I read my Bible to see what men ought to do; and read my newspapers to see what men are doing.
Lord renew thy church beginning with me; Lord renew the church that the church may renew the nation(s).
1. Bobbi Kristina Brown has injuries that need explanation, source says – CNN.com
News filtered out this week that ( the late ) Whitney Houston’s daughter was found ‘unresponsive’ and taken to hospital. Bobbi Kristina’s imminent demise is therefore such a tragedy. For as like mother so like daughter! Perhaps for different reasons, as so far no drugs were found in her system and questions are being asked about injuries found on Bobbi. And so, many people across the world are watching and praying with her father and the rest of her family, as an awesome decision seems inevitable, given the advice from the doctors. To ‘pull the plug’ and let her go, as apparently she is now brain dead.
Bobbi Kristina Brown has injuries that need explanation,…
Investigators are focusing on Bobbi Kristina Brown’s boyfriend as they try to determine why she ended up face down in a tub of water, a source says.
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2. On Bob Marley’s birthday, Friday February 6th, “the upper house’, in Jamaica, the Senate, passed a bill which will decriminalize the possession of up to two ounces of ganja; and among other things, enshrine in law, the use of the drug as a sacrament for religious purposes by people belonging to the Rastafarian religion. Bob Marley’s legacy to the world, in terms of his music and social commentary, and even his philosophy, grounded in the Bible, as revealed in an excellent column by one our most celebrated journalists Ian Boyne Bob Marley as national hero – In Focus – Jamaica Gleaner – Sunday | February 8, 2015 which featured in today’s daily Gleaner, is undisputed, and was celebrated in Jamaica, and Internationally on his birthday. What is contentions is the use of a drug as a Sacrament!
Bob Marley as national hero – In Focus – Jamaica Gleaner…
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Yes, other news came to our attention…ISIS and Jordan, Nigeria and Boko Haran and the postponement of elections, the continued homicides in my country, the ruling of the high court in Jamaica against the leader of the Opposition’s decision to remove two Senators on the basis of an pre-signed but undated letter, thus provoking a mini-constitutional crisis…but the two top ones for me, were those identified above.
THE WORD OF GOD
So, in that context, what Word, or inspired word did the Lord send for our consideration this week.
The first message was all about discipline and hardship! Both of which are an integral part of the Christian journey. And a major problem in this age, is the example that we are setting for the young people who came after us. Our offspring! That is why we have to be so careful went we craft laws, and when we have the privilege to be a parent to a child. For in both instances, what one generation passes on to the next, can be a matter of life or death. Literally! Perhaps, Bobbi Kristina’s life could have been much different if she had had a better example. What example then are we offering our youth in this nation by elevating the use of a mind altering drug to that of a Sacrament – something holy. What ‘righteousness’ really can come of smoking ganja! What kind of ‘doctrine is that?
And so I tweeted later in the week, and which tweet triggered a lively discussion with a lawmaker, a journalist, and a former International Banker who belongs to my church, but has a different view on the matter
I think KD Knight correct #MedicalMarijuana instead of a Sacrament. What is a Sacrament really?
Truly in life there are no coincidences. Last evening I was privileged to attend the 70 year birthday celebrations of the matriarch of solid Christian family. And the couple have produced four wonderful men and a lady. All of whom fear God. Only discipline mixed with love and a good example could have accomplished such a feat
And this morning as we continue to explore sound doctrine, I was led to this Word:
Hebrews 12:7-11 NIV
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
And this other Word nearby.
James 1:2-4 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
And we all know that the goal of our journey in Christ is to become mature…… and produce much fruit….remember the parable of the sower of the seed.
So endure hardship as s discipline, as the rescuing of our families, friends, communities, even and especially the church, and nation depends on our submission to God’s discipline.
THE SECOND MESSAGE
A word which reveals the two narratives that operate in this world. One that is reported on CNN, RJRFM94 and other media houses, which describes what man can see and know. Th ‘natural’ world. The other, operates in the supernatural world. And we get a glimpse of it every so often as we delve into God’s Word.
That is why Satan, masquerading as ‘the intelligentsia’ of this age, would have us believe that ‘there is no God’. But we know better. And thus can explain all the evil that takes place in the world, and send people like Whitney Houston to an early grave, and so too Bobbi Kristina, unless God intervenes. Which is why we need to be clear about sound doctrine, and not some ‘half-baked’ religious dogma, which purports to use a mind altering substance to honor the Creator God. And which substance, we know can cause so much harm.
And so I tweeted;
10 -Justice issue -preventing young men from being branded for life with a criminal offense. 0- Sacrament
This Word came in the, ‘ dead of night’, last night. I thought of Minister Bunting and murder. But this Word is for individuals, as much as it is for families, communities and for nation. For evil actions against another human being, as was the case with Cain and Abel, begin in the mind. Envy, pride, malice, greed, unbridled lust, slackness, disobedience to parents, cheating in a relationship, dishonesty, aggressiveness, a surly temper, anger issues, are all represented in the Bible passage that reveals that ; ” out of the heart of men comes all kinds if evil”.
So how do we as children of the Resurrection, wage war against the kind of evil which is destroying family life, ruining marriages, corrupting the morals of our children, corrupting our music, affecting the productivity at the workplace, undermining the effective governance of our nation, and spreading abroad murder in our land. According to the Word of God, the war begins and ends in hearts minds of each one of us, as empowered by the Holy Spirit
THE WORD OF GOD
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish
arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
So begin today, with the power of the Holy Spirit to ‘ take captive every thought which is not of God’, and make it obedient to Christ Jesus. And then let us see how God will use us to build His Kingdom of Holiness Righteousness and Justice.
THE THIRD MESSAGE
All of these messages were sent out on WhatsApp. This one is the shortest…and I imagine appreciated by all….smile. The profound message that the Christian faith sends out, everytime we consider the death of Christ on Calvary, no matter what the crime or ‘mistake in life’, we have committed, is that forgiveness is available. The mercy of God, is just a prayer of repentance away. And who knows, how on their dying bed, someone might just reach out to God, in real authentic faith, and find peace. Much better, however, is to reach out to God in Christ, when we have the time and opportunity, for who knows when the ” mighty waters shall rise”…Psalm 32.
Psalm 130:3-4 NIV
If you, O Lord , kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, therefore you are to be feared. Psalm 130: 2. NIV
Thank God for Jesus. Every minute! Every hour! Every day.
THE FOURTH MESSAGE – ON WHATSAPP
One of the realities of life, ignored by, or unknown to, those who only listen to the ‘natural sounds ‘ of this world, is that in every circumstance, God The Creator is speaking. To a family! To a nation! And He is always pursuing us as His love for humanity is fully expressed in the most popular Bible verse of all time: For God so loved the world…..John 3:16. The further reality is that, in this pursuit, He will ‘overthrow some tables’ in an individual’s life; in a families’ life, and in a nation’s life. So let us be careful how we frame laws, and let us be careful how we treat with our bodies, which for a believer, is the very temple of God. For who knows what kind of ‘trouble’ come upon this nation, if we continue to ‘fly in His face’ with all kinds of adventurous concepts of how He wishes us to honor Him.
And so I tweeted:
What is the inner truth that Ganja represents #AnancyStorycometobump
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Yesterday I wrote in another forum about this passage of Scripture.
Do not be like the horse or mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit or bridle
or they will not come to you. Psalm 32:9.
Which is really saying that God pursues us, perhaps especially in difficult circumstances, so that we may return to Him who is our only true love and Savior. But we ought not to wait for that to happen, but repent and return Him….read the Psalm carefully.
Then this morning into my heart came:
Master speak thy servant heareth
Longing for thy gracious word….
And what did I hear.
A HOUSE OF PRAYER
BY CHRIS TIEGREEN
My house shall be called a house of prayer. Matthew 21:13
…..The new Testament application of this is not what we might think……not church buildings…. Jesus never calls a church building ” God’s House”……God’s house after the gift of the Spirit, is the heart of the believer…….
John 2:17 tells us that Jesus is consumed by His zeal for His Father’s House. Knowing that we are His Father’s house makes that verse very profound indeed. Jesus will zealously pursue communion – which is the essence of prayer – in you, even if it means overturning some tables. There are to be prayers and holy fellowship in that sacred place.
I pray God we will all think deeply on this Word from the Master.
THE FIFTH AND FINAL MESSAGE – on WhatsApp…makes an appeal to Save Our Children. By understanding how fundamentally we are God’s offspring. Every last one of us! Created and sustained by Him. And no one else. That’s the Gospel Truth! That we and our children need to hear. Otherwise disaster will continue to haunt our lives, and our nation. For the only way to honor God is to ‘believe His Son’ Christ Jesus – The Only conquering Lion of Judah. And King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Not to smoke weed! Nor to take drugs! Nor to beat upon your wife! Nor to sexually abuse your children – a story which re-surfaced again this week in my country. May God have mercy on our collective souls in this country.
Of Whitney Houston and her offspring, Bobbi Kristina Brown
GM: Recently I attended the 70th birthday party of a friend. And the end of a very moving toast by her husband, he declared that, ” I am because you are”. Lyrics, as we would say in Jamaica, right!
So last night, I dreamt about that declaration, and this morning The Holy Spirit reminded about another such declaration, way back in history.
THE WORD OF GOD
Acts 17:26-28 NIV
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
So if my friend’s husband understood his good fortune, how much we the ‘ offspring’ of The Creator God, should declare in words and with our lives, complete devotion and praise to the Holy One of Israel, and to His Son Christ Jesus, for truly in the Triune God, we live and move and find our being.
For if Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and now Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, understood this profound mystery, as revealed in Christ Jesus, how much different would have been the outcome of their lives. So for our sake, and for the sake of our children, and our children’s children, let us settle in our minds, once and for all, to Whom we owe Life. And Life abundantly? Christ Jesus. For because He died, and through the power of The Holy Spirit, who raised Him from the dead, we have Life with our Creator God. And that’s The Gospel Truth.
Everything else leads to the ‘ unplugging,’ of that which supports life; metaphorically, and literally. Which sadly, is the situation which now confronts Bobbi’s family. #SaveOurChildren.