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Fri, Jul 10, 2015 - 11:19am
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AMAZING TIMES IN AMERICA.

https://allnewspipeline.com/When_Did_Russia_Become_The_Good_Guy.php

I do not know what my old Polish grandparents would think about what our nation has become. They may have wanted to move back to the Ukraine and lived with their old views of family and Life. Jim

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Sat, Jul 11, 2015 - 9:20am
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SATURDAY MORNING PONDERING!

Revelation 18 King James Version (KJV)

18 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

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Yes Babylon is currently all around us and growing like a weed in America. We have truly become a "habitation of devils". We saw the article about the followers of Satan wanting to place their statue in Detroit and will want more as the tide of evil rises over the once fruited land. Yes a time of reflection. We see articles, written by Christians, about having dreams and visions of evil demons, appearing , however, these creatures have been here from the beginning. How will a powerless people, in a powerless nation, a former Christian nation, deal with a demon before them? 

A full bugout bag will be useless "if" one does not have "Christ within" in the day of trouble. Pray that you are seated at table, within the local house Church, surrounded by those who have been marked with the marks of Christ, as the demonic invades all the nations. It is quite amazing that the common Christian has not been involved with casting out devils from the beginning. Oh I know, they do not believe in them. Just wait, they will. jmo Jim

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Sat, Jul 11, 2015 - 7:54pm
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This song ...

... titled "Come, O, Thou Traveler Unknown" is based on Charles Wesley's poem, "Wrestling Jacob", of which all 14 verses may be found here:

www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/c/o/comeotho.htm

Isaac Watts (loosely quoted) said that "this single poem was worth all the verses he (Watts) had ever written".

Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown

"Come, O Thou TravelerUnknown" by Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band (as well as other renditions) are merely employing 7 of the original 14 verses.

And this, just because:

Jesus lover of my soul - Charles Wesley

"Jesus, Lover of My Soul" Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

Mon, Jul 13, 2015 - 11:16am
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Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness!

I wanted to just throw out a couple of thoughts before heading out to the construction site this morning:

Old story from almost 40 years ago: The wife and I saw the folly within the local steeple houses, our kids were young and we thought we would try to see if there was someplace within the city that had any direction toward Christ and His Kingdom. 

We arrive at the s.h. and attended the morning bible study class. The entire hour was built around the wooden Christmas Tree at the alter, loaded with suckers. If you brought someone to Sunday School, one could take a sucker off the tree and some of them had a one dollar bill, hidden under the wrapper. Oh the little kids loved it. I sat and suffered again.

There was not any teaching/preaching/bible study etc. but lots of suckers. I sat in my pew and prayed: "Lord Jesus, this is just awful. Lord I am going to get up, take the family down the hallway and out of here quickly. Lord, please do not have the s.h. pastor come down the hallway as I leave or I will have to confront him." Well you know what happened!

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39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

I was hoping that some would comment on the future re-marriage of quarterback Russell Wilson. Yes he is still in covenant with his first wife and will be a covenant breaker. This is serious stuff for the Church and he should have been confronted by his local Church. NOPE. I do see other steeple house people posting about what a witness he is for Christianity. Sin is not a good witness. The called out team within the Kingdom will be those who stood for righteousness, who have the brand marks of Jesus upon them, who are seated at table, who were the outcasts of this world. 

Yes he is a great quarterback but has been benched as a witness of the Life and the Truth as it is written. He will enter a fallen condition as Jesus does not need a quarterback but obedient people. Yes we have many "false witnesses". Jim

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Mon, Jul 13, 2015 - 7:21pm (Reply to #440)
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A Slightly Different View

NW VIEW wrote:

I just received an e-mail from a solid Christian sister as follows:

I read this and agree. I listen to people put Russell Wilson on a pedestal because (although he is now divorced because his ex-wife "cheated" on him) he is now dating some pop-star singer. He claims he "was lead by God to lead" this new girlfriend of his. He also claims that they both decided to wait to have sex until marriage (because God said Wilson should lead her). HOWEVER, he is STILL in covenant with his FIRST WIFE! He is an adulterer right now. And yet the world (yes, the World) is in love with him because he is such a great Christian by "waiting." Makes me sick. Makes me less fond of him. He is media's golden boy right now and of course, the world doesn't understand Scripture when placed right before their eyes.

Dear Jim: I have resisted commenting on this 'post' until now. It has troubled me since 7/8 ..the day it appeared. You reiterated, in this AM's post, a desire to hear from others on the seminal topic of 'Marriage, Divorce and Re-Marriage' as it pertains to fidelity with Christ and the Scriptures .. as well as the well-being of the church. I take that request as my permission to say a word here.

Legally, of course, our 'solid Christian sister' stands on solid ground. She can be proud of that. But, by virtue of 'naming-names', she (and we, I believe) participate in another sin unknowingly..and that is the sin of gossip. That indiscretion is every bit as lamentable as any sin that she rails against. We should be able to broach our concerns w/o requiring another person to take a 'perp-walk'.

I do not know Mr. Wilson at all. I see him on a TV screen and, the last time I saw him there, I was pulling for the NE Patriots! Luckily, in that regard, I have no fondness for him that is mine to withdraw. However, when I do see him, a legion of devils assail me: I see, from the witness my own heart, a bevy of sins; covetousness (of riches), resentment (of youth), and jealousy (of adulation and praise). None of these ought to be there, yet they are. How do I give myself leave to dote upon the sins (failings, shortcomings) of another? Where is the virtue in a public display of our own hypocrisy and self-righteousness? What is the value of publishing, far and wide, a bitter root slathered in honey?

It is our highest charge to be people who love: We love our Saviour because He first loved us; We love His truth because it sanctifies us; We love our enemies because it is Christ's example; and, we love our Brethren because Christ said it was the proof ..the lodestone..of our discipleship. We know that "love covers a multitude of sins" ...so why are we so anxious to un-cover, for the world (and us) to see, the missteps of an imperfect man (RW)?

Perhaps our sister (and you, by re-posting hers), in truth, do aim at a higher target and a nobler purpose (the Glory of God), but we must pursue a godly end in a godly fashion ..and I fear this e-mail is 50% gossip, back-biting and high-mindedness; and 50% too much time on one's hands! I do not see it as anything that could edify or inform the conscience regarding the 'Topic' ...or provide counsel to an individual struggling in the desert (under the weight of Scripture) between having a wife and wifeless-ness; between honoring or dishonoring God in that circumstance; or, between the near-term comfort of the flesh or the long-term reward of the Spirit.

So ... I will not converse about RW...or surmise about the Lord's dealings with him. There is much, with reference to 'Restoration', that needs to be addressed. Some of it is obvious, but much of it lays hidden in the 'crooked places' where men think ..and scheme ..and trifle ..and judge! 

I'm glad to have kept this 'crow (e-mail from 'sister') from nesting in my hair' but, in closing, will just say this: There have been those who..upon seeing, hearing and believing that marriage is the sublime(est) depiction of that love which the Bridegroom has for His Bride.. did rue the life they had lived aforehand, and were ashamed of themselves because of these very thoughts. And some have even repented of their low and lackadaisical attitude. For sorrow's sake.. and in order to keep themselves from further injuring the truth..some have actually embraced the life of the celibate; of the companionless; of the consciously afflicted. O, that joyfulness should accompany these few for whom ..while they were yet sinners .. Christ lived, loved, died and Rose Again. Even now, He intercedes and Advocates on our (and RW's) behalf. Where, O where, is there room for a boast?..or for an indictment?

May we always be mindful of the 'pit from which we were digged'. May we always be mindful of the silent sins which grab at our heel, and entangle themselves around our simplest prayers. May we always be mindful that in order to become first in the Kingdom, we must first become the last and..in our own eyes..the least. May we become people who 'study our own hearts'..and may we, by that study, conclude that there are enough weeds to pluck-up 'near home' that we have no time or energy to wander 'down the street' and quibble with the neighbor about the condition of his yard.

Enough! Perhaps, later, a post re: Marriage, Divorce and Re-marriage (and their attendant sorrows) from the Broken Hill of one who has completely besmirched the ideal of that in real time, with real consequences. Three children will attest to the vanity of their father, and the veracity of what he says. Sometimes I think I see them, in unison, shouting "Thou art the man!" The hope of such an endeavor would be for the encouragement of wounded Saints; for the edification of the Body; for the enjoyment of those who now 'enjoy' the sleepless nights... the cold and empty bed.

Dale

Note: Not sure I made any sense, but had to try. May my many assumptions not impede or confuse or discolor our discussion. Perhaps the flesh is too eager to argue and debate. This was difficult to write...and difficult to 'Save'.

Mon, Jul 13, 2015 - 7:47pm
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@ Dale

Thanks for your post. It is good to see that someone will respond to the many things that we all have written. Yes all of us have a background in sins of the flesh. All of my family have had multiple marriages including mom and as I have said, my sister has been married eight times. I am not concerned one bit about the millions of re-marriages that take place every year, except when they tell me they are a born again Christian and God has shown them to do it. I do not believe them. RW has claimed that God has shown him the way forward in his new marriage. It is these high profile citizens, claiming to hear from God that lead the weak down the wrong path to destruction. 

I do understand your position, it is not new to me, you know "do not judge". We are to "not judge' those outside the Church, God judges. However, those within, they need to restudy the scriptures, starting with 1Cor. and work their way through Romans 7 and Gal. . I huge part of the restoration of the Church involves Church discipline which has almost been destroyed by the enemy. 

The easy way out is to just have a free for all in the assemblies, no direction, all allow anything and everything, even if it totally violated the Word. Oh yes, that is basically what we have.

Well Dale, I still appreciate you and am thankful that you have given your view. In this modern Christian world, I am in the small minority. However, I will join with the early Church in their stand. I often think about John the Baptist and why he was killed, lost his head. It was over marriage, divorce and re-marriage. He said it was adultery. Told the two involved in public, warned the two but even though Jesus said he was the greatest man ever born among women, he was murdered. 

Thanks again Dale: Jim

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Mon, Jul 13, 2015 - 10:33pm
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Dear Jim:

I hope you didn't understand me to say, "I disagree with your stance on the matter of Covenant relationships." I don't. I would go so far as to say, "I agree with your position whole-heartedly." 30+ years living single (after 2 marriages and 2 divorces) is all I can show in order to prove what I just said.

I do hope you understand the spirit of my Post, though. I was painting in broad strokes ..over broad expanses ..to a broad audience. It was meant (hopefully) to provide some food for thought, as opposed to a screed for the troubling of the Faithful.

Notes to Dale:

1) Attempt to abbreviate your 'posts'.

2) Stop saying "I" so much.

3) Simplify those convoluted sentences.

4) Don't forget to tell NW VIEW, "I love you in the Lord!" smiley heart yes

Mon, Jul 13, 2015 - 11:32pm
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LITTLE THINGS, BIG THINGS

There are times that little things just warm the spirit within. My son sent me a song tonight. Oh yes, a wonderful son who has gone with me into the mission fields. Oh what a blessing:

Casting Crowns - While You Were Sleeping
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Tue, Jul 14, 2015 - 12:39am (Reply to #449)
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Room? ..or, No Room?

Thou didst leave Thy throne

"Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne"

Tue, Jul 14, 2015 - 5:20pm
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"Something for Thee" x 2

1) A cappella w/lyrics ... 'Altar of Praise Chorale'

Something for Thee (Saviour, Thy Dying Love)

2) 'The Echo Singers'...just because I wish I was a member of this choir.

Song "Something For Thee" by Echo Singers
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 - 8:34am
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PREPARED?

I copied this from the SQ site:

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Those who have made preparations are indeed exercising wisdom They are aware tomorrow will be dangerous, dark and fearsome

WE STOCK SOME FOOD AND STORE SOME WATER
We stock some food and store some water
We will be prepared to feed our sons and feed our daughters
We have bought some silver and we own some gold
Hoping we survive the cataclysms the future holds.

Some have bought a gun or maybe two
They have lots of bullets not just a few.
Many think they are ready to provide and to protect their homes,
From the events of tomorrow coming in the Dark unknown.

While some believe in order to be safe it is prudent to expatriate
Others question where to flee, for what is coming is coming to the entire human race.
Some call this line of thinking conspiracy theory or just plain fear
Those same people believe that with the next election we can say happy days are here.

How many, while in preparing for tomorrow overlooked today?
The battle is here and now, evil is warring and we are in the fray.
If you want to protect your home and family then get on your knees and pray.
If we continue to apply political solutions to spiritual problems no one will be saved.

Many know the seven deadly sins because by sin we are entertained
But most never heard of the seven elements of decay because we don’t want to be restrained.
The seven first laws of physics may be known by some with appropriate learning
But the seven pillars of wisdom are known by but a few who are discerning.

The world has violated prudence, temperance, fortitude, justice, hope, true faith and charity.
Holding to knowledge without character, pleasure without conscience, wealth without work, politics without principle, business without morality, religion without sacrifice and science without regard for humanity.
This is true among the masses, the leaders and all the world’s architects and builders.
But “Wisdom, hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.”

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
The darkness and trials in the days ahead will be more than just demanding.
Ignoring the prolific warnings and the ancient prophets is a game for fools
And preparing is impossible unless you have in your possession all the tools.

Those who have made preparations are indeed exercising wisdom
They are aware that tomorrow will be dangerous, dark and fearsome.
But collecting a warehouse full of goods is but an exercise in futility,
if your preparation doesn’t include a personal trip to Calvary.

The ultimate preparation is to be a friend with Jesus Christ
You must be on your knees in sincerity and offering Him your life.
He is mighty to save and mighty to preserve those who belong to Him
Collecting provision is not enough if you’re not letting go of sin.

By Randy Conway
“Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.” Proverbs 9:7

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Sun, Jul 26, 2015 - 11:22am
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Romans 5:5

Romans 5:5

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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There is one , very wonderful thing, which is evident within those who have truly received Christ within. Yes it is the Love of God within the House of God which is His Church which is the people, not the building. 

If one travels this roadway of Life long enough and encounters a multitude of professing Christians, one begins to see many vessels filled with God's Love and many with a complete lack. There are many things within that community that are apparent to all. Some have differing ways to dress, hair styles, differing programs of service, and differing concepts of the Cross and Christ. 

I had a conversation with a believer a few months ago and said "I know you are a Christian, you have been baptized, live in a Christian family but one thing is missing. You seem to have a lack of Love for anyone and everyone. Your judgments of family, friends and even the unsaved is apparent. You must come to true repentance and allow the Love of Christ to begin to radiate from within or your witness of being filled with Him is a lie". 

Got Love?

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Mon, Jul 27, 2015 - 11:42pm
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Had a Heart attack

And I'm only 41. Late Thursday night, I had a stabbing pain in my left shoulderblade area and couldn't catch my breath. At midnight I woke my (RN)Wife and told her I was having chest pains in case something happened and we discussed going to ER but didn't. Decided to take an antacid JIC and try to sleep. I woke up at 2 a.m., sat on the side of my bed with extreme pain in my left chest. I passed out and hit the floor unconsious which woke my Wife. I thought I had reached my "end time". She thought I was dead, until I regained conciousness. I was nausious, sweating profusely and my toes were tingling, so my wife took me to E.R. After taking a nitroglycerin pill at the E.R. my pain dropped in half. But before we left the house, We prayed and asked our Father in Jesus name to strengthen and heal my heart. He had promised that anything we asked the Father for in his name and believed, it would be done for us. I stood on that promise. The next morning at the Hospital they gave me a chemical stress test, and then a treadmill stress test. As I was sitting in my wheelchair breathing lightly to avoid the stabbing pain when I took a deep breath, I thought there is no way I can do this test. But as I climbed on the treadmill, the last of my pain vanished. It took five minutes of brisk walking to get my heartrate to 80 and almost 13 minutes of running to get to their target heartrate. The Dr. said I was healthy. They did other tests but could find nothing wrong to explain the previous night. I told them Jesus gave me a new heart, but there is no medical category for that. So 18 hours after collapseing unconsious to my bedroom floor from heart pain, I went home with no medication, no follow up instructions and a clean bill of health. Praise the Lord. Thank you Jesus for healing my heart and for taking care of me through the hands and feet of the beliving caregivers who have invited you into their heart. P.S. The best part of the day was when I was able to share my testimony of coming to Christ and witnessing about Grace with a lady giving me an echo-cardiogram. She said she really needed to hear that. Perhaps that is the only reason I was there in the first place. :>)

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@ Hayman

It is wonderful to hear from you and your testimony is great. The only thing that any of us can do is "live today" and not worry about tomorrow. Learning to do what He has placed before us, each day, is a wonderful pathway to walk. Thanks for your testimony. My kids are older than you and you have a new heart to keep you moving forward. Jim

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Hayman

Wonderful testimony, Glad you are here! You may not need this information now but may want to share it: I have read that if a person is suffering from a possible Heart attack that a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in warm water or a small amount under the tongue will stop it in seconds. I have included the link below: It is only one link, there are many that support this. There are other benefits. Hope you enjoy this. We will thank God our father for your fast recovery. https://www.cayennepepper.info/health-benefits-of-cayenne-pepper.html SWM

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very good article

I think many will enjoy this who frequent this forum

https://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/j...

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Fri, Jul 31, 2015 - 7:31pm
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Danny, this one is for you!

Yes Danny and I were in discussion of the need to place a message in stone for the many court houses, public schools and all public places in America. Take the few 10 commandments to the Jewish places of worship and set up thousands of the following for the post-cross era for a world in great need. I found this article:

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A Dozen Sayings of Jesus That Will Change the World—If Christians Ever Believe Them

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When I began to write this post, I looked for a dozen passages in the Scriptures that Christians in the West largely ignored in practice, despite mentally assenting to the truths contained therein. But what scared me as I delved into this was that far too many passages of the Scriptures are simply ignored.

So I started focusing. Eventually, I narrowed down a dozen sayings of Jesus from the book of Matthew alone. A sad state of affairs, indeed, that I can cull a dozen passages from just one book that are largely ignored by enlightened Evangelicals. But there you have it. Perhaps if we were more serious about the Scriptures, we’d spend more time putting these words into practice and less time obsessing over the petty little kingdoms we build in our own names.

1. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you….”
—Matthew 5:43-44

We love to hate our enemies, don’t we? In like manner, we don’t seem to much believe in the power of prayer to either change our enemies or change our own antipathy toward them. It’s a double-edged sword that continues to cut the Western Church to shreds. Do we love people in Al-Qaeda? Do we love Iran’s leadership or North Korea’s? Do we pray for those enemies?

I didn’t think so…

2. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ”
Matthew 6:24-34

I think it would be telling if God raised up a prophet within His Church who was able by word of knowledge to point out those in the Church who loved money more than God. The awful truth may be that God doesn’t need such a prophet; I suspect that most of us in the West would fail that test, no supernatural revelation needed.

When we look at how we spend our time, most of it is devoted not to doing the Lord’s work but accumulating the trappings of an opulent society that has forgotten God and believes too much in its own ability to provide. We devote outlandish amounts of time to making money and next-to-nothing for the eternal Kingdom of God. I believe that any one of us can run the numbers on our own lives. This is no sacred/secular division test, but one of the heart. We will devote our time to what we love. And most of us are devoted to what will burn and not to the Lord who made us and who calls us to be a holy people separated unto Him.

3. “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. ”
Matthew 7:1-5

Love first. Again, love first. It’s funny how loving first seems to temper any judging that may follow.

I find it difficult to criticize anyone. My own failings are ever before me. If I have energy left at the end of the day, it is best spent cleaning up my own house rather than telling my neighbor how to clean up his.

The world has largely closed its ears to the message of the Gospel because Christians can’t seem to get their own house in order before telling everyone else how to clean up theirs. That’s pride. And God hates pride more than just about any other sin.

4. Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Matthew 16:24-25

Unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit. We have too many living people in the Church and not enough who are dead to the world. Dead people have nothing to lose in battle. They fight with abandon. They fight despite overwhelming odds. They fight with weapons that are not theirs simply because they own nothing of their own anymore. Therefore, God equips them with His weapons and His gifts. And those dead people change the world.

The cross is death to the self. And until we’re dead, we’re useless to the Kingdom.

5. When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?” And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. ”
Matthew 17:24-26

I’ve never heard a sermon on this passage. This to me is a crime.

Christian, do you understand this passage? The world does not own you. Nor do you owe it. You are free.

Yet how many Christians out there are in bondage to the world? Many are weighed down by the cares of accumulation and keeping up appearances. Others cannot move beyond the past. Some are in bondage to the future. Many are trapped in the hell of legalism and performance.

These are people to be pitied.

Christian, you are free! It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of you or asks of you. You are a son or daughter who only answers to the Father.

Now start acting like free men and women.

6. And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:2-4

No adults make it into the Kingdom of Heaven, only children. Only children have the faith necessary to believe in a world bigger than the one they see with their eyes. This is how heaven is, the place where God dwells. And only the children can see it.

We place too much emphasis on “mature faith,” yet my experience has been that those who self-label as mature are often the most faithless people. They claim to know God, yet they sell Him short whenever anything miraculous is needed. Their favorite word is but.

Where I come from, that kind of “faith” is no faith at all.

7. And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Matthew 21:21-22

I once wrote a post claiming that the more in-depth parallel passage in Mark is the least-believed passage in the Bible.

Christians in the West believe in what their eyes tell them. They believe in science. They believe in the rational. But they do not believe that mountains can be cast into the sea by faith. And this is why so many lost people have given up on the Church. When even the believers no longer believe, what then is the point?

8. But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:34-40

I hear too many complaints from people concerning memorizing Scripture. Anyone can memorize Scripture if he loves the words of God found in the Bible.

I firmly believe that if all Christians everywhere were to memorize this one passage and live it, the world would be transformed in one generation.

Instead, we seem to love ourselves, love the stuff we accumulate for ourselves, give God a passing mention, and think about our neighbors only when they are threatening our selves or our stuff.

And we wonder why no one in the West cares to hear what the Christian Church has to say. When even the rankest pagan knows this passage and is astounded that most Christians don’t get it, why should we then be surprised that they have no time to hear anything else from us about the Lord we claim to serve?

9. “But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Matthew 23:8-12

We love our hierarchies, don’t we? We all want to be the bigshot. We love titles, and degree designations, and certifications, and anything that smacks of privilege—but Jesus said it is all bunk. The real bigshots are the least likely people, the ones who serve.

What would happen in the average church if the measure by which people gained status was by humble service? The irony is that the genuine servants would serve despite the status, even if they got punished for the service rather than accruing spiritual brownie points. They realize the Lord they ultimately serve is a gentle, humble servant Himself. And one who grades on an entirely different scale than the Western Church or the world does.

Do we believe we are all equal before the Lord? Or do we ascribe to an Orwellian Animal Farm philosophy where some are more equal than others?

10. “Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Matthew 24:42-44

People are known for what they serve. And they are known for that service by their preparation for it. A firefighter trains for the fire. A pilot trains for the flight.

What is our service and how do we prepare for it?

It’s very simple: We do not live as if the Lord may return tomorrow. We don’t, and we have no excuse. The Lord holds out His hands pleading for the Church to be the Church, but we instead want to be the World. So little work for the Kingdom goes forth because we park ourselves in front of our favorite form of entertainment, shop for more crap that will burn on Judgment Day, or complain about how bored we are.

Meanwhile, the thief has robbed our house and left us with nothing that will survive God’s holy fire come the Last Day.

11. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Matthew 25:31-46

Both the sheep and the goats called Jesus Lord. The only difference between the sheep and the goats, according to what Jesus says here, is was what they did and did not do.

God help the goats. Too many of them are sitting in the pews. Worse, too many of them are leading our churches.

If we believed this passage, the orphanages would be empty.

12. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20

I haven’t had a stranger attempt to share the Gospel one-on-one with me in decades. Rank chance would tell us that with several million Evangelicals in this country, the odds of not having heard the Gospel one-on-one from a stranger goes to zero.

The only explanation that it is not zero, in fact far from it, is that virtually no one is interested in making disciples. The population of born-again Christians is stable or declining in the United States. The reason is a failure to take this closing passage in Matthew seriously.

Someone else will do the work, we subconsciously think. Isn’t that what we pay pastors for?

It doesn’t matter whether your gift is evangelism and teaching or not. Each Christian is commanded to make and raise up disciples.

Twelve sayings of Jesus with the power to change the world. That it is not being changed on our side of the planet can only be explained by our inability to believe what Jesus said.

And if we cannot believe what Jesus said, how then can we truly call ourselves His disciples?

Dan Edelen

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The harlot!

Play the harlot

By Glen on June 15th, 2015

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Hosea 1-3

How would you feel if your yearly work review summed up your performance as, “Unfaithful?” You might expect negatives like “incompetent” or “lazy”. But, “unfaithful”? What if your your work was described as“adulterous”? Adulterous? Surely you’re not marriedto your job!

And yet, throughout the Bible, the LORD says to His people, “You are unfaithful… You are adulterous… You play the harlot… You play the whore.”

We expect verdicts like “disobedient” or “wicked” or “transgressing”, but “unfaithful”? Are we meant to be marriedto the LORD? Yes.

You see the Bible is a love story. It begins with the marriage of Adam and Eve. It ends with the marriage of the Lord Jesus to His people (Revelation 19). And all throughout we are told that our relationship to the Lord is likea marriage. Heis not simply our Master, but our Husband as well.

But the course of true love never did run smooth. Which brings us to Hosea. He was a contemporary of Isaiah, living in the northern kingdom in the 8th century BC.

Essentially the LORD said to Hosea, “I’ve got a task for you. You’re going to experience what it feels like to be Me in the great Love Story.” This is what happened:

“The LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD. So he went and took Gomer.” (Hosea 1:2-3)

When Hosea marries the prostitute Gomer, the world is shown a little of how we treat the LORD. True to form, Gomer doesn’t stick around for long She leaves the marital home and returns to the brothel. But Hosea’s job was not over. Even though she left him, God called him to pursue her and to win her back. This is what He tells poor Hosea:

“Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. 2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: 3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee.” (Hosea 3:1-3)

Hosea has to go to the brothel and pay 15 shekels – the prostitute-price – to get his wife back.

Can you imagine it? Banging on the brothel door. “I’m here for Gomer… I’m her husband… Fine, I’ll pay whatever it costs, I just want her back.”

He is so vulnerable. He’sputting his heart on the line once again with a woman who keeps spurning his love. Why should he pay for his own wife? Because that’s what the LORD is like.

When we look to the Cross, we see a Husband who has left His home, come to our house of slavery, begs us to return and who pays the price to redeem us. He is vulnerable, and shamed, arms outstretched to receive us back.

What is your view of the LORD?

An impersonal force? A Sergeant-Major in the Sky? A Heavenly Slave-Driver? A Moral Policeman? A Cosmic Headmaster? If we’ve inherited such views, it’s not been from the Bible.

In the Bible, the LORD is a Bridegroom. A Husband. A Royal Prince, who pledges Himself in marriage to we who “play the harlot.”

This means the LORD is not looking for soldiers, slaves or moralists, He’s not seeking good intentions, good efforts or good works. He’s calling Gomers to come home.

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Jim, Some excellent posts you put up, very convicting words for all, no?

Thanks for those, hope your well.

@ Haymen, touching story and testimony, thank you for sharing, glad you are in the mend and healthy, we need you here.

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Pre-Sunday Morning Daydream with Pilgrims!

Well several of us were just resting along that roadway that leads to Life as Danny and Jim related the unusual events of the week. Danny noted that his local steeple house seems to be stuck in studying the old covenant and just about every week. He was saying that it would be great if they would talk about Jesus and the New Covenant in His Blood. 

Foggyroad and Dale said that they had seen the old seer, just around the bend and that we should ask him for more input. So we found him. The Seer said that he would take all of us back in time to the year 25 a.d. Bam, we were on the streets of Jerusalem and we headed over to the temple mount with great joy. Danny walked up to the outer court and asked for permission to enter the temple, to go to the Holy of Holies and to see the original ten commandments give to Moses. They just threw him out and even threw some small stones at him. He decided to try to find another way into that old temple but was stopped. The guard at the door told him that gentiles were not allowed within the building. He was told that this place is only for the house of Israel and that he was outside any fellowship with God. Danny asked if he could just see the original tables in the Ark of the Covenant that were given to Moses. The guard said that these tablets were given to the people of God, the Jews only and were never given to the lost gentiles. He told him that he was not welcome here and if he tried to enter, he will be forcibly removed.

Well, we were not very happy as we walked back into the city. Danny said. "Why is it that we spend so much time studying the old covenant when the gentile nations were not included within that old covenant? Why do we have those ten commandments written everywhere, given to the House of Israel and we seem to ignore the words of Jesus every Sunday morning". 

The Seer finally came by and talked to Jim and Danny: " If you wait in Jerusalem until the fullness of time, Jesus Himself will be seen upon these streets. He has had a plan for all the world, including the gentile nations, but the old covenant was never a part of your salvation nor your Way, your Pathway into His Kingdom. All of the finished Work upon His Cross will forever set the course for your lives, now and forever. Why do you spend so much time looking for your Jewish roots when you do not have any? You are not welcome within their temple and never will be. Why insult your Lord and Savior as you try to enter an old form that has never worked , even for the Jews? Do not play the Harlot, as many have done, you are the Bride of Christ and not the two laymen that are hoping for an entrance into a cold stone building."

The Seer took us back into our era and we were just speechless. Danny said "well, I never looked at it like that before and now I see clearly why we were to beware of the Judaizers." Jim

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