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‎2012 is a time to move forward Январь 4, 2012

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‎2012 is a time to move forward with our plans to take the Truth to the next level. This cannot happen if we don’t leave behind the old self which is a viper fill with hypocritical behaviors. If you must fast to do so ;then fast or if you must pray to do so then pray for your change. It is better to be an outright enemy then a snake in the grass which calls itself a friend. We must unite in our ef…forts to bring back the original Gospel ,decency, salvation,forgiveness and repentance. Let’s help make positive changes in the lives of other Christians. That said I am asking all of you who have already started your fast and prayers for 2012 to reexamine yourselves ,your values or purpose for been called a Christian or identifying with the Kingdom of God. Edit your life and delete the mess within it. God and dirt don’t miss up ,for the presence of God is cleanness and purity.
Bishop S. Liberty Sr.

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REPENTANCE, REVIVAL, AND THE FEAR OF GOD Декабрь 29, 2011

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«Now, therefore, says the Lord, Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord God,  for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness;  and He relents from doing harm. Who knows if He will turn and relent,  and leave a blessing behind Him» (Joel 2:12-14).

We all want to see the glorious manifestation of God’s incomparable  glory. We all are crying out for the latter rain. Some believe it is  already here, although I personally disagree.      We are all very fond  of preaching about the massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and about  God’s manifested blessings and healings. However, I perceive a lack of  understanding in many of these messages. We are tickling the people’s  ears, but omitting significant truths. God is a God of order. He has  established a pattern for all things, which includes the experience of  revival and holy outpourings. We  must  understand and follow these prescribed methods if we desire the real and authentic blessings of God.

#1) REVERENCE FOR GOD

There must be a restoration of the fear of the Lord! There must be a  return to humility and reverence. For too long I have seen the people of  God offering up what might be called «strange fire». In other words, we  have profaned the name of the Lord by building up our own ministries,  apart from the call of God; we have spent an inordinate amount of our  time and energies propagating our own agendas and tagging them with  God’s name, rather than serving Him and His ordained will humbly and  gratefully. We have maligned and vitiated the name of God by calling  ourselves Christians and living lives that are antithetical to Christ.  Worse yet, we justify ourselves in the midst of it!

We also preach grandly of the love of Christ, yet ignore the radical call He gives to holiness. We say that we belong to God, yet act as though we do not! Keith Green sang once of this, singing, «You speak of grace and My love so sweet; how you thrive on milk but reject My meat».  We do not honor God when we offer only half of who He is! YES, God is  love! Most certainly! But God is also HOLY! We must present a balanced view of our King and Redeemer. Amen?      «By those who come near Me, I must be regarded as holy; and before all the people I must be glorified» (Leviticus 10:3).

      «Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken,  let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence  and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire» (Hebrews 12:28-29).

     II.) REPENTANCE

True repentance comes from understanding who God is, and who we are in  the light of that. When we see the grandeur and perfection of God; His  holiness brightly displayed to our senses, an awareness of our  sinfulness comes to the fore. Isaiah cried out, «Woe is me. I am  undone». Peter begged the Lord to leave him for he saw His uncleanness  and sin before God. Paul saw himself as the chief of sinners. The  Scriptures declare that no flesh shall glory in His presence (I Corinthians 1:29). All that does not honor God will be exposed and brought to the light.  Thus, when we are truly in His presence, an awareness of these things is  brought to bear. With that awareness we may see godly sorrow leading to  repentance. Very simply, repentance (from the Greek word «metanoia») is  a compunction (for guilt) and involves a reformation, that is, a  reversal of direction. Biblically, it means turning from our own selfish ways (once they have been exposed and we recognize them), and turning to God’s ways.     True repentance is not something done merely on an external level. It is not changing our habits to look more godly. It is an actual reformation of our hearts!  This is why, in the verse quoted at the onset, the Lord tells us to  rend our hearts, not our garments. He is not interested in a public  display of righteousness, or in our religious acts. In fact, apart from  true godliness of heart, He despises our religious shows. One  has only to read the Scriptures to gather that clear fact (e.g., Isaiah  58; Isaiah 1:10-20; Amos 5:18-27).     The truth is, God sees behind our  actions to our very motives. He sees that while we worship Him with our  lips and religious piety, our hearts are far from Him. This evidences a  lack of the fear of the Lord. The results are grievous and, if abide  unrepented of, disastrous. For these reasons, repentance is paramount.  True repentance restores that relationship with the Father which sin  separates. True repentance will renew the Holy Lord’s favor upon us,  that He may bless us and cause us to abound in favor and glory.    

 III.) THE LATTER RAIN/OUTPOURING

God commands us to keep His commandments and to obey His Word. He does  so specifically for two reasons. The first is that obedience is the  evidence of true faith. it is not what saves us-only the perfect Blood of the Lord Jesus does. But the evidence (or living proof) of our faith is confirmed in our obedience (James 2:14-26).     Secondly, by keeping God’s commandments, He is able to bless us, keep us, and be gracious towards us (Deuteronomy 6:40; Isaiah 30:18).     The  latter rains/outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit upon the earth is  predicated on our godly fear and repentance. Notice that before Joel  delivers that awesome prophecy (Joel 2:28-32), which began at the inception of the early church (Acts 2),  Joel first apprises the people of their sins, and calls for solemn  repentance, weeping, mourning, fasting and prayer. Following their  return from exile, the Israelites had rejoiced and gloried in their  newfound freedom. They celebrated God with great fervor, as they began the restoration of the Temple of God (Ezra 3:8-13). I stress the word «began». They got only as far as the foundation  before trials beset them, frustration and weariness and other emotions  set in. Soon, they abandoned the idea of restoring God’s house and  focused on their own lives and personal security. Before long, the will  of God was forgotten and life returned as usual (Haggai 1:2-9). Yes, «church services» were held, but God was no longer truly reverenced in those services, nor in their hearts. For these reasons, the rains of revival and blessing could not come. God «withheld the dew and earth’s fruit» (Haggai 1:10-11). All their labors were vain and fruitless. The expected glory of God and  its subsequent blessings didn’t come. The outpouring was withheld  because God was not reverenced and because their hearts were not  repentant. God had to send them prophets to awaken them from their  spiritual slumber, encourage them to get right with God, and return to  His designed will for them. May He do the same with us today! For then  will we see the glorious power of God shake the earth. Then will we see  His kingdom (alive in us), taking hold of the earth, and filling it with  His glory as the waters cover the earth. Then will the latter rains  coming, watering the seeds of His Word, fertilizing men’s hearts, and  giving birth to a harvest of souls never before seen in history. Then  will His hand release the floods of glory, blessing, healing, and deliverance we all are so much wanting to see!

May this word encourage you to seek the Lord, search your own heart  and, thereby, result in a refreshing rain of revival in your own lives,  that may carry into all the world, just as we are longing for it to be,  and just as God has ordained it to be! Blessings upon you, beloved, and  Godspeed!!

IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP Декабрь 27, 2011

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Bishop S. Liberty Sr.

Bishop S. Liberty Sr.

FELLOW CHRISTIANS IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP TO THE REALITY OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN NIGERIA BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS . CHRISTIANITY IS A FAMILY RELATIONSHIP WHERE ALL ARE EQUAL AND WHAT AFFECTS THE EYES AFFECTS THE NOSE. IT IS TIME WE RISE UP TO CALL UPON COUNTRIES THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS FORM OF TERRORISM TO HELP PUT THIS EVIL TO A END ONCE AND FOR ALL. WE ALL CALLING UPON ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, THE VATICAN ETC. NEGOTIATORS SKILLFUL IN TRAUMA HEALING AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION TO JOIN FORCES WITH US TO BEGIN A TRUCE NEGOTIATION BETWEEN BOTH SIDES IN ORDER TO FIND A LASTING PEACE IN THE CHRISTIAN /MUSLIM NIGERIAN CONFLICT WHICH IS SPREADING DANGEROUSLY AND COULD AFFECT THIS REGION AND EVEN BEYOND IF NOT CONTAIN IN TIME. AS A FAMILY WE ARE OPEN TO HELPING THE GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA STOP THIS AGE OLD PROBLEM ONCE AND FOR ALL. MAIN WHILE WE ARE CALLING ON ALL CHRISTIANS TO SAY A PRAYER FOR THOSE AFFECTED IN THIS CONFLICT.

THE POWER OF ONE Декабрь 26, 2011

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John Grace

John Grace

«Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and  death as the  result of sin, so death spread to all men, because all men  sinned»  (Romans 5:12).

Wow! ONE  man disdains God’s command, and, as a result, it mushrooms  into global  apostasy. Hard to fathom that by the act of just one man,  all men have  been affected. However, the fact that this one happens to  be the very  First man, from whom all others will descend clarifies it  some. His  direct rebellion of God’s ONLY restriction, led to death for  that was  God’s prearranged condition. Adam knew this, but deliberately  disobeyed  anyway. Through his genetic bloodline (from which all humans  sprang)  the plague of sin, and its ensuing result of death, spread. Not  simply  because Adam sinned, but because that one act changed Adam’s  nature. He  was now endowed with what we refer to as the «sin nature». By  virtue  of that genetic mutation, everyone born thereafter is born with  the  same defect, thus all men are cursed to die. This ostensibly   irreversible judgment does have one escape clause, but men have   continually rejected it. Men are not accounted guilty for what they  are  not aware is evil (Romans 5:13), but death was  still in play for all.  God is able, though, to hold ALL men accountable  because He has made  these things known to men incontrovertibly. Psalm 19:1-4 tells us that  the very creation of God declares His glory, and that  throughout ALL the  world. They declare of His eternal power and  divinity, making visible  to man God’s invisible nature. Paul states  that because of this all men  are «without excuse (altogether without  any defense or justification)»  (Romans 1:20-21). Moreover, God has personally declared Himself to all  the general revelation of Himself to men’s inner consciousness.

The true sting of sin (and death as a result), is not the act itself,  but the heart BEHIND the act. Sin is a deliberate act of repressing and  hindering the  revealed truth of God. It’s taking what one knows of Him  and refusing  to acknowledge that truth as such. The element of  ingratitude also  enters into the equation. Worse yet, men decide that  rejection  and ingratitude aren’t enough! Harboring umbrage in their  hearts, they  seek to vehemently oppugn God by taking His creation and  making THOSE  things their gods! What a slap in the face of the Almighty!  However,  this has become their destruction. In choosing to revolt  against Him  they degenerated into fools, darkened their hearts, and were  shut out  from God.

They did not want God, so God abandoned them to  their own lusts. So  men degraded, feeding themselves on the disease of  sin, and dying as a  result. Men did not approve of God, see fit to  acknowledge Him, nor did  they consider Him even WORTH knowing. So, men  became more and more  perverse. Ever wonder why God ALLOWS evil and  suffering? Here’s the  answer. That is what happens when men choose to  reject God. They get a  world where His loving power is withheld. He has  given men what they  desired. We have no right to blame Him for the  horrid results. We live  in a world of our own choosing. We have now  become «filled (permeated,  saturated) with every kind of  unrighteousness, iniquity, grasping and  covetous greed, and  malice…without understanding, conscienceless and  faithless, heartless  and loveless and merciless» (Romans 1:29-31).  Beginning with the disobedience of just one man, the cancer of sin  has  spread to all men. Death has reigned over all men as its inevitable,   God-ordained result. God has abandoned us to our desires and we will   all perish as a result. God’s law is firm and the curse is irreversible.

Or is it……?!?

The disobedience of one man (Adam) led to death, and through Adam, all   men died. Sin has left a heavy toll upon mankind. Through Adam we have   inherited a sin-nature (i.e. the propensity to sin), the eviction of  man  from God’s intimate presence, and the curse of death. The plague  has  swept across the planet and infected everyone and everything. We  have  chosen autonomy and rejected God’s divine authority. God, in turn,  has  abandoned us to our own perverse desires. We have sold our souls  to sin  and become its slave, with death eternal as our only reward (Romans  6:23a; Ephesians 2:1-3). What an awful tragedy. So, now, what if one  should decide that one no longer desires this captivity? Is  man doomed  eternally? Is all hope gone? Has God forever abandoned His  creation to  this vile lot? Is there no way to escape from this  damnation? Truly we  can cry with the Apostle, «O unhappy and  pitiable and wretched man that I  am! Who will release me from (the  shackles of) this body of death?»  (Romans 7:24). Indeed, how shall we be delivered from this  «irreversible» judgment?

«Well then, as one man’s (Adam) trespass (one man’s false step and   falling away led) to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of   righteousness (leads) to acquittal and right standing with God and life   for all men. For just as by one man’s disobedience the many were   constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be   constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right   standing with Him)» (Romans 5:18-19).

Really?!? Just like  that? A locum tremens (substitute) to bear our  punishment, the  wrath  due to us for our unrighteousness? One Man’s  sacrifice on account of  all mens’ sin is sufficient to revoke the  sentence of death that is  upon us all?!?  A free pass from death and  eternal judgment?!?  Yes! «For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse,  offense) death reigned  through that one, much more surely will those who  receive (God’s)  overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the FREE GIFT  of righteousness  reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus  Christ» (Romans 5:17).

You may be asking, «But why? Why would He do that»? Simply because He  loves us and His mercy is so amazingly great toward us. Listen: «But  God shows and clearly proves His love for us by the fact that WHILE WE  WERE YET SINNERS, Christ Jesus died for us» (Romans 5:8). And again,  «But  God-so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy  the  great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even  when  we were dead by our own shortcomings and trespasses, He made us  alive  together in fellowship and in union with Christ; it is by grace  (His  favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved   (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation)»   (Ephesians 2:4-5).

The power of one. One man’s  disobedience led to sin, death, and  judgment. The power of One. One  Man’s obedience reverses the destruction  of the first, giving  righteousness, life, and liberty to those formerly  bound. I lament the  power of one (Adam). I praise the power of The One  (Jesus). Now, thanks  to His obedience and substitutionary sacrifice, I  can say «There  is no longer any condemnation (no adjudging guilty of  wrong) for those  who are in Christ jesus. For the law of the Spirit of  life (which is  in Christ Jesus) has freed me from the the law of sin and  death» (Romans 8:1-2).

Amen and may the Lord be praised forever and glorified in us!!

~Brother John Grace~

The Truth for The Day — Restore all… ارجع كل…- (October 18, 2011) Октябрь 18, 2011

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Rabih Khreizat

Rabih Khreizat

The meditation is after the verse التامل بعد الآيات

وكلم   اليشع المرأة التي احيا ابنها قائلا قومي وانطلقي انت وبيتك وتغرّبي حيثما   تتغربي.لان الرب قد دعا بجوع فيأتي ايضا على الارض سبع سنين.  فقامت المرأة   وفعلت حسب كلام رجل الله وانطلقت هي وبيتها وتغربت في ارض الفلسطينيين سبع   سنين.  وفي نهاية السنين السبع رجعت المرأة من ارض الفلسطينيين وخرجت لتصرخ   الى الملك لاجل بيتها وحقلها. وكلم الملك ج…يحزي غلام رجل الله قائلا قص عليّ   جميع العظائم التي فعلها اليشع. وفيما هو يقص على الملك كيف انه احيا الميت اذا   بالمرأة التي احيا ابنها تصرخ الى الملك لاجل بيتها ولاجل حقلها.فقال جيحزي يا   سيدي الملك هذه هي المرأة وهذا هو ابنها الذي احياه اليشع.  فسأل الملك   المرأة فقصت عليه ذلك. فاعطاها الملك خصيا قائلا ارجع كل ما لها وجميع غلات الحقل من حين   تركت الارض الى الآن.
ملوك الثاني 8: 1-6

Then   Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise   and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the LORD has   called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven   years.” So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God,   and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years. It came to pass, at the end   of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and   she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land. Then   the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me,   please, all the great things Elisha has done.” Now it happened, as he was   telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the   woman whose son he had restored to life, appealing to the king for her house   and for her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the   woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” And when the   king asked the woman, she told him.
So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land   until now.”
2   kings 8: 1-6 (NKJV)

Élisée   dit à la femme dont il avait fait revivre le fils: Lève-toi, va t’en, toi et   ta maison, et séjourne où tu pourras; car l’Éternel appelle la famine, et   même elle vient sur le pays pour sept années. La femme se leva, et elle fit   selon la parole de l’homme de Dieu: elle s’en alla, elle et sa maison, et   séjourna sept ans au pays des Philistins. Au bout des sept ans, la femme   revint du pays des Philistins, et elle alla implorer le roi au sujet de sa   maison et de son champ. Le roi s’entretenait avec Guéhazi, serviteur de   l’homme de Dieu, et il disait: Raconte-moi, je te prie, toutes les grandes   choses qu’Élisée a faites. Et pendant qu’il racontait au roi comment Élisée   avait rendu la vie à un mort, la femme dont Élisée avait fait revivre le fils   vint implorer le roi au sujet de sa maison et de son champ. Guéhazi dit: O   roi, mon seigneur, voici la femme, et voici son fils qu’Élisée a fait   revivre. Le roi interrogea la femme, et elle lui fit le récit. Puis le roi   lui donna un eunuque, auquel il dit: Fais restituer tout ce qui appartient à   cette femme, avec tous les revenus du champ, depuis le jour où elle a quitté   le pays jusqu’à maintenant.
2   Rois 8: 1-6

Meditation

You can read the story of the Shunammite   women whom Elisha the man of God raised her son from the dead in 2 kings   chapter 4. But what God wants to reveal for you  today are three things:
First one: Elisha worn the women   to take her household and leave to another land for the Lord has called a   famine in the land for seven years.
Second one: after the seven years   she came back to ask for her land and right in front of the king, and in the   same time the king was hearing about Elisha’s miracles from the mouth of   Elisha’s servant and he mentioned this woman’s story.
Third one: because the hand of  God was over her life, the king   appointed one of his officers for her, to guarantee that she restores all her   right from the day she lift till the day she came back.
And all these three applies to us,   the first thing God starts to warn us about bad things that will happen to   us, either we listen or not, but when we hear Him and obey, He starts to   arrange the land and the people  and the place so we can and restore our   rights in Christ, and by default we will take back all what we deserve and   sometimes more.

التأمل

يمكنكم قراءة قصة   المرأة الشونمية التي أقام رجل الله اليشع ابنها من الأموات في الإصحاح الرابع   من سفر ملوك الثاني. ولكن ما يريد الرب هنا ان يكشفه لكم هو ثلاثة أمور:

الأول: إليشع نبه   المرأة أن تتغرب مع أهل بيتها لمدة سبع سنين لان الرب دعا جوع إلى الآرض.

الثاني: بعض مضي السبع   سنين رجعت لتطالب بأرضها وبحقها أمام الملك وفي نفس الوقت كان الملك يسمع   العجائب التي عملها اليشع وكان الغلام يذكر حكاية هذه المرأة.

الثالث: بسبب عمل الرب   في حياتها، عيّن لها الملك أحد الخصيان ليضمن أنها أخذت كل حقها من يوم سفرها   إلى يوم رجوعها.

وهذه الأمور الثلاثة   تنطبق علينا، في أول الأمر الرب يحذرنا من أي ضرر يمكن يقع علينا، إما أن نسمع   كلامه أو لا، فعندما نسمع صوته ونطيعه، يبدأ بتجهيز الأرض والناس والمكان لكي   نرجع لأخذ حقنا الذي في المسيح، وبالطبيعي سنأخذ كل ما نستحقه وفي بعض الأحيان   أكثر.

Prayer
O Lord make us ready   to be flexible in Your hands and listeners to Your voice and executing toy   Your plans. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen

صلاة

يا رب اجعلنا جاهزين لكي نكون طيعين بين يدك وسامعين لصوتك ومنفذين   لخطتك. نصلي باسم يسوع المسيح. آمين.

A Song

Eagles Wings — Hillsong

ترنيمة in Arabic

هارمى   كل اتكالى عليك  — كورال قلب داوود

4 14 Window It’s Time to Wake Up Сентябрь 16, 2011

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Biker Church Сентябрь 12, 2011

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(Documentary) This is the 6-Minute, Full version of the Freedom Biker Church documentary. More Bikes, More Interviews, More chrome! And in case you missed the 3-minute version, here’s what I wrote about that:

Jesus loves Bikers, too! And this crowd shows that Bikers love Jesus as well. Solid! Probably one of the most real churches you’ll ever attend.

Realizing that Christian Bikers weren’t fitting in to your average traditional church, Preacher Mike and his wife, Charlene, looked around and saw there were plenty of Biker ministries, but no churches to plug in this unique group. So they started one.

Freedom is a standing room only church that meets on Sundays in Clayton, NC. And they’ve got an awesome house band as you’ll hear on the video soundtrack! The Church motto?

«Let’s Ride! For Christ’s Sake!»

I shot and edited this piece with the Sony Z1U HDV with some help from (gasp!) a PD-150 when the Z1 experienced some technical difficulties with battery operation.

www.freedombikerchurch.com

Mark 1:12-13 — Jesus in the Wilderness Август 30, 2011

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 John Mark Hicks

John Mark Hicks

Sink or swim? Sound familiar? Some learned to swim by a parent throwing them into the pool. Perhaps that is not a good idea, but it appears analogous to what God did with Jesus…or maybe not.
Rising from the waters of baptism, Jesus is anointed with the Holy Spirit. The Father affirms him, loves him, and expresses his pure delight in him. And, then….

“immediately the Spirit throws him out into the desert” (Mark 1:12, my translation).
No waiting. No down-time. No pampering. Jesus went “immediately” into wilderness bootcamp.

Indeed, the Spirit of God drove him there. ”Sent” is too watered-down for the Greek verb here (éκβáλλει). It is mostly used in Mark for casting out demons (Mark 1:34, 39; 3:15, 23, and many other places), but also for tearing/plucking out an eye if it cause offense (Mark 9:47) and expelling someone from a place (Mark 12:8), including the money-changers from the temple (Mark 11:15). It has forceful overtones. Jesus is thrown or driven into the wilderness.

What was the purpose of this experience, of this “thrownness”? Given Mark’s theological purpose to locate Jesus in the history of Israel–Jesus is the suffering servant (a new Moses) who will lead Israel out of exile into abundance–we might find help in the story of Israel’s wilderness sojourn. Mark has already interpreted John’s ministry as one that belongs to the New Exodus (earlier quoting Isaiah 40). Jesus has passed through the water, just as Israel passed through the sea, and just as they spent 40 years in the Sinai wilderness, so Jesus spends 40 days in the Judean wilderness.

We can see the meaning of the wilderness experience for those who entered the promised land with the help of Deuteronomy 8–a text that Jesus quotes in the wilderness, according to Matthew and Luke. The text describes Israel’s experience as a testing, humbling and discipling one. Israel was tested to reveal what is in their hearts. They were humbled in their dependence upon God. They were discipled in the wilderness.

This, I think, is the meaning of the wilderness for Jesus….and for us. Jesus is tested in an hostile environment–Satan is present as well as wild animals. Only Mark mentions the wild animals which probably reflects not only the hostility of the environment but also connects with Mark’s Roman readers who themselves would endure wild beasts in their own testing (persecution). Jesus is tested, humbled and discipled in the wilderness.

And so are we. Mark’s Roman readers probably saw themselves in this same situation–persecution was their wilderness. That wilderness continues for many Christians across the globe today, but there are also many different kinds of wilderness experiences. Those experiences test us as they reveal our hearts, they humble us as we recognize our powerlessness and dependency on God, and they disciple us as they train us for the mission of God.

And, yet, we are not abandoned in the wilderness. We are not left alone. Angels ministered to Jesus, and they minister to us as well (cf. Hebrews 1:14). God is present with us in the wilderness and that presence strengthens us and empowers us to endure the wilderness.

The wilderness story of Israel is also Jesus’s story, and Jesus’ story is our story. Just as we followed Jesus into the water, so we follow him into the wilderness….or perhaps, God will throw us out into the wilderness if we don’t follow him there. And God will be there, too.

If God “throws” us into the water, he does not idly watch us struggle. On the contrary God joins us in the pool and helps us swim to safety.

3 things making a church grow. Август 27, 2011

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1) Act 16:4 And as they went on their way through the cities, they delivered them the decrees to keep which had been ordained of the apostles and elders that were at Jerusalem. Act 16:5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily. the APOSTOLIC doctrine is preached… repentance, baptism,sanctification, baptism of the holy spirit and the signs and miracles. preaching Jesus Crucified and raised from the dead.

2) the evangelism. to let know the people of the outside that JESUS is the same yesterday today and for ever, to demonstrate the power of the word, to show love and compassion.

3) to keep the existing flock, to ban gossip and adopt gospel, to be one body in unity, to care one for another, to be the visible image of God on earth. that surely take effort to not be religious but to just simply follow the liberty of the chains of love in Christ. be blessed …Gen 1:28 And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

Where are the real fathers Апрель 8, 2011

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Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

Bishop J-m Gilson-Levi

1Co 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
Where are the real dads? Where are the real dads?
We need to understand first what a real daddy is.

1) A father is first someone that saw the seed, other ways he will be a step father or an adoptive father.
2) A provider, someone that will provide for his family, providing food and a safe environment.
3) A protector, someone that will protect from dangerous and hazardous outsider and therefore will take the appropriate measure to keep his house safe.
4) Someone ready to teach how to talk, how to walk and how to keep clean.

5) Someone that will correct and establish the appropriate rules due to the household.

How does it apply spiritually?
The church is in need of fathers, what are their duties?
1) Many churches have taken the souls from other churches adopting them or making them become their steps kids, there will always be conflict between seeds.
Thou they are making the duties of a father they will always have to face the fact that they were not the one that gave birth to them.

2) Many ministers are not providing for the right food to their congregation, the instability of the meal will make the kids or to fat or to slim. A Seasonal word is the secret for a stable growth. They will make adequate the place of worship in order to keep the family (church happy and safe).

3) They will protect the congregation from any dangerous outsider or insider with a false doctrine that could jeopardise the house. Many pastors leave their pulpit opened to anyone and it makes a church mess where no one understands who the father is. It is always better to prevent than cure.

4) The pastor is someone that needs to talk how to walk in the spiritual life, someone helping to make the first steps, and helping the child to stand up after his fall and if needed ready to give the first aid… no one have ever learn to walk without falling.

He will teach the child to talk, to speak in the right way, to have the fellowship with the Almighty. He will teach the congregation how to be kept clean, he will potty trained them. Babies always cries, they cries when they hungry, cry when they are much fed, cries when they mess themselves, cry when you clean them and it goes over and over until they grow. Therefore it is the duties of the pastor to make his church ready to walk talk and clean, a holy sanctified church.

5) A father is someone that correct, someone that lift up his voice when need so and take the rod if need so to. Not a dictator but a mediator in case of house conflicts, someone that knows how to rule without to be a tyrant.

6) A pastor is someone that need to try to understand the needs of the kids without compromising the word, someone that need to be focusing on the welfare of the congregation.

The bible stipulates that we have many teachers, but not many fathers…

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