Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ron Oja says, "Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous." I have been wondering about this ever since I met Tim. We used to work at the same place, but didn't know each other {it was a big place}. After we both retired, we both got a job at another place hundreds of miles away, and ended up sharing an apartment {in this case a strange name for a domicile}.

My given name, which you typed to get here, is a personal favorite {being kind} of The Tims. Other serendipities can be supplied by commentators, if they feel compelled to share.

At any rate, When I recognize things like this {I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer} I tend to dwell on them, as I recognize that sometimes God chooses not to just blurt out things that we need to know, but desires to give us hints, and us to use our noggin and meditate upon it.

I am, what some people call "religious" although I have grown to hate that word, and refuse to use it without an accompanying definition. You've heard the old saying, "Define or be Defined". To me "religious" is a person who practices what they say they believe. A person who doesn't practice what they believe is known as a hypocrite. I think you can recognize the anomoly there.

Sadly, most folks practising what they believe are caught-up in man-made religions, unaware or in some cases without discernment of that fact. Applying man-made interpretations of scripture to a fellowship of christians will result in a schism. This is how denominations are born. And the rest is history.

We have been taught {nay - warned} not to discuss politics or religion. I don't think they can be separated from one another or from economics {labelled - the dismal science, so we won't discuss it either}. Someone once said, "Politics is what we say, Religion is what we believe, and Economics is what we do." I think this desciption of human activity is instructive of how we are able to fool ourselves about what is going on right under our noses.

"As iron sharpeneth iron, so doth a friend the countenance of his brother."

Bottom Line: this is an attempt to fathom things we ought not ignore, and perhaps are obligated by circumstances beyond our control to share with others. Here at TheLarrys, we will be ever vigilant to speak the truth in love, not to throw stumbling blocks before our neighbor, and try to see what YHWH has placed before us.


  1. I am reminded of Peter's statement concerning Paul:

    "speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters around to mean something quite different from what he meant, just as they do the other parts of Scripture--and the result is disaster for them." {2 Peter 3:16} you go forward, weigh these matters carefully and prayerfully. I may be a deluded crankpot, one of the "many evil spirits sent out into the world". Time will tell.

    The things I will be posting will be eye-opening, and I pray you are ready to hear {digest} them {I do not want to be using a crowbar}.

    My suggestion is take small bites, if you are not forced to spit them out immediatly, go away and chew on them a while, and if they seem nourishing, or God gives you a hunger for more, It will be here - or I will show you where to find it.

    {If God blesses this effort - well. If not - well}.

  2. Your first assigment {if you choose to accept it}: grok the Hypertiger

    To grok (pronounced /ˈɡrɒk/) is to share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity. Author Robert A. Heinlein coined the term in his best-selling 1961 book Stranger in a Strange Land. In Heinlein's view, grokking is the intermingling of intelligence that necessarily affects both the observer and the observed. From the novel:

    Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed—to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science—and it means as little to us (because of our Earthly assumptions) as color means to a blind man.