New Car Smell
02 Feb

New Car Smell

The cultural phenomenon of “New Car Smell”, with my father working for Buick Motor Division of General Motors when I was born to another 40 years in the New Car Business, that New Car smell has a keen place in my sensual understanding of the inside of not just a car but my life to some extent. When I sit in any car I immediately have a sense of how that car has been cared for, loved really. Having sat in thousands and thousands of new cars and used cars I believe there is an olfactory give away to years of care or years of abuse or neglect.

Just go to a rent-a-car place like Hertz or Avis and sit in a few cars with varied mileages and take a big whiff, often they smell like wet socks, or stale smoke, then go back and sit in one that just came in and you will know exactly what I am talking about.

Like so many things in life there is no magic formula to new car smell, though I do get a kick out of the “Little Tree” car deodorizers that are labeled, “New Car Smell” sorry guys, it can’t be hung from the rear view mirror. The smell comes from love and will continue with love. You see Henry Ford, David Buick, Walter Chrysler and all there descendant designers, engineers and suppliers, loved their stuff, unfortunately they may even idolize it. With that comes a smell. The Bible is all too clear on this one.

Song of Songs 1:13
“My lover is my pouch of myrrh,
passing the night between my breasts. “

Now that I have your full attention I’m sure, you gotta admit, that one beats new car smell. Ask any lover who ever received a perfumed letter. Yes love is accompanied sensually through an olfactory experience, no doubt. Did you ever get a perfumed letter, did you ever send one; perfumed letters..WOW!!!

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson said it this way…

“I-I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air “

This week I really wanted to go deeper into the Song of Solomon verse above, and in prayer as I asked for insight: the Holy Spirit said to me, “DRINK”. At first that totally confused me, then I went with it looking up the first place you find drink in the Bible, it is in Genesis 19 where Lot’s daughters seduce him by having him “DRINK”, wine. Yep, I immediately thought about

Song of Songs 5:1
“I have come into my garden,
my sister, my bride.
I have gathered my myrrh with my spice.
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey.
I have drunk my wine with my milk. “

There it is again, both the myrrh, the smell and yes drink is involved. I then though about the Beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” and the question I landed on was: “What are the specific ways we hunger versus the ways we thirst spiritually?” After some study I came away with these thoughts I believe you will find useful both with your new car smell but even more in your life with God and His children.

According to, Spurgeon, and I agree with him, when we eat something it becomes totally ours, once you have it going down your esophagus it’s totally yours, but then in the case of eating; for your body to get the nutrients you have to digest it. That is my experience with Bible Study and often deep conversations with my wife or children I have to digest a bit before I receive the benefit.

Drinking is different although drink does become yours as it goes down your esophagus as well, drink especially alcohol almost immediately passes through your stomach lining and goes directly into you blood stream, drink may make it to the beginnings of your small intestines but for the most part they provide an instant benefit. Such is intimacy and affection, I don’t have to digest a hug or a kiss, from my kids and Tammy, (my wife) can hold my hand and I get a WOWZERS.

So this led me to some real repenting needed on my part; I am not near affectionate enough around those I love causing them to require that their thirst be quenched elsewhere, and even there, do I point them to living water? Yes, that passage in the Song of Songs has everything thing to do with drink, affection and intimacy. The first drink each of us ever took was designed to come from a breast in phenomenal affection and intimacy, even if it cam from a bottle, it comes with affection and intimacy.

Think about the many, many pages about thirst, even Jesus first miracle and his 5th word from the cross, He too was thirsty for the Father’s affection there on the cross.

Father help us to get this, to be thirsty for the right affection and love and provide affection and love to quench our loved ones needs and point them to the source of it all… And yes TLC and your car will forever have that New Car Smell.

Magical Mystery Tour
26 Jan

Magical Mystery Tour

Don’t you love a good mystery, the Bible is one after another after another, that’s what makes it so fun to dig for treasure. One I came across this week is loaded with mystery and treasure. “The Anointing of Jesus with Nard”.

How many times did it happen? It’s in all four gospels but its more than remarkable the similarities and the differences. Those are the kind of things that make you start digging, where is the treasure and what is it? In Matthew 26 it is 2 days before Passover she anoints His head and is at Bethany right before Judas betrayed Him, Mark 14 seems very similar, but there she breaks the alabaster jar, again anointing His head. , in Luke 7 it happens at a Pharisee’s house and she anoints his feet. Lastly in John it’s 6 days before Passover it’s with Mary and Lazarus and again it’s his feet that are anointed.

Here is a great article on why all that perhaps, at Inspired 2 think.

What I want to dig into here is why an alabaster jar and why did she break it? Like Paul’s jars of clay, in 2 Corintians 4: 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay,[c] so that the surpassing greatness of the power may be from God and not from ourselves. We are hard pressed in every way, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not in despair; persecuted, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Yeshua, so that the life of Yeshua may also be revealed in our mortal body.

The Jar of alabaster was precious no doubt, but to get to the inside and at that which was more precious she had to break it. That Nard inside was pure love for Jesus, the aroma of it lasts to this very day as it will for eternity. That was the Nard’s purpose, to anoint Jesus head and feet.

SO ARE ALL OUR TREASURES. The head so we know where we are going for Him and the feet to take us there. One of those treasures is your car… How can you anoint Jesus Christ (The Anointed One) with your car, really that is my question today.

A mystery only you get to or can unravel, you are uniquely designed to anoint Jesus with your treasure and yes you will have to break it it get to the good stuff, just sayin… Enjoy!!!

What This World Needs Is A Little Wonder
19 Jan

What This World Needs Is A Little Wonder

Did you ever wonder, really did you ever really really wonder; of course you did, especially when you were a child, the child like heart loves to wonder. Come wonder with me then about all God was picturing for us as He rescued the Israelites from slavery. The pillar of cloud, the Cherubim above the arc there is much to wonder about as you dig into these mysteries.

Let’s start with “The Clouds of Glory” as the Jews call them, every Jewish child is meant to enjoy a Passover Seder where they get to ask the four questions. The reason a child does this is that they can WONDER. The last question in English reads this way: “On all other nights we eat sitting or reclining, and on this night we only recline.”

Yes, there is the wonder of being free from slavery and being able to recline but I really, really wonder about the connection to “The Clouds of Gory”. Ancient Hebrew Rabbi’s taught that the pillar of cloud in Exodus 13 were actually seven different clouds, one for each of the four directions, north, south, east, west and then one above to protect them from the sun in the desert. The one that blows my mind is the one below them, in other words they were walking on clouds. The ancients taught that this was why their shoes didn’t wear out this cloud literally took the rough terrain and made it literally a breeze to navigate, (How cool is that). Then the seventh cloud, (which by the way is pictured on three of the tribal standards including the tribe of Judah’s) is out leading them where to go.

This whole picture they teach is the Tabernacle or (sukkot) yes related to the feast of booths or Tabernacles, it’s clouds and you can make a Biblical case for that. Look at 2 Samuel 22 or Psalms 18

11 He rode upon a cheruv and flew.
He soared on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness His cover,
His sukkah all around Him—
dark waters, thick clouds.

The same in Job 36:29, when God is tabernacling with me he is surrounding me in His protective cloud, it is a God Hug…

Note how many times God shows up and leaves in a cloud, Sinai, The Tabernacle dedication, Solomon’s Temple, at the mount of Olives Jesus leaves and is said to come back that way. This is how this connects to the question asked at the Seder, “why recline”. The Hebrew word there has a lot to do with surrounding more than just laying down. Look in Song of Songs 1:12 Once again we have the King as Jesus did in the last supper reclining that word ” mecab ” means round about. We are surrounded by loved ones at our thanksgiving our feast of ingathering the feast of tabernacles. God’s cloud hug is surrounding you I promise.

Now some more WONDER, inside that cloud is the ARK itself and atop of that are the two Cherubim; who are these guys and what’s with the wings overlapping? The Jews make a big deal that a Sukkah has to be higher than 10 “Tefachim” about 32 inches, why? Because the length of the Cherubim wings on the Ark according to Solomon’s Temple was 10 “Tefachim” . The Chrubim’s wings need the clearance in order to fly over you Sukkah for real. Amazingly beautiful is that when they spread their winds as described in Exodus 37:9 it is the exact terminology of Boaz spreading his garment over Ruth in Ruth 2:12 and in Ezekiel 16:8 God is spreading his garment over Israel in the time of love.

So as I have taught before that if our body is the temple, where is the Holy of Hollies, it’s our heart. These Cherubim have your heart covered like a hen covers her chicks like Jesus told us. So we know their size they have a wing span of 32 inches, what about their face. Well in Ezekiel 10:14 we are told

And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. . “

If one of their faces is a cherub, what is that according to the ancient Rabbi’s it was a child . So there is the connection to your child like heart and your innocence. Remember when Jesus told us in Matthew 18: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. “

Clouds, faces of Angels and children, wings that have you covered, yes to Tabernacle with God there above the Mercy seat in your very heart… Its much to wonder about…

One more wonder, when you see your neighbor, think that God wants him surrounded walking on clouds, covered by Cheribium wings, yes that neighbor has a whole in his heart that only God can fill, and as John Eldredge observed that God has a whole in His heart that only your neighbor can fill, as C.S. Lewis pointed out “you never met a mere mortal” . As we pray and witness we are increasing the circle the cloud and the more love we feel, like the ultimate thanksgiving with all the saints around the table, heads in the clouds we will all feel heaven. I wonder…..

Saturday Jan 19th Kernersville
16 Jan

Saturday Jan 19th Kernersville

https://www.itickets.com/events/411689.html

Talking and Walking Christian Men’s Ministry will host the 5th Annual Men’s Summit on January 19, 2019. The event will take place at First Christian Church in Kernersville, NC from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You will hear from world renowned speakers Dr. Benji Kelley, Pastor Michael Thomas, Tim Worley (former NFL player) and Dave Roever (Purple Heart recipient). The event will be hosted by retired professional wrestler, Nikita Koloff!

The purpose of The Men’s Summit is to create an atmosphere where men of all denominations can come together to build their faith and worship as one body. Our goal is that all men in attendance leave inspired, encouraged and with a deeper connection with our Heavenly Father.

Advanced tickets are only $20 and include lunch! Group discounts are available.

Purchase your tickets now to reserve your spot for this monumental event at https://www.itickets.com/events/411689.html


Speakers

Dr. Benji Kelley
Senior Pastor, newhope church

Benji Kelley is the founding pastor of newhope church Central Campus in Durham, NC and multi-site campuses throughout the Carolina’s, and Kenya. read more

Tim Worley
Former NFL Player, Leadership Educator

Tim Worley is a former University of Georgia All-American and NFL running back who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears. Today, Tim is a John C. Maxwell-certified leadership educator, life skills consultant and motivational speaker at Worley Global Enterprises. read more

Dave Roever
Military Hero, Purple Heart Recipient

Dave Roever is enthusiastically received both nationally and internationally as a public speaker. He is a gifted communicator and speaks in a variety of settings including public schools, military installations, business, men’ s and youth conventions, etc. read more

Michael Thomas
Lead Pastor, Love and Faith Christian Fellowship

Pastor Thomas started Love and Faith Christian Fellowship in 1991 with only 3 members and under his spiritual leadership, the church has grown to over 3,000 members. As a mentoring Pastor, Pastor Thomas travels around the world to visit with Pastors that are under his leadership. read more