The renovated garage church

I remember we were looking for a biblical church and we thought we had found one.So we were going there consistently and one day we got there late because of the train. When a blond lady a church greeter approached us and told us coldly you cant go to the service nor your kids to Sunday school you all are late so you have to go to upstairs to the cafeteria and listen to the worship service there….

Reminds me of the parable of the workers:

They came late but they may have the same zeal of those who came on time or even more

Especially those who came on time and are content to sit just there each Sunday doing nothing with their God given gifts to praise God or edify the church…

Gee made us feel like those African Americans who were told you can’t worship in the front only in the back or the balcony:

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/exhibits/reconstruction/section2/section2_church.html

As future note we never went back….we were the first nor we will be the last regretfully…

Makes you think sometimes you make a person leader when they are:

-Novice

1 Timothy 3:

1The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2Therefore an overseera must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,b sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

-Judas money hungry

John 12:1–8

Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany

12 Six days before ithe Passover, jJesus therefore came to Bethany, kwhere Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. lMartha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. mMary therefore took a pound1 of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii2 and ngiven to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and nhaving charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it3 for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

-Simon spiritually power hungry

Acts 8:9-25 New International Version (NIV)

Simon the Sorcerer

Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

-Eve usurper of power

Genesis 3:

16 Then he said to the woman,

“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,

    and in pain you will give birth.

And you will desire to control your husband,

    but he will rule over you.[c]”

-Religious power hungry

Acts 8:18–25

18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, e“May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God fwith money! 21 You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for gyour heart is not right before God. 22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, hif possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in ithe gall3 of bitterness and in jthe bond of iniquity.” 24 And Simon answered, k“Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

25 Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, lpreaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

-Do not be like the gentiles lording over:

Matthew 20:25-28 (NIV)

25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Yet she or me or us will ever know we were obstacles to the faith here but we will know in the judgement of rewards and God tells you are getting this but not this because:

We will understood fully

And our mouths will be closed not because of loss of words-

But in agreement ;

What is the purpose of the Judgement Seat of Christ?

http://www.gty.org/library/questions/QA97

Appendix:

https://www.gotquestions.org/desire-husband-rule.html

https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/is-male-headship-a-curse/

https://www.challies.com/articles/her-desire-his-rule/

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/leave-her-alone-judas-this-is-for-my-burial

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/lust-for-power/

A modern day psalms part1

Gee I wish my old church would take this to ❤️

Most church members don’t see their churches clearly.

In almost all of Thom S. Rainer’s consultations, church members perceive their church to be friendly. But as he surveyed guests, he found that the guests typically saw church members as unfriendly. The perception chasm existed because the members were indeed friendly . . . to one another. 

The guests felt like they crashed a private party.

Gee the only time they would call when I was recovering from my kidney transplant (still am)was to assign wanda to help in kids school-not to ask how I was doing or show Christian charity and ask my wife if her and our Kid’s needed some type of support. And I knew they knew as well that they knew my condition when I emailed the pastor diplomatically.

It just taught me that a Idol is not only made in stone or people but they can be ministries programs,age groups,other groups we use to divide into or departments etc Reminds me of the parable of the Good Samaritan :

Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”

28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Gee nobody visited me at the hospital not even the deacon assigned to me and my family.who I do not even know they never contacted by any open channel from face to face to a simple letter or email.

Gee even know nobody has visit me nor had any type of communication with me from simple smoke signals to post-riders to a simple phone call to see how I am doing NADA its like the silence from doctor Who but in reverse a christianized hybrid it is not my choice not to be seen but theirs…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_riders

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silence_(Doctor_Who)

Gee I would understand if they were Gen Z kids and for some reason rotary phones were reintroduced replacing smartphones that I would understand:

Gee I never had a problem with a church I always made friends till now and becoming active using my God given gifts and experience.

I entered this church confident which later became hope and finally becoming hopelessness….it was like a Great Wall of China between us and the church tried to climb it nada,tried to go around it nada. I tried to enter thru the gate nada.

Till finally I just gave up now just going for these reasons:

-it is not good for Christians to be Lone Ranger Christians

We need a home church and I know there is no perfect church…If you are looking for it you are are like a modern day Ponce de Leon searching for the mythical fountain of Youth. You must find a church nonetheless that you can see the beauty and live with its particular thorns.

-I want to kids to know God while they are young

-ultimately to use my God given gifts,experience and the wisdom it flows with like a secret agent or like Asimov Foundation series(one of my favorite book series with lord of the rings and Thomas covenant)like hair seldon who saw the galactic empire will fall and to shorten the dark ages till a new one arose after developing psychohistory which if followed would do secretly had one group the Psychohistorians behind the scenes guiding the plan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundation_series

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov

Gee it was so bad that when the pastor preached on Mary being on the outside margins of society,

And I said that’s how exactly how I feel as well as the visitors,strangers who did not fit the church mold ….

Who God will bring to our church sheep to be sheltered,feed,nurtured,clothed,protected and defended….

“On the margins unnoticed outside,a ghost

Neglected Ignored unvalued strangers ambiguous invisible a Galilean, Jew a second class christain ,a Samaritan and no good can come from Nazareth…

Gee now taking my own advice I must be a Moses to lead my people-my family to the promised land-where I can see both the beauty of the church and its thorns that both mars it’s beauty and adds to it……

Gee reminds me of this verse from Poison aptly named:

Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn

Matt Damon,his movie the Great Wall and our Christian life

The Great Wall should remind us that we too likewise build in our lives using our personal Great Wall with our finite human bricks which are

Morality

Pride

Self centered ness

reform

Ritual

Legalism

Religion

To keep at bay and not destroy the horde of sin

Destined to fail certainly

Because our enemy has dug right through it by the vey foundations of that wall our hearts,minds,souls wall our hearts,minds,souls have laid brick by brick

At certain points brittle and weak

According to our personal sinful preferences

the deceitfulness of sin’ (Heb. 3:13)

To fool ourselves or symbolic gestures to

Keep sin out

But like the matt Damon movie they snuck in

They found Achilles heel in this impregnable wall

Their Trojan horse in our great wall

our hearts,minds,souls have laid brick by brick

And not with the divine metal of God’s Word

Thus-

At certain points brittle and weak

According to our personal sinful preferences

the deceitfulness of sin’ (Heb. 3:13)

.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DefILRrX77k&sns=em

Hey Jesus is not your boyfriend

Jesus is not my boyfriend said in many different ways

https://youtu.be/gb0_2jHOOoQ

https://www.facebook.com/58312923308/posts/10155884592163309/

https://youtu.be/7DcoZ2FomFA

https://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2012/june/why-jesus-isnt-your-boyfriend-critique-of-dating-god.html

https://www.facebook.com/859710439/posts/10161067813190440/

https://www.facebook.com/KevOnStage/videos/552539758540086/

And my way;

I first encountered this lie as a struggling single and I call it a lie because no matter the way the girl packages it that what it is a Fat lie!!!

Why because both the girl and me know wha I mean which is:

A.Romantic dating

B.Physical attraction plus mental and heart attraction:

Song of Solomon

8  If you do not know,

O umost beautiful among women,

follow in the tracks of the flock,

and pasture your young goats

beside the shepherds’ tents.

9  I compare you, vmy love,

to wa mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.

10  xYour cheeks are lovely with ornaments,

your neck with strings of jewels.

The Beauty of her heart:

Ruth 1:

4 And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.” 5 Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” 6 And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7 She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.”[c]

8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. 9 Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” 10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” 11 But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” 13 Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”

C.Marital Love

And that you can never have with Jesus

D. It is deception on her part for the word of God says:

Matthew 5:27

But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

E. And this excuse seems biblical but is not rather it is akin to let us do evil so good will come out of it:

Romans 3:8

Let us do evil – That is, since sin is to promote the glory of God, let us commit as much as possible.

That good may come – That God may take occasion by it to promote his glory.(Albert Barnes)

F. Eventually the Guy will see thru this false veneer of Christian piety and either be more hurt ,a stumbling block or both

Matthew 19:

4He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.

Christ does not and never include Himself or even as a viable alternative…

You don’t say

I Was reading my Facebook page and came across this picture and I pondered what meant it and what I was seeing and reading. It was a picture of a wannabe Jesus with the caption Jesus goes back to washington. There is a a Dominican word (same as English) that I picked up from my wife,her family and friends conversations I had over the the years. The word is pique which means annoying,exasperating. That is exactly what this picture created in my heart and mind:

What it meant:

Jesus at one time was represented and ruled in the American government as if this was a Christian nation. It never was-though it may be influenced by Christian principles,God’s mercies and Christians who are the salt of the earth preserving,sustaining and nurturing culture and society only as far as they are faithful to God and His word.(see the history of o.t. Israel which God solely and specifically set up as a “Christian nation”,)

What I was seeing:

A wannabe  Jesus we like to make jesus in our sinful image rather than see the real Jesus in his word:(bbv Isa 53:1,golden calf

What I was reading: Jesus goes back to washington as if He had his throne their at one time

Theocratic rule only at his 2nd coming
The second Israel the real Christian nation not America,not modern day Israel but the church. Romans 11:

Gentiles Grafted In

11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(N)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28205N” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion<sup data-fn=”#fen-ESV-28206b” class=”footnote” data-link=”[b]” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>[b] mean!

13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(O)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28207O” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(P)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28208P” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(Q)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28209Q” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 16 <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(R)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28210R” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 But if <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(S)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28211S” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>some of the branches were broken off, and you, <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(T)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28211T” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root<sup data-fn=”#fen-ESV-28211c” class=”footnote” data-link=”[c]” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>[c] of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(U)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28214U” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>stand fast through faith. So <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(V)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28214V” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>do not become proud, but <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(W)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28214W” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(X)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28216X” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(Y)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28216Y” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>you too will be cut off. 23 And <sup class=”crossreference” data-link=”(Z)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-28217Z” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px”>even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.

Christ was reigning since eternity past

Colossians 1:15-20

Leaving His eternal throne: John 1:1-5

Dan2:21

Isa 61:1

Philippians 2:5-9

Isa 53:2-12

Returned to His eternal throne as our prophet,priest and King

Rom 13:1-7

Heb 1:1-4 heb 7:26,8:1-6
Eph 1:19-23

Leaving His eternal throne in a victory march

Dan7:14

Philippians 2:10-11

Honor your father and Mother.revised

Honor your father and mother in the context of love God first as our primary and sole compass of our hearts and minds not only as redeemed individuals but as redeemed families as Scriptures point out

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 English Standard Version (ESV)

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.

The God-Given Task

What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.[a]

Psalm 119:105 English Standard Version (ESV)

Nun

105

Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light to my path.

All else including worldly affairs like planets in perfect harmony sustained nurtured defined rotate around Him

In proper circular orbit

before the depths of eternity

Especially when we come from non christain homes

Regretfully at times It is so hard when the commandment honor your mother and father echoes in our ears and hearts yet with Eves sin twisting of God’s Word

Yet we must

Set example and not compromise or water down our gospel

Be the city on the hill

The salt of the earth

Not only in the world but in the midst of our families and friends..

Matthew 5:14-16 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

Yet tragically instead of being that salt

That light-pointers to Christ

Our non Christian friends and family

Become obstacles not only to us in our walk of faith but to them from knowing

God the source of all good and blessings

Christians and non Christians receive alone from Him on a daily basis 24-7…

The Sad Decline of Barnes & Noble | The American Conservative

The Sad Decline of Barnes & Noble | The American Conservative
— Read on www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-sad-decline-of-barnes-noble/

Gee I worked at the mother of all its stores 18th and 5th for 5 years met my one and future wife there as well

Borders started the craze you see today

And B and N reacted to it by not only copying the concept but bought all or tried to all the locations borders were considering to set up their stores both fell to amazon and the ironic thing amazon has a physical store to emulate them now!!!

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