If I could give a person any gift, it would be a vision of God’s glory. A full and loving response would flow from that vision and sustain him at every turn.

“Life in community is no less than a necessity for us — it is an inescapable ‘must’ that determines everything we do and think. Yet it is not our good intentions or efforts that have been decisive in our choosing this way of life. Rather, we have been overwhelmed by a certainty — a certainty that has its origin and power in the Source of everything that exists. We acknowledge God as this Source. We must live in community because all life created by God exists in a communal order and works toward community.”

—Eberhard Arnold

No more front-page posting with the change of @WordPress theme. Why is that not more of a feature in themes? Here an experiment: sending a draftin.com file directly to randal.us. Ought to work.

A good measure of one’s spiritual condition is certainly that status of their faith, hope, and especially love. If one is to take inventory, this is the place to begin.

These Three Again | i read the word

Writer quotes several Bible texts where the three are mentioned together. A good “inventory” for self, if you’re already thinking of new year. (Wait, it’s not Thanksgiving yet!) Or good to do any time.

Envy Crucified Jesus | Dr. Roger E. Dickson Blog

When it came to the final hours of Jesus’ ministry, and prior to His crucifixion, Matthew recorded the true motives of the religious leaders. Even the unbelieving Pilate to whom the religious leaders delivered Jesus, knew their motives: “For he knew that the chief priests had delivered Him because of envy” (Mk 15:10; see Mt 27:18). The situation at the time of the crucifixion was as it was when Paul stood before resistent Jews in Antioch of Pisidia: “But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy. And contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed those things that were spoken by Paul” (At 13:45). The religious leaders of the day behaved as was stated by Aeschylus: “No man is a complete failure until he begins disliking men who succeed.”

Be sure to read the last quote. Not biblical, but good. Also check his next post about greed crucifying Jesus.

Time to tinker again with the randal.us microblog. I’ve activated the posting by email. So here goes an experiment. I’m an email guy. It goes way back. Shows my age, I know. New theme, too. Trying it, at least. So here goes.

1. It’s just not complicated. Not like we can’t understand it. More like we don’t want it God’s way.

2. Some people need a spiritual Heimlich Maneuver.

3. Water is a blessed thing, until there’s too much of it.

4. Another support loss coming up in 2018. (An individual will no longer be able to help.) Will it be the first of several?

5. It may be a cliché, but the request to “guide, guard, and direct” is not a bad one at all.

6. A quatrain:

On God we wait and fully rely,
Our sufferings give us sharpest pain,
To him we raise our voice and cry,
We seek his will to make it plain.

7. A verse: “The godly face many dangers, but the Lord saves them from each one of them” Psalm 34.19.