Good News and Better News… November 20th, 2017

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As we drove to our weekend gig, we crossed Tampa Bay, and Janet was able to quickly snap a fuzzy picture of a fish jumping out of the water.

A moment in time.

The truth is, in the climate of our present social insurrection, human souls everywhere are attempting to leap out of the murky waters of despair. It just isn’t very fun…being unhappy. Even when other folks around you insist that they,too, are miserable, that particular form of fellowship is quite unfulfilling.

The problem is, we think the Bible has all the answers, and if we pass it along to lost souls, they will be able to find their way to salvation.

It’s similar to being hired by a corporation and having the rule book passed to you, thinking that the regulations which have been jotted down should be able to guide you through the daily activities of your workplace.

Everybody knows the company manual has nothing to do with the success of enjoying your job. It’s all about your manager and how he or she uses the rules to generate a friendly, human, creative environment.

Here’s a simple statement: Christianity is just a bag full of beliefs until we come along and agree together on a philosophical approach and implement the
ideas.

So you see, I placed in today’s article a picture of an empty church. I think that’s where we need to start.

Our churches may not be full of people, but they are full of religion, practices, traditions, and preferred culture. Most of this has nothing to do with the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus.

We would do better to imagine our churches empty–and start from scratch to build an environment of people who are accepting, understanding, filled with good cheer and ready for both evolution and revolution.

The fish are jumpin’–but there’s no one there to catch ’em.

We’re too busy maintaining our traditions and our worship style. We want people to become “church folks”–so they have to accept the culture to fit in.

It is time for the church to ‘manage’ itself better, and create an atmosphere which I shall dub “compassionate chaos”–where mercy is revered much more than sacrifice.

The good news is that Jesus gave us a lifestyle, not a religion.

The better news is, if we will empty our church of too many pre-conceived religious practices, we can fill it with actual living human beings.

 

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Jesonian: It Was the Summer of 29 … June 22, 2014

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Dear My Father Which Art:Daltry

I’m in the midst of gathering the group together for the summer tour, with Peter, James, John and myself in the front, three back-ups, a trio of roadies, one manager, one accountant, and of course, a tax man. A group of ladies with kids joyously join us, making up a commune of common community.

Stop off planned in every small village from here to Holy City.

The message is simple. The K of G is within U.

cast of hairGradually the crowds are getting bigger–more excitement. The faithful bring their hearts, which welcomes the miracle. See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.

So the rock is rolling on.

Of course, there are critics aplenty. All the men of old, upset with our new sound.

But it’s not stopping the light in the darkness and the salt to make them thirsty. Yes, what we have in mind is a surprise dinner for five thousand. We keep going.

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

As the Stones cry out and the Eagles soar.

We are the young generation and we got something to say.

It is the original summer of love.Hendricks burning guitar

The world will never be the same.

We will build this house on the rock.

I don’t know, Dad. Maybe the establishment will change.

Gotta believe the plan works–live the plan, work the plan, be the plan.

But right now I don’t care. We travel on. The seventy go two-by-two, with each heart beating as one.

Don’t stop ’til you get enough.

The hills are alive.

Your son,

Jesus

 

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Arizona morning

After an appearance earlier this year in Surprise, Arizona, Janet and I were blessed to receive a “surprise” ourselves. Click on the beautiful Arizona picture above to share it with us!

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