that tell one not to have sex with near kin or animals, and not to eat things that are abominable (Isaiah 66:17, Leviticus 11, Genesis 7:2)?

Cutting off your nose to spite your face

We are warned in Colossians 2:8 about following the traditions of men. However, it seems that some have made it a tradition to cut off the nose to spite the face.

 

 

TRUE COLORS REVEALED

One of the books that I am currently reading is LIFE IS SO GOOD. It was written by a Black man who was born in 1898 and lived until 2001. In his 103 years, George Dawson saw it all. Chapter one opens with an experience that occurred in front of his 10-year-old eyes: the lynching of a man randomly accused of having sex with a woman who later delivered a blond-haired, blue-eyed child.

Reading a post on the Belle Jar about the latest episode of racial discord made me think of the blood-thirsty spectators at the Roman Colosseum. I also thought about how I was raised: never heard my Mom call anyone out of their name, indecent words were not thrown out as an ignorant greeting or common place, and I was eager to learn about other people’s positive way of living. Yet, as a person of color, I have experienced my share of blatant racial indecencies. Unfortunately, the smiling young girl who posted a noose due to a sports loss did not share the same upbringing as most decent people. (The recent verbal-lynching of Subban reminds me of the mob who shouted in a frenzy for their deity, Diana, for two hours. Acts 19:23-40. Coincidentally, the mob of racist tweets also gathered when their idol was fallen.)

When George Dawson was a child, people were empowered to show their true colors while hiding behind white sheets. Today, folks unabashedly broadcast their hatred to the world through short posts or emails. There is nothing new under the sun but it still has the power to make your heart break for the racist as well as for the person who is no longer chattel but is expected to “stay in his place”. Unfortunately, in some people’s view of the world, it is acceptable to castigate a person for working with their team to achieve success. Unfortunately, some people are still taught to think of other people as “an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword“. Unfortunately, some people just suck.

In John 8:42-47, Jesus tells those who have no love, as evidenced by their compulsion to kill him, that their father is the devil. I wonder if I should I pray to my Father for people who obviously have murder in their own hearts? (I know the answer.) For now, I will just pray that we all get it right while we still have time.

The Belle Jar

Trigger warning for racist and violent language and images

Last night, Montreal Canadiens player P. K. Subban scored the winning goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

Predictably, Boston fans were outraged. In this case, though, with Subban as one of the few black players in the league, their anger took a sickeningly racist turn.

It was so bad that the n-word was briefly trending on Twitter in Boston. Seriously. Think about that for a minute. Think about how many people must have been tweeting one of the vilest, most degrading racist slurs in our language in order for it to be trending in a city the size of Boston. That is not just a few racist fans making everyone look bad – that is a whole fucking lot of people trying their hardest to make Subban (and all people of colour) aware of just how…

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Profiled

My husband is a tall, articulate, beautiful, Black man: at times he reminds me of pictures that I have seen of Malcolm X giving a speech.  On Friday afternoon he arrived home an hour later than is typical. Upon arrival, he explained that he fit some profile so he was pulled over by the police.

 

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He was wearing a shirt and tie. He was not driving a flashy car; our cars are decades old and possess neither bling nor a booming stereo. He watched Speed Racer as a child but tends to follow driving rules as evidenced by having one ticket prior to this in the last ten years.

 

I do not really know what it is like to be a Black man in this society but I am learning vicariously that it can suck big time. The officer advised that he should contest the ticket. WHAT?! Why waste the time for the unwarranted ticket or the time off work to contest it. (Interestingly, a couple of months ago, I was at the local police station for job-related fingerprinting. The officer was incredulous that I had been in town seven months with no stops by the police.) Guess my husband is a local now.

Bigger picture: I do not like it but I do know that it could have easily been a lot worse experience.Yes, I have reframed it in my mind to think about being profiled into New Jerusalem after my dirt nap and that is marvelous, but I still do not like the current implications of what occurred.

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jonah

 

Bible-

Daniel 9:25 (midst of the week)

Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, & 31 (evening and morning)

Matthew 12:40 (Sign: 3 days/3 nights)

2 Corinthians 11:4 (another Jesus)

 

Modern Tradition-

Acts 12:4 ( easter mentioned- murder of James and Peter imprisoned)

noon Friday – sunrise Sunday (1 day and a half)

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