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Are the stones crying out???

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5
I find it rather amusing at times to read about the questions that are posed about Stonehenge. If you watch the History channel or PBS you are bound to see that countless hours of time and film have been spent to document or propose a theory on what men believe was the purpose of this group of standing rocks represented to the builders.

Well, to be quite frank, unless some day someone finds the directions and reason behind this formation no one really knows; it is a mystery.

Recently I have begun to think on the idea of stones or rocks as a monument in scripture.

I think of Exodus 24, where Moses was commanded by God to set up 12 stone pillars representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
I think of Joshua 4; where the stones were…

_______ we stand!

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world." John 17:20-24


I wonder why this is so difficult?? Why does it seem so hard to have unity? The middle of the passage that you read above from John 17:23 Jesus is praying that we would be brought to complete unity so that the world would know the love of God for the world (John 3:16).

Jesus tells the apostles in John 13:34 that th…

Serving in times of trouble.

"We serve a God who is able to deliver us, but even if he does not, we will not worship other gods who are false!" (See Daniel 3:16-18)

The three musketeers of faith Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego spoke these words standing outside of a fiery furnace so hot, it roasted the men who were heating it.

It makes me think. It is so easy for me to proclaim the glory of God my life when that glory is not so clearly visible. The hardest thing to do is to praise God when we do not see the rescue...

HOWEVER; we have historical record of the fact that God will not fail. God will be faithful to those who trust and obey. Wether we are rescued from the physical peril we are undergoing, God will always provide rescue. In this life or not; therefore, I will not follow idols (greed, anger, hate, politicians, actors, athletes, teams...) I will follow my ABBA FATHER, My JESUS, and give my self to the prompting and guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT.

"We serve a God who is able to deliver us, but even …

Things...

Things I have read, heard, or watched lately.

Read:
The Shack - A wonderful allegory on the relationship God desires with us and has with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Celebration of Discipline - A good look at spiritual disciplines and why we should desire them in our lives.
This Present Darkness - The first Peretti book that I ever read. The second time, is still as powerful an idea of spiritual warfare as it was the first time.
Heard:
Walking With God - The questions a man asks if he makes walking with God a DAILY desire for his life. (An example is a prayer that God could break my personality if it would make me a better disciple.)Unveiling Your Purpose/Calling - Good thoughts on stretching and searching for the fulfillment of the purpose of God in my life.
Songs from Wendell & Laura - Songs sung by my dear sweet friends that remind me of the gifts God gives us to affect others.Jay Burnam: Songs For God - My favorite new artist! A young man expressing a heart for God.Chris Rice - Sings …

Why...

Why do I do it? Why do you? It seems a peculiar thing to wake up early on a weekend morning, dress up, and drive to a building (set up much like a theatre of sorts) to gather with a bunch of other peculiar people and sing songs, and hear lectures, and discuss someone who lived thousands of years ago, and his Father; a spiritual being that no one has ever seen.

Why would we go and do that?

I know why I go. I go because I believe that In the beginning there was the Word, and that Word was Jesus. I believe that before the world was created, back in the mist of pre-time; God had an idea of me, of you, of all of us as His children (much like we dream of what our children will be like before they are born) as the ones He would love and would love Him back.
I go because this Creator God, the one who formed land and sea and cosmos with speech; formed man with His hands, fashioned him with an image that would mark him as a special creature, a love child...I go because when everything went crazy, …

Looking back

This morning as I sit here at the family computer, and truthfully for the last few weeks, I have been looking back.

I have been looking back at the remarkable journey God has take my family on over the last 4 years, and in particular the journey God has brought to my life for the last 7 or 8 years. Most people that knew me growing up and
especially during the time of life from 18-32 years of age would never guess that I do what I do. "A minister?????????" would be the response you would get from folks who remember.

But you see, I hold on to this, For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.
Take a good look, friends, at who you were
when you got called into this life. I don't see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn't it obvious that God
deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abus…

Have you seen my sword?

"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Cor. 10: 3-5 NIV

"I know you are, but what am I?"
"I'm rubber; you're glue whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you."

After watching the speeches and posturings of our 2 biggest political parties, and having someone show up at my door "polling" about the issues...I have decided that we will not solve the problems that plague our nation just by electing the right pair for president and vice-president.

The problems in our nation are far more reaching than the behavior modeled by many of our citizens. The behavior is simply the manifestation of a much larger problem. The hearts of …

Dreaming

What is it that you dream of? A life goal, or something that you have seen that you are saving your money for? Graduation? From high school, college, graduate school? Maybe you dream of being married, having children...

This morning my darling daughter is walking through the hose singing a Chris Rice song, "Deep Enough to Dream."

"Deep enough to dream in brilliant
Colors I have never seen
Deep enough to join a billion
People for a wedding feast
Deep enough to reach out and touch
The face of the One who made me
And oh, the love I feel, and oh the peace
Do I ever have to wake up

'Cause peace is pouring over my soul
See the lambs and the lions playin'
I join in and I drink the music
Holiness is the air I'm breathin'
My faithful heroes break the bread
And answer all of my questions
Not to mention what the streets are made of
My heart's held hostage by this love"

So. I wonder this morning what dreams are you desperate to not leave? Is it the dream you had as a child?…

Deeper Water

"When He (Jesus) had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into deep water..." Luke 5:4 (HCS)

Growing up in a family that owned a public swimming pool, I spent a couple of days at the pool, and in the water from as far back as I can remember.

My family tells me that when I was just a toddler, my brother was in the deep end of the pool and teasing me to "come on in," and reportedly I did. That one incident did not fulfill my desire for the deep end of the pool though. At the age of about 5 or so, my Mom witnessed me swimming from pole to pole along the rope which divided the deep and shallow end. I remember my own children wanting to get to the deep end of the pool too.

The singing group Casting Crowns has a song entitled "Somewhere in the Middle" an excerpt that leaps out at me is...
"Just how close can I get, Lord, to my surrender without losing all control"

How close can I get to submitting to God and still keep my __________________…

A New Look

Hey Everybody, or both of you, or Mom...whoever is reading this. I am trying to change over to JohnnyBond.net so that there will be no confusion about who is sending out this stuff. I hope that those of you who have been reading will continue, and I hope to blog MUCH more consistently.

Coming as soon as I can figure it all out, a whole new look and focus.

His,
jb