Three Line Tales, Week 88

Turmoil

The mind over taxed with many thoughts and cares.

Even so the paper remains blank in opposition to the minds many thoughts.

Things broken remind me of my own broken heart, how to express this turmoil?

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Welcome to Week 88 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 88: dip pen and ink because it's Inktober, innit photo by Kira auf der Heide 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).
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  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.

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Aliens

We are a unique lot we children of God. In the world we are born we become immigrants and aliens in the very same land that we were born. We are reborn to a new land one that we cannot see. Yet, still ambassadors of good news to the old land of our first birth.  Though rejection of the old land still hurts.

Lord, help us understand the depth of your love that your love my blot out and take the place of the life we live in the flesh. Let each of us be beacons of that love in humility to you, even though we are poor imitations of that perfect love. Help us to see the opportunities you give us to serve you and show your love to all.

This is a reminder of being a peculiar people, called out, born again, ambassadors, followers, yet in all this a saint, because of God’s mighty love not of our self at all. Do not be surprised when this old world rejects you, be joyful that you are different. Jesus was worthy of this rejection too.  Because you have shown love instead of rejection to your persecutors just as Jesus did. This follows Christ’s example on the cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.”

walking with less pride,
Denny

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the photo: It is a Frisbee! LOL

Three Line Tales, Week 87

lost

Be calm and do not worry, we were separated, I raise my hand high!

Raised high so you can see if I get close over this undergrowth, talk.

Keep talking I am getting close, can you see my hand? Now we are safe and together again.

Denny

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 87 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 87: a hand reaching up from a meadow under a pink sky photo by Bryan Minear via Unsplash

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  • 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.

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Prayers for all

As of the time of this post there are 58 souls now departed due to the shootings in Vegas.   This town is sometimes called Sin City, I do not feel it is much different than any city or place across this world.  We are all sinners in one or more ways.  The people did not die because of their sin.  They died because hate was stirred up in one person.

The families and friends of the departed and injured people need our prayers.  This tragedy did not come from the God of the Christians,  it did come from the prince of the power of the air Who hates anyone who bears the image of God.  We believers in Jesus should show compassion and defend all these families in a prayer and fasting to do battle with this evil.

Look to the Psalms for guidance on what and how to pray.  We can do something about this act of hate to image bearers.  Death is an enemy to everyone. The evil one has struck with his terror and has chosen death as a calling card in this terror.  Are we the believers in Christ going to say we can do nothing? Are we going to unite in prayer against this evil one?

Our Prayers should not end at the injured and the loss of precious life. We should extend our prayers to include the city the state and the nation. We have all lost something in this tragedy.  Please fellow believer do not let this time pass without a solid response and calling on God’s help! Come together in prayer as days of old when we prayed for our troops as they engage in the Revolutionary war, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and more recent wars.

This war is no less dangerous and no less real than those wars. This war is carried out by an invisible Army which is more real than the life that we now live. This army of the invisible soldiers from God must be invited and protected by our prayers so it can advance.

Let us join together in unity of faith in God to pray pray for the for the wounded and the deceased not ceasing to include their families. Believers also unite to pray against the principalities and powers that organized this terror against us. Is there not a cause?
Let us be the warriors of prayer that answer this call to challenge Satan with God’s armies. We believers have been challenged. What, What say you??

This war is not limited to guns it has been waged with floods, storms, earthquakes, sickness, and prejudice of hate. This battle has too many fronts for me!  But I know in whom I have believed and he is able to fight this war on all fronts.  Let us pray for those who have been affected deeply by the crimes against humanity that have been perpetrated.  Let us pray unceasingly for the binding of the evil one that has caused this tragedy.

Do we slumber and are we comfortable in our air-conditioned abodes in hiding from this horrific event?

Whether you have great faith or small faith please join together against this common foe whom we can stop by the power of our Lord.  Have our hearts gone stone cold?  It is risky to have a heart of flesh in this cold and cruel world.  Not something for the fainthearted for sure.

Let us get out of our comfort zones let us join together and pray!  Praying groups of two praying groups of thousands I do not care just pray against this evil advance that we are witnessing in our time.  This is our battle not our children’s or any law enforcement agency.  We are the ones asleep at the wheel because we know the one who can help.  Pray while walking, running, sitting, before sleeping, in the shower, while leading, while eating, and any other time you can think up.  Just pray, read the Psalms to God, believe there is a God because it is the truth.

In hope, faith, and prayer,
Denny

Monsters in life

Matt.  7:15 Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them.   Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

ME:  There are monsters.  Monsters cannot give something they are not.  More hate will not change a monster.  Monsters cannot be identified by gender, race, or claimed beliefs.

Matt. 10:16 Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.

ME:  We are to be aware of monsters, but learning to live well while enduring and learning how to avoid their insidious traps in life.

II Tim. 1: 12 For this reason, even though I suffer as I do, I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.

ME:  God is the only sure hope who is able to sort out and separate the monsters for eternity.  For now, we have light and dark together making a shadowy place to live.  Our hope is to make a dent in the monster population by introducing them to a relationship with our only true change agent, Jesus The living Christ.

Even though being a believer is not a absolutely sure way to sort out betrayal  in relationship.  It gives opportunity to experience the fruit of the persons life to help your decision on whether they would be a good choice in a mate for you.

Acts 4: 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, 9 are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed?  10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.  11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’

12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Me:  In salvation and the starting point of the Gospel is all about learning to beware of monsters, even harder learning to love your enemies  AKA monsters.  Feeding all monsters true love from God above so they can make their decision on the love of God and whether to reject or accept God’s Gospel (Good News).  Then you  will see the God of the creation manifest Himself to you in amazing ways as you do battle with God’s sincere love not hate, prejudice, conceit, or any other one of Satan’s many tools.

It is a tough way to live, not for the fainthearted.  The Bible is not afraid of truth; the Bible is the good truth that everyone is afraid of.  It encourages you to live for others and live less for yourself.  It also encourages us to allow God to be the architect of our life.  While at the selfsame moment, we are making decisions of how to live and the amount of influence God will have over us.

Accepting this truth is not an easy life but, I life that is abundant and rich through Jesus Christ.  Imagine walking up to a monster and not displaying hate but kindness that the monster knows they do not deserve.  This would be a lively application of being aware of the monster yet being in all forgiveness.

Beware and know this, God desires to heal even our known mistakes.  Never take God’s forgiving grace as an endorsement on how you are living.  Do take God’s forgiveness and grace as a manifested witness of God’s love for you.  Obedience is better than sacrifice.

In Mercy and Grace,

Denny

Three Line Tales, Week 86

Photographic memory

Yes dad, I remember this photo, you spent a lot of time looking at this plain old book.

I remember, I snuck into your prayer closet to look at this fascinating book, to my expressed surprise there were no pictures, I was near the end, only lots of words! What a shock!

By the way dad, I understand your fascination with this old book now, but, did you really have to show my girlfriend this old photo?

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 86 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 86: a small boy reading a book photo by Ben White 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).
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Three Line Tales, Week 85

Thank you Sonia for the photo.

Lost fun and promising thought.

I instantly remember this shot, even though I was having fun with the sparkler, there was something more?

Was it the light, was at this tiny pin burns as the sparkles landed on my hand, it seems there was something just on the edge of thought,?

I am having fun but, what does a sparkling light remind me of, something pure, clean, and bright, this time I stand in the feeling but, what,, will you answer, please?

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 85 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales week 85: sparkler and sunglasses photo by Matt Palmer 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).
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Storm Terror

A terror truly was unleashed in hurricane Harvey.  Most of the people did survive this terror. It would seem that God only gets credit for the ones that were killed not so much for the ones that were saved.  It is God’s desire to be with each and every person as they survived in terror or succumbed to the storm and its fury.

God is hope, God is life, only the living have the ability to rebuild here on this earth. And only God can give any heart of hope to rebuild in the face of such tragedy.  Property and things to a point can be replaced, people and their souls are the valuable commodity in all situations good and bad.

I truly pray that God will touch each and every life that was touched by awful storms the ability to heal, adapt to a new normal, and rebuild their lives. This prayer includes believers and nonbelievers for the recovery. Now that the shock is subsiding and reality is setting in, on these displaced and battered people a new battle is developing.  The battle for the ability to move on.  Please continue to pray!

Many thanks to the volunteers and agencies who have done everything they can to help in this recovery effort. My niece survived by evacuating, she lost her vehicle and many belongings. Pray for strength for each and every person who believes in Jesus that they will be the beacons of hope that is needed for such a tragedy.

Time will never completely heal the tragedy and its impact. The fields are truly ripe unto harvest but the laborers are few. Pray for strength for the laborers of Jesus Christ and that the gospel of Jesus Christ would be accepted by many. These are the first steps into wisdom and healing.

Humbly submitted,
Denny

Reality

We Christians are called to reality, fact is,  this world is a mix of hurt, failing, disappointment mixed with a touch of hope that will overcome all the mess we live in. Reality is then, what invisible world is remaining after this visible world is made NEW. Our reality is yet directly unseen by us. Yet, hints of this unseen world are now dimly viewed in a glass/vision/dream for now.

The best part of Reality is inclusive of God’s unfailing love for all people.  We are the ones who must decide if this “Too good to be true offer of God’s love” is to be accepted or not.  A life time, however long or short, is given to make this decision.  I invite you with words to accept God’s gift of love, God invites you with open arms to welcome you and your soul, then start walking with the only everlasting truth out there.

In true Hope,
Denny

Three Line Tales, Week 83

At Times

There are times I feel like this table, a few scraps with most of the good stuff gone.

I feel lost and not sure what to get rid of and to keep to rebuild or not to rebuild what a mess to deal with.

Then a peace floods my soul because God has already finished the most needed work for my soul. Jesus’s Gospel is and is for all, in this I rest, not in the mess.

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week 83 of Three Line Tales.

three line tales, week 83: origami paper cranes on a table photo by Dev Benjamin 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).
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MY Rights, Dilemma!!

In a previous post about rights, I touched on some ideas of nature/instinct not being a source of compassionate human rights.  I also touched on instinct as being a bit of a tyrant as far as human rights are considered.  In as far as the singular source, God’s government is the only foundation for rights to be built on yet, there is another problem.

This problem is the implementation of Human rights on a personal level in an imperfect world.  In the past most cultures looked to family/tribe as being the most important unit in society not the individual. In the context of family/tribe human rights are counseled in group thinking not an individual.  This recent individual development creates a conundrum for human rights and the directions they take.

For instance if I have a piece of (moveable) property sold to me and for some reason is not easily accessible for removal to my possession.  I may have to access it utilizing someone else’s property.  They may or may not allow me to get to the sold item.  This creates conflict.

The legal system thrives on this kind of conflict.  To protect people’s rights there are laws.  These laws sometimes are in conflict, sometimes are unclear, worded in the most confusing method possible with few normal language speakers who can understand the law.  This is where two individuals start duking it out with words in a court of law.  Then more laws are made becoming more confusing, even to the intent of the law being reversed in a “legislation from the bench” change in the spirit/intent of the law.

Are laws intended to protect Human Rights?

Yes!  You are correct in my rights, I said we have rights, I am additionally arguing that other people can take my rights away!  In the United States of America, the blame rests on voters shoulders in the area of rights infringement.  I am a voter, with this right, I have elected officials directly, or the elected officials have appointed officials to help govern the people.  Therefore, it comes down to my vote and it is my fault!  Maybe!

When I read or listen to the news I do not have to listen very long to discern there is a problem in the governing methods in this democracy (USA), in which I live and participate.  Is the result of the election solely due to my bad choice?  Or could it possibly be a fundamental shift in the thinking of” most Americans” and I am no longer in the majority?

This is how in a democracy by the people, rights are removed and given.  This is why Democracy is not the best government for all people.   Especially to those who have a strong self-interest and personal agendas.  The more self and individual interests are involved the more corrupt government becomes.   As the saying goes “Power corrupts.  Ultimate power corrupts ultimately.”  Coined by Lord Acton. This is the problem or conundrum I have alluded to in human rights.

Now what do I do with MY rights?  How can I tame the wants in me to be a good citizen?  Is there someone out there I can truly trust with my rights?  By the way, I just got my rights, why do I want to give them away, even to a trusted person?  Would I transition my rights if the person would protect human rights?  In my arrogance of playing with rights and using them, do I know every single situation so well that I KNOW right and wrong in each situation?  Am I unbiased and looking for the good of most in my application of MY rights?

The real problem: Now that I have rights, I need help on how to apply them properly for the good of all.  Whom is trustworthy to surrender my rights to?  Not me!  No mere human has ever started a method of Government that has not drifted off the path of Human Rights to infringement of the rights for control.

Religion fails at the human rights defense too.  There are so many rules to follow in religion, who can follow all of them?  When you fail, we are doomed to hell.  We can believe if we repeat life, with all the wrong baggage following us, then as we improve, make better decisions this time, our state improves we hope, then we repeat again moving to a higher enlightenment. Or we are living in a fake unreal universe “Matrix style” that we have no afterlife, If you follow this way the right way you may make it to enlightened life but, do not make a mistake or you will miss the light.

There are many more variations on religion too.  There are so many rules of many different religions and so little hope unless you deaden yourself to no connection to people or things.  All of these methods are the trappings of religion especially the ones called Christian with their many added man made rules.

There is an E PLURIBUS UNUM (Of many, ONE) Religion out there!  No, it is not the most popular fad in “religiondom” on earth; However, upon completion of the promise given humanity through a promise to Abraham long ago, it was first called the Way.  Even the younger brother of this man/God worshiped and believed who his older brother is.  A worldly leader even washed his hands of the unjust judgment against this leader of souls.

What is this religion?  Well let me tell you a bit more on the New Belief system before this One religion is revealed, however not to be a spoiler, it is a non-religion not a religion at all.  Now, WHAT IS A NON Religion???  A non-religion is much what it sounds like a way of belief without a lot of impossible rules to follow know and remember to apply rules.

The Roman Empire identified the new belief system, I will try not to call it a religion anymore since it is a non-religion, as a form of atheism.  Yes, atheism is a religion it has rules to follow or you are not an atheist!  Therefore, atheism still does not identify the essence of this new belief system.  The logic behind calling it atheism was and is sound, as I understand it.

The Roman soldiers would ask the new belief system followers questions like: Where do you have to go to worship your God?  The answer would be we do not have to go anywhere we can do it right here.  The next question would go something like this: Where are your temples for worship?  The answer: We do not have any.  To what city do you have to travel to worship?  We do not have a city to one city to pilgrimage to.  Well!  Where is your God’s sanctuary?  Our God does not live in a sanctuary built by hands!  How about your priests, where they?  We have no priests.  Oh, your sacrifices, where do you do your sacrifices?  We have no need of sacrifice to our God.  What does your God look like?  Our God is invisible!

The Roman conclusion after the series of questions, you serve in invisible God, you have no buildings to worship in and no priests.  You have no system of sacrifice.  You do not even have a city that is symbolic of your religion.  Therefore you must be an atheist and you have nothing! Therefore, I find the reasoning behind calling these new belief system followers’ atheists.  This is a logical conclusion to this information given.  How would you identify this new belief system?

Believers and other people who knew the believers were commonly called followers of the way.  Later the followers of the way now known as Christians.  This is because the Christ adopted anyone who will believe in to His family.  This adoption gives us complete adoption as offspring of God the same as Jesus Christ.  The adoption then changed our names to Christ ones AKA Christians.

When the adoption happens in Christianity not only includes full and irrevocable membership in the family of God but also the righteousness of Jesus is added to each family member.  What does all this adoption cost us?  The cost is completely bore by Jesus on the cross and in his resurrection back to life therefore, this adoption cost us nothing.  It cost God and incredible amount that I still find unfathomable to describe and completely understand.  Nevertheless, the triune creator God did not hesitate to pay this price to adopt you into his family.

I now clearly identify the E PLURIBUS UNUM (Of many, ONE) Religion the true non-religion as Christianity.  Christianity is the only major belief system I have read about in which the God who created the belief system also fulfilled the belief system laws and with no work from accepting believers.  God freely gives access and full membership because the God who made the rules of the belief system came and paid the full price for membership at his own cost for each of his adopted children.

What does this mean?  What it means is there is no work or activity that can be done to earn this adoption (no RELIGION).  This adoption is a gift.  As with any gift, you must accept the gift and open it, which is not a work.  The opening of the gift is entering into relationship with God.  Opening this relationship with an invisible God is the start, Belief in God also is built on something invisible called faith.

Yes, this offer is too good to be true.  Yet it is the only safe course of action in the entire universe to take.  The God of Christianity has proven over the course of humanity’s time that he keeps his promise.  Even with insurmountable odds against him, he keeps his promise.  God keeps his promise even when it hurts Him to the core; God still keeps his promise to you and me to all.

The gift of relationship with the eternal creator God is available continually as long as we draw breath and are able to call out to God. God, put this truth inside clay vessels and will honor your decision about His gift into all eternity, accept or rejection.  God will keep his promise and honor your decision. Because of God’s proven unfailing rigger in keeping promises with humankind, I post the thought of surrendering my human rights to God for his safekeeping.

God knows when to apply a human right, and when to sacrifice rights for the good of humankind. God did give up his rights on the cross and in resurrection from death.  God loves believers and unbelievers and is not prejudiced in his application of  love and truth to humanity.  As I learn to love my fellow human beings, I find both joy and pain.  I find success and failure in interaction with people of all kinds.  When I am wise and do not grip my rights in a situation, usually there is a peace that comes that I do not understand where comes from but it is wonderful.

In conclusion, yes I do have rights.  I also have a place that is safe to keep my rights in God.  Because I have given my rights to God, he helps me direct my rights and use them in a way that is good for all.  At least when I am listening to God and his direction in the use of my rights!  The rights dilemma is only a dilemma if you do not include and trust the God of creation with those rights.  Just as a democracy does not operate effectively outside direction from the triune God because God is the invisible unifier and truly the original World Wide Web of connection and peace.

The further we fall away from God the more war, sickness, and worldly troubles will happen.  The closer we are to God the more peace, kindness, and love will be present and rule the time of humankind.  If you do not believe me, take a good hard look at history in its pure honesty not reconstructed to a point of view that excludes God.

The dark ages were dark because man was separated from God by human rules and humanities quest to be independent of God.  The fall of the Roman Empire was not because people were becoming godlier but because they became more perverse and further away from God.  You may have to dig to find the religious conditions of the times that parallel good and times and bad times in human history because it is so covered and obscured by people who hate God and are writing the history from a skewed point.

PS

Sorry this one is so long.  I really wanted it to be short but it kept growing and growing and growing.  Please feel free to make any comments in question unclear points that I have.  Thank you for reading. Maybe a helpful edit,,,, no! not a blank page either! LOL

Respectfully submitted,

Denny