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Vision - Boot Camp

The military uses a Boot Camp training ground to separate its recruits and focus their attention on the processes needed to become a soldier.  As a believer you do have an enemy who is deadly.  Evil exists and will oppose you, so it takes some training to understand who you are and what tools you have to deal with your enemy.  However, before you get to dealing with the enemy, you will have to deal with yourself.....

Prayer is Work
Believing 104

When a person retires from their job, usually they begin to work on other things, perhaps things that they always wanted to do. Usually retired people are active, not necessarily sedentary.  Freedom from a normal job sparks work and creativity.  However freedom given by inherited resources sparks creativity but not necessarily, work.  One .... is free and the other is not......  

PRAYER IS ... Believing 103

The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.  When you pray it is 1st, two things as a Christian.  It is speaking to yourself and speaking to God.  “In other words, in the very moment, when silently I speak to myself, it must be the case that there is a miniscule hiatus differentiating me into the speaker and into the hearer. There must be a hiatus that differentiates me from myself, a hiatus or gap without which I would not be a hearer as well as a speaker.” from Jacques Derrida’s "Voice and Phenomena".........

The Difference between Faith and Reality
Believing 102

The best way to consider faith when it comes to the cold hard facts is to consider faith from a work perspective.  Faith is the vision.  Believing is the everyday planning and work to bring the vision into reality....... 

Believing 101 Continued

Expectations are a two-edged sword.  If your expectations are high and you entrust your desires to God in faith, the results can be miraculous.  However they can also be catastrophic.  It is hard to tell someone that they should not believe God for this or that.  So the best thing to do is to encourage all belief knowing that some of it will not happen because of many reasons........

The Way of Faith 2

The Way of Faith therefore is the way of envisioning a future and working to make it a reality.  How many of us have already walked in the Way of Faith not really knowing that we were doing it.  This process of faith is intrinsic in almost every human endeavor, but religiosity has often made the process mysterious or unobtainable.  Most people working in a company today have to operate in the principles of faith every day.  It is called a project or endeavor.  No matter the name or label we put to it, it is the way of....... 

The Way of Faith

Often when an argument for faith is put forth there are those who dismiss it out of hand without consideration.  We know that great social change is a product of faith.  No one in the civil rights movement knew that America would turn out the way it has, they had faith things would get better and they worked at making things better.  ... However, the fearful often uses the dismissal as a tactic to silence true deliberations........

The Quality Decision

Getting Knowledge and getting Understanding is the beginning of Faith.  Without understanding there is no way to proceed.  You must question the idea, the premise, the belief until you truly understand it.  Once you understand the what is being presented as a belief that you should adopt, then you must make a decision.

Enlightenment

Knowledge is first based in our thought life.  When you hear an argument or receive new information, you have to first understand what you have heard.  Communications is one of the hardest things to accomplish.  We all take it for granted because we have so many ways to send and receive messages. However, messages sent and received do not constitute communication.  In order to achieve communication, one must understand and correctly interpret the message received.

Jacob's Ladder

What is knowledge?  It is a word often used but not fully understood.  It was a word in the 18th century which truly had weight and drama, but now it is a word that is equated with information.  However information is not knowledge. What does it mean to know something?....

Trancendence

What if you live your whole life and miss the point of the whole thing!  What if life is not about what we have been taught that it is supposed to be about?  I have often pondered upon this notion and it is one of those thoughts that comes back to me every so often.  When you are working a job that you hate, this thought floats about in your mind.  When you are with a person who no longer makes you happy, this thought sits in the back of your conscience......

Visual Reinforcement

Isaiah 26:2-4 King James Version (KJV) 2. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. 3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:  I have thought of .. this scripture as  an explanation on how to have peace of mind for Christians.  Keep your mind on the Lord and He will keep you in perfect peace.......

Visual Influence

How do we mature as a people of faith?  Service.  Through service we understand what it takes to live, what it takes to generate life outside of the womb.  It is the service of a Father to a son that he loves which generates life.  It is service from a Mother to a daughter which generates life.  Life is a product of love and service......

The Visual Elements 
of Faith

Leviticus 18.  Most people associate these laws with sexuality and because the word nakedness is there so many times, sexuality is definitely inferred with these laws.  And later the phrase “lie with” indicates this chapter is definitely about sex.  However what is surprising is how many things we should not look at or “uncover the nakedness of”.........  

Culture Clash

Entertainment is a culture carrier and a culture modifier.  What you allow in your home really does affect the outlook of your family.  There is a difference in your personality based upon what your parents allowed and what they did not allow.  A positive attitude is often an outlook based upon a lack of information about others.  Positive parents can lead a child to believe that most adults are positive.  Negative parents can accomplish the opposite.  The culture of the home is the first culture......

How can entertainment Relate to faith in God?

Our faith is closely tied to our encouragement.  Let’s face it.  No one will say it.  Church leaders demonstrate it but don’t speak of it.  Denominations tried to get rid of it, but it remains.  The Catholic church sought it institutionalize it but the protestant church and so many other offspring, prove that it cannot be contained.  Faith in God cannot be contained, controlled or administered for long.......