Category Archives: Chivalry

My Personal Declaration Of Independence

For too long I have kept silent on the things I hold most dear. And as such have allowed myself to stray and others to take them from me. No more. This is who I am, and no one has the right to strip these things from me. And I will live and die on these principles. Love it or leave it, this is who I am.

(Note: Read all these points as a whole, not as individual points. Otherwise, they will seem contradictory and not make sense. However, if you take them all together and think it through, they will make sense. And help you better understand who I am, especially moving forward.)

I believe in the One True Triune God of the Bible. Father, Son, Spirit. I believe that God created all things through His Son. Including man. Whom He gave free will to, who then used it to spurn God. As a result, God sent His Son to earth, of a virgin birth, to die as the sacrifice for sins, in our place. For those who believe, He sends His Spirit and grants everlasting life. He does not promise a life of ease, THIS life is not secured. It is the next life.

Every person has the right to do whatever they want with their life, body, mind, soul, and property; as long as they do not infringe on ANY other person’s (I include unborn children in this) life, body, mind, soul, or property. Anyone who does infringe is liable to have vengeance brought upon them.

I feel every man should live a life of honor. Stand by his word, earn his own way in life, and never do what he knows is wrong. Any man who does less, and does not work to change his error upon realizing it, is less than a man.

We are only human, we make mistakes. As such, I am always willing to be wrong. However, on the above points, I will never stray. They are who I am and what I believe to be true above all else. I will listen to your differing opinions even on the above points, but I will not change them. Corallaries, if’/thens, of the above are a different story. (Maybe I misunderstood a portion of the Bible, maybe I thought you infringed on my right and was wrong, or maybe I accused you of lying and was wrong.)

Last, but most assuredly not least. I will live and die by these things. And for your right to them as well. (Note, because of the second point, you may even differ from me on the first, and I will still defend your right to hold to that. Yes, my faith proclaims itself as the only way, and I believe it so. But I also feel you have your own choice to make, and I cannot and will not force you.) If I feel my right, or (especially) the right of those I call family to these things is being endangered, I will fight back. You will regret it. And you will lose.

I hereby declare myself independent of any authority that would seek to strip or endanger these rights. Amen.


“…and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:10-39 is basically a three section passage. verses 19-25 contain reasons and ways to persevere, verses 26-31 are some serious warnings about abandoning the Christian fellowship, and verses 32-39 are kinda like a pep talk to those who are persevering, to help them to keep on keepin’ on. Right now I am going to focus on the first section.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:19-25, NIV)

As I said, this passage speaks of some practical reasons and methods to persevere. I am going to take it in a little bit of a chopped up order.

Reasons To Persevere:

1. Confidence To Enter “The Most Holy Place”
In all of history, no one but the high priest, and then only once a year and under special requirements, could ever enter God’s presence in the innermost chamber of the temple. But now, by Christ’s sacrifice of His blood and body, we can. Each and every one of us, at will. He was the only perfect sacrifice possible.

2. We Have A Great High Priest
Sometimes it is best to let the Bible speak for itself: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16, NIV)

3. He Who Promised Is Faithful
(I Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6; II Tim. 2:13)
What God says, He will do. So if something is promised in return for our perseverance, we can be assured that it will be done.

4. The Day Approaches
“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (I Thessalonians 5:1-3, NIV)
No one knows then it is. When that Day comes there will be no more time to work, play, sin, love, nothing. All that will matter is who we believed Jesus to be (faith) and what we did with that belief (works). Will we be among those who persevered with the belief that Jesus really was who He said He was, and then lived it? Or will we have squandered our hearts and lives? Time may be short. And even if not, it is best to make the most of our time here.

Practical Ways To Persevere:

1. Draw Near To God
This one comes with four conditions to be possible. And may also be the most important way to persevere. For by drawing near to God, we can draw strength for everything else.
a. A Sincere Heart (Ps. 51:16-17)
We must always strive to know that we mean it when we say “I believe,” and not be lukewarm or fake (Revelation 3:15-17).
b. Full Assurance Of Faith
The reasons for persevering that are given above are great reasons to be full of faith. But if not, remember what Jesus did for us while on earth, and still does today. And think over in your heart and mind the facts of the matter. Remember: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV)
c. Hearts Sprinkled From A Guilty Conscience
Christ died that we may keep “no record of wrongs,” even against ourselves. (I Cor. 13:5b, NIV) Guilt only holds us back.
d. Bodies Washed With Pure Water
We must allow ourselves to be purified by the Holy Spirit from sin. Pray, read your Bible, do everything you can to fill yourself with the Spirit and rid yourself of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

2. Hold Unswervingly To The Faith We Profess
Don’t stop, don’t reverse, don’t turn. Keep at it. This is the heart, the very meaning of perseverance. Not. Quitting. No matter how hard it gets, how lonely you feel, or how strong you think you are on your own.

3. Spur One Another On Towards Love And Good Deeds
Sometimes we will find a brother or sister in need of some kind advice, or even some gentle prodding. We all have our moments when we become lazy or indecisive, and it is our job to help each other out in these moments. I know if I was having one of those times (and I kinda am now) I would want my brothers and sisters to say something about it to me. And then there are times that parts of the body stop working, or even start damaging the surrounding tissue with the cancer of sin. These are the times when rebuking, teaching, and correcting come into play. (Matt. 18:15-20 ; II Tim. 3:16-17)

4. Do Not Give Up Meeting Together
The Greek word used for “give up” means to desert and abandon. We should meet together as often as we can. Whether it be in church, homes, coffee shops, the park, or even facebook if necessary. Don’t cut yourself off or you will not have the support you need. Your faith will shrivel like a raisin. We were never called to a life of solitude. Remember: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (I Cor. 12:26, NIV…read verses 12-30 tho, good stuff)

5. Encourage One Another
If all members of the body were to push each other on, rooting for one another, we would be able to do so much more than we are now. We each should be cheerleaders for our brothers and sisters, and they ours.

Conclusion:
Always keep these reasons in the forefront of your mind. Don’t stop, and don’t give up. I know, first hand, that it can feel pretty dire sometimes and you just want to quit. But don’t, please don’t.


A Good Lesson To Learn

In Genesis 4:7, God says this: ” ‘If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.’ ” (NIV)

Something that has been on my mind lately, and especially today, is that life is tough. It’s hard. Even as, ESPECIALLY as, a Christan. It is so easy to quit, and infinitely more difficult to persevere.

But then there is passage, from Hebrews (10:19-39)

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. For,

‘In just a little while,
He who is coming will come
and will not delay.’

And,

‘But My righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back.’

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” (NIV)

If you would, read those words again, and let them sink in. Think over their implications. Over the next while, for my own study, I am going to go through this passage, breaking it down to learn what it means for me. I’ll post my notes here, for others to read, in case it helps them as well. In the meantime, I encourage you to take 45 minutes out of your day to watch this sermon. It’s by Mark Driscoll, about the cost of discipleship. It’s very closely related the above passage and what has been on my heart lately. It will definitely make you think about how you are living.

Luke’s Gospel: Investigating the Man Who Is God
Part 63: The Cost of Discipleship
Luke 14:25-35

“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”


The Code Of Chivalry

Out Of Pure Interest:

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Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of Heaven , Blossomed the lovely stars,

Guardians of the people,

Guardians of the land,

Lost is he who has not honor,

Lost is he who has not love,

Only when one is pure of heart,

True of soul and sound of body,

May he count himself among us,

We the Knights of The Round Table.

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(1) To live one’s life so that it is worthy of respect and honor by all.

(2) Fair Play:
Never attack an unarmed foe.
Never charge an unhorsed opponent
Never attack from behind
Avoid cheating
Avoid torture

(3) Nobility:
Exhibit self discipline
Show respect to authority
Obey the law
Administer justice
Administer mercy
Protect the innocent
Respect women

(4) Valor:
Exhibit courage in word and deed
Avenge the wronged
Defend the weak and innocent
Fight with honor
Never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause

(5) Honour:
Always keep one’s word of honour
Always maintain one’s principles
Never betray confidence or comrade
Avoid deception
Respect life

(6) Courtesy:
Exhibit manners
Be polite and attentive
Respectful of host, authority, honour and woman

(7) Loyalty:
To God, Sovereign, Country, and the codes of Chivalry
Always respect and obey the law unless the law is wrongful.
Always be kind and never cruel.
Give mercy to those that ask for it.
Always be truthful and never lie.
Defend the Law of Good and seek to stop injustice.
Have compassion to the weak, frail, and oppressed, and seek to help them in any way.
Be charitable to others and give to those in need.
Always succor women when they are in distress.
Love your country, family, religion, and uphold them in any way.
Always put the needs of others above the needs of yourself.
Live a pure and noble life.

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truths quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their stories. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career. How ever humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere there is heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all acidity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the council of years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.. But do not distress yourself with dark imagining. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

-Anonymous