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You can’t take it with you, or can you?

We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t take it with you.” In death we leave it all behind. The money, big house, hot car, all those material things we worked so hard for. We spent so much of our life pursueing these things, but what are they worth now? As Ecclesiastes would say, they pass to other hands, and who is to say that all your hard work does not end up in the hands of a fool?

However, there actually are a few things that go with you. Have you thought about it? Maybe not? We spend so much time pursueing the things we can’t take, and we fail to realize the old saying is not completely true! We would do well to seriously consider what will go with us in the grave.

I can think of three things that go with you. Maybe you can think of more, but for my purposes these three will do. Most important of all is your SOUL, this is your most valuable possession! However, your SOUL will be affected by the other two. When you realize how few things you can actually take with you, it should cause us to put a very high value on those items.

What value is your SOUL compared to earthly pleasures you may be seeking? The soul is eternal, and may be possessed by you eternally if you choose. What other possessions do you have that you can say that of? But God’s Word says you lost it! Sin has separated us from God and the wages of sin is death! What tragedy it is to lose the most important thing we can eternally possess!

This would be more tragic than losing your home, money, health, anything you may “think” you own, because you do not really own those things. You will let go of everyone of them. You will leave them behind as your SOUL passes through the veil of death to meet its Maker.

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matt. 16:26a)

Lose his own soul. His own soul. It’s yours to lose.

(Luke 21:19) “In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Jesus speaking to his disciples.)

So what are the other two things you take with you? Your words and deeds. These will be the things whereby your SOUL is judged. What do our words and deeds reveal about us? Your words and actions will reveal if you ever truely received Christ as your saviour. It will not be your words alone, but your words and deeds. God’s Word says you may judge a tree by its’ fruit.

True salvation, the saving of our soul so we may possess it eternally, will show up in your words and deeds. Not only when you speak those words of repentance unto God, admitting you are a sinner, and how sorry you are, and your desire to follow after him, but in your actions, proving if you meant those words or not.

You are your soul. If you die in a lost condition, then you have lost the most precious thing God gave you. You were born in this lost condition, and you failed to believe, you failed to make a right choice and accept God’s tremendous offer of grace. And for what reason? To pursue a bunch of stuff you can’t take with you? So sad.

This is my first time working my blogsite from the downtown Indianapolis Library. I am shoulder to shoulder with others. My Bible is spread open on the table as I write. Four different people have set next to me during this time. As I get better at this it is my hope that a door will open with someone.

I’m not use to the distractions going on around here, compared to my writing nook at home. I have struggled to write my thoughts today, but the potential is worth it. This is just my first time. We actually just got our Internet service back up at home for one-third the price we were paying, but I intend to come here 2-4 times a month, praying for a door to open, and then another, and another. It will happen.

I come here on Tuesdays because there is a Southern Baptist Home Group meeting in this downtown area at 7:00 pm. So I have this one big day a week. I work till four, hit the Library till 6:30, and the Home Group at 7:00. This is my Gotham. I can’t expect anything to happen if I’m not out here. Things are happening, and I hope to write more on those things soon.

LET THE RIPPLES GO FORTH!

 

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“Ripple Theology” #1

Theology = “The study of religious faith, practice, and experience, especially: the study of God and God’s relation to the world.” (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

WARNING: I woke up this morning and felt God moving on me so strong to write, write, write, write, write. I can’t explain this, but I want to warn everyone that I will be popping up a lot in your email, if you are a follower. Some of you may decide to delete me, and I understand if you do, but I hope you will simply ignore me when needed, and take advantage of those things that will INSPIRE.

I love metaphors that INSPIRE. As a teacher/writer, I love to paint a picture in our mind that we can strap a saddle to and ride that horse right through heaven’s gate. I awoke today flooded with ideas I simply must pursue with words on cyberspace.

Here is what you can expect coming.

More of the real life story of “Gotham”.

“Ripple Theology” > This was sparked by a poem I wrote recently and there is much more to be said about that poem, of which I will begin in this article.

“Batman Theology” > David understood what it meant to be a Caped Crusader for God, Caped in God’s “Covering”. There is much we need to learn about this. This teaching closely relates to the “Gotham” story I’ve been sharing. Also, since Batman dealt with some really nasty characters, I will be delving into the Book of Revelation and the Antichrist to some degree. These times are coming!

“J.E.D.I.” Theology >  Like the movie coming, there is an “Awakening” going on! God is on the move! Many times Hollywood, or the world, love to copy the things of God in a perverted form. Satan has a habit of this, as in his “unholy” trinity of the Antichrist, False Prophet, and the Beast.  J.E.D.I. Theology will focus a lot on “Holy Spirit, master me!” It will also speak of great Christian forefathers of the past who showed a great deal of spiritual mastery. “Mastery” is spoken of in scripture and encouraged. I will be using a book by Dick Staub, called: “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters” as an aid in these articles.

So, with these things in mind, let us begin our first teaching on “Ripple Theology”.

“RIPPLE THEOLOGY”

Here is how this poem came to be.  It was very early as I lay in bed and I knew I had a thirteen hour day of work ahead of me. I looked at the glow of the red numbers on the clock and saw there was ten minutes before the alarm would sound, and nothing in me wanted to get out of bed. WHY GET UP? IS IT REALLY WORTH IT? > Have you ever been there? Spiritual as we may be, sometimes the tedious day in and day out activities of this life just don’t seem worth it. Especially when you think about how great heaven is going to be. Why put so much effort into the here and now?

I work for a Security Company in a bad part of town. I knew I was going to spend eight hours strapped to a desk while watching cameras and checking people, and then another five hours patrolling a parking lot. My whole day was going to be nothing but work, and how was I to reach my own neighborhood, or any neighborhood like this? My passion, my heart is in discipleship, reaching and teaching a neighborhood, and 13 hours of security work sounded miserable as I lay in the warm bed of a cold house. Time to get up.

That was my mood, and I did not want to lose it, because I knew I could write something from it, something that would help me in the future, and perhaps help others. The desk work is actually pretty easy because the North desk is a low traffic area, I mostly watch cameras. I had learned to survive this boredom by doodling on poems. A small scrap of paper, a thought to ponder, you write a line or two and then watch the cameras as you ponder the thought for another line. It causes the time to fly and helps you stay alert for the cameras.

As I got to work, “Hey Don, You’re training John on the North desk today.” Hhmm, this was a first, because I am actually the parking lot guy and only fill in on the desk. Unexpectedly, a partner today. A chance to witness! But how? Well, no working on poems. Drat.

Turns out John was a young black man who already had a day on the desk, pretty much knew what to do, and did not like to talk. He wanted to play on his phone. I warned him about that and later he got in trouble for it, but in the meantime I couldn’t seem to spark any conversation, so I turned to my poem after all. Well, believe it or not, the poem is how I got to witness to John that day, and he loved it so much that he insisted I put it on facebook. He said my poem could change some lives. I believe this poem can too, if only people will take the time to look at the big picture, because that’s what this poem is, and that is what “RIPPLE THEOLOGY” is. Looking at the Big Picture.

You just don’t know what is in a day. I could have said to hell with everything else,(even though I don’t speak that way, but that is what my “actions” would have said), I could have just felt sorry for myself, called in sick and had a pity party all day, but I am more than just me, I am also responsible for the ripples I create, and Jesus said to live for the ripples, not yourself! Now read those first few lines while knowing my frame of mind.

“MORE THAN I KNOW”

Lord help me know the value of a soul…even my own.

These things we take for granted.

Another day?

The sun rises. / Just another day?

Is there really any such thing?

A stone drops in water.

Is that all I am?

Just the plunk of a stone?

Is that all I am?

Ker-plunk?

But no…

there are ripples.

Had I not gotten out of bed, this poem would not have been written, John would not have been witnessed to, a lost day’s income, and even this article would not have happened. The RIPPLE EFFECT goes on and on.

God’s word says we “REAP what we SOW.” We are a stone dropped in water, and sometimes we feel  like that is all we are, but no…WE ARE THE RIPPLES. There is much more to be said about “RIPPLE THEOLOGY”. Hope you enjoy.

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“Oswald Chambers”

“Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded.”

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