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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Practicing Discernment

For The time has come for judgement to begin at the House of God. 1 Peter 4:17

It seems that Gods' Church is scattered with new church pastors, ministers, bishops, prophets, prophetesses ( this last one definitely doesn't sound right) teachers, evangelists, apostles and many neo-titles forming as quickly as new congregations. Sometimes troops need rallying in the heat of battle. It's called "raising the standard".

" When the enemy shall come in like a flood,
the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard
against him." Isaiah 59:19

True practicing disciples of Jesus must practice discernment ( Ezra 4:1-3). We must work at living the Christian Life. It's not something one gets second-hand. We must "try the spirits"
( 1 John 4:1).
We can only learn discernment by studying The Bible and meditation on The Word of God. True discernment can only come from The Spirit of God and cannot be understood with mere intellect. (1 Corinth. 2:14).

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Hypocracy Of Peter and Paul: Checking Our Own Eyes for Beams and Camels

God has bound all men over to disobedience so that He may have Mercy on them all Romans 11:32


In Acts 16:3 we see Paul as he meets Timothy for the first time. A product of a mixed marriage, a Jewish mother and a Greek father Paul sees great potential in this uncircumcised (Hellenized) Jew. Timothy became Pauls' "son in the faith" and later as Timothy's "spiritual father" Paul ordained and established him as Bishop of Ephesus in the year 65. However, a careful study of the relationship between Paul and Timothy reveals much by The Power of The Holy Spirit. Listen as Paul speaks in 2 Timothy 3:14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All that Timothy knew of the Scriptures he no doubt learned from his mother and grandmother. But there is more. Paul either performed or arranged for Timothy to be circumcised. The idea that a Jewish boy could be urshered into manhood by a recent acquaintance ( Paul) is reprehensible. It was a fathers' duty either to perform or arrange for a son to be circumcised not some recently arrived in town stranger. 2 Timothy 3:14 strongly implies that not only wasTimothy taught the scriptures by two very domineering women; his mother and grandmother, but, in so doing they were knowingly grooming him to be prominent in the young growing Church. Paul had Timothy circumcised so that he would not bring "reproach" to the Jews. But, wouldn't the local Jews know Timothys' home situation. And why would this matter since Paul was "preaching" The Gospel of Grace outside The Law?

Later on Paul confronts the hypocracy of Peter (Galatians 2:11) . Paul accuses Peter of compromising his position for refusing to eat with Gentiles to the reproach of Jews. So, is Paul less a hypocrite than Peter? Is Pauls' compromising position less compromising than Peters'? Not at all. What this study illustrates is that both are human because "everyone is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly" (Isaiah 9:17) . I now understand 1 Timothy 2:12-14 and why he admonishes women to remain silent and submissive . Bible teaches that all have fallen short of the Glory of God, even Peter, Paul and Timothyl. Stay Blessed in Jesus name Amen...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Courageous Church

Though we haven't met yet I love this brother already. His name is Pastor Shaun King. It's his Jesus Bold in your face work. I stumbled upon his blog a few weeks ago and was intrigued that embodies he so many that I ascribe to. Joshua, because he is taking territory. Then there is Nehemiah because he is restoring the breach in the sphere that God has given him. In Hebrew ( Nekh- em-yaw) Nehemiah comes from the root word (nacham) meaning "consolation of Jah" or to repent or comfort. This brother is like like, Gods' newest secret weapon, a young super-prophet, an inner city strongholds giant killing word slinging ... Ok! but just check him out for yourself. He exudes Joy Of The Lord. It's contagious. Pastor Shaun makes you want to start working at your house. Get that food pantry started, opening that old house up for homeless outreach. I Love you Jesus and I thank you for warriors like Shaun. Just look over to the right of this post and click on the link with Superman in the text or go straight there www.shauninthe city.com/blog/. I pray that you continue to bless him, his family and all the work you have assigned him in Jesus name Amen...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Divine Order From The Bottom Up: Titles In The Church

Jesus taught us many things about His Church. Notice I said His Church. There is a fundamental difference between His Church and the church. A Fresh Wind is blowing and those who are not firmly planted on The Rock Will Be Blown Away ( Psalm 1:4) . This Wind is blowing in with Divine Order From The Bottom Up . Matthew 5, The Beatudes describes those who are chosen to inherit the Promises of I Am Amen and His Kingdom. They are "the poor in spirit", "those who mourn", those who need to be "comforted", "the meek", "those who hunger and thirst for righteousness", "the merciful", "the pure in heart", "the peace makers", "those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake", who are "reviled" are spoken "evil" of and "falsely" accused because of Jesus. But, todays' title holders in the Church, the "pastor", the "reverend", those who blindly seek after spiritual fathers condemn themselves because The Word says: "Do not call anyone on earth your father", for as one translation says; " you travel land and sea to win one proselyte and when he is won, you make him twice the son of hell as yourselves" Matthew 23.

He Who Is Alfa and Omega says this to you by His servant: you pastors, shabluwl (shab-lool) in the Hebrew, snail, as if floating in its own slime, will continue to be a shobel (Hebrew for, a ladies train) trailing after your first ladies until you openly repent. Where did the tradition of first lady start? It is divisive as it sets the pastors' wife above other sisters in Christ? Go back to Matthew 23:8 and see what The Word Of The Lord says concerning titles: Do not allow yourselves to be called Teachers because we are all brothers". In other Word since Our Lord is no respecter of men ( Acts10:34, Romans 2:11) abandon the titles and replace them with a servants attribute; servant or minister, with a little m. As for reverend, it is an Holy Attribute of Jesus Christ and is even more critical than the other titles (Psalm111:9) not to be used. Reverend is used as a title of respect by modern "clergy" . Although all un-Biblical titles are prideful " Reverend" is blasphemous as it is impious against God. Reverend literally means " to be afraid, stand in awe". The word implies preeminence , beyond and above . The word Reverend is an Old English term expressed in degrees, for example Right, Very, Most Reverend. Stay Blessed Stay in The Word...