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The Cloud, old definiton with new meaning

12/18/2016: Physical clouds in the sky take all types of forms, most are beautiful, especially as they roll in from across Lake Michigan [In the summer :)] Then the scripture says that the return of Christ in Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him…” Before universal television that idea did not seem a tangible reality.  Now it is. Then it occurred to me that the Internet, web, millions of cell phones that now store and recieve images from what is now called “the cloud” is expanded potential for “every eye to see him” Of course God is not limited to TV nor the Internet’s cloud, but I could not help but seeing evidence either in or from the cloud.

A Gift that is both Good and Perfect; Definitions

12/18/2016: I came across gifting that would be both good and perfect today.  I was curious about the definitions thereof.  So looked at the following and they turned out to be similar if not the same definitions. James 1: 17 “Every good” Virtuous, Right, Commendable, Benevolent, Competent, Skillful. “Every perfect” Virtuous,  Right, Commendable, Kind, Benevolent, Competent, Skillful. King James Bible Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. International Standard Version Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father who made the heavenly lights, in whom there is no inconsistency or shifting shadow. JB Phillips But every good endowment that we possess and every complete gift that we have received must come from above, from the Father of all lights, with whom there is never the slightest variation or shadow of inconsistency..

White Lies Matter?

10/24/2016:  You would have to think that White Lies Matter.  They are not just “little white lies”.  They have now multipled into the definiton of deceit.

If this Scripture is True….

7/19/2016: If the following scripture is true, this is quite an indictment about our failed solutions and reason for increased awareness and productive action. Ephesians 2: 2. from the Amplified Bible. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the rebellious, the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God]. This says that the spirit at work in the disobedient, rebellious and unbelieving is the spirit of Satan.  If this is so, then it cannot be their upbringing or societal influences.  However, we can agree that they are victims, but of their own choices to comply with evil spirit influences. If true, the solution then is to rebuke and bind the evil spirits that are influencing the disobedient, rebellious and unbelieving in our society so they become partakers of real freedom.    

Two Book Questions

6/21/2016:  Question #1: Have you read a good book lately? Question #2: Have you read the Good Book lately?

Eulogy for Larry D. Fowler

5/26/2016: I met Larry in 1951 when we both were doing on the job training in the hospitality industry   We were student workers, washing pots and pans in the kitchen at Campbell Resident Hall for women at Michigan State University.  We have remained good friends ever since.  His accomplishments in athletics and his professional service to our community are well known.  What may not be so well known is what I want to speak about today.   Larry’s non legal vocabulary included four unique declarations; “torqued my jaws”, “going sideways”, Bingo, and Razzel Frats.  I am able to spell the first three, but not Razzel Frats.  It might be two words.  I think it has 11 letters.  He used it often on the golf course after an errant shot.  After a pause, in which I assume a 4 letter word probably crossed his mind he declared the 11 letter Razzel Frats.   His optimistic perspective was that he never said anything was going bad or down hill.  He saw what otherwise was not optimistic with the statement “maybe this thing will go sideways.”  That was even his outlook when facing certain death with metastatic malignant melanoma.  I knew the probable outcome, but his view making future decisions was “if this thing goes sideways”.   His expression for something or some one who really did him wrong was to state that it or they really “torqued my jaws”.  This was another polite expression for what many of us would use more colorful language.   So most of us who knew Larry heard these expressions, but maybe we did not fully understand his world view.  He was not religious.  He told me his paternal grandparents were very religious; never missed church or a prayer meeting.  His maternal side of the family was not, according to Larry.  However, Larry did live by certain Biblical principles.  When asked about his religious perspectives he emphatically stated he lived by the Golden Rule.  End of discussion.  For completeness, the Biblical reference is found in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31.  Everyone who knows him or has had any dealings with him knows that his actions confirmed that belief.  He knew the reference was Biblical, but formal religion did not appeal to him.  This is not too unusual, since organized religion has it flaws.   However, Larry is more spiritual than you might think.  Perhaps you noticed I have been using the presence tense.  Let me explain.  My perspective is that we as people live temporarily in an earth suit, our body.  Common thinking is to see the earth suit as synonymous with the person.  That is not so.  We the people live inside this temporary housing.  As a medical doctor let me say there is very good scientific evidence that the earth suit is temporary housing.  Larry exists in our hearts and minds but he still exists, absent this earth suit.   I have been privileged to many spiritual discussions with Larry, short as they may have been.   He related once in a retort that the One True God spoke a prophetic word to him about something only God could know.  He elaborated so as to convince me.  So he was not unfamiliar with God.  He knew for certain the source of that message.   He knew it was spiritual, not mental or physical. The message was confirmed as true, so it was not a lying, unholy spirit.  He knew it was the Holy Spirit of God.   In recent days he had reason to invite the Holy Spirit to take residence in his Life.  He embraced the Love of God, by acknowledging out loud that Jesus Christ is who he said he is and there was salvation in no other name in heaven and earth.  At that moment he said the Holy Spirit was not just the one who sent him a prophetic message many years ago, but now a person who took residence with his very being.  This is known as a born again experience.  Kind of interesting to have a birth experience so close to physical death.  His birth experience was spiritual, not physical.   I have never witnessed someone so at peace with their circumstances.  He did not say “this torques my jaws”.  I did not hear “razzle frats”.  I did hear in his last days here on earth, “this thing might be going sideways”.   So let me say that Larry exists not only in our memory, or better yet in our hearts and minds, but he lives today. Something really good has happened.  The Lord God of this universe became a tangible reality to him in the person of Jesus and the Holy Spirit…..and as Larry would say ….. BINGO.

Tis the Set of the Sail and Not the Gale than Determines our Destiny

4/4/2016: “Tis the Set of the Sail and Not the Gale than Determines our Destiny” is a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox that came to my mind today as I discussed competitive sailing with my grandson, Christopher Heideman.  I first learned of this poem as the title was the motto of my graduating class at Royal Oak High School in 1951. But to every mind there openeth, A way, and way, and away, A high soul climbs the highway, And the low soul gropes the low, And in between on the misty flats, The rest drift to and fro. But to every man there openeth, A high way and a low, And every mind decideth, The way his soul shall go. One ship sails East, And another West, By the self-same winds that blow, ‘Tis the set of the sails And not the gales, That tells the way we go. Like the winds of the sea Are the waves of time, As we journey along through life, ‘Tis the set of the soul, That determines the goal, And not the calm or the strife.