|The two spiritual tidal waves that exploit our weaknesses|
Or, have we been ever so concerned to be soothed or entertainingly distracted from our troubles as we look for the next clump of sweet grass to consume or gain as profit?
Do I dare say words like: greed? living by our impulsive senses rather than wisdom from God? Resulting short-sightedness? shallowness? laziness? worldly lusts? worldliness? failing to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness?
Likewise, as C21 moves well into its second decade, how many of us are thinking beyond being able to do basic math [with a calculator . . . make sure the batteries don't go dead], use rudimentary English language skills, and IT -- aka, how to use MS Office -- to do "look back in the file and follow" work?
How many of us have acquired independent productive skills so we do not depend on someone else to hire us, whether a government office or a businessman or some activist enterprise or the like?
And, are our churches getting into the equipping business so that our people will be able to stand together in the days ahead where compromise with evil and poison will be demanded as the price of a job?
Or, do we think that the text:
Rev 13:16 He [the beast from the earth] also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast [from the Sea] or the number of his name . . . [NIV '84]
. . . was only written for those who are "left behind" after "The Rapture"?
I am 100% sure the devil is trying to get as much of that beast-mark system of dependency on wolves in shepherd's clothing in place in our time, right here in the Caribbean as he can, because that is a way to pull people into the fatal compromises that lead them to sell their souls and spiritual birthright for a mess of pottage to relieve their immediate hunger.
Let us learn: Any compromise between good and evil will be: evil. One between food and poison will be: deadly. (I forget the source.)
Or, do you think Esau who sold his birthright for a bowl of red stew was a hero of faith?
(As for his scheming, conniving brother Jacob, he was a wolf in sheep's clothing at that point. His one and only virtue was that he did see the importance of the spiritual and was somewhat open to respond to God in faith. He had to go through some hard and painful lessons to learn to be a real godly sheep!)
Prov 1:20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street,
she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 at the head of the noisy streets[c] she cries out,
in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;22 “How long will you simple ones[d] love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.
24 But since you rejected me when I called
and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 since you ignored all my advice
and would not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you —
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
they will look for me but will not find me.
29 Since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord,
30 since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”[NIV '84]
Prov 4:3 When I was a boy in my father’s house,
still tender, and an only child of my mother,
4 he taught me and said,
“Lay hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or swerve from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have,[a] get understanding.
8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will set a garland of grace on your head
and present you with a crown of splendor. ” [NIV '84]
Capacity Development -- the AACCS
- The Associate in Arts, CCS degree proposal
- Part-time delivery framework for the AACCS
- Towards a cyber-campus with mini campus centres for delivery of education
- Making a choice to move forward on the AACCS
- Moodle, Xerte and Exe as key cyber campus and web course development tools
- Video and multimedia "on the cheap"
- Video-making 101
- Blender video sequence editor -- the next level
- A digital multimedia lab for all (hosted at a public library in IL, USA)
- How could a cybercampus-based, microcampus delivered education programme pay its way?
- The Schools of Hope (Haiti+) proposal
- Capacity-building Grad Cert, Dip & Masters in Education
- Towards a regional digital, e-book library for a cybercampus
- Potential digital library resources
- The Kno e-textbook initiative
- The Android Tablet -Open Office platform for education delivery (including e-book reading and "light" office productivity)
- Sample course -- a Nicene Creed-based Systematic Theology Survey
- A look at Book-keeping and accounting using Quickbooks etc
- The Raspberry Pi US$ 25/35 credit-card sized Linux computer for students
- The Garduino student lab scale drip irrigation & lighting controller
- A Java Hello world course for the AACCS
- Computer productivity for all with open-source software
- Java, Python and digital productivity in the AACCS
- ICTs for interfacing, control and communication
- Robots, controls & mechatronics
- Interfacing and control development kit