I wrote this back in 2004, hope you enjoy. Brian
Larry King: Talk to me about freewill.
God: Ok, why is it that finite man will fight for himself having freewill, but then turns around & is offended that I have it?
Larry: Good question. But I think I’m asking the questions!
God: Well,…right now.
Larry: Hmm, right.
Larry: Why is it ok that You picked Israel & not let’s say Syria? Why Jews & not Canaanites? Why Isaac & not Ishmael?
God: Well, I actually started with a man whom I choose, Abraham.
Larry: But why not a guy from outside of Israel, & let’s say from some pagan family?
God: I did.
Larry: Oh that’s right. You did that with Abraham.
Larry: Ok, so why Abraham.
God: To make him a great nation, to bless him, to make his name great.
Larry: I didn’t know that!
God: You would have if you took the Perspectives class at CM. You would have found out that that promise is found a whopping 5 TIMES in scripture!
Larry: Is that the church with that awesome pastor?
God: (God smiles!)
Larry: So you choose to bless this man, his family, & to make a great nation out of them.
God: Yes, but one more thing. I did this so “he would be a blessing”. That, “all the families of the earth would be blessed!”
Larry: Were they a blessing to all other nations?
God: No not really. They kept the blessings to themselves.
Larry: So what did You do.
God: I took the blessings away for a time. And in the meanwhile I have given them to the Gentiles…to My Sons church.
Larry: Wow, I bet that made the Jews jealous?
God: It did. But even in that I sought to win them through that jealousy.
Larry: How is the church doing with the “blessing of the nations” by sharing Your Good News?
God: Well, the 1st group at the time of My Son were told not to tell anybody who He was. And they told everybody. – After His Resurrection He told them to make sure they told everybody… but they seem not to want to tell anybody.
Larry: That’s funny!
God: No, that’s tragic.
Larry: So, I understand you’re still not finished with Israel. As You said You took away their blessing…“for a time.” So, how long before you start up with them again.
God: I’m not telling.
Larry: So it really comes down to “You” choosing…doesn’t it. That’s a lot of responsibility on your part isn’t it?
God: Yes, I guess you’ll have to trust me on that one!
Larry: Isn’t that called faith?
God: Now you’re getting it Larry.
Larry: 1 last question, “Can you tell me why avocados have such large seeds?”
God: “Not yet!”
Larry: That’s fair. – Well, I’m sure you have to get back to “running the universe”.
God: I was!
Larry: Oh, I guess so! – This is Larry King live…w/God.
Did you know St. Patrick was neither Irish nor Roman Catholic?
He was born in Britain. Carried off by pirates at age 16. He was forced to work as a slave in Ireland. After 6 years there, during which he experienced a conversion, he then escaped & returned to Britain & his family.
Later, he had a night vision in which he received a call to evangelize Ireland. St. Patrick ended up becoming the greatest single force in the Christianization of Ireland. Way to Go Pat! Makes me want to go Green.
O Holy Night!
Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Social Justice or Practical Mercy, Its at the very heart of God. It was embedded throughout Jesus’ own story:
- Jesus was Homeless as He didn’t start His life in a home. And toward the end of His life He said, Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.
- As a Refugee He had to flee with His family to Egypt.
- There was Social Injustice shown to all the toddler boys that died.
- He was an Immigrant (a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country) [i.e. Coming from His home country of Heaven, to Earth]
- Thus making Him an alien, an outsider, & living in exile for a time.
Remember this Christmas season “His law is still love & His awesome good news is still Peace!”
Kelly’s pretty amazing with her ability to pull off such a large, themed, spiritual, sensitive, holistic (touching the whole person) Woman’s Conference. From it’s original conception to bringing it to fruition. And having the gift of bringing in so many people into the circle to make it all happen, as a team. She’s good!
Cait & Cal doin nails.
This is my favorite picture from our July/Aug trip to Haiti. My wife Kelly, along with 15 other ladies went to minister to 250 Haitian ladies at a women’s conference. They gave them a manicure & hand & arm massage. They loved it…both those giving & receiving. Way to go Kel & Lady team.