“Adam & Eve & shades of grey” #3

Punching the Bible

Okay fellow brothers and sisters of the Lord, it’s time to choose. A giant tidal wave is coming! Do we run in land as far as we can, to a place the wave will not reach us, because we have become one with the world, the earth, the land, the lost? Or do we sail deeper out to sea, the Soul Sailor to be? Do we face the wave? 

We know what we are called to do. So like Gideon, anyone who is afraid and wants to run inland, you might as well go now, but for us Soul Sailors, we need to take a good look at what this wave is made of.

First of all, churches are going to be forced to come out of the grey. They are either going to need to embrace Eve having authority equal to man, and allow her to lead men, teach men, run the church with as much authority as a man, as the Pastors of churches, or…they will need to embrace the scriptures showing a clear difference between the authority God gave the man compared to the woman, which the world knocking at our doors will plainly declare as sexist! They will scream discrimination and throw stones at us “haters”, as we the “haters” throw no stones back. (Not a pretty picture.)

We need to look at some of these scriptures so we know exactly what’s going on. I have preached for some time now that most churches should just tear 1st Corinthians 11 right of their Bibles because we pretty much don’t do any of it anymore! At least not in the way the early church did. You see, this same chapter also includes the Apostle Paul correcting the Corinthians on how they were doing the Lord’s Supper. And if you’ve read much of this site, you know I teach we’re supposed to still be doing a Christian form of the Passover! The Lord’s Supper! A meal! But we’re in too much of a hurry, and we short-form a sacred event that’s meant to be the very template of CHURCH! And we turn Easter into an event including worship of Ishtar, Sun god, Baal, Ashtoreth, Gaia, all of it!

Now let me ask this…don’t you think it is a little odd…that the one chapter of our N.T. that gives such details of the Lord’s Sacred Meal…that we have short-formed and desecrated for decades…is now one of the strongest chapters of the Bible likely to get us stoned! Unless we surrender. Unless we give up our Soul Sailor ways, lower our sails, scrap the sailboat, and never live by the power of the WIND again! And when the Mark of the Beast comes? Your boat won’t float!

Personally…I find this very interesting. We reap what we sow. Just another of God’s tidbits of wisdom concerning how the earth/gaia works. (Intentional small “g”!)

So…we’re coming out of the grey! Yes, my Bible…my Sword from God says homosexuality is an abomination in the sight of God! Is that black and white enough? God says there is something called SIN! And it has separated us from the one TRUE God. It’s not your truth my truth. It’s God’s!

It also says God put man over woman in authority in the Church! Now whether that applies to the world or not? Quite frankly, I don’t even care! Do what you want with it! But when it comes to the sea, the Spirit, and the Sailboat God gave me? Keep your hands off! I sail according to the Eternal Map of God’s Word and it is taking me to a place Gaia worshipers can only dream about! If they want to worship a decaying creation over an eternal God full of everlasting life, then so be it. Their choice. I respect their choice, let them respect mine.

Here’s a few choice pieces from 1st Corinthians 11, (churches will likely burn because of this.) >

But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of every woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.” (vrs. 3-5)

(vrs 7-9) > “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.”

This is just a few of the scriptures from our Bible, which happen to be in 1st Corinthians 11, and there are many other places also, likely to get us stoned as haters. But on this note, while we’re here…

I find it interesting that these scriptures speaks of the man being the “head” over the woman, and just a bit later says that if a woman refuses to wear a head covering when she speaks among men in the church, then she dishonors her “head”. Now is she dishonoring her physical head as in anatomy? Or her spiritual head as in her husband? I would have to say both. This is where the question of who told Eve she could not eat of the tree becomes so important.

I wrote this in this very Blog site like 3 years ago. There is no record of God telling Eve not to eat of the tree. God had put Adam in charge, but that “charge” is meant to be used in “love”, both love for God, and love for Eve. So God expected Adam to instruct her and he obviously did. So what does that mean?

It means when Eve disobeyed the instructions Adam had given her, she was directly dishonoring Adam. She went against his will, which was in obedience with God’s will. And when those “wills” were broken, it was not Adam who gave out the judgments, because he is under authority too! Adam is not God! He answers to a head too! God, the very top of the chain-of-command exercised His own authority. The only authority any of us have, is God-given, and can also be God-taken!

Another interesting note, it is likely Adam added to God’s instructions when he told Eve she could not even touch the tree. For a long time I thought Adam should not have done that, but… I’ve had a thought…we know women are very affected by “touch”…and men more by “sight”! Was it so even then? How very interesting.

So…here we are…according to these scriptures…the will of God…Eve is way out of control in the church! And the toothpaste will not go back in. We are in check! And checkmate is drawing closer everyday! Adam has already lost the garden. God already knows it. Currently the church is managing to hide in the grey, the bushes. It’s just a matter of God showing up, calling us out of the bushes, then Adam will blame Eve and Eve will blame the snake, (of which he is very proud of said fact), and then God will enforce judgment. Where do you want to be? Way out at sea fighting woman/man/Gaia? Or…way in land fighting God?

There is much more to come on this. We’re just getting started!

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We need to turn this ship around and head for sea!

“Adam & Eve & shades of grey” #2

8e4e89f2frevolution2017_png.0 This would seem to be a mock photo of what they wanted to do, and temporarily had permission to do. R-Evolution. Is it time for Eve to lead? Will the female goddesses rise over the male gods? Will Ashtoreth lead Baal? Will Gaia lead Uranus? Will Adam and Eve lose another garden? Will life for Christians in America become a jungle of survival as it did for Adam and Eve on that day they lost the garden? Or do we go silent? No longer testify of Christ? Lay down our Sword and surrender? Become ashamed of our Lord, and His Word?

How can the church stand if the Bible falls? How can the Bible defend itself against accusations of sexism and genderism? Will our faith and our beliefs still be protected by our Constitution? Or is the day coming when Socialism takes over and a so called “hate crime” has more clout than a man’s faith? What happens when the word of Gaia is more accepted than the Word of God?

What will happen is, the “true” will be proven, the church will be purified, the fake will drift away as surely as a morning fog lifts. As the grey leaves, so will the false Christians, because when all things become black and white, the grey can no longer hide you. The church will be real again, but only through much fire and testing. It will involve great suffering. Then the power of God will show up again. Gaia/ Mother Earth will be judged and REPLACED. The real Creator of all will create again!

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Rev.21:1-2)

But were not there yet. We’re more like here. This would be a trademark of Gaia. > > “They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God CREATED instead of the CREATOR HIMSELF, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires.” (Romans 1:25-26a)

The scriptures go on to speak about homosexuality and burning in lust for each other. Dark minds knowing no shame. Gaia will not have the shame Eve had, as she worships Mother Earth, claiming her to be creator of all.

“At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness.” (Gen. 3:7)

There is a fire in that picture above. I must admit, I’m not looking forward to the purifying fires of persecution, but I am preparing for it, and I’m not talking about a “bug-out” site. My treasure is my soul and my God. There will be those God will use in a mighty way during this time. How can we prepare?

Can this flood be pushed back for another time? Only if the church can get back to the standard, and I’m not seeing it. Politics may buy us a little time, but politics is not the answer.

“When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” (Isa. 59:19b)

God looks for a man to stand in the gap, but when no man can be found, when the church no longer is able to hold that standard, then God Himself will need to show up. Can we get back to the standard? Is there a new wine flowing and a new wine skin? I pray there is!

When God spoke to Gideon, the first thing he had him do was tear down the altar of Baal at his father’s house, and also cut down the wooden image representing Baal’s wife, Asherah, a Canaanite goddess! She has gone by many names down through time, but she has never gone away! And she is here today in a big way!

The gods of fertility were always about power, riches, and sex! There were temple prostitutes for men to worship the gods through having sex. Baal was connected to sun worship and prosperity…abundance! How much love of money and prosperity is in the church? And there was the sacrifice of children! How many abortions take place every day in this country? How many in the church? God sees it all!

“Furthermore He said to me, Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.” (Ezek.8:6)

The whole of chapter 8 is about these idols in the temple! Tammuz is mentioned. Worship of the sun is mentioned. He declares they do this in the dark, in secret, and they think God does not see them! But God sees all and he has seen the condition of our temples today, our very bodies that have become the temple of God!

And so…by another strange coincidence…there are these “Burning Man” festivals in Black Rock Nevada, out in the desert, where many thousands attend for one week, and basically it looks like a lot of New Age, and Gaia, and some people not wearing much clothes, and they also build a temple (of sorts), and they close the festival by burning the temple and the statue representing the man. There are plenty of videos you can google on all this.

Adam has made a lot of mistakes and Eve is ready to have her turn. Adam has been very violent and dominant, and Eve is ready to have her turn. But in the eyes of Gaia, Christianity is a male dominant evil sexist and hater who stands in the way of her rise to a one world religion.

As I look at the tea leaves before us…if the church does not get back to the standard… the Green Movement will grow stronger and stronger… Socialism will grow stronger and stronger… Gaia worship will grow stronger and stronger…the rise of woman will grow stronger and stronger… homosexuality will grow stronger and stronger…violence will increase around the globe and truth and justice will fall in the streets. Only the truth of the violent will be heard, and the church in America will finally learn what real persecution is...because we dropped the standarddenied the power…grieved the Holy Spirit to the point of judgement!

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Journey to Micro-Church – #1

Black_elkHoF It’s strange how my story of Church would go back to this guy, Black Elk. I mentioned in my last article how “once upon a time” I left the modern Church system in spiritual frustration at the complexity of it all and took a nine day vacation to the Black Hills to pray and listen for the leading of God. I needed clarity and direction. I needed some answers from God.

I did not know what to expect on that trip, as to how God would give me those answers. But now, what I received there, has led to a vision I began pursuing then, and still pursue today. That vision has become development of a Micro-Church, this Blog site, a prayer garden and free laundry mat from my home, a spiritual retreat in the country, and now the challenge of developing a Podcast to share our Fellowship.

In this continued journey, many words of a native Indian I never knew, or knew of, until those nine days, has become more and more meaningful to me. Today I would like to share this quote from him, from a book called: “Black Elk Speaks”. It is a “partial” quote because I want to focus on a certain “point” of his statement, and I wonder how many of you might feel the same way he did, in the words he spoke. I know I do.

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“But now that I can see it all as from a lonely hilltop, I know it was the story of a mighty vision given to a man to weak to use it;…” Partial quote from Black Elk.

“But now that I can see it all as from a lonely hilltop, I know it was the story of a mighty vision given to a man too weak to use it;…” Black Elk

We may slowly share the rest of his words eventually, for they are so rich, and fit our spiritual drama of this modern day. When I left the religious system to go searching, I knew nothing of Micro-Churches, but my soul was very hungry for something, and as I sought God for answers, I began following those answers one step at a time. Soon we developed a small Fellowship around what we began to see as obvious in God’s Word, and early Church history. Then further down the road I began hearing of Micro-Churches and discovered that was basically what we had already become, without even knowing!

How God led me to the book containing the words of this man is interesting, and as I look back on it, it happened just the way I have learned to be aware of God’s voice. Our nine day trip to South Dakota only had time for so many things, as it is in this mortal world. I had a rough idea of places I wanted to go, as we had vacationed there once before, like twenty years before. I wanted to revisit some places, and explore some new. But one place that was special to me did not fit the schedule, no matter how I tried to work it.

It is called “Harney Peak”. The highest point in South Dakota. A beautiful trail climbing into the mountain leads to that peak. I went there twenty years ago and wanted to do so again, but there was no time if my wife and I were going to reach a point farther west we had picked out. I can’t even remember the name of it now.

We never reached that westward point, because we revisited “Crazy Horse Monument”, only planning on spending a couple hours, but got so caught up there that we both did not want to leave! We spent several hours there, and a town close to it. We both realized we were sacrificing our plan, but we also realized God had a plan and that was the real reason we were there! God was speaking!

So as it were we gained an extra day in the Black Hills and I suddenly realized I could use that day to go alone, up that lonely path, to the highest peak east of the Rocky Mountains. It’s elevation is 7,244 feet. But the weird thing was, every time I tried to find information on the path leading to the peak, I kept finding something called “Black Elk Trail”. This is not what it had been called twenty years ago. As a matter of fact, I learned the name had been changed just before I got there! And who was Black Elk? Why did God have this trail name changed just before I would arrive seeking answers? My brain began whirling with possibilities. And I knew early the next day, I was headed to hike that trail and relive a climb I made twenty years before, but what would that path speak to me now? And continues to speak more and more loudly each day?

I want to do justice to who Black Elk was, and also my experience that day, and where it leads me today. So we will continue our story next episode. To be continued.

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How many times have you said, “I’ll be damned?”

Hell, a place originally prepared for the devil and his angels, per Matthew 25:41, and Jesus is very specific about it. 

Also note, these people being sent to hell have failed many acts of LOVE!

Most people don’t “LOVE”. They “love”.

They love self more than they know, and they don’t LOVE nearly as much as they think they do.

They accuse God of not being LOVE, when the whole time they reject following God because he requires a Kingdom of LOVE. Yes, requires. Is that so bad?

God is REAL LOVE. But most people only know selfish love, or human love, so they are no experts on what LOVE is at all, and so their judgement of God is false, while they themselves continue rejecting a life of LOVE.

Why do you think God declares sex without complete commitment is a sin, and not LOVE? Have you considered how selfish sex without total commitment is, and the many possibilities of damaged lives because of it? That’s not LOVE. And yes, because God actually is LOVE, he requires it. But if we choose to reject God’s way of LOVE, then we are choosing a “Being” other than God, which is Satan. We choose every day in every way.

Planet earth is a test. I guess our current Pope does not think God “leads” people to temptation, so he has approved the changing of our Biblical words of the Lord’s Prayer. But it was God who put that one tree in the Garden of Eden, not Adam, or the devil! And Matthew 4:1 still says Jesus was “led” by the “Spirit” (capitol S), into the wilderness to be “tempted” of Satan. And we could give other scripture.

God does lead us to be “tested”, but it is our “own” lust and lack of LOVE that causes us to be “tempted”. How can God prove us without tests? Who gives the test? God. Who brings you into a spiritual classroom and begins handing out a test? God. And why might God do this?

Getting back to the original scripture in Matthew 25:41, I’d say it is because of the devil and those who followed him. Lucifer and the other angels appear to have been created already in possession of heaven and all God’s blessings, and yet Lucifer could not be trusted. He lusted. He chose actions against his very Creator, the One who gave him power and life! He rose up in hate! And he ruined everything! God’s creation at that time. Which is quite possibly how creation is found in the condition it was in, in Genesis 1:1-2. (One theory, anyway.)

So, we see God creating man. He puts him in a beautiful garden. An earthly paradise. But he also plants one tree man is not to eat of. No problem, right? All those other trees! It should not be a temptation, right? But because of some desire in Adam and Eve, they are tempted. They should not be, but they are. God planted the tree, but he did not cause the temptation. We choose.

Had Adam truly LOVED God and his ways, the way he should have, temptation would have been overcome and the test would have been no problem.

But what of us? Do we feel all of God’s “Do Nots” come from a God of hate and judgement? Or do we realize all those “Do Nots” are actually instructions as to what LOVE really is? Do you see it? Thou shalt not steal? Hate? Murder? Commit adultery? Lie? ETC.

Do LOVE even your enemies. Help those in need. LOVE God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.

Cain asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain was cursed of God. Our scripture in Matthew 25 shows people who failed to help those in need, living a hard-hearted lifestyle, or sin in God’s eyes, as the ones who choose the kingdom of darkness, rather than God’s Kingdom of Light. It’s our choice and we make that choice every day in our word’s and actions, not words only, but also actions.

So God planted another tree! The cross of Christ. And he LOVED us so much, he was willing to die a horrible death on that tree AT OUR HANDS! Yes, God is LOVE whether you choose to believe or not. And God is RIGHT. We are the ones who are wrong. And it’s His creation anyway! Sheesh! How lame are we???

So how many times have you said, “I’ll be damned?” That is a choice “YOU” are making, not God. Your own words out of your own mouth may be warning you! Our test papers prove our choices, whether heaven or hell, God or Satan. But we do choose. And even though God offers us everything we need to choose LIFE, many there be who choose death, and have the nerve to blame God. What kind of evil is that? What kind of darkness?

Light shines in the darkness, but darkness fails to comprehend.

There are those who will hate me for writing these words and putting the blame where it belongs, on us, not God. They do not want to face the truth, and they will hate me while they claim LOVE, but they only have love, if they even have that? Reality check.

Even these words I have written are not to invite hate. No one enjoys being hated. And it can be very dangerous! Just ask Jesus. But LOVE demands that my words shout about a place called hell, if there be any chance some might be warned, open their eyes to the God of LOVE, and swerve away from the cliff they currently are driving towards at break-neck speed, all the while blaming God.

They do not listen to that voice inside, warning them, verifying truth, because they love their life of darkness. That is the truth they hate to admit. They love darkness rather than light. They proudly take God’s test and declare their rebellion against their very own Creator. What kind of evil is that, to hate the very One who gave you existence, and gave you everything you need to have a truly fulfilled life and eternal future. God has not offered us a dead-end street, but a path without end! It’s our choice.

Such people would only ruin heaven anyway, and God’s not going to allow that to happen again. The POSITIVE side of this message is, God offers His LOVE in abundance! If only you could see that and change course! You will be rewarded immediately! And you will never regret! Not if you are REAL. God is REAL, but are you?

“Yinneysnippets” of great Teachers.

three-toed-sloth These quotes can be read in 90 seconds or less, but pondered for a lifetime.

(Study to show thyself approved.)

Quote> “My words are the incarnation of, the offspring of, the son of my thought. So the Word, Jesus, is the Son of the Thought, God. As we look up through the words of a man to understand his thought, so we look up through Jesus to know what God is like. He is like that which we see in Jesus. And if he is, then he is a good God and trustable. I can ask nothing better. Streeter puts it in this way: ‘Suppose your child would come to you and ask, ‘Is God as wise as Einstein?’ You would probably laugh. But if the child should say, ‘Is God as good as Jesus?’ you should be able to say that God is better than any man, but in your heart of hearts you would probably say (to yourself and not to the child) that the real question is, Is God as good as Jesus?’ This is not overdrawn, for the modern doubt is not concerning Jesus, but concerning God.”

Quoted from “The Christ of the Mount”.

Author: E. Stanley Jones / Printed 1931

Chapter: “The Man on the Mount”

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“Yinneythought” for the day.

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To follow Christ is to love gardens and fight jungles.

We serve the God of gardens.

Weeds love speed but gardens grow slow.

The beauty of slow.

Is your day today a garden, or jungle?

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“Fellowship of the White Path”

Jesus walked the red path of His own blood so we could walk the white path of His own righteousness.

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“Yinney” Chapter 27

6000317729_e6e3d2bb13_b Bubba was stunned. “He fulfilled it,” he kept repeating over and over. No one had answered this before. At least not in a way that made any sense. Most had told him it was a progression God was taking man through, like a learning curve. When man failed to succeed in the first covenant, then God provided a better one. But this sloth was saying it was God’s plan all along! It was God’s plan for man to fail and God to fulfill? God said man would fail and then he fulfills? God did not replace the Old Covenant? It was perfect as it was? It was godly, of God, not a mistake?

Yinney added more at just the right time, “Not only did man fail over and over again, but he needed to fail, so he would finally realize he could never save himself. And even today people still believe they can be good enough and earn heaven. It is a salvation by works, not by love and grace. Even with all the evidence of the Old Testament records, and the history of human nature, man still thinks if his good out weighs his bad, he goes to heaven, but that is not the real problem. The real problem is, how can a person ever get rid of a single sin, except to be forgiven, by God? If you only sinned once in your whole life, how could that sin ever be gone?”

Yinney continued, “The question is not about how to be good enough, because we already know the answer is that we cannot! But the real question is, how do we have our sins forgiven and cast away into forgetfulness? How do we get free from even a single sin? Will prayer do it? Will a prayer wheel do it? Only God can decide if we are forgiven, and he decides the ground rules for that forgiveness. And that is what God made available to man, by faith in Christ, when he fulfilled the Old Covenant for us, and ushered in the New Covenant of faith and grace.”

Bubba was silent for a while before finally speaking again. “Your words are very profound,” he said. “I have always been interested in the prophetic. Can you give me an example of how you say, it was prophesied from the beginning that God would fulfill?”

“Oh yes!” Yinney almost shouted in his excitement. “I’ll give you two at the very beginning. So of course these will be Old Testament scriptures. As you know, the Hebrews say it all started with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, when they disobeyed God and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Now they were no longer in a state of innocence, but had to be accountable for their sins. But God immediately begins to prophesy his future salvation when he is passing judgement, and they are about to be exiled from the garden.”

“When speaking to the snake, in Genesis 3:15, God tells the future when he says: ‘And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her off spring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.’ God speaks of a child to come, ‘He’; and ‘He’ will strike your head. Later prophecies even state ‘He’ will be a descendant of King David! And will be born in Bethlehem. It’s very specific.”

“I am aware that Jesus was known as the son of David,” Bubba acknowledged.

Another excellent historical event according to the Hebrews, is when God comes to their forefather, Abraham, and he tells Abraham they will enter into a Covenant, and he is to make the preparations. This is all recorded in Genesis 15. It starts in verse 9.

So Abraham makes all the preparations. Several animals was to be sacrificed and laid open for the ritual, a blood covenant. The strongest of covenants. But in verse 11, vultures begin trying to attack the carcasses and Abraham is fighting them off as he waits on God to appear! But in verse 12 we read the sun was going down and Abraham fell into a deep sleep! And a terrifying darkness came down over him! Had the Covenant depended on Abraham’s strength and ability to do good, it would have totally failed! Abraham believed, but he was weak in his flesh. So when God shows up he begins prophesying the future of the nation that will be born of him, Israel. And Abraham woke up in time to see a smoking firepot, and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. Jesus stood in that place for mankind, not Abraham. That’s verse 17.”

“Abraham would continue to have both failures and successes. The nation of Israel, and the descendants of Abraham, would continue to have both failures and successes. But in the appointed time, the prophesied Messiah himself was born, and he did not fail. He fulfilled the Old Covenant we continually fail, and he ushered in forgiveness of sin, and grace through his blood. Not the blood of animals. They could never pay for sin, but the blood of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.”

Several monkeys started clapping as Yinney spoke those final words. They had been so transfixed by the story, that when the exciting conclusion was spoken, they were moved to applaud.

“It is a wonderful story,” Bubba said, “But we are not convinced of ‘soul’. We seek a Nirvana where the cycle of fleshly cravings and earthly pain is finally broken. We are no longer born again and again to go through this same cycle, because we have finally let go of all selfness, no permanent self. We successfully attain the Eight-fold path, and this earthly cycle finally ends.”

“Yes,” Yinney said. “Christianity is the only faith where salvation, or heaven, or Nirvana, is based not on our works. It is based on our faith and God’s love. You have your own form of perfection you strive for, and if you’re finally good enough, the cycle will finally end. You receive your release. Do you think you can ever be good enough, Bubba?”

Bubba countered with, “Do you think you can ever love enough?”

“No,” Yinney plainly stated. “I no longer have a sin debt, but I have a love debt I can never repay, and that is why I am so grateful to my God for a salvation of grace. The only faith of its kind.”

Yinney and Bubba talked well into the night before finally retiring. They did so in a fellowship of mutual respect. Only time would tell if Bubba would ever decide that perhaps it was true, he would never be good enough. And perhaps this God of grace and love would speak to him too.

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“Yinney” – Chapter 21

Sloth-Hanging-Out_300x300 Yinney was just preparing to head out on his first six day journey to tell others in the neighborhood about his 7th Day Tree and invite all seekers of peace to visit and have spiritual discussions. However, his plans were suddenly interrupted when Lu-Lu, Me-Me, and Jo-Jo came flying into the tree with wings all a flutter!

“Yinney! Don’t go yet! We think we got it!” Lu-Lu blurted out.

Yinney became motionless except for three slow blinks of his eyes as he tried to understand what the three macaws were talking about? First he blinked one time, then a second, and a slow third. “You got what?” he finally asked.

“We got a name for our Fellowship!” Jo-Jo loudly declared.

“Ohhhh, wonderful! Let’s hear what you have come up with this time? Surely it must be a good one to be as excited as you are.”

“Yes! Yes!” all three happily agreed. “It is the best one yet! It perfectly fits the theme of our message and Fellowship. And with you about to go out witnessing, teaching, and inviting, it would help if you have a name for the Fellowship!”

All three macaws were talking at the same time, but he heard every word and was delighted they were taking such an interest. “Okay, what have you got?”

Suddenly the birds went totally quiet, starring at each other with blank faces.

“We never decided who would make the announcement,” Lu-Lu pointed out.

“I think you should, Lu-Lu,” Jo-Jo said. “You’ve been here the longest.”

“Oh but I couldn’t,” she declared. “That would not be fair. We all worked on this. We all prayed about it. We all agreed it was from God. And Me-Me really thought of it first.”

“But you’re the leader,” Me-Me immediately countered.

Yinney watched in amazement as the macaws debated the issue at a speed he could only dream of. Fortunately, there was no schedule to his journey. This was part of his way, a sacred way, the beauty of slow, in which one can always take the time to appreciate the simple things, like enjoying friends just the way they are.

“We could draw straws,” Me-Me suggested.

“Yes! Lets draw straws! I’ve always wanted to do that! It’s on my bucket list!” Jo-Jo excitedly declared. “The short straw makes the announcement!”

“But why is it the short straw that always is the one?” Me-Me asked. “Why not the long straw?”

Or the middle straw!” Lu-Lu added.

The entertainment continued as the bright blue birds flew about gathering three twigs. Then it required another big decision as to who would mix the twigs and hold them. It ended up being Jo-Jo. Finally it was decided it would be the middle straw. Then the macaws drew. After a very diligent comparison, it was decided Me-Me had the middle straw and would give the announcement.

“Ahem!” she cleared her throat signifying she was about to make the announcement. “We believe…as in us three believe…that being Lu-Lu, Jo-Jo, and I, that a very excellent name for our Fellowship would be…wait for it….wait for it… ”

“Oh come on, Me-Me! Just say it!” Lu-Lu ordered.

“The Fellowship of the 7th Day!”

Now everyone was quiet again. A small gleam could be seen growing brighter and brighter in Yinney’s eyes as he meditated upon the possible name. Other names had been proposed over that past week or so, but all were rejected. This was the longest he had pondered. The macaws grew more anxious the longer he took. Was it really taking him this long, or was he exercising them in patience? One could never be sure with Yinney.

“Are you looking for an answer now?” he asked.

“YES!!!” all three birds loudly responded.

“Well I love it. It’s perfect,” he said. “We shall be known as the ‘Fellowship of the 7th Day’, because God finished all his work in six, and then entered REST on the seventh. Adam and Eve were created on that sixth day, and then entered into God’s REST with him on the seventh. And in that 7th Day REST they lived, resting in God’s finished work, until the rest was destroyed by their betrayal. Yes, it is a very nice summation of the heart of our message. Well done Macaws! I will go forth with our new name, the Fellowship of the 7th Day!

The macaws were clapping and slapping each other on the back. They were so happy. “We knew it was the one!” they shouted. Yinney declared they should share drinks and celebrate the new name. There was no hurry to his leaving. And so they did.

Only God can watch the drama playing all over the earth at the same time. The individual lives experiencing joy or sadness; pleasure or pain at any given moment. God was aware of Jerry celebrating his latest big deal over a drink at the bar, and he was aware of Dorothy, Jerry’s wife, home alone and bored.

He also saw Rachel tossing and turning in bed, trying to sleep after eye-witnessing an execution. Even the sleeping pill wasn’t working. He saw Clara as she heard her mother get back up and go to the kitchen. He saw Frank leaving the scene of the crime, climbing back into his car and beginning to drive. He would slowly cruise by Rachel’s apartment, wishing he could go in and comfort her, but that would need to wait, still eight hours away.

He saw the macaws up late still working on the Fellowship name, because they wanted Yinney to have it as he went forth. He would watch them share that name with great joy that next morning, as Frank and Rachel drank coffee at a simple table, and she tried to understand how people can be so cruel.

There were no easy answers. At least none that man wanted to accept, as God watched it all, and brooded over his children, both saved and lost alike.

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