PARIS… A LOVE LETTER

16 11 2015

Eiffle Tower

Dear Paris, France…  I’ve been trying to get cozy with you for more than a three hour layover.   Read the rest of this entry »





UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

1 11 2015

Heart Hands Silhouette

Unconditional Love

Ever hear of it?  It’s elusive at best.  You’re supposed to give it to Family, Friends, Lover’s and all humanity; in equal doses.  The only thing about that is:  If you’re not giving it to yourself, you can’t give it out to anyone else.  Surely there must be some sort or guide or example of what we could follow in our quest to ‘clean up our act’?

The Model Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer, as found in the Book of Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 9-13 has often been called the, “Model Prayer.”  We know that a model is a template.  It can be utilized as a basic format, an outline for unique content that follows along the same lines.  As we enter into the yearly equinox with its changing season; let us consider this model:

Our Father, who is right here within each of us: Holy, is Your name and not a prefix or suffix to our ranting’s.

Your unquestionably right way of perceiving things; the Kingdom; is coming.

Your will, will be done: Cutting through all of the ugly stuff flying around on earth as it is (first)… flying around inside of our heads.

Give us this day our daily ability to do it better.

Forgive/Release us from our injustices, as we forgive/release those who are unjust to us.

Lead us…  Not into being tempted {by the crazy junk we see all around us}, but deliver us from the {crazy junk we Do get involved with} evil.

For Your way of doing things is the Kingdom;

Your merciful, miraculous interventions into our madness is the Power;

and Your loving providence of Grace, even when we don’t deserve it, is the Glory,

forever (we can always count on You) …and ever.  Amen

About the author:

Rev. Corliss Acosta: A hard-headed minister of Christ Jesus who observes and shares (outside the box). Operating according to Spiritual Gifts of: Teacher, Evangelist, Prophetic words of Wisdom, Words of Knowledge, Spiritual Discernment and Prayer Warrior/Intercessor.   Just as those that came aeons before; often the message and messenger is rejected.  However, knowing that if just one is enlightened; then to God be the glory. Be Blessed!

©The Lightkeeper  





Don’t Burn Up Your Blessings

23 01 2012
Busy Busy Busy

Working within your strength while working out your own salvation.

Philippians 2:12 tells us: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” This speaks to me of individual believer’s taking responsibility for their sanctification; which is a process incorporated into one’s daily lifestyle choices.

The larger aspect of working within one’s strength and calling is reflected in this account of the Apostles setting the focus of labor in ministry in order (see below): Acts 6:2 says, “And the twelve Apostles called the whole assembly of the disciples and they said to them,It is not acceptable for us to forsake the word of God and to serve tables.”

Time and again, I have come across this while in ministry training  under a Senior Pastor who refused to ‘let go of the reigns’ and allow the dedicated people within the Church to grow and serve in their God-given talents, gifts and callings.

What happens is “burn out.” It happened to Moses until his wise Father-in-law, Jethro stepped in and basically told him to ‘chill out’ and find some reputable leaders among the tribes and let them be Captains of thousands, hundreds and tens; then if they can’t solve the situation, they can speak to the league of Elders and if they couldn’t solve the situation; the Elders would seek out Moses; who in turn would bring the problem before the Lord.

I served under a Senior Pastor who planned a Church cookout. He went shopping for all the groceries, called special people to set up kid tumble houses; went personally to pick up various ala carte items; set up all the tables and chairs; cooked the burgers and hotdogs, served same from the grill; table-hopped to welcome everyone and stayed late into the night helping with all of the clean up.

The Church members almost turned into a choir as we all chanted: “Stop, sit down, we’ve got it; relax; we’ll do it… Stop!” All to no avail. The next day was Sunday and he admitted to being totally unprepared and tired from the previous days activities and the sermon reflected same.

As the early Apostles determined, he should have been praying and seeking God for the sermon message and not (literally) “waiting tables.” As leaders, often our desire to ‘be in the midst’ and ‘in control’ can hinder not only our own walk, but those to whom we minister.

I believe it all comes down to TRUST on a variety of levels.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 Be Blessed !





Shaken, Not Stirred

14 12 2011
007
Shaken, not stirred

Okay, I will use any excuse to post a pic of Sean Connery. However, if you’ll come along with me on my rabbit trail, I promise to tie this into our Bible Lesson today… one more peek at Mr. Connery… okay, here we go: Now, it was 1964 in the movie Goldfinger that our dear Bond… James Bond requested his cocktail to be “shaken, not stirred.” Love that.

However, it was over 2000 years ago that our Lord talked to us about “shaken together and running over…” Our Lord was talking about being merciful and the results of living a mercy-giving lifestyle. Let’s read that for ourselves: Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Markets (aka grocery stores) used to measure out your selections, weighing them on a scale and/or filling the goods in your apron or shirt front (bosom) before there was “paper or plastic.” Some markets gave better ‘measure’ than other markets. Soon those markets that gave abundance in their measuring and weighing were known to give: “good measure.”

How? Well, let’s say you were buying some dry oatmeal; enough to feed your family for the next few weeks. Dry, raw oatmeal is rather fluffy. However, if you went to a ‘good measure’ market, you would get that oatmeal: pressed down (gets the air pockets out), shaken together to get the hard uneatable kernels to roll off, and running over… that’s more than the exact pound or two that you asked for and at no charge!

Ever hear of a Baker’s Dozen? We all know that there are twelve (12) in a dozen. However, a ‘Baker’s Dozen,’ contains thirteen (13)… known as “one more for Good Measure.” It was hoped that a measure of trust, caring and connection would be established between the customer and the retailer so the customer would feel that they receive ‘good treatment/good measure’ at that particular store and would become a loyal, returning customer. It’s a little, merciful, humanizing effort to show fairness, caring and concern.

From this principle of our Lord Jesus we can understand that if we: Need a hug? Give a hug away to someone else. Need a friend? Show yourself to be friendly with someone today. Want new things? Give some of those nice items you no longer use to someone else who could use it. Miss having a Mom or Dad in your life? Go visit a nursing home and just listen; be a comfort; be the son or daughter they need today. We each must start the ball rolling. Give!

In the sixth chapter of Luke, Jesus is telling the crowd and His Disciples to life their lives among each other like this every moment of every day. Jesus is reassuring them that they are guaranteed a return on investment (so to speak) and that the results will be that they will always receive what they give out (good or bad) and extra beside.

That is either wonderful or horrible news; however, as always with the Lord: It is our own personal decision and we will be held accountable for all of our decisions. So, let’s agree with Bond… James Bond: I want my life in relation to others to be filled to the overflowing: Good measure, pressed down, shaken—not stirred!          Be Blessed.








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