Love Is The Answer

Is Your Glass Half Full, or Half Empty?

It’s Always FULL!

Every time you let Anger and Hatred in your heart, it replaces Love. Allowing Fear and Doubt in your Heart, replaces Faith. Think of that proverbial glass of water that is either “Half Full” or “Half Empty”. Truth be known, the glass is “ALWAYS FULL”. Way back in eighth grade my science teacher taught a very simple concept, Displacement.

In a nutshell… although the glass might be only “Half Full” of water. The other half is filled with air. The more air pumped into the glass, the less water. The more water, the less air. Displacement. The water displaces air and visa-versa.

The heart is the same. It is always full. Sometimes it has more LOVE than HATE. Other times, not. The good news is that you are in control of what goes in your heart. Negative thoughts are generated in our mind, not the Heart. As Christians, we are taught to Love People; including our enemies. God never asks us to like our enemies; but He does TELL us to Love them! Perplexing?

Growing up, being told what to do was just about the worst thing for me. After all, what kid likes to be told “clean your plate”, “do your chores” or the worst, “Pick Up Your Room!”?

Is it any wonder that we would push back on something called Commandments? Especially Ten of them. For me, probably like most of my generation, when someone would mention the Ten Commandments, my first thought was always of Charlton Heston. Once I got that picture of him as Moses on that mountain out of my head and began to focus. All the “Thou’s” and “Shalt’s” would get in the way. Being a casual (lazy) reader, it was so much work, like a different language.

Then, one day, someone introduced me to Matthew 22:37-39. Answering the question “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”. Jesus responded by saying, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” For me, that summed it up in a few, simple words.

Jesus was saying… Love God, Love People”. Not a Thee, Thou or Shalt in it! Truly words to live by.

Those four words are the essence of being a Christian. If all of us could only follow those two simple guidelines of love. Like the song says, “What a Wonderful World it would be”.

Going forward and contemplating that those simple four words, encompass all ten commandments. “Love God”, covers the first four and “Love People” the final six. Wow! What would Charlton Heston have done with that? Standing on the mountain top with a lot smaller tablet? Maybe an iPad? Certainly, it would have made for a shorter movie. Starting each commandment with Love, instead of Thou, might have caught my attention back then.

Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s was all about love. While some took it to the extreme with “Free Love”. Most believed it was all about loving one another in the biblical sense. Our culture was permeated with Love. It was in our music with songs like “All You Need is Love”. It was throughout our politics as well. Love was the original basis of the Peace crusade. Sadly, greed and vitriol eventually engulfed the movement. Love was also the core of the Civil Rights protests. Led by Reverend Martin Luther King in Love and Peace with statements like “I love you. I would rather die than hate you.”

So often I see today’s protests and think about those days…

One thing is missing. LOVE!

Here’s a video that we put together called Love Is The Answer” featuring a wonderful version of the old Todd Rundgren song performed by Rumer. Enjoy!

Is Your Pyramid Inverted?

God's Good News

You know, II Timothy 4:3 is a verse that I have been pondering for nigh onto fifty years.  As you undoubtedly know, in this scripture Paul shared with his young protégé, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”  My main thought process was, “how could teachers be found who would offer up less than sound doctrine?”  Wellllll, in those last five decades I have discovered that there is a lot of “less than sound” doctrine floating around!  However, after a little study I have discovered that the subtlety of this modern day “false teaching” is mind boggling!

In his book, “LIVING WITH CONFIDENCE IN A CHAOTIC WORLD,” Dr. David Jeremiah explains what he refers to as “The Priorities of Diligence

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There is no growth without Friction!

PERSEVERE!

“In the confrontation between the Stream and the Rock, the Stream ALWAYS Wins… Not through strength, but through Persistence.” 
-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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We live in a frenzied world, oft times it seems most of us wish life was effortless. If we only could accomplish all our dreams. Without problems, barriers and disappointment. Really? Think how boring that would be. Making it through all the problems and obstacles in life, while persevering, fortifies us. Giving us a deep sense of accomplishment. Building character and preparing us for future difficulties and tough times.

The next time you are overwhelmed with trouble or hard times, be thankful, and know that you are getting stronger!

Think of how our bodies were created to deal with stress and injury. The first time you grab a shovel, head to the backyard for some gardening. What happens? Blisters! Just saying the word brings pain. You work hard all day to provide some food or bring some beauty into the world, and what’s the result? Your hands and knees are covered in those tender bubbles just under your skin. If one pops, you know the pain that follows. In addition to the blisters, muscle throughout your body feels like you just finished a game of football, and you were the Football!

Why?

You’ve changed your routine. You’re stretching and growing. You have started using your hands and body for physical labor. With all the pain and blisters, our body is simply protecting us from doing major damage. While your blisters and muscle slow you down for healing. Your body is recreating itself to tolerate your new activities in the garden. God didn’t promise that there would never be pain. Instead, God designed our bodies to change and become what we need them to be, to handle the task at hand. The circumstances of our lives are no different.

Sure, there are times when we feel like we can’t take one more step; that there is no clear path to a good ending. Like the blisters, it hurts and sometimes the pain feels unbearable. God knows your pain. Like any loving Father, He would do anything to eliminate your agony. Akin to how our body uses pain to slow us down, recreating stronger, more resilient, skin and muscle. So too, God has created us with His protection as He molds us to become stronger and more resistant through tough times. Story after story in the Bible depicts how the weakest were favored, blessed and honed by God to do great things. Often through extreme trials. At the end, all were given everything they needed to persevere.

Reading the plight of the Israelites during their four hundred, thirty years as slaves. Made me oft times wonder; how could that be? After all these were Gods Chosen People. Imagine, that entire culture, enslaved as “sub-human”, manual laborers for over four hundred years. Every dirty, sweaty job, too lowly for the oppressors, forced on the Israelites. Was God mad, was He  punishing them?

Understanding how God created our bodies to get stronger in adversity, it follows that the same regeneration was happening to the Israelites. After over four hundred years of toil and hard work, what shape do you think the Israelites were in? The vision of scraggly, starving slaves just doesn’t seem to fit God’s purposes, especially for His chosen people. Clearly they were well fed, not starving. Starving them would not serve their master’s needs building an empire. So the Israelites labored for four hundred years. Getting stronger every day, physically and spiritually. Is it any wonder that they became conquerors? Just as God will provide What you need, When you need it; He refined and strengthened the Israelites, mind, body and soul for the mission ahead.

We all have those times when we are overwhelmed with trouble or hard times. Experience has taught me, that it is at those times, God is making us stronger and more resilient. Physically and spiritually. Sometimes we need new tools to move on. Other times we just need to slow down. Whatever the need, God has a plan, and will provide all that is needed. When trouble comes, be thankful, not fretful. God is making you stronger, better.

Have faith in God; listening for His still, quiet voice for direction, and Persevere!


“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  -James 1:4

 

And God Said…

The further Science advances, the closer it gets to God, and His Creation of the Universe

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While Philosophers hypothesized that the Earth was Round as early as the 6th century BC. The concept was not adopted by the entire scientific community. “Flat Earthers” made up the “Consensus” of the worldwide scientific cartel until the early 1500’s.

Did you know that the Bible described the Earth as Round?

“It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;”
Isaiah 40:22 (Written around c. 515 BCE – 70 CE.)

Was Modern Physics Defined in Genesis?

As a young boy, Dr. Albert Einstein always fascinated me. Sure, science was intriguing, but my teachers were not intrigued by my occasional ambivalence towards physics and science teachers.

However, Einstein was different from most scientists and physicists. He always seemed to be more interested people than science. Like me, he was a dreamer. Instead of focusing on a specific part of science. Einstein frequently said, “I want to know the Mind of God”, explaining that he wanted to know how Everything works.

Spending most of the last years of his life focused on finding a simple, eloquent explanation of everything; Einstein believed that God would not make a complicated structure created out of Chaos. Instead, he oft talked about an orderly, simple structure that was the same in the vast Macro Universe, as it is in the microscopic Nano Universe. As Above, So Below.

Einstein struggled in those last year’s searching for what he called a “Unified Theory”. A formula that would tie everything in the Universe together; with a simple, eloquent explanation. Sadly, his struggle wasn’t only with science and math. He was continually challenged by the scientific community that had reached a “consensus” around Quantum Mechanics, originally proposed by Niels Bohr in 1913. Bohr presented an idea that the universe was a complete “Game of Chance”. Leading to the popular term, “Chaos Theory”. This prompted Einstein’s retort, “God does not play dice”. “Quantum physics was not wrong”, Einstein explained, “it was simply incomplete”.

While it was widely accepted that Einstein’s theories were correct, and led to a revolutionary understanding the Macro-Universe of planets and solar systems. The same theories would fall apart in the Atomic Universe. In the “Micro-Universe” of Atoms, Bohr’s Quantum Mechanics was the theory that functioned best. After Einstein’s passing, a split developed in the scientific community. Some followed Einstein’s theories in understanding the Macro-Universe. Most followed Bohr’s theories working on the Micro and Nano Universe; Atoms, Electrons and such.

Building on Einstein’s vision, in 1973; Dr. John Schwarz and Dr. Michael Green introduced a theory that they said, “had shown that it was possible for the first time, to write down a single equation, that could explain all the laws of physics, all the forces of nature — a proverbial ‘theory of everything’”. This was the first introduction of “String Theory”.

As detailed in the article “String field theory could be the foundation of quantum mechanics” from November 3, 2014, author Robert Perkins supported Einstein’s approach. In his article, Perkins states that two USC researchers had proposed a link between string field theory and quantum mechanics that could open the door to using string field theory—or a broader version of it, called M-theory—as the basis of all physics. Stating that rather than use quantum mechanics to validate string field theory, the researchers worked backwards and used string field theory to validate quantum mechanics.

All of this is way above my pay grade, as is all the Physics and Science of String Theory and Quantum Mechanics. Still, simple seems better to me.

So, with all of this physics discussion, you may be wondering, “What does any of this have to with getting closer to God?”

What if I told you that the “String Theory” was the basis of the Universe proposed in the Bible over 6,000 years ago?

String Theory proponents explain that all the Universe is made of the same matter. Dust for our purposes. The same dust makes up Human Beings, Cars, Cement Buildings and so on. What makes them different is what String Theory is all about.

String Theory states that the difference between you and your car, or a tree and a mountain is simply the vibration of sub-molecular strings. String Theory goes on to explain that all the Universe is made up of extremely small vibrating “Strings” that binds all Dust or Matter together. These “Strings” vibrate at different frequencies defining whether the Matter will be You, or your car.

  • Webster’s Dictionary defines String Theory as: a theory in physics where all elementary particles are manifestations of the vibrations of one-dimensional strings.
  • Webster’s Dictionary also defines a Voice as: the expiration of air with the vocal cords drawn close so as to vibrate audibly.

So, a Voice is a way to create a vibration and vibration transforms matter.

“The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.” Psalm 29:4

We’ve all learned in Genesis how God “Spoke” the Universe into existence and the many times that God Created and Destroyed with his voice throughout the Bible.

GENESIS 1:1-10:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.”

“And God Said” appears throughout the Bible. At the beginning of the Bible, in Genesis, God Spoke the Universe into existence:

God said, Let There Be:

  • Light
  • Firmament (Vault) – Protection from Outer Space (think Ionosphere)
  • Water & Earth
  • Seed Bearing Plants
  • Stars
  • Fish & Fowl
  • Living Beasts & Creatures
  • Man
  • Man, to have Dominion over All Food
  • Land & Seas

Not only was it the voice of God that created the Universe; according to Science, we were all created from the same dust held together by vibrating energy.

Science is getting closer to God all the time.

Everything!

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OCD, A Blessing or a Curse?

During lunch with a friend recently; we talked about the revelation of my OCD (Obsessive, Compulsive, Disorder) tendencies. He smiled and started talking about our friend who is a “Classic” OCD case. Our friend was always a slave to his idiosyncrasies. We reminisced how our friend used his OCD as an excuse to fail. It seemed all his failures were related to his “disorder”.

It is an exceptional blessing to be who God created me to be. Without my attention to detail and unrelenting drive to get things right, my life would have been so radically different. God has blessed me throughout my life with keen eyes and extraordinary hearing. Both bless me with intense discernment for all things, big and small. The other side of my attention to detail is an intense desire to get things done perfectly. Thankfully, early on, God taught me not be a slave to things that are not in my control. “Let Go, & Let God.” Working to remember that “Done is better than Perfect”; and always following God’s lead to be aware, using tough times for growth, not self-condemnation.

In my walk with God over the last fifty years, God has led me to see Him in EVERYTHING. That is one of the greatest blessings of being OCD. Seeing God in the smallest details. Sure, when you gaze at the stars, the grandeur of His design is awe inspiring. The same magnificence is found in an Ant Hill or Bee Hive. My “personality disorder” has favored me with so many abilities. Thanks to God, by His design, there truly is no “disorder”.

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;” Psalm 37:23

Sometimes, my attention to detail has led me to seeing God in the “Not So Godly”. Music from the likes of Jethro Tull, prophetic words from someone that had never stepped foot in a Church. Seeing Everything as God’s plan and design; nothing is wasted, all things come from Him. For me, it is impossible to look at the stars, or the insect world, and not see His clear and perfect design. The continuity above and below is clearly by plan, not happenstance.

Seeing God in Everything is exactly that. Everything; Big, Small, Good and Bad. In the Micro and the Macro.

How Great Thou Art!

Above All Else, Guard Your Heart!

Like many words; Heart can mean so many different things. A physical Heart keeps the human body alive and in rhythm. “The Heart of the matter” is a description we use for getting to the essential fundamentals. While putting your Heart into something, demonstrates extreme commitment. Clearly, at the Heart of most of these definitions, is that “intangible” Heart; the core of who we are.

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We can all feel it. Sometimes it manifests as our “gut feeling”, as our “conscience” or “intuition”. Aren’t our definitions of the non-physical Heart, and our Soul, one in the same?

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”  Romans 8:14

So many times, our Heart is in Direct Conflict with our Head. We think we know what we should do. Then, our Heart challenges our Brain. Which way do you lean when it’s Decision Time?

Popular Culture would lead you to always follow your Brain. After all, “knowledge is power”, and civilization wouldn’t be where it is today without the Brain. Right?

What of all the commitment, sacrifice, bravery and resilience of those that gave their lives for others? Or those serving in the military or as first responders? Did they follow their Brains or their Hearts?

If there is one part of us that is truly connected to all things, isn’t it what we call our Heart, our Soul?

The Power of the Heart is not just as a receptacle. The Heart is how we connect and communicate in all situations, and with each other. Shouldn’t your Heart broadcast good things? Like, Patience, Kindness, Peace, Joy and Love? Just like your music player can only stream what is in it, so your Heart can only broadcast what is in it.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”   Proverbs 4:23

Every time you let Anger and Hatred in your heart, it replaces Love. Every time you let Fear and Doubt in your Heart, it’s replaces Faith. Negative thoughts are generated in the Brain, not the Heart. Ever since the Garden of Eden, the devil has used our knowledge and brain power to gain control of our life.

Focus on God and fill your Heart with Love, in All Things. Love God, Love People; the foundation of a true “Walk In Love” and a walk with God. Be mindful of what you let in to your Heart. When your Heart Overflows with Love, it can only broadcast One thing. Love!

Guard Your Heart!