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Why don’t we use the word “Repose” anymore?

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“Now there was a famine in the land… The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.  Stay in this land for a while and I will be with you, I will bless you’… So Isaac stayed and planted crops in that year, and in the same year reaped a harvest a hundred fold becasue the Lord blessed him.”  Genesis 26

 

In church on Sunday I happened to be having a good Spanish day, my mind tracking exactly with what the pastor was preaching.  I got into the zone where I didn’t have to be translating back into English as I was listening, I was just thinking in Spanish.  Then the pastor said a phrase that just caught in my mind.  He said, “Repose en El”.  I knew he was saying “Rest in Him”, but I got stuck on the word Repose.  I tried to think of the exact English word.  I know we use the word Repose in English, but I just couldn’t think in what context.

So I went home and looked up the word in the dictionary, I mean on the internet.  And I was thrilled with what I found.  “Repose” does indeed mean rest, relax and lay down.  But it also has other uses.  It can mean:

a state of being at rest

peace, tranquility, calm

a dignified calmness of manner, composure

to rest from work or activity

to refresh by rest

to put confidence or trust in a person or thing

to put under the authority or at the disposal of a person

to deposit

This was very interesting considering the context.  The message was about what to do when a Crisis comes to your life.  When a Child of God finds himself in a Crisis of some kind, he should tune his spirit to the Lord and find out what God’s plan is.  We are not to strive and worry and stress.  We are not to follow the plans of our own minds or the natural ways of the world.  God’s ways are not our ways.  Very often God’s ways are contrary to our logic and our instinct, but if we follow His instructions, we will reap a harvest even in times of drought.  He will bless us for our obedience.

When the Crisis comes, Rest in the Lord.  Put your confidence and trust in Him.  Put yourself and your wellbeing under the authority of God.  Put all you have at God’s disposal to do with as He sees fit.  Make your deposit in the Lord.

Your calm manner, your peace and tranquility in the face of general panic and chaos will strike a stark contrast with the ways of the world.  Your soothing manner will become an oasis.  You will be the calm in the center of the storm.  When you repose in Him, you will become a very appealing oddity in the worried eyes of the world.

Are you ready to Repose in Him?  When all the world is in a panic, can you trust and rest and remain calm?  Only a true child of God will be able to put their trust in Him in the time of crisis.  Make your deposit safe in the Lord.  Repose in Him when the storm rages around you.

One of my favorite pictures. If you look closely, the guy in the doorway is holding a cup of coffee. Love that!

 

Fortune Cookie Faith

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There are a lot of books being written in the Christian Living Genre that are just plain brainless babble.  I get so sick of seeing status updates from Facebook friends who are quoting their latest guru.  People just don’t know how to THINK anymore.  And the Christian psycho babble that passes as “good writing” just infuriates me.  It reminds me of the Witch Science scene from Monty Python’s “The Holy Grail.”

It used to be called Bumper Sticker Christianity because you would find these pithy little sayings glued to the bumper of every car sporting a fish decal.  I AM a Christian and when I would see Christian bumper stickers, it would make me want to ram the back of this idiot’s car just to remove that dumb saying from the face of the earth.  I can’t imagine how irritating it would be for a Non-believer.  I don’t have any issue with free speech, my issue is with stupidity.  The only bumper sticker that I’ve ever seen that I actually would put on my car was the one that said, “Stupid should hurt.”  I whole-heartedly agree with this.

I think of these quotes from shallow Christian authors to be on the same level as fortune cookies.  They are about as deep and equally likely to be true.  For example, I read this on my Facebook wall today, “If you want God to do something NEW in your life, you cannot keep doing the same OLD things.  DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.”  Holy Subjects and Verbs, People!  If I want God to do something new, then I have to do something new?  Wouldn’t that just mean that I am doing something?  Where is the evidence that God’s works are connected to my works?  Can God be so easily manipulated?  Does God copy me?  Seriously, I’d like to hear where these guys come up with some of this mental fluff.  It’s like cotton candy for Christians.  It’s fluffy and sweet, but nutritionally void of any value and likely to make you hyper.

Give me a deep thinker with a logical argument and I am far more likely to quote him.  I agree with author and speaker Ravi Zacharias who argues that Post Modern thinking lacks logic.  One of the qualities of Post Modernism is the ability to hold conflicting ideas simultaneously.  This idea for example, “All religions lead to heaven.”  First of all, all religions do not CLAIM to lead to heaven.  Second of all, almost all religions CLAIM to be the EXCLUSIVE way to wherever they are going.  So that, logically means that SOMEONE has to be wrong.  We can’t all be right, because we all say we have the ONLY way.  But there are millions of people who are completely willing to embrace these two conflicting ideas embedded in the simple statement of All roads lead to the same place.  In real life, do all roads lead to the same place?  No.  In the math world, do all lines lead to the same point? No.  So why would you embrace that idea on a spiritual plane?  It’s illogical.

“Truth by definition is exclusive.  The moment you affirm something, you exclude anything that challenges that.” ~Ravi Zacharias

Yet time and again I read these fortune cookie quotes on my Facebook page and I just shake my head that this is what passes as Faith now days.  Watch this youtube video blog featuring a 5 minute clip of Ravi Zacharias talking about the question, “Can All Religions be True at the Same Time?”  It’s logic.  Let’s use our brains to express our Faith and quit subscribing to these authors of Fortune Cookie Faith.