Monthly Archives: June 2012

Mutually indwelling

from Wikipedia
A useful explanation of the relationship of the distinct divine persons is called “perichoresis”, from Greek going around, envelopment. This concept refers for its basis to John 14–17, where Jesus is instructing the disciples concerning the meaning of his departure. His going to the Father, he says, is for their sake; so that he might come to them when the “other comforter” is given to them. Then, he says, his disciples will dwell in him, as he dwells in the Father, and the Father dwells in him, and the Father will dwell in them. This is so, according to the theory of perichoresis, because the persons of the Trinity “reciprocally contain one another, so that one permanently envelopes and is permanently enveloped by, the other whom he yet envelopes”. (Hilary of Poitiers, Concerning the Trinity 3:1).[93]

This co-indwelling may also be helpful in illustrating the Trinitarian conception of salvation. The first doctrinal benefit is that it effectively excludes the idea that God has parts. Trinitarians assert that God is a simple, not an aggregate, being. The second doctrinal benefit is that it harmonizes well with the doctrine that the Christian’s union with the Son in his humanity brings him into union with one who contains in himself, in St. Paul’s words, “all the fullness of deity” and not a part. (See also: Theosis). Perichoresis provides an intuitive figure of what this might mean. The Son, the eternal Word, is from all eternity the dwelling place of God; he is the “Father’s house”, just as the Son dwells in the Father and the Spirit; so that, when the Spirit is “given”, then it happens as Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; for I will come to you.”[John 14:18]

Some forms of human union are considered to be not identical but analogous to the Trinitarian concept, as found for example in Jesus’ words about marriage: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.”[Mark 10:7–8] According to the words of Jesus, married persons are in some sense no longer two, but joined into one. Therefore, Orthodox theologians also see the marriage relationship as an image, or “icon” of the Trinity, relationships of communion in which, in the words of St. Paul, participants are “members one of another”. As with marriage, the unity of the church with Christ is similarly considered in some sense analogous to the unity of the Trinity, following the prayer of Jesus to the Father, for the church, that “they may be one, even as we are one”.[John 17:22]

A Principal with Principles

We need MANY more men like this man to stand up, and bring the principles of our country back to ALL of our schools!!! We are failing in all the areas this Principle spoke about. Shame on us! We need to do this for our own children as well as all the others.
We watched high school principal Dennis Prager of Colorado , along with Tom Brokaw on TV a couple of weeks ago….what a dynamic, down to earth speaker. Even though Brokaw was also a guest speaker, he did little but nod and agree with him.
This is the guy that should be running for President!
A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.
By Dennis Prager.
To the students and faculty of our high school:
I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.
I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I
am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you,
against your teachers and against our country.
First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red,
yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American,
Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about,
the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity.
And the only national identity this school will care about is American.
This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish
to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity,
race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central
values — e pluribus Unum, “from many, to one.”
And this school will be guided by America ‘s values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that
divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion,
sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.
Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs
just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to
think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy,
languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being
interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests
you.
Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you
leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America ‘s citizens
for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss
in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English –but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.
Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more
formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will
be a formal dress code at this school.
Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f-word, you can’t speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned
by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nigger,” even when used by one black student to
address another black, or “bitch,” even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the
time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.
Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.
Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue… There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or
herself inordinately fortunate — to be alive and to be an American.

Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the
words, your teachers will hand them out to you now.

Spiritual Gifts

Discover you spiritual gifts     by C. Peter Wagner

Romans 12:6-8

1. Prophecy [preaching, inspired utterance]

2. Service [ministry]

3. Teaching

4. Exhortation [stimulating faith, encouraging]

5. Giving [contributing, generousity, sharing]

6. Leadership [authority, ruling]

7. Mercy [sympathy, comfort to the sorrowing, showing kindness]

1 Cor 12:8-10, 288. Wisdom, [wise advice, wise speach]

9. Knowledge [studying, speaking with knowledge]

10. Faith

11. Healing

12. Miracles [doing great deeds]

13. Discerning of spirits [discrimination in spiritual matters]

14. Tongues [speaking in languages never learned, ecstatic utterance]

15. Interpretation of tongues

16. Apostle

17. Helps

18. Administration [governments, getting others to work together]

Eph 4:11

19. Evangelist

20. Pastor [caring for God’s people]

21. Celibacy [continence] 1 Cor 7:7

22. Voluntary poverty 1 Cor 13:3

23. Martyrdom 1 Cor 13:3

24. Missionary Eph 3:6-8

25. Hospitality 1 Peter 4:9

26. Intercession

27. Deliverance [exorcism, casting out demons]

28. Leading worship [music]

My Son

This is great, take a moment to read it, it will make your day! The ending will surprise you.

Take my Son…..

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art.

They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael.

They would often sit together and admire the great works of art..

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war.

He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier.

The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas,

There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands..

He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life.

He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety

when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly…

He often talked about you, and your love for art.’ The young man held out this package.

‘I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’

The father Opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man.

He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting.

The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears.

He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture..

‘Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.’

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home,

he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings.

Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings

and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel.

‘We will start the bidding with this picture of the son.

Who will bid for this picture?’ There was silence…

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, ‘We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.’

But the auctioneer persisted. ‘Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?’

Another voice angrily. ‘We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh’s, the Rembrandts.

Get on with the Real bids! But still the auctioneer continued. ‘The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?’

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son.

‘I’ll give $10 for the painting…’ Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

‘We have $10, who will bid $20?’ ‘Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.’

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son.

They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. ‘Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!’

A man sitting on the second row shouted, ‘Now let’s get on with the collection!’

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. ‘I’m sorry, the auction is over.’

‘What about the paintings?’

‘I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will…

I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned.

Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.

The man who took the son gets everything!’

God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross.

Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: ‘The son, the son, who’ll take the son?

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON,
WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE…THAT’S LOVE

Did Jesus Say He Existed from Eternity?

Did Jesus Say He Existed from Eternity?
G. Campbell Morgan

Certain things Christ said of Himself, either in formal declaration, or incidentally, reveal His self-existence, as apart from His relationship, either to God or to man. In certain passages He spoke out of an eternal consciousness. Almost all the great declarations of Christ revealing His eternal consciousness, and concerning His relationship to God, are found in the Gospel according to John. Bishop Westcott said of this Gospel, “The Gospel of St. John from first to last is a record of the conflict between men’s thoughts of Christ, and Christ’s revelation of Himself.”

The first of these statements, “I came forth, and am come from God,” is a most remarkable word, not describing a fellowship of nearness with God, but one which is essential. The real suggestion of the declaration, “I came forth from God,” is not that He came from the side of God, from companionship with God, as an angel might; but that He came out of the essential mystery of the Being of God.

The declaration, “Before Abraham was, I am,” was introduced by that formula of which He occasionally made use when desiring to fasten attention upon a subject: “Verily, verily.” This moreover was a direct and intended contrast on His part between the temporal and the eternal. “Abraham was”; that is a term of the temporal; but before that, “I am,” which in that contrast becomes distinctly a term of the eternal.

In the last of these three passages we have a perfect summary of the whole mission of Christ as recorded in the Gospels, “I came out from the Father, and am come into the world; again, I leave the world, and go unto the Father.”

It is impossible, and unnecessary, for us to consider fully the value of these words separately. The fact to be observed is that our Lord referred to Himself in such a way that the implication of His references is that of an eternal existence. It is important that we notice the persistence of the Person, of the “I,” through these passages: “I came forth, and am come from God” ; “Before Abraham was, I am” ; “I came out … am come into . . . I leave . . . and go unto.”

Adapted from The Teaching of Christ, Himself, by G. Campbell Morgan.