Three Line Tales, Week 73

My 3 lines…

The Deliberation?

As I stare into the field I I crave to play world football. Yet the

God of light who saved my soul calls me to his field, laborers are few.

How shall I respond, to which field shall I go? To glory or for glory?

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 73 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales 73 midsummer photo by Christian Widell via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Poetry Six-Word Challenge

Not a poet and know it! LOL   Just have a go and it could be fun!

Poetry = Life’s collage in Words.

The Abundant Heart

Poetry =
whispers
to your heart


Last night I was batting around some ideas for ways to define poetry in six words—okay, essentially four words, since the first two are “Poetry =” (i.e. Poetry equals). I called for backup from my friend Charles Robert Lindholm of The Reluctant Poet, and together this is what we came up with. Then I decided to make this a challenge to see how many different ways we could all come up with to define poetry in four words.

Many thanks to Nicola Aukland, the Sometimes Stellar Storyteller for the second half of my inspiration, based on her six-word story challenge.

To participate:

  1. Write your 6-word definition, beginning with Poetry = and then add four more words to define what poetry means to you. The number of lines does not matter, only the number of words.
  2. Either post it on your blog or…

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Three Line Tales, Week 72!!

Spineless Jelly Fish

I am spineless, I live in unrelenting ocean, after the fall! I have survived

centuries free without worry, I swim with sharks, danger sure. God is Faithful!

Human, invited to redemption, you answered God’s call? Spineless who?

 

Join in the fun!  just click    https://only100words.xyz/2017/06/15/three-line-tales-week-72/

Three Line Tales, Week 69

I am going to try this one time to see what it is like! this is week 69/ lego heads.

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 69 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 69: Lego heads photo by Carson Arias via Unsplash

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Duality Within

I sincerely hope this finds you well and at peace.  As I write this, I find myself in an age-old struggle deep within me.  I made a in a hurry careless mistake last week.  The mistake did not seem to have a big effect negatively on anything, yet it was a haunting mistake for me.  Because of the mistake, I began to get negative on myself because I did something that was careless.

As this self-inflicted interaction within me was taking place, I found that there was no good coming from it.  In fact, there was collateral damage happening, creating other thoughts to grow that were negative and unhealthy in nature.  Things like anger issues, self-righteousness, negative attitude about life and other thoughts that at one time plagued me all to often.

With good reason, this set me on a spiral down into a deprived place in me.  Even though I am a Christian, I am still a sinner.  Becoming a Christian added something to me, that I do not deserve, called forgiveness a gift from God.  All my imperfection is still intact and working to control me in my Christian forgiveness, doing battle moment by moment.

As I was experiencing this most unsettling time of life a thought occurred to me.  It is something I have told people many times so to do battle with their sin nature.  The principal goes something like this: do not use Satan’s tools to do good!  This whole idea came home to rest on me in a unique way.

What happened was this, what I was trying to pound out and destroy in my own strength, was only serving to spread the seed of discontent, inferiority, and unforgiveness in areas that I was previously overcoming because of God’s forgiveness.  I was using Satan’s tools to do God’s work of sanctification/purification.  (SIGH) What an opportunity to practice what you preach Denny!  Rats!  Found out again!

In being found out by my misconception of God’s grace there was an epiphany moment, sin is extremely subtle influencing us away from God.  Even with experience in living in faith I was fooled.  When I use Satan’s tools to do good I am using a defeated method.  Therefore, whatever I do with Satan’s tools is bound to fail by God’s Victory over sin.  All of Lucifer’s tools are defeated foes.

Now if I applied God’s tools to the same situation of my mistake/sin, (Now I am) tools such as confession, grace, forgiveness, and humility what would have grown out of those God-given tools?  God desires to prosper His children not destroy us.  Each human being is an image bearer of God therefore; Satan has no problem cannibalizing his own followers (unredeemed image bearers) to do his evil, or anyone else who will avail themselves to his power lies and work, even believers in Jesus.

Paul the Apostle prayed three times for a thorn in the flesh/sin to be removed from him.  God answered Paul and said: My grace is sufficient.  Without checks and balances in living it is easy to be duped into a sense of victory when in reality it is God dependent -given victory not self victory.  We say something like: Do not worry God I have got it handled.  I will stamp out sin in my life let me show you how.  God, see how good I am!

Good and perfect gifts come from above and the book of James tells us our own sin nature leads us astray.  It certainly pulled me astray in trying to take care of my own sin.  I am dependent on a merciful God for all the forgiveness I will ever need as I live.

A mixed bag of blessing and failure is how I appear right now to others and me.  However, to my Lord and Savior I am sinless and un-condemned see Romans 8.  I call 8:1 the first three rules of Christianity there is no condemnation, there is no condemnation, there is no condemnation.  It is my choice on how I live, I do not choose to continue to use Satan’s failed tools.  I want to learn to use God’s tools for living well and not be duped into a lesser life.

To be or not to be is not the question!  To live by God’s grace that is wild and wonderful or to have a false sense of control of your life and live by Satan’s rules of pseudo-life is the real question.  God has given each of us one life to figure this out.

Jesus is building a place for you, your choice; do you want fellowship with God forever?  If you answer yes, then ask Jesus in your own words to forgive your sin.  Then start walking with Him, remember you are forgiven, and live like you are thankful for what Jesus did for you.  Yes, salvation can be that simple. (if God has forgiven you, you will see that living in thanks to God is a privilege and joy not a law of any kind) God wants your fellowship so much He died and overcame death to show you the way to overcome sin.

In Christ’s resurrection.

Denny

Prayer

Prayer is in the foundations of life on earth. Prayer can not be seen except by its answers. Now how fast can you get an answer? I believe, wireless sends/receives at about the speed of light.. Prayer from mankind is the speed of thought… God is before all thought of mankind… Now please,,, How fast is that?

A Dennyism by,

Denny

Jesus has risen indeed.

Jesus, after being born of a woman, a.k.a. begotten, living a perfect life, then choosing to give His unstained life, as the final sacrifice to end all sacrifice was not enough love from an abundant God to his precious children.  Our God, Jesus also took up life again after death and then ascended back home so the comfort of His Spirit could be with all his obedient children.  There is no biblical record of God the father calling Jesus forth from the grave.  Jesus did it in Godly love because he is the great I Am.

This obedience is not a traditional kind of obedience that I think of as I picture obedience.  God’s obedience tends to be more of an acknowledgment of our humility to him.  The obedience I speak of is even more as it includes a continuous need for help from God himself (we fail regularly).  It is a dependence on God for his forgiveness in our shortcomings so we can have real hope.

When I think of obedience, I do not think of misbehavior as being part of it, God includes it.  I think of doing the right thing as being part of obedience.  David who was in the genealogy of Jesus was never a perfect man.  In fact, it is easy to throw stones at David because he made so many sinful acts recorded in Scripture.  Yet, God himself said that David was a man after God’s own heart!

What a scandalous thing for God to say about a man like David who fell short of the glory of God in so many human ways.  However, what about the statement from God, is it void of understanding of the man David?  Not at all, God knew David!  It was in complete knowledge of David, and who he is!

David in all of his life never claimed a righteous life but was continuously dependent on a merciful God for righteousness.  David is a master at a short sin list with God.  Look at his life record in the Old Testament.  Where did David immediately go when sin was known in his life? With fellowship like this, not every little sin needs confessed.  Nevertheless, God requires acknowledgment as the only hope we have for forgiveness of sin.

Where did David go when he realized the sin in his personal life?  Remember, this is the Old Testament when, God was known for his wrath.  David went directly to the sinless one who knew his sin and confessed the known sin.  David was a man after God’s own heart because he had no doubt that the Mercy seat he so needed is found exclusively in his hope resting in the one awesome God he served.

David was not ever one to hold onto his sin.  He humbled himself before his God and sought forgiveness that he knew he did not deserve.  This is how David mastered pure fellowship with God.  David’s pursuit of God had nothing to do with David’s great works, it had to do with David’s great humility to an awesome God who is full of mercy and grace.

Yes folks, mercy and grace are paramount players in the Old Testament.  I have heard it told that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed.  The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.  The new and the old are interdependent on one another and cannot contradict each other in the reconciliation message at its core.  Mercy and Grace given/gifted to undeserving mankind by a merciful and loving God.

Humbly submitted,

Denny

A right to good health?

As I’m sitting here writing this blog and I am in great pain in my right knee.  I just landed a decent job, supposed to start in a week and a half.  I can barely walk on my right knee.  I have already given notice to my former job.  Has God abandoned me?  God knew what was going to happen when I applied for the new job and turned in my resignation for the old one.

I try to leave a half decent life, should God owe me a healthy knee, need time to start my job and try get health benefits and some time off to recuperate from whatever is going to happen to my knee?  Should I be doubting through my faith trying to figure out what’s going on?

Do I have a right to good health?  I think of Johnny Erickson, and my friend Bill whom blogs on WordPress as unshakable hope, they both have wonderful ministries and reach many people.  However, they both have health problems, they are different but, nonetheless glaring health problems.

Why would a common guy like me deserve better health than these two fine warriors of the Lord doing wonderful work bringing his peace and love to the world?  So here, I am in my pain, and feeling sorry for the bad situation I am in.  Should I even ask God to heal my knee so I can go to a new job or even work?

My best answer is yes I should ask.  But my attitude is I have no right to ask God to help me in this situation.  For now it is like this, here in the Shadowlands where there is dark and light, good and evil, there is a price to pay in fallenness.  However, the price I pay is a bargain compared to my life without God.  If God decides not to heal my knee it simply means he has another plan for my life that I gave to him upon my salvation.  Help my faith in Jesus and his everlasting love.

Salvation is kind of a word that says God fulfilled All laws of the Old Testament’s requirement in perfect obedience.  Because of this perfect obedience to the law of the Old Testament God was able by one death to pay for all sin that was ever committed.  He kept the law because he knew I could never do it on my own or even with his help here in this world that we live in.  Jesus is risen and living today.

I currently have his help in the Holy Spirit indwelling me, I still struggle with the darkness and go to war war with it on a regular basis.  It seems that I win battles but only to find that there are so many more to be fought.  At first this sounds discouraging but, God is a life-giving Redeemer.  This gives an ability for me to see how short I fall of his glory and be encouraged because he has promised to love me and obliterated my biggest problem I had.  I never have to worry about going to hell ever again because the work of Jesus.  It has nothing to do at all with my work that I do but everything with the work that he does.

All I did was receive Jesus’s perfect work by answering his call, no work involved at all on my part.  Now about my knee, if I have trusted God with my salvation and life.  Why am I having such a hard time trusting with something as simple as the human knee.

There are many medical procedures to help fix knees and other parts of the body.  The timing and everything else of this injury has been so wrong for me.  One day I am fine the next day I’m barely walking.  I am in a struggle with doubt and want, darkness is of varying degree.  Help me Lord Jesus!

OUCH,

Denny

Salt

Salt

Salt is just fascinating!  It is made of two poisonous elements when they are mixed together becomes a molecule of life giving foundation.  Too much you can die, too little and you will die. You can even race a car on the rock of salt!  If you grind sugar just right, it looks like salt. HMMMM!

In the contrast between salt and sugar, just visually, sometimes I find it difficult to tell a difference.  But the moment you touch’s sugar and salt there is a texture difference.  Instantly as you taste sugar and salt there is a flavor difference.  The similarity does not end there.

If you eat enough of either one, of salt, or sugar you will become thirsty physically.  Your body needs water to dilute the salt.  Your body needs water to digest the sugar.  Aside from flavor and texture there are other differences between salt and sugar.

Salt you cannot live without.  Sugar you never have to ingest to live.  Sugar is sometimes used to celebrate because of its great flavor.  The same for the flavor of salt, it is a spice that enhances the flavor of many savory culinary delights. (they enhance differently)

In Matthew five 13 it says “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.  Since I claim to be Christian, I am to be like salt making people spiritually thirsty for living water and better after the contact.

In Christianity, have we (THE UNITED STATES CHURCH) become too sweet?  Is this the condition of the current church in the United States?  Are we so sweet that were hard to digest?  In my personal opinion, we are SALT trampled under as the church.  There is no longer the same respect church had in bygone years.

I am truly hoping the grace awakening that is occurring slowly in the organized church will be a grassroots movement to restore respect and love of the church (its spiritual saltiness).  Jesus never wavered from his mission or message, yet, he never lacked a crowd of people around him to listen.  “Methinks” were doing something wrong as the church a.k.a. the body of Christ!

Jesus is spiritually salty.  Jesus provides the living water to quench the thirst.  All believers who have been, or ever will be, are ambassadors of the same exact gospel a.k.a. salt.  Learning of this gospel and speaking of it in purest terms, not adding to the gospel, not taking away from the gospel just as Christ did, we can also.  The gospel, the whole gospel, and nothing but the gospel in sincerity and truth and love is the purest witness of  Jesus.

Jesus did not have to change his message for the Jew or the Gentile a.k.a. Greek.  The gospel invited everyone not just select few to the Most Exclusive place, God’s very own home.  This is God’s own home with all benefits of perfect health, adventures incredible, and never a dull moment, freely extended to all God’s children/family.

Yes!  You are welcome to answer God’s call at any time.  Come taste, witness in purest condition the Gospel of Jesus.  God is looking for you and calling your name, waiting for you to answer.  This kind of wisdom is calling you within the continuum of life, as long as you live!

If you have never interacted with Jesus, walk with him for a while, he will never force you to walk with him.  If you have walked with Jesus or not, try the book Prodigal God by Timothy Keller.  Understand the gospel in a new purer way.  If you are in the throes of battle walking with God in his gospel, persevere and be strong and courageous.

Jesus is the only one that can take strong and courageous and make it look meek and humble!  Dear ambassador of Jesus, do not grow wary of your calling, faint not in your well doing.  Amplify your dependence on the source of your strength in Christ Jesus.  ‘Today is a good day to die’, or is it: be a living sacrifice!

Your brother in Christ,

Denny

Teddy bears and God

How do you start a thought like this?  I know, I will start with a confession, not a bad place to start.  I said I was going to do one article a month this year.  If you strictly talk about one article per month, I did not do one last month, January the forward and backward looking month.  So! I have zero out of two months and have broken a New Year’s resolution, resolutely.  As usual, I am knowingly living on grace again, even more day by day!

Now that is off my chest I can talk about teddy bears.  Did you ever have a teddy bear?  Do you still have that teddy bear?  It really does not have to be a teddy bear but just something from your childhood that never left your side.  A toy a blanket, adults sometimes called them security toys.  In Peanuts Linus and his trusty blanket is the best example I can think of.

The poor security toy started out as pristine and new.  It was as clean as could be freshly made and every thread or part in its place.  At this time teddy was not dragged  everywhere.  The attachment has not yet developed fully or completely.  Adults were even proud for the children to be associated with these “security toys” in their new beautiful condition.  However, most likely the child just clung to it not realizing at the moment, what this inanimate object was becoming to them and their life.

As time passes the connection to the toy increases, the condition of the Toy deteriorates.  This precious toy, from now on I will call it a teddy bear no matter what it was to you, is attached to the child the child goes everywhere.  It goes under beds, outside, through mud puddles, gets vomited on, of course the occasional trip to the washing machine, separation anxiety, and every other situation you can think of!

Do you have such a toy?  Do you ever have days you wish you could cuddle up to it and have it with you now?  Any memory stirring in you?               (Well dude!  I get what kind of toy you are talking about; I’m still not seeing God!  And you’re starting to lose me, dragging on the teddy bear point!  You are right friend.)

I wish I were, a teddy bear living on love…Okay I digress!

Well, let us think about God a little.  God does not need anything.  In His Trinity singleness, there is complete perfection of wholeness, richness of relationship, complete safety, and perfection ultimate.  God created us to share in His perfection.  There are a few misconceptions out there about God, and I’m going to attempt to tackle one of them or really mess things up, you decide. ( I hope after the read, LOL)

Where is God when bad things happen?  A really, extremely, tough question, at least for me.

So, let us observe at the teddy bear, not the ant as in Proverbs!  Do you remember how inseparable the teddy bear was?  Multiply that closeness by about 1 billion to the one billionth power,…, now you’re just starting to fathom God’s love to mankind.  Do you remember how the child took the teddy bear everywhere?  Did the child even consider that it might hurt the teddy bear when the child took to at risk places?

Fortunately, with God, he does consider us as he pulls us into situation after situation.  However, each situation has a choice contained in it.  When I first started walking with God ” consciously “ the choice seemed to be; is God good or not?  With each, encounter  or trial with doubt, trouble, frustration with God the question had to be considered, then answered to self and God.  Unlike the child who drug the teddy bear everywhere, God seemed to gently ease into the questions about God,  exercising my free will to choose for him or against him each time.

Yes!  God will customize each question, each situation, and the toughness of the situation to optimize his children’s growth in him. (He knows us well)  Fortunately, through God’s rich grace, failure is an option!  Yes!  God will drag you into tough situations.  God will never leave you or forsake you in those situations as you are his child.

Nothing can separate you from God.  Therefore, he goes, you go with Him!  God is never afraid of tough situations. He has no fear of your answer as long as you are honest. (I would G be hot or cold, if you are lukewarm I will vomit you out.)

Wherever the child went the bear was sure to be close by.  Now think about God and his close relationship with his creation.  God’s job is to go to good places and celebrate sometimes, and go to bad at other times with us in tow.  (We are followers of Christ ) The Bible states we cannot be separated from the love of God.

This means that we go where God goes because we are inseparable.  I do not think any of us mind when we get to go to good places or fun places with God as he travels with us.  But!  What about the bad places, the places where the teddy bears eyes get ripped off.  The places where the teddy bear gets all muddy and dirty, but is still with the owner faithfully being a companion to the owner.  The places of terror us to where we  our stuffing coming out of burst seams.  Do we enjoy those incredibly tough moments?

If we don’t like them we still have choice to leave.  Or!  We can stay with God and see what he’s going to do!

Do we want to follow God in those tough moments or times?  Should God send somebody other than us to represent him in those tough times?  Do you want a brand-new follower of Christ or would you rather one of God’s tattered and torn teddy bears to come to represent God and his comfort.  A believer who has seen the good times and the bad times with God,  even though beat up on the outside the stuffing’s or innards of this believer are pristine and new. (The outward man perishes but the inward man is renewed day by day)

As God takes you places in life that are painful.  Is he prepping you to be one of his tattered yet well repaired teddy bears to carry his pure song into a disaster?  In the book of James it says: count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations.  You are becoming one of God’s well-worn teddy bears that stick around and he can trust to send in to the tough situations as the King himself leads his army to help a lost and hurting world.

Sure, it may look like we have few parts absent and a few seams where there should not be seams, but we have stuffing inside us that has been renewed, purified and cleaned day by day.  We Are loved and sent by the Holy One God into the trouble of this world to help humankind see a God who is worthy of their life.  No!  Not to send judgment or condemnation on you!  But, to send an invitation to join God in his heavenly place. (Good and perfect gifts come from above.)  The other stuff comes from somewhere else! (The other team has a strong propaganda team, I must admit)

Do you complain like I complained when God takes the places with him that I don’t want to go?  Is the love God has given you worth being sent to places you do not want to go?  Well, it is not as hard as it sounds.  The gospel burden is not heavy, because God through Jesus carries the entire burden or performance to get into heaven.

In other words if you believe in Jesus Christ and the work he did for you and accepted Jesus as your only hope to get into heaven, then you are one of God’s precious teddy bears.  God has enough room in his arms to carry all of us at the same moment through all the troubles for all time.

So, God is kinda like a faithful teddy bear scenario.  He loves you the teddy bear, but the teddy bear may not be as willing to love as God loves his teddy bear.  Even so, He led you into tough situations because there is a need for his love and care for someone.  (Should he send you just the easy jobs ?  Jesus did not spare himself.) He sends the ones who are nearest, not necessarily best prepared, but God prepared, to carry his good news to the ones that he loves that are in trouble.

Yes, he has prepared you for that work for you cannot do.  Wisdom is screaming out in the streets, slow up, listen, watch.  Pray that your eyes are opened in your ears unplugged your mind freed.  The creator’s wisdom is everywhere.

Where is God when people are killed by disasters or famine, war, each others words and that the like?  God is sending his soldiers, followers to comfort with his good news.  He is cuddling the souls of the people that are hurting and dying.  He is listening for that last moment call that they believe in God and welcoming His own.

He hopes and desires for acceptance  from the unsaved and invites fellowship with him, but accepts the denial of his grace, then he bitterly weeps because he’s been separated from his dear teddy bear.  The one he never wanted to be separated from.  This is where God is in everyone’s time of trouble.

He is not afraid of any of your trouble He is with you to the last moment ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, your choice accept or deny the good news, a.k.a. the gospel of Christ.  What do you think?

Humbly submitted,

Denny