June 13, 2016


Over the years a local funeral home changed ownership on multiple occasions. The newest owners were in the process of remodeling the facility when they discovered 170 unclaimed cremains sitting on shelves in the basement of the building…50 of which had no identification. The new owners made an effort to not only locate the next of kin, but then to have a memorial service for the cremains that remained unclaimed. I’m trying to imagine the moment of death and those souls that will go unclaimed by the Lord. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers” (Matt 7:21-23NIV)!

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Steve Corey said...


-----”The LORD looks down from heaven, He sees all the sons of men…and observes all their deeds.“ (Ps 33:13,15b) If you had observed the conception across the continent and all its gestation period, birth, life, and death in every last detail, matter not how fine or momentous, and if you had a perfectly working mind with unlimited capacity to both remember and reason, and then one day that person was standing in front of you, how could you not go, “Hey! I know you! I know you better than you know yourself!?” God knows every last detail of every last soul this world will produce.
-----Given the nature of God, and therefore of Jesus, this parable implies something more about what it is to be known by God, “…if one loves God, one is known by Him.” (I Cor 8:3) There is a head type knowledge invested in every detail of everything existing. It is like a reflection in a mirror or a projection onto a screen. The knowledge forms a perfect reduplication of the existence of something known in that way. But there is something more to God and to us who are reborn into His image. Those who were only born into the created image by being born human lack the something else.
-----Who can describe all the aspects of this “something more” which is new life in Christ? But one important aspect of it is one of those kinds of aspects which touches or regards all other aspects of it. It has become popular the last half-century to discount any universal nature of meaning. That is to say everyone finds their own meaning in life. It is claimed that meaning is a personal thing belonging to the individual. Nobody has the right to tell anyone else what anything should mean to him.
-----God created the world right. At the time of Creation, wrong was non-existent outside the bounds of Satan masquerading as an innocent, cute, little snakie. Before wrong was let out of that box to spread freely about the world, Adam and Eve were perfect in their thinking and perceiving. The meanings of things to them were congruent with what God made things to mean. And He did not make things to mean just anything. He is not the author of confusion. The snakie is that.
-----And the snakie muddled the meaning of things for Eve. She lost track of the meaning of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil being simply “the no eat’em tree.” That was not only sufficient meaning, but it was also meaning congruent with the meaning God meant it to have. And living according to that meaning would have effected every meaning every human perceived ever after. All meaning in all human minds would have been congruent with God’s intended meanings.
-----Muslims say they love God. Homosexuals say they love each other. But, it is when, beginning with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, things mean to you what God meant them to mean that you are known by God. Things meaning what God meant them to mean is an inner working of love such that love is not love without it. So when one means to be what God meant him to be, he loves God and is known by God.

Love you all,
Steve Corey