February 8th, 2006


sanctification ... again?

Hmm... God does have a way of bringing things to my attention that are timely... The following was posted to the no_compromise community.

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I refer back to my entry of Sunday night... This is not the first time I have been confronted with the issue of sanctification. In fact, it is not the second... I have been reading Merle Strege's book, I Saw the Church, an overview of the history and theology of the Church of God Reformation Movement. Sanctification was once a central doctrine of our faith. It is considered by some people to be a divisive issue. Why? Maybe the divisive issues matter most... Maybe this is why they are so divisive. It seems there are answers to be found if only we will look to the Lord! He is not a god of confusion but of sound mind!

If we are called to a life of holiness, it is also a life of abundance! If we are called to a life of suffering, it is not required to be a life of misery. Pain and happiness can coexist. A quote floated around my church earlier this year--I have not posted my notes from a number of services but will post them later and backdate them. "There will be great moments of sorrow this year and great moments of joy ... and moments of ordinary time in between." I don't know where it came from. Maybe someone made it up. In any case, it's profound. What is holiness but what I do with my moments? "In everything you do, do it all for the glory of God."

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    Sierra wandering and my scanner scanning

Meghan and the church

Dad and I went tonight to the second of four classes in a continuing educaion course on Biblical archeology. The classes are being held at a local church. When we arrived, a child, about 11 years old, stood in the door, blocking the way. "What you want me to do with your dog?" I was not ready for this. I had had a seizure in the afternoon and was still struggling to maintain awareness of my surroundings and which side was left and which was right, keep myself from falling on the ice, etc. I asked him to repeat himself, and he did. "What you want me to do with your dog?"

I was shocked. I didn't know what he meant. Was he proposing to take Meghan away, put her somewhere? Was he trying to say that I couldn't come into the church with her?

Dad said, "Just let us in." I pushed past the child; and Dad gave me directions to the staircase leading up to the sanctuary.

The child said, "You can't take that dog in here."

"Yes, she can," Dad said. "It goes wherever she goes."

Another child, about six or seven years old, said, "She can't see! That dog has to go with her!"

But the damage was already done. I was already fighting off the urge to turn away and go home, assuming that I was unwelcome because I am led by a dog. I was already pushing away the tears because I had come here to listen to teaching. It had not started yet; but everyone was singing so joyfully! I had gotten in, hadn't I? Continuing to be emotional about this would only have been "obsessive." But I had been pushed away from the house of God! And it was wrong! Thankfully, I understand that He exists and loves me even though I cannot see Him. Many people don't. They go away without ever meeting Him. That child at the front door could be the first Jesus they meet!

Thank You, God, for loving me no matter how I come to You. And thank You, Dad, for going with me and making it possible for me to enter the house of God.

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    music in the church

pottery images and my reaction to the event earlier

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Pottery images... What do they mean to me? What do these say about the sovereignty of God?

The creation account in Genesis 2 is a pottery image.

That Isaiah passage... I, in my wounded state, could so easily curse God and quarrel with Him for making me blind! Many people do. "Why do I have to be blind?" That is one thing that did not enter my mind. The thing that did enter my mind was, "Why in Your house? Why in the one place where I should be welcomed with open arms?"

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