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True Love = True Justice

So, I am doing all of this thinking and looking and longing to be like Jesus, and it occurs to me this morning, something Jesus said, "You simply will not believe unless you have a sign." or something similar to that. And I started thinking, maybe I'm getting a little off track here, like, what really is the purpose in all of this love your neighbor stuff anyway?
If love stops at justice served than we are committing the ultimate injustice. 
People need more than justice, they need more than love and care and concern. You know where I am going here, don't you? Jesus always took care of the temporal needs, even though He is the one who first said, "The poor you will have with you always." Yes, we are commanded to love, to feed, to clothe, to visit, to pray, to accept, yes, yes, and yes. BUT if the means is the end, then we are wasting our time. Did you hear me say that? Its true, the poor we will have with us always.
This is what has my knees knocking, my to…
***Disclaimer: The words written here are the working out of my salvation with fear and trembling - not necessarily my conclusions. I am learning and practicing to think for myself and prove all things and holding fast to that which is good. ( Philippians 2:12,1Thessalonians 5:21)

I'm just trying to make sense of this thing we call Christianity. Comparing what I read in the Bible with what I live.
Looking up, looking in, looking around. Looking at Jesus. Gazing at Him, how he made sense of the world around Him, how he dealt with things. I feel like Zacheaus climbing up that tree to get a good view, watching every move He makes.
He says we need to follow Him. I am honestly trying to learn what that means.
Do the gospel.
Still, even as I know He is leading me, still, I am not content. Is this a holy discontent, that will maybe never be fully realized, fully filled?  Is there even such a thing? Like this carrot dangling in front of me as I take one step after another.
Church just seem…

Show Love Know God.......

I want you to show love not offer sacrifices. I want you to know Me more than I want burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6

So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well  and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion  - how can God's love be in that person?  1John 3:16-17
Lets not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 1John 3:18

One phone call One word of love One word of encouragement Acceptance,  One meal, one errand, one letter, one bill, one ride, one soul.....
One created in the image of God himself. One at a time we will all change. 
Sanctity of life isn't just about the innocent unborn, it is about all life. All human life is created in the image of God. We are stamped in His image, and He has written His name on our hearts. Every human heart, all are created equal in His universe.
So my friends, in my reading and re-reading and memorizing the Sermon On The Mount, I think I a…

Journal = Recording The Journey

The following words are a glimpse into my journal, and the journey I am on.

Follow Me
The Word became flesh.  ~Jesus.
Take up your cross daily and follow Me.....follow Me....follow Me.... ~Jesus
what happens to me my rights my experience going to church the sermon on Sunday the songs, the worship leader, the musicians......
If any of you wants to be My follower,  you must turn from your selfish ways,  take up your cross, and follow Me. ~Jesus Matthew 16:24
Church IS NOT about whether my ears were tickled and my heart stroked.
Where does the Bible teach us to focus on ourselves? Our buildings? Our comfort?
If you try to hang on to your life you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it.  And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?  Is anything worth more than your soul? ~Jesus Matthew 16:25-26

He was just and right in all his dealings. That is why God blessed him. He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and ever…

And Then This...

As I journey through the beginning of this new year, I am being stripped and shaken and called out of my safe corners on every possible side.
Echoing deep in the center of my being is a question.

Am I practicing Christianity or Churchanity? 

God has me reading The Sermon on The Mount, over and over and over. I have decided to commit it to memory.  This is the thing, I am not recognizing very much of the faith that I practice and live in the words of Jesus. Ouch. What is this thing called Christianity? 
I can tell you one thing that it isn't, it isn't all about me, and God making me into a holy person. Where did I get that idea? Not from Jesus.
I keep hearing

'Now, go and do likewise.' 

Do what? 

'Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me...............'
So what does this mean?
Deny yourself, turn from your selfish ways:
Putting 'me' first. Dwelling on 'me' and how 'I feel.' Taking offense. Doing things for my gain.
Take up your cross:
Where my …