Saturday, January 21, 2017

Letter to Dennis Prager re: his question, "What saved your hopeless marriage?"

Hello Dennis,

My wife & I were at our end and had, in our hearts, truly given up. Counseling, talking, praying, reading books, everything we could think of...until we both came to this understanding: that our God loves us, He always has and, He always will - even if we fail at every effort to save our marriage. Or anything else for that matter.

Now, before you say, "Or vey! These two wanna sell me unconditional love, that was yesterday for cryin' out loud!", I do admit it's ironic that this applies the day after that show. Although I would say His love & acceptance for people is perfect, not "unconditional". Here's why. I believe that God makes people. It's not us who makes us. (see: Psalm 100 "it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves") So, if that is true, does He make things He hates? And, if He love's who He makes, when does He stop loving them? Or, once we lose this love, what must we do to get it back? What is the criteria, i.e. When do we know we are "good enough" for His love? Who determines these answers? These questions reveal to me that man is subjective while God is perfect so, because of this, He loves even the one who "makes his bed in hell" as the Psalmist wrote.

In Jeremiah there's a prophecy of the new covenant wherein we are told that, He will forgive our iniquities & remember our sins no more. I take that as a thing that happened, literally, at the cross of Christ. Therefore, All are forgiven - the saint who believes, and the unbeliever who goes to hell. I also believe those two states of mind produce very different kinds of 'fruit'. One who really KNOWS He loves Him will be less likely to sin while, one who "knows" He doesn't has nothing to lose - "Eat, drink & be merry, for tomorrow I die."

To shorten this up, it's not a question of, "Does He love unconditionally?" but, what is the love of the eternal God? Is it perfect and, is He the only one who can dispense it? 
The answers we found are, It is perfect, and, He alone has it to offer.

Thank you, Dennis, I hope very much to carry on this conversation with you more.
God bless you & keep up the good work, Mark and Suzette d. in Rancho C.

Monday, May 24, 2010

His love - Enough? It is

In me - is He? - mine eyes - you see?
Mercy - and grace - seek we - His face
All told - none more - giving - our Lord
Came God - to save - all souls - weak, brave

Babe small - some saw - earths' pall - hid awe
Under - His gaze - learning - our ways
Loved He - so much - strong, lame - as such

Young "man" - heart bursts - must fill - His thirsts
Finds twelve - knows one - sells soul - rest shun
Loves still - not "some" - gives all - takes crumb
Road there - blind see - lame walk - scores free

Save us - He would - suffer - our good
Recant - this grant ? - None can - He can't
Your job - just this - receive - His bliss
Precious - His blood - grant me - that flood

Saturday, May 22, 2010

When the going gets tough, it's Him, we needs knowing

"Doneday" was a good one - had my jobs and got 'em did
"Bluesday" thieves had their fun - took my blower and hid

"Amendsday" - we praise Him, and thank Him for His grace
"Reverse-day" had some vim - but soon back on my face

"Sigh-day", now repenting - For anger of lost gear
Just until lamenting, more theft from my trucks' rear

That's the way it is folks - There's danger living life!!
Moth and rust: spoil our hoax - In Jesus there's no strife!

Anyway, 4 C-notes, fell on me - like manna(s)
Jesus gets all my votes - (+ him who hates bananas)

Truly, that past blessing - From Tempke's ministry
Stopped this fool from stressing - God, from you, why'd I flee?

Thanks, Mike, for this blower - And trimmer soon possessed
Should you need a mower - You've got TWO! Do you jest?!

Just a joke I'm teasing, all I have is yours
If it's not displeasing - take my bills and chores

That's my tale, no waiver - nor "splaining" will you hear
But for just one favor - Rent free? Your house? A year?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

To Al Gore, with love...

One dull December, mourn

An endless campaign remains

In Youtube "light"

Vapors rise from

Gaseous, greed-filled libs

Founders bones now spin

For a crazed American

Our fathers' stood on faith and reason

Al Gores' creed rejects them

His "thoughts", so starched

Swindling, it starts with the U.N.

Who will tax your exhalations!

New world "preachers"

Kill babies, unborn

Norsemen ready the syrup

Poured in ears of "useful" "friends"

Their, hell sent, committee

Like flies on the dung

Snow leopard sighs

"By protection I've thrived,

So, who needs these tools?"

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Friday, December 04, 2009

Post (that never posted) over at Cross Examined dot org

from Dr. Frank Tureks' Cross Examined blog site:

//...the rings in a tree stump give you information, a decaying corpse can tell you all sorts of things. An intelligent mind is not needed to create this information, and yet the information is still ‘actual’.//

God created the tree (and the mind of the man who invented the chainsaw, allowing the unscrupulous "scientifical politicist" to intentionally misrepresent its neatly exposed rings) and, the now decaying corpse of, the human being. Having set in motion all creation, it only follows that His intelligent mind is behind every process His creation goes through, even if its "only" to the extent that he gave our minds free will to obey or disobey Him. His eternal nature points up that fact so, given this reality, the above does not include information free of an intelligent mind. Far from it. From start: "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God." John 1:1 - To finish: (Jesus speaking) "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." Mark 13:31

As to infinity, it appears as though some are trying to fit Him into their idea of what that means. We can only understand it in the abstract so, how can one claim that He disobeys the laws of His own making? Why can't He be infinitely small, for instance, if it suits his purpose(s) at any given moment? Or infinitely absent? Or moving? Diverse? Invisible? Present? (Jesus speaking, "...My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness...." 2nd Cor. 12:9 "Blessed are the poor {broken/contrite} in spirit : for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.") In Jesus dwelt, "the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col.2:9) and yet He struggled with His flesh and went to the Cross like a lamb! The lamb of God! Why? Could it be that He is infinitely humble? What the nonbeliever is saying is, in essence, "If God is infinite, He must -according to my finite ability to understand infinity- act ONLY in accordance to what (I comprehend) infinity allows for." Its all about context. If you were right in your assumption(s) of what infinity is then, yeah, God would adhere to THAT reality but, I don't think a finite being can know the true meaning of the great "I am" so who are we to presume what "constrains" Him? The pharisees held themselves above Him, and that is why they took up stones against Him: "Because... being a man (He made of Himself) God." John 10:33

Don't ask me, or any other human, what means forever. That may be the crux of it: literal atheists won't believe in anything they won't see and believe that, eventually, ALL things can/will be discerned while theists accept that what is readily apparent to the mind, being endowed with a spark of His divine spirit, is sufficient for this life "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." 1st Tim. 3:16 And we are happy for it, not indignant at the very notion that we might not be privy to all knowledge of His creation.
That is why we worship Him and not it.

Look at it this way: "For God so loved Tim, that He gave His only begotten..." When the truth in that statement hits you flush in your heart, you will fall in love and spend the rest of your life seeking His will. May God bless you and touch your heart with His love divine.