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Our perception of what we think we’re seeing, feeling, or experiencing, may in fact be so very far removed from what is really true. Case in point, here are some quotes from the movie The Matrix:
“What is “real”? How do you define “real”?” Morpheus: How did I beat you?
Neo: You… you’re too fast.
Morpheus: Do you believe that my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place? Do you think that’s air you’re breathing now? Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world? Welcome to the real world. If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

As I have shared in many different ways on my blogs, we have all (in my opinion) been stamped with a bummer of a birth mark. Not one of us has escaped unmarked! The deeply engraved and imprinted message that weaves and filters through everything we do is laced with a cancer- like fog endeavouring to convince us of one thing; “I AM NOT.”

Psycho-babble would convince us that there are two kinds of people in the world – those with a good self-image/healthy self-esteem, and those with a poor self-image/self-esteem. The former tend to think of themselves as being a quantum-leap cut above the latter. What garbage! If the enemy of your soul can’t convince you you’re a worthless loser, then he’ll convince you that in your lovely wholeness you don’t need God whatsoever (a.k.a. self-righteousness). The concepts of self-esteem and self-worth are meaningless labels attached to an endless pursuit of shadow-boxing, trying at best to alter one’s view of him/herself from the outside in, a form psychological botox.
When I talk about none of us escaping the internal scarring, disfiguring by virtue of the fact that we have been born into the human stream is because, if there are any exceptions (and there are none) then the need for the Father’s love and grace is primarily for the losers, the rejects and the sickos – but isn’t that great news? Jesus came for the sick – and for those who know in their heart of hearts they’re hopelessly lost. I see this sickness being dyslexic and anorexic in the soul, unable to distinguish or decipher the truth of what God the father really has to say about us.


It appears to me right now in this season of my life that many things are culminating and coming to a head, and all of it is directly interrelated with knowing the truth, slowly seeing with ever increasing clarity what life looks like apart from living way too long seeing it through a shattered windshield.

If there is any true confidence and assurance beginning to take form within me, it has to be something far removed and coming to me from a source much deeper than me having a great gene pool.
I cannot separate what is birthed in us of the spirit of God apart from that which is inseparable from great meekness and humility. As I was thinking about this, I was reminded of scriptures that compare Adam as a ‘natural’ man with the last Adam (Christ Jesus) being the ‘life- quickening man’. I also was pondering about why God didn’t choose Ishmael instead of Isaac – perhaps it was because the first son had been born out of fleshly effort and Isaac had been the promised son as a result of God’s doing.

As I am learning to let the Father of my spirit love me and to integrate who and what He is within every aspect of my being, out of the fractured and shattered pieces of what used to define me is coming forth a manifest son of God.

Rich

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As I mentioned in this piece, On With the Show This is It, this is a brief follow up of yesterdays events of the Swan release.
This even continues to draw more and more people every year, the events started at 12:00 and ended at 4:00, with the actual Swan release and parade down to the river at 2:00. Although I thought we had a prime location to take photos, with more people there than ever along with much cooler and rainy weather it was more than difficult to do what I wanted to do.
My wife took some video footage that I will try to put up here if I can. All in all this was a wonderful time, and later my wife and I drove around our river several times to see the energized and excited swans basking in their new found freedom.

Rich

Here’s a link that one of the local news stations did on the Swan release.

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This coming Sunday at 2:00 the long and muchly anticipated release of the swans is going to finally happen, and yes, I fully intend to be there with my wife taking many pictures and movies of this very special time.
Thing is every year it keeps getting bigger and bigger, if you’re not there early you miss out on any close up time seeing the march.
Yes, its a march, lead to the river by a bag-pipe escort.

Here’s a up date on some cool news regarding a couple of the older swans that needed to be released yesterday.

Charles and Margaret will dip their webbed toes in the Avon River early.

“They’re not escapees,” said Quin Malott, city manager of parks and forestry.

There has to be some benefit to getting old and Charles is certainly old at about 30. Mute swans can expect a significantly shorter life in the wild – anywhere from seven to 15 years.

“They’ve got a pretty good life here,” Malott said.

The geriatric swan and his partner Margaret – his second wife and significantly younger at about 20 – are scheduled to be released from winter quarters this afternoon.

The parade at 2 p.m. this Sunday is out of the question for Charles.

“He could not make the walk,” Malott said.

Rich

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You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. (John 5:39 NIV)

This article is from Austin Sparks.

Ministry is the expression of Life, and not the taking on of a uniform and a title. Once I thought that to be in the ministry was to go into a certain kind of work, to come out of business, and, well, be a minister! So one got into the thing. Many, many are laboring and toiling in it, breaking their hearts, afraid to leave that order of things, lest they should be violating what they conceived to be a Divine call. Many others cannot get out of it because it is a means of livelihood, and they too are breaking their hearts. It is all false. Ministry is not a system like that. Ministry is the expression of Life, and that is but saying in other words that it is the outworking of the indwelling of Christ.

Disaster lies before the man or woman who ministers on any other ground than that. When the Lord gets a chance in us, and we really will trust Him on that ground and take our position there, He will show us that there is ministry enough for us; we shall not have to go round looking for it. The real labor so often is to get us down to that ground, the delivering of us from this present evil age even in its conception of the ministry, unto the heavenly ministry.

The Lord Jesus is our pattern. You see the spontaneous ministry, the restful ministry of that Heavenly Man. I covet that! It does not mean that we shall become careless, but it does deliver us from so much unnecessary strain. That is how it should be. May the Lord bring us to it; the heavenly Man with the heavenly Life as the full heavenly Resource.
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Regarding ministry, here is a bit of dialogue between me and a friend, Dave said; If ministry is best defined as life, and not the career that mainstream Christianity has made it out to be, then I’m in the thick of it, simply ministering by a simple principle I learned in the Marine Corps – field of vision care. Every Marine has a field of vision, and he is solely and only responsible for taking care of what crosses that field of vision; when every Marine fulfills his duty no work is left undone, no flank is left unprotected, no person is left behind. That’s the way I approach ministry now – cross my field of vision and I care. About a year and a half ago I started writing again, seeking out places on the internet that I could share that writing. That has slowly evolved into what I’ve put up on Hubpages, a couple of recent magazine articles, the friendship with Pete and the conversations we’ve had which have ended up on his blog, and now to you.


I replied; It’s so true, if ministry is best defined as life, then I too have discovered that in knowing and growing in the true knowledge of the Father’s love, he releases in and through us that which every soul craves.
There was a distinct time several years later, I still remember after getting back to what I had originally done in working at the Post Office, one day seemingly out of nowhere I sensed Father pointing out to me, “this is ministry son, you being where I want you, and you, simply being me to your co-workers.”
It had all come full circle, all those years pursuing ministry and all the time little did I know that what I was looking for was Him finding and breathing new life into a lost son.

Rich

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Part Two.

It is almost always the case that any new understanding will imperil some portion of the old knowledge base. All systems of understanding are based on previous knowledge. What I know and understand is based on other understandings-both my own and the understandings of others that I have been exposed to. When some new piece of information is fed into the mix it is rarely done quietly or seamlessly. This disruption is understandable because radically different ideas often require the rejection of older ideas as a prerequisite for the acceptance of the new. To put it another way, radically new ideas are often refutations of older ideas. This is what makes these new ideas radical in the first place.

Often new understandings are not entirely new facts but are rather, corrections of previously held errors. This is why going outside the body of traditional, accepted understanding is dangerous and not particularly popular. This brings us face to face with two uncomfortable issues. The first is that there is always a group of people who have built a reputation or livelihood on the existing understandings. These people are not particularly pleased with the prospect of these understandings being shown to be in error or even held up as being incomplete. The other issue is one of stability and comfort. Inside the established understanding box we know how things are. Inside the box we have the comfort (though it may be a false comfort) of stability and predictability. It may be a limited system but it is our system. This is often one of the founding principles of denominational religion.

Sadly, if we have a true desire to grow we must be willing to receive correction. This not nearly so painful if we stop and consider the alternatives to growth. As I am fond of thinking of it, people are like trees in this regard. A tree exists in only one of two states; it is either growing or dying. We too, are either growing or dying. I would rather be corrected and be alive and growing spiritually than to live in a false stability of death (stagnation).

It is not a mark of shame that we have a set of misconceptions incorporated in our basic understanding. This is not evidence that we are stupid, immoral or slow-witted. Think of where we came from. We all have come out of the world. This is a world that is awash in misconceptions, ignorance and outright dishonesty. You must always keep in mind that the world is under the control of the evil one: “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” (1John 5:19) So we all come into the life of Christ with an impressive set of fairy tales about the way things are. This reality is difficult to accept, especially for us who are convinced that we are pretty savvy about how things are. It is, nonetheless, true.

We need to consider some things. What is more important—coming to a deeper understanding of the Father, His world and ourselves or preserving our own foolish pride? To me, there is nothing sweeter than coming to know the truths of God. I am practical enough to realize that this sweetness may be too esoteric for many people. Then consider the pragmatic advantages of growing in the understanding of the truth. The choice is ours.

Rich

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Most of us fine ideas more believable and trustworthy if they come with a “pedigree” from a number of biblical scholars (people with credentials from formal study) or ideas that have the blessing of some institution or other. Yet the lesson we get from God through Jesus is that none of these worldly criteria hold much worth in God’s economy: “Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.” (Luke 2:47)

Neither credentials nor size means anything to the Father. A body of misunderstanding is not made true by volume or how many people ascribe to it. A big body of falsehood is not true-it is only big. As for tradition, it is only old. There are any number of myths that have survived down through the ages. They are still wrong, in spite of their age and the number of people who believe them. Humans often are sidetracked by size, popularity and longevity. In the end, however, none of these traits have any intrinsic weight of truth.

The one characteristic about human bodies of knowledge concerning spiritual matters is that they tend to be static. Whenever people assemble a collection of knowledge about God, one of the first things they do is to classify it, codify it and lock it up in a box of limitations. This box is a doctrine or statement of faith-“these are the things we believe to be true and everything else is false (by definition).” For this reason, every established body of human knowledge is to some greater or lesser extent, static. While such bodies of knowledge may contain many truths they are, because of their static nature, dead.

The only thing that human systems of understanding can do is reproduce themselves including their own limitations. When we go to university we study the assembled body of knowledge. We are graded on how well we can assimilate this body of knowledge and parrot back some percentage of it. For this reason when we limit ourselves to such systems we never go beyond the traditional knowledge. We are, in many cases, even punished for going “outside the lines” and formulating new understandings from the previously held knowledge.
This punishment is especially likely if our new understandings challenge some part of the old knowledge base.

If any growth is allowed in human collections of traditional understanding it is in volume only. What I mean is that we may allow new knowledge to be added to the system but only conditionally. We will allow new facts about previously unknown issues or we will allow currently generated data to be added to the body of knowledge if it is supportive of existing understanding. Where new understandings are rejected is when this new knowledge challenges the existing understandings. Any new or additional understanding is permitted without objection only if it is based on and consistent with the basic understanding of the old data-base.

Rich

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We’ve all seen and heard know it all’s and how that has mostly left us looking for a way to avoid this rare breed of superior humanity as quickly as possible. Thing is, for those who have been received of the Father, been made one in and with Him, we actually know a whole lot more than we think we know, really!

There’s two kinds of knowing the bible talks about, without getting into the Greek meanings, lets just put it this way, there’s the spontaneous intuitive knowing that is purely subjective, meaning, its as if seemingly out of nowhere, we have this flash of genius, knowing that we know that we never studied for or even thought about it with any in-depth searching.
The other knowing is an experiential objective knowing that is used to substantiate the subjective intuitive knowing we received that had no bearing upon our formal education or intellectual abilities.
These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. 1 John 2:26-27

What if the massive extent of available Christian teaching is the cause of most of our confusion?

Can we still learn from one another? For sure, but that learning can only come as it is built upon the reality that the knowledge of God is already within the one we would teach. I cannot teach you something that you don’t already have inherently within you through the Spirit of God. If you read the letters of the apostles, it becomes clear that they fully understood this in how they taught. While the religious world uses the written word of God, especially the New Testament letters, to teach you what they assume you do not understand, they were written with a view to the mind of Christ within you. Paul’s main approach in writing his long logical letter to the Roman believers was to systematically destroy the logic of the natural mind that constantly presenting itself as wisdom, while at the same time, he uncovered the truth of their new life in Christ the truth that was their inheritance, the truth that was within them because of the mind of Christ within them.

Rich

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