Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Raised Catholic (Elementary and High School and Catholic Fraternity in college and post grad degree at a Catholic college) I recognize the weakness of the hierarchal structure of the Catholic Church. However, I also recognize the wisdom of those in power. They are very good at discerning the gifts of their priests and assigning them titles and roles that make the best use of those gifts. Even when they disenfranchise an entire sex from participation in management, they do a very good job…Continue
I read a comment on FB about the DACA situation that said "everyone that is in this country deserves to be here" and it struck a nerve. Have we become so filled with a sense of self-worth that we think we actually deserve the things we have? I was born in the US but I know I am not more deserving to have been born here than anyone else born on that day in India, Thailand, Mexico or Syria. I am blessed with a great relationship with God through Jesus but I know I don't deserve that…Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 11, 2017 at 10:01am — No Comments
I watched a movie last nite where the main character, embittered by tragedy, posed that familiar question: "If there's a God why is there so much tragedy in the world?". After posting an earlier blog on the shedding of blood my mind found itself with thoughts of God who knows all things - past, present and future - contemplating how best to achieve His goal (I will not, at least at this time, presume to know what that goal was or is) and the game of chess came immediately to mind. In…Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 9th mo. 3, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
Hebrews 9:22 tells us that blood must be shed to purge sin from our lives. I believe this calls for personal sacrifice and not necessarily the physical shedding of blood. The same personal sacrifice that is inherent in the divine love that Jesus demonstrated by both His life and His death. When Jesus was approached to act in a family dispute about the distribution of a family inheritance He made it plain that He had come to change hearts and not financial equality (Luke 12:13-15). More…Continue
Sometimes prayer is the first thing I resort to when I'm in need. Other times it's the last. Urgency has a lot to do with it. When I think I have plenty of time or the pain isn't that great that it stops me from being able to get from point A to point B, I go it on my own - go to the Doctor, reason with others, do what seems to be necessary at the time. When I have no time left I pray. When the pain begins to be immobilizing, I pray. I pray for others when they ask me or God puts them…Continue
Let's imagine you have a tree in your yard that bears rotten fruit. Every year the fruit kills innocents. Sometimes squirrels, a feral cat here and there, pets, and eventually a baby. Are you going to be satisfied with trying to do a better job of disposing of the fruit each year or are you going to do your best to destroy the tree so it can never bear fruit again?
Added by James C Schultz on 7th mo. 17, 2017 at 2:16pm — No Comments
Once we form a relationship with the other members of our Body and learn to respect them for their individual abilities and spiritual walk we have to take RESPONSIBILITY for being true to our own spiritual walk. We have to be open to hearing from the Spirit and following the Light wheresoever it may lead us. We have the responsibility of trusting our relationship with God enough to let go of our personal fears, desires, plans and any cultural or family ties that stand in the way of…Continue
Many attempts at unity fail because they are based on tolerance instead of respect. There are bound to be differences of opinion amongst a community of what that community is being called to do. We can't expect someone to just accept our opinion and change theirs without divine intervention. Furthermore it's not enough to just tolerate another's opinion. Though we are often admonished to be tolerant of others who at not like us in one way or the other, it is my contention that tolerance…Continue
Back in the day if you learned the three R's of 'ritin, readin & 'rithmatic you had an education. If you could read, write, add and subtract you could pretty much handle anything life would throw at you. That was a much simpler time. Now you might have to do that in more than one language. Plus if you can't find your way around a computer don't expect to make much progress on the job. Inventory? Bookkeeping? Sorry! Adding and subtracting isn't going to do it. My slide rule from…Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 2nd mo. 25, 2017 at 9:33am — No Comments
A friend of mine recorded this song that goes on about ghosts around the edges of the moon. He does a very nice job. On the surface it doesn't make much sense but the music and his voice touches the soul. He's a very deep Christian who likes to mingle where the people are: subways, central park, occupy wall street gatherings and small cafes. What comes out is sometimes hard to decipher and this song is certainly that but as I listened to it and reflected upon it the thought came to me…Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 1st mo. 29, 2017 at 5:38pm — No Comments
One of my favorite sayings is "The only problem with common sense is that it's not common." In the past I used to set aside a month to read the book of Proverbs. The book has 31 chapters and I would read a chapter a day as part of my old testament reading. There's a lot of common sense stuff in Proverbs and a lot of good advice as well that deserves meditation time. When Jesus first became real and personal to me( or when I first experienced His reality) I decided to add a scripture…Continue
Quakers talk about continuing revelation. I think it's important to define your terms if you are going to have a serious discussion on a topic. The following scripture involves what I understand a revelation to be:
Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not…
When I was 38 years old I walked away from my political life, resigning as a local committeeman, to follow Jesus. I re-examined my career and distanced myself from work that would, in my opinion at the time, hinder my spiritual development. I knew my weaknesses and my desire to please people and did not want to constantly be fighting those weaknesses while trying to reprogram my life into a WWJD lifestyle.
This course of action came at great cost financially and eventually led to…Continue
The one concept I love most about Christianity is that of a personal God. One who knows and loves me personally. One who would have died on the cross for me if I was the only one in the world; one who knew me before I was in my mother's womb; one who called me by name before I was born; and yet there it is: John 3:16 on billboards and placards at sporting events: For God so loved the WORLD ...... I'm not an only child. I have siblings whom God loves as much as I and how he treats me…Continue
Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
This scripture came out of vocal ministry at our meeting a while back and has been a source of ongoing personal revelation for me since. The latest revelation of its depth was an aspect of "to walk humbly with they God?"
I have a grandson who is always eager to show me how much he knows. Whenever he learns something…Continue
In my professional life I talk with many people before I actually meet them. Several times people have told me that I didn't look like I sounded. I have heard that many Hollywood stars of the silent movie era never made the transition to the "talkies" because their voices didn't correspond with their "on screen" appearance.
Which is the real person? The one we see or the one we hear? That might sound like a stupid question but there are people who are hard to look at who are easy…Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 12th mo. 23, 2015 at 9:18am — No Comments
We don't have to go any further than Genesis 1:27 as explained more particularly in Genesis 2:18 to establish our need for relationships. Relationships empower us. The greater the relationship the more we are empowered. Not all "empowerment" is good. Some relationships are definitely detrimental to our and society's well being.
The power from a relationship flows from the relationship. The relationship doesn't change who we are so much as it changes our capability. Consider the…Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 12th mo. 19, 2015 at 9:25am — No Comments
Love and trust are not the same. Jesus loves us. He doesn't necessarily trust us (John 2:24 - 25 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.) Nowhere in the scriptures are we commanded to Trust our Neighbor. We are told to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile but not to trust. In fact we are told to be as innocent as a dove and as wise as a serpent. When people on spiritual journeys…Continue
Continuing on my sharing of my weekend at Powell House in November I want to share another mini-revelation. It's very easy to fall into the trap of judging if a "retreat" was good or bad. Some years seem to have more powerful moments than others but does that make them better? Opening ourselves up to the Holy Spirit, making ourselves vulnerable, is like undergoing surgery. After the operation you have to wait for the anesthesia to wear off, then you have to handle the pain and do…Continue
Added by James C Schultz on 12th mo. 3, 2015 at 7:16pm — No Comments