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Pondering God (Part 25)

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25 May. Continuing our study and contemplation of God. He is Holy. Don’t hang up. Really— I’m not going to make you feel too guilty, too soon. Holy is one of the most used words to remind us of the God of Israel. By translation it can mean 'separate' or 'sanctified' or 'set apart.' And by convention most people consider this word to be a religious term having to do with things we are not supposed to do. Holy people don’t smoke, right? They don’t kill or get drunk. Ok so if God is holy, he must not smoke or get drunk.  But God is not interested in such religious appellation.  What holy means to me is that He is other. He is not like us. The psalmist Asaph quoted the Almighty in chapter 50.
“You let your mouth loose in evil and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son. These things you have done and I kept s…

Pondering God (Part 26)

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We are rewinding these FB posts for you on Blogger just now. Enjoy the whole month of May musings.

26 May. Continuing our study of God. Ponder this. He is the Bridegroom. Don't think one of those TV 'reality' shows, please. It's not anything like that. Nor is it like the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meagan. BTW, for a strange list of TV shows about weddings, check (https://www.ranker.com/list/best-wedding-shows/tvs-frank) here. No it's not about romance or money. It's not about a single rose or losing weight. It's not the Bachelor. What is it with God as Bridegroom? He is patient, and loving. He is longing to be in relationship with us. He has proposed to us, not on the basis of our beauty or our usefulness. This is not a marriage of convenience. This is a marriage of chosenness.  Isaiah says this, "And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you. " (62.5) God as bridegroom? Wait, then who is the bride? That's fo…

Pondering God: Part 27

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27 May. Continuing our ponderings on God. Who is He? He is Saviour. This idea of rescue may not be something everyone is keen to consider. To admit a Saviour is necessary is to admit one needs salvation. To admit we need salvation is to admit there are problems beyond our human capabilities to solve. I've been there. I wonder if you've been there? The biggest problem issue we have to sort is the problem of sin. Don't let me lose you here. Sin isn't about how many comic books you stole from the news agent when you were 10, or what movies you watched last week in the hotel room when you thought you were alone. It's much bigger than that. It's the continual inability you have to stand up for righteousness, your inability to control every aspect of your life and bring it under the surrendered control of God. It's selfishness in every sense of the word. It's "I'm first!" rather than how can I love my neighbor. It's when it's all about …

Priva (shhhhhh) cy 101

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Every day I get an email from another company advising me of their privacy policy, that as of a soon-coming date, they had to let me know that to be compliant with some governmental regulations, I had to agree to their revised, updated, new terms of service. I don't even have to click a box. I don't have to sign anything. I just have to agree by using their application or their store's credit card or something by the next date.

I'm weary just re-reading that first paragraph.
I'm weary of receiving these legal mumbo-jumbo notifications.

They came from eBay, from the Sydney Morning Herald, from Twitter, and the grocery store Coles here in Australia.

I appreciate the law and the legal requirements and compliance. Even in Jews for Jesus we have established j4j.co/privacy to assure people from the European Union that we are compliant with GDPR and our exposure to lawsuits is nil. Phew.

What about Joseph James De'Angelo of California? An illegal but effective use of…