No, no has been a greater enticement than deterrent.
Know, know has informed the no, no.
My diet is more substantive.
My body, mind, and soul are healthier.
Stay with the regimen.
Its benefits are conspicuous.
No to no only. Yes to know, always.
Do I “no” Him more than I “know” Him.
May I “know” Him vs. “no” Him.
Help me know YOU, the only true God and Jesus Christ who YOU sent.
Richard L. Brewer
September 18, 2020
John 17:3 (English Standard Version) “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
1 Corinthians 13:9-12 (English Standard Version) “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
There is not a bit of cockeyed or off plumb in Him.
He builds the house.
And, He provided the truth in Christ.
With His plumb and His level I can build in assurance.
Whether a castle of a tent.
The huff and puff of the wolf will not shake me.
His plumb and His level guide me.
Interesting how a Shepherd masters His tools.
His sheep pen is wolf proof.
Those who abide there come in and go out.
God levels with me. He is plumb good.
He speaks to me. I know His voice.
Help me avoid the thief who would fool me into thinking that cockeyed is plumb and a half-bubble-off- plumb is level.
Make my abode huff and puff proof. House or tent.
He tabernacles with me. Incredulous.
My abode cannot be blown down.
Stay near the door and its safety.
It is thief proof.
The wolf cannot huff and puff enough.
The builder is God. He set the vertical and horizontal.
Thinking of vertical and horizontal.
That makes the sign of the cross.
May I be cross-eyed and not cockeyed.
Richard L. Brewer
“Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” John 10:7-10.
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist and religious philosopher, who laid the foundation for the modern theory of probabilities.
My good friend, Mark, recently sent me the following quote from Pascal with a question about “what do you think”. I “regurgitated” the response that I entitled Honey and Oil: Proverbs 5. I did not respond to the issue of pride because Mark solicited my “take” on the sensuality portion of Pascal’s quote. Perhaps another time, another regurgitation.
I just came across this by Pascal: “Your principal maladies are pride, which cuts you off from God, and sensuality, which binds you to the earth.” What do you think Pascal is saying in the 2nd half?
Honey and Oil: Proverbs 5.
She, like glue, binds me to her.
I, the sucker, who continues to succumb to her pleasures.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (Declaration of Independence).
A radical declaration.
A declaration of treason.
The intention of the Declaration, still a work in progress.
My way is the right way.
Your way is the right way.
Easy to get along and include if you agree with me or I with you.
Exclusion, judgment, punishment if disagreement.
Where is civility?
Where is discourse?
Where is the love?
Might it work?
What are the costs?
What are the gains?
The agenda is supreme.
Yet, my and your agendas are certainly extreme and supreme.
With little wiggle room.
Acceptance without condoning?
Love without conditions?
The woman caught in adultery—in the very act.
Some doodling in the sand.
No word spoken until the clincher.
“The one who has no sin.
That one cast the first stone.”
A bombardment of stones?
Nary a one.
Self-absorbed without compassion?
Self-righteousness propels the stones.
Love is radical and seems antithetical.
But, the Rabbi, demonstrated it.
On whose/what side are we?
Just who is my brother and sister?
The Rabbi espoused the radical.
He said come follow Me.
Just who are we following?
And, Jesus wept.
Richard L. Brewer
(1). “The action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.”
“Inclusion is a basic right of everyone and its objective should be to embrace everyone regardless of race, age, gender, disability, religious and cultural beliefs and sexual orientation. When we have true inclusion, it is when we have removed all barriers, discrimination and intolerance. When implemented properly, it should make everyone feel included and supported, whichever environment they are in.”