Daily Archives: February 19, 2008

To Talk or to Act? That is the Question.

Originally posted on http://geppy.gephart.info

So, I was laying down to go to sleep – but felt I was required to say one more thing. In many of my internet discussions, it usually goes to what we should not do, say, or think. It focuses more on the law of deeds instead of the law of the Spirit. It does not focus on what a child of God does.

Reading Romans 7-8 it is clear that Paul went thru this same discussion – and dilemma. But he had the revelation that those things that we should not do, but we do anyway due to our still existing sin nature, are not things that we do; but it is in fact sin that does it. And we are not sin, for we have been bought at a very precious price. So with this in mind, he reminds us that we are no longer condemned for what the sin of our old nature does. We have been freed from sin and its consequences.

So it is our duty to move on; to get past discussions of sin and consequence. It is past time to move on to what we will do. What are the fruit of the Spirit that we are called to do? How can we show the Spirit of our LORD in our daily actions? It is in fact the actions that matter, and not the discussions. The discussions are a tool to help us grow and to help us understand what actions we have been called to do.

J.R.R. Tolkien Timeline

The Story of the Storyteller

Since I was a small child I have been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic mythology embodied both in The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, including the equally grand back story of the Silmarillion . To tell the truth, these are the only books in addition to the Bible which I have ever managed to really read more than once. Oh, other books which I own frequently find themselves upon my desk but they arrive for the purpose of quick references or meager refreshers and they depart long before a thorough reading ever becomes a true possibility. I bore too quickly to read most stories fact or fiction over again. I am the same with movies. If I have seen a movie one time that is more than sufficient for a lifetime. Again the singular exception has been Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the Trilogy to film. (I note with excessive glee that all of the issues between Jackson and New Line Cinema has been rectified and that Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are returning to produce both “The Hobbit” as well as a second bridge film that tells the story from the end of the Hobbit to the start of the Fellowship of The Ring. )

Having read a few biographies of the man who penned the Hobbits into existence I sat down to create my first ever (if somewhat whimsical) timeline for Libronix – the Life of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.