Surrounded By Sufficiency…

~ I need to be constantly reminded that we work against a background of sufficiency. We are surrounded by a sufficiency of sufficiencies.  Consider that…

God is sufficient.

His Word is sufficient (Psm. 19).

His grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9).

His guidance is sufficient.  (Is. 58:11, 46:4)

His past work on the Cross is sufficient (Heb. 9:26).

His future grace is sufficient (1 Pet. 1:13).

His future works are sufficient (Eph. 2:10)

His providential means are sufficient (Hos. 2:21-22) or if not then He Himself will be our sufficiency (1 Pet. 5:10).

~~~ Yet we may feel insufficient and the truth is that that is quite alright. In fact you can feel sufficient for all the wrong reasons and insufficient for all the right reasons.  Depend on Him.

Linkage: Going Deep with God by Having Him Carry Our Loads

Charles Hodge on the Atonement…

What more does any AntiAugustinian scheme provide?

The advocates of such schemes say, that the design of the work of Christ was to render the salvation of all men possible. All they can mean by this is, that if any man (elect or non-elect) believes, he shall, on the ground of what Christ has done, be certainly saved.

But Augustinians say the same thing.

Their doctrine provides for this universal offer of salvation, as well as any other scheme. It teaches that God in effecting the salvation of his own people, did whatever was necessary for the salvation of all men, and therefore to all the offer may be, and in fact is made in the gospel.

If a ship containing the wife and children of a man standing on the shore is wrecked, he may seize a boat and hasten to their rescue. His motive is love to his family; his purpose is to save them. But the boat which he has provided may be large enough to receive the whole of the ship’s company. Would there be any inconsistency in his offering them the opportunity to escape? Or, would this offer prove that he had no special love to his own family and no special design to secure their safety.

And if any or all of those to whom the offer was made, should refuse to accept it, some from one reason, some from another; some because they did not duly appreciate their danger; some because they thought they could save themselves; and some from enmity to the man from whom the offer came, their guilt and folly would be just as great as though the man had no special regard to his own family, and no special purpose to effect their deliverance.

Or, if a man’s family were with others held in captivity, and from love to them and with the purpose of their redemption, a ransom should be offered sufficient for the delivery of the whole body of captives, it is plain that the offer of deliverance might be extended to all on the ground of that ransom, although specially intended only for a part of their number.

Or, a man may make a feast for his own friends, and the provision be so abundant that he may throw open his doors to all who are willing to come. This is precisely what God, according to the Augustinian doctrine, has actually done. Out of special love to his people, and with the design of securing their salvation, He has sent his Son to do what justices the offer of salvation to all who choose to accept of it.

Christ, therefore, did not die equally for all men. He laid down his life for his sheep; He gave Himself for his Church. But in perfect consistency with all this, He did all that was necessary, so far as a satisfaction to justice is concerned, all that is required for the salvation of all men. So that all Augustinians can join with the Synod of Dort in saying, ‘No man perishes for want of an atonement.’

More Stuff to Process..

Legalism is formulaic: Do the right thing… receive the right bling.

Calls are not formulaic. Humans beings are not formulas.

dogged element of mystery…

Faith is not formulaic.
~ How Bartimaeus expresses faith is different from the Centurion. The Cent is calm and smooth. Bart is desperate and screaming.

Faith is both simple and complex. At times it is as elementary as algebra. Other times – esp for the one going through the trial – its well beyond Algebraic Topology.

Grace breaks the formulas.

Aquaplaning . . . Hydroplaning… CB2

Due to lack of time… just jots –

Rock-a-fella/Mobil thoughts…

1. Gas station attendant… giving directions… only what is needed. Callow and mean… smirk…
2. No landmarks… CBA/JD on the left and right… no Russian Orth church … can’t be missed. nervous
3. God is not like that… Landmarks on the journey… “Consider what great things he has done for you…” (1 Sam. 12:24) – Psalm 42/43
4. David on the journey to faith… landmarks: the lion and the bear. Vs. goliath.
5. Unspiritual Outliers…. Spiritual Hydroplaning aka Aquaplaning… Aquamen and Aquawomen

~ Faith is the journey and the destination … from faith unto faith – Rest-area / Pitt stop…
~ Prayer knows no friction… yet it does not travel in a vacuum. Speed of sound. Speed of Light – Light of the World… God speaking to God. Letters to Malcolm

… spiritual hydroplaning / aquaplaing… humility points – limp points – benchmark…

faith vs. formula… prayer vs. formula…

Beautiful sunset. The skies are aglow with pinks, purples, blues on top of little fluffy clouds… Like cotton candy in the skies…

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” ~ Gal. 5:6

… faith expressing itself through love.”
ἀλλὰ πίστις δι’ ἀγάπης ἐνεργουμένη.

ἐνεργουμένη from ἐνεργέω – energeo:  1) to be operative, be at work, put forth power  1a) to work for one, aid one  2) to effect  3) to display one’s activity, show one’s self operative

Definition from

Stylized Portrait of Serena Williams


The above is a stylized portrait of the tennis player, Serena Williams – Wimbledon Tennis Champion, 2015.  The idea had been in my mind for some time now… I finally drew it. It is vector art and I used Xara to do this.

*Note: Pls keep in mind that this is stylized so… I am not striving for accuracy.



When You Indulge in Pornography, You Participate in Sex Slavery ~ Naselli Article

~ The following is a blog post with a link to an article written by Dr. Andy Naselli that I think is very important.  It is something that we really need to be aware of. He says at his post that there are three questions that he is trying to answer:

  1. What is sex slavery?
  2. How does pornography fuel sex slavery?
  3. How should men feel about pornography?




1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – Various Notes


The church of Corinth consisted of
– Romans
– Greeks and
– Jews

And the Roman city of Corinth was a major economic center that also was very religious. It consisted of a polytheistic culture which included many temples for various gods (Hermes, Poseidon, Isis, Apollo, etc.)  over and including a major temple of Venus situated atop a hill.

~ Athletics & sports was in the air there as a nearby city, Isthmia hosted the Isthmian Games every 2-3 years.

Paul came to Corinth on his 3rd missionary journey and planted the Church there. He then ministered there for 18 months.


After having moved on from Corinth, and at a later time, Paul received news from members of the Corinthian church about problems there. These had to do with 1) gross immorality and 2) factions. Paul also received a letter from them requesting his guidance on 3) various matters such as marriage, divorce, eating food sacrificed to idols, spiritual gifts, collections for the poor and so on.

Further problems also were present – people questioning where Paul was an authentic apostle, Communion observance abuses, questions about the resurrection.

Walk Through 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 …

1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes,

~ Given that Paul’s credentials as an apostle were challenged, here Paul is stating that he in fact an apostle by God’s will.  Acts 1 lays out the qualifications for what constituted an apostle. An apostle had to have
1) been an witness to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
2) been appointed by Jesus Christ and
3) finally he had to be able to authenticate his status as an apostle by way of miraculous signs.

So given these criteria, do you think was Paul an apostle?

Sosthenes might have been the ruler of the synagogue (in Corinth) mentioned in Acts 18:17. Given what the Sosthenes of Acts 18:17 went through.

Sosthenes (2nd from the left)

“Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever.”

It would not at all be surprising if he later on joined the church.

~ Sosthenes is also likely Paul’s scribe for this letter. That is to say that, Paul dictated and Sosthenes wrote.

2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

~ Note the use of the term “call” here. In verse 1 God called Paul not just to be a saint, but also to be an apostle. In verse 2, we see that all those who are believers – they are also called to be saints. So there is a general call to be a saint and there is also a specific call to be an apostle. The latter is not applicable to everyone.

~ Saints: Everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour is regarded by the Bible as being a saint. You do not have to be an Church Father like St. Athanasius or some super individual like Mother Theresa who as per the canonization of the RC Church apparently became a saint. You are a Saint by virtue of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you.

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

{Research something here and update later.}

4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—

~ All speech and all knowledge would have referred to:
1) Prophesying aka forth-telling aka giving a sermon aka teaching … even when the Church critiques culture
2) Prophesying aka foretelling aka predicting
3) Speaking in Tongues – glossolalia aka ecstatic speech
4) Speaking in Tongues – speaking in other languages like Aramaic or French
5) Speaking with eloquence and persuasively anywhere and everywhere.
6) Sharing the Good News with others
7) Good social skills
8) A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. ~ Proverbs 25:11
9) …

6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

~ No Christian is without a gift. Every Christian has some kind of God given to him or her by God. This could be stewardship, encouragement, financial wisdom, counseling skills, preaching skills, being good at Art or Engineering, exhortation and so on. As regards the matter of tongues or Prophesying (type (2) above), its controversial as to whether they are still around today.

8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

~ The Bible teaches that once one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then it is forever. If you have genuinely converted then God bears the primary burden of seeing to it that you make it to Heaven without falling away. He will sustain you to the end and He cannot fail.


Exercise: I just covered 9 verses. In these 9 verses, how many times does Paul reference Jesus Christ?

Abraham …

I was sifting through some old lecture notes and liked this so I am blogging this.

“Everyones gotta do an Abraham once in a while.” ~ Graham Cole

~~~ Other notes from GC:

Missio Dei: To secure God’s people in God’s place, under God’s rule, living God’s way in God’s holy and loving presence.

Covenant: A relationship founded on promise.

God’s Speech-Acts…

~ The following is an interesting excerpt from an article by Timothy Keller at the Christianity Today website, titled, Preaching That Unleashes the Bible’s Power: Why expository sermons should make up your church’s main diet.

“It is important to know not only in general that the Bible is true but also that in the Bible God’s words are identical to his actions. When he says, “Let there be light,” there is light (Genesis 1:3). When God renames someone, it automatically remakes him (Genesis 17:5). The Bible does not say that God speaks and then proceeds to act, that he names and then proceeds to shape—but that God’s speaking and acting are the same thing. His word is his action, his divine power.”

Tim Keller – photo from the Center For Gospel Culture.

In the Meantime … Questions

– Jesus was asked 183 questions.
– Jesus asked 307 questions.
– and Jesus answered … ???

… Guess?

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– Jesus answered 3 questions.

Aside: Some notes on types of questions…
1. Perfunctory questions: Will the snow ever end?
2. Personal questions: The perfs eventually lead to the pers.
3. Personal-Spiritual: Obvious… when it gets deep

Traffic Jam Therapy . . .

What follows below is an excerpt from a blogpost by Dr. David Murray. In the excerpt, I post 6 six questions that he poses to help you get out of a … a funk – shall we say? I find the first question itself to be a show stopper for me when I start to get into negative thinking.  A good and needed show stopper.

The Happy Christian by David Murray

I actually picked up on his questions not from his blog, but from a book of his that I am currently reading – The Happy Christian. I so liked the things that he says in the book, that I googled the first question with his name and came upon his blog-post.

Anyway here is the excerpt:

Traffic Jam Therapy
Let me return now to a simpler and less serious example in order to break this down further in a way that we can all relate to (well, the men at least).

Next time you’re sitting in a traffic jam and you start steaming and screaming, try to understand where these feelings and actions are coming from by asking yourself these questions.

Step 1. What are the facts? The facts are that I am in a two-mile back-up and the radio tells me it will take one hour to clear due to a breakdown in the fast lane several  miles ahead.

Step 2. What am I thinking about these facts? I’m thinking about the idiot who broke down in the fast lane. I’m thinking about all that I could have done with this hour.

Step 3. What am I feeling? I’m angry at the guy who broke down, I’m frustrated about the lost time, and I’m worried about what my friends will think about me for being late.

Step 4. Can I change the facts? No, there is no way out of the traffic jam.

Step 5. Can I change my thoughts about the facts? Yes, I can believe that this is God’s plan for this hour of my life. I can be grateful for time to stop and think and pray in the midst of a busy day. I can practice my breathing relaxation techniques. I can listen to a sermon on the radio. I can pray for my friends.

Step 6. What am I feeling now? Slowly I feel peace, tranquility, calm, and trust in God coursing through my heart and body.

We are what we think
In each of these examples, I’ve asked six questions in two groups of three. The first three – about facts, thoughts, feelings – help us identify our thoughts and recognize how they are impacting our emotions and behavior. The second three – also about facts, thoughts, feelings – help us challenge our thoughts, change them, and so change our feelings and actions. In summary:

  • How did I get into this mood? Facts, thoughts, feelings.
  • How do I get out of this mood? Facts, thoughts, feelings.

The Psalmist follows these stepDr. David Murrays when he found himself depressed and worried (e.g. Ps. 42, 73, 77).

These six steps are also at the core of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and help explain why it is so effective as part of a package of holistic care for suffering people.

Six Steps to Better Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions ~ @ Head, Heart & Hand

Writer’s Block… sort of… Artist’s Unblock…

~ Been in a strange sort of rut… The thoughts about what I want to blog about come to me when I am really busy in life with all sorts of things. So I cannot write. However when I get some time and sit down to write… at that point the thoughts don’t quite land. What has been coming out is a scramble of confetti. Oh well…

On the flip side, things are a wee bit better on the Art end. Here is my latest experiment:

Salwar Kameex & Cheongsam mix

~ The above is a fusion of the Chinese cheongsam and the Indian salwar kameez.  I am sure its been done in real life a thousand times. The idea came to me almost randomly as I was sketching around.

~~ I used Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 to make the line art and then used Manga Studio 5 to color it and add some other touches.

Money, Time & Redemption (10)

A though experiment …

~ Anatu is a first year student at Babylon State University. The school is pretty expensive but it has been her dream to go there ever since she was a child. Prior to setting foot on the campus, her well to do parents sent checks to her school covering all the expenses (tuition, medical insurance, meal plan, lab fees, etc.,) for the entire first year.

Once the semester is underway and classes have begun, Anatu joins several clubs like the Gaming club …

{Finish Later}

Koine Graffiti ~ χάρις – Charis

~ I have had in mind to do graffiti artwork of verses of the Bible in Koine Greek. I gave it a first shot in 3D and that did not work out. So I then tried 2D, and this worked out much better. Here is the word “grace” – χάρις – graffiti-cized. I used Xara for this.

Hebrews 4:16

Grace: χάρις, ιτος, ἡ – I always say: “Grace is the cement that fills the cracks in our lives.”

Also, the verse on the left is Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” ~ Col. 3:23

~ Suppose you get a new job in a new city and so you move out there to work. There you also start attending a new church. You do not know much about the church, however from what you can tell, the pastor and people seem fine.

Over the course of a year you find that you really have no problems with the church so you pray to God and set aside a generous portion of your paycheck to give to God and that goes into the offertory every Sunday morning.

One fine Sunday morning, you go to church and receive a shock.  You find that the pastor was a crook all along who has hoodwinked the entire congregation and has absconded to South America with the sum total of all the offertory money received over the course of the year. You stand aghast as you are given this news by sobbing fellow members.

You also think of all the money you gave. Surely it has all gone to waste. Surely you could have bought all sorts of other things with it, done all sorts of things with it. Surely it is forever lost. You thought you were giving it to God, but now its all gone.  You’ve been bamboozled by a false pastor and all your offerings have come to nothing.

Or has it???

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people …” ~ Eph. 6:7

~ Most people to whom, I raise the above scenario will respond by saying something like,

“No. I don’t believe that its all gone to waste.  I prayed to God and gave it in faith. I trust that God will someway somehow work things out so that my money will still go to some good end.  It will be put to good use someway somehow.”

And – “So all is not lost. And moreover God also knows my heart. He knows the reasons why I gave and that matters very much to Him.”

~ Most people will reply in such manner.

I.e. They implicitly believe that God will redeem the money.

Now here is the point… if I give money to God and believe that God can redeem it even if incidents like the one mentioned above take place, why can’t I believe the same for the rest of life?

Look, if I shine someones shoes or produce financial reports for my boss or make a painting, and I do all that work as though I were serving the Lord, then can I believe that all this work of mine, is work that God can redeem even if I make some mistakes in the process?

~ I mean this is work done unto the Lord. It is work that I give to the Lord as an offering.

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~ Somewhere I blogged about Charles Spurgeon mentioning something along the lines that – whatever work you do, whether it be something big or something small – perhaps shining shoes… if it is done to the glory of God, then it is royal work.

It makes sense right?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters …” ~ Col. 3:23

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people …” ~ Eph. 6:7

If you are working for the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, then its royal work!

But there is something else… if you are working for the King of Kings and all of God’s work in this fallen world is redemptive in scope, then the work you are doing becomes a part of the flow of God’s redemptive currents and is now being redeemed.

*Note: Work as per Genesis has come under a curse. It will involve rough toil often. Christians are called to redeem work. How? Do it unto the Lord.

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~ I once heard a Christian who was a retired CEO of some big company, say with regards to the issue of applying somewhere for a job and being rejected,

“When you live life under God, there is no such thing as rejection. Only redirection.”

He was exactly right. When you live life under God, His love swallows up all of our rejections and spits it out into the dustbin. Josephs brothers rejected him. However, what did that mean when Joseph reached the peak of Egypt as second to none but Pharaoh?

Yet I want to qualify what the CEO said one step further. I will say it like this.

“When you live life under God, there is no such thing as rejection. Only redirection, and redirection is a form of redemption.”

~ And this here does not just apply to the job situation, but it applies to everything. Perhaps you go rejected trying out for the soccer team or perhaps you auditioned to join a band and were rejected… or perhaps … a 1,000 perhaps… God’s redemption swallows up all the rejections in our lives and so to speak cancels it out.

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~ Job in the anguish of his suffering did not say “I know the Lord lives” or “God Almighty is alive!” or something else. No, rather Job said,

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” ~Job 19:25

Why did Job use the term “Redeemer” and not something else?


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~ Basically for my purposes, what I am working towards… I am trying to say that redemption is very active today.

In one sense God has finished and applied redemption. If you have accepted Jesus Christ at your Lord and Savior, then you have been redeemed. You have been purchased by His death on the cross and have passed from darkness to light.

Yet in another sense – redemption is very active in our lives… All the crap from your pre-Christ past, all the baggage, all the sins, all the mistakes, goof-ups, the foolish business ventures, the struggles with the bottle as an alcoholic, the bad grades in your classes at the U, the car accident where you broke your hip and now walk with a slight limp…

All the crap, the junk, the goop, the garbage from your past will be divinely recycled. God will make it go towards a good end. This was Joseph’s conclusion:

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” ~ Gen. 50:20

~ And not only the past, but so also today. All the bad things going on today – nothing will go to waste. God is not 99% efficient. He is 100% efficient. God will bring about good from exhaustively everything someway, somehow:

“And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28

It will all be redeemed. All the junk in your life. And it will be redeemed because the payment has already been made on the cross.

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~ My thoughts on this subject have been so scattered that I don’t know where to begin. I think I will just randomly throw it in here.

Definition of Redemption

Redemption means (1) to buy or (2) to buy back.

~ In my prior post I discussed the fact that redemption mean to buy something for a special purpose – say restoration. I want to mention that I have come across another sense of it.  This particular sense can be found discussed often in Leviticus.

Quick Example: Suppose an Israelite farmer had to sell their land due to a difficult financial situation. Then that land, if it was family owned through the generations and also if it was a strong source of income to him, and just simply meant a lot to him due to sentimental reasons – that land could be redeemed or purchased back at a later point. If not by him, then by a relative for him.  (There is more involved in this, like the fact that the land was regarded as being ultimately owned by God so the current owner had to sell it back – but – but another day…)

So redemption does not simply mean to (1) buy, but it also means (2) to buy back.

M.M. Dutt

~ I just came across Micheal Madhusan Dutt (1824-1873) almost randomly on the net. I had never heard of him before.  I think this brief bio is worth a read. There are lessons to learn.

“Michael Madhusudan Dutt was born to Rajnarayan Dutt and Jahnabi Devi in Sagordari, Jessore District in East Bengal (now in Bangladesh). Rajnarayan Dutt was a famous lawyer. Madhusudan’s formal education started in a school in the village of Shekpura, where he studied Persian. His intellectual and literary talents and imagination were quickly recognized. His parents decided to give him an English education, so he studied European literature at home before being sent to the prestigious Hindu College in Kolkata (i.e. Calcutta) in 1833.

Fifteen years after his death, Dutt’s work began to get the recognition it deserved. The next generation of Bengali writers and scholars praised his work and argued that it was among the best poetry produced in the language. Dutt’s work thus helped shape Bengali language and literature.”

“My fallen country! Where abide
Thy envied splendour and thy glory now,
The Pathan’s and the Mughal’s pride,
Spread desolation far and wide
And stain’d thy sinless brow.

~ Excerpt from King Porus.

  • Apparently this was a pro-freedom poem in response to the British yoke.

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~ I define redemption as a transfer based on a transaction.

That is, it is the transfer of someone or something from a bad condition, place or situation to a good condition, place or situation.  And it involves a transaction because an expense is incurred that enables the transfer to take place.

Redemption is basically a form of purchasing. However not quite. Let me put it this way:

All redemption involves a purchase, whereas all purchasing does not involve redemption.


So let me give you an example of the difference:

~ Suppose I go to a pet store and buy a cat because I have always loved animals and had been thinking about getting a pet. So I purchase the cat, take it home and take good care of it.  This is plain and simple buying or purchasing.

Now suppose …

~ Suppose I go to over to my neighbors house and notice that he does not take good care of his cat. He rarely feeds it on time, kicks it around, screams at it thus terrifying it, etc., and the cat looks haggard and about to die. So I make an offer to my neighbor and and ask him if I can buy the cat from him. He agrees and I purchase the cat. Now I bring the cat back to my own home and take good care of it, giving it a regular wash, feeding it regularly, etc. basically nurturing it back to health.

This is redemption. The cat was in a bad state, situation, condition before. Now it is in a good state, situation, condition.



Money, Time & Redemption

On my shelf, I have a book, Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. Very fascinating book.  In Chapter 2 of this book, Lakoff & Johnson discuss how we often use time as a (financial) metaphor in everyday talk. Here are some of the examples they give:

Time is money.
You’re wasting my time.
This gadget will save you hours.
I don’t have the time to give you.
How do you spend your time these days?
That flat tire cost me an hour.
I’ve invested a lot of time in her.
I don’t have enough time to spare for that.
You’re running out of time.
You need to budget your time.
Put aside some time for ping pong.
Is that worth your while?
Do you have much time left?
He’s living on I borrowed time.
You don’t use your time, profitably.
I lost a lot of time when I got sick.
Thank you for your time.

~ Pretty much this is how we talk about money also. I can think of others:
~~> “Let us negotiate the deadline with the client. Perhaps we can buy some time.”
~~> “I’m sorry. I don’t have time to play games with you. My time is precious.”
~~> “Arey yaar. He just watches TV and fools around social media all day. I don’t think he knows the value of time.”
II. Redeeming vs. Purchasing… simple buying

a. What is redemption. Add graphic..

III. Two verses on Redeeming the Time

IV. Illustrations…

{Finish later. I am lacking the time right now. I have insufficient time to finish up. }

The Church in India…


The following is a really good article posted over at The Gospel Coalition. The title is “The Gospel in India” and it is by Aubrey Sequeira. It is worth reading twice at least.

Here is an excerpt:

” … Recently, I had the opportunity to interview three faithful Indian pastors. Vivek Jones oversees the Marg family of churches, a vibrant gospel-centered church network with three congregations in the city of Pune, an urban hub in Central India. He also gives leadership to E3 ministries and is associated with Acts 29 in the India region. Edison D’Souza pastors Cross Cultured Church in Mysore, a growing and largely unreached city in Southern India. “Harry” (name changed) pastors a church in a historic northern Indian city and is involved in planting healthy churches across the rural landscape.

This interview offers insights into the state of the church in India, the encouraging and discouraging aspects of ministry there, how Western believers can more fruitfully serve their Eastern brothers, and more. … “

~ Two quick comments:
(1) I resonate with a lot of what is said in the post.  A lot of what was mentioned there –  the good and the bad – have been my observations from my times spent in and out of India.

(2) In the post, there is this movement mentioned, viz. the hyper-grace movement. I had never heard of it before. So I googled it. Here is a post on the concept of hyper-grace at, “What is hyper-grace?”

Also: 8 Signs of ‘Hypergrace’ Churches by Joseph Mattera over at CharismaNews

When the Dead Give Life …

When Elisha became sick with the illness of which he was to die, Joash the king of Israel came down to him and wept over him and said, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” 15 Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows …


20 Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the bands of the Moabites would invade the land in the spring of the year. 21 As they were burying a man, behold, they saw a marauding band; and they cast the man into the grave of Elisha. And when the man touched the bones of Elisha he revived and stood up on his feet. ~ 2 Kings 13:14, 15, 20+

~ I have an aunt who is a psychiatrist. She once walked into the room of a new patient and the patient said to her, “Oh. You can’t help me. You don’t know what I have been through!”

Up above we have a story of how Elisha, a man who during his life healed quite a few people and yet now was sick and headed towards death. Then we move forward in his story a short bit to his death and find out something else interesting. Even while dead, he gave life to someone.

Could my aunt have given life to her patient? Or did she need to go out and get felled by the thing that felled this person and then come back and be on with counseling saying “I know just how you feel?”

~ But thats not really what I wanted to talk about… per this story… Here is what . . .

– Some people cannot draw a line. However they are great art critics. In fact their critiques can be so constructive that an artist with an open ear can actually improve in their artwork.

– Some people cannot preach a sentence. However they can give such good feedback on a sermon heard that the preacher becomes much better. Though they themselves are dead in the pulpit, they however can give life to others in the pulpit.

– An English Lit. prof may at best write dead prose and just even on a good day may not be able to write a line of poetry or fiction. However she may be a fantastic writing coach to her students.

– The list of examples goes on… however there was one that I thought flashed my mind, but I have lost it. Cannot remember…

~ ~ I think I now remember… sometimes when you are preparing a message, you may find that you are not getting impacted by it as you should. So you think to yourself, how can I preach this. If I am not feeling anything, how can others? Should you just not bother?

Not necessarily. The fact of the matter is that no matter your condition, the Holy Spirit can still use your work to impact others. Just because you are perhaps in a hopefully temporarily lapsed state does not mean that the message will not effect anyone.

Work & Redemption … CB2 L8R ~ Scratchwork…

Tentative: think all this stuff through later…

~ How does work relate to redemption?

– In one sense, we use the term redemption to describe what took place on the cross and in another sense, one that is more metaphorical, we use the word to describe so very many things, like redeeming work or redeeming time or say, redeeming sociology.

To do things unto the Lord, is to involve those things in God’s project of redemption.

Redemption: The process of making fallen things un-fallen for the glory of God.
Divine recycling. …
The Midas touch – not to produce gold, but to redeem. Not to produce gold but to produce royalty.

Is it possible to have a full knowledge of what the Gospel is, of what redemption is and yet still to love a person and not desire their salvation?

Is shame in the atonement?
Is physical healing in the atonement? Yes in an already but not yet sense. No?

Shame is a consequence. It is a result of something. It does not just hand in thin appear. It does not just appear out of nowhere. Shame is a consequence. Yes. There is an unjustified form of shame as in when someone feel ashamed for the wrong reasons, but here also this shame is a consequence.

Shame generally is a function of guilt. I feel guilty. So I feel shame.

We sin. So we are guilty. God forgives our sin. We are not no longer guilty. All guilt is gone. Is all the shame gone?

~ Yet still a point is made. There is a connection between shame and the atonement. He died to take away our guilt. So he died to take away our shame. Hanging on the cross was shameful. (Incidentally, Jesus likely hung completely naked, not as the renaissance and other paintings depict.) He bore shame for us also.

Think through later…