Some Other Time

Posted on 04/02/2017 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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HOLY IS THE KING
by Benjamin R. Faust

He is worthy, and we proclaim
The name of Jesus
is far above every other name
He is holy and we declare
His glory fills the earth
and there's rejoicing everywhere

He is mighty, and sovereign over all
He's coming for who's ready
when they hear the trumpet call
He is Jesus, the ruler over all
And every soul in worship
to the King will fall

Holy, holy is the King who reigns
The Son of God,
heaven and earth proclaims
In joy we bring to you our offering

(In spirit and - in truth we sing)
(And so to you - our lives we bring)
(As a li - ving offering)


WITH ALL THAT I AM
by Benjamin R. Faust

I praise you Lord
I praise you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I praise you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I praise you with all that I am
Yes I praise you with all that I am

I'll serve you Lord
I'll serve you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I'll serve you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I'll serve you with all that I am
Yes I'll serve you with all that I am

I love you Lord and
I'll love you Lord
With all of my heart
With all of my soul
With all of my strength
I love you Lord

For there is nobody like you
in heaven or on earth
Who is worthy to receive
all my praise
And I love you with all that I am
Yes I love you with all that I am


ALL OF ME
by Benjamin R. Faust

I give you all of me
I give you all of me O Lord
I give you all of me
Come fill this place
(x2)

Fill me with your Spirit Lord
So I may do your will and walk in your way
Keep me in your presence
Every moment, I pray
So I will always love you
So I will always love you


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Today's service might be a bit short, since Mariposa and I are moving to another state this week, and we have a LOT of work to do.

So our Scripture reading for today is found in the 11th chapter of John, and verse 35, where it says,

Jesus wept.


And you are now dismissed. Have a blessed week.


Okay, so maybe the message doesn't need to be THAT short today.

Perhaps we can take just a little bit of time to talk about..... Time.

What IS Time? Are we on a time line in which the past is something real that is behind us, and the future is something real that is in front of us, and the present moment is just a tiny step in this movement from where we have been to the more-important destination to which we are going?

I think most of us would pretty much agree. After all, that's how what we call "life" has always been presented and perceived.

But is that reality? And, more importantly, does it even matter?

Well, let's ask ourselves a few questions:

1. When did everything in our past happen?

2. When will everything in our future happen?

3. When do we make decisions?

4. When do we take action?

and

5. When are we alive?


It won't take long to answer these questions. In fact, we don't even need to go back through the list to do so. Because the answer to all five of those qustions is the same. And that answer is:

NOW.

When things happened in your past, when did they happen? They always happened in the Present Moment. There was no other time they could happen.

The same is true for things in the future. They are only ideas or fantasies in the head until they actuall happen Now.

How about decisions? Well, consider this: you have never made a decision in the past. Just think about it. You may remember decisions you've made, and it seems as though you made them in the past. But you didn't. When you made, them, what time was it? It was Now. And will you make any decisions in the future? No. When you make a decision in what you call the future, it won't be the future; instead, when you make that decision, it will be in the present moment.

How about actions? Same thing. Whenever you do something, you do it now. That's the only time you can do anything.

And when are you alive? Now. The Present. The past is only a memory trace in the head. The future is just a mental fantasy. Neither one is actually real. They are both imaginations.


Okay. So why does this matter? What difference does knowing this make?

Well, consider this example, found in 2nd Corinthians chapter 6 and verse 2:

2 For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

When does God hear you? In the accepted time. When does He help you? In the day of salvation.

And when is the accepted time? Now. When is the day of salvation? Now.

So God hears us only Now. And God helps us only Now.

In other words, when does God interact with us? When can we talk with Him? When can we fellowship with Him? When can we receive His help?

Now. Only and Always Now.

So why do we put off things until tomorrow?

"When such-and-such happens in the future, then I will get things right with God, or I will spend more time with Him, or I will point others to Him. That day is just not today."

But saying something like that is the same thing as saying, "No, I am not getting things right with God. No, I am not spending time with Him. No, I am not pointing others to Him. I say No to God."

For, tomorrow does not exist. You cannot do the right thing tomorrow. You can do the right thing only Today; you can do the right thing only right this moment.

What does James 4:13-16 say?

James 4:13-16 (NKJV)

13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit";
14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."
16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

Plans obviously aren't evil. We are here today because we planned to be. We set this day as a day to gather in this place, and because of that, we are here right now.

But yesterday, that plan was just a thought. Yesterday, we were not here. We will not be here tomorrow. And the only reason we are here at all is because we are here RIGHT NOW.

The point of the passage we just read is that plans for the future are only that: plans. If we believe in them as though they are reality, forgetting that the future is not set and does not yet exist, then we are, in essence, arrogantly boasting. And, as the writer says, "all such boasting is evil."

Instead, he writes, we ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."

For our life is what? It is a vapor that appears for a moment and then vanishes away.

And that is "life" with a lowercase L. It is the story we call life. And in the middle of that story, we Live only in the Present Moment, only in the Now. Presuming anything happens outside of this Moment is boasting in something that is only a fantasy in the head -- exalting the mind's non-existent time to the status of that time in which God moves, God hears, God touches, and God breathes. But the only time that happens is Now.

So don't wait to do the right thing NEXT time. That is delusional and impotent. Instead, do the right thing NOW, even if that right thing is to do nothing at all.

We don't forgive TOMORROW, or when so-and-so apologizes or something else happens. That future forgiveness is actually UNforgiveness. Instead, we forgive RIGHT NOW.

We don't be kind and compassionate in the future, or when someone some day deserves it. That future kindness and compassion is actually animosity and hatred. Instead, we are kind and compassionate Today -- RIGHT NOW.

And don't wait to commune with God and be in right standing with Him until some time in the future. Instead, dwell with Him NOW. Surrender to Him NOW. And enter His Perfect, Eternal Peace and Joy.... Now.