March 29st — God's Adopted Children

Lord's Day 13

33. Q. Why is He called God's only begotten Son, since we also are children of God?

A. B
ecause Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God.[1] We, however, are children of God by adoption, through grace, for Christ's sake.[2]

[1] John 1:1-3, 14, 18; 3:16; Rom. 8:32; Heb. 1; I John 4:9. [2] John 1:12; Rom. 8:14-17; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:5, 6.


34. Q. Why do you call Him our Lord?

A. Because He has ransomed us, body and soul,[1] from all our sins, not with silver or gold but with His precious blood,[2] and has freed us from all the power of the devil to make us His own possession.[3]

[1] I Cor. 6:20; I Tim. 2:5, 6. [2] I Peter 1:18, 19. [3] Col. 1:13, 14; Heb. 2:14, 15.

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A step toward the Realm of Ucan Do-that

Volume 17, Issue 11

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
(Its tattered direction sign marked Freedom,)
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost (amended)


In order to get your physics correct, you must rightly begin with the true metaphysics.
Anonymous


"There must be some kind of way out of here, "
Said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
Business men – they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
None will level on the line
Nobody of it is worth."
Written by Bob Dylan, made famous by Jimi Hendrix—All Along the Watchtower

What isn’t, one day may be!
One of the Principles of Human Uncertainty


While we all currently live in some semblance of a State of Ucantdothat, that doesn’t mean that we must always slop around in this Slough of Despair. You must decide that you sooner or later must pack up your bags and move to the Realm of Ucan Do-that. Sadly few of us get to make that transition, not necessarily by choice, without out an idea, or vaguely have and idea of Do-that really means. Yet as a living and breathing human being Ucan do Something.

To do something, another Principle of Human Uncertainty comes into play. This principle is:
What isn’t, one day may be! Notice the proper understanding of this Principle is may be, not maybe! Furthermore the maybe something will come about by you designing something that comes from your unique personality. If you wait for it to evolve randomly out of the Slough of Despair, well you might as well bend over, but your head between your knees and let the tide of Despair history, drown your sorry behind.

Now the first thing you will learn is your education hasn’t taught you anything of importance relating to The Realm of Ucan Do-that. The establishment has been rigged against you succeeding in your quest. As we discussed last week, in the USA these early decades of the twenty-first century, the “State” is really the main agent of Ucantdothat. The main emphasis is to keep you in the desert, thinking about an oasis where the only water that is available comes through the permitting process of all the local, county, health and/or sewer districts, regional, state and federal governments. I’m not saying that all this regulation is bad, it is just that you don’t need, as in the just completed illustration SEVEN (7) levels of bureaucracy telling you what you can’t do to build a house, or attempt to develop a piece of land.

The American Revolution was not really about taxes on tea, but rather about land and the speculation thereof. Today a new surveyor named George Washington would be considered, the worst kind of land speculator, not the “Father” of the greatest nation in the history of mankind.

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March 21st - Christ and Christians

Lord's Day 12

31. Q. Why is He called Christ, that is, Anointed?

A. Because He has been ordained by God the Father, and anointed with the Holy Spirit,[1] to be our chief Prophet and Teacher,[2] who has fully revealed to us the secret counsel and will of God concerning our redemption;[3] our only High Priest,[4] who by the one sacrifice of His body has redeemed us,[5] and who continually intercedes for us before the Father;[6] and our eternal King,[7] who governs us by His Word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in the redemption obtained for us.[8]

[1] Ps. 45:7 (Heb. 1:9); Is. 61:1 (Luke 4:18; Luke 3:21, 22. [2] Deut. 18:15 (Acts 3:22). [3] John 1:18; 15:15. [4] Ps. 110:4 (Heb. 7:17). [5] Heb. 9:12; 10:11-14. [6] Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:24; I John 2:1. [7] Zach. 9:9 (Matt. 21:5); Luke 1:33. [8] Matt. 28:18-20; John 10:28; Rev. 12:10, 11.


32. Q. Why are you called a Christian?

A. Because I am a member of Christ by faith[1] and thus share in His anointing,[2] so that I may as prophet confess His Name,[3] as priest present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to Him,[4] and as king fight with a free and good conscience against sin and the devil in this life,[5] and hereafter reign with Him eternally over all creatures.[6]

[1] I Cor. 12:12-27. [2] Joel 2:28 (Acts 2:17); I John 2:27. [3] Matt. 10:32; Rom 10:9, 10; Heb. 13:15. [4] Rom. 12:1; I Pet. 2:5, 9. [5] Gal. 5:16, 17; Eph. 6:11; I Tim. 1:18, 19. [6] Matt. 25:34; II Tim. 2:12.

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The State of Ucantdothat

Volume 17, Issue 10

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
(Its tattered direction sign marked Freedom,)
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost (amended)


Only the mediocre are always at their best.
Seattle TV news commentator

In order to get your physics correct, you must rightly begin with the true metaphysics.
Anonymous


"There must be some kind of way out of here, "
Said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
Business men – they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
None will level on the line
Nobody of it is worth."
Written by Bob Dylan, made famous by Jimi Hendrix—All Along the Watchtower

The only certainty is uncertainty!
One of the Principles of Human Uncertainty


Today we begin by continuing our look at the reality where
the only certainty in this world is uncertainty. I’m uncertain just how long we will be stuck looking at various manifestations of this permanent feature, but rest assured, maybe next week we shall, may or might move on to some other topic. This week I will use a little of my personal history to illustrate just where the reality of uncertainty may lead. We begin with the above adaptation of Robert Frost’s famous poem. This translates into the twenty-first century as: “You’re supposed to live and be happy in The State of Ucantdothat!”

I’m not too sure that we ever reach a fork in our life’s journey. True forks require some psychological metaphysics that hasn’t really been the basis of human civilizations for as long as there has been something called culture. Great debates have led to arguments, which have led to violence. Since we first began to mark the passage of our view of linear time, quickly these individual pursuits became the hallmarks of our communities. It seems its easy to forget the positive, yet we remember our wars and celebrate them forever; long after we really understand what we were fighting for in the first place.

So I guess my road diverged not so much in a woods, but rather in an open field on the other side of the woods. I was in my last year at Eastern Washington, just before it became officially a University. It’s funny how we know longer have colleges, but every institution of higher learning now promotes ecstatically its academic prowess, like the university name change immediately transfers small, unknown institutions into the elite class of the best. It’s kind of like getting an achievement award for just showing up. But I’m getting ahead of myself???

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March 15th - Jesus is Savior!

Lord's Day 11

29. Q. Why is the Son of God called Jesus, that is, Saviour?

A. Because He saves us from all our sins,[1] and because salvation is not to be sought or found in anyone else.[2]

[1] Matt. 1:21; Heb. 7:25. [2] Is. 43:11; John 15:4, 5; Acts 4:11, 12; I Tim. 2:5.


30. Q. Do those believe in the only Saviour Jesus who seek their salvation and well-being from saints, in themselves, or anywhere else?

A. No. Though they boast of Him in words, they in fact deny the only Saviour Jesus.[1] For one of two things must be true: either Jesus is not a complete Saviour, or those who by true faith accept this Saviour must find in Him all that is necessary for their salvation.[2]

[1] I Cor. 1:12, 13; Gal. 5:4. [2] Col. 1:19, 20; 2:10; I John 1:7.

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The Uncertainty Constant Principle

Volume 17, Issue 9

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And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Revelation 21:5


The only certainty is uncertainty!
One of the Principles of Human Uncertainty


Those of us educated in western culture, post the World War II era, have been taught, brainwashed or propagandized to believe that as evolving apes from the African savannah this life is all there is; except of course some linear legacy we may create for the future through Social Darwinism, where we have evolved to the ‘point’ where we now live in ‘heaven on earth.’ Central to that theme, is the faux-reality that we need big government to make sure we no longer practice our ‘great ape, survival of the fittest’ tendencies.

Last week in
Half-Pipe Universe we attempted to add a third dimension to our linear hopes, somewhat as a model of what we do now, creating the intellectual liquidity, to help others reach forward into an eternal future—not limited by the horizons we can see through the accumulation of only physical toys, paid-for with universal, continual fiat money creative vaporizations. This eternity is not based upon only the two dimensions of our specific half pipe, but rather an eternity where basically entropy no longer exists in its present form and the future is, in our current mindset, unlimited.

To get a glimpse of this eternity, we must think beyond our understanding of linear limits, rather the reality as describe above in the book of Revelation, where God makes all things new, basically instantly, or more precisely exponentially. Today’s cities are idols to mankind’s, specifically, western culture’s achievements. Transcendent nature with its plains (savannahs) and mountains gives us a glimpse of total eternity reality. It looks eternally old, because God is eternal. When we draw our historic timeline back to the past, we really have about four thousand years of verifiable recorded history, Beyond that we create myths, tales and ‘scientific metaphysics’ to help us create linear origins and destinies.

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March 8th — God's Providence

Lord's Day 10

27. Q. What do you understand by the providence of God?

A. God's providence is His almighty and ever present power,[1] whereby, as with His hand, He still upholds heaven and earth and all creatures,[2] and so governs them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty,[3] indeed, all things, come not by chance[4] but by His fatherly hand.[5]

[1] Jer. 23:23, 24; Acts 17:24-28. [2] Heb. 1:3. [3] Jer. 5:24; Acts 14:15-17; John 9:3; Prov. 22:2. [4] Prov. 16:33. [5] Matt. 10:29.


28. Q. What does it benefit us to know that God has created all things and still upholds them by His providence?

A. We can be patient in adversity,[1] thankful in prosperity,[2] and with a view to the future we can have a firm confidence in our faithful God and Father that no creature shall separate us from His love;[3] for all creatures are so completely in His hand that without His will they cannot so much as move.[4]

[1] Job. 1:21, 22; Ps. 39:10; James 1:3. [2] Deut. 8:10; I Thess. 5:18. [3] Ps. 55:22; Rom. 5:3-5; 8:38, 39. [4] Job 1:12; 2:6; Prov. 21:1; Acts 17:24-28.