October 10, 2010

Get to know me a little

Pastor-E loves people (most people, lol) especially from other cultures; he worked with youth and their families for eighteen years and served in several pastoral positions.

Pastor-E loves the US Marine's, as a former Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, a father, husband, missiologist he longs to understand the culture and beliefs of others and has a deep desire to reach them for Christ ( by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone). Pastor-E has traveled throughout most of the USA (never been to North Dakota,sorry) and to several foreign countries (mostly Asia and the Americas). Pastor-E met his wife in the Philippines and has been married 27 years they have one daughter Leah (a anthropologist)

Currently Pastor-E has been "Into the world" (yes he said WorLd)

Pastor-E is working on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida as a host and server (not a personal servant) in order to provide income for his family and feels blessed to have met so many REAL people! He appreciates that the people he works with are genuine, diverse, and loving. Unfortunately he has been known to say “the people here are more caring than the church”. This disturbs him and HIM.

Pastor-E lives in the jungle of American humanity. He has friends and people he loves from all walks of life (Male, Female, Young, Old, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Christian, Atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Pagan, Hindu, Agnostic, Gay, Straight, Bi, Liberal, Conservative, Democrat, Republican, Bond and Free. You get the point! I think?

Pastor-E believes he can learn from these people because, “that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. Read John 1:1-13

Pastor-E is a sinner, not even close to perfect (perfection is faraway, on the way, and on layaway for those in Christ) , he has a extreme amount of energy and hates hubristic pride and arrogance, (especially his own). Romans 1:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. NKJV

He fails at times to (1)“put off, concerning the former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (2) put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (See Ephesians 4:17-32).

He never does a good job at this:

Colossians 3:1-11

1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. NKJV

He strives to do his best before God and can always do better before men.

Pastor-E is interested in business, (particularly wealth building via real estate), travel, (never been to Europe), the mind, (Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; Philippians 2:5); World History (a new interest), He loves comedy, messing with peoples minds, learning, travel and reading non-fiction. Most of all he loves Leticia (his wife), and they love Leah (their daughter). We love our dog "Chino"

Pastor-E is a independent, moderately conservative Christian. He loves theology but, is not a theologian. Although he is categorized as a evangelical conservative, he does not understand many biblical mandates, precepts and principles, but accepts them by faith. Many times he will be the first to say “I believe such and such, for the following reasons ……., but I am open for discussion, opinion and otherwise, I may be wrong, but I am sure God has communicated the answer to the issue adequately in the scriptures”. He believes that natures declares, the glory of God. (read Romans 1)

His passion after family is missions and his life verse is Job 19:25,26.

I covet your prayers. "E"

 He would rather we pray than judge

 

 

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November 06, 2009

A Christian Koan?

In my way of thinking A Christian Koan (kōan) is a 'riddle' which defies human logic, but not the divine.

[Japanese kōan : kō, public (from Middle Chinese kəwŋ) + an, matter.]

Mark 10:27 ¶ But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

Mark 4:11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,
Mark 4:12 so that
“Seeing they may see and not perceive,
And hearing they may hear and not understand;
Lest they should turn,
And their sins be forgiven them.’ ”

Mark 4:13 ¶ And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?

In Buddhism a KOAN is a puzzling, often paradoxical statement or story, used as an aid to meditation and a means of gaining spiritual awakening. (1)

A well-known koan is: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”

I am not a Buddhist and not suggesting it for you, however meditation is a Christian practice.


Try sitting in a quite place and meditate on this passage:


Luke 18:18 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
Luke 18:19 ¶ So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.


Let me know how it goes!

"E"

"To posit or to think of God at all we must be thinking of something that necessarily exists: ...
Anselm's argument is not primarily a philosophical exercise, but a trick (a 'Christian koan' like the koans of the Zen masters) to make us think of God. He is not – or at least not consistently – concerned with the process of thinking about thinking about God, but rather about the process of thinking about God.

The Five Ways (by St Thomas Aquinas): God as the bedrock of reality

Each of the 'ways' is like a signpost:

1. From observed motion/change: God as the Prime Mover

2. From the need of causation: God as the First Cause

3. From the contingency of things: God as the one Necessary Reality

4. From observed degrees of perfection: God as the Most Perfect

5. From apparent purposefulness and design: God as the Final Cause and End

According to Aquinas, the First Being or Principle differs from all else by the fact that its nature is simply 'to be' (esse). The nature of anything else is to be something in particular. In other words, the existence of each created thing is limited to this or that particular set of (positive) attributes or qualities that reflect some aspect of the divine infinity. From the infinite 'fulness' of Being (esse) derive the Divine Attributes or 'Names' such as Unity, Simplicity, Perfection, Goodness, Beauty, Wisdom, Eternity... "(2)


(1) Dictionary definition of koan
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2004, 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. More from Dictionary

(2) Summa Theologica
Thomas Aquinas, Saint (1225?-1274), Rights:Public DomainLC Call no:BX1749 .T5

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September 10, 2009

Matthew 5:42-44 (The Message) Love Your Enemies

Matthew 5:42-44 (The Message)

Love Your Enemies
 38-42"Here's another old saying that deserves a second look: 'Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.' Is that going to get us anywhere? Here's what I propose: 'Don't hit back at all.' If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.

 43-47"You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.


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August 12, 2009

God's gifts and God's call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded.

A Complete Israel 25-29I want to lay all this out on the table as clearly as I can, friends. This is complicated. It would be easy to misinterpret what's going on and arrogantly assume that you're royalty and they're just rabble, out on their ears for good. But that's not it at all. This hardness on the part of insider Israel toward God is temporary. Its effect is to open things up to all the outsiders so that we end up with a full house. Before it's all over, there will be a complete Israel. As it is written, A champion will stride down from the mountain of Zion; he'll clean house in Jacob. And this is my commitment to my people: removal of their sins. From your point of view as you hear and embrace the good news of the Message, it looks like the Jews are God's enemies. But looked at from the long-range perspective of God's overall purpose, they remain God's oldest friends. God's gifts and God's call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded. 30-32There was a time not so long ago when you were on the outs with God. But then the Jews slammed the door on him and things opened up for you. Now they are on the outs. But with the door held wide open for you, they have a way back in. In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in. 33-36Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice? Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him.
 Always glory! Always praise! 
 Yes. Yes. Yes.
The Message Romans 11

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