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Matt 6.19-20 – An insider investment tip

I have an insider investment tip for you:  Your 401(k) isn’t as solid as you think; it’s tied up in assets that have no future, so get out now.  Earth, Inc. is getting taken over by New Creation Corp.  It’s a done deal, but most people don’t know about it yet.  In the end, New Creation will be the only stock worth owning anyway, and it’s 100% guaranteed against depreciation and theft. It’s time to start dealing in the currency of the future – Love.

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How to talk to Papa (Matthew 6.9-13)

Hi, Papa. I’m so happy you’re the one who’s running things. You are wonderful to me; there’s no one quite like you.  I can’t wait for the day when the whole world will know you fully and happily work at your side.  But in the meantime, take care of my needs today.  Help me to share in your cheerful love for me and for everyone, despite the bad choices we will make today. Help me to respond wisely to today’s little trials, so that they won’t grow into big trials for tomorrow. Help me not to believe lies today. You rock.

What to do with terrorists (Matt 5.38-39, 43-48)

They say “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” (39) But I say, when you face evil, confront it with the infinitely creative resources of the Triune life. Fight or Flight are not your only options. Don’t take to Fighting. Don’t take to Flight. Instead, take a Stand. Make peace aggressively. For example, let’s say you get bullied on the street. When the bully hits you on the right cheek, he is counting on you to either run away or hit him back. So do something unexpected, like offering him your left cheek, inviting him to hit you again. When you refuse to play the bully’s game, it opens up all kinds of new possibilities, even the possibility of peace and reconciliation. Because of my love for evildoers, I am taking on a cross. Follow me, and I will teach you how to take a punch….

(43) They say “Love your friends and hate your enemies.” (44) But I say love your enemies. Join in the Trinity’s life of outgoing concern and compassion for those people who are out to get you. (45) Living as Papa’s child means sharing in her kindness toward all people, regardless of how they act toward you. Whether you love or hate our Papa, she causes the sun to warm you and the rain to cool you. It is her great joy to do so. Join us in our joy. (46) Even total jerks love the people who are nice to them. (47) If you are opening your life to only a few privileged people who are just like you, then you are missing out on the adventure Papa is unleashing in the world. (48) Papa is giving sonship to all people, extending to everyone the life of perfect love she shares with me and Sarayu. So get on board. Become an active participant in the harmonious perfection of the incarnate Triune life, which is Papa’s gift to all.

Some reactions

Sometimes people have visceral reactions to what we do here at The Shack Bible Project.  Which is understandable; this is a very different vision of God than we’re used to, and those issues touch us pretty deep down.  Anyone have any responses to our friends below? (Kind words only, please):

“this is heresy and blasphemous in one.”

https://shackbible.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/matthew-6-1-18-lets-get-sneaky/

“Sir…. Are you drinking…!?!??… You know, Lord Jesus is capable to help you with that nasty habit. Just ask Him. (before its to late…).”

https://shackbible.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/the-lords-prayer-matt-6-9-13/

 

UPDATE: 6/30/11 10:35am

And now THIS guy’s making it personal:

God is not a fat black woman and you are no theologian. Ur project is heretical. Deal with it.

http://www.twitter.com/shackbible

The Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6.9-13)

Hi, Papa. I’m so happy you’re the one who’s running things. You are wonderful to me; there’s no one quite like you.  I can’t wait for the day when the whole world will know you fully and happily work at your side.  But in the meantime, take care of my needs today.  Help me to share in your cheerful love for me and for everyone, despite the bad choices we will make today. Help me to respond wisely to today’s little trials, so that they won’t grow into big trials for tomorrow. Help me not to believe lies today. You rock.

Matt 7.15-23 – Look for the fruit of Sarayu

(15) Beware pious predators who come to exploit your fear and shame in order to lead you down the easy wide road of religion.  They are wolves disguised as sheep, but there is no reason for you to fall for their tricks. (16) You will know them not so much by listening to their words but by attending to the fruit they produce.  If a plant produces grapes, you know it’s not a thistle. (17) Ask yourself: Is the fruit of Sarayu being produced here? – Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control?  If yes, then you know it’s a healthy tree, a prophet of truth.  If no, then you know it’s a sick tree, a prophet of lies.  It’s as simple as that.  (18) It’s impossible for bad fruit to come off a good tree, or for good fruit to come off a bad tree. (19) The time is coming, and it’s very soon, when Rome will burn Jerusalem to the ground, and these bad trees will burn with it. (20) Keep watch for them, and don’t eat their fruit.

(21) As you watch for the coming of that day, remember: Saying I’m your king is not the same thing as living under my saving rule.  You will experience the Triune life only to the extent that you share in my obedience to Papa. (22) When the fire of catastrophe hits this generation, many will call out my name, saying “My king, my king, we have performed so many cool religious tricks for you!  Shouldn’t that exempt us from experiencing the awful consequences of our awful behavior?” (23) Then I will say: “Look, buddy, whatever kind of privileged relationship you think you’ve earned with me, you HAVEN’T.  I don’t play favorites.  Your actions and their consequences are YOUR business, not mine.  If you don’t like the results of your behavior, you might consider behaving in some other way.  It’s your choice, not mine. Look me up someday when you’re ready to stop playing this game.”

(24) Everyone who, instead of playing games, thinks and lives in accordance with the truth, is like the guy who built his house on a solid foundation. (25) The hurricane came and pounded that house, but the house survived because it had been built on something real, solid, and enduring. (26) But those who do not hear and believe and act on what I’m saying, they are like the guy who built his house on sand. (27) The hurricane came and pounded that house.  It washed all the sand away, and the house collapsed – not one stone left on another.

Matt 7.1-14 – Judge not, jerk

 (7.1) Beware the temptation to manipulate others by acting like you are better than them. (2) When you do, you’re just teaching people how they should treat you. (3) While you’re busy offering “helpful advice” to your neighbor on how to get the speck of sawdust out of his eye, (4) you have a whole log stuck in your own eye. (5) Listen, poser… Go deal with your log.  Once you become a clear-sighted person, your neighbor might even ask you for help with his speck.  Until then, mind your own business.  (6) When he asks for help, that means he’s ready to receive help.  But until then, even good advice is as useful to him as a Bible is to a dog.  Pearls are useless and annoying to pigs.  So too are pearls of wisdom to people who haven’t asked for them.

(7) After all, that’s how free, distinct-but-not-separate persons relate – We ASK things of one another; we make REQUESTS. You know how it works:  You ask somebody for something, and then they give it to you.  You knock on the door, and then someone opens it. (8) This is not rocket science.  If you want something, ask for it.  If you want to find something, look for it.  If you want a door opened, knock on it.  We relate to our Papa in the same way.  (9) Think about your own kids.  When your kid asks for a snack, do you give him a rock? (10) Or if he asks for a cheeseburger, do you give him a snake?  Of course not!  (11) You’re not exactly a star in the sainthood department, but even YOU know how to give good things to your kids.  How much more will your Papa, who sits in the driver’s seat of the universe, give to her kids the good things they ask her for! (12) In all your dealings with people, treat them this way, the way you yourself want to be treated.  That is Scripture’s wisdom in a nutshell.

(13) There is only one Triune life of love, but there are a thousand ways to avoid it, to participate less than fully in it.  These paths are easy; that’s why most people take them.  The destruction that is coming on this generation will be the result of the easy paths they choose. (14) There is only one path that escapes that destruction, and it is hard, very hard.  It is the way of peace and truth and forgiveness, the way of the Triune life in this world.  Only a few are walking that road.  Be one of them.

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