Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Good Debt vs. Bad Debt.



Do not be in debt to others for anything - except for love! The one who pays their love-debt with interest fulfills the Law as Jesus does.

The Law (don’t cheat; don’t kill; don’t steal; don’t envy; don’t etc.) simply means: “Love others as much as you do yourself.” Love causes no harm, thus it is the full fulfillment of the Law’s intent.

We spend so much time worrying about time. What time is it you ask? TIME TO WAKE UP! Both death and perfection comes closer with each breath. Put behind you Night – there is a new Day dawning! Let’s stop doing what we thought we could get away with in the dark, and cover ourselves in light. Live as though your mother could see you!

Clothe yourselves in the pure light of Christ, and quit worrying about material things and ephemeral pleasures.


(From Romans 13:8-14)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Surrender Your Life-Style


Matthew 16:21-28
 
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he had to go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and legal experts, and that he had to be killed and raised on the third day. 22 Then Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him: “God forbid, Lord! This won’t happen to you.” 23 But he turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are a stone that could make me stumble, for you are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.”
 
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. 25 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will find them. 26 Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? What will people give in exchange for their lives? 27 For the Human One is about to come with the majesty of his Father with his angels. And then he will repay each one for what that person has done. 28 I assure you that some standing here won’t die before they see the Human One coming in his kingdom.”
 
Common English Bible (CEB)

 

Meditations:

1.       How might love sometimes stand in the way of mission?
2.       How can someone else’s love for us be a temptation to us?
3.       How often does the Church act on human thoughts assuming that they reflect God’s thoughts?
4.       Is Jesus asking us each of us to give up our life, or our way of life?
5.       Have you ever found something as soon as you quit looking for it?
6.       If the Kingdom has already come (verse 28), where has it been hiding?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wherein The Naked Alien Exposes Himself!

Christian Poets and Writers interviewed me about my writing as The Naked Alien, and as Tiwago (TImothy WAyne GOod). 

I was both surprised and honored to have been asked! My head is swelling a little...

Let me know what you think, please. Maybe, I'll keep writing?

The New 10.

 
Paul's Ten Rules:
 
1. Really love people. Beware of lust, or greed, or fear masquerading as love. Hate what is hurtful and harmful to others. Stand firm for goodness.
2. Let yourself be loved as well. Love is something that is shared. Give others more respect and dignity than they give you.
3. Do not be apathetic, but let the Spirit be aflame in you. Serve the Lord with enthusiasm.
4. Take joy, you have hope. Be patient and pray when hope seems lost.
5. See to the needs of others, even strangers and aliens.
6. Show mercy and grace to those who are mean to you. Do not curse bullies - bless them.
7. Live an empathetic life: party with those who party; mourn with those who mourn. Give people the gift of your presence.
8. Live in harmony with the world. Don't be a pig-headed know-it-all or prima donna. Remember that you are never as wise as you think you are.
9. Do not ever ever return bad for bad. Take the highest road you can reach.
10. To the best of your ability within the circumstances, be at peace.
 
Summary:
 
If you focus on vengeance, you do not leave room for God to work in the offender, in the victim, or in you. What right do you have to steal judgement and punishment (or grace) from God? Give good for bad. If your enemy is hungry, if they are thirsty, care for their needs. Your being nice to nasty people is torture to them and takes away their fun! You will never, I repeat NEVER, defeat evil by doing evil! The only thing that takes badness down is goodness.
 
(Retelling of Romans 12:9-21)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Immigrants 5.

(Painting by Domenico Fetti)
 
Some Naked Thoughts on Exodus 3:1-15.
 
Our story does not take place in The Wilderness - it happens in a place "beyond wilderness"! Farther than far. Stranger than strange. Way outside the box.
 
We see a bush that does not burn (props to God for the props!). This to me is an important key - God wants a disciple/apostle who is curious and open-minded enough to turn aside and peer into the burning heart of mystery.
 
"I AM the God of your ancestors. I have seen my people cry, and have come down to save them and give them a home in Canaan. I have heard them crying. I AM here." Is this old memory part of our fear today? Do we remember what we did to Canaan, but forget what happened to us in Egypt?
 
Moses begs off, but God says: "We're doing this. I'll be with you."
 
"God, even if I convince Pharaoh, I will never convince your people. Am I to say that a bush sent me? They will shut their ears to me!"
 
God: "Tell them you're on a mission from me."
 
"But they will want to know who 'me' is."
 
"I AM WHO I AM. Tell them that I AM sent you to save them. I AM, the God of their ancestors, has sent you. I AM forever. My name shall ever be I AM. Let them put that in their hookahs and smoke it..."