Defining Destruction

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When we can properly identify and define that which destroys us then we can be saved from it.

Sometimes we don’t realize it’s a snake until it bites.


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Kawaakari

Some

hurts become healed

with their own pain,

the way

ideas become real

when given a name.

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Sugar buildup in the small tissues of someone with diabetes causes nerve endings to quit functioning properly.

When someone feels no pain, they can walk around all day with a tack stuck in the bottom of the foot.

The same sugar that stopped the pain impulses from being sent to the brain acts as a food source for flesh eating bacteria.

The associated swelling hinders proper blood flow and with it the bodies healing ability.

This causes gangrene and limb loss.

Pain is our first line defense.


Kawaakari is a Japanese word meaning “the final glowing reflection of the sun on a river immediately following sunset.”‘

This logical phenomenon did not occur to me until I heard the concept defined.

Names make concepts real.


“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20


**As I write this, the power went out. Sirens followed after six minutes. A motorist has collided the power pole at the end of WW Kelly Rd again. I wonder what good will be borne from the pain.

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The Weight of Stars

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The Weight of Stars

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There’s too much beauty for two eyes to see,

So the heart must be made for eternity.

While the wild wind carries wishes away,

The only time we have to hold is today.

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From busty shopping malls to fallen hollow trees,

Babylon has all we want and nothing that we need.

Like a desert moves in shifting sand

It morphs the vogue across the land.

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Yet in silence, stars sail in canopy,

And I am cradled in this hollow tree

The wind is weaving me wings for rest

And I am at home in the wilderness.

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I love camping. It’s only a days hike out to find respite from the assault of the  Ubiquitous Question:

“Should I buy that?”

One winter night, I slept in a hollow tree. It was so comfortable.

It is difficult to describe the sufficiency of a dead log to go beyond meeting my sleeping needs to a culture that defines success as “increased ability to obtain luxury.”

I have to first make this case: “just because something is expensive does not mean it is valuable.”

Or I could say it like this: “just because something is not manufactured does not mean it is insufficient to meet my needs.”

Therefore having something new is not as valuable as having the imagination to utilize what God has already given.


For in one hour such great riches came to nothing. Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’ They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, “Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.” Revelation 18:17-19


The featured image is one of my favorites. My friend Tiffany is in the kayak and it represents three valuable things:

1. Good counsel: “The sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.” (Proverbs 27:9b)

2. Morning mercy: “His compassions fail not. They are new every morning;” (Lamentations 3: 22b-23a)

3. Natural glory: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For you created all things, And by your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)

 

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Sunset on the Dwindling Glory of the Diety of Man

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Why are people so rude to rude to each other?

 

 

 


 

The less we believe we are created in the image of God,

the more we will believe

we are evolved from monkeys.

The more we believe we are evolved from monkeys,

the more we will treat others as though

they are our competition for scarce resources.

The more we believe that resources are scarce

The less imagination we will have

To appreciate what we already have.

The less we appreciate what we have,

The more willing we will be

To take advantage of other people to get what we want.

And we will be justified in doing so

because when there is no God,

we make ourselves god.

If there is no God besides ourselves,

there is no new creation except what we make

while the earth is slowly winding down like an old clock.

And only fools would appreciate what they already have

because we are a god powerless to deliver ourselves from death

in which is, at best, nothing.

We must have the most

or at least more

because

when someone else has more,

that makes them a greater god than ourselves.


My Grandma told me when she was younger people did not treat each other as rudely as they do now. She has observed people become more hostile towards each other over time. What has changed the values of culture? She said it happened slowly like water boiling over low heat. The little froggies in the pot did not experience the change all at once so they did not have the sense to hop out and turn the heat down. The most effective way to cause corporate change is to replace the object of corporate worship. Like Indiana Jones slowly replacing the golden artifact with the sand bag , the absence of prayer and the presence of evolutionary theory have triggered the pressure sensor and released the booby traps.

 

 

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An Argument for the Virtues of Close-Mindedness

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At no point in history has a society experienced nearly universal literacy and never before have a people been so exploited by information. We are surrounded by words, besieged with communication, but are we more intelligent? Are we making wiser decisions or are our thoughts so congested with suggestion that we are grid-locked in the mental traffic jam?

When the mind is open it is thinking rehashed versions of other people’s thoughts. We are swimming in media and all of it has the intent to persuade, inform, and entertain. The three main gates to the soul. Are we wary, or do we leave these gates wide open without a guard? Information pours in, but at some point it is necessary to stop being a thought consumer and start being a thought producer. The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps. (Proverbs 14:15) Only in stillness and quiet can the mind develop its own unique pathways. However, quiet stillness must be violently fought for because information is so aggressively presented to us.

Inner quiet is easy. Any yogi can pull that off. The trick is to have inner peace to go with your quiet. The practical problem with walling out extraneous information is self-condemnation. Accusations for perceived failed obligations pelt the heart from the void, driving us to turn on the TV, pick up the magazine, or scroll through web posts to silence the inner judgment.

The only way to extinguish these fiery darts is to have faith that Christ’s passion was a sufficiently worthy sacrifice to justify us before a holy and righteously wrathful God. (Romans 5:1). Peace only comes through knowledge of unmerited grace from our creator and judge. (Romans 14:4) This is the shield of faith. (Ephesians 6:16)

If protecting the quiet of the mind is such a battle, why bother? It’s a brave new world. Why not just settle for Aldous Huxley’s Soma. What’s wrong with drowning out the noise with a little TV? If, according to Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, “There is nothing new under the sun,” why waste energy pursuing original thought? Because we are created in the image of God. He is creative, tells stories, and loves order and we are design to be conformed to His image. So it’s true we do not have to pursue love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control but to refuse these things is to implode with self-absorption and return to an animal like frame of mind. “[God] gives songs in the night, [God] teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven” (Job 35:10-11) For the outrage of self absorption, God relieved King Nebuchadnezzar of his humanity and he behaved as an ox for 7 years before God restored his sanity. (Daniel 4) The path of self-absorption spirals into insanity. where the only mercy that can relieve us of our affliction is sleep.

Reading and literature is good. In Hosea 4:6 God says, “My people are ruined for lack of knowledge,” but like all good things, the enemy attempts to twist it into an instrument for soul destruction. Unbridled influx of information leads to confusion and eventually an inability to decern fact from fiction; which ironically, brings us back to our illiterate starting point. Everything must be weighed against the truth of God’s Word. If we are taking in so much information that we do not have time to test the spirits (1 John 4:1) then it is time to take a step back and find some quiet. The point of literacy is not to develop an open mind, but to have a growing heart.


For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit , and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews4:12

 

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Snow!

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zachary skipping rocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow

Snow! Snow!

Where ever we go!

Let it blow!

I know!I know!

To mountains

To valleys below!

Up on the treetops

And down on the bunny-hops!

Down from freezing clouds it blows!

Snow! Snow!

Where ever we go!

 


This poem is by my son, Zachary. The funny thing is that he has lived in Florida his whole life and has never seen snow.

 

 

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