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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

We be Anomolies

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar, people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
(1st Peter 2:9,10 KJV)

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15 Comments:

Anonymous rrbj said...

Morning KC,

If I could have found the word "anomolies " in dictionary so I could know what you was calling me , I might have give you a better thought ?

My thoughts is that I'm falling short in my thinking about Gods directions He clearly defines in His Holy Word ?

I clearly understand the scriptures cause it tells me what He has set aside for my unworthy being !

Blessings.
Ron.
BTW- if this sounds like I need to be corrected please do so ?

10/30/2007 08:33:00 AM  
Blogger jeff said...

I love this scripture. But not for the normal reasons.

This scripture is special to me because it is the scripture that was used to explain away all the weirdness in the Pentecostal church in which I grew up. We could jump & shout and act all strange because we're a "peculiar" people.

Here's the dictionary definition of "peculiar":
1. unusual: unusual, strange, or unconventional
The situation was very peculiar.
2. unique: belonging exclusively to or identified distinctly with somebody or something
a form of wildlife peculiar to that region


According to the NASB translation, we're not weird or strange or crazy. We, as Christians fit into definition #2. We're "a people for God's own possession".

I love this verse because it affirms the fact that we belong to God in such a special & unique way.

I guess to some, that would seem to be somewhat of an 'anomaly'. But 'peculiar/unusual' is subjective anyway. If I am 'peculiar/unique' to God, from my perspective, that should not be unusual at all...

Thanks KC. Great scripture!

10/30/2007 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Rose~ said...

Yes, I have been called peculair.
"anamoly" is a good one.

God has done great things in the church. I think this verse shows that it was done in real time too.

were not
but are now

had not
but now have

10/30/2007 01:14:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Grandpaw Ron I’m sorry for not being clear. The second “o” in anomolies is an anomaly (not normal) in the spelling of anomalies. ;-) I really wanted to draw attention to the fact that we’re not normal to the world. Sorry for the confusion dear brother. I can’t see where I could correct you in any way but maybe we can continue to help each other along the way. ;-)

Jeff I love this thought, “I love this verse because it affirms the fact that we belong to God in such a special & unique way.” It’s so good to have you out and about again! ;-)

One day I'm going to sit down with you and/or Dorse and discuss some of the things you find peculiar to Pentecostal Churches.

Great points Rose! I have always believed it is important that we realize that God really does interact with His creation. Thanks so much for your thoughts Sis!

10/30/2007 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger jefe said...

One day I'm going to sit down with you and/or Dorse and discuss some of the things you find peculiar to Pentecostal Churches.

Ha! That will be a fun discussion.

We're both actually still part of the Pentecostal church, although my church leans toward 'charismatic' (I enjoy the teaching there. I can take or leave the charismania)

I cannot speak for Dorsey, but I have grown to find the balance in many of the Pentecostal doctrines (which essentially means that I believe ALL believers have the fullness of the Spirit, whether they do or don't 'speak in tongues')

Still, the extremes are quite comical (and a little sad).

10/30/2007 05:21:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

I understand the sadness. I knew of professing Baptist pastors that preached you were in danger of damnation if you had a television in your home and of course we all know that drinking is awful because it could lead to dancing.

My only experience with a Pentecostal Church was in my youth and the assembly I was familiar with was one a friend attended. This particular assembly considered that "speaking in tongues" was evidence of salvation.

10/31/2007 04:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Gordon Cloud said...

KC, when you start talking about that brand of Baptist pastor, you really are discussing some "anomolies".

I don't mind being peculiar, it's crazy that I have a problem with. :-)

10/31/2007 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Gordon I agree these men had strayed far from the flock, so to speak but to be honest there are very few, if any, like you. ;-)

Being crazy troubled me as well but eventually I got comfortable with it (hehe).

10/31/2007 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger jefe said...

Extremism in any form is dangerous and controlling-- whether it's skews to the right or the left.

The balance of nature is natural & organic. I believe we are to live the same way.

11/03/2007 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger Kc said...

Jeff I certainly agree with you concerning Extremism.

With regard to nature I think I hold Dorsey's position that the key is in finding the proper use in all things. Is that what you mean by "organic"?

11/05/2007 03:17:00 AM  
Blogger jefe said...

When I apply the word 'organic' to spiritual things, I tend to think more along the lines of living/breathing organisms, as opposed to dead/dull/lifeless.

The balance of nature can be easily seen in the way we sustain life through breathing. We require an inhale and an exhale. To negate one would mean certain death.

I believe spiritual things follow the same pattern... breathe in, breathe out.

11/05/2007 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Got it. A body vs. an institution. ;-)

Thanks Bro.

11/06/2007 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger jefe said...

Hey KC,

Not to belabor the point, but I've been mulling this over all day.

A lot of well-meaning christians, theologians...etc are not 'organic' in their approach. To study and learn and debate and discuss-- I would call all that the "breathe in". But to never put it into practice, to never "breathe out" is spiritual suicide.

Conversely, those who are all about 'praxis' (breathe out), but never take time to feed themselves spiritually (breathe in) are in equally as dangerous of a spot.

I believe organic christianity is about the interpersonal give and take that exists as we are the hands and feet of Christ-- in relationship with Him first (breathe in) then expressing it as we relate to others according to His will (breathe out).

11/06/2007 09:33:00 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

Jeff I think that breathing is a perfect analogy and your explanation here is perfect. I can look back over my life and see your point clearly illustrated.

At times I breathe in far too long and other times I'm near death exhaling. Then there are the worst of times when I just seemed to have quit breathing altogether for fear of being uncovered or discovered by God or my brethren.

Thanks for the excellent insight!

11/08/2007 06:22:00 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Jeff, that is a really cool analogy. Thanks for coming back to explain.

Hi, KC!

11/09/2007 01:26:00 PM  

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