Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Bit Giddy

Despite difficulties we face in life, if you can't at least every so often be a bit giddy and amazed at what God does, I'd like to suggest you don't know Him very well. Sometimes I just have to giggle like a goofy little boy and stand in awe of what my Father is up to.

The Enemy of God and Mankind

The largest problem the world faces today is that we fail to realize there is a purposeful and constant misdirection away from the source of evil. There is an ancient one, among others, who has been an enemy of God, all His good creation, and specifically of mankind, since the earliest days of human existence. Not all social evils can be solved with money. Not all conflict can be resolved with a counsellor. I urge you, look at the world around you today and notice that there is a uniting framework of organization in the evil you observe.

In Genesis 3, we find a snake, whom we later learn is indwelled by an evil spirit, called Satan, the devil, a counterfeit Morning Star, the dragon, and a son of God. At some point, this spirit being has fallen from his created state. He has chosen to make humanity his target because he apparently is incapable of defeating God whom created him. Satan is a crafty fellow. He disguises himself and offers what seems attractive to people to deceive them into his trap.

"3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made."

What trap have you fallen into? Do you know and believe that your enemy, the devil, is real? Are you trading life for what seems attractive but will end in your pain, downfall, and possibly even your death? I'll give you a clue. If you think evil only comes from bad people, or people that merely need love in their heart, you have been deceived already, and the trap will spring. We're all broken people in the devil's playground. Know your enemy is real. Turn to the Lord to be rescued before it's too late.

Update: 5/28/15 @ 8:08pm

In case you have any doubt about what I'm saying, then I urge you to consider this little tidbit of information. Apparently the FOX Network is to air 'Lucifer' - portraying Satan as a good guy. I'm telling you, it's systematic desensitization. If you'll please take me seriously on this, then please follow this link to petition against the show.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Review: Marc Martel - Impersonator

Here's a link to my brief review on for Marc Martel's new solo album, "Impersonator".

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Arise Entertainment 360 with Talented Rock Musician Marc Martel

I'm very much looking forward to hearing Marc Martel, one of my favorite songwriter and vocalists, this coming Wednesday evening in St. Louis. I've been a fan of his music since the early days of his old band, Downhere. The Lord has blessed him with an incredible skillset that he continues to develop.

Now if I can only convince him he needs to have me as the bassist on his next tour...

PSA: Half of Marriages No Longer End in Divorce

I'm glad to see this trend, and for that matter, I never believed the statistic that "half of all marriages end in divorce" anyway.
Check out the blog post on The Art of Manliness.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Preview: Jesus and Coffee

Jesus and coffee, could be my only saviors,
when the illusion of man is caught in my self image,
and society thinks reality lies in the depth of our delusion.

Each open my eyes, to see a new dimension.
There's more to life than penance and dreams
and failures of fools' intentions.

So wake me up to this fading reality
Together we'll transcend lethargy and mortality.
Soar together 'til work is done,
and in the end, I'm overcome, by these conditions.

Saviors forever and now, Jesus and coffee.


Copyright, James A. Miller, Floodlight Revolution, 2015.

Who You'll Do What With

Two of the most important decisions you will make in your life are what you will do for a living, and who you will share your life with. Generally speaking, most of us are meant to be married. Genesis 2 (ESV) records the "Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for[e] him.”", Let us examine this general statement in such terms. (e. Genesis 2:18 Or corresponding to; also verse 20)

If you'll recall, earlier God had provided what was needed for mankind to survive. He gave him a job to do, caring for the garden. Now God allows man to further reflect Him by expanding Adam's responsibilities.
"19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam[g] there was not found a helper fit for him." (g. Genesis 2:20 Or the man)
Notice this structure:

  1. Man learns to provide for himself.
  2. He grows in responsibility, now caring for others, and defining his relationships with them. Those relationships reflect the duty God has given him.
  3. Man realizes everything has a mate except him. Despite the fulfilment of making a living and honoring God with his creativity, he's lacking something. God created him with a need for a companion. Adam, and thereby we, were created with a need for God, and a need for each other, particularly a mate. Notice the scripture says "helper".

A necessary side-step: First off, women were made to correspond to none of this popular homosexuality stuff. We'll deal with that issue at a separate time, but suffice it to say it's an unresolved issue that needs to be dealt with in the lives of many hurting people. Now, back to this...

No other person will further define your life than your mate. That person needs to be a helper to you in living out the calling God has placed upon you. Eve was made from Adam, signifying the incompleteness we men have without our wife. What follows is a natural order by God's practical design.
"21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made[h] into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
(h. Genesis 2:22 Hebrew built)
Men, get your act together. When we have a wife, we aren't to continue to depend upon our parents, but instead learn to define and live our lives relatively self-sufficiently, depending on what God has provided, and in unity with our wife. She needs to know to what length you would go for the two of you. She needs to know she's worth it.

Women, don't sabotage a good man who looks out for your well-being and follows the Lord. He needs your encouragement. He needs to know you believe he has what it takes. If God has placed a call upon your family, don't fight the Lord and your husband both. You'll both be miserable.

This is a joint mission. Consider each other. Husband and wife will more fully enjoy the benefits of a happy marriage when the husband leads in fulfilling God's calling upon your family, and the wife is a helper in the cause. It's a mutualistic symbiotic relationship. Despite the lies of the enemy to the contrary, there is no shame in this type of relationship. Inequality of the sexes (in either direction) be damned. This is a firm foundation set by God to build your lives together. Go take the world together!