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A little bottle: part I, the gravel road

by Bart

The gravel road

There was once a little water bottle. It’s label had been torn off from the nervous picking of a previous owner. It was dirty from being thrown out the window of a pickup and landing in a puddle. The small amount of water remaining had been fouled by backwash. Every once in a while someone would walk by the sad little bottle look down and then pass by without even breaking stride. There were once even a pack of young boys riding dirt bikes looking very thirsty who passed the dirty, nearly empty, little bottle lying in that mud puddle, but they did not stop. This was the life of the bottle until one day a man walking down the road looked down at the bottle. He stooped and picked it up. This man shook the muddy water off, removed the old label and the top, and then poured the remaining water out of the little bottle. Then two very odd things happened. First the man filled the bottle with water, the clearest, coldest, best water anyone had ever seen. Secondly he took the cap between his thumb and forefinger and flipped it out of site. He then sat the bottle down on the side of the road. There the little bottle sat cleaned up and full of that special water, but without a cap.

The bottle ask the man why he had thrown it’s cap away after cleaning the bottle, removing it’s old label, and filling it with the most wonderful water. The man looked down at the bottle and said, “The water is meant to be poured out”. The bottle just sat there trying to make sense out of what had just happened.

God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us. Romans 5:5 NCV

Throughout his ministry Jesus was ridiculed for hanging out at the wrong places with the wrong people. Christians have surely heard of being in the world, but not of the world. What in the world does that mean? How do Christ followers interact with these people called the world? These questions have surprising answers. The story of a little water bottle will help us understand the answers to these questions by looking at the example of Jesus during his time on earth. I hope you enjoy following the little bottle through it’s adventures.

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Introspection

by Bart

The idea comes to me that introspection is critical to full fill the call of living in the light (1John1).  The key to introspection is the inspection of the interior, my heart, must be done with the Eyes of God not the eyes of man.  If I engage in introspection using my own eyes then I am vulnerable to the lies of satan as I compare my heart against the worlds standards.  Only the eyes of God can see the motives of my heart and only God fully knows the standard against which I should be measured.  That standard is Jesus!

 

The good news is this required inspection can be accomplished by the helper.  God as the Holy Spirit living inside me has a direct line to my inner self….to places even I can not go……to the yearnings of my heart.  I must only be open to the spirit.

 

Holy Spirit please search my heart and show me the darkness you find that I may repent before Father by the blood of Jesus.  Please help me meet my sin with your strength as it is far beyond my own strength.  I love you…..bart

Glass House Living?

by Bart

The book Contrarians talks about glass house living as an alternative or supplement to accountibility groups. What do you think?

Ale

by Bart

May this life be,

in balance containing good ingredients in the right proportion,

exciting….a story worth living..as the hops spice and preserve,

of you not the world lest the wild yeast sour your perfect plan,

expectant waiting in faith for each new batch…that first draft,

filled with awareness of your divine spark of making it all good.

Lord may I be like this Ale.