Weekend Words & Sunday Stanzas – 11/20/2011

We have not stayed in the same place with our roommates of a year and a half for longer than a couple of hours at a time since Tuesday. After a year and a half of sharing a small amount of space with people, that feels weird. We might get used to it, but it still feels weird. The good news is that we are pretty much all moved … into our separate apartments across town from each other (it is just the way it worked out, honest!). In any event, missing each other is the inspiration for posting today’s poem. I have a hope you will enjoy!

AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Remember Who to thank for all of your blessings (and trials)!

too long away
daniel m  klem

i spent too much time
trying to please my friends
but that will not help
when my life ends
i would act a certain way
even when i knew
doing so at all
is not for You
but now i am back
and i know how to live
i will live the life
with my life to give
and Your Will will show
in everything done
and all will know
i live for the Son

Taken from simple words for God from a simple man of God by daniel m  klem, page 89.

Moving things

Like literally. There is a short break happening with this blog, because my wife and I are moving.

Your homework, then, is to think of an analogy which describes the nature of the Trinity. ALWAYS FUN TIMES!

God bless you until we converse again!

Weekend Words & Sunday Stanzas – 11/13/2011

This poem sort of applies to the topic this week, but really it is a combination of being about love for another and God’s love for us.

those eyes
daniel m  klem

those eyes look on me
they offer me peace
when i am troubled
and my anger doubled
i feel those eyes stare
stare at me with care
but even though i fear
even when you are near
your eyes protect me
from whatever may be

Taken from simple words for God from a simple man of God by daniel m  klem, page 30.

Misunderstood Identities

I just might do a series based on the teachings I have done the past couple Sunday nights. Today’s post is an adaptation from the first night, October 30th. The two lessons were titled “Masks: Judging others” and “Masks II: Living for others.”

                                                    

Everyone wears masks. Masks hide our emotions. Masks hide our true thoughts. Masks hide our face behind make-up, humor, and life-style.

It is how we use our masks which can cause so many problems between each other. Today’s focus is sexual identity.

Our culture has turned sexual activities and preferences into identities. (Ephesians 4:17-19)

  • The average homosexual will not tell you about struggles with same-sex attraction. He is a gay man. She is a lesbian. Life
    revolves around their same-sex attraction. There is no separation between sexual desires and life in general.
  • A “playah” (a.k.a. pervert … sorry, guys) only knows a life of chasing women. It carries over into every area of life. Think of Barney from “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS. If you have ever watched the show, you know that Barney is a sweet guy, but he hides it behind skirt-chasing and getting with babes.
  • Many feminists make empowerment of women and hatred toward men the only way they can live. Real feminism seeks equality with men with the understanding that there are differences between the two genders. So-called “radical feminism” is what gets people’s attention, because radical feminists are the loudest. Some at least have been honest enough to admit that they want to see the roles completely reversed, that women should be the ones in power if men are even necessary. Their entire lives become replacing men, not seeking equality.

This is a general group with only three sub-groups listed. For this general grouping, there is a tendency for Christians to just write them off as beyond help or just crazy. We either want nothing to do with them or spend the majority of our time telling them how sinful and evil they are, or, worse, talk about how sinful and evil they are behind their backs. Our understanding can be just as darkened as theirs is of God’s love, grace, and justice (this last one includes his strict laws and wrath as well as forgiveness through Christ).

For years I based my identity on being single. I sometimes went out of my way to alert others to my singleness. This is no different, and I know and know of many people who do or have done the same thing.

Marriage is understandably different, especially from a biblical perspective. This is because the Bible tells us “the two will become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:8; 1 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 5:31), and that means each person’s identity changes. They are not complete without the other.

David and Jonathan (Starting in 1 Samuel 18) demonstrated that marriage is not required for this kind of relationship, the kind in which one person is not complete without the other. It is not the same thing as marriage, but more importantly they did not base their entire lives on the other person. For both of them, their true devotion was to God.

This is not an argument about whether or not homosexuals, “loose” people, feminists (or chauvinist of any kind), or any other people who base their identity on sex and gender (or variations on gender) can be Christians or go to Heaven. The real argument here is that the problem has arisen that those who focus so much on “sexual identity” are not focused on God. Their understanding of God has been darkened.

The problem is selfishness. Sometimes selfishness can include others, including in a loving relationship. It reminds me of Terry Hoitz (played by Mark Wahlberg) in “The Other Guys”. He was so frustrated that his tagline was illogical (but quite hilarious): “I am a beautiful peacock! You have to let me fly!” ((If you are wondering why this is so funny, peacocks are semi-flightless, only able to go relatively short distances of a few hundred feet across land and fifty feet up.)) The reason I think of this line is that peacocks are often associated with pride and arrogance, and this line is slightly illogical as is basing your entire identity on how or with whom sex is or is not performed.

And just to make sure it is understood: None of my statements of the three sub-groups listed above are meant to be taken as universal. That would also be a logical fallacy and undermine my entire argument. All people, even Christians, can base their understanding of life on crazy, inappropriate, and sometimes weird things … not just sex (though you can see Christians and the religious right who focus on not practicing certain sexual act or preferences or whatever you want to call them).

So what say you? Am I right? Am I wrong? Am I off the mark or right on? Any comments to help clarify, support, or debunk my claims?

Weekend Words & Sunday Stanzas – 11/06/2011

I am happy to say that our Lord has come back from the dead! He is risen!

Since April of this year, something Pastor Chuck Swindoll said has stuck in my mind:

“Many people ask why Christmas seems to be a bigger holiday than Easter if our whole faith is based on the Resurrection. Well, it was so important that it is not celebrated once a year, but 52 times a year. Every Sunday!”

Enjoy.

Redeemer lives
daniel m  klem

my Redeemer lives
the world testify
all about how
He gave His life
so that we can
be justified
and be with God
who is Most High
my Redeemer lives
i tell no lie
they crucified
Him for our lives

Taken from simple words for God from a simple man of God by daniel m  klem, page 171.

Back from the Dead

Today is All Saints Day, Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, All Hallows, or Hallowmas. No matter what it is called, today is a day that celebrates those who have come before and moved on to the next life. No matter the history of today and Halloween (All Hallows Eve, the day before All Hallows/Hallowmas … think what Christmas Eve is to Christmas), there is a rich history all over the world of honoring or venerating the dead.

I will not get into whether or not it is okay or even good to do such things or celebrate holidays here. That is for later.

I want to discuss death.

The picture I have above is from the website zombiejesus.com, and it is definitely satirical but not theologically sound. They quote two verses from the Bible:

1) He came back from the dead
Acts 2:24
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him

2) He encourages zombie like behavior
John 6:53
Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have  no life in you”

As someone said elsewhere, “While precocious PKs (Pastor’s Kids) may try to pull off the Zombie Jesus costume, passionately asserting that Jesus did rise from the dead, a quick-witted parent will counter that He did NOT, however, rise from the UNdead.” The point: A zombie is the walking dead; Jesus defeated death. Zombies are in a state of perpetual death, never satisfied and never resting; Jesus was freed “from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him” and satisfies all our needs and gives us rest.

I have to point out that it should be “zombie-like,” with a hyphen. Other than nitpicking grammar, zombies do not drink blood. That is vampires. Therefore, they would have to include that Jesus is a Vampire. However, they are both undead creatures.

Ooh! There is a good point. These things are still creatures – CREATED THINGS! Jesus is not created, He is “begotten” or comes directly from God and IS GOD!

Moving on, I actually agree with this point for the humor-value (after fixing the small grammar issue), especially seeing as this very point is what kept many from becoming Christians in the first few centuries of the Church’s temporal existence. Though it is misguided, since we eat bread as Christ’s body and drink wine/juice/water as Christ’s blood.

Jesus is not a Zombie.

You might still here me (if you know me personally) occasionally refer to Christian Zombies, but it is slightly different (but only slightly).

Also, do not worship the dead or pray to them in the sense that you expect them to actually help you. They might hear you ask them to speak to God on your behalf, but if they do hear prayers (pray essentially means “ask”) I must confess to not thinking it matters much (sorry Catholic friends and family, but I have a point). We have a mediator: Jesus Christ. As I said above, He is God and is our connection to God through the Holy Spirit.

Weekend Words & Sunday Stanzas – 10/30/2011

I have four poems for you today. Each was written on the same day. Each is short! Happy Halloween?

Better …

GOD BLESS YOU!

 

through me

the burden gone
You with me
i give thanks
for Your Love
and all You do
with and through me
keep Your Love
moving through
to touch me
and all i know

You filled me

Lord  You have filled me
and i can barely stand
Your Love is so great
i want to show man
they all will know what You do
for every one that knows You
and those who do not know
His Love extends to them  too

 

everything that hinders

you touch me with grace
the grace with power to free
not free in only the physical
but freedom from sin
and anger and grief
and everything that hinders
amen

 

my letter to You

God
You are Awesome
fill us all now
and free everyone
You are my King

Sincerely
me

Taken from simple words for God from a simple man of God by daniel m  klem, pages 185-88.