MY TAKE ON…..FAITH.

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I have walked this world for 45 years (come April 22nd it’ll be 46!) and I have seen many wonderful, sorrowful, horrible, and awe inspiring things. One of the things I notice lately is people trying to keep in one spot their whole lives.

They are born, live, marry, reproduce, and die all without ever leaving the small humble area of their birth. Now do not get me wrong, I ADMIRE their willpower to stay in a place of comfort, but life was meant to be LIVED, GROWN INTO, FILLED with experiences…..the same is true with FAITH.

You cannot expect to stay in the same place with faith. You have to keep GROWING, LEARNING, seeking out how to EVOLVE in that faith.

Faith is like a cup…when your small it does not take much to fill the cup…but as you grow it takes more and more to fill it to the level needed to satisfy you.

If you go to the same church, year after year after year, hearing the same sermons annually, performing the same rites and ceremonies….it is only human nature to become bored or lackluster in this.

The trick to KEEPING your faith as you progress is to realize that God wants you to LEARN from Faith, not simply BELIEVE in it. He wants you to explore every avenue of His love for you…not just singing the same doleful hymns, reciting the same words over and over again till you want to stick a butter knife in your ear.

That is why the CHURCH can SHOW you faith, but it is up to YOU to FILL that faith. Works in the community, personal study, prayer, READING THE BIBLE, researching parts you do not understand….in other words…you need to become an Indiana Jones in your faith.

I have explored a good deal, and I have arrived at one solemn conclusion….YOU CAN NEVER FILL THE FAITH CUP…the more you learn, the more you NEED to learn…it is a never ending process.

So, are you going to sit there with that half empty cup? Or are you going to fill it up? This is why people “Seek the face of God” instead of “stumble upon” Him….think about it….

But then again, this is just my take on it….

Friar J.L. Wallace.

READING OF THE DAY: 27 JANUARY, 2013

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“As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

Now the body is not a single part, but many.

If a foot should say, “Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body.

Or if an ear should say, “Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body.

If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended.

If they were all one part, where would the body be?

But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I do not need you.”

Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this. But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another.

If (one) part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.

Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues.

Are all apostles?

Are all prophets?

Are all teachers?

Do all work mighty deeds?

Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues?

Do all interpret?” -Corinthians 12:12-30.

WEEKLY SERMON: 27 JANUARY 2013

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So,lately I have been noticing that there are many out there who seem to be falling away from a belief in a Divinity…..

It seems Atheism is replacing in the hearts and minds the spot where God is supposed to be, and in response to this MANY Christians are becoming quite militant in their defense of their Faith.

I wanted to take a moment to say that if we, as Christians, are somehow offended that the prevailing winds of change are seeing a rise in non-christian faiths,and we are looking for someone to blame then we need look no further than the mirror.

Reason: WE DID NOT RAISE OUR CHILDREN RIGHT. Yep, I went there…..

Why attack another person because of their faith being different than yours? Do you not know that the will to choose how YOU serve God is COMPLETELY different that how they choose? And yet, BOTH are serving God’s will, His divine plan.

Why challenge GOD’S CHOICE????

I see people finding their faith in other areas than Christianity and I say to myself “That is their choice…their free will, as God Himself gave them that choice”. I am tired of seeing people become all outraged over the smallest of issues concerning differences in faith!

Think about it: WHO KNOWS THE TRUTH?? Are WE right?? Are they???

To be a Christian is a self awareness choice…this does not mean that because we ARE one that we have to enforce our will onto others.

Each person will have to explain their actions when the time comes…

“‘I the LORD have spoken. The time has come for me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign LORD.'” -Ezekiel 24:14

We ALL have to answer for our actions…EVERY action we commit to….every ACT, however small, is WELL RECORDED IN HEAVEN…even the smallest of offenses….

“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” -Revelations 20:12

So, if a person chooses to follow another faith remember this: THEIR CHOICE IS THEIR CHOICE

We need to QUIT trying to ‘conquer’ another person’s soul, and start trying to conquer our OWN first. Before we try slamming our faith onto another, REALLY learn about your faith FIRST…find out it’s history…how did things REALLY start? Not how THEY told you, I can assure you..

Example: Women being the cause of Original Sin….yep…NOT how you THINK it started.. many believe it because it has been being shoved off in Doctrine for CENTURIES, and no one seemed to question HOW this concept came about….wanna know??

Augustine’s formulation of original sin was popular among Reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin who equated original sin with concupiscence, affirming that it persisted even after baptism and completely destroyed freedom

According to his contemporary Jerome, Augustine “established anew the ancient Faith.” In his early years he was heavily influenced by Manichaeism and afterward by the Neo-Platonism of Plotinus. After his conversion to Christianity and his baptism in 387, Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives. He believed that the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war.

RIGHT THERE….did you catch that?? In ONE PERSON we can find the ORIGINATOR of the concept of Original Sin, AND THE REASON FOR THE CRUSADES.

Augustine’s writings became DOCTRINE….and thereby dogma, and since his time remained unchanged.

So, everyone THINKS that the concept of Original Sin came from The Bible…when in fact, it came from ONE MAN’S CONCEPT (and he was NOT happy with women BEFORE he was a Christian…so do the math!)

There is one scripture I CAN use that will bring this all home….

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” -Luke 6:37

We are NOT to judge a person for their faith…but rather follow what is written in John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

Let each person approach God as HE CHOOSES…and not as YOU want….because we ALL have to face The Judge alone….