Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Mercy Papers 8

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Reclaim the Bow

Discovering Original Mercy

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The Mercy Papers (8)

Coupled with worship which is the only indispensable activity of people who honor God as Source, Starter, Sovereign, and Savior, discovering and extending original grace and mercy is the best way to love like God to love Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Blessing Him thusly yields personal and corporate benefits.

Jesus: “The mercy you give to others will be the mercy you get from God…If you forgive others, you will be forgiven by God.”

The corollary is damning.

Existential heavenliness and hellishness have eternal consequences.

While predestination yields to the ultimate sovereignty of God judging eternal destiny, volition is emphasized with greater frequency by Jesus and throughout Holy Scripture.

The paradox is comforting.

No one can defer, deter, or detour God’s saving sovereignty.

God wins sooner or later, usually sooner than later, and definitely in the end.

It’s predestined.

Choice or the decision to receive Jesus into the head, heart, and gut as Lord and Savior or not  is the responsibility of all who have heard His inclusive call to existential confidence in the assurance of eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus.

Succinctly, we are predestined by God yet must choose between God and idolatries.

Rather than deepening intellectual befuddlement, knowledge of God’s predestination and our volitional responsibility generates strong calm sanity in knowing, again, no one can defer, deter, or detour God’s saving sovereignty regardless of confirmed or contradicted choice.

Because predestination is God’s prerogative, we concentrate on personal volitional responsibility as we praise God for His unalterably predestined ultimate victory shared by grace through faith in Jesus.

Candidly, that paradox is embraced in enthusiastic esteem for God while acknowledging God as divine is more than we as human can comprehend.

Simply, God is God and we are not.

Part of honoring God for sharing ultimate heavenly victory and existential confidence in the meantime is loving Him by loving like Him with agape through grace and mercy.

A mentor once explained: “If you are holding back from God in any part of your life, you will not experience His full pleasure until you yield to God in every part of your life that you are holding back from Him.”

Then he would say, “I want you to take a moment and identify every part of your life that you are holding back from God.”

Finally, he challenged, “Until you yield/surrender those parts of your life to God, you will not experience His full pleasure.  Now you know why you are not filled completely with joy, peace, and calm.  You can never be completely whole and happy until you are completely His.  Now you know the antidote for what is ailing you.  As long as you are holding back any part of your life from God, you will not experience His full pleasure.”

Yes, we are saved for eternal paradise by grace through faith in Jesus; and we can experience more and more and more of His goodness/pleasure in time by yielding/surrendering more and more and more of our affections, aspirations, and actions to His prescribed will for our lives in Jesus by the book.

Among the hardest parts of our lives to yield/surrender to God is our stubborn resistance even disinterest in forgiveness.

Unlike God, we hold so tenaciously, furiously, and self-destructively to our angers, resentments, and retaliatory lusts.

Getting even, getting over, and getting away rebel against His call to get along, overcome, and reconcile through Him.

Hence, our lives are dominated by dysfunction, distance, divorce, and relational death in time with the warning of eternal consequences from God for our irregular, irascible and irreconcilable instincts enabled by emotional and intellectual rationalizations.

Again, we can be healed by discovering agape and expressing it/Him through grace and mercy: “The mercy you give to others will be the mercy you get from God…If you forgive others, you will be forgiven by God.”

Amending the aforementioned mentor’s counsel, “If you are holding back forgiveness from anyone, you will not experience God’s forgiveness.  I want you to take a moment and think of anyone that you have not forgiven.  Now you know why you are not experiencing the joy, peace, calm, and eternal security of God’s forgiveness.  Now you know the antidote for what’s ailing you.”

Sage in Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin: “God’s wisdom teaches me…when I help others, I’m really helping myself.”

It/He happens when we reclaim the bow by discovering original mercy.

Evolutionary Updates

TMP (8) contributors are B&B.

Tax-deductible donations to support the movement’s initiatives to attract inquiry can be made by sending checks to The Grove (4210 Countryside Estates, Poplar Grove, Illinois 61065) or First Presbyterian Church (221 N. Main Street, Belvidere, Illinois 61008) and writing “Reclaim the Bow” in the memo.  

We encourage you to forward, duplicate, and disseminate TMPs.


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Blessings and Love!

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Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Reference for Pastor

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    We've got some really good pastors in Belvidere and Boone County, Illinois.

    Of course, I said some.

    I don't like most clergy, like me, because they often agree with the last person that they've talked to like bad sentences ending in prepositions.

    Any connection between too many pastors and Jesus by the book is purely coincidental.

    Fortunately, I was asked to write a reference for one of the good ones.

    We'll call him Adam because, uh, that's his name.

    Here goes...

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    I don't like most clergy.

    Though I've been ordained over 40 years and been a pastor for longer than that along with stints as a professor of homiletics and police chaplain, most pastors follow their franchises more than Jesus by the book.

    Most pastors, like me, fall into the mocking lament of Jesus in Matthew 15 and 23.

    Enough.

    I'm just trying to establish some credibility before commending Adam to you as a gem amid the fiberglass.

    God knows along with anyone remotely related to Him that too many of today's clergy enable apostasy in their denominations and congregants because their need to be liked by people exceeds their desire to love the Lord.

    Adam encourages my faith and faith of so many in Belvidere, Boone County, and beyond because he looks up, stands up, speaks up, and acts up for Jesus with consistently contagious enthusiasm without equivocation.

    Knowing denominations are idolatries and insult the One who loved us to death to overcome our idolatrous discriminations, segregations, and degradations, Adam prays and labors with other remnantal pastors to salt, shine, and leavenate.

    His warm pastoral care is matched by Matthew 10:16 acuity; evangelizing, discipling, and protecting people in a Judeish and Matthew 12:43-45 kinda way.

    In short, if I ever retire, which I won't unless forced by assassination or the minority who hate me becoming the majority, I would feel privileged to have Adam as our family pastor.

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    Yes, there are many really faithful pastors in our neck of the woods.

    If you're interested in knowing more about them, just call and I'll tell you how to get in touch with them so you can worship under their undershepherding to the Good Shepherd.

    I was going to provide a list for you; but I'd probably forget a name or four.

    Besides, they're in the book...if you know what He means.

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Blessings and Love!

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Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

The Mercy Papers - 7

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Most of us lose our way several times in life's journey; especially when things don't turn out as we think they should. It discourages us; and lest we forget, our default setting is sin, doubt, and defeat (look at David). That's why our faith isn't based on feelings or circumstances. Jesus Himself said, "In this life, YOU WILL face many troubles..." We can know the Word exhaustively but if we don't allow it to be "alive and active" in our lives impacting our beliefs and behaviors (our choice), then, again, we always fall back to our default setting.
Knowing the thing we need to do most is to spend time with God, the enemy guilts us into believing God doesn't want anything to do with us and won't forgive us; so we isolate ourselves from Him. This is the critical point. Are we willing to come as we are and be real with God and ourselves? One thing the Church has done poorly over the centuries is not allowing people to be real. The Bible is all about human failure and our need for a Savior. Authentic Christianity is not about rules over relationships but about relationships in which the rules are there to guide us and keep us from being hopelessly lost. 

Remember, Christianity is not about how good we are or can become but about how great, gracious, and merciful He is! 


We reclaim the bow when we discover His original mercy and love Him by loving each other and others like Him.

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    TMP (7) is from B&B with major contributor Dan Pope who is Senior Pastor of Belvidere, Illinois' Open Bible Church.

    Resting in His providential provision at call, we await the release of resources to attract inquiry.  Your seed money can be sent to The Grove (4210 Countryside Estates, Poplar Grove, Illinois 61065) or First Presbyterian Church (221 N. Main Street, Belvidere, Illinois 61008).  Please write "Reclaim the Bow" in the memo.

    Forward, duplicate, and disseminate TMPs.

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Blessings and Love!

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Shatter the sound of silence!

Wake up!  Look up!  Stand up!  Speak up!  Act up for Jesus!

Salt!  Shine!  Leavenate!

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