Whispers of Hope

​I believe in that philosophy which claimed that we

might have life, and that we might have it more abundantly. And I think it is because of our defects and disaffections that we weary of life, and not because life itself would not always be glorious to men truly alive. ~ G. K. Chesterton
    It is disastrous to think God begrudges what He has given us. If you have ever been depressed or on that frightening edge of depression where it’s slip a little and you know you will be in a pit of despair, in a place much like hell. You know the importance of enjoying life and hanging on, building up that sense of childlike wonder. If I just breath and enjoy this hike this view I will be okay, this situation or circumstances that are so overwhelming will not drown me if I’m mindful of this good thing, the grass, the stars, that tree. It is not idolatry for the person who’s eyes are blinded with tears to grasp for everything good that God has made when they cannot see God. The things themselves are reminders of Him and whispers of hope. “If I can remind myself of the goodness of stars maybe I can remember that God is good”, one tells oneself. Enduring a bad situation until God leads you through it and than healing from that situation requires self-care. Yes, we come to a place where we can see God more clearly and the Holy Spirit is our comfort, yet the awareness of what He has given even when one is not aware of Him subconsciously reminds one of His comfort. I think the hurting and grieved soul is in more danger of giving up enjoyment and is prone to love life too little, to even despair of life than to be drawn into frivolous idolatry. So be careful not to call it idolatry when someone’s eyes are too blurred with tears to see God, but they are holding onto something they can see; it’s a whisper of His hope.

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Aslan is The One Leading

I’ve been ​thinking about this-  how a person leads is by understanding others lead at times better or as well. Remember Peter in Prince Caspian, he lets Lucy lead because she has seen Aslan when the others including him could not. Peter does not lord it over and lead everyone in the wrong direction, which would have been disastrous.   The whole of Prince Caspian was plenty of group effort and working together. There is also a practicality in this, it takes the weight off of just one person, it enables them to trust in someone besides themselves and I know what you are thinking “Are they not trusting just Jesus”, yes in a way, but sometimes one may trust their trust in Jesus, but not anothers. It’s good to come to that place where one can say “This person loves Him too”. There is also that place of humility where one knows they are stumbling a  bit and in need of help, perhaps their love for Him has grown dull or doubtful due to any number of things and circumstances.  Yet the whole while Aslan is the one leading.

The Things That Just Are

In reading Prince Caspian this thought came, as Caspian and Doctor Cornelius are watching the planets I remembered  biological life has this inner need to survive to behave a certain way to evolve and one could blame that on mere science with no creator, although I find that a stretch. Yet the heavens, the planets, the stars, we need them they do not need us, they have no inner desire or need to survive but they do, they don’t care if the steps of their dance falters and all come to ruin. Yet even the non biological life has this will to be and work correctly, to ascribe that to chance seems to be the biggest stretch of all. My thoughts is that this life and dance of the heavens and our own planet highly suggests an outside creator. 

Billy Graham Rule Follow-up

The easiest way to blog, reblog. This is a folow up to the other I rebloged. Enjoy! it’s brilliant!

My Only Comfort

I recently wrote a blog to correct the misinterpretation of 1 Thessalonians 5:22. You can find it here. I am certainly aware that in terms of the age of internet news, Mike Pence and the Billy Graham rule are the equivalent of 200 years ago, but I can’t seem to let bad theology go, especially when it harms the sheep.

I also know that most readers skim, so please – before you skim, read this paragraph: I have nothing against Mike Pence and his love for his wife and his desire to protect himself as a famous politician with a great deal of power. It seems like a wise thing to do, given his position in our country. So PLEASE don’t think that this post is about that. Also, I don’t know anything about Billy Graham or his rule, having never read his biography. How Billy Graham does things…

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Complementarian in Theory, Egalitarian in Practise

I’ve been giving this some thought also and find this post would describe me because when you take scripture as a whole this is what you get. If one doesn’t take scripture as a whole and one mostly  hones in on one verse it tends to become oppressive and even abusive where people are just hit with a “theology” that doesn’t reflect Jesus or scripture.

Waiting for God's Best

Some words I have been throwing around the blog lately include complementarian and egalitarian and some of you might be confused what I mean. These words describe two different theories when it comes to marriage and church roles. To define them simply, complementarians believe women pastors should not exist and the wife is to be submissive to her husband while egalitarians believe women have the same ministry opportunities and are equal to men in marriage.

So today, I thought I would try and define my beliefs when it comes to the two.

Firstly, after much investigation into the matter, I hold to the egalitarian belief that women, just like men, can be preachers and pastors. There were a number of women throughout the Bible who held positions of authority and particularly compelling cases include Phoebe, a deacon who Paul exhorted (why would he do that if women could not be…

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When The Disciples Were “Literally” Wrong.

 It’s good Jesus explained this and His explanation was recorded because some Christians  would be obstaining from yeast and condemning those who don’t and calling those whose view of scripture is not wooden unbelievers. There would be debates and arguments and people without a wooden view would say, “What about the fish and loaves, perhaps He meant yeast represented the sin in the form of the teaching of the Pharisees not the literal bread they ate.” The ones with a more wooden view would say “The fish and loaves was before Acts” or “The multiplied bread was unlevened. If Jesus said stay away from yeast that’s what He said, it’s the bible and I believe it…” and on and on… 😄

And Jesus said to them, “Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, ” He said that because we did not bring any bread.” But Jesus, aware of this, said, “You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread?  Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up?  Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets full you picked up?  How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Matthew 16:6‭-‬12 NASB

A Safe Place

6 “And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!

    I would fly away and be at rest;
7 yes, I would wander far away;
    I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
8 I would hurry to find a shelter
    from the raging wind and tempest.”
After coming to the end of all wishful thinking and every thought based on defensive hope I started to pray these verses. God provided that safe place through legal separation and soon it will be divorce. I woke up in the middle of the night saying out loud “I hate divorce”. God hates it the same way I hate it. He hates the abuse that broke faith and covenant. As I look back it was a bit broken to begin with. To begin with things were terribly wrong but it’s did easy to be pulled in when one is young. 

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) holds more true to the grammar of the original Hebrew text of that verse that gets so misqued in Malachi, and is likely closer to the original intent, not every version says it the same.

“If he hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord God of Israel, “he covers his garment with injustice,” says the Lord of Hosts. Therefore, watch yourselves carefully, and do not act treacherously.

It’s the hardest thing to file, being the one to file because of injustice and hateful abusive things being said to me, things I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy because those things cut at the very core of ones being. God is just as grieved as I am and He has provided for me seperation and divorce as a safe place for me and my children. 

I still pray keep me in this safe place, just knowing 85 percent of women return to an abusive spouse. Divorce closes that door for me. I think it’s closed anyway but there is a vulnerability there if I don’t divorce. 

My thoughts on this Sunday morning. 

The Apostle Paul Was Sinning When He Wrote That

“Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm…”
Shame on you Paul for making that so public. Almost everyone in the world with a bible read that for centuries, so unchristian of Paul.You need to be quiet Paul and keep that private,you are sinning by writing that, is what some Christians would say.
There comes a point when you can say it, I wonder how long Paul tried and then said to himself.”This guy’s name is going in a letter.” Not in a vengeful way but in a way to warn others and to bring validation and healing to others who had been harmed by this Alexander and one’s like him.

People of Other Doctrines – the new drunkards and gluttons

I’m seriously seeing this division- those who are not divisive and those who are.In my mind it’s almost like there are two types of Christians those who love one another and those who don’t, funny thing is there is scripture that says they will know we are His disciples by how we love one another. I don’t hold to infant baptism, when friend’s of mine infant son was being baptized in an Anglican church I would have attended if I could have it was out of state but I prayed Jesus would bless their day and time and their life and their little son, they believe in Jesus just as well if not better than I do so what if we see baptism slightly different, we certainly agree on the spirit of it.

I will say be careful about drinks, but God gives us wisdom there too, I had a glass of wine and a pint of ale out Saint Patrick’s and it was the sweetest time and it certainly wasn’t a stumbling block for people I was with, I’m the one who would be more tempted to over drink than them, lol.

Tim's Blog - Just One Train Wreck After Another

A friend sent me an email saying she’d started getting criticism from those in her blogging circles. The criticism? She was perceived as interacting too much with me on line. I was not proper company for her to keep. The doctrinal lines were being drawn.

I’ve heard this before from people trying to tell me who to interact with. Sometimes people tell me to be careful of who I hang out with and sometimes they tell me my friends are bad people because of their doctrine. The criticisms can some from someone being Complementarian, Egalitarian, Young Earth Creationist, Old Earth Creationist, Evolutionist, Calvinist, Arminian, Pentecostal, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox or any other matter of doctrine.

This happens in non-church circles too, of course. There the criticisms can focus on political matters – too conservative, liberal or libertarian –  or they can relate to social issues – capitalist, communist, environmentalist, gun rights…

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Every Appearance of Evil, and the Billy Graham Rule

Thank you , this is so good! This is Jesus, this is how Jesus wants us to interact with one another.

My Only Comfort

I’ve been gone and out of the loop for a while. The debate over the so-called “Billy Graham” rule, in light of the comments of Mike Pence, went on without me. That was probably a good thing.

But every generation renews its battle with the horrible interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 5:22. You have probably heard it:

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1Th 5:22 KJV)

This is generally interpreted by small-minded men as an excuse to avoid interacting for good in the lives of others. When the passage is poorly translated, and taken out of context, it appears as if it is saying that one should avoid doing anything that someone else might take as being evil. Thus, lazy and guilt-ridden men can avoid interaction with “undesireables” and still pretend to take the high ground.

For example, I heard one man say that if he were driving alone down…

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