What is a PC 2019-003

What is a PC     2019-003

Well, at first thought, it is a Personal Computer. I was asked very recently if I was a PC.  It took me a second to realize I was not being asked if I had a large disc drive or a lot of RAM memory. I had no idea what she meant by this question and though I knew her, it was not very well. I looked at here dumbly and asked her what she meant.

She stood more erect and stated, “You know, a Practicing Christian.” I took a step back and looked her in the eye and retorted, “What is a practicing Christian, in your mind and why ask me this question?” I got a look like I was drunk or something.

I guess it was the word practicing that got me and why I was confused.  I consider myself a Christian, but never put the “P- word” in front of the word Christian. Many people I know are of the Christian faith and vary their involvement in worshiping at various denominational churches.  I think that was what she meant and after asking, she said “Yes” in response.

I do NOT truly care how others do or do not follow their faith or not, as it is not for me to judge them in any way.   I do not want to be judged by others either for how I pray or attend any church. The how, what, where and why we do things is up to each of us in life.

I feel that to put people in a class or on a scale of 1 – 10, for how they believe, is not good or proper, and some people do that, which I think is incorrect or wrong.

I consider myself a disciple of Jesus Christ, though not a great one and still learning the ropes of being one and feel that I am still on a journey to be closer to God, but that is MY journey and not something I expect others to do. IT is personal and mine to own and not anything I expect others to follow as such.

I do have feelings of sadness for those that do not adhere to a religion of any sorts, and even do not believe in God in any way.  They, in my mind, are missing some of the best moments they could have, by being part of a group of likeminded people with the same thoughts.  But that is me….

A couple of years ago I experienced something that changed my life forever. I found God, or maybe He found me, and since then, I have enjoyed many wonderful moments with Him.  Maybe I am a Practicing Christian, in her eyes, but going to church on a regular basis, doing community services, spreading the Word of God found in Scripture, are something I would not give up for anything. If these and other practices make me one of those people, I can say, “Yes I am; I am a PC.”

Peace,

Den Betts

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The Place 2019-002

The Place      2019-002

The Place is not – where it is  at or how did it get there.  The Place is not the when we arrive or why we ended up there.  The Place IS – because it is and that is the reason for its existence.

Many will find it to be magnificent. Some will be in awe to its greatness.  ALL will find it to be the epitome of life everlasting.  The Place does not have tickets for admission but does have a cost for entry.

Once in, there are no rules, but there are expectations, duties, and responsibilities and the like. There are no formal attire requirements for everyone will be the same in entirety and very transparent, for there is or will be no form to cover, to hide from or to see.  You will meet people that you know and be known by all that see and hear you.

Stories that you wondered about before, will be told and then known in detail once and for all. Habits that were formed will be lost, replaced with new standards to live by on a regular basis.  Pains and aches that mattered before will not be factors or anything to be concerned with now.

Past anxieties will be forgotten and any before despairs will be history again, never to see the light of day. The human frailties are a thing of the past, gone forever now.

Communication will be easy, what you say will be understood by all, and what others say you will know instantly the meaning. Universal knowledge will be the norm.

Race, creed, nationality, tribes, clans are gone, but not forgotten, just enhanced for understanding by all.

Peace reigns, love rules, togetherness is the common trait.  Any past hatreds, prejudices, differences are now wiped clean, with nothing to be held against the before thoughts.

If Heaven were to have another name it would be this Place.

 

Peace,

Den Betts

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Bah Hum Bug 2018-103

  Bah Hum Bug   2018-103

The season of Christmas is almost here.

To practicing Christians, this is a time of significance where the birth of the world’s savior is celebrated. For many, this is a time of (hopefully), good feelings, good times and a period of giving and receiving. To many, regardless of faith beliefs, it is a time to celebrate, regardless.

Overall, I feel both groups with their thoughts of why to observe Christmas have merit and it is good in my mind. There are so many traditions, acts of joy, ceremonies, and parties, other get togethers and good will occasions it makes for a wondrous time of year.

Some thoughts of this Christmas period:

I will say “Merry Christmas” to anyone and not “Happy Holidays”. If they celebrate a different holiday time and respond with their holiday wishes, I will wish them well.

I feel Christmas has become very much commercialized with gifts to one another the main focus.

When I was a child in the forties and fifties, I had NO idea why we were exchanging gifts or what Christmas was all about, so in some ways, nothing has changed for some of us. It would be great if something was discussed about the reason we celebrate Christmas, at least on Christmas day.

I know of someone who does NOT celebrate Christmas because he states, correctly, that Jesus Christ was NOT born on December 25th, but what he ignores is the fact that Dec 25th,is the day we celebrate his birthday anyhow. He also wants me to know that this date originated from a Roman festival of the god’s Mithra and Saturn which was adapted to the birth of Jesus.  He adheres to a cultish type religion that has many strange beliefs but claims to be a Christian.

One thing about the Christmas season is where I see all the good feelings of Christmas fall off the cliff and disappear on December 26t;; it is then, back to the normal way of existence.

I used to have (actually still do in a box somewhere) a mirror with a picture superimposed on it of Scrooge and the words “Bah, Hum Bug” on it. This was brought out each Christmas and was mine to look at and express my feelings of Christmas.

I don’t do that anymore, but instead, try to live my part as a Christian and remembering why Jesus Christ died for my sins.  I then think about the next religious holiday Easter and what that means to me too.   Maybe we all should do that.

Peace,

Den Betts

The Darkness of Life 2018-100

The Darkness of Life      2018-100

I recently wrote about “Jesus being the Light” in our daily lives, where I also referenced this by His being the light that keeps us from walking in the darkness.

What does that mean? If Jesus is the Light, then where or what is the darkness He was talking about?

Well, we do not want to stay in the Darkness, so what are we staying away from by following or believing in God and especially Jesus?

One source stated that it means we are, in effect, not in step with the evil one, but instead pacing ourselves with God and His Son Jesus.

Jesus stated in John 12:36, “We had Him, the Light, and not to allow the darkness to overtake us.” If we do walk in the dark, we will not know where we are going.   Makes sense! Jesus implored us to trust in the Light (Jesus), so we also can be sons of light.

Darkness is the void of light and it is necessary to accept Jesus as our savior if we want to get out of the darkness of life.

I think, there is a commitment on our part in doing so.  We MUST make a decision to accept Jesus and His words, and not reject Him. Jesus will not judge us if we do not do so, but the one God of the Universe might be the one that will hold us accountable at the last day.  If we reject Jesus, we may also be denying God Himself at the same time.

This brings us to the thought that by all this denial of both God and Jesus, we are denying the opportunity to have a life after death and for eternally.

If is not easy to accept this notion of an unseen God or even a man-God deity, from over 2000 years ago, as being a factor in our lives.  Very understandable!

I do NOT, just believe in God, and follow Jesus as a disciple today.  I know there is a God in a Triune form as a one God of the Universe. I know God is alive in my life, I know He is aware of my existence daily, He is definitely alive to all of us and it is a blessing to know His Presence is there always.  He is there to comfort me, care for me, console me and when I think of God, I am at Peace.

It is NOT easy to believe in a deity you cannot see, touch or not hear, unless you can, then that is different.

Peace,
Den Betts           
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Christmas Then and Now 2018-99

Christmas then and now  2018-99

The word Christmas has two words in it.  One “Christ” comes derived from the Greek word “Khristos” for Messiah. Therefore, Jesus Christ is Jesus the Messiah. The other part “mas” is from an old English word, the word Mass, a rite or ritual of a church service. This comes from the Latin word “Missa”, meaning dismissal, which the Priest would say at the end of a Mass “Ite Missa Est” or “Go, it is the dismissal”. Other sources show the Old English “Cristes Maesse” meaning Christ’s Mass perhaps as early as 1038 A.D, or as Cristes-messe in 1131. Early churches retained Jan 6 as the date to celebrate this holiday.   The fact remains that nobody knows the actual date of the birth of Jesus and early leaders speculated and argued about the date.  Does it matter? If an adopted person does not know the actual date of their birth and one is picked, that is the date of celebration for the birth.

 The word and celebration of Christmas was first used as a word more than 600 years ago during the Middle Ages. Christmas began as a way to further Christianity and slowly it turned into a holiday of celebration, somewhat like the Pagans’ did to have a celebration and festive times with gifts, food and drinks. They did so, to celebrate with dancing and gift giving to commemorate the survival of harsh winters.

As far as the date goes, it is recorded as being chosen as far back as 171-183 when Theophilus of Antioch first identified Dec 25 as the birth date of Christ. It was called the Feast of the Nativity then, not Christmas.

Today, we or many, have other reasons besides the survival of winter, to celebrate Christmas. With the decline of people having a religious following of any nature, it is just a good thing, and even a great thing for many.  It is good for the economy and many businesses are saved by it and sales that produce income. Bottom lines are made and enriched from the purchases made from October through December.

Churches get an uptick of attendance around Christmas if not the day itself, and a yearly budget in the positive numbers are achieved from December influxes of giving. Relationships of people are enhanced at this time and rings are sold and jewelry stores see an increase of sales.  It is a season of giving and getting and it does not matter what or why we celebrate this holiday, we enjoy the festive nature it brings us all.

As the old English word “mas” meant dismissal, many look at Christmas for the celebration and gift giving, but not the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Messiah, the Christ.  Jesus or the Messiah has been dismissed, forgotten or worse, not thought of at all.  So be it….

Jesus is the reason for the season but forgotten by the masses; dismissed as the figurehead of why we have this celebration at this time of year.  I remember, as a youth and child, that Christmas was something that meant gifts and ham dinner, for I was then a heathen, in my acts, thoughts and deeds in relation to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

God than came into my life to a degree after I got married, but more so, about 8 years ago in March of 2010. Since then I have gotten closer to Him and my relationship with Him, the One God of the Universe. I have since then, submitted myself to God, surrendered myself to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as being with me with His Presence; always.

Christmas is NOT a dismissal of the Messiah to me, but a festival of the birth of the Man God, Jesus who became the savior of all mankind.

I feel whole, complete and as one with God, our Creator.  Jesus is my teacher, Instructor, counselor and the one I give thanks to for my life as it is today. I consider myself a disciple of Jesus Christ, though not a good one, but one that is always striving to get closer and better in my ways.

I look at Christmas as the date we use to celebrate his birth. Yes, I enjoy the festive times, the gifts, the get-togethers, the music, the movies about Christmas, and all the other trappings of the holidays. But, to me they are fluff.  They mean nothing to me in the overall reason of my delights.  The promise of eternal life beyond this life on Earth, is exciting to me.

Jesus was the Word that become Flesh, the Savior of the World—his is the most significant birth ever. It is the central event in all of history. Time chronicles backward and forward from this moment. How can we fail to remember this day with great joy and reverence? How can we not celebrate Christmas?

I welcome you to celebrate Christmas with Jesus Christ in your heart and mind.

Peace be with you,

Den Betts

Unique Concept of God’s Thoughts 2018-98

Unique Concept of God’s Thoughts   2018-98

He is NOT particularly looking for quantity, but instead quality of love of Him by mankind for entry into His Kingdom by the humans that inhabit Earth.  Wow, what a concept?!

If it is NOT about the amount of people that are saved and enter in the Kingdom of God, then the ballgame has changed for those living here.  No longer does He expect a multitude of humans to enter into the Kingdom, but only ones that profess their love of Him and devotion to Jesus Christ their Savior.

Hmmmm! This puts a different perspective as to how the Kingdom is filled and how He believes those that enter will be included.

What about those that do NOT believe, do not love His Son, Jesus and are just satisfied with the years on Earth that they will experience, and not really interested in eternal life? 

Well, they made a choice and even thought they were told through the Scriptures how to live, He gave them free will to decide how to live and how to believe in Him, the Triune God of the Universe.

This is somewhat hard to fathom and understand as it is not what I thought or believe.

I have heard or was told, that God loves ALL, but am not sure if that love equates with acceptance into the Kingdom. This is especially true if some, do not accept Him, reject Him or deny Him in any way; just do not know!!!

Does NOT knowing about this make me feel any better? No!!!

I would like (I think) to believe that God accepts ALL His children into the Kingdom, but have a hard time doing so, with knowing that not only are some non-believers, but also some are very bad people on top of it, while here on Earth.

Therefore, I will accept that not everyone will be enjoying eternal life with God in His Kingdom but feel sad for those left behind. Then I ask, where is behind?

Peace,

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To Believe 2018-97

To Believe  2018-97

I could lie now and say this post is about believing in God and all that it entails. Maybe, I will!!!

To believe in God involves feelings which are hard to describe or prove. There are many that do NOT believe in God, and this is somewhat understandable.  It is easier to believe the sun is surely rising from the East and going to sleep on a westward track.

To believe in God involves an added requirement that is unmeasurable, but probably the most exact thing to actually need and maybe the only thing.    “Faith”

OK, this is old news and has been said over and over again.  BUT, what I really mean by believing is something different.

Another thought! How many people, who may or may not believe in God, do NOT believe in the one thing they should or could, but don’t?

They go through life struggling, reaching out, testing, failing, even succeeding in something at times. But, and a big BUT, the one thing they could believe in if they tried, the one thing that would help them daily, the one thing that could be classified as necessary in life is:  

                                                Believing in themselves!!!

Yes, a simple (?) thing, but one which many if not most, at times, is not having “Faith” in themselves, to believe more than what they are today.

I believe in God, and in that belief, it only takes faith and I am a success in my endeavors. I also believe in myself and I give credit to my belief in God to guide me in that belief of myself, also.   It is TOO easy not to try or do any work to believe in God and also yourself.

Try both and see what happens.

Peace,

Den Betts 

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