• Good from the DesertTweet This

    16 December, 2013

    Soul Snack 239/13 ... Of Stables & Deserts

    Jesus was born in a stable and John the Baptist was groomed in the desert! Yet, inhospitable places to humans were the rich soil for eternity!

    Into the contemporary religious desert, and the arid faith of the Pharisees an infant would introduce a fresh faith, a faith that brought water and not weeds.

    This new faith would produce a good faith -- grace would replace greed and love would replace legalism. From the manger would rise the Messiah.

    (However for another two millennia the wrestle of religion has remained between suffocating dry rules and a living vibrant grace.)

    Sadly the murderous malevolence that surrounded this infant's birth would later consume His adult life.

    Thirty-three years later His parched throat of terror would cast words of grace across the assembled throng -

    Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Lk 23:34)

    Misunderstood He died, and mistaken by most He rose again.

    From the stable came the wealth of grace, and the replacement of rule with relationship.

    Arid Pharasaism was to be watered with the blood of heaven, for in that stable slept He who would bring the richest of fare - the Prince of Peace.

    "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters ... and your soul will delight in the richest of fare ..." Is (53:1-2)

    A babe has turned the driest faith into the most verdant.

    Today's Soul Snippet:

    "Tho all who would fall at Jesus' feet, He will touch them, comfort them and then raise them up.." #

    #Michael Cartwright, GREAT MERCY ~ (Bloomington IN, WestBow Press, 2013), 90

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  • A heart for the fragileTweet This

    13 December, 2013

    Soul Snack 238/13 ... Hidden in Transparency

    God shopped for no glittering paper to hide from prying eyes the most precious gift of all time.

    God wrapped His son in:

    • humility
    • poverty
    • shame
    • rejection
    • obscurity
    • loneliness and even
    • illegitimacy.

    No housing, no midwife, no bassinette and no fresh baby cloths (swaddling cloths were in fact clothes for the dead) were included. A barn, a feeding trough and un-cleanliness were the divinely chosen further concealments.

    This babe was visited by pagans, and society's 'trash'. His welcome to earth was as humble as His birthplace on earth.

    BUT this gift was wrapped in heaven's values. In the wrapping of Jesus God has shown what He is like, what IS really important to Him.

    At that first Christmas God tipped His hand, He revealed His heart for a fragile humanity,.Jesus' gift wrapping was and is completely transparent..

    Christmas is omnipotence wrapped in the bonds of my own fragile humanity. ~ Brennan Manning

    Today's Soul Snippet:

    "The wise will see that true religion can be conducted falsely." #

    #Michael Cartwright, GREAT MERCY ~ (Bloomington IN, WestBow Press, 2013), 42

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  • 4 Prisons + 1 MangerTweet This

    12 December, 2013

    Soul Snack 237/13 ... Christmas with Mandela

    The mundane events of antiquity become the stunning events of history.

    The unjust events of the past become the world changing events of millennia.

    The anonymous deeds of yesterday become the public deeds of tomorrow.

    An almost inert twenty-seven years across four jails delivered the dismantling of an earthly apartheid.

    A very helpless babe in a feed trough delivered the dismantling of eternal condemnation.

    Never doubt that God still turns darkness to light, for Christmas shouts - still trust God in darkness.

    AND ~ Christmas continues to prove the axiom - do not despise the day of small beginnings.

    Four prisons sheltered one liberator, and one manger cradled one messiah. Christmas proves - humility and obscurity are the fuels for enduring revolution.

    Today's Soul Snippet:

    "It is a great mercy to know God's mind before you witness His deeds."#

    #Michael Cartwright, GREAT MERCY ~ (Bloomington IN, WestBow Press, 2013), xiv

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  • Prisoners to GlossTweet This

    11 December, 2013

    Soul Snack 236/13 ... Superstar not Super-Wrapped

    Judas sung in Jesus Christ Superstar to Jesus ~ If you'd come today you would have reached a whole nation - Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication!

    Everything about Jesus' presence upon earth seems sooooooo back-to-front.

    CONSIDER PLEASE: You have just bought the most expensive gift, it is for the one you love most, the cost was irrelevant. How would you wrap it?

    Would you use brown paper, news-paper, copy-paper or maybe, no DEFINITELY gorgeous gilt edged paper? The value of the gift is then adorned by the glow of its presentation.

    If I was a son-sending God (a very good thing I am not), I would send my son to a wealthy family of the highest class, and the best connections. He would be born among the captains of industry and attend the finest colleges. A palace would be his place of nurture, and he would dwell at the feet of the learned.

    I would wrap my son with all the best earth has to offer, that the receivers would see the gift was valuable, and want him too. For surely a babe wrapped in brown paper would seem no gift at all?

    YET - Jesus the Christ and the superstar was wrapped in the ancient near-east anonymity of brown paper, celebrated in the heavens but not on earth.

    Wrappings trap us as prisoners to gloss, so the glory of the gift then becomes lost.

    Today's Soul Snippet:

    “Formal and spiritless devotion accomplishes nothing.”#

    #Michael Cartwright, GREAT MERCY ~ (Bloomington IN, WestBow Press, 2013), xi

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  • Searching for Jesus outside the mallsTweet This

    10 December, 2013

    Soul Snack 235/13 ... A Tale of 6 Christmas Pioneers

    History's annals record pioneers with great affection. Clue filled scratchings on gnarled tree trunks, or tattered hand-written diaries are an historian's fodder.

    He (King Herod) sent them (the Magi) to Bethlehem and said, 'go and make a careful search for the child (Jesus)' (Matt 2:8a)

    Five pioneers are in this verse. The first pioneer is a malevolent king vicariously searching for another king. The second pioneer is The King descending to seek the lost of Israel. The first searches in hatred, the second is sleeping in a manger unawares - the pioneer of salvation.

    From a fearful hatred Herod exercises due diligence in searching for this baby king. Even Jesus' enemies were smart enough to search carefully for Jesus.

    Unnamed pioneers (maybe three of them) even from another nation would spend up to two years in the search for Jesus.

    Yet conspicuously, Jesus' own people are observed by their dis-interest and even rejection. Christmas pioneers from Israel were almost non-existent.

    Today still calls loudly for Christmas pioneers; people who will search for The King Jesus above the indulgent overspending, overeating and 'over-the-top' celebrations. Such celebrations that paradoxically even deny the reason for their existence.

    Today Christmas pioneers:

    • will place His presence above their presents and
    • will search for Jesus in humble places.

    Would you be a sixth pioneer for the child in a manger this Christmas?

    Pioneers aren't perfect but they are persistent.

    Today's Soul Snippet:

    "Man is saved by faith alone, not by faith that is alone." ~ Martin Luther

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  • CHRISTMAS @ SoulSupplyTweet This

    10 December, 2013

    "Christmas is omnipotence wrapped in the bonds of my own fragile humanity." ~ Brennan Manning

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  • Any religion is not good religionTweet This

    9 December, 2013

    Soul Snack 234/13 ... False Religion's True Flag-poles

    Dusted by an ancient breeze, an eager band of twelve stood around Jesus.

    A deliberate Jesus instructed this troupe in how to begin and conduct missions.(See Luke 9)

    Part of Jesus' teaching for mission was to look for welcome, a willing receptivity. (A guidance largely unheeded this day).

    'Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.’ (Lk 9:4-5)

    When welcome was not offered, do not persist was Jesus counsel.

    Jesus was not interested in spending time with those who reject Him. Jesus sought a shake of the hand and not a shake of the head.

    Jesus has not changed.

    Jesus has already left countless churches and all denominations in varying degrees. who now shake their head. They do not welcome Him anymore.

    Only a few weeks ago I saw some flags to false faith flying. I read the new Archbishop of Sweden is unable to distinguish if Jesus is superior to Mohammed. Today I read of a new (soon to be appointed Australian bishop) who has difficulty with Jesus paying sin's price, and accepts the evil of homosexuality as legitimate. These people do not welcome Jesus, yet they wonder why their God-boxes are so empty!! (Such churches are really no more than mausoleums to the dead).

    The time has arrived; false religion is now conducted as true religion. These flag-poles of false religion (Babylon) are reaching high to the heavens. The flags are whipped by the brisk wind of compromise and deceit. They are fanned by weakened ecclesiastical backbones, and an abandoned moral compass. Jesus is nowhere to be seen, there is no truth here.

    Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.’ (Jn 4:23-24)

    Despite popular belief - any religion in the name of Christ, is not good religion in the name of Christ.

    Read more in Chapters 6 & 7 of GREAT MERCY and learn the actions Jesus is now taking.

    Today's Soul Snippet:

    "God's church is still to learn that it is impossible to sow abundance among thorns."#

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  • Pruning & GainingTweet This

    6 December, 2013

    Soul Snack 234/13 ... Old Vines & Good Wine

    Does a longing flow through your soul just to leave this earth behind?

    Do the travails of the body, the troubles of the heart, or the unrest of the spirit hammer your peace?

    Do you sense whispers of punishment, murmurs of guilt, or believe you are reaping the products of unwise sowing? BUT...

    You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. (Jn 15:3)

    Pain does not mean you are not clean, or that you continue in Divine punishment.

    The time arrives to also see your pain as your friend, as a divine gain.

    He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (Jn 15:2)

    The Father prunes those He already knows are fruit reproducers.

    Pain can be an indicator of Divine care, and a director to greater purpose.

    Pain drives you to cling to The Vine, and don't forget; pruned vines can still bear fruit in old age.

    This is true - the more a vine is pruned, the greater the wine that is produced.

    Today's Soul Snippet:

    "Choose to sip Jesus' new wine for He always leaves the best to last."#

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    #Michael Cartwright, GREAT MERCY ~ (Bloomington IN, WestBow Press, 2013), 46

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