Is that really You, God?

Hearing and knowing God’s voice is foundational to discipleship. “He calls his own sheep by name and leads them …and his sheep follow him because they know his voice” (John 10:3-4).  The scriptures are full of instructions and corrections to people’s subjective experiences and claims about God. Listen to God’s voice with an open Bible.  Expect God to speak to you when you read the Bible. It functions as an instruction or “Owners” manual to illustrate how people through history have heard God’s voice, what His voice is like and what it is “not” like. They provide an important valuable safety net to the churches tendency to error and deception. I have spent a lifetime reading and studying the scriptures and I love them. I worry about people who say they don’t need the Bible. It has always made me hungry and thirsty to know God for myself the way David and Daniel and Peter and John and Moses and Jesus knew Him. It constantly challenges the poverty of my experience with God and calls me further and deeper and higher. Could we do without the Bible? Yes. Most believers before the invention of the printing press did not have access to the scriptures in their own language.  I have been in remote villages in China where most of the people are following Jesus but there have been no Bibles for more than 50 years. We have the Holy Spirit who inspired the scripture.  He has been given to us to “lead us into all Truth.”  Knowing the scriptures is no substitute for knowing the Author any more than reading a love letter is a substitute for knowing the lover. But why would I want to ignore her letters to me? They help me to know her better.

John Cooke – jfcooke.com

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Foolishness

It does seem pretty foolish to tackle the really big questions like the Meaning of Life, World Peace and the future of planet earth, but I can’t seem to help myself. Besides, I haven’t got anything better to do

I’m not trying to compete or even debate with the great philosophers or religions.  Certainly, better people than me have beaten their heads against these questions and left us with their wisdom and foolishness.

A guy they used to call the wisest man came up with this conclusion:

“Meaningless, Meaningless!” says the preacher… “Everything is meaningless.”

“Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and foolishness, but I learned that this too is chasing after the wind.  For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;  the more knowledge, the more grief.” Ecclesiastes 1:2,17-18 NIV

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  But, if your anything like me,  there’s something that keeps driving you down this road. Your welcome to join me and comment as the spirit moves.  If by some miracle you find any of this helpful, please let me know.

For the Royal Family

Apparently Family is at the center of the universe and fundamental to the administration and government of both heaven and earth. We are not so much governed “by” as governing “with” the Family. Not so much “subjects” of the galactic Government as we are “co-heirs” and therefore co-administrators.

I bow my knee before the Father, from whom every family  (and all fatherhood)         in heaven and earth derives its name” (or finds its identity).

Eph 3:14-15 (parentheses mine)