Sunday, September 15, 2013

Marriage Monopoly



The Lord has a monopoly on the marriage market.  Only one concept of marriage gets His nod: Kingdom Marriage.  Even so, it is obvious in our day many pseudo-concepts of marriage appear in the market.  They are temporary dot-coms—here today, they will all be gone tomorrow.  Many of the evaporating marriage concepts are easy to spot.  Some however, are not.  One not-so-easy-to-spot concept is popular in mainstream American Christianity today.  It often flies under the banner of "God, Country, and Family".  In this concept, marriage is viewed in isolation from the Body of Christ and Christ's Law.  In this concept the marriage couple raises children for themselves, their family, or their nation, all the while seeking the blessing of God.  They should not expect to find it.

We are reminded in the Psalms:   

"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain."

The Lord is said to build the house when its builders follow His design.

The Lord created marriage, and He designed it to build up His Kingdom on earth.  He designed it to build up the Body of Christ.  Marriage is a joint operation—a joint operation between The Lord and His diversified, worldwide Church.  Marriage is designed to be an intentional and deliberate Kingdom building act on the part of Christian parents and the Church.  And children have always been destined by The Lord to be propagated and raised as Christ's disciples—"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right."

Christ Himself said, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  "All these things" is the manifestation of The Lord's blessing.  Without "all these things" our marriage is a flower pulled up by the roots.  We may appear at the moment to have bright colors; The fade is just a matter of time.  We live by The Lord's blessing.  We perish by its lack.  Is your concept of marriage Kingdom Marriage?  If not, you can change that today.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

THEM!



Devastation. Destruction. Decimation.  THEM!  A by-product of testing the Atom-bomb, these tractor trailer-sized sugar babies were a force to be reckoned with—nobody touchin' their ant colony.  Unfortunately for THEM, their days were numbered.  They were just a 1954 black and white Hollywood fake.  Really.  No more ants in the pants.  Nevertheless, a real and much more fearsome THEM remains.  A THEM much more devastating, destructive, and decimating.  A Divine force for righteousness.  All in living color.  Just watch how the dark side reacts!

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created THEM."

The real THEM is a by-product of testing the Adam-bomb; infused with grace and power from on high, THEM put no confidence in the flesh.  The real THEM is a mission-minded couple—you and him—that's part of a Holy colony being formed on planet Earth.  The real THEM have a sure future, no temporary phenomena here.  THEM are indestructible and even rise from the dead.  As a holy union between God, woman, and man, THEM have the King's presence, power, and blessing; they have the power to replicate.  In the midst of a dark and shadowy world, a holy couple can confidently say:

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me". 

Discouraged by every creeping thing that creeps on the earth in our day?  Long for a New Earth where righteousness dwells?  Rise above it.  Ditch the him-her mindset and become a THEM.  Get some holy ants in your pants (and skirts) and start wreaking some holy havoc in this present world.  Colonize for the King!  You can be assured of His blessing.

"And God blessed THEM. And God said to THEM, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review of Horace Bushnell's "Christian Nurture" (1847)


"We have been expecting to thrive too much by conquest, and too little by growth."
--Horace Bushnell

By the early 1800s an individualistic conception of conversion had taken root in the American Christian mind, a conception which mentally severed children of believing parents from the Kingdom of Christ--at least until a visible conversion could take place. As a result, children of believing parents were seen as objects of evangelization, instead of Christ's disciples. En masse, parents began to walk by sight, not by faith. The Kingdom would suffer.

By the mid 1970s, with the enabling of "the pill" and credit legislation that extended easy credit to husbands and wives jointly, a definitive choice was made by a majority of parents to abandon the home as an incubator and bootcamp for developing soldiers of Christ. Sheetrock and a new Chevy displaced a "godly seed" and became the new anticipated kingdom of God on earth. Today, the Church plows ahead with evangelism, hoping to outpace the crumble rate of member marriages and families by continuously adding new blood.

Christ declared the Kingdom that He would build would continuously progress and endure forever--it was goin' global. As the prophet Daniel foretold: "...the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth." Toward this amazing and optimistic Gospel end, Horace Bushnell's "Christian Nurture" is nuclear war, laying out a solid Scriptural argument for the priority of Gospel procreation and family-based discipleship. This is a must read for all enthusiasts of Christ's Kingdom!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Push!

"The 5 Reasons Marriage Scares Men"
  —From an anonymous secular male blog:

#1. Loss of Power
#2. Divorce is Terrifying
#3. We Compare Our New Relationships to Old Ones
#4. Ridiculously Expensive, Lavish Weddings
#5. We're Flooded with Anti-Marriage Messages



The New World of Massachusetts in the early 1600s was a desolate and daunting place. Its rocky landscape and its cold, harshly uninviting environment made it one of the last places on earth anyone would want to colonize. If there was a Paradise, Massachusetts was Hell. This is the way it was viewed—a no man's land. Yet Massachusetts was colonized by an elite few that pressed through a perception filter by faith, and as a result they were tremendously blessed by God. Kingdom-minded men face a similar perception filter today, only this New World is marriage.

Family desolation.  We are told "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it" and yet we've passed through a housing boom whose builder and maker was not God. It has turned out to be a housing bubble gone bust, and the devastation is widespread and grim. The carnage is real and gets personal. It was a housing boom built on sand. To look around is scary.  We need to look up.

The first blessing given to man by The Lord God was given to the man and woman as one. It was given to a married elite. It is a blessing He's still desirously handing out today to an elite who walk by faith and not by sight.  Will we trust the Lord?  The Lord is ever desiring to bless and populate His world. His blessing of marriage is like a baby waiting to be born.  He's just waiting on us to push!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It Takes Two Ta Tango

Marriage is popularly despised or minimized.  Nevertheless, the God of love generally multiplies through romance.  This is the way He builds civilization on planet earth.  The world began with a marriage, and a marriage will initiate the beginning of the age to come at Christ's return.  And every significant move of God in between will be a mirror image of them both—Christ is the Lord of this dance.

It was the Father and Son jointly who said “Let Us make man in Our image”, and that “image” was the man joined to his wife —the Father and Son move by replicating unity.  Not to deny individuals are also made in the image of God, but couples have the ability to reflect the Divine Image more fully, and multiplying the image of God on earth is what our Creator is all about.

The Lord has a special affinity for twos.  This is primarily how Christ sends His disciples on mission.  The animals before the flood were brought into the ark two-by-two, and it was the same for Noah and his three sons —four couples ruled the Ark and established the New World.  In 1608 Captain John Smith found out it took marriage—not men—to tame a wilderness called Virginia.  John Winthrop discovered the same in Massachusetts Bay.  America was founded by moms and dads and started with a boom —we’re talkin’ a baby boom!

Great moves of God generally start in the bedroom, not the board room or voting booth.  And, they don’t depend on prime financial times —it takes faith, hope and love to build a marriage, not money.  The Lord of the dance has the world as His dance floor, and He's looking for faithful men and women to light it up.  Those who could care less, please step to the side.  Christ’s Kingdom will be built by doing the Tango not a line dance, and for the Tango...baby, it takes two!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Positively Poor



The mid-70s marked a paradigm shift in America as changes in federal credit law and changing attitudes toward marriage and the family converged to form a new economy.  Dual-income families became the norm and inflated the prices of everything in sight.  The single-income family came under financial siege.  Homeschoolers would feel the brunt.

Homeschoolers—present and potential—face a financial predicament, a predicament to which most of the popular homeschooling advocates are blind.  The popular advocates, unlike a majority of their homeschooling listeners, are swimming in a pool of huge financial support, and it is easy for one's condition to be superimposed on everyone else—one popular homeschooling advocate suggested daughters be taught how to manage a six-figure income.

When the Lord brought the children of Israel out of Egypt they were poor, dependent on the Providence of God.  This was the Lord's doing.  Similarly, our nation was established by men and women of faith, not means.  Likewise, the Lord is in the process of forming a new nation even as I write, even as the corpse that envelopes the new nation rots.  The new nation will be established by a faithful elite.  The new nation will be established by the positively poor.



"Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?"

-James 2:5 (NASB)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Elections Reveal

An election reveals much about a people.  Take a look at Israel past:

It was election time in Israel, only instead of voting at the booth, the people made their intentions known to their electors, a single elector in this particular case – the prophet Samuel:

"And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel."
-1 Samuel 8:1 (NASB)

"His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice."
-1 Samuel 8:3 (NASB)

The people were not happy with Samuel's choice.  Nothing wrong with this, his sons were obvious scoundrels.  But is this what concerned the people?

"and they said to him, 'Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations. ' "
-1 Samuel 8:5 (NASB)

The Lord was not happy with the people's choice.  Why?

If we break it down, we will see that what the people were looking for was not a righteous replacement for the flagrant unrighteous sons of Samuel, but a government like the unrighteous nations that surrounded them.  The people were rejecting the Lord and His righteousness:

"The Lord said to Samuel, 'Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.' "
-1 Samuel 8:7 (NASB)

Election time in Israel had revealed the people's heart – it was a heart that could care less about righteousness!  Israel was definitely NOT seeking first the kingdom of God and what He said was right.

Israel would get the government monster they deserved.