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!

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!

OCD

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.

Guard Your Heart - Heaven

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!

Manification

The Quest for Wisdom and Understanding…

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When we boil away everything that people do in their lives to attain the desires of our hearts. Don’t we all simply seek wisdom? Seek to understand?

Starting with that first time we see a brightly colored toy… Why are we drawn to it, what is it? We seek it out, we touch it. We even taste it trying to figure out just what it is. So, the journey for knowledge begins. As humans, it never stops. Until, on that last day, we finally close our eyes. Even then. Aren’t we probably paying close attention to what happens next? Is there a bright light? Are any of our family there after we pass? Do I see my life pass before me as I go? All, for the sake of understanding.

If you’re like me, we apply our knowledge and understanding to provide comfort and perspective for our life. “I know the reason I got fired.” I coulda, shoulda done that. My degree means that Im fully capable to do this job.” I can do this, I saw the YouTube video. If I cram all week, Ill be ready for the test.

Is it any wonder then, as humans, we apply “our” knowledge and understanding to everything in our life? Especially the things we don’t understand. When we think of situations, good and bad. We view them exclusively from our perspective. “I would have done that differently.” Heres how I handled that. Why did they do that? It would have been simpler, my way. You cant let people do that to you, here’s what I’d do.”

Don’t we also apply this thinking to the world? “That leader is crazy!” Oft times, not working to understand their complete situation, or their comprehension. Instead, we apply our knowledge, to their decisions, and deem them Crazy. Albeit, a lot of decisions are crazy. Like with most of us, the decision probably makes perfect sense to the person making it.

As a Christian, my life has been blessed with God’s wisdom and understanding. However, it seems the more turned over to Him, the less is needed to know and to understand. After all, He is the God of the Universe. His will be done.

Humans use their knowledge to “Manify” everything to help them understand. Have you ever said something like “My computer doesn’t like me”, My phone is in a bad mood, or “this thing has a mind of its own”? Really? Doesn’t our understanding tell us that inanimate objects don’t think or feel? Still, we apply human traits to them. Don’t get me started about how much we do this with animals. Especially with our pets that are “just like one of the family”.

“Manifying” complex issues help us to cope, to “wrap our heads around the problem”. A lot of us enjoy watching the latest space adventures on TV or at the movies. Men and women traveling the universe in search of life. Have you ever noticed that the life we find, looks and acts a lot like us? The best explanation of the “Manification” of adventures in space I’ve heard, came from the creator of Star Trek, Gene Rodenberry. He said he merely wanted to create a Cowboy Western in Space; with Ray Guns instead of six shooters. Simply said, he was taking something very complex and making a clear analogy to a human experience. With that, things like Warp Speed and Food Replicators became more fathomable.

We “Manify” Machines every day. Why? Don’t the robots we see in movies and commercials look and act like Humans? They don’t need to. Go spend some time in a modern manufacturing facility. You’ll see thousands of robots. All shapes and sizes. Not a human form among them. Still, to grasp the concept, we “Manify” them. Usually including eyes, a nose and a mouth that they don’t need nor use.

So too, we “Manify” Christianity. Working to understand God’s teachings, but from our perspective and understanding. We relate to Christian concepts by applying human notions. Not that this is bad. God does this throughout the bible. Much like the first time a child asks their parent where babies come from. God, like most fathers, could explain the entire process, in detail. However, what good would it do; given the comprehension of the child? Isn’t that how, as parents, we end up with stories about Storks, Tooth Fairies and Santa Claus? God loves us, he knows what we can and cannot handle.

The challenge is not when God “Manifies” something. It’s when we, as humans do. “Manification” shows up in how we limit the power and the will of God. We apply our perceptions to His power and abilities.

“That’ll never work.” I dont understand how I could be healed of this? Sure, I pray about it. But money doesn’t grow on trees.” We can’t wrap our heads around a Miracle… so we “Manify” something that is pure God. As Humans, all things are NOT possible. With God, All things ARE possible.

“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” Job 28:28

Letting go and letting God is not about God. He’s got this. Letting go is all about letting go of our Human perceptions and limitations…

Once we find God, seeking wisdom and understanding becomes seeking only Him.

The Key

The Key“Let Go of the Rope!”

Aren’t we all looking for that Key? The Key that unlocks the mysteries of life. That opens the door to an unrestricted existence? One, simple understanding that lifts the burden of obligation? Ah, to never have to balance a checkbook again. Finding that perfect marriage, to that perfect person. Complete acceptance in any social situation. Never again wondering, how I am going to do this or that, or, what do “They” think.

Getting the key is oft times a monumental step, albeit daunting. Dad giving you the key to the family car. The key to that first house. Your boss handing over your first key to a private office, or getting the key to your first business. Or, when you give your car key to your sixteen-year-old. Daunting indeed.

As Christians, we often believe we’ve got it all figured out. Still, we need to balance checkbooks. Relationships can be difficult, and we continue to fall victim to peer pressure. How can that be? Understanding that we are a continual work in progress, life can still be tough. It seems we apply all we learn in Church, yet life continues to punch us in the face.

Not that I have it all figured out. I don’t. God has been working on me for years, bringing me closer to him; farther away from all the stuff of the World. Looking back, I’ve noticed a simple understanding that has filled my life, eliminating a host of hardships.

Do you remember playing “Tug-O-War” as kids? Maybe you still play. It’s been a while for me, but I always loved it. A team effort that looked to be winnable only through brute strength. As our team got better, we realized it was more of a “head” game. All about strategy that took the best advantage of the available strength. Our strategies always included “Psyching” out our opponents before the match. Mainly so that they would start the game doubting their abilities. However, my favorite move was the “fake out”. That glorious move when all at once, our team would give slack in the rope to the other team. Instantly, they would think they “had” us. Usually, the other team would let up at the first sign of a slack in the rope. With a shout, our team would jerk back with everything we had. “Hooking” them like a fish on the line. We won more matches with that move.

You might be wondering what does this have to do with “The Key”? Think of it as an analogy of our walk with God. We start thinking that our “Brute Strength” will get us through everything in life. Then we give our lives to Christ. Do we? Whether we are pulling on the rope; asking God for what we believe we need. Or, those times when we give into God, praying, “Your Will Not Mine”. All the time, ready to yank back on the rope when We believe it’s needed. Isn’t “The Key” to let go of the rope? Truly give it ALL to God.

Through out my life, when I would let go of the rope and let God have it. He has never let me down. When we weren’t sure where the next dollar was coming from. Where we would live? How we would eat? Giving it all to God, He always had our back, without fail. Sure, we weren’t dripping in money, gold and diamonds, but He always provided.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”Matthew 6:33

There was the time I dropped out of High School. Thinking my life was never going to be what I dreamed, scared and frustrated I gave it all to God. Had I not dropped out, I’m not sure that I would have met my bride Kayleen. Certainly, ordered steps into a wonderful, blessed life, with God lighting our path. More recently, when I gave up alcohol and pain pills. On my knees, with the fear of losing everything, I gave it all to God. He not only carried me through. From that day, all desire and thought of using were gone. Wiped out entirely. That is the God factor for me. When you give it completely to Him, it goes away. Completely. So many times, when I have planned things out on my own, holding on to the rope… While things might improve, they were still there. Tempting and taunting me me, pulling back on the rope.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23

The Key? Let Go and Let God!

“All Things are Possible” by Dan Peek

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Simple. Love God, Love People!

Love God Love PeopleLove is All You Need!

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 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”.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to understand 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? Certainly, it would have made for a shorter movie. Starting each commandment with Love, instead of Thou, I might have even paid attention.

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 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.

Love Is the ANSWER

“Love Is the Answer” by Rumer

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