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Sunday Go To Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on December 5, 2010

Sunday  Go to Meeting Bun,

By

The Right Reverend, Pastor, Bishop, Prophet, Priest, Apostle, Dr. L. A. Marzulli M.U.M.B.O.J.U.M.B.O.

Phl 2:3

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

There is a magazine – I won’t name it here – that has glossy, full-page advertisements for Christian conferences in it. A collection of, smiling, well-groomed, toothy,  teeth-whitened, head shots, adorn the page often with titles underneath the names proclaiming Bishop, Prophet, Apostle, Evangelist, and on it on it goes. I know I shouldn’t laugh at this, but I do – Lord forgive me –  because it always brings to mind the verse above.

Of course I’m goofing on all of this, thus my pompous, bombastic, title with the mumbo-jumbo letters tagged on the end! However, as we see in the ads in magazines, Christian TV, and to often from the pulpits, self-aggrandizement, all to often, seems to have usurped the admonition of scripture.

One thing I have learned in my 30 years of walking with the Lord, that He doesn’t like a proud heart, a haughty spirit,or  a self-obsessed person. He usually will bring correction and He needs to, lest we get puffed up.

There is a method that, with a little practice, we can achieve this without joining a monastery or living in a cave! If we learn to treat everyone we meet the same, regardless of who they are, or their position in the world, it frees us from putting on airs, or thinking that in some way we are superior or inferior. For everyone we meet is made in the image and likeness of God…. all men and women are created equal, endowed by their creator with inalienable rights!

Let me explain. When I was a worship pastor at a Southern California main line denomination, former President, Bill Clinton showed up on a Sunday morning, complete with secret service guys – they were even on the roof of the building. He sat in the middle section, next to a Secret service guy – Hillary wasn’t with him – and I began to lead worship, with the team. After the second song, the congregation, to their credit, began to focus more on the Lord than on Clinton. When we were finished there was a moment where everyone stood still before the Lord, as we waited on Him.

At this point I looked out at the people and realized that Jesus was the great equalizer. Here was the most powerful man in the world, who at that moment was just another man standing before God along with the other men and women in that congregation. I have never forgotten that moment, as it was clear that when we stand before Him, everything falls away. Our titles, position, accomplishments, education, successes or defeats, all will fall of their own weight when we are face to face with Jesus.

Our natural tendency is to elevate ourselves and take the “best seat” if we can. Last Monday I Blogged about the stampede at Target. Here is a graphic example of selfish ambition! The stampede happened because people put themselves instead of the other guy. It is the me-first spirit that created the stampede in the first place.

In closing today’s Bun, it is important for us to remember that we can’t do this in our flesh as it is. I believe, the Holy Spirit who will instill this in our lives. It is however, a mind-set for us to be aware of as we grow in Him. It is liberating to realize that we don’t have to pretend to be something that we’re not. We can be ourselves and esteem those around us as better…

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26 Responses to “Sunday Go To Meeting Bun!”

  1. Carol H. said

    Dear Dr. MUMBOJUMBO:
    Excellent “bun” as usual.
    Proverbs 16:18 KJV Pride goeth before destruction…
    God will always have the final say.
    I do like verse 17 though…”The highway of the upright
    is to depart from evil; he that keepeth his way preserveth
    his soul.
    Have a blessed Sunday Dr. MUMBOJUMBO!!(you’re hilarious!)
    Carol H.

  2. Susan said

    As Paul the Apostle, the Lord’s chosen, who was buffeted by Satan with the thorn in his side, which I believe kept him from being puffed up, for he was the chiefest of Pharisees before his Damascus experience.

    2 Corinthians 12:7. “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, … ” If Paul was in danger of spiritual pride, who is not?

    Right on point, LA. Nothing more needs to be said. Thank you for the Scriptural reminder.

  3. Jeff said

    A great bun for sure! Jesus is number one!!
    I have seen numerous celebrities and famous sports players while I used to work in clubs in Boston. The more you meet, the more you see they are just regular people, some easy going and nice to talk to, and some who think they are #1.
    I have noticed people/ fans adore these famous people like ‘gods’ knocking people over, pushing and shoveing to get to meet someone and take a picture. The shock and paralisis someone people get from seeing these people when they are just like you and me. We are all created alike. I have had moments of pride, I know now not to try and create them as they are not good.
    Thanks LA!!

    Some more natural disasters found all over…

    Flooding forces evacuations in Albania
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/12/05/albania.flooding/index.html?hpt=T2

    Tungurahua volcano prompts evacuation in Ecuador
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11920406

    Colombia rains leave 174 dead, 1.5 million homeless
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101204/wl_afp/colombiaweatherfloods

    Def not business as usual, as LA would say.

  4. Good stuff!
    With all of the title laden names (Prophet this, Prophetess that, Apostle this,..) I’ve always said that if you have to tell me what you are you probably aren’t it. A tree is known by it’s fruit not by the name tag on it. My attitude is – unless you can hang on a Cross, die and rise from the dead you aren’t anything for me to admire or revere! JMO
    Just another said side-effect of the deception of the enemy into the camp. Like Genesis 3 all he has to do is add a word here and there into the mix and believers wander off the path.

  5. Richard said

    Amen Maranatha Father

  6. carolyn said

    Thank you, LA, for the beautiful bun.

    One of my favorite scriptures:
    Micah 6:8
    He has told you, O man, what is good;
    And what does the LORD require of you
    But to do justice, to love kindness,
    And to walk humbly with your God?

    Happy Bunday everyone!
    God bless.

  7. Doug said

    The sin of pride was the “original sin”. Lucifer’s pride brought so much destruction and suffering along with it.

    We are stuck with it here and are constantly plagued by it.

    Good point, Lynn.

  8. swanlake said

    My only status symbol must be the cross.

  9. Mack said

    I agree L.A, Jesus will aid in turning the nations to an equalizing so that everyone will look to God as the Superior rather than another man. These days are filled with people who don’t like equality and they yearn to see someone push another around. Even at the worksite, some people look at treating everyone the same as a weakness, “oh, go tell so and so to do this, he aint nobody, you been here longer and your a specialist and he’s a rotation worker”, this is the stuff I hear cause people want others to be inferior.

    Great Bun L.A,
    Jah Bless

  10. john B said

    This is portion of a sermon given by the ‘Most Honorable Reverent Bishop Fulton Sheen’ to a synod of clerics for their edification. (We the clergy are the elephants of the church, we have been given the privilege by God to bathe and be submerged in the water of his spirit; the laity are like the little birds at the edge of the lake sipping of the water)

    Lord it not over the Flock Said Apostle Peter! The whole problem with christianity Today is a leadership issue. Elders in the early were referred as pillars of the church. Pillars are Strong and Support the building from beneath. It is Meekness & Humility That should be The criteria and not Pride for therein is Spiritual authority.

    John b

  11. Lisa said

    Hi LA:

    God bless you and your family this Bunday. Wonderful admonition to us all. I agree wholeheartedly. The Lord Himself, in all His Kingship, bowed before the disciples to wash their feet to teach them this very lesson and for them to pass it on to us…we are not to think more highly of ourselves than we should but consider others more important than ourselves. We are to serve in humility. We are servants. The Lord came from Glory to give up everything for us, even His very life…how can any of us be pompous and strut around with big titles to make ourselves feel good…looking for man’s acknowledgement…what fools we are at times. Nothing could be better than being a doorman in the kingdom of God. All glory is due to Him…He deserves it all. Thank you so much for this word…very timely and it helps to remind us what is truth. God bless all. Amen!

  12. Rose from Kentucky said

    It is said that after the Civil War, General Robert E. Lee, a devout Christian, visited a church in Washington, D.C. During the Communion service, he was seen kneeling beside a black man. Later, when someone asked how he could do that, Lee replied, “My friend, all ground is level at the foot of the cross.”

  13. Jimmy Douglas said

    I really like todays Bun. Boy you are right, the Lord will correct your ego and pride.

    One of my favorite scriptures i believe ins in Hebrews. It goes something like this:

    “The Good Lord chastises those whom he loves.”

    Now if that is the case, he sure loves me a whole, whole, whole lot. There are so many things in my life that have made so many U turns, but I find comofort in this verse. I feel comfort he is there walking, or shall I say many times carrying me through this world.

    It’s been a while since I have posted, but I try to read here daily. I work full time and am 3/4 time Grad student. I am 44. I appreciate many of your prayers and can still use them. I mentioned a few months ago about my mother being diagnosed with Lukimia. She was a wonderful woman of faith and gave chemo and everything a good fight, but passed away 3 weeks ago. She was legally blind as well due to a hereditary eye disease. But she saw and experienced God’s beuty. Both of my Grandads where rail roaders. She had traveled to over 40 states before she was 18. My dad for the past 20 years took her to places becuase he wanted her to experience these things with her eyes diminishig. She had been to Hawaii 4 times, 2 of those where cruises. She had been on at least 11 cruizes that we can think of. St. Kitts and England as well. She loved colors. I can only imagine what she is experiencing right now in Heaven. I am sure her mounth is still wide open taking in the glory and scenery.
    She loved her church and was a volunteer with the youth program. She had a special sense of humor. The fist day, she was in charge of a group of teens. The pastor came in and asked her how things were going. She said, “As far as I can see, everything is going great!”
    She volunteered as a mentor for 17 years at the local school assisting youth with reading problems. This blows my mind becuase her eye sight was quite poor, but the kids she mentored improved. All I can figure is she adapted and helped by speculating the sounds of words. It may have helped that someone with disabilities was a role model and showing those kids how to adapt.
    Anyway, she has new eyes and a new body now. I have no doubt where she is but I do miss her. God blessed me with good parents.
    I am working hard to get some stuff done to end this semster. I have disabilities due to a sever work fall 12 years ago. The workers comp insurance cut me cold turkey of sleep aids and antidepressants the other day. I had to drop $217 to get them becuase that stuff is not good cold turkey. I will be going through a nasty system to fight that. I always have pain but keep it managed. Lack of sleep and increased anxiety really kiks my pain in and functionability down. It is a complicated case. It was multiple injuries with shattered nee cap, broken hip, shattered both bones on right wrist, dislocated thumb on left hand, laceration on chin, sewed inside of lips back to gums, tore a TMJ muscle in my jaw which knocked my bite of and caused headaches. PTSD, Depression, and anxiety was a direct result as well and I have a ruling from the commision that affirmed that years ago. Workers Compensation is not a good thing to go through. I can go on and on, but right now I have what I need and am thakful for that.

    Sorry to get off topic. I get a bit lonely I guess and can rant. Yes, the Good Lord Chastises those whom he loves. I shudder to think how it would be without him. I just want to do whatever it is he wants me to do.

    God Bless,

    Jimmy Douglas

  14. Awesome! Praise the Lord! Thank you brother.

    Kevin J.

  15. People get ready Jesus is coming.

  16. Dutchess said

    Thanks, LA. Today was a 1,2 punch, with the message from my pastor and your bun. If anyone is interested to check out my pastor’s message from Sunday the 5th go to http://www.calvaryftl.org/ and then look on the right under active word media and then archives…..you won’t be sorry.

    Dutchess

  17. Ebert said

    EVERY so called preacher that has a big TV show preachs DECEPTION in regard to the end times! Both Jesus and the apostle to the gentiles(Paul) warned about deceivers in the end times! Read II Thess 2 carefully and you will see clearly the anti-christ is revealed and comes before Jesus returns.

    • john B said

      Hi Ebert; Be interested to know what you classify as the main end-Time deception preached by these preachers. feel free to share it.

      John b

    • Ebert said

      They all preach a pre-trib rapture! Which is simply not biblical….Virtually no one in the church is ready for what is coming,since as John Hagee says so eloquently “we’re out of here” as thousands cheer. IMHO

    • lamarzulli said

      Ebert- Please… please don’t start the rapture debate…. please, please, please! L.A.

    • john B said

      Thankyou Ebert for sharing Amen.

      john b

  18. SKYKING33 said

    It is that horrible SELF – RIGHTOUSNESS THING — and it drives intellegent — caring people away from christianity and churches — into all sorts of other options

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