Monthly Archives: August 2006

Update August 12th

Greetings,

I realize I have been quiet on the bog for over a month. Truth is I mave been occupied with two other bolgs, (you can check them out by looking at the links), and with two bouts of an upper respiratory infection.

The six month labs came back a few weeks ago. I was not overly excited, but I am enthused that the therapy is keeping the virus in check. I was hoping to go undetectable, however, I am stable. The cd4 count is good, it is hovering around 450. I can’t be more specific than that due to the rules of the trial.

I have also discovered that the neuropathy is still an issue. I went on a field trip with the church a few days ago and was on my feet for most of the day, an equivalant to a work day. I have had three days of leg pain, increased heal and foot pain and tingling/burning. It took me back to the same condition I was when I was working in 2003, just prior to going on SSD. It is quite apparant that I have nerve damage from the Virus and/or the early drug regimens.

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Part Five


Chapter Two 1-10
“1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

     Once again, I have highlighted some words and underlines phrases that I wish to expound upon this week. This is not a complete exegesis of the richness found in the text. It is what the Holy Spirit seems to be drawing my attention to now.
     Death; It is not the place that the bible begins. In fact, Genesis begins with the story of life. Yet, there is a general “big picture” that I believe that God wants humanity to understand through reading the entire cannon, that of how creation came to be and how we lost our eternal immortality, and most importantly, how God planned before Creation, to bring us back into eternal relationship and life with Him. This chapter begins with our fallen condition. We are spiritually dead, because of sin and our subsequent transgressions. Yet, right away, the author hints that a cure is in affect, for we formerly walked in them. They ways we walked were according to the world or cosmos, a Greek word referring to the world system of philosophy and empty human thinking. He tells us that there is a prince, the one who rules the second heaven, a clear reference to Satan and the fallen angels. Cf chapter six. Christ stripped the devil of all power at the cross; yet, Satan has one power left, that of deception and a big mouth; to spread lies and heresy.
      The author tells us that “while we were dead”; God put the His plan into action. This is the ultimate act of Grace and the total show of God’s merciful intent. But God, being rich in mercy, we are told, and if great love, made us again, a second act in creation. He made us alive in Christ. Check out this divine sequence of scripture:
          
     God:           Rich in mercy     +     Great in love      =
          
               Made us        Raised us     Seated us in heaven
That in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us.
Imagine that! His riches are surpassing our imagination. We cannot understand the extent of the goodness and wonder of heaven, and this entire God planned knowing that humanity would fail Him anyway.
     Many people have asked the question, why did God create this world knowing we would fail? In addition, others why not just start over. I believe the answer is in this text. It is called Grace. You see, God, in infinite wisdom, knowing that iniquity would enter the world, also knew that it is upon free will. He knew that people had to choose to fall. However, He also knew that they could not choose to save themselves. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” So, on the one hand, iniquity was allowed to enter, on the other, it was dealt the final blow, never to be an eternal prevention again, for those who believe and receive.


Forgiveness is…

      Forgiveness is a demand of righteousness. It is also a quality of life. The type of forgiveness displayed in the Grace of God, in the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, indicates to us the quality of that love and that not predicated upon quantity of our sin.
     Paul writes, “By one man sin entered the world, the first “Adam” and that by the “last Adam” sin was remitted. Rm 5:12, I Co 15:45 The fact that iniquity (sin realized) came by one and was eternally paid for by the other show us that in Christ the sum of our needs for forgiveness is complete, once for all. That is true grace, in its essence. The hard part of all of this is the demand of righteous living that we be conveyors of that kind of forgiveness to others.
     Jesus said, “Forgive others or you will not be forgiven by your Father in Heaven.” Mt 6:13-14 What a challenge! It is easy to receive forgiveness when we are wrong, but what about when others are the ones doing the wrong.
     Forgiveness is first a choice to be obedient to the call of righteousness. The emotions come later. Forgiveness is not necessarily a feeling, at all. It is a decision to extend the grace of God to others, and preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. It is living like Jesus with intent. It is becoming a radical in a world of stagnant philosophies of humanity. It is choosing to be a peacemaker, and not a peace taker. Any chance denying bitterness of taking root in our community, relationships, and society, we take. It is a choice of edification instead of defilement.
     Love is always a challenge. Today, may the Holy Spirit reveal to you the challenge of forgiveness?

  “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.    If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”  Mt 6:13-14  message


At our foundation is

     At our foundation is the infinite. The grassroots of the new monastic is the unending multidimensional creative mind that originates with the divine Creator. As this mind operates collectively, a revolution begins to immerge that is spiritually magnetic. What makes such a revolution irresistible?
     A transcendent lifestyle lifts one out of the mundane. It is radical Christianity with the real power first displayed 2000 years ago. It is the progressive process of transformation through radical redemption; a higher learning and yearning. We are they who are not satisfied with the regular and mundane, but live in a “supranormal” existence. We live the Holy irregular divine nature. With intent, we cast off the societal norm. We choose to be “completely other than” the status quo.
     Neither the left nor right nor in the middle, we are radically lifted and baptized by One Spirit. Ours is the chosen abandonment of all social peer pressure; the market driven status keeper; material motives; and therefore along with the disappearance of these also falls away the divisive motives of greed that drive wars and humanitarian crimes.
     This ecumenism breaks down barriers and unites in peace and faith the hearts of hungry souls. Everywhere we await the return of Jesus Christ, as the walls come down. Moreover, because of this common cause, we find ourselves busy. We are concerned with the mission of serving humanity in the spirit of perfect charity.
     Facing the challenges in the world today, we can no longer afford to be timid. We must boldly point out injustice and petty behaviors; encouraging humanity to replace such with the values and ethics of our loving God.

     God make haste the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, One World, in peace, without end.  Amen.