Sunday, April 7, 2013

A voice in the wilderness

As is customary in my Church, birthdays are celebrated by everyone in the congregation.  Today was my turn to be subjected to gifts and praise by my brothers and sisters.  I happened across a family in the middle of nowhere.  I found Christ in the wilderness because I simply looked for him.  To deny the existence of God without first seeking him out is a selfish fools game.  If you put forth just a little effort you will find him.  If you turn your back on the Light, you will live in darkness forever.  Don't be fooled by the powers of darkness just because you can flip a switch. 

John 1: 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born , not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

15 comments:

Unknown said...

John, I've long appreciated your prepping insights, but I'm finding this new injection of religion to be something I'd not have subscribed to. Perhaps a separate blog would be more appropriate for those discussions. Thank you for being understanding.

Compost Bob said...

@Unknown - I don't recall seeing any mention of John's blog subscription "charges" restricting his comments to the ultimate wisdom of the "Unknown." Perhaps you should set up your own blog ... possibly called "The Unknown Unknown Lab." A blog where religion of any kind is restricted to the "unknown." A different sort of blog where the "unknown" has no explanation as to where it came from, or what its purpose in the present sphere is, or, for that matter, where it is going in the future. Sort of a blogosphere without a "sphere." I think I'll stick with John's blog.
Compost Bob
Kingsbury, Texas

Old RB said...

@ unknown.. May you remain unknown, and unheard... John Wells, may you and yours, go forth and multiply!

Unknown said...

Holy cow, I can't even follow something as simple as the Field Lab without there being some kind of controversy.

Sue Mackey said...

Preach it, John. I look forward to your Sunday blogs because I love the way you put your thoughts into words.

pamit said...

I applaud the community that churches bring to people - the fellowship, charity, goodwill etc. But I condemn churchgoers who label those who do not follow their path as "selfish fools". Try love, not fear, to show the goodness of your path, John.

Ron K said...

I think someone is 'Unknow'ingly uncomfortable about being reminded of the afterlife. Censoring John's blog topics won't make it go away... He's doing it because he cares about you.

riverrat said...

I, too, look forward to your Sunday entries. Well, all of your entries, actually! This is your life you are sharing with us. Glad you do it! Your words, pics and humor bring us an insight to desert dwelling people and critters. God is there, too. It's sad that so many just don't see Him. Keep doing what you do.

nottfar@gmail.com said...

I have never liked "religious" people. They are like pyrite; an imitation of the real thing. People who are convicted by the real thing (Christianity) a true relationship with our Savior and Father, will often become upset because it shines a light into their hearts which are dark. You can try to shut out Christ but He will not shut you out, because He loves you and offers you freely the gift of salvation.

Under The SC Sun said...

Unknown, my intention with the following statement is not to add to any perceived "controversy" so take it as I intend it.

I always thought that a blog is not a static forum. Were it not dynamic, I would have no interest whatsoever. I subscribe (gratis I might add) because John Wells documents his thoughts. Thoughts in most people are quite dynamic. I find John Wells' blog rather captivating.

YMMV/ Caveat emptor

pamit said...

Yes, a dynamic blog it is, allowing both praise and criticism! Thank you John.

Unknown said...

For everyone's information the second "unknown" comment is not the same person as the first "unknown". Just thought I would clarify that. Have a nice day.

WhyR said...

It's John's blog, and he can shape it any way he wants to. It's helpful to remember that your fantasies of The Field Lab and John's life in it may not conform to reality. Your mileage may vary. I realized quite awhile ago that I should stop commenting here as it would become increasingly difficult to do so in a helpful way (except, hopefully, today).
John, the thing that keeps me checking in occasionally are your excellent pictures of life out on the West Texas hardpan: a window into another world very different from where I live. IMHO, you are an excellent photographer, using very good equipment, and if increasing the number of visits to your blog is important to you, I would advise finding a way to include more photos of your life and surroundings in your posts. Pictures have universal appeal; do not need to be translated, and in some mysterious way stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain. They will keep people coming back to your blog who cannot share your viewpoints, but want to appreciate the beauty you create.

Bel said...

I don't understand such intolerance. If John started posting pictures of scantily clad women every Friday, I would figure out that I'd probably just skip Friday's blog post. How dare I have the audacity to tell John how much I hate his new trend and how I feel it demeans women and how I want him to keep his blog free of anything that offends me? (I really wouldn't mind, just an example) What the heck people????? Skip his Sunday blog and make your own. Although, I believe those who protest against his Sunday posts the loudest, need it the most. It made me admire John even more. Thank you Mr. Wells. Thank you so very much.

Bel said...

And a belated Happy Birthday from an admirer also born in 1959.