The heart of a father

“My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands;” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬


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To get rid of this Monster

Releasing some random thoughts today.

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭20‬ HCSB)

So it is about ‘togethering’ (I know, not a word), His name and at least more then me, where He suddenly makes it many, like the mathematics of: 2 fish + 5 bread + Jesus = thousands!
So my conclusion is then: you + me + Jesus = gathering! And when we add Spirit, it is invisible connected to the thousands, even the millions. Continue reading


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The Way Jesus Communicates…

John 4:31 In the meantime the disciples kept urging Him, “Rabbi, eat something.” 32 But He said, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” 33 The disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought Him something to eat?” 34 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work,” Jesus told them.35 “Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest. 36 The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so the sower and reaper can rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap what you didn’t labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor.”

It’s hard to follow Jesus, to understand what He is addressing, when mostly the questions and the answers do not really match! The statement He makes, makes you puzzle all day long and sometimes even question the fact if He understands what you just said!

I mean, it was a perfect legal suggestion: Rabbi, eat something! Since we where with Him all day, no food was served for hours and so… the most logic thing would be to eat!

But He said... and when He says something, you better activate your spirit instead of your common sense! When you try to understand what He says with your fleshy ears, there is no way you will grasp the depth of His answers.

Just a couple of minutes ago they found Him speaking with “this woman” and during the conversation they conditioned their mind into a rejecting obstacle, missing the beauty of what happened there at that well. With all their cultural strongholds they would never be able to understand the real communication and spiritual impartation that happened, so when the woman left, they suggested Jesus to go back to business…

Just watch the words in the meantime in verse 31… just three little words that revealed their inner condition.

27 Just then His disciples arrived, and they were amazed that He was talking with a woman. Yet no one said, “What do You want?” or “Why are You talking with her?” They were amazed, unpleasantly surprised and it took them some effort not even to rebuke Him!

Walking with Jesus (which is another thing than being a christian) reveals your heart condition, your inability to understand, your pride that is build by culture and the strongholds that blocks your spiritual understanding. The way He communicates, when you dare to start walking with Him -instead of watching Him from a distance while being a christian- confronts you, but meanly enlarge your spirit for receiving.

Just a bold confession… I don’t think that the world needs another church-going-watching-from-a-distance- doing-just-your-own-thing-christian! It is time you start walking with Him and stepping into the wonderful vulnerable position of this mirror-presenting Jesus! The great thing is that behind the mirror is always a loving, saving, elevating, uplifting and building Rabbi who called you because He believe in you!

Reading the moments of Communication in the Gospels, helps you to “listen” again, when He speaks! Those simple every day moments when life present itself and He comes and elevates it into a learning moment! The moment you start walking, it takes you out of the benches in the building, into the life you live. It connects every minute of your being and weaves it into an accurate up-to-date follower of Christ.

When they would hit the pause button and have left for a simple lunch, they would have missed the most beautiful moment of the day, when the village came to meet Jesus. They would have missed the most beautiful statement of the day: “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.”


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The Re-Words…

They intrigue me, the re-words, the words that begin with the “re” they carry a sound of hope of worth of effort with love! At least most of them as you probably can come up with a funny-proof-wrong-example!

Recycle Defined

As the dictionary describes the one usage I really like and want to emphasize in this post:

re– |riː, ri, rɛ| (prefix)

1 once more; afresh; anew: reaccustom | reactivate.• with return to a previous state: revert.

ORIGIN from Latin re-, red- ‘again, back’.

usage: In modern English the tendency is for words formed with prefixes such as re- to be unhyphenated: restore,remain, reacquaint. One general exception to this is when the word to which re- attaches begins with e: in this case a hyphen is often inserted for clarity: re-examine, re-enter, re-enact. A hyphen is sometimes also used where the word formed with the prefix would be identical to an already existing word: re-cover (meaning ‘cover again’, as in we decided to re-cover the dining-room chairs) not recover (meaning ‘get better in health’).

 

Christianity has the tendency to move on from where we are, forgetting where we come from. It is the “legacy” of forgetting what is behind and moving forward  as I am convinced that this result was never what Jesus had in mind when He stated those words!

As the world is erasing the past, the history, by re-writing(!) it with different motives, we see a generation that has no clue about direction, loosing the total meaning of life. And, to be honest, this is not different in the church culture! There is no teaching, no transferring of the beautiful values, the foundations of old and with it, a generation has lost track! The result is that they start living by the re-defined life, “written” by ungodly agendas, fueled by the media.

So, here comes the significance of the re- word! As the “world” is using it as the strategy to totally distract a generation, there is a urgent hunger in the heart of this generation to even re- christianity, faith, God, church, relationships, society, culture and so on!

What a great, divine opportunity for us, to get in place and start fulfilling this hunger by evaluating our lives, our faith and even our God, as the “image” we created somehow does not fulfill the hearts. As a (grand)father, they ask me and mostly I have to think and rethink as most things in our age came “because they were”! No questions, just facts and now-a-days, that does not work anymore because they are disconnected from the process. They question and we need to provide answers. WE need to reconnect them to the process called LIVE!

It is a spiritual hunger that makes the re-!

Re-new, re-cover, re-define, re-build!

My statement in raising my children has mostly been: In order to give them a future, I have to connect them with their past (legacy)!

Don’t get offended when they ask. Just re-view and re-connect!