UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

1 11 2015

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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  





SAYING IT BETTER

14 09 2012

In view of so much turmoil in the world, there are many voices out there without a stake-in-the-game… However, TN Lighthouse Ministries is pleased to share a voice who is saying it better… “Healing Our Damaged Hearts” is the latest work from http://www.commonway.orgby Dr. Sharif Abdullah, a proud American who has had the fortunate experience to visit most countries in the world. He not only has a thing or two to say about the upheavals of today and how to fix it, but he also has a “better way to say it.” Register for the series today!





IF MY PEOPLE WILL…

5 08 2012

2 Chronicles 7:12-14

12the Lord appeared to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.

13“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

On the occasion of the dedication of the first Temple in Jerusalem, after the offering of many oxen and bulls was accepted by God, with Holy fire consuming them on the altar; God promised Solomon:

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways; then I shall hear from heaven; then I shall heal their land.

A multiple shooting and possible hostage situation at a Sikh Temple in suburban Wisconsin was “Breaking News” today as we prepared our family brunch.

A few burnt eggs and half-cooked hash browns later, we learned that several people have been killed and some wounded; including the responding Police Officer to the scene.

Our humble, sincere prayers are offered to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the families, loved ones and all connected to this horrific situation. We pray for the First Responders, the Physicians and many medical professionals treating the survivors; also for the shocked community and the many officials investigating this tragic, evil act.

We are saddened as well as filled with righteous indignation; pleading: ‘Enough Lord, please help us! Enough of the hate and evil; enough of the divisiveness that pits human being against human being with suspicions due to their color, their religion, their culture or nationality and politically leanings or sexual identity… We say, “Enough, Lord.”

Enough of the ignorance that encourages public figures to make self-serving accusations against innocent people because of race, religion, the circumstances of their birth or the texture of their hair!

Lord God in heaven, we submit ourselves to You and say humbly: Enough, O Lord… we cannot fix it… we pray for You to step in, Father. Just as you shut the mouths of fierce lions set against Your Prophet Daniel because of lies; Father-God, shut the mouths of all those that rage in high places; calling for hate, calling for mistrust, and accusing without a cause. Our land is scorched, are crops fail, we ask Your forgiveness. It is enough Father-God; not another life is worthy of fulfilling this evil quota of intolerance…   Surely, it is enough.”





CHEERS !

24 06 2012

Be of Good Cheer

Suppose along the way on our journey back to God; a lot of people begin to stop believing in God?

Suppose our journey has been filled with an abundance of: “One-too-many’s?” Perhaps there have been ‘one-too-many’ rude so-called religious-folk; perhaps one-too-many dysfunctional family situations; one-too-many ways to be taken for granted; or betrayed, excluded; criticized; polarized and simply unloved? Then what?

As a Biblical Counselor for a number of  years now, I have yet to have ‘seen-it-all’; especially since I haven’t met someone like the madman of Gadara (“My name is Legion, for we are manyMark 5:1-20)–not someone you would look forward to meeting  randomly, and it’s not very likely that he’d make an appointment with us. [Please know I’m being facetious here]

True, our counseling hasn’t come across such a walking-wounded child of God; however, I do know a very dear young woman who has experienced much of the above list of un-love for much of her life: She drinks.

Another dear person who has come into our ministry with a similar story of having seldom felt loved: He is angry and emotionally cloistered.

Some people shop; some eat; some have sexual marathons; some decide to perpetrate the same unloving behaviors onto others; thereby perpetuating the cycle of evil.

As we can see, it all gets messy and goes downhill rather quickly; however, most people in the clutches of this cycle of unloving, accept the self-inflicting wounds as relief.

Revisit Mark 5:1-20 and note that some very twenty-first century psychosis are being demonstrated: Cutting; terrorizing; bullying; vehement anger, etc. What’s the remedy? What is the antidote, the cure? We invite you to come have a drink.

Drink deeply, ever so deeply, again and again of the word of God. Let’s focus upon the words of our Savior and Friend, our Lord Jesus, the Christ [meaning: anointed One; (and) His anointing].

In fact, from now on, may we humbly suggest that every time you see the title, “Christ”, that you think: Anointed One (and) His anointing. In regular terms, it’s like saying: “The All-Powerful/All-Able One and His All-Powerful potential toward you and me.” Jesus’ antidote for the evils of this world-system is highlighted in John 16:33b (NKJV) “…Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

However, understand that the next time you hear this Scripture quoted; it is a concluding portion of a much larger statement. This is a statement delivered (in fact) to Believer’s and not to unbeliever’s, who have a whole ‘other’ issue; just as a High School Senior has whole ‘other’ issues differing from a drop-out.

So then, Jesus’ concluding statement: “..Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” is like the dessert within a full-course meal. However, the main course precedes dessert, as when He said:  33  “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Note: “In the world you will have tribulation…” (i.e., sorrow, trials, challenges, persecutions and/or grief). Primary to Jesus’ statement is His open, and non-expiring invitation and statement of fact: “…in Me you may have peace.” The qualifier  ‘may’ shows that we have a choice, a decision; so indeed this is part of an invitation and not a dictation.

We shine the Light on this fact: We can choose Jesus and turn our back on the un-loving sorrows, trials, persecutions, and challenges of this world-system. We can rest in the knowledge that Jesus knows all about it (first-hand); we are not alone in the world; we are not abandoned, orphaned or without hope.

So too, we can choose to realize, count upon; lean into and rest ourselves in knowing that even the crass chaos of our life, here on planet earth has not escaped the nail-scarred hands of our Lord and Savior; The Christ.

BUT: We’ve got to stop self-managing and simply submit ourselves to Him; give ‘it‘ to Him. That is easier said then done, right? Perhaps things are only as hard as we make them? Please review the fact that the first thing ‘Legion’ does in Mark 5, verse 6: “When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped Him.”

Exercise: For 7 days, stop recalling “the problem” and focus upon the solution. Jesus is the solution for every problem. See Him in your heart through the word of God, right there in your Holy Bible. Run to Him in your heart; fall upon your knee’s literally and spiritually… worship Him.

This is our first step as Believer’s [not denominationalism, not religious, but believer’s] in the One true, Triune God; the “I AM”; Who is our answer to all of life’s many questions; which  are always found, “under-the-Son,” in Christ.

Homework~For a good time, read: John 16 (all) and Mark 5 (all) then please share with us how the exercise suggested above has made a difference in your life.

Be Blessed!  

Image credits: CBS Television, Cheers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheers





ACCEPTANCE

15 04 2012

Cornelius Medal

If we could simply tie a string around our finger, maybe we can remember to keep reminding ourselves that we are “Accepted” and loved by God.  Acceptance is the key to our lives. Acceptance is the root cause of human behaviors.

Let’s leave out the judgments’ [good/bad] for a moment and consider that what each of us ‘do’ in an average day is the sum total of our acceptances; i.e. ‘not running with scissor pointing out,’ is an acceptance that we could hurt ourselves or others.

Faith begins with acceptance. In studying the Book of Acts, chapter 10; there is a Roman centurion named Cornelius who accepted God: Acts 10:1 “…there was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian Band.” Acts 10:2 “A devout man who venerated God (reverenced, esteemed God) and treated Him with reverential obedience, as did all his household; and he gave much alms generously to the people and prayed continually to God.”

Here we see that Faith begins with acceptance. Cornelius ‘accepted’ God as Almighty God in his life and for his family also. Acceptance moves us to reverence, then obedience, and then an outpouring act which reflects that faith.

Later in this chapter of Acts, we see that God has noted this one man’s faith and sends an Angel to tell him so. Notice that it wasn’t regarding Cornelius’ gender, ethnicity, job, wealth or social standing; however, when Cornelius ‘accepted’ God as his God… then God ‘accepted’ him and all that was a part of his life.

Finally, the Apostle Peter himself had some ‘accepting’ to do in obedience to God and proclaims in Acts 10:34-35: “…in truth I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.”

These are days of societal knit-picking; divisiveness; and finger-pointing, along with all kinds of –‘isms’. Let’s allow ‘acceptance’ to water our garden of Faith to delight our Lord and Savior.

Let’s Pray: “Heavenly Father, I pray we keep our eyes firmly fixed on You and how we might accept Your word into our hearts; as we accept one another in Kingdom-love.” Amen.

Please take a fresh look at the Book of Acts; which overflows with examples that ‘acceptance’ is our first step of faith in God. If you’re interested in the famous family of Cornelius in history; see the notes below and be sure to visit the footnoted website.  Be Blessed!

Here’s a previewCornelius the Centurion: The word centurion implies a Roman Officer, or captain in charge of a century, which in ancient Rome meant 100 soldiers under his command.

Cornelius comes from a large, well-known family line within the framers of what became the Roman Empire, and is considered historically the first gentile and high-ranking Roman officer ever converted to Christianity. He is often referred to traditionally as the first Bishop of Caesarea, or First Bishop under Caesar’s rule. His life is traditionally celebrated every fourth day of February. One of his known descendants was Cornelius the Fourth Bishop of Antioch who ruled in  167.[i]

By the way, this Roman centurion’s descendants are alive and well today, living in America.





Christs’ Passion For Us All

22 12 2011

Our Not-So-Secret Admirer

Christs’ True Passion




PETS WITH THUMBS

2 12 2011
tweety bird sit on Sylvester cat with Santa Claus hat image for kids
Two Famous Pets With Thumbs

Everywhere you go folks talk about “Holiday Shopping.” My thoughts were far away from Holiday shopping as I broke yet another finger nail trying to tote 20-40 lbs. bags of dog Kibble, canned pet food and Kitty Litter into an uncooperative, runaway cart. It was then that I wondered why  God didn’t give pets thumbs? They could tote their own stuff. At least hold the storm door or punch the garage Genie–I’ll do the heavy-lifting!

I distinctly believe I heard God laugh: “No…That’s your job… that’s why you got the thumbs!”

As I went over budget (once again) due to grabbing that cat toy (she probably won’t play with) and read the back label until my eyes crossed, pouring over the healthiness of yet another “healthy dog treat” (oxymoron?)… I was distracted just enough for the Holy Spirit to remind me that these little creatures are included in God’s love too; just like human children. Merry Christmas to all our fur-people great and small. As Tiny Tim of Dickens’ fame said: “God Bless Us… Everyone!”

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little ones come to me, and do not keep them away: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”








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