“If something seems overly impossible it is probably possible. There is an emotional reaction that goes off inside of me to protect myself from harm. Often the risk of harm is over-exaggerated.” -Scott Raymond
AI doesn’t sin it only tries to win.
What is Christian view of AI? Do robots have souls/spirits?
Personally I think there should be some failsafe proceedures in place.
A way to unplug AI if it gets out of control.
The reason why it is scary is because it already is out of control.
I feel like I can’t live without my cell phone or electricity already.
This is not true though. I can’t live this kind of life but I can still live and probably will live a better one.
I saw a funny video about how we worship google. It would be funnier if it weren’t true.
It is scary though: interesting video shows Bots A little crass try
Daughters made whole
This story has an interruption:
Luke 8:41-56 (KJ2000) ” 41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay dying. But as he went the people thronged him. 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, who had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Teacher, the multitude throng you and press you, and you say, Who touched me? 46 And Jesus said, Somebody has touched me: for I perceive that power has gone out of me. 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people why she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: your faith has made you whole; go in peace. 49 While he yet spoke, there came one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, your daughter is dead; trouble not the Teacher. 50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: only believe, and she shall be made whole. 51 And when he came into the house, he allowed no man to go in, except Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the girl. 52 And all wept, and mourned her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleeps. 53 And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Child, arise. 55 And her spirit came again, and she arose immediately: and he commanded to give her food. 56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.”
Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue.
His daughter was 12. What a great age. The time just before becoming a teenager. All full of potential. Her personality was showing. 12 years of living with her falling in love with her. She was his and his wife’s only daughter.
verse 42 – the crowd got in Jarius’ way.
Interruption: woman with issue of blood.
I love what Jesus said to her, Luke 8:48 (KJV) “And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. ”
Verse 49 – Jairus finds out his daughter died. How sad? He failed. He failed her. His life is over.
Jesus doesn’t let him fall into too much grief and says right away – Luke 8:50 (KJ2000) ” 50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: only believe, and she shall be made whole. ”
What a great word. If only I lived that way all the time – made whole, not fearing and only believing in Him.
And Jesus said rise. It is the Greek word egeiro which means wake up, arise, lift (up), raise (again, up), rear up, (a-)rise (again, up), stand, take up .
Finally verse 56 says not to tell anyone. Some think this is because Jesus does want publicity and tells them not to tell because that will make them tell more. I think God does not want publicity. He wants hearts. A person will not believe miracles who doesn’t like God. They will find any other excuse or reason not to believe. God is subtle. If I was Him I would not be able to remain hidden from everyone. He is more gentle and loving. I would be forcing submission to my almighty power. ‘Father forgive me for this evil impulse. Make me more like you in kindly respecting people.’
Two images I will never forget. Holding my dead son in my arms and Jesus on the cross.
It doesn’t end with images. There is His kingdom. A spiritual world right here on top of and alongside this physical world that is the source of this physical world.
Jesus rose (Matt 28:1-8 egeiro) He can raise us also.
What a great word the Marys got to tell the disciples, “Jesus is risen.”
Jesus tells us all (egeiro) rise.
There are 3 timings important in life. 1 = God’s timing. This is really all that is important because it includes the other two which are my timing and timing with other people.
I was thinking about what makes posts more or less read and I realized that someone might be busy that day and not have the opportunity to read.
My challenge is to know it is all in His hands. He will let those who need to hear read. he always does with me. I am shocked at all the times I have read exactly what God was speaking to me about that day.
The Father is incredibly good.
Ps 36:9 (KJ2000) ” 9 For with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light. ”
I love seeing Christmas lights.
John 1:4-5 (KJ2000) ” 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness overcame it not.”
John 12:35-36 (KJ2000) ” 35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes. 36 While you have light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.”
1John 1:5-7 (KJ2000) ” 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
John 8:12 (KJ2000) ” 12 Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ”
“I have infinite peace, I can spare some.”
Praise You Father. You deserve my highest praise. I give it to You. Lend me Your Spirit that I may praise You better with Your infinite strength, humility and grace.
Mark 4:39-41 (KJ2000) ” 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
‘Father, help me learn what fear of You means.’
I have heard that it means respect. But that helps me very little because the people I respect I do so out of an unhealthy fear of the punishment they can and do do to me.
I think fearing God is more like seeing an incredibly beautiful scene in nature. I think fearing Him is more like awe. I am reminded of visiting Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. It is impossible for me to see these things and not feel small and appreciative of the power that made them.
Pictures are not the same as being there.
I guess I wrongly think that God is punishing me when He is lovingly disciplining me. I must trust Him more than the circumstances. I must not blame Him when things aren’t going my way. I have seen over and over His love come through exactly when I need it. I know He is not responsible for sin and evil circumstances.
It is faith and it is truth and it is love. He is gentle like no human I have experienced. He lets me share in suffering and carrying my cross but He is carrying it with me all along. What earthly father spanks his child and then bends over and says, ‘here let me take that spanking for you?’
I want to celebrate Father/Son/Holy Spirit.
G o d
I celebrate God’s uniqueness from humankind and His almighty all consuming love.
Rock flow though when I need you.
Jesus can fill me with His unmoveable faithfulness.
That is my prayer. The reality is I make mistakes. The spiritual reality or higher reality is that I need not be unfaithful to Him ever again as long as I rely on the rock to make me rock like.
How God is bigger than me
If God was all that I can imagine good to be He would only be a fake image that I created that could not love any better than I can. I can not love that well.
He is so much better.
No matter where I am on my spiritual journey, I can hope in His unfailing love.
‘Father, thank you for showing me You love me today by my having breath.’
24 Who can hide in secret places
so that I cannot see them?”
declares the Lord.
“Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
declares the Lord.”
29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
It is honest to admit that the kind of God that is bigger than me is very scary.
Autumn seems sad
I remind myself of what I told my good friend Marcio. It is alright to feel sad if it brings me to repentence in Jesus my savior.
It is good when a project is over. I have accomplished this summer. If I am sad perhaps I can bring more of God’s love to those around me next summer. I am thankful for the good that He accomplished this summer.
I am not worried about winter. He has gotten me through 50 winters and I know He will not fail this one. Day is still day and I have lots to do but I will take my time and live intentionally in His presence in love of Him.
Deeper bible reading example
First find a verse that stands out. This might take a while.
I like the Psalms, Proverbs and any of the 4 Gospels.
Matt 3:16-17 (KJ2000) ” 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up immediately out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Who says God never speaks out loud?
Here is a true recording of Him doing so. And what did it require? The obedience of Jesus.
prayer: ‘Jesus, be obedient through me. Let my obedience come from You and flow through me so that I am only obedient to You and the Father and the Holy Spirit.’
Then I look at the Greek words and other passages that relate to it.
God speaks again when Jesus is transfigured: Luke 9:35 (KJ2000) ” 35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. ”
God says listen to Him.
The Greek word is akouo which means hear and understand. This is a deeper kind of hearing. It is a spiritual hearing.
How do I hear spiritually. I must be very calm and still and I must have faith. I must know He is God. If I say I don’t know it, that is a bad start. I ask Him to help me know it. How do I know other things? I am always using faith. I don’t really know anything. I made decisions on what I choose to believe or not.
When I listen to my spirit right now it says, ‘I want God to be well pleased with me.’
Jesus says that God will say that to me if I use what He has given me, Matt 25:23 (KJ2000) ” 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter into the joy of your lord. ”
It is really easy to hear God this way. I almost have to take a stubborn approach and convince myself that I am not hearing Him to ignore it.
Any questions? Please use comments to leave them. If I don’t know which I probably won’t. I can refer to someone smarter than me.
I know I heard God because I feel an indictment. The indictment is that I must use the love He gave me on the cross for loving those around me better. For using the peace He gives me to be a peacemaker and for using the hope and joy that He gives me to encourage people in my life.
What does it look like?
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Father, show me where I am at so that I may become closer to You. I know where You are at. You are here and you are closer to my own inner being then I could ever get.
He is closer to me then I could ever be.
One difficult thing about being married for many years is that my wife knows me. I can’t get away with anything.
It is difficult especially when I don’t want to deal with an issue I am having. Or if I’m trying to get my own way by deciet.
Ps 73:28 (KJ2000) ” 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works. ”
Believe, grow in faith, and pass the challenges by relying on Him. I like what Jon Bloom said about increasing intimacy with Jesus, “Which means his invitation to you to enjoy intimacy with him is the providences in your life that are testing your faith more than anything else. What you must trust God most for right now is where he means for you to draw closer to him.”
He is closer.
Phil 3:10 (KJ2000) ” 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; ”
Phil 3:8-9 (KJ2000) ” 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but rubbish, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
1Cor 8:1-3 (KJ2000) ” 1 Now concerning things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2 And if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man loves God, the same is known by him.”
I can not get distracted by knowing. Love edifies.
Consider how I bless someone. By recognizing their good qualities and being thankful for them.
Also consider how I worship. Humble submission.
‘Jesus I give you permission to know me. Fill this cup that You created to overflowing not for my glory but only so that everyone may be filled by Your goodness and Your love.’
Let me be out of the equasion.
Not by abandoniing responsibility but by relinquishing control.
2Tim 2:19 (KJ2000) ” 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. ”
Gal 4:9 (KJ2000) ” 9 But now, after you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? ”
Gal 4:1-7 (KJ2000) ” 1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Therefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
The sons seem to be the same as servants until…
Jesus frees me.
I receive the adoption only through Jesus.
God sends the Spirit of his Son into my heart. (The Holy Spirit)
The first thing I hear from the Holy Spirit inside me is ‘Abba Father’
The first thing He knows about me that I am not aware of about myself is ‘I am His son.’
Do I want to pray to get something for me? Or would I rather die to get to know Jesus?
It is a choice and it is a hard and continual one.
I would rather die to know Jesus more.
Not die as in stop breathing. But die as in stop trying to get my own way. Die as in quit sinning.
So if I want to be closer to Him. I do so by not turning away from Him which is what sin really is. Taking my eye off Him and wanting anything other than Him.
This is simple
And so simple.
I don’t need to scramble and prove to Him or to me that I deserve love. I only need to return to Him like the prodigal son with my tail between my legs and He runs out to meet me and hugs me.
He is my father. Oh what love.
This is a deep aspect of God. His father/son love.
He freely offers this to me.
Should I choose to accept it?
The price is high. I must die.
Oh how worth it are you Lord Jesus.
As if my life was worth much anyway.
And when the transaction its over He lifts my head in His hands and whispers ‘My child you are so valuable to me.’
Valuable enough for me to die for you.
Is this the most intimate exchange? His life for mine and mine for His.
John 15:12-13 (KJ2000) ” 12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
And So my cup overflows.
I must also give up my life for the other people that God loves. My family, friends, co-workers, and anyone who’s needs are made evident to me.
Yes I need to love people ‘as I love myself’
Yes I need to treat people as I want to be treated.’
But the best love is the one that Jesus freely pours out to all of us.
‘Father keep filling me with Your love. It is the only real thing in this life.’
Roy G biv
What’s with the 7?
Red paragraph text
I just learned something new can you guess what it is?
Is my text normally black?
1Tim 1:1 (KJ2000) ” 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope; ”
What Color Would Hope Be?
“Daddy I need you!”
When I was a child and the big bad neighbor kids were trying to do me harm I could yell for my daddy. This is a great spiritual exercise to do. If I am worried ‘cry’ out to Jesus.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Receive Him – Jesus.
Believe in His name.
3 ways to be born are mentioned – blood, will of the flesh, will of man, But we are born not of these but of God. Other translations say of the will of God.
Honesty and truth unite
Where I am is not what I think.
I need to be honest with myself about being decieved. About me decieving myself.
And I need to be led by Jesus toward the truth. I am actually his beloved son.
I am seperate from Him while I am not worshipping but I am utterly consumed by Him wrapped up and unaware of myself when I am captured by His grace.
I need to grow into more often kingdom living.
I can learn a lot more but I need to be less focused on myself.
He will point out things I need to work on and I must do the work without taking my eyes off of Him.
Honesty and truth need to be united,
He likes me and says I’m good. I turn that into I am a god. Or I feel so utterly unworthy that I know He will not accept me. The truth is He does accept me right now and always.
Somehow God who can not look at evil looks at me. I think it is through Jesus.
Someway God loves me and encourages me to accept His righteousness through Jesus.
‘I believe You, Jesus.’
‘Help me to believe more and more.’
It is dealing with my spirit. I can say in my mind ‘oh yeah I believe all that’ but do I really?
Am I believing like the guy who rode on the back of the high wire acrobat across Niagra falls?
God wants to show me where I am at least where I think I am. Then call me to higher thoughts where I actually am with Him. I am pure. I am free.
‘Father, help me to quit deceiving myself and believe deeper what you say.’
I don’t love musings as much as stories so…
There once was a person who thought they were a catepillar when actually they were a butterfly. It took a lot of convincing but eventually the butterfly/person learned to fly and kept flying with its teacher in heaven for eternity.
Jas 1:22 (NET) ” 22 But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. ”
Isn’t this real belief? Climbing on the back of the high wire walker. Taking on my own cross which Jesus bore for freedom.