THE WAY! WHAT IS RIGHT OR GOOD!

WHAT SEEMS HARMLESS SOMETIMES, CAN BE VERY HURTFUL TO ANOTHER.

It might be something that we hear from someone at work, in school or in the neighborhood, and it is not anything real bad about another person, but we think it is okay to share it.

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In sharing it, we find out that we have “hurt” another person, but sharing it with someone else.  It might be a bad grade, and we think everyone knows about it, and in sharing it, we hurt another person.

It might be at work when someone is called in the boss’ office to discuss something, and we tell someone else what we think it might be about, even though we don’t know.

The Bible says, that anything that we know is not good or right, we should not involve ourselves in. Even though it might not be extremely harmful, it still is better to say nothing, than to make any mention of it.  “Anyone, then, who knows the good or right thing he/she ought to do, and doesn’t do it, that is sin.” James 4:17

If you were the “other person” how might you feel? Many people feel good about saying things on the internet, because no one knows who they are, but in fact, they know.

On My Father’s Business,

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THE WAY! IMAGE OF GOD!

“IMAGO DEI”
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When I lived in South Bend, Indiana I experienced “Studebaker Days.” People from all over, would bring their cars and drive them in a parade. You can always tell a Studebaker. 96a92-magical-weave-mirrorAnother car I will always remember. Edsel, named after Ford’s son. When I buy a car, I begin to see that car everywhere I go. I never noticed it before, but now I see it all the time. If you paint a room a certain color, you notice that color in other places. We note brands and types of clothes on others. We start looking like others. WE BEGIN TO IDENTIFY WITH OTHERS IN OUR MINDS.

GENESIS 1:26-27 “GOD SAYS, LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE ACCORDING TO OUR LIKENESS.” IN “IMAGO DEI,” IN THE VERY LIKENESS AND IMAGE OF GOD. That is enough for today. To know that God made us in His image. When you look into the mirror this morning, did you see the “Image of God?” Put a little card at the bottom of the mirror that says, “IMAGO DEI.”

Romans 8:29 says, “…to become conformed to the Image of His Son….” In everything we go through, in everything that happens to us, part of the grand plan is to “conform” us into the Image of Jesus Christ. To make us Love as He Loves, to be Peace, as He is Peaceful, to be Merciful, as He is Merciful, to be Forgiving as He is Forgiving, etc. What is the Image of God to you…and how can you be that to others?2007-01-01 12.00.00-270

II CORINTHIANS 3:18 says, “But we all, with UNVEILED FACE beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image….” As we walk this Journey, the things that happen in our lives, are transforming us into HIS IMAGE. Exodus 34:29-30 says, “Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him (God).” Others saw him “…the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.” It was evident to all around, that Moses had spent time in the presence of God. Can people see that in you?

When people look at me, they should see the “IMAGO DEI” in me. The face that I show, should illuminate the whole Image of God. You may be the best of what people see today. You can prove to be the best by knowing that you are made in the Image of God.

On My Father’s Business,

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THE WAY! IMAGES!

IMAGES

In the living room there was an IMAGE of Jesus hanging on the wall. Each picture you see of Jesus is different because you see through  the eye of the painter.  Most of them look like an American white guy.

What might Jesus look like in a home in Africa? What might a home in Asia, have as a portrait of Jesus?  Do the facial features of the Jesus you think of, match your ethnicity?  We develop these images of Jesus from what we think He looked like, or what we have heard about Him.

PAINT A PICTURE OF JESUS RIGHT NOW!  WHAT WOULD BE QUALITIES YOU WOULD HIGHLIGHT? WHAT WOULD BE FEATURES YOU WOULD NOT INCLUDE/HIGHLIGHT?

 This is one Image of Jesus with blood dripping down his face.

This pictures a moment in time, when He was about to be crucified by the people of His day. He got under the skin of religious leaders of that time, and they wanted to rid themselves of Him. He was disturbing them and their religious beliefs.

This pictures Him with a “crown of thorns” placed on His head as an example of Him as a King.

This is another portrait of Jesus, depicting Him when He rose from the dead.  He is alive, just as He said. You might see behind him the tomb.

What is the Jesus that you see, when you hear His name mentioned? God so loved all the people of the world, that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to come and give Himself to make it possible for us to have a relationship with God.

You and I have the chance to find out about Him and the Work He did on earth,  to free us up in our lives to be able to benefit for all eternity. He says, “I am THE WAY! I am THE TRUTH! I am EVERLASTING LIFE! BELIEVE IN ME!

On My Father’s Business,

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THE WAY! CARRY ON!

WHY I CARRY ON!

Several years ago, an elderly (70ish)  woman living alone, close to me, was stabbed to death in her living room.  Three boys (15-16) broke through her living room window and stabbed her, “to see what it was like.”  Video games  may have played a part in their desire “to get the feelin’.”  After the fact, I heard all sorts of “nice” things about her; how wonderful she was.  WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THIS TO HER?  WE CARRY ON BECAUSE OF THE LOVE SHE SHOWED.

The late Sen. Edward (Ted) Kennedy said:

“As you know so well, the passage of time, never really heals the tragic memory of such a loss, but we carry on.  Because we have to; because our loved ones would want us to; because there is still light in the world from the love they gave us.”   WE CARRY ON!

 

The tragic stabbing of the woman, left us with the memories of a very kind, gentle and good woman.  I knew: “THERE IS STILL LIGHT IN THE WORLD FROM THE LOVE SHE GAVE.”

The Kennedy family and all they have gone through: “THERE IS STILL LIGHT IN THE WORLD FROM THE LOVE THEY GAVE.”

Jesus in Luke 23 went before the authorities of His time, and was found to be innocent of all charges but still crucified; gave Himself to die for all mankind. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, Jesus, so that all who would believe in Him, could have Everlasting Life.”

I carry on because I have found that Jesus’ has a great love that permeates my whole life. He has become my friend, and the lover of my soul. All I have ever wanted or needed, He has been able to provide for me. Peace and understanding, knowledge and some wisdom have all been gifts to me.

WHY I CARRY ON….IT’S BECAUSE  HIS LOVE LINGERS LIKE A SWEET SMELLING AROMA;  LIKE A BEAUTIFUL FRAGRANCE OF PERFUME, LIKE FLOWERS IN THE ROOM.  

WE CARRY ON BECAUSE THERE IS STILL LIGHT IN THE WORLD FROM THE LOVE HE GIVES US.  WE CARRY ON!

 

On My Father’s Business,

dupontdude

THE WAY! DARK DAYS AHEAD!

WILL YOU SEE THE LIGHT?

The days are dark all around, whether in your country or in other countries. Part of that has to do with terrorism in our world.  I did not know anything about terrorism some 40 years ago, but today it is a word used in common daily conversations.Cross and after

We have lived in a dark world for a long time, where everyone seems to be doing whatever they want to do. They decide this is right to do and they do it, with little regard for another person’s feelings, emotions, or stability.

Do whatever feels good to you, and it seems like chaos is breaking out all over.

 

There is hope in our world. Even though you might not know it, there is hope.HOPE Purple

Maybe it is a light at the end of the tunnel, in your life…or maybe it is seeing a light beyond yourself, on the other side of the trees, in a heavy treed forest.

 

THE WAY  is ahead of you and the command is to continue on course. Keep going in that direction.

Isaiah 9:2 “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.”

John 8:12 “Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the World; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.”  Strong beautiful fog and sunbeams in the forest

We each need help on our Journey, to find THE WAY!

On My Father’s Business,

dupontdude

THE WAY! WHAT’S IN A NAME?

YOUR NAME

Many years ago, my mother gave me this  writing. I do not know where it came from. I wish I could give credit to the person who wrote it, but I can’t. It is called “YOUR NAME.”

“You got it from your father. It was all he had to give so it’s yours to use and cherish for so long as you may live. If you lose the watch he gave you, it can always be replaced. But a black mark on your name, Son, can never be erased.

It was clean the day you took it and a worthy name to bear when he got it from his father. There was no dishonor there. So make sure you guard it wisely. After all is said and done, you’ll be glad the name is spotless when you give it to your son.”

Magnus, you gave a spotless name to Victor. Victor you gave a spotless name to Clare. Clare you gave a spotless name to Me. I have passed on a name to my four children. Unfortunately, I have spotted the name. Dad, you knew it. Mom, you knew it. I have left some tarnish on OUR name.

So to my children, and my grandchildren, THE NAME YOU BEAR, IS A NAME TO BE PROUD OF BUT ALSO A NAME TO CHERISH. It is not spotless, because I have not heeded what my Father/Mother taught me. I have not carried those lessons with me through life.

I have gone my own selfish way, and I have some dirt on my name. I am working very hard to clean the name and be able to clear the name. Dad you know me….and Mom you know me….and to each of my Children…you know me.

I am not professing to be perfect, but as I live the rest of my life, I AM VERY AWARE OF THE NAME I CARRY WITH ME. I WILL DO BETTER. The people of the early church, took the name of Christians, meaning “Christ followers.” That is a name of which I also have tarnished and made dirty. I know I can do better.

I want to live as a “follower of Christ.”  The Apostle Paul said:“Be an imitator of me, even as I am of Christ.” So today as we walk on this Journey….remember the name you bear. Thank you to all my children….for helping me to clean up OUR name. You all have done a better job than I.

On My Father’s Business,

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU…..

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Have you ever known anyone in which everything has to be THE WAY they want it to be? I have, and sometimes I don’t want to be in that kind of relationship when we are deciding what to do.

“The mind of man cannot know the fairness of God.  I cannot tell you anything to soothe you—only that the One (God) knows what the One (God) will do.  And if you try to force his hand, it will bring you only to disaster.” (God) I added to the quote    -Tosca Lee  in  “HAVAH-The Story of Eve”  p. 325          Don’t know Tosca Lee, google the name.

8f4f2-th-2Psalms 103:19 “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty rules over all.”

Ps. 89:8 “O Lord God of hosts, Who is like Thee, O Mighty Lord?…

Ps. 135:6 “Whatever the Lord pleases, He does…”

Ps. 115:3 “But our God is in the heavens;  He does whatever He pleases.”

There are many people who do not believe God exists.  They have never examined the works of God. There is no experience in their  life that would recognize God. But what we know is limited by our knowledge, understanding and experience. Did Chas. Dickens live?Charles Dickens

Philip Shakespeare was a great man, but not as well known as his brother, William. I have “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.” But do I know if he existed?  Can I prove it?  Yet, there are 1252 pages (very small print) in this book, that supposedly someone said he was responsible for.

It in each of our Journeys, on THE WAY, that we can choose what to believe and what not to believe. I hope your time is spent in trying discover all the great things there are to learn about, with an open mind.

On My Father’s Business,

dupontdude

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THE WAY!—RECOVERY!

RECOVERY, ANYONE?

I went to “THE RECOVERY CHURCH” in Minneapolis.  This is truly the message of Christ to each of us.  This church is a “spiritual community for people in search of growth, healing, and recovery.”  They deal with afflicted people.  I AM ONE.

You can’t tell by looking at the congregation who is in recovery, and who is not….or isn’t that the real point.  We all need  recovery in our lives,  from some afflictions, but we don’t always recognize what afflictions we have.

Recovery….means to gain back for ourselves, something that has been taken away or lost.  Restoration from sickness back to health.  This church is trying to help people be restored to a life without alcohol, drugs, or any of several other afflictions.  Don’t all Churches do that….?

Luke 15:3-32- Jesus tells parables about LOST…Sheep…Coin….Son, a Prodigal (one who spends lavishly) Son.  All have the distinct idea that there was a condition…set at one time…which was whole.  But something has been taken away or  lost and the only way to back to wholeness is to RESTORE…or RECOVER…that which is lost.

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Jesus’ message is wholeness to those who are not whole, sight to those who cannot see, or maybe, hearing to those who cannot hear.  You see, if you think about yourself and are truthful, you also have needs that you may not be able to solve on your own.

And this is the message of GOD:  Restoring, or recovery to all of us to our original condition, (prior to the condition we find ourselves today.)

When the Shepherd finds his sheep, there is great rejoicing.  When the woman finds a lost coin, she calls friends and neighbors and says, “Rejoice with me.”  When the lost son comes home, his father rejoices and even holds a feast.

When I find something that has been lost, I am very happy.

What do you want to restore/recover in your life?  Jesus’ ministry is to bring you back to your original condition.  Consider today recovery/restoration in one area of your life through Christ.  Restoration/Recovery is within your power if you want it.

On My Father’s Business,

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HOPE…NOT AS THE WORLD….BUT

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COMFORT AND KNOWING THAT WE CAN TRUST IN SOMEONE WHO WILL NOT FAIL US.

“MY HOPE IS IN THEE (THE LORD).”  PSALMS 39:7adventfourhope

“TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART (EVERYTHING YOU HAVE), AND DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.  IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM (THE LORD), AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT (HE WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY TO WALK).  Proverbs 3:5-6

dupontdude…Journey with Hope!