How Much Ya ‘ill Suffer Fer His Name?

Make it yer task ter day ter look fer Skipper in tha whirlwind and storms and clouds

How Much Ya 'ill Suffer Fer His Name?

After tha Sun knocked Saul Paul ter tha ground and chatted with him a bit, he left. With tha help of his mates, Saul Paul got ter is feet, but he whar blind. Sumpin’ like scales covered his eyes. Sumpin’ like scales most likely covered Saul Paul’s heart as well, else tha Sun would not ‘ave needed ter knock some sense inter him.

His mates led him to Straight Street. Right off that be a hint that Saul Paul, upright in his mind adn straight as an arrow, whar on a crooked path. Thar, in tha house of a feller name Judas, Saul Paul dropped ter his knees and while in prayer, slipped inter a trance. In a vision he seen a man come and place hands on him ter restore his sight.

‘Bout that same time, in a vision, tha Sun spoke ter a feller named Ananias. “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight. This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Think on this a wee little bit.

When Phillip come upon the Ethiopian eunuch that feller whar reading Isaiah 53:7-9, a song about tha suffering servant. Isaiah 53:7-9 be tha fourth song in tha Books of Prophets that points ter how tha Sun and Lord as being one who suffered fer us. So right off when tha Sun warns “He must suffer for my name”  Saul Paul knowed what he whar about ter face. Saul Paul’s fate be tha same struggles tha Sun faced. Saul Paul’s course be nearly exactly tha same as tha Sun sailed.

‘Ave ya ever asked tha Sun how much ya ‘ill suffer fer his name? If not, why? If so, did he answer with a little, a lot, any ah tall?

Few of us like ter think of suffering. In Skipper’s Code of Conduct clouds of suffering near ’bout always be tied ter Skip. While they watched from tha Ark, clouds brought showers, sorrows, and sufferings ter Noah and his family. Clouds also brought providential blessings during times of drought. Near ’bout always it be through clouds that Skipper’s Holy Spirit of Truth teach us how ter walk by faith. If there were ne’er be any clouds in our lives but only sun, we might ne’re seek shelter in Skip’s arms. Tha prophet Nahum says of Skipper, “His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet” (Nahum 1: 3).

This be tha message Saul Paul heard from tha Sun: “Ter day, ter morrow, and from here on tha fercast be fer partly cloudy skies with intermittent showers and scattered blessings.”

That pretty much sums up ever passage. Make it yer task ter day ter look fer Skipper in tha whirlwind and storms and clouds. Odds are if ya keep yer eyes peeled, ya might spy a rainbow with its promise of better days ahead.

 

 

Ne’er Start a Great Task or Journey Without First Checking With Skip

"I will tell you all that you must do." - Jesus

Ne'er Start a Great Task or Journey Without First Checking With Skip

“Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.” – Acts 9:1 (Acts 9:1-7)

After tha Sun come out of tha grave, Saul Paul continued ter breathe murderous threats agin tha Sun’s disciples. He went about dragging folks from thar homes, taking ’em prisoner, ‘aving ’em tossed in jail and beaten. All ’cause they be followers of tha Way, which be what some called tha Sun’s group.

Now fer we go judging Saul Paul, think on this a wee little bit:

Saul Paul be thoroughly trained in Skipper’s Code of Conduct. Kin ya say tha same? Doth ya know Skip’s words ferward and backwards?

He be zealous fer Skip. Kin tha same be said of ya? Doth ya love Skip with all yer heart, mind, body, adn soul?

He persecuted tha followers of tha Way ’cause he feared they be speaking blasphemous lies ’bout Skip and his words. Kin tha same be said of ya? Doth ya get riled up when ya hear others mocking Skip and his Sun?

We know not what his motive whar. Maybe he coveted tha relationship tha disciples had with tha Sun, Skip, and them who be part of tha Way (Romans 7:7). Could be he whar filled with jealousy ’cause tha Way be gathering followers while tha Ruling Council be losing influence (Acts 5:17).Perhaps he feared losing his power and prestige if tha Spirit of tha Sun took holt of folks. Or maybe he truly believed he whar doing what Skip commanded him ter do. In all cases, and especially when we be absolutely sure we be doing Skip’s will, we need ter pause, pray, and beg Skip ter show us if our actions be off kilter.

Not willing fer tha Sun’s followers ter escape his wrath, Saul Paul went ter tha High Priest, Caiaphas, and asked fer letters ter tha synagogues in Damascus so that any he found thar who belonged ter tha Way, could be hauled back ter Jerusalem and punished.

Only around noon, as he neared tha town, a bright light blasted from heaven, knocking Saul Paul ter tha ground. A voice called, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? Get up! Go into the city. There I will tell you all that you must do.”

Saul Paul’s mates saw tha light and stood speechless. They heard tha Sun speaking but did not see anyone. This be tha way it is fer some of us. We hear Skipper’s Holy Spirit of Truth whispering, giving us guidance and directions, but others claim we only be hearing voices: that we be loopy in tha head.

Up ’till tha moment when tha Sun’s light knocked him ter tha ground, Saul Paul be sure he whar sailing tha right rhumb line. Only he whar not. He whar way off course. So fer off course, in fact, that tha Sun had ter come off his throne and knock some sense in ter ’em.

Ne’er start a great task or journey without first checking with Skip. This whar Saul Paul’s first big error. It be tha process of prayer and patience, of waiting on Skip’s will, that be our task, not some goal we set. Make preparing ter be holy and obedient ter Skip yer goal, not some outcome. If we ‘ill turn our hearts, our minds, our bodies, our souls over ter Skip, he ‘ill guide our steps. Prepare and receive yer tasks.

Pray with humility and ask tha Holy Spirit of Truth ter make ya pure through and through. Blessed be the pure in heart, for they ‘ill see Skipper and his Sun, of this ya kin be sure.

“Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

Could Be Yer Obedience Be Tha Reason Skipper Put Ya in a Place at a Certain Time With Certain Folks

"Why shouldn't I be baptized?"

“Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem.” – Acts 8:26 (Acts 8:26-40)

An angel of tha Lord told Phillip ter go south on tha desert road. Right off that seems like a tall tale —an angel giving one of tha apostles walking directions. Only this not be tha first time angels appeared ter folks after tha Sun rose from tha grave. Angels helped break out Old Pete and Loving John from jail (Acts 5:19). Another assassinated Herod Agrippa (Acts 12:23). An angel predicted Saul Paul would arrival safely in Rome (Acts 27:23).

Once Phillip be on his way, he happened upon an Ethiopian eunuch, a feller in tha service of a queen. In those days a eunuch be a feller who could not father children. This chap whar sitting in his carriage reading from tha scroll of Isaiah and like a good many, he struggled ter make heads and tails out of what that old prophet’s words meant.

Tha Holy Spirit of Truth piped up and told Phillip ter go stand near tha Ethiopian’s carriage. Soon as Phillip heard tha feller reading, he said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

“How can I unless someone explains it to me?” This be our response a good many times as well: how kin we understand Skipper’s Code of Conduct unless someone explains it to us?

Right off Phillip commenced ter explaining how tha Sun be mentioned in tha old scrolls and how he done come and lived and died fer our sins and then come out of tha grave and gone in ter heaven so he kin prepare places of welcome fer us. After hearing such good news, tha Ethiopian asks, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?”

Now this be a fine question, on account of, A: he whar unfit ter be in tha temple on account of his physical condition and B: he be of a darker skin color than Phillip whar used ter seeing. Only in God’s kingdom all be welcome, regardless of skin color, physical condition, mental state, and all. In Skip’s kingdom all be received with open arms when they pass through tha shining glory of his Sun.

So tha pair went down in ter tha water and Phillip baptized tha Ethiopian. With that tha Ethiopian went away rejoicing and I reckon so, fer ter get taking in by tha Sun always be a grand event and worth celebrating.

Even at that risk of being seen as loopy in tha head, we must obey Skipper and celebrate his grace in taking us in ter his kingdom. Only think on this a wee little bit: our confusion ’bout spiritual matters and Skip’s Code most often be tha result of sin or us refusing ter do a thing Skip told us ter do. Skipper’s Holy Spirit of Truth pricks our hearts so we be tender ter such things we ‘ave never thought ’bout be fer. Phillip heard tha Holy Spirit’s whisper and obeyed. Tha Ethiopian heard Skipper’s words in a new way and believed. If either of them fellers had shrugged and moved on without responding ter Skip’s nudge, his whisper, no telling whar tha Ethiopian might ‘ave ended up.

Most likely in hell.

Ne’er ignore tha call of Skip when it comes ter ya. Always be anxious ter share tha good news with all, regardless of how they look or act. Could be yer obedience be tha reason Skipper put ya in a place at a certain time with certain folks.

And that be a right fine calling ever time.