The last few weeks I did not only have lots of physical pain but got also lots of bad words and viruses ‘thrown into my face’ by several writers who call themselves Christian. In a way they did not heart me psychologically, though some things may hit hard. I do know better, not being a hater of God and not being a hater of Jesus, though they might think and say that. (see previous posting: Looking for Free Blogs and blogging)
Many people may be in Lent and have a time to contemplate. I often use time to think about life, reasons why and about the essential characters in my and others their life. Often enough I have been to trials, had to face horrible things and fight to stay alive and kicking well. Probably I also had enough years to wonder about and to get some decent answers to my quest.
Living in this world I can also enjoy the elements of worldly life, but do know that the spiritual elements are much more important. Being restricted in time we do have to make choices in life, and for me, the last few weeks I spend no time at my own ideas and this website, but took time for my ecclesia and for the creation of the three websites I got left over of the tryouts of blogsystems and webfacilities.
At last three sites seem to get form and I do hope will be interesting to continue to bring more people to understand who Jesus is,what he means for the world and Who his heavenly Father is and What that Spirit means for us all as well.
I took enough time the last few weeks to start showing that:
Jesus is a historical figure which brought a big change in cultural and religious society.
With the new websites I want to show the world how important it is what that man from Nazareth did. He not only endured the betrayal of Judas, the denials of Peter, the abandonment by the other disciples, our betrayal, our denials and our abandonment.
Too many people in Christendom have made a charade of him and his heavenly Father; they made him a cruel god; though this man was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (Romans 4:25)
Not enough people are seeing that Jesus came to fulfil his heavenly Father’s perfect will. Also they do not see that this heavenly Father, like His son, wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:3-4)
God cannot die and does not tell lies. Jesus was tempted many times, could sin but did not because he wanted not to do his own will but only the Will of God. In case he is God this would make him to do his own will naturally.
In my faith that Jesus really died, and did not fake his death, I also believe that his heavenly Father wanted to accept His son as a Lamb or ransom offering for the sins of every one, Judas, you and me.
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 HCSB)
There is hope for everyone and therefore I do think it is important to share my hope with others. Normally every Christian should share the same hope and go out in the world, telling the Good News. Though we do not see many people witnessing in the Name of God. The Jehovah Witnesses seem to be the greatest exception.
For those who wonder what my believes are, or want to see a statement of faith, and why I would love to see more people to come to live in the city of Christ they can find out more about: Christadelphian, Christadelphia and Christadelphos and who they are and what and why they are called Brothers in Christ.
Because I also do believe the importance of getting to know the son of God and how he can bring peace in the world I spend and shall spend more time on those websites telling that Good News of the coming Kingdom of God and to open the books on that man from Nazareth,which I do believe is the Messiah, about whom is testified:
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13 HCSB)
May I invite you to come and have a look at the three sites. In case you are willing to help me with advice, you are also welcome to give your remarks or offering me texts.
You may find the new sites on the net with the names:
Not much was published on this site, but as you will be able to see at the other sites, I did not sit still. Some articles to find already on those new sites:
- Genesis 1 story does not take away an evolution
- Background to look at things
- Are people allowed to have doubts
- From waste and void coming into being by God’s Word
- Something from nothing
- The very very beginning 1 Creating Gods
- The very very beginning 2 The Word and words
- How Many Persons Created the Heavens and the Earth?
- Genesis 1:26 God said “Let us make”.
- Abiding to glorify God
- Abiding Christ
- Your own choice and security
- Jesus Christ waiting for an invitation
- Let yourself be sanctified
- Vision and mission by the Word of God
- Connecting Christians
- Finishing The Task
- A world in denial
- Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
- Those who love Jesus
- Looking for Free Blogs and blogging
- Three new sites to discover the real Jesus
- Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats
- Illuminating our minds and watching out
- Wanting to live in Christ’s city
- “I Die Daily”
- A Living Faith #12 The Love for Jesus
- Faith, hope and love abide
- Those who fear him
- When Jesus saw their faith
- Divine Things or Human Things — Lectionary Reflection for Lent 2B (bobcornwall.com)
I enjoy the blessings of middle class American life. I have a nice house in suburbia. I have a job (ministry) that pays fairly well (not high end, but I do okay). It is nice to have this lifestyle affirmed by my religion. I am quite inclined to save my life, rather than lose it. I much prefer a “theology of glory” over a “theology of the cross.” I like a Jesus who is meek and mild and doesn’t require too much sacrifice. If we’re honest, most of us living in middle class suburbia would agree. Preaching a message of sacrificial discipleship doesn’t go very far. We may be inclined to let Jesus spend some time on a cross, as long as we’re assured that it really didn’t hurt, and that it won’t require anything of us. That is, as long as Jesus is our substitute then all is well.
- Our view: Need something to give up? We have ideas that will make Midland better (mrt.com)
Lent, according to christianity.about.com, is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. Ash Wednesday marked the first day of Lent, which is the 40 days leading up to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).
Lent, the website continues, is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ — his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.
- Fasting from Facebook for Lent 2015 (jimerwin.com)
- Fact or fiction: Pontius Pilate as Jesus’ defense attorney (dailyminyan.com) > Originally posted on Daily Minyan
The New Testament presents the Jewish leaders and the Jewish people as a bloodthirsty mob out to get Jesus, mercilessly calling for his blood, without any regard for justice. This is the lens through which Christendom would come to view the whole of Jewish people for the next two thousand years. At the same time, the ruthless murderer Roman procurator of Judea Pontius Pilate, a man who would often slaughter people indiscriminately and without trial, a foreign ruler who crucified hundreds if not thousands of Jews and Samaritans under his charge, is portrayed as going out of his way to spare Jesus’ life. He is even shown as almost pleading and trying to reason with Jews in Jesus’ defense, acting not as a vicious executioner who hated Jews with every fiber of his being, but as a defense attorney for a Jewish messianic candidate.
- The Poetry of Lent (bpdt.wordpress.com)
The Poetry of Lent is a series of seven reflections that will appear on the Eds and Ips Diocesan website from Ash Wednesday as part of the Living Faith in Suffolk resources. They are based on the story of Lazarus, Martha and Mary in John 11, and explore the way it weaves together themes of vulnerability, disappointment, absence, grief and hope. You’ll find them at www.cofesuffolk.org/go/livingfaith.
- Flaky Fluff (hiwaychristian.wordpress.com)
our inner child. No, thats your sinful nature. It’s not innocent or childlike.
Confess Jesus as your Savior. Yes, but now go lead a life of repentance. “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)
- Suffering (fastpray.wordpress.com)
On Mondays at lunch, we fast and pray – for men to become godly leaders in the church and in establishing families; for soft hearts that are responsive to the Lord; and for strong, Christ-centered marriages for those who desire them.