It’s Not About Movements!


It’s about relationships –

First and foremost about our relationship with Him, and His relationship with us.

But, with that as a given, how can we say we have a relationship with Him when we have no meaningful relationships with each other – none that come even close to our oneness that Jesus prayed and died for?

Where is that “first love,” without which there is no fire, and our candlestick is gone? Where is this love that is the first fruit of The Spirit? For that matter, where is the evidence of the Spirit’s work in our relationships with each other?

Paul writes to us in Ephesians: Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,” Ephesians 5:17-19.

And this brings me once again to the very rocks crying out: (While the theology of rocks is not perfect, why should it be any better than the theology of what’s been calling itself “church”?)

How Do You Keep The Music Playing

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted March 18th, 2012

NOTE: Jay’s original video was Frank Sinatra singing this song, not of himself, but the original video is no longer available on YouTube.  But, since then Jay had done a karaoke version of the same song that was filmed by his daughter.  The link above will take you to this version. Enjoy! :-)

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Speaking in Parables


“The disciples came to him and asked, ‘Why do you speak to the people in parables?’ He replied, ‘Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them…’

Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

‘I will open my mouth in parables,
I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.’

Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field…” Matthew 13:10-15, 3-36 NIV

(For context it is very helpful to read all of Matthew 13.)

Why did Jesus speak to the crowds in parables? It was because He was and is looking for those who will come to Him in private, and ask Him what He means.

In any given gathering, there is usually more than one “meeting” going on.

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted March 8, 2012

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Mutated Cells – Take 2


“He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”
Isaiah 42:2-4

One of the problems with shooting in the dark, as is so often the case with Internet communication, is innocent people can get hit by “friendly fire.”

Where our introductory passage here is concerned, innocent people likely include “bruised reeds” and “smoldering wicks.”

Jesus never shoots in the dark. It is true, however, that those who listen in or overhear what He may say to others, especially religious experts, are vulnerable to misunderstanding, and think that He is talking to them. Where a venue does not afford opportunity for private conversation it can be difficult to get this misunderstanding sorted out.

Back in the late 70s, I saw the similarity between cancer and what has been calling itself “church,” and shared the word picture in a small gathering of believers.  Even there, where there was opportunity for conversation, it was difficult to tend the wounds of the innocents.

Anticipating this same problem here, I need to clarify what I understand to be “Mutated Cells.” One of the ways that cancer is detected is by the difference in the speed of healthy cell metabolism and that of cancer cells – mutated cells. They metabolize very rapidly. Drinking liquid sugar or injecting radioactive i.v. solutions is the way that scans for cancer typically light up the cancer. Cancer loves sugar, and its speed of metabolism is highlighted by radioactivity. Or so I understand. (I’m no expert yet, but I am paying very close attention in class. By the way, I’m off of sugar.)

If we can find words that target, and hit only mutated cells, there is some hope of avoiding innocent people being hit by verbal shots aimed at those mutated cells. If this can be done in a way that the innocents are able to see and understand the M.O. (Modus Operandi – method of operation) of mutated cells, there might be some hope of keeping the innocent from being vulnerable or as vulnerable to the mutated cells.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.” Matthew 23:15

In my experience this verse is exemplary of what I am talking about here. Our hope is that this blog might be helpful where discerning the difference between healthy cells and mutated cells is concerned. Jesus came that we might have life… not pointy top buildings, programs, systems, deals, multilevel marketing networks, “down line,” etc. To paraphrase the way someone put it, “Is it Memorex or is it Jesus?” It’s not always so easy to tell the difference.

Did I mention that what God calls Church is not divided? You can read about it in the Bible.

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted March 4, 2012

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Mutated Cells


As you may already know, I am presently in a war with stage IV colorectal cancer. The conventional prognosis is “incurable” with a rather short lived life expectancy.

On the afternoon of February 28th we got word that I have been approved for treatment at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston TX. Dr. Burzynski has been the target of the mainline cancer treatment establishment, including the FDA. They have tried repeatedly to put him out of business,  so far without success. It seems that Dr Burzynski has been successful with cancers for which there is no hope, at least not by the standards of what has been calling itself “cancer treatment.”

Having said that, and having been approved for this new treatment. I am once again positioned to see something with a little greater clarity. Burzynski’s treatment, as we understand it, goes after cancer cells according to their genetic make up. It only prevents the wrong DNA – the mutated DNA of cancer cells from reproducing, and has no harmful side effects on healthy cells.

It occurs to me this is also what is needed for fighting the mutated life that has been calling itself “church.” I hope to learn more about how it works in short order, and perhaps come into some better understanding of how to address what is wrong with what continues to call itself “church.”

Love!

By Jay Ferris, first posted March 3, 2012

More on the subject:  Mutated Cells – Take 2
and The Old Creation Witness – The Dark Side

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Stage Center


I had hoped to get this posted yesterday on the eve of Oscar night, but was just not able to get to it. So here I am in my chemo lounge, where there is a chance I can get what I want to share down on paper, so to speak.

Picture a stage, and picture a spotlight on one person, even yourself. It is a spotlight that is able to follow you around the stage, and is also capable of decreasing or increasing, as might be necessary, the circle of light as it follows you around the stage.

That said, let’s set the stage: “If we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from every sin.”

After 73 years of walking around down here, I have become convinced that all of us have a core need for center stage. There was a time when Cain was center stage, but along came Abel, and that was the end of that.

This just to say that feeling like we are “less than” doesn’t necessarily require parental dysfunction or abuse, though there is increasingly more of both around. The fact is, all of us have a core need to be center stage, and the Love of God is more than able to meet that need.

The bottom line, or the “center stage place” where this need is met, is at the foot of the Cross.  It is here that we discover what the Love of God is, and not just once, but all day long. Without this revelation we are going nowhere, and certainly not going to a place where we are “more than.”

This to say that center stage – bathed in the spotlight of God’s love – we are “more than.” It is in that light where “Christian Fellowship” becomes possible. “Christian Fellowship” is just not possible in any other venue. The fellowship that Jesus prayed and died for, (see John 17) is just too intimate, even passionate for us to enjoy without stumbling if we are not completely bathed in the light of God’s Love.

So here’s the deal as I have come to understand it:

If any of our darkness, woundedness, or “less-thanness” projects beyond the circle of center stage light, that is where we have occasion to stumble. We are not capable of pulling those dark spots into the circle of light. Our only hope is to stand still under the light until the circle of His light is big enough to cover all our areas of darkness. Then we can start “walking in the light” – the certainty that the blood of Jesus will cleanse us from every sin, and every occasion of stumbling.

Bless You Today!

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted February 27, 2012

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Hallelujah!


“After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER.” And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.”
Revelation 19:1-6 New American Standard Version

Most all of us are familiar with the Hallelujah Chorus, but perhaps less well appreciated is that the word or expression, “Hallelujah” does not appear in the New Testament writings until Chapter 19 of the book of Revelation. It appears or is heard in connection with the fall of Babylon. The immediate context is the two preceding chapters – 17 & 18. But for a much greater perspective on the full significance of Babylon and its fall we have to go all the way back to Genesis, Chapter 11:

“Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.’ And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, ‘Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.’ The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. The LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.’ So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:1-9 NAS

Right from the beginning, Babylon is pregnant with meaning! From here, to Revelation Chapter 19, stopping off at the book of Daniel is also helpful in providing perspective on the truth revealed in and by Babylon.

While we don’t normally associate the Hallelujah Chorus with the fall of Babylon, (and who knows what was in Handel’s understanding when he wrote this monumental song) in the context of the New Testament, it has to do with the fall of Babylon. The greatness of Handel’s masterwork does suggest that we stop for a moment here on the brink of current events, and think about the multifaceted significance of the Fall of Babylon. The Biblical perspective on this economic collapse (i.e. the perspective of Heaven and the saints of God) is that this disaster is a long awaited cause of celebration.

P.S. Hint: common language is not unlike a common currency – wrong language – wrong currency. A city, and a tower in our day, more often than not is a bank building or a financial center.

By Jay Ferris, originally posted Feb. 24th, 2012

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EXPONENTIAL TIME


First a couple of introductory thoughts:

There is time, and then there is eternity. For the present, time only touches eternity in the moment. Eternity is on the other side of resurrection for those of us who are time bound. Resurrection is on the other side of death, and more specifically the death of the cross, both in the first instance, and in the “all day long” instance. To go from resurrection to resurrection is to go from death to death.

What I have to share here is not about eternity, but rather has its focus in time – time in three phases – lag time – on time – lead-time.

(The following is excerpted from my book on money: For Love or money: Understanding The 2nd Parable – Book Three. For present purposes I have taken it out of Biblical context in hope of finding a more open-minded readership.)

I should also say that one of the things that prompts me to address this particular matter of timing is the fact that it is still not part of the public dialogue and warning as to what is coming as the economic “Titanic” heads for the bottom at an increasingly rapid rate of decent.

With that said, let’s look at the time we are living in, and finally at the financial or monetary times we are living in.

There are many activities or trends in the world today, which could be plotted against time in this way. They all make essentially the same exponential curve. Population growth may be the most striking example, but there are others: the increase in human knowledge, the advance in technology, man’s ability to destroy, immorality, and many other areas that all suggest the end of time as we have known it – or certainly the “lag time” phase of it.

Inflation can also be spoken of in three phases. In phase one, (“lag time”) the money supply increases faster than the corresponding increase in price levels. This is the result of something called the “money illusion.”

The “money illusion” is that perception of the value of something as a medium of exchange that makes us take care not to throw it away as worthless. Of course, it’s easier to believe that a gold coin has value than it is to believe that a paper image has value, especially if the relationship between the paper image and the gold coin has no integrity.

When those who control the printing presses increase the number of paper images relative to the gold coins, the money illusion begins to break down. That’s what happens when bankers get their hands in the cookie jar. Normally it’s called “theft.”

What no one seems to want to talk about yet is this “theft” business. The only place that newly printed money can get its value is from the value stolen from the money already in savings or circulation. This is ignoring the velocity of money, which increases as the money illusion breaks down.

When this stolen value is done in collusion with the U.S. Treasury Department, it’s called “monetary policy.” In either case there are guns involved on, or behind the scenes. People begin to hang on to their gold coins, but their willingness to trade in their paper images causes prices in the market to rise in proportion to the increase in the paper money supply. This is phase two. (“on time”) During phase one, (lag time) the price rise lags behind the increase in the money supply. By phase three, (“lead time”) the money illusion is shattered to the point that prices increase even faster than the increase in the money supply. Back in the Carter years we began to get a glimpse of this phase of the destruction of printed monetary value. Since then we have been living in a lull between labor pains, which are also exponential.

It is not our intention at this point to get into the nature of the present pregnancy or the nature of what is being birthed. The point I want to make here is that printing money is theft, and timing is going to be increasingly important in the days ahead.

By Jay Ferris, originally posted February 21, 2012

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