Tag: thinking

Pointers to the Formless: lost in thought

From the contemplative point of view, being lost in thoughts of any kind, pleasant or unpleasant, is analogous to being asleep and dreaming. It’s a mode of not knowing what is actually happening in the present moment. It is essentially a form of psychosis. Thoughts themselves are not a problem, but being identified with thought is. Taking oneself to be the thinker of one’s thoughts—that is, not recognizing the present thought to be a transitory appearance in consciousness—is a delusion that produces nearly every species of human conflict and unhappiness. It doesn’t matter if your mind is wandering over current problems in set theory or cancer research; if you are thinking without knowing you are thinking, you are confused about who and what you are. “Waking Up” Sam Harris

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Facts or Truth

I had a class in grad school that was pretty tough.  It was a class on theoretical aerodynamics (yep I am one of those).  We would start a theoretical proof from some basic assumptions that we knew were true like pressure varies with temperature (ideal gas law) and other really geeky boring stuff for most…

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The Gate

Since the fall, our brains see through law.  When we ate from the wrong tree we took on a law way of thinking.  We thought in terms of lists.  In the original language, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a tree that made us aware of what is good or bad…

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Fairness or Justice?

I had the privilege of giving the lesson this Sunday morning. I said something that I didn’t believe would be “controversial” but as I said it people in the audience “got the look.” I handled it in stride during the lesson but after there were still questions so here we go. What I said was…

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Training and thinking

James 4:6-7 Expanded Bible (EXB)  6 But God gives us even more grace, as ·the Scripture [L it; orhe] says,  “God ·is against[opposes; resists] the proud,  but he gives grace to the humble [Prov. 3:34; 1 Pet. 5:5].”  7 So ·give yourselves completely [submit]to God. ·Stand against [Resist] the devil [1 Pet. 5:9], and the devil will ·run[flee] from you. So we are on vacation and spending some time with…

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Puffed up or edified?

God provided faith comes by hearing and accepting as we listen intently to the breathed utterance and loving narrative about Jesus (Rom 10:17 Lance Literal Translation). I’ve always been a left brain person. I love to figure things out. It is exciting when I have a thought or think about a problem differently and out…

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Jesus Glasses

I once heard a story about Honda glasses.  This guy wanted to buy a Honda car.  He didn’t know much about them but had done a lot of research, asked around and test drove a few Honda cars.  Before he began his quest, he didn’t really notice very many Honda’s on the road.  Now they…

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Rocks and sand

Do you ever wonder how something so simple can be so hard?  Why is it “believing what God has said” tend to be very place that we get stuck?  Don’t worry, you are in good company.  Peter had a tough time believing what God said.  Well in this case it was Jesus doing the talking,…

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Stop trying, really?

Let me ask you a question.  Are you willing to completely surrender?  I know that conceptually we are or already have.  How about this: are willing to “stop trying” even when you know there is a needed change?  Listen, we are all learning who we are in Jesus.  I am becoming more and more confident…

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Become like children

What do you think when you read a verse like this one: Matthew 18:3  (KJV)  3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. I know in my past I was “strongly encouraged” to REPENT!!! and be a…

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