Old Wine in New Bottles, Why?

We all know by now the world will change the way we worship. Why not restore the first works of Love your neighbors, care for one another, be the Body and wear the Name above all names. What defined the few that waited for the promise of the Father Acts 1:4-5? What turned them from cowards, deserting their King, the Messiah because He did not fit the picture of a King to them? What do you want God to fix today? We pray he breaks the heart of all that love Him and the repentance of their heartfelt tears will flow like the River of Life as we learn to Abide John 15:4

Going back to the dry bones, the entertainment, Why would we? We did a zoom call with elders across the world. That prayer meeting was wonderful Click on highlighted text for more info. http://www.wearechurch.com/church-intensive

When did this beautiful remembrance become a station break between the entertainment and the sage on the stage. Acts 2:42 , We have observed many years of privileged worship without harassment from anyone. This will change as we move from this season of sickness to a season of war? or ? Why is there a guard watching the door or is that Judas leaving?

The lady in the gift shop had asked me what church do you go to ? In our conversation that began somewhere but ended up on God. I was wearing a t-shirt that said ” Jesus is my Savior not Religion”. The lady persisted and after we talked she invited us to her “Church”. We had told her we are followers of Jesus and followed no man made doctrine, creed or religion or divided denominated daughter of the church of Babylon. She had then said something like “We are all followers of Jesus” and she was very correct. We who place our faith in Jesus Christ of the prophecy of Isaiah 9 are all His children. The Jesus of Grace and Truth who said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” is the Savior of all who are redeemed by the blood of God’s only Chosen before the foundation of the world, precious Lamb. He is for us the Word became flesh and the Word was/is God. When you see the message of Jesus for all mankind as this amazing love that Paul writes commentary on in his letters to the ekklesias, the trappings of rules and ritual fall away in His presence . When we humans decide to divide up and denominate around men, albeit good men we fall into the trap of the Corinthian Ekklesia following after Apollos, Paul or Peter. Who is the high priest of our congregation? Who are the priests? What are the offices or special appointments to be selected by scripture in the verified letters of Paul and Peter, James, John, Jude, the Apostles by Word of the Spirit of Christ? We crucify Jesus afresh just as David used the throne to do evil, took the one lamb from Uriah and sinned. Like King David are those that allow the easy money, the power of control over others to capture their heart in obedience to Satan. These are the grievous wolves of warning to the elders of the early Ekklesia Is this word familiar to you? Click here for the Greek and 111 times it is used in the New Testament of your translation,

The word was used to define a location after Luther translated the German word to mean a location. Early communities of faith always built or used a structure to serve the needs of the people. These structures were used as community schools, storehouses, hideouts and more. Never the grand buildings we see now. (early records around 250AD on) Never did the early followers think that Ekklesia was a place to go. No where is evidence of the excessive spending, the widespread use of pagan temples and pagan priesthood until after 300AD. Constantine flipped the pagan world upside down and incorporated many practices in his new model of religion. The history of how he propagandized what influence he had, during that time is well documented and an easy google search . If you are an agnostic or atheist because of this historical fact, please reconsider, Jesus lives! Use the word “Church” how you like but know what you are saying. Here is a technical description of the translated word Kirk, Kirche, church and how it got in the bible as Church instead of the word Ekklesia which means something totally different. http://www.aggressivechristianity.net/articles/ecclesia.htm

Find out for yourself what the early followers said and did in the everyday life of the first century. http://www.wearechurch.com/structure-1

A compendium of quotations culled from the ten volume Ante-Nicene Fathers and arranged by subject for quick reference. The quotes include comments on 700 theological, moral, and historical topics from prominent figures such as Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, and Hippolytus.

This book is an eye opener. Mr. Bercot has used a lawyer and scribes’ mind to summarize and collect the writings of the early church before the corruption of Constantine. If you would like a copy give me a call or pm https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MBGNG66/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0h

That is pretty! But I want to know what the first copy said, not the last ones. The Holy Spirit is promised to bring us into all truth. We are blessed with God’s wisdom on tap for a sincere prayer of Faith to the obedient servant. When can we see God? When can we walk with him? When we love Him more than we do our life. We have one word to obey. Galatians 5:14, We have one law to obey, the “Perfect Law of Liberty”
We have a model for this. Is it from the original record or the Renaissance period? If we look at the model can we find the practice in the New Agreement? Do you follow this model or the one in the Corinthian Ekklesia from the First Century?

hhttps://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/mark/2-22.html

New Wine http://www.wearechurch.com/structure-1

Of course Jesus used this metaphor, the common use of wine skins made of animal hides and other parts. These would work for the life of the vintage inside if consumed in a few weeks and then if allowed to dry out would burst if refilled. Totally biodegradable but the practice kept tanners busy making wine skins. I am sure the common people did not treat these containers with any more regard than we do a recyclable water bottle after they burst, no one tried to repair them, just catch another goat. Here is the record in Mark 2, Click on the words for the Greek meaning  , Mark 2:15 And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there weremany of them, and they were following Him. 16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And hearing this, Jesuss aid to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 18John’sdisciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and they came and said to Him, “Why* do John’sdisciples and the disciples of the Phariseesfast, but Your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesussaid to them, “While* the bridegroom is with them, the attendants of the bridegroomcannotfast, can they? Solong as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot*fast20 “But the days will comewhen thebridegroom is takenaway from them, and then they will fast in that day21“Noonesews a patch ofunshrunkcloth on an oldgarmentotherwise the patchpullsaway from it, the new from the old, and aworsetearresults22“No oneputsnewwine into oldwineskinsotherwise the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the skins as well; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”

The wine skins have burst. The Ekklesia of Jesus is not a new covenant made up of old parts. Nor is the New Covenant a list of rules, rituals and regulations requiring lawyers and scribes or high Priests in costumes or temples with holy shrines to whois and whatfor? The Ekklesia of Jesus begins with 2 or more. The Ekklesia never ends with just 2. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit will never inhabit a temple made with hands or bless the idol worship of the “building” or useless things over the maker. Everything physical is a tool to be used or discarded for the Glory of God and our Lord Jesus who proved His word with the resurrection from the dead after a full course Roman Crucifixion.

The teaching of the wine skin is that the new agreement is final until God makes a new one. Humans broke the promise/covenant every time. God did not break His side of any agreement. Broken covenants are never reused. We are in the new agreement/covenant. To go back and drag something that did not work to save us or give us Grace is to insult Jesus as saying His sacrifice was not enough to satisfy the wrath of God’s justice. No gentile was required to read, understand or know about the Torah or Moses. Read with earnest prayer 2 Corinthians 3 and welcome Jesus the Author and finisher of your Faith https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/2-corinthians/3.html

The Hebrew Passover lasted 7-8 days and involved feasts and meals with family, relatives and friends. Our “Love Feasts” should be as joyful and festive in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus in the New Covenant. Abba Father!

I first saw the renaissance paintings when I was a kid and now know they teach tales and myths for the most part and poor theology if half way correct. I was also disappointed when I found out Charlton Heston was not Moses.

Love to hear about your Ekklesia wherever it is. In a traditional model or not, wherever you are gathered in His Name. https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/hupakoe.html

Check out Francis Chan explaining the end times on youtube

Interesting!

https://youtu.be/yzz2aqqpeRA

Philistine Cart of our own doing

Many houses of straw will fall to never rise. The Temple built of Living Stones will stand. We are the Royal Priesthood of the New Covenant 1 Peter 2:9

The Holy Spirit leads into all truth. All knowledge and wisdom. All is in the mind of God. We have to become one with Him. Many try to get to God listening to all the voices shouting. The simple gospel is so simple. We have one law or rule or tenet or doctrine and we can’t agree with a plain statement from Jesus; repeated by John, Paul and Peter. Here is the mystery revealed, the secrets are here now 1 John 3:23, Gal 5:14, 1 Peter 1:22-23 the rest is religion

https://www.wearechurchreading.com/

The crowd responded in Acts 2 many already believed, they were heartbroken,v38 Pete told them what to do. v39 to all, v41 , v42 continued in the apostle’s doctrine, which will include Paul’s later. Acts 5:31-32 Cheers! That is true what Paul said but the taken out of context, He did not want people bragging and divided, Paul said “Some are for Luther, Some are for Calvin, some are for Wesley” well he did not say those names but you get it if you read it. “Is Christ Divided? ” 1 Corinthians 3, We read Acts 18 prayerfully, Acts 18:8 “The Corinthians hearing believed and were baptized” 1 Cor 12:13, “For by one Spirit” Eph 4:1-6, Acts 1:4, Acts 2 The Promise of the Father” to all that – Acts 5:32 Cheers!

A Promise of the Father https://youtu.be/GxsgmDdoDQ0

Calvin, Luther, later Wesley followed the error of Zwingli and this false doctrine theology has caused millions to miss being washed in the Blood. Know the history before the warring theologians took over the many divided denominations. When the divisive theology is so contradictory the teachers have to write volumes to justify all the proof texts, When the “Plowboy” of William Tyndale’s day- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale

can not understand without special “knowledge”or latterday revelations that is wrong! The Holy Spirit reveals all Truth to those that empty themselves of self by death to the flesh. The Holy Spirit can’t fill a temple full of idols to self, or vain pride. The ego has to go in a clean sweep so the Wonderful Counselor can do His work. John 6 explains this in graphic detail. v 53 We must eat the Bread of Life and share the Flesh and Blood by consuming the body and blood or, Jesus also sez in v35 “never hungry and thirsty” as in John 4 when Jesus declares the Water of Life is free and that God is Spirit, Worship is everywhere for the followers, no holy location anymore. Jesus explains the Work of God! John 6:29, This is the “Flesh profits nothing” of v63, the ritual is not the point, the communion of believers as “One” body is the whole point. Later pagan priests adapted the simple “Love Feast’ of “Breaking Bread “with the family of followers into a ritual work, full of rules and time restraints among other glosses. The “anti Christ” denied the Cup to the sheep claiming superior sainthood and other honors not found in the Word. The simple Gospel was done before 100AD, not during the reformation or after Constantine or St Augustine of Hippo twisted doctrine around the Whore of Babylon’s finger. History can be verified. Know the truth. Acts 5:32, Romans 6 Titus 3:4-5, Acts 1:4, Acts 2. Grace is a salvation gift. The “Thief” who was indisposed with dying, as was our Lord. The old covenant was in effect until “It is Finished”. The “Promise of the Father” was promised by Jesus in Luke and Acts 1:4, The disciple/apostles all spoke in Tongues a sign gift of the Holy Spirit during the delivery, Peter preached a Truth Gift in the use of the two Keys of the Kingdom, Calling on the Name of the Lord they obeyed, Confessing in Repentance, submitting in water immersion, nothing else was practiced until after 125 AD (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didache for what the early followers practiced in Ad 100-125) This is a historical document that shows the normative practice of some early followers of Jesus during the first part of the 2nd cent. In no way is this scripture or binding. It is a historical artifact and verifiable as such. The Corinthians heard the gospel, believed it and obeyed it Acts 18:8. Read God’s Word for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit for knowledge, ask the wonderful counselor. Read the Word without commentary, but much prayer.

oing, is the divisions and mixed up messages trying to all say the same thing does not present a lovable Jesus no matter how nice the brochure or facility. Love the “Commands and Traditions”  Many of the traditions are expedient for that season or purpose but Hey! they are tools like using Pete’s boat to teach from, no more holy altars beside our knees. Too many traditions block our sight to see Him! Too many “Commands” are blocked by traditions. 

We feel the relationship model is the design going forward that will make a difference one soul at a time. As we Jean and I enjoy our communion with our Lord together one day at a time during this season of uncertainty in the world. We have perfect peace knowing He has promised us to be together as One. Amen Come Lord Jesus.

Acts 2, Peter gave the verification Acts 5:32, After the promise of the Holy Spirit is poured out, Only the arrogant will construct houses of straw to defend the right to be like the thief. The disciples of John’s immersion for repentance were all in the old covenant rules until the pouring out on Pentecost. Acts 17-18 is clear they were immersed into Christ. To refuse to obey a clear command of Jesus. or to meekly follow His example to obey all rightness. 1 Peter 3, Titus 3, Col 2, Romans 6, Acts 22:16 “Wash away your sins” We know the Grace of God saves us not anything we do as a follower changes that fact of Eph 2, yet the Faith of action described in Hebrews 11 shows that acts of faith are not works of the law. We could be saved by works of God’s law IF we could keep all the law perfectly. No one has done that. except for Jesus as the Messiah. A perfect Lamb of God, a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the World. We must have Grace! God’s great justice demands payment for sin, we can’t pay and God’s great love for us gives us the greatest gift ever given, everlasting life. Jesus becomes our “propitiation for sin”. We are redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. We want to join Him in His death burial and resurrection to rise and walk in a new life of the Spirit. The sinner is on the other side of the law of God, Romans 3:23, The sinner has to submit to God in Faith, The idea that an unbelieving unrepentant person is baptized is not in the NT. The idea of a person refusing to be immersed and expecting for the forgiveness of sin is not found after the Cross. How does this faith come? By hearing the Gospel? How beautiful are the feet. Know how your divided denominations theology was developed before the rise of the Roman Empire’s religion. The “Faith only” have followed Calvin and Luther in Zwingli’s Error. It is history. The American institutional divided denominational “church” has had 200+ years to get right with God. Instead, the daughters of the whore of Babylon have argued and split over every new teaching the deceiver has twisted to meet their agendas of power and control since the Age of the Apostles. Millions have believed the “Hired hand” reverends, doctors, who should be our shepherds, yet failed to unite on the ancient Way, instead they make up new doctrines based on man’s wisdom and eloquence. Come be one Body, one Faith, one Baptism. Eph 4:1-6, Teach “Sound Doctrine” Titus 2: based on Acts of the apostles. Not some latterday theologian dancing to the devil’s tune. You do know the history of your faith back to the Apostles teaching, don’t you? History can be verified. Some just don’t know and some don’t care, in apathetic ignorance. Jesus sez” do the first works” Abraham Obeyed https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/passage/?q=heb+5:9;heb+11:8 Note that Hebrews use “All who obey Him”

undefinedThese guys were rolling! they had God in a cart, music, dancing, and happy times. How does that work out? The fans love the religious action until the bad stuff happens and your faith in the little gods fails. 2 Samuel 6 a new Cart! King Josiah found the Word of God stored in the temple, lost to memory of the priests charged with the care. Jesus went around the synagogues casting out demons. Just because it is said to be a holy place does not mean God agrees.

When we read any news and we tend to use a global view of BBC, CNN, Fox and Drudge report. The others are interesting. How they all fit the news to their agenda. Much like we use the Word of God to fit our profile, tradition, or belief system. With out a common foundation to be One Faith* we are not in the Word but dragging our temple where we thought our god was, but he ain’t dealing like that! He is not a human or magical mythical Greek/Roman god. For some reason, only the Mind of God knows He loves His creation. Most Greek-Roman gods were oblivious to human needs or want that did not further their schemes. As Paul told the court of Athens, ” God loves you even if you don’t know His name” Acts 17 records the court of Aerogapahus as being the high court of Athens, evidence of history records this court with the power of a death sentence for teaching contrary views. Ref; Socrates, tried and sentenced * Eph 4:1-6

Grace is misunderstood by some because latter-day, after 120AD or so the theologians decided that the Word of Grace was too simple for their needs. During different eras and times, many empires have used choice tenets of local or foreign religions to control the people they wished to rule. The rulers of nations quickly discovered if they could control the religion they could control the people. History and many reliable verifiable sources now expose the raw truth of where we have been, how did we get so far away from the New Covenant message of Jesus as Messiah prophesied by Isiah to both the Jew and the Greek, The offer is to as many as he will call by His Gospel. That is everyone BTW, not just you or me. The Old Testament has many examples of how easy it is for the elect to be deceived into thinking they are Elect and nothing can happen to them even in open sinful rebellion as in the time of Josiah. We can be sure as Elijah was reassured there were those that never bowed a knee to Baal, but many do! God has compassion on them but must be Justified as our Mighty God is a jealous God. Here are three pieces of evidences of the use of the word “Again” (Gk Palin) to demonstrate that the elect can fall away. Luke 15:24; Romans 11:23; and Hebrews 6:6

Is our Wonderful Counselor leading us into all Truth, Wisdom, and Knowledge or into a bookstore for the latest message from God that somehow has been hidden forever until a guru, latter-day prophet or theologian reveals it for a fee. Or has listened to all the voices of people shouting “Over Here!” Jesus is here! Is there a fee? Is there secret knowledge? Is there a special set of verses that have to be “interpreted” or does a creed layout all the tenets of the upper councils. Is there a “Prophet” that claims apostle, superior, or reverend status by title and authority? Is there a “Sacred” temple, building, altar, Bible or physical object/thing that must be worshiped, prayed to, or respected because of? Is there an office or function outside the Acts and letters describing a servant other than elder, deacon,servant, teacher, shepherd/pastor/preacher, evangelist? If Jesus is our Chief Shepherd how many dirty feet does a common shepherd have to wash? We are a Royal Priesthood. How does one apply for a position in the Kingdom? Does the Holy Spirit lead into all Truth? Does the Holy Spirit give all power? Who is between you and these blessings. 1 Tim 2:5, When you cry “Abba, Father” who answers you? 1 Peter 1:22

Grace is “This is the meaning of faith in Ephesians 2.8: a faith that works. It involves a full surrender to Christ and this genuine faith will always be accompanied by the evidence of obedience, James 2.14-26. Abraham obeyed and believed in Hebrews 11. If a person claims to believe, but does not obey, Jesus sez don’t be a goat about it obey! Luke 6.46. Hey Church of ____________”Repent and do the first Works” sez, Jesus.

Grace means gift, Charis in Greek”We work from grace, not for salvation. Our obeying actions is the response to God’s work in us.”

As Jean and I traveled around these past 47 yrs as a couple serving God in the Way. We visited/served with many congregations, groups, ministries. We were overjoyed to discover followers of Jesus among the many fans of Jesus in many places. We always sought out the obedient ones that love without measure, walk in the Light, like good sheep, we don’t hang with goats. We believe that if we were in danger of fire our friends might warn us, our enemies will mock us, the pious self-righteous will walk the other way, ignoring us. Our brothers and sisters will reason with us and teach us until we are of “Like mind” saying the same things in Love. As Aquilla and Pricilla taught Apollos the Way more clearly we do likewise.


“For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,  to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and everAmen.”
https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/ephesians/3.html

simple gospel was once for all delivered, “A plowboy could read it and understand what he read” was said of the New Testement that was printed in the 1400s. we did not have to wait for a reformation of anything pagan when we only need to restore the first works, the love one anothers, do sheep stuff, not goat stuff. Acts stuff, not the first book of opinions. https://saltlightministry.com/

We could swap these all day and not change a Calvinist mind until the Holy Spirit removes the blinders that show they are following St Augustine. We follow Jesus the Mighty God and Wonderful Counselor is all we need. The rest is religion. John 15:6; Romans 11:19-22; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Galatians 5:4; Hebrews 3:12; 6:4-8; 2 Peter 2:20-21.

We taught public school in a vocational technical high school the surrounding county school would ship students in to our building for the various technical arts. We had a log hallway at the Tech High School and busses would drive up at one end and each class of 20-30 kids would fill the halls to get on the bus. At the end of the hall was a fire alarm and the students would sometimes pull it. Firemen would come and replace the glass and fuss out the principal and complain to the superintendent of the extra work of responding so often. The fire chief wanted a criminal charge brought on the student culprit. It is breaking the law and a felony, It is serious. One year after the third event with the trucks and all. The students got a kick out of the fire trucks and all the fuss. Our high population of special needs students and troubled kids made the alarm a challenge until it was pulled one time too many. We took a differential axle that had burned out apart in class. The black grease in the burnedout remains was very sticky and shiny black. I smeared a teaspoon into the trough of the fire alarm. The firemen left the glass out and we were instructed to call and rearm ourselves, after all we were the Tech High. We had to report every alarm but now the students did not get a break and fire trucks. One day the alarm went off and there at the end of the hall was a special needs young mans trying to remove a black stain on his fingers, he managed to smear it all over the wall, his clothes and his other hand. When he saw me coming he laughed and held up his hands. He knew he was guilty and caught with no way of removing the evidence. That is me and you, no matter when the bell rings on our life we are sinners with stained flesh that may not approach God and must be pardoned as the guilty are by the full payment for our crimes.

We have used the last few years of this season of our life to rediscover the Truth of our new birth and the Way as we had wandered off the path in our search for the Ekklesia of God or as St Augustine wrote a “City of God” or as Jesus said “A city on a hill”

When my sins, my filthy rags of my rightness seem to me to be a little cleaner than the bloody rags of your rightness, I have failed to love you as Jesus does. God never approves sin or allows us to bring sin into the Throne room. His great Love is equal to His Justice. The shame is trying to approach a Holy God with sin in our heart. Repent and do the first works, Have a clear conscience. All lust is sin as is eating to excess, lies, slander, hate, Matt 22:29

Calvin is said to be the daddy of Once Saved Always Saved. Read the Word as taught here,

http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVarticles/IsOnceSavedAlwaysSavedABibleDoctrine.html

As most denominations followed the error of Zwingli as did Calvin, Luther and Wesley, we often find some that refuse baptism in water by immersion because of this teaching that began with St Augustine. If any would like to debate this as reported in ignorance as #3 we would be happy to. First reject your denominational teaching and commentators to read without blinders the 12 or so conversions in Acts. Can we reason together? or are we divided? Eph 4:1-6 One. Romans 1:5 Read all the verses like this one that mentions Obedience, not works! or baptism regeneration but the simple gospel of obeying our King. Acts 2:37-38, Acts 5:32 Know the history of your traditions, rules and rituals. Are they New Wine or old stale beer?

God is Spirit, we must worship in Spirit and Truth, the flesh is nothing John 6:63, Jesus the Messiah and the Father are one, The Holy Spirit is poured out by the Father Acts 1:4, Promised delivered Acts 2, to those that hear the Gospel and believe, confess Jesus as Lord! Rom 1:5 obey as sinners to be immersed for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins. Simple Gospel One God Eph 4:1-6, The reason you or me can’t explain the 3 in 0ne to make human wisdom match God’s wisdom, Logos

http://www.wearechurch.com/ This group caught our attention a few years ago via Francis Chan and we followed them online.

Essay https://sway.office.com/bqjRYafQFmuhVazH?fbclid=IwAR1OK0bROljw6aen5huRUrQH49QJmKip_fGBPKA81V7i4n-m4HuVvOovKfQ

Our search led us far and wide into many camps and tribes. All claiming to be the people of God. Some were divided into camps of a tribe that favored fish, this tribe is big and takes up lots of space on the river keeping others from the bounty. The hungry clamor at the gate for fish to eat. The meat is important for life. The Thirsty are lined up and only see a dry land near the river where these camps are. The tribe’s leaders say that none but the little gods the big god has blessed can eat the fish not mere sinful humans. Some times the little people are told “go away we will select some more special people tomorrow” and the hungry leave very thirsty for the pure water of the river God promised them in His Word. Some camps of this tribe share fish scraps and some camps block access to the river of life as they squander the gifts the river gives. Some camps claim to have free water but upon looking at it in the light we see many dark things floating in their water. Some camps even say the river is dried up and the fish are gone. Some dig new canals to control the river and fail. Some tap underground sources for a look alike water that slowly deceives, divides, and kills the taste of the water. Some camps charge for looks at the water in the river and sell muddy cups in old containers of the water they say came out of the pure river of God. Many are content to sip this muddy liquid a long as it sez on the bottle it came from near the river. We trust our brands, our traditions and live by the rules we like. We want our bible to fit our theology and will change camps and tribes to find a comfort zone. This is what happened to those disciples that left when Jesus told them how hard the choices will be, how to give, how to forgive, how to live. “Count the Cost” Jesus sez. We want a flat tax on a free ride home and minimum effort for return on investments. We want our life without hassle and Jesus as King sounds like a deal! We hire a hand to tend us and feed us. We fort up and enjoy our selves in our self righteous worship of what we can do on our own power and grand ideas.

Water of Life flow through your servants as you promised. Titus 3:5-7 reads, “…he saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he

poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Here we have an opinion http://www.bobrussell.org/ask-bob-what-about-infant-baptism/

Out of my mind

Thanks to Silas for how I feel sometimes with PTSD, depression, and Hope. Hope is not inside of us in our flesh or heart of disobedience to our King. Acts 5:32

We know we are old dogs but this is not by our power or our strength. We like you are loaded down with this world’s cares and demands. We pray for courage every day. thanks, to Gary Larson and our public schools where we taught for the image.

When we became schoolteachers I had to admit I could not do math in any fashion anyone would recognize but me. I could write repair orders and customer notes but relied on my wife to do any accounting or math. I had always used pictures to recall facts and drew notes by making cartoon type hiro graphics as one teacher called my scribbles. I would love to write you long letters in Shakespeare prose longhand but this what I have studied these past few days as time as allowed.

We enjoy Church History and have recently worked our way up to the 1900s We studied the Roman equipment and this short sword and the shield& spear are the battle weapons of the Roman Army this was like the M1 of WW2, you did not drop your rifle and run with out punishment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladius Enjoy!

Raised in the ideals of the Restoration Movement of the 1800s. We feel the restoring of the first practices and promises of the Apostles Doctrine is the only direction for the follower to go after careful examination of the current options to humans in God’s creation. The Reformation was an attempt by many good people to repair a broken system. Each of the great reformers (dividers) had bias, prejudice, and motives of power and control. The Kingdom of God is none of those things. God is not the author of confusion1. The reformers/dividers are the voices shouting over each other causing division over simple understandings of what Jesus clearly said and did. When we examine the claims of the divided denominations we are not convinced that unity, Oneness of the Body, or any of the One Faith is practiced outside of our favorite vChurch. Here is our favorite online for now group of church planters https://www.churchintensive.com/church-intensive-online

Most believers have a limited view of the Holy Spirit having been told by controllers that the Holy Spirit is asleep at the wheel since we have a perfect translation of the New Covenant or a perfect “Church” or that we should do signs and handle snakes. The Holy Spirit is too “Messy” for most pastors. We feel He is too Truthful for the fans on gameday.

Watchman Nee on Baptism https://www.ministrybooks.org/SearchMinBooksDsp.cfm?id=0902C3DDFE

11 Corinthians 14:33

What would she do?

The young lady and man in the painting from the wall of a house uncovered in Pompeii. We can speculate that this couple would have been familiar to Priscilla and Aquila in the first century. The woman’s stylus and tablet are symbols that displayed her confidence in education and status. They are the up and comers, the beautiful people of the city. Today would she fit in? Could you see them in a 40 under 40 spread in your cities magazine? What would you tell them about your God that would motivate them to reject their gods? What can your God do that theirs can not?

Couple from Pompeii

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portrait_of_Terentius_Neo

Who these young people? Let’s imagine they are your new acquaintances. The picture is from a mural in the 79AD destruction of Mt. Vesuvius of the Roman cites. The painting was obliviously commissioned by what would be considered wealthy owners to adorn the walls of their villa/bakery. Maybe they were the owners. Maybe they were young during that era of Roman Empire. Exciting times! Nero had been in power, Titus, Caligula, Domitian and many wars and rumors of war. We will assume your husband is wealthy and a player in fashion with his gold trim toga. He is holding a sealed document, He must be educated, important in his world. The Roman lady is standing in the fore of the painting, dressed in purple with much gold, a valuable to her husband, a woman of education and power, perhaps a royal dressed in purple? Women in the Roman World had much privilege and could do many things a Hebrew woman could not by law. Click on the image to learn the history from archaeology.

Your new acquaintances are owners of a bakery you frequent. They are Romans, the influence of Greek culture is the fashion of the day. Here are some of the assumptions one might assume They are Pagans believing in many gods, much as the people of Mars Hill in Athens or liberals today. Like the pagans around them the free citizens of Rome enjoyed a somewhat upper middle to rich classes. Slaves were a very high percentage of the population, most were bond slaves dues to poverty as war slaves were used in the mines and criminals in the galleys of the Navy. Spartacus is a true story! Crucifixion was a common punishment for slaves. As Rome conquered the known world they absorbed all pagan religions as useful tools of the state. Later Rome would develop a city/state organization to rule all the gods, with one man via other men ruling all men so they can control kingdoms, empires. Every religion was adapted to fit the life style of the Roman, to meet the needs of the state/empire. If you did not follow the rules of worship of the emperor or what ever the favored god/temple was in that city, you were subject to shunning, fines, slavery, death. You could not buy or sell without the approval/seal of Rome. The pagan priest were officers of the state, by 450 ad this system of state run “Visible Church” “AKA vChurch” was the official state church, with none other allowed until rulers got powerful enough to split off their own brands . These gods are no different than the pagan gods of the nations around God’s people all the time on earth via the power of the eater of dust. As we are dust in our flesh, that benefits us nothing when we try and save, preserve or embellish it. We are as these young people enjoying the smell of their bakery and the beautiful day. As pagans they will have vague beliefs depending on what is the latest pop religion or which temple has the best festivals/services/parties. The philosophers that influenced their daily lives as Greek/ Roman pagans are still being taught in our colleges as words to live by.

What do you say to the couple? That stylus and sealed document would say educated literate able to reason. What do they need from you if you walked into their bakery in the year 78 ad?

Imagine that two married followers of Jesus, from Rome meet this couple what would they say to the couple? Would Priska speak to them the same message they gave Apollos? The humble fellow workers of Paul, they worked with their hands, are mentioned in Acts 18 read about them here https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/acts/18.html

Where did Priscilla and Aquila go to “vChurch” ? https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-corinthians/16-19.html

 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. (click on the words to find the Greek or more info)

What would the VChurch at Corinth look like? Corinth was a Roman Colony made up of retired soldiers and citizens of Greek and Roman cultures. What did they talk about in that first century?

What would give the pagans a reason to give up their pagan beliefs, renounce all, family, titles, names, their very life could forfeit for the simple gospel that God loves all His children? The volcano is rumbling, the couple sez “It always does that” “We will go to the temple to appease the gods” What can you tell them? Do young people today believe that the earth mother/nature controls the weather? Does Luck, chance, fate or do the laws God placed in the physical world for our health and comfort rule your walk/life?

The simple Gospel of 1 Corinthians 15 message involves no rules, rituals or need for special places, reverends, clergy, or temples, Read the words in any translation or the Greek the message is simple. God loves you so much He has bought you with a price beyond any thing physical or on this earth.

It is very hard to sell Buicks while riding a bicycle.

The temple is gone and Jews are being expelled from Rome. What can you say to the baker and his wife? The Gospel is finished, no additional work or added sauce to make it better. Jesus finished God’s plan on the Cross. You might do more but who are you trying to please God or man?

If we can know what the history of a movement was we can see what they did, what they said and what happened. What was the first 125 yrs of the Church like? These are some of the writers that have presented some interesting facts. I would not agree with everything they propose but it is very interesting when you can verify when the first discussion of something like infant original sin is discussed, before St Augustine and Zwingli messed it up for children. Jesus sez they are innocent and we should be like them in faith and trusting Him.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-corinthians/15.html

What is the balance between the “Faith” and the “Baptism” of Eph 4:1-5, A study of Grace, an understanding of the Temple, Hint John measures the “Temple” in Revelations. That is the invisible Ekklesia . When we understand the Gospel message was final, “Once and for all delivered to the saints” We have no latter day message that contradicts or changes, alters the Gospel. Even angels can’t change it as they have tried. Men twist the message because it is too simple for controlling, anyone can be a temple of the Holy Spirit, The vessel has to be spotless and only one cleanser will work for my filthy rags. When my conscience is dirty, I want it scrubbed by God. Like these poor Romans, we will stand before God, we will see Him High and lifted up our knee will bow and our heart will be laid bare before our creator. Did we believe as Abram did? Hebrews reads; By faith Abraham, when he was calledobeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/hebrews/11.html

So then, my belovedjust as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absencework out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.  Phil 2

Would you tell them the Truth of the Way and the Life?

Jesus sez “The flesh profits nothing” John 6:63

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Sound Doctrine Titus 2: Paul sez…….”Pastor”

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The role that the “Clergy” play in the vChurch (visible church) clouds the meaning of the word we use for shepherd in the New Covenant. The actual position if we must rank people, shepherd (poimen) or “Pastor” is at the lowest rung, most humble position according to Jesus in the foot washing teaching He gave His disciples. If you don’t understand that story you won’t until you are humbled by God. If one wants to know their rank in the military or what the mission is we ask the commander. Jesus sez; “the first will be last, the least of these my Brothers and Sisters, Feed my Sheep” the lowest is the greatest”. We do not see any ranks in the order of vChurches until after the 2nd CE when smaller gatherings would seem to be depending on larger groups. “Pastor” is used one time as a word in Ephesians. Read the differing translations before you jump on the conclusion wagon. Read carefully before you have the flag/name tag made with your rank on it. Peter spoke quiet force-ably to the “Fellow Elders” The shepherds/elders he spoke to were warned; Not to do anything for money, personal gain or selfish ambition. The sheep analogy doesn’t work for you if you know little about sheep. Anyone that has owned and cared for sheep knows that people are like sheep, but the sheep are somewhat smarter, they will follow the leader that leads to food, shelter from danger and calm pastures. A shepherd knows you can not drive sheep except thru fear and pain. The Good Shepherd leads from the front. The “Hired Hand” may run in battle, the Warrior God has prepared never has to run. One vicious wolf can kill a flock of 50 sheep in a night. Peter warned of this in these verses (This predates the KJV, Who translated it?) “The elders which are amonge you I exhorte which am also an elder and a witnes of the affliccions of Christ and also a partaker of the glory that shalbe opened: se that ye fede Christes flocke which is amonge you takynge the oversyght of them not as though ye were compelled therto but willyngly: not for the desyre of filthy lucre but of a good mynde. not as though ye were lordes over the parisshes: but that ye be a insample to the flocke. And when the chef shepheerde shall appere ye shall receave an incorruptible croune of glorye. Lykwyse ye yonger submit youre selves vnto the elder. Submit youre selves every man one to another knet youre selves togedder in lowlines of mynde. For God resisteth ye proude and geveth grace to the humble. Submit youre selves therfore vnder the myghty honde of God that he maye exalt you whe the tyme is come. Cast all youre care to him: for he careth for you. Be sober and watch for youre adversary ye devyll as a rorynge lion walketh about sekynge whom he maye devoure: whom resist stedfust in the fayth remebrynge that ye do but fulfill the same affliccios which are apoynted to youre brethren that are in the worlde. The God of all grace which called you vnto his eternall glory by Christ Iesus shall his awne silfe after ye have soffred a lytell affliccio make you perfect: shall settle strenght and stablishe you. To him be glory and dominio for ever and whill the worlde endureth Amen. By Silvanus a faythfull brother vnto you (as I suppose) have I written brefly exhortynge and testifyinge how that this is the true grace of god wherin ye stonde. The companious of youre eleccion yt are at Babilo saluteth you and Marcus my sonne. Grete ye one another with the kysse of love. Peace be with you all which are in Christ Iesus.Amen.” Tyndale Bible Version, predates the King Jimmie version. This link will take you to a fav version https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/poimen.html

https://www.christian-history.org/fall-of-the-church.html

Paul warned the elders. Jesus spoke of the “Hired Hand” we should be wary of. The warnings were for the shepherd to watch for wolves from among the flock that would teach false doctrine. We need to know another word to understand the teaching. Our walk is the life we live as we go through the world of time and space. We are in a “Tent” of a physical body. God is Spirit, we must understand the simple fact that God is “High and Lifted up” above everything.

http://storiesfromtherevolution.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-john-wesley-missed-family-church.html

The simple Gospel needs simple answers. Sound Doctrine Titus 2:

We must have a clear conscience before God; 1Pet 3:20-21, If this note from Peter gives you pause of confusion, I don’t laugh at your ignorance. I am sad that the simple Gospel of Jesus has been twisted by the divided denominated daughters of the whore of Babylon into Graceless or works based folly of religion. Please do a careful study of Grace.  http://jackcottrell.com/…/saved-by-grace-2-saved-by…/

Does your group practice “Sound Doctrine”? Titus 2:, 1 Timothy 6:3,Ths Gospel is simple for humble people. The one Law (Gal 5:14) we must obey is often overlooked in religions based on rules, rituals, and traditions. The RM has been divided since the first meetings over music, missions and bravo sierra that men made up for control. When elders and followers give up pride and wash feet instead of looking for specks in others’ eyes you may find unity. Grace is not how good we are but how forgiven we are.https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/titus/2.html

When we form community, gather, assemble we disciple and make disciples by our message, the Gospel as defined in 1Cor15 as the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus. The creed we claim to honor with our life is Ephesians 4:1-6. If we claim to be people of the Word we should study to show ourselves approved. If we follow sound doctrine we will disciple our neighbors, strangers we meet and those drawn to us by the life we live. 1 Pet 2 reads ” Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentilesso that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.” Sound Doctrine is taught to the shepherds of the flock via the instructions Paul wrote in the letters to his two young disciples. Your group either follows the instructions or not. How does not following instructions work for the followers of Moses? We are firmly convinced that God is withholding His wrath only so that we can share this message.

We must be unified on “Sound Doctrine” Titus 2:1-10, We must follow one law Gal 5:14, We must be born of the Water and Spirit John 3. The Gospel is far more simple; Caring and loving than men’s doctrine. Sheep and Goats are separated by their deeds/works. We are saved by Grace for good works. The rest is rules and rituals of religion. Take a serious look at the basic course video on commands vs traditions and then listen to Chan in the next video. https://basicchurch.teachable.com/

47 yrs ago a follower of Jesus that preached to the hippies, homeless, lost children , runaways, druggies, gangs, and a few disciples on the mean streets of Atlanta Georgia, Jim Vernon gave me a copy of a New Testament that was written by a Bible College professor in the 1890s. The text is King James English and a side bar of revised standard. That is not what is important or interesting. The ministry is still going with the leadership shepherding as Jim planned serving the “Least of These” http://jesusplace.info/mission/ministries

The interesting points are that as I used the book as a resources for the classes we were learning of the New Testament (no I did not learn Greek), I barely made a d in English one semester. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt.html

The notes in the Johnson commentary of this book explained and made simple a lot of the question one might have. None of the professors or people I was with in those years disagreed with the book’s common sense explanations on the details of the New Covenant. One must realize the lens Barton Johnson was looking through was before our nationalist expansion was quite done, no major wars since the Civil War for America. The Mideast was a different world a Muslim world and Jerusalem had been deserted for years between wars that trampled the city and obliterated any trace of the city of David under rubble. Nations in 1890 looked to Great Britain for the largest Navy, biggest Army, Banking Center and leading government on Earth soon to reckon with it’s own sins of conquest and oppression of ethnic people for the good of England. This world of 1800s for the followers of Christ had no teaching on the “Rapture”, no clue that new cults, sects, denominations, and divisions that would arise over men’s teaching of errors. “Wolves will always be at the flock” The follower of Jesus used a simple Gospel for simple people. Barton Johnson visited the Mid East in the 1860s . The eyewitness reports he gives on the places in the NT that he visited is very good for the student to know how this culture was before later events and progress corrupted or helped it into the 20th Century. Walk through the Acts as the writer takes you to the places Paul traveled. The commentary. Here is a free online site that has the writings of many good people. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt.html You can download a copy here. https://www.ccel.org/ccel/johnson_bw/pnt.pdf

Do your “Shepherds” know the sheep by name, feed them the Bread of life, Drink with them from the Water of Life? In order for your group to have Clergy, reverends, higher than your status priests you must go out side of the writings of the first 100 years after the Resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel of the Apostles doctrine was radical, crazy, foolish to the “wisdom of the world” and based on simple people with no special gift that is not available to everyone in Christ. Read my previous on the Holy Spirit, I have watched people levitate and appear to rise from the dead. Your gathering has shepherds in place if it is in any way organized past the basic discipleship phase of 2 or more, the more being important to numbers people, apparently not to God. Elijah did not mind being the only servant, he just did not want to be alone without God. Always the number of the Ekklesia was more than one, the flock was disciplining, growing, dynamic. What did the evil one do? Divided us! The shepherd knows his sheep, feeds them by his hand and leads them to living water. Clergy follows rules, rituals, and traditions of men. Learn your history, please. The Gospel is far simpler than some would want.

We are either the slave or master of something. We either follow “Sound Doctrine” or not. Our obedience defines our deeds and thereby defines our understanding of grace. Ephesians 2: “for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, [it is] the gift of God;9 not of works, that no man should glory.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.” Where are you walking? Titus 2:1-10 what is sound doctrine? Read Titus for answer.
https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-timothy/6.html

These links take you to the online reference we use; https://www.biblestudytools.com/1-peter/5-1-compare.html

 If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound wordsthose of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 1 Timothy 6:3

https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/poimen.html

https://www.biblestudytools.com/ephesians/4-11-compare.html

Abraham, the one that Paul speaks of in Romans 5 is here in the conversation of Jesus with the Jews about the resurrection of the dead. Note the “Deeds” Jesus tell the crowd to do. John 8:39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 “But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. What are the deeds? https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/ergon.html

Acts 3:25 “It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.’

Romans 2:6-7  who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;

1 Cor 15 :8  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord , knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord .

2 Cor 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-corinthians/3.html

Gal 6:4  Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,  niv.

Eph 4: 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/ephesians/2.html

Col 1:10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord , to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; Walk is an action word. Used as a metaphor for your life or the way you live. Gal 5:16 But I saywalk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/peripateo.html

Billybob Bojangle

Billybob Bojangle Grace is not how good we are at keeping laws but how forgiven we are by obeying Jesus, not by works of the law. Obeying Jesus is an action we take to be right with God. The faith only crowd would tell Abraham to stand, don’t move God will save you anyway. Abraham was made right because he obeyed in faith the Word of God. We are saved by the faith we have not by proxy or doctrine of man’s will.  http://jackcottrell.com/…/saved-by-grace-2-saved-by…/

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Restore….

Bought this mixer that is almost old as I am. It was dirty inside and would run but sounded like the gears were worn and something was loose. The thrift store accepted a donation for the mixer as is. The Dormeyer 4300 was made in Chicago in the 50s with bronze cut gears, bronze bushings and solid mechanical components that were in use before transistors, micro processors and push button computer controls.

1957 ad in McCalls for the mixer. I was 8 yrs old when $57.50 was a lot of cash. Today we have forgotten the crafts that could produce a simple mixer without the cheap technology that relies on so much infrastructure.
The mixer had been well used the bowls looked original abut were worn and cracked. I wanted to use to make bread and baking. My mentor has taught me bread making and I want to try some recipes that require a lot of mixing. and the arthritis in my hands does not help.
The mixer needed cleaning. The cord was frayed, the old grease was stiff and not where it is needed. Old bread batter or ? coated the insides.


Taken apart the parts all washed
The points that switched the ground circuit on were burned. Cleaning and realignment helps. These old motors worked without transistor parts. Using the electrical technology of the 40s the product is simple and easy to fix. America won the World wars with the technology of this mixer. The vacuum tubes and relays ran the equipment and machines of the 40s-50s. The transistor was invented in the late 40s. What would happen to you if nothing with a transistor worked? What if we had no GPS, Satellite Communication, weather or radar? No cell or electrical power from the grid?

I am sad that few young people want to learn to fix things with their hands, few want to acquire the skills and knowledge to use the hand and the mind.
Cleaned up and running smooth. Love these old machines. God does the same with us. Sold for pennies on the dollar as we set our own worth. Discarded by those we trusted, abused in the name of love. He finds and makes a bid for us, we decide if we want to be restored to Him. We must count the cost of total commitment, you can’t do this restore half way. If we accept, He washes us and cleans us, covers us with the “Cloak of Right ness” so we can be with Him. Simple Gospel, no new ideas or theology. Simple message He loves the old and the young, the male the female, the pagan and the Jew, the enslaved and the free, all can be one in Christ. Galatians 3:24-27, Acts 2:, Titus 3:4-5, Ephesians 4:3-5, Romans 6 :17.

Where are you? Does it matter?

Couple from a wall painting found in the ruins of Pompeii. ad 79. Called the “Baker and his Wife” we can imagine that stylus and folding tablet are a sign she is a scribe, a strong woman she is covering her husband’s sword arm as his equal. He is holding a sealed document . The fashion denotes affluence. Would the co workers of Paul, Aquila and Priscilla look similar as Jews living in Rome? What did they teach Apollos “A man Mighty in the Scriptures”? ans The New Covenant, Acts 18. Woman and men in the new covenant are treated as equals.

We are the Temple of God being measured in Revelation.

4 And coming to Him as to a livingstone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and preciousin the sight of God5 you also, as livingstones, are being built up as a spiritualhouse for a holypriesthood, to offer up spiritualsacrificesacceptable to GodthroughJesusChrist6 For this iscontained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICESTONE, A PRECIOUSCORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 7Thispreciousvaluethen, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERSREJECTEDTHISBECAME THE VERYCORNER stone,” 8 and, “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OFOFFENSE “; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were alsoappointed. In Context Parallel Interlinear Compare Click on any underlined word for resource online.

Think Paul and Silas, having “Church” in the jail cell of Philly, or Jesus and the disciples on the beach for a fish fry, or maybe a meal of “Breaking Bread” at Phoebe’s to read Paul’s letter or a quick move from Rome to escape persecution and a new “Church” is planted by the team of Priscilla and Aquila? Grow where you are or pray to the master for relocation. Do not be surprised if persecution, job loss, health issues make the move for you. You may not like the place or move but God has a plan in every move, ship wreck, every jail cell, every lonely road to Gaza, every widow’s mite, every jar of oil, every drink of cool water in His name, every snake in the firewood, every Pilate, every Judas, every Peter and Paul. The couple of early followers of Jesus are Priscilla and Aquila, who were fellow workers of Apollos, Paul and others noted in the NT. Priscilla could have written the book of Hebrews and edited Paul’s letters. We are sitting around the canvas shop or worse the tannery making tents, or over our meals where we stay. We talk and share ideas, we ask questions, we pray and hear from God. Change happens slow. Look at the attitude of Apollos. Priscilla and Aquila are equals, co workers with the team Paul

Restoration of the Ekklesia of Jesus. We are one, that is the invisible Church/Ekklesia of Jesus Christ. We are around the globe, universal, not defined by borders, nations or google maps. Our architect is the master builder, our cornerstone is the Rock of ages Jesus Christ. No other foundation can anyone lay for the Ekklesia of Jesus Christ! We are the “living stones” a spiritual house of God a Temple of the Holy Presence of God, the abode of His Spirit to worship Him in Spirit and Truth. No human hands! We have the one law the Perfect Law of Liberty and are commanded to Love one another. We are to model the Apostles doctrine in all we do. We love our neighbors, forgive our enemies, wash the feet of our bros and sis. Follow Jesus not religion. The visible “church” is your choice of community, it is as diverse as people are, it can be divided and denominated as the models I see are often broken. Many struggles to support the model they have adopted as pleasing to God while catering to the world’s whims. The visible “Church” has a place it is just not sure of the role it should play. Is the work of the body chasing gameday fans with “itching ears” or pursuing entertainment to the harm of the followers that seek Jesus? Does the Vchurch preach Him brutally, blood sacrificed on a Roman Cross for my sins? Does the Vchurch teach repentance & immersion for sin? Does the leadership follow the New Covenant standards for Elders and deacons? Are everyone’s gifts used by the body? Does it meet the needs of the surrounding people that need help? Does the Vchurch support the local homeless, sick, shut-ins, widows, orphans, feed the hungry? Or is it a restrictive membership club/fort/retreat/venue for a select few? You decide. This on “Church membership contractshttp://thewartburgwatch.com/permpage-church-membership-covenants-legal-contracts-that-are-not-biblical/?fbclid=IwAR2IhLapkU0ierzwYIppcEvs-B8_tE7JEll8MQfcOiU7JPGXbGsDSzaIL7c

Jesus told a woman, an outcast in an outcast society of half breed Jews that it would not matter where we worship God in the New Covenant because ” God is Spirit, We must worship in Spirit and in Truth” When we abide in Christ, “Put on Christ” we are the “Temple of God” When we are “In Christ” there is no physical object, of the world, of the flesh, we must have or need. To place a man-made rule or ritual between us and Jesus is to place barriers to the “One” we must be with Him. This will cause many to stumble. Many will quote traditions and common taters to hold those tenets ingrained dear. The Gospel of Jesus Christ as Messiah is so simple, so loving, so forgiving all the fluff, rules, rituals, mixed covenants, reverends, titles, social/political/religious organizations of man’s folly have made being a “Christian” is ambiguous and must be defined by labels and standards we can not find in the message of Jesus Galatians 5:14, for they are man’s and give special people power, control, and the gold. I may be throwing rocks at glass houses, some will dismiss as a crack pot, God uses those pots as he sees fit. I am not throwing stones but pointing to Jesus. Paul sez “Some say I am for Peter, Wesley, Calvin, Luther or Apollos” “Is Christ divided?” These are all good men, followers of Christ, in their own way, following the light they could see in the age they lived.

One of the harshest critics of the New Testament is Dr. Bart Erhmans, He knows the history surrounding the New Testament. If you think you know the NT listen to this atheist trash some traditions you may hold dear and throw rocks at all the glass houses. He is very biased and while my attitude is to let him rant. If that is the best Satan has my faith is unshaken by his “Facts”. I wondered about Erhmans saying Paul did not write some of the letters. Then God revealed to me a picture found in Pompeii of a contemporary couple of the co workers of Paul. The woman is a scribe, she is holding the first century equivalent of a iPad or tablet. Priscilla taught A man “Mighty in the Scriptures the Better Way” Acts 18. The idea that Priscilla could have been like the woman in the picture and as the co worker of Paul helped/influence/corrected grammar of the letters. She could have written Hebrews as some support. Here is the record for Priska, in the NT. https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/priska.html

What separated the disciples from the other religions of the day? Acts of the Apostles (As led by the Holy Spirit) Teaching the Apostles teaching from house to house. person to person. We have a copy of the claimed to be “Apostles Teaching” or Didache of course this is not in the respected canon, but it does show what some thought in the first 125 yrs of the Ekklesia.

Does being born again refer to regeneration as in Titus 3? Many reformed teachers have told me the water refers to human birth but human birth and ancestral relations are excluded earlier in John 1:13. Peter said that Cornelius’ conversion was the same as Acts 2? Who are we clothed with? 1 Cor 12, Romans 6 parallel with 1 Corinthians 15 Is this the Gospel in action? If we confess Jesus as Lord will we obey his commands? not leftover dead laws and obsolete covenants. Apollos “was mighty in the scriptures” What was he missing in Acts 19? Aquila and Priscilla treated him as a brother and taught him the Way more fully. What does Ephesians 4:3-6 mean “One” ? I thought they are many faiths? Every pagan knows there are many gods we know there is One. That is where we start. We teach disobedient and ignorant seekers where God is Spirit and the Word of God to them.

The “Temple” use in NT by verse https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/hieros.html

“I don’t agree with you.” That is what he said. My acquaintance a denominational “pastor.” Who favored Calvin on some days and then he would ask me what I thought. Rom 14:4 Who am I to judge another servant of our master. I will point to the master’s rules and ask that we reason together for an understanding. I am sure the Holy Spirit does not confuse us. I may confuse you or Luther may confuse me as much as Wesley does, but that does not mean I like at all Calvin or really like Paul more. Is Christ divided? I favor Peter over Paul. I can understand Hebrews so I think maybe Priscilla wrote it. ( the lady in the picture was living at the time Paul lived some say.) You do know what is in her hand. These were the tech savvy people of the day. The many voices, the big egos, the greed for power and control have given us a history of war and rumors of wars and many with the cry of a heretic to burn. If we can not unite on the precious blood of the lamb of God by submitting all our heart, soul, mind, with life’s blood ready to be poured out like a drink offering then what can we rally around? If Satan can keep you from the blood he does not care how many visible churches you bless. You must be clothed with Christ, the blood of the lamb. Your Temple must be clean for the Holy Spirit to abide. We will be known by our fruit and deeds/lives 1 Peter 2:12 How that happens is clear for me. You may view a different procedure or practice. That may be based on _________? A Practice of the Apostles Teaching in the new covenant, Direct command of Jesus, an old covenant practice or ritual, traditions, man-made doctrine introduced after the age of Apostles. translations made by common taters, “Church” rules, some guru, a world religion, a cult that denies the God of Isaiah 9 ” the very image of God” is the Jesus Christ of the new testament record and as Apollos is “Mighty in the Scriptures” before his update by Aquila and Priscilla to the Gospel 1 Corinthians 15

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That is what separated the children of God from pagans. Their gods needed little temples to live in or idol images for people to focus on. People could go by when called or when they wanted to. Worship was focused on ritual and rules officiated by a “priest”. Our God is in no building made with hands. We are the temple of the Holy God. The visible church is so divided they cannot agree on stuff God clearly sez. My Bro or Sis identifies with Jesus, loves God and obeys the light they have in all humility and honest searching for the truth, we will share and fellowship, “Teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you” Gal 5:14. The proud, stubborn that hold to traditions, doctrines of men, old covenants,”Philistine wagons”, or worse are disobedient children and God will deal with them on His terms with them. Does being born again refer to regeneration as in Titus 3? Many reformed teachers have told me the water refers to human birth but human birth and ancestral relations are excluded earlier in John. Peter said that Cornelius ‘ conversion was the same as. Acts 2? Who are we clothed with? 1 Cor 12, Romans 6 parallel with 1 Corinthians 15 Is this the Gospel in action? If we confess Jesus as Lord will we obey his commands? not leftover dead laws and obsolete covenants. Apollos “was mighty in the scriptures” what was he missing in Acts 19? Aquila and Priscilla treated him as a brother and taught him the Way more fully. What does Ephesians 4:3-6 mean “One” ? I thought they are many faiths? Every pagan knows there are many gods we know there is One. That is where we start. We teach disobedient and ignorant seekers where God is Spirit and the Word of God to them.

Some of the reference material used to develop the writing. Use of a resource does not mean I agree with or support the resource. You can find a PhD, Reverend, Guru, Pope or pastor that will tell you it is OK to marry your ______(fill in blank) and handle poisonous snakes. You can find anything and everything on the web.

Much love for my Bro Phil and his comments

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Jerusalem

New Church Tahoe https://newchurchtahoe.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authorship_of_the_Epistle_to_the_Hebrews

Who is the seed of Abraham? https://www.gotquestions.org/seed-of-Abraham.html

http://www.wearechurch.com/ We are Church/Ekklesia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_of_Jerusalem

https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/oca/acts-15.html

https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/naos.html

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/ephesians/2-21.html

Tithe to give or give to tithe? My Bro Phil from England offers this concise essay on the 23% of the Tenth. https://www.phildrysdale.com/2014/02/tithing-the-great-commission/

 

 

 

 

Peter, James and Paul walk into “Church” today……

https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/ekklesia.html When I give a verse for your reading pleasure, I may share it as a chapter in a link you can click on and use the online scripture in many translations, Greek, what ever. Here is an example; 1 John 3:23 to us is the sublime understanding of all the Law and Prophets, Apostles teaching and the writings of those inspired by God in their original form. If we had to keep all the law or even just a few we have failed and can not in this body of flesh keep those laws, rules rituals that God has or may require. Instead we bury this old man in the death of Jesus and rise new born as obedient children of the King. When we cover all the law with Love your neighbor, Love your Wife as Christ loves the Church/Ekklesia Eph 5 Love God with all your heart, mind, body. Some forget the mind part cause they don’t want to be bothered. The heart part is private and no is allowed that close. It is easy to be lost in a vChurch/temple that loves the fans for the numbers and the nickels/shekels.

When we say “Church” and the talking head on the news sez “Church” and the person in traffic at 10 am rushing to “Church”ask his neighbor are you going to Church?, What do they mean when they say “Church”? What did Jesus say? What does Ekklesia mean today? Many people have been martyred for translating, printing and distributing bibles with the “Heretical” words like congregation and baptism. The sick puppies that try to control the people by hiding the Truth are among us. Grievous wolves Paul warned the Elders of Ephesus Acts 20 that would not spare the flock. Many voices shouting “Here is the Christ” Many spirits have gone out into the world. Acts 5:32 the Holy Spirit is given to those that believe enough to shout out “What must we do to be saved?Acts 2:” or I worship God already as my Mighty God, Now I believe in Jesus” Here is Water what hinders me?”

The state political religion hated Wycliff so much they dug up his bones and burnt them. He had translated and handed the bible to the people. It is history. The state political churches helped the state control the people. The church recorded the people’s birth, required infant baptism and records of marriage and death as civic duty required for taxes, service in the state fields, army or navy. In some countries at various times you had to have the certificate of birth/baptism for to buy or sell. Is that the mark of Revelation?

Who changed the meaning of “Church”? Did it matter? During the time of King James the new printing press was printing books as fast as type could be set. Scholars like Tyndale had defied the state and political Church, the King of England and printed bibles for the common man. For over 1200+ years the state political “Church” had kept the bible in the hands of the educated clergy. Very few could read. The uneducated were gradually learning to read and the press was cranking out books, new books every day. Think Shakespeare for how they wrote and talked. I love the language of the time but it is hard to understand at times. The Greek idioms and expressions like Shakespeare’s are unfamiliar to those who have not studied them. Most leave bible theology to a reverend with letters after the name. Or a Doctor of Religion like the “Church” father St. Augustine. Auggie was a pagan, he never learned Greek, using Latin versions of books to learn his texts. He took a wrong turn or purposely misled people in the doctrine of original sin. All because of pressure from the state political organization to have more control with the “Church” You can read all about it it is history. Luther fell right into the trap and could never reconcile two scriptures. The “Heretics” opposed the state church (Hus, Waldo, Mennonites, Jews) and were slain by the thousands during this persecution where the church wielded power of the “Beast” and the Dragon that looks like a lamb but speaks with the voice of a dragon. Here is the doctrine refuted by scripture and not ideas of men. Your wit’s end is a place to start listening to God’s wisdom.

He ran a stop sign the “church” had placed in the road to God. The penalty was death for being a heretic.

Here is the text of the Tyndale translation of 1525 for Matthew 16:18 (TYN) I saye also vnto the yt thou arte Peter: and apon this rocke I wyll bylde my congregacion. And the gates of hell shall not prevayle ageynst it.

Ekklesia was the Greek word he translated. Look it up! The word was never used to name a geographic location. This is why some say on road signs “The Church of Christ meets here”

King James translation of 1611 uses Tyndale’s work, but bowed to the “church” and did what they asked to keep the state controlled “Church” in power. They even added some margin notes and deleted a few lines to suit their theology. If you are going to use the KJV please learn the idiosyncrasies of the translation that was born in religious warfare and empire building. The History is fascinating how empires rose and fell as God moved in the least of these to accomplish his will. This online bible translation tool is easy to use to compare your favorite translation.

The Tyndale Gospel of John 1525, later used in development of KJV of 1611. Few could read and write during this time.

A translation to the common language of the people was needed. Theologians and kings all wanted their doctrine to be followed to give them power and control. The original writings and words were copied and fixed to suit the current power struggle as all fought to have their way in the control and cash flow from having spiritual influence over the population. Our earliest copies of the early writings of the original authors is around 200 AD. Some verses are in the letters of early writers, some are mere scraps like ancient post it notes. Some copies are found by accident. Many scribes or copiers, kings and theologians of every stripe wanted their doctrine, pet verses to read the way they believed. When Tyndale, who said of the Pope of Rome, “If God spare my life, ere many yeares I wyl cause a boy that driveth the plough to know more of the Scripture, than he doust.”[43]” and Wycliff would not change the Greek to read like the King or the Pope wanted they were persecuted to death. Luther changed the word Ekklesia to a German word meaning a location. Look it up! the history of the word church The German state used his writing to persecute followers of Jesus that disagreed with Luther’s doctrine down thru the years to the nationalism that took over in the 1930s. The reformers bickered among themselves and fought the state church power. Nations were converted to the state religion and groups fought for independence to worship as God spoke to them. Despite any possible or perceived errors or additions or deletions to God’s original words by men and devils, The message of Jesus is clear, we are to care for one another, Love God, Love our neighbor, Forgive our enemies and wash the feet of our brothers and sisters. If we had only the one command to obey what would our “Church” look like? Galatians 5:14

Would it have? Signs that say “We love the Homeless” or a warm bowl of soup and a sandwich to be warmed and filled?

Would the body have many feet, hands and eyes, ears and few tongues? Would the ‘Church’ be known for it’s prayers and alms for the poor or it’s grand buildings, famous speakers and entertainment for the fans?

Would it have a group of people focused on “One Anothers” that Jesus commanded?

Are you keeping up an aquarium or fishing for lost?

The church we think of as American had humble beginnings. When people move to a new location they brought the religion and trappings, rules and rituals from what they had to what they wanted. Depending on the demographic make up they built a tavern/inn/ town/meeting house or fort or combination. Sometimes a meeting house in peaceful times would be a school and the people would meet for worship. These meetings were soon on set times and places because we are a busy people. The model we have today in mainline divided denominated religion is a “Church” we go to. We developed traditions, we repeat some mistakes and teach others the mistake. We trust people, we listen to too many gurus, we keep records and our ancestors did some amazing things with the “Church” as they sought to serve God and please men. Even in times of persecution, God has a few, a remnant that serve him even in the Praetorian Guard of Caesar. An old American Indian Chief was approached by missionaries from several divided denominations. The Chief was not impressed. Each told him the way to God. He knew the Great Spirit loved his people. He did not understand why the missionaries could not agree. The story of Hatuey

It is sad that without unity our message is lost to the intelligent. We are lost when we are divided. We must find balance to have unity. We supported an orphanage years ago in a third world country. The shepherd of the people there said they will worship in the “Church” on Sunday, practice VooDoo and Santeri worship on Friday and Sat. “The people got up to dance” while Moses was on the mountain.

My Brother Colin of England has these ideals to share
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The early Ekklesia was blessed to have people that walked with the apostles. Many wrote of the things they did and said. As time went by many people made changes based on being in favor for one person’s view and against the other. The cry of Heretic was heard in every nation ruled by the Roman Empire. The forced religion of the state churches used the power of gold and the sword of kings to rule. Each political/social/religious group has an agenda to push. Of course Satan knows if he can keep you from the pure word, the Holy Spirit, the precious blood of the Lamb and keep you confused with all the voices shouting today he has won his battle over your soul. He does not offer fiddles of gold if he can buy you cheap. I study this collection of the early church writers and I rejected most of the writing near the time of the establishment of the social/political/ corporate church that I consider to be the Lamb that speaks with the voice of the Dragon, The “Whore of Babylon” . The reference material I used for this study is listed as best as I recall here.

The authors I listened to and questioned in most cases were all biased in the view each have because of traditions and their personal situations. Of course pastors, preachers (Shepherd and Elder should be the title of the person leading the flock) and such that maintain a week to week ministry centralized around everything from a one room rented storefront to a country church, grand buildings on a campus with a staff of many have the support of the ministry at heart. and this is where many err. In trying to maintain the structure of a “Fan focused” one day a week event the staff become focused on the essentials for the production of more fans to support the effort of maintaining the momentum. The leadership has to provide programs and events to draw more and more participants and fans on gameday. The 20% or so that actually do the work become burned out and the staff moves around to find “nails for their hammers” instead of getting back to the practices of the first Ekklesia the groups try different ways and different gospels to the chagrin of Satan. All we need is Jesus with a simple message of right and wrong, here is the double cure for sin and Galatians 5:14 one law to obey that covers everything God wants for His children. Is the Gospel just too simple for all the theologians and “Pastors’ to understand that are caught up in the system? I recently spoke with a reverend from a denominational group that has issues with membership. I talked about the Word and shared chapters and verses that showed God’s plan for salvation and day to day life of the follower. He responded that that was my interpretation and he must go by the ruling of a council on the issues we spoke of. He admitted that God’s word said what it said. He admitted that man’s doctrine is taught by his “Church”, but that is tradition and it has stood the test of time! Right! Many good people, followers of Jesus are lost in the divided denominational churches all claiming to be the “Way” Some of these divisions can not claim to be the original church and must admit they are a latter day gospel or message, some are outright cults profaning the Name of Jesus by saying He is not God, not the Messiah or worse. Some are just divided, following mixed covenants to give some people power, money and control. The reasons are hidden in history from most members because they like most Americans don’t know (ignorant) and don’t care (apathetic). Click for Tree diagram of the denominations (there are many of these, find one you like) Do you know where your roots are? Men add branches. God cuts at the base and chops the disobedient, unfruitful branches off. And grafts in the believing obedient people of all nations for one body of Christ. Jesus is the Root of David, more “Root” verses. Israel is not the Root, Jesus is, The nation of Israel is cut off, gentiles grafted in to the Root.

Francis Chan speaks to me as a person of passion and fire for God in his heart. He is being attacked by those that don’t like him but look at the reason? Chan threatens the existence of mainstream “church” Read “Letters to the Church” before you cast a stone. Most “Churches” teach what is popular and what promotes and sustains the “Church” This leaves out a lot of repentance, sin and Truth about the one way to God. Grace and obedience are different and the same result. That the “Tithe” is a good place to start as it was 23% of your farm production and was spent on the poor, festival/festivities and the up keep of the temple/priests that was renovated by the Romans in 70 AD. Jesus knew the “temple” would be destroyed and His Temple would stand forever. Now where the temple might have been is no trace but some foundation stones and disputed locations, kinda like Moses’ body or the “Ark of Covenant”, we don’t need it! 1 Corinthians 3: 16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.”

Francis Chan speaks to me as a person of passion and fire for God in his heart. He is being attacked by those that don’t like him but look at the reason? Chan threatens the existence of mainstream “church” Read “Letters to the Church” before you cast a stone. Most “Churches” teach what is popular and what promotes and sustains the “Church” This leaves out a lot of repentance, sin and Truth about the one way to God. Grace and obedience are different and the same result. That the “Tithe” is a good place to start as it was 23% of your farm production and was spent on the poor, festival/festivities and the up keep of the temple/priests that was renovated by the Romans in 70 AD. Jesus knew the “temple” would be destroyed and His Temple would stand forever. the temple might have been is no trace but some foundation stones and disputed locations, kinda like Moses’ body or the “Ark of Covenant”, we don’t need it! Paul in Corinthians is clear, the Temple is your body. The Temple of God, dwelling of God is the individuals that a called “Living Stones” building on the foundation of the Chief Cornerstone, The Rock of Ages. Some will build on sand and use straw to build their “Church” We will pray you build on the Rock of offense

Look around the temple mount for an Islamic mosque or “Holy” shrine erected by over zealous “Christians” through the centuries. Many dot the country with relics and artifacts galore. I would hate to know my healing or my salvation relied on physical objects or rituals from old covenants. Romans 12

Imagine this: Your significant other whom you love dearly tells you they need your help and undivided attention then they proceed to tell you all about the latest heart throb/entertainer on the media of the day. Finally they admit by demonstration they have asked the other person for help with their problems. How do you feel about the loyalty your lover shows?

Imagine this: You tell your significant other whom you love dearly that you can’t see them anymore unless they come to your new home. Your significant other sez ” That home you want me to live in is the one we trashed and lost to the Bank way back in the day” Some one has duped you into taking it back with a new coat of paint and a few new rooms. You need to talk to the home builder about cleaning out for a new person to dwell with you. The local home builder has a new foundation and a new building style based on one rule in the code book. and it is all paid for. Why would you ever want to move back to the place you could not keep up? Jesus said, Abide!

You are deep in the jungle, your map, compass and guide are gone in a flash of an accident. You can call one person for help. Your best course is to: Ask them to read a book about the jungle and tell you what they think best to do. Ask them to send you a few things that helped them with the thought of the jungle. Whoever you talk to has not been through this jungle of life and death. Only one person in all of history has ever claimed to have survived a full court Roman execution. Did Jesus? If he did I will honor Him as Savior. He is the winner. I will place all my life on His table. He may pour me out like a drink offering or serve me up as He wills. If He does not live and never arose I am still a happy fool for God. I do not mind being the court jester for the King. No other God claims to have a risen Savior. I will place all my foolish hope for the only person that has ever claimed to have made it out of the jungle of death alive. The Resurrection of Jesus is the hinge of history. I want to know everything about my guide and how to get out of this jungle alive. You can say you do not like him, you do not understand him, you do not know him. You don’t have to like Him, you must love Him. You don’t have to understand, He will teach you. You can know Him through His Word and Spirit. Don’t worry he won’t bother you if that is your choice. If you don’t want to follow him He won’t make you. He is not lost. We are in the jungle of life and death. We will all leave our mortal remains here in the dirt. Do we try and follow the light He shines, Follow the moral compass He uses, we can never be good enough to survive the jungle without Him. We have no power over the jungle. We don’t need our map to safety or our moral compass, they are rotten and worthless as rags. They won’t find us safe passage, only snakes, dragons and tigers of sin. Your choice. Maybe you had a trusted guide and they abused and hurt you as people do. The facade store front of all of man’s religion is filled with signs of love, peace, joy. However the backroom storehouse has little to offer. Here is a box of social mores, here a roll of aspirations, a torn open case on a pallet sits in the middle of the floor. I read the label on the torn and worn packages, it reads, “Rules, rituals, plus traditions that are now rules, and stuff we think God likes.” and a small can of hope. Next month will have a bake sale to help the building fund sez the bulletin that is our next to FB communication device. We must do better with our talents.

Many have tried to follow the Master by trying to form a box to place him in. A place we are comfortable with. Our God is Holy and He requires a Holy place to have His Habitat, His throne is the heavens, the earth is a footstool for our creator. No other gods compare or deserve our interest or concern. If we give “mother nature” the “Mother god of the pagan nations, Astoreth, or Diana of the Ephesians credit for God’s cosmos or even the weather what is a response from a jealous God? If we blame luck or curse our fate as we search the “lucky” stars, how does God feel when we carry his name in our vanity and pride?

Author reviews:

Tom Wright is a gifted teacher and his bible knowledge is good if not profound but he always goes more for Paul, in fact his book on Paul is how I discovered this Anglican priest, a reverend bishop of the Church of England. Bio of Paul by NT

Dr. Bart Erhman, has written many books and taught many students about his view of Jesus from a historical perspective. Here is Dr Bart’s author page/blog. He is pretty clear on the facts of the New Testament, Early Church, and Jesus Christ from his opinion of the historical record. I find the facts are just that, if verifiable and accurate facts are used. I will understand the historic facts don’t prove everything we followers accept as God’s Word. I would not share Dr Ehrmans’ opinions with new believers unless the person is very open minded and strong in their personal faith. Because of this I am firm in my faith that Jesus arose.

Dr. Bart Ehrman, has written many books and taught many students about his view of Jesus from a historical perspective. Dr Bart has an author page/blog. He is pretty clear on the facts of the New Testament, Early Church, and Jesus Christ from his opinion of the historical record. I find the facts are just that if verifiable and accurate facts are used. The facts are in history. I appreciate the history lesson. Most denominated, divided “Christians” have no clue of their roots or where the rules, clergy, rituals, and doctrine they follow came from. I will understand the historical facts don’t prove everything we followers accept as God’s Word. If we have a physical object to prove the “Empty tomb” or a real piece of the cross, Would our faith be stronger or not faith at all since it is based on feelings about things? Example: If we found the “Ark of Covenant” I believe peole would worship it and claim miracles. God wants our love and obedience is what I get from the overall message of the NT. The opinions of Dr Erhman are sprinkled like road apples on a nice walking trail in all of his books. I would not share Dr Ehrmans’ opinions with new believers unless the person is very strong in their personal faith and is willing to deeply study the NT with the open mind. It is evident Bart(he sez so) has no faith in Jesus as a savior. Dr Bart explains “Religion” does not mean the same thing it did when James wrote “Pure Religion” Today religion means your personal faith you have or you follow, or you have a membership in like a club. A church/clergy/reverend tells you you are saved and now have the Holy Spirit because you did: ? When James wrote Pure Worship is this We must know the facts! The lies of the social/political/state run religions down thru history are the voice of a dragon that lives like a sheep. The divided denominated religious world needs the facts of the New Testament revealed by a gifted scholar-like Bart. As a follower of Jesus, reading this is revealing like reading your families criminal history. I am firm in my faith that Jesus arose. Bart has only conjecture and his ideas on what happened to Jesus. I am firm in my belief in God. I know that the message of the Messiah is Love, Galatians 5:14, all the rest is religion and is “skybalon” sez Paul the Apostle. I will read some Francis Chan, David Bercot, N.T.Wright, and other progressive Followers of Jesus. No more need to hear Dr Bart. “When someone shows you who they are, Believe them” M. Angelou. The narration was terrible fast!

The Fool sez there is no God.

We left the building where the fans gather a few minutes a week to count nickels and noses. We were never called to be entertained or served. We left to do the Acts stuff of following Jesus in this season when the divided denominated popular “church” has become lost in the voices shouting “We are the one he loves” while Satan laughs at our lack of unity and silly divisions. If your congregation is meeting the needs of the “Least of these” of your community and “Doing the Acts stuff” may God bless every effort. Use the gifts of our great God given to you where you stand. Listen to His voice. Follow Jesus not religion. How do you use your gifts?

What does God want? Francis Chan on youtube, last five mins are a warning to the American Church

If I could prove Jesus arose by sharing a picture, statue, stained glass window or middle ages tapestry, relic or Renaissance painting or having a parchment first edition of Mark or Moses dripping ink from his pen. None of that is of faith or Grace, if worshiped. None of that would replace the fact that there can be none other name among humans that offers so much for so little effort in such a loving wonderful way of Grace. When we must have a miracle, a vision, a physical metric we can touch to have faith then our faith and salvation will be based on things, objects, books, bibles, churches, humans, clergy, rituals, rules, denominations, man made titles, names and places declared to be “Holy” by men. Jesus is the High Priest of the “Church”, His Bride, His Body, King of His Kingdom. To place any image, idol, person, place, event or thing before Him or require others to obey is to follow the Pharisees or pagans in error.

When I first came to God after being a lost child and prodigal son I was weak and focused on my past sinful life. I did not trust God to forgive everything and I could not figure any way I could pay or restore even parts of the mistakes and sins I had committed. I tried the self work of trying to fix myself. I now know that there is nothing I can do to fix my past. Only God can bless my “ministry of reconciliation” I must be prepared to reconcile, restore and forgive as much as possible. Only my pride, greed, and ego can prevent me from forgiving and loving as Jesus does. I must kill these emotions, feelings, thoughts and bury them as part of the old man of sin. Romans 6

Rightly divide to me means that I take an overall view of the scripture, know the Greek words the author used if possible, know the setting of the writing, understand the history, culture, and people as much as possible. Then remove as much as possible the prejudice I may have because of my tradition, other voices or personal bias to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to my spirit with God’s word before me. I might meet Jesus on the beach with my friends and have breakfast. Is that “Ekklesia”?

If I read only what Paul says I might become dogmatic and misunderstand Peter and James. If I listen to theologians I won’t see all the Grace Paul writes of and how James places our “works” in proper perspective for daily life. I find it hard to read the letters of Peter and find a more humble servant to wash my feet. If I only listen to James I might miss Grace. If I only read Paul without James and Peter I might not understand obedience to the perfect law of liberty and wind up doing “works of the law” and trying to meet requirements I do not need. The mixed covenant model is broken. Know where one ends and the other begins. We take useful buildings that could support many homeless and shelter many hurting people. We make them into temples our God does not need in the new covenant. We set up a priesthood with ranks and titles we have no authority for, to collect tithes we have no right to, to support what we think God wants. What did James say true worship is? Most of the today teaching on Romans copies St Augustine who set doctrine for RC and Luther later on. Many people interpret Romans thru the lens of St Augustine. Augustine was Latin and pagan before he wrote for the “Church”. I do not give much weight to any man’s doctrine that was developed after 125-150 ad. If one sees Romans thru the eyes of the Gospel writers, balance comes about and one does not use the Roman letter as an excuse not to obey or exclude other truths.

Word study Pedagogue, Tutor in the Greek/Roman culture and so used by the writer of the letter to the Ekklesias of Galatia. When wealthy parents of “gifted” (mostly male) offspring wanted the best in education for the child they would hire/or slaves, a “Tutor”. Viewed from the perspective of a gentile believer I will assume this is what they thought of when Paul told them about the “Tutor” to bring them to Christ. Many famous people of the ancient world had tutors/mentors to guide them. Many of those “Tutors” are taught in Universities today. No matter how educated or “Smart” the tutor was, the “Heir” came of age and the tutor became at best a counselor, but almost never the ruler of the heir who inherits all of the “Abba”. Our promised guide is the “Wonderful Counselor” of the Holy Spirit, the one mediator between God and man. Prayer for today is not to look in the rear view to see where we have been but to look forward to see where we must go on the narrow road.

The prayer of David “Thy Word is a light for my steps” not a used car lot light show to the next best deal of the day or a carnival to demand the emotions to respond to the latest marvel. Pray for the gift of discernment to hear the Word of God, to study the Word and to shut out the millions of voices from the divided denominated daughters of the whore of Babylon. When we have the whole truth we will find the source is God. The message will be the message He has revealed in Jesus. God is Love!

You won’t need astrology, numbers, or crystals, or altars or magic books to worship Him, He is Spirit and Truth, that is how he rides. The grandest building man can build won’t save you or anyone. Only God can forgive you, judge you in the real deal, final exam, final sentencing for the accused, or write your name in His Book, the wedding Feast, The Bride, the New, Earth, New Jerusalem. What does Peter say about this world and All that is in it? “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3.

We are promised several out of the world promises from Jesus. I personally believe the New Testament as written, I know where most of the add ons, glosses, deletions and side remarks were found in some translations. If you include Mark 16 to the end of the longest copies we have you read several super natural things we should as disciples be able to do. Jesus said we could do more and included us that we would be able to do. Not on our demand or call like a genie in a bottle or a lucky charm. But with power and in the plan of God. Every theologian has a concept of God. In every case in every era men have tried to place God in a box. Then they charge admission to one and all to see the package they created. A little god in an orderly box of all the questions answered on you tube or TED. Jesus said some amazing things and we like his people then are afraid to step out of the boxes others have created for their little god. Read what Jesus said with out the lens of theologians. Read the words of God as written for the message. The message is “If you love me you will obey me and do greater things” Of course you should read some of the 50 or so commands of Jesus before hand. Why? Because I think they are conditional and situational. I believe the Holy Spirit is a living being far above my imagination other than the revealed word of God for my benefit in all things for God. The Holy Spirit is empowering, filling and delivering according to God’s promises. I believe our understanding of the Holy Spirit is limited by our understanding that He is first revealed in all of God’s written word and then indwells as a abiding presence of the repentant and obedient follower. He acts, guides, directs, disciplines, corrects and forgives. Believers sin against the Holy Spirit by lying, deceitful practices. (Make a list of sins God likes here)

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Ephesians 4:11-16. 

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting ( complete furnishing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers 

Pastors. There’s no such thing as a senior pastor in the Bible. So this is not the person up front running the church, but the people within the body who are nurturers. Also known as shepherds 

Apostles. Not a lofty position in the church, but those who break up fallow ground (spiritually speaking). The apostle is an ambassador for Christ. What some would call a missionary. 

Prophets. Sometimes foretellers, those who speak the word of God boldly. 

Evangelists. Soul winners

Teachers. Those who rightly divide the word of truth. 

Bishops. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Synonymous with elder. An overseer 

Presbyters. Plural of elders. 1 Tim 4:14 

Deacons. 1Timothy 8-13. Similar to helps. 

Discipleship. A disciple is a learner, a pupil. 

1 Corinthians 12, Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 14, Romans 12 

Helps. A gift to help wherever there is a need. 

Elders. Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 5:17 The older, more mature believers. 1 Timothy 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

Giving instead of tithing. Tithing is Old Testament Giving is New Testament 

Church. Ecclesia. The assembly of believers. WE ARE THE CHURCH 

No 501c3 Corporation status. No permission from the government to become a church. We are the church.

TRUE BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP MODEL 

Mark 9:35. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and says unto them, “if any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.”

Matthew 20:25

Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him

be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 53. The entire chapter prophecy of Jesus’ arrival and suffering for all of mankind. 

Matt 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Luke 1:3132 and the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1 Corinthians 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

Luke 9:22 “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 27:50,51 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Revelation 1:6 and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light

2 Timothy 3:16,17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

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ONE PAGE HOUSE CHURCH GUIDE

Ephesians 4:11-16. 

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting ( complete furnishing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers 

Pastors. There’s no such thing as a senior pastor in the Bible. So this is not the person up front running the church, but the people within the body who are nurturers. Also known as shepherds 

Apostles. Not a lofty position in the church, but those who break up fallow ground (spiritually speaking). The apostle is an ambassador for Christ. What some would call a missionary. 

Prophets. Sometimes foretellers, those who speak the word of God boldly. 

Evangelists. Soul winners

Teachers. Those who rightly divide the word of truth. 

Bishops. 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Synonymous with elder. An overseer 

Presbyters. Plural of elders. 1 Tim 4:14 

Deacons. 1Timothy 8-13. Similar to helps. 

Discipleship. A disciple is a learner, a pupil. 

1 Corinthians 12, Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 14, Romans 12 

Helps. A gift to help wherever there is a need. 

Elders. Titus 1:5, 1 Timothy 5:17 The older, more mature believers. 1 Timothy 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

Giving instead of tithing. Tithing is Old Testament Giving is New Testament 

Church. Ecclesia. The assembly of believers. WE ARE THE CHURCH 

No 501c3 Corporation status. No permission from the government to become a church. We are the church.

TRUE BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP MODEL 

Mark 9:35. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and says unto them, “if any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.”

Matthew 20:25

Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him

be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 53. The entire chapter prophecy of Jesus’ arrival and suffering for all of mankind. 

Matt 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Luke 1:3132 and the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 3:3 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1 Corinthians 15:4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

Luke 9:22 “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 27:50,51 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Revelation 1:6 and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light

2 Timothy 3:16,17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

A writer said a few things on my comments about the Torah and implied that Galatians was being read wrong. I feel the Torah worshipers are a cult that place Jesus below the temple, the old law and the Torah. I may be wrong as Tyndale or Wycliff about the “Ekklesia” being the “Congregation” but I think they are wrong and sadly misled. Here is my reply. You actually believe the Torah is in force for gentiles? Where do you find that? I bet you think the temple will be rebuilt? Have you actually studied history of the first 100 yrs of the ekklesia? Israel, the old covenants, the law, the Torah, the temple all plowed under by Rome as prophecy fore told. We walk by faith, not by sight. We obey the perfect law of liberty. We don’t walk with divided denominated daughters of the whore of Babylon. We know many followers that survive in those boxes that men build to hold God captive in religions. We know the history of the greed, power and control struggles that made religion a tool of kings, popes and Satan. We follow Jesus as our Lord, our Wonderful Counselor, Our Mighty God, our Prince of Peace. We are one with Christ Eph 4:5, one in Christ Gal 3:24-29, Col 2:12. We don’t need the religion of the world or the Jews dead religion. Paul sez it is “Skybalon” or as rubbish on the street. “Obsolete” “Fulfilled” How many times does God have to speak? “It is Finished!” you would say” but wait there is more!” We have a new covenant, the old is yesterday’s news. When you have new why would you want old? UGH! If a Jew, Asian or an Indian want to become a follower of Jesus, they must obey His commands, not the old rules, rituals and dead witness. The “Hired hands” killed the Son. The Spirit of God had left the Temple long ago. Read the history, the “Abomination of Desolation” had come and gone. The Jewish High Priest had no one to talk to, no “Ark of the Covenant ” to commune with our God. No stone law tablets or budded staff of Arron. No more Manna. Read Acts of Stephen’s testimony or Peters. This is New. What part of new do you not understand? The history shows a gradual progression of people from the old ways, traditions, rules and relics as the time went by 15 years are so after Pauls conversion from Pharisee to follower of Jesus. We see the Ekklesis moving away from old ways and moving into pagan cultures that know many gods and not the True God as His Son Jesus. The Roman veterans, retired and living in Corinth may have known the God of the Jews but the new covenant suited them better than all the rules, relics, traditions and the big one for males of Corinth. Can you read 1 Corinthians 12 and not see that we followers of Jesus have “All power, all of His Spirit, All of His wisdom” What else do we need? Make me a list? We put on Jesus/God, We are buried with Him into His death, to rise and walk in new life.” What else do we need? He gave the keys to Peter, Acts 2, He chose Paul to go to the gentiles, he added a emasculated servant to the Kingdom by belief and submission to immersion. God made all things good as food for Peter. God gave the Holy Spirit to a gentile warrior of the oppressor the same salvation He gives us. The Curtain of the Temple is torn, the Holy of Holy is empty, gone void. All the might of Europe could not drive Satan’s forces from the land and cleanse the temple. Man failed. The “Roman Church” failed to prevent the taking of the empire. God had handed them over. Wars and rumors of wars. The new covenant is the “God is with us” the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We need no physical thing to worship our God, no robes of high priest, no written word, no temple, altar, no miters or incense, no entertainment of men, no trappings of pomp or pride, We stand free before the Throne, clothed in the robe of Jesus righteousness, washed in His Blood, Bold before the very throne of God we come as children to a loving father, we cry Abba! As adopted sons and daughters of God by our Lord Jesus Christ. The simple Gospel of Jesus is so far from the BS of Judaism or the “Cults/church of men”, that to put them together is the lion and the lamb. God did it. He alone makes all nations, tribes, people one, One not reformed, or restored, but one Holy Nation, one Temple of lively stones built into a house for God. People can not, did not, have not and will not ever create anything that lasts based on human eloquence or human wisdom. Paul said that. Read Corinthians and tell me we must do this or that new practice to draw the crowd. New wine gets new wineskins. God left the building when the Babylonians sacked it and took/or someone lost the ark of the “Covenant”. If Jesus cared about the temple for His new covenant why did God have John go out into the wilderness and the river to immerse people for repentance and preparing for the Kingdom to come? Why did Paul place so much on the facts of immersion for the remission of our sins our regeneration as priest of God after burying the old man of sin? Jesus is the Root, not Israel. Got to go but you can pick this up on my journal. Pray for the Holy Spirit of our God to bless your walk this day and rest this night. In the precious name of Jesus.

Refined by Fire……When do we do the Acts stuff?

We are studying the movements that are coming up in social media as restoring the ekklesia, outside of the mainstream traditional divided denominations and the social political state sponsored churches. This video is worth your look to see what is going on around the globe today.

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Here is a course for free on this, We must restore the first works. Rev 2, we can’t use our checkbook, our time or attendance to obey the perfect law of liberty. We an not pay staff or hired hands to take our place at the altar (on our knees anywhere, anytime) God requires repentance of the pig poop smelling prodigal as well as the perfumed reverend. In 45 years of living in God’s hand we have sought to follow Jesus. No cult or creed but Christ. The Restoration Movement model of the 1800s has intrigued me since I was first aware of the old time gospel meetings of my adopted childhood. As a child of musicians that provided music for many celebrations and that included weddings, funerals and regular meetings plus road shows for “Revival” During those 1950-1960s I heard every bible verse and story preached many times. King James reading for me was easy, I read most of Shakespeare works before I was 10. I still love to read the book out loud. But I know where it has been neglected and abused. The restoration plea was and has been unity with the essentials and non essentials still working again the prayer. Wot Not! Who is preaching any thing divisive of the Gospel? Look at this teaching https://basicchurch.teachable.com/

Look at the early church. What did they do? When did they start that? https://www.christian-history.org/fall-of-the-church.html

Another movement to restore https://godsleader.com/tenets-of-ekklesia-life/

Four facts fatal to original sin

http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVarticles/FourFactsFatalToOriginalSin.htm

Buy gold refined by firehttps://www.wsj.com/articles/how-7-4-tons-of-venezuelas-gold-landed-in-africaand-vanished-11560867792https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-7-4-tons-of-venezuelas-gold-landed-in-africaand-vanished-11560867792

The things men fight and die for are paving materiel for the streets of Heaven. Buy gold is a metaphor for placing your treasure in the right position in your life. The Church of Laodicea, Rev 3, was told to buy Gold from Jesus. Col 2:,

My focus in this past few years of study has been the first century Church or Ekklesia in the Greek as it was copied in that first season. The First Century Ekklesia was opened for business on the day of Penecost. Peter who had been handed the Keys to the Kingdom, opened the narrow door. The Ekklesia . It was later changed by the Kings and the Roman Churches to mean a location so they could use the temples of the pagans to easily convert them. Nobody has any record of any temple that Jesus founded as a physical location or building. Jesus has no need for an earthly temple. John 4, We believe we are the Temple of God. Just because the latest religious crack pot has committed the most awful acts on another person does not mean that every follower is a nut case or a pervert. The Holy Spirit will not inhabit an unclean house/temple/body. Paul sez your body is the Temple of the Most High God. Your Altar is on your knees where you are. His arm is never too short to save. The Holy Spirit is not a feeling or a cause of injury, Having the Holy Spirit without control is not good practice. The presence of the Holy Spirit is the same as the presence of God in the old covenant. Jesus is our mediator and comforter, counselor, friend. This is a new agreement. We can now go “Boldly into the Throne of Grace” as a well loved heir/adopted, bought with a price, prodigal son and daughter and be one with the Father

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If you follow Jesus with all your heart, mind and soul you have buried the flesh, Romans 6:17 and now humbly submit to Him all things of the flesh and follow the Spirit. Your life, your marriage, your vocation. You serve God with your Gifts He has given you both physical and spiritual so that you can be a stone in His building. Even blind Bartimaeus‘ disability and Balaams’ ass have a part in God’s plan. Jesus sez “For God’s Glory ” that this man is born blind, not original sin or any sin. There is no inbred sin of man, man is sinful when man chooses to sin sez James and John. All mankind owes a death, our debt is paid but our physical is not going to inherit Heaven in God’s presence. St Augustine formed this doctrine of the Roman Church around 400 AD . Original Sin was adopted by most reformation protestants like Luther, who fought over this and other issues with another leader Zwingli, both of these fought with the Anabaptist division over infants because the state wanted to control the peasants. After the state church took over Germans killed other followers that disagreed with Luther’s teachings. . The state owned churches used the baptism certificate for purposes of citizenship, military subscription, and taxation. In some countries like the Roman Empire you had to have the mark from the temple that you worshiped the current “god” or Cesar, Czar, King or Dictator, with out that “Mark” of the Church in medieval times onward, you could not buy, sell, marry or much of anything. History revels that many “Marks of the Beast” have occurred. It was hard being a follower in the first century of the Church.

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place?  My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nlt/isaiah/66.html What was detestable to God? It is an individual’s battle we must fight with His power. We are too weak without prayer and the Holy Spirit. Many are thinking they are somehow protected and they fall. All Lust of the Flesh is sin. James sez it is our temptation (not a sin unless acted upon) that draws us away and we commit the sin. Does not matter if the cause is the flesh of a male or female. “Gouge out your eye!” is the extreme we are to go to. ( many would be blind as teenagers, even the best kids will need glasses) Paul sez if we can’t deal with the lust to remain celibate if we are able by doing so be saved. Forcing people to be celibate to be a priest is stupid. The word was “Celebrate” when God talked about sex in SoS. The letter to the Corinthian Ekklesia is clear on what God calls the marriage of two humans and I have witnessed “churches” for 45 yrs that could not handle this correctly with maybe two congregations that did the right thing with the elders shepherding the flock. I have known many good people who divorce, marry, sleep around, have indiscriminate sexual activity for many reasons. Ruth and Boaz is a good example of the way of a man with a maid. Remarriage and no marriage is all the same with God. Do we love the person? Is God glorified in this union? Will we be faithful forever? We have a debt to God on two levels, the flesh, and the Soul. We must honor him in both. The Gnostics believed sin in the flesh was evil but the Soul was separate and not affected. or the St Augustine followers believe we can sin and pay our way out of jail/hell with a coin or good deeds, many aspire to this checkbook mentality. The scripture can be twisted to support both points of Augustine theology which led many reformers down the wrong path. Many we have counseled in the past believe they are sinning and because of baptist/calvin/presbe beliefs that their sins say they are damned, or as we had a Baptist “Pastor” tell us his drinking and illicit sex outside his marriage was OK he was experiencing it for us the congregation. His Calvin was way too deep in the deep end of the theological swamp. Enjoy!https://www.biblestudytools.com/nlt/isaiah/66.html What was detestable to God? Isaiah 66 What is “detestable” to God the Greeks would have a big problem with. I suppose pig and pork come to mind. The Greeks ate mice boiled in wine, fried in olive oil. Paul explained this in Corinthian letters.” meat in the market” could be anything. It is offensive to those we love we should not do it just because we can if it offends my bro or sis. Read all of Isaiah 66 before you comment on this. Of course, Jesus made all foods clean by explaining how human digestion works. Peter was told “Kill and eat” Religion sez “Don’t eat, touch” or hang with the crowd that does. When we get done with Lust of the Flesh we can discuss, lies, gluttony, arrogance, anger, slander, gossip and the emotions and feelings that motivate humans. When I consider my sins less despicable in God’s eyes than yours, I fail to love you as God does be you the worst sinner on the planet. Our old man of sin nailed Him to the cross. Time to bury the old man and rise to walk in new life. Romans 6

We gentiles do not have to keep any law of the old covenants. We don’t have to but we can if we want to. We honor Christ as messiah and savior of the world. The new covenant is the “Law of Liberty” the one Law we must keep over all the rules rituals and regulations of religion. If we love our bride we don’t go back to old girlfriends and break our new covenant. Galatians 5:14. Jesus does not even want our altars and temples. He gives us new ones. Bury the old man! Arise! A new creation, a Temple for the Holy Spirit (our body) and an Altar (on our knees where we are) with direct access to the throne of Almighty God.

. I, the LORD, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. 3 But those who choose their own ways— delighting in their detestable sins— will not have their offerings accepted. When such people sacrifice a bull, it is no more acceptable than a human sacrifice. When they sacrifice a lamb, it’s as though they had sacrificed a dog! When they bring an offering of grain, they might as well offer the blood of a pig. When they burn frankincense, it’s as if they had blessed an idol. 4 I will send them great trouble— all the things they feared. For when I called, they did not answer. When I spoke, they did not listen. They deliberately sinned before my very eyes and chose to do what they know I despise.” 5 Hear this message from the LORD, all you who tremble at his words: “Your own people hate you and throw you out for being loyal to my name. ‘Let the LORD be honored!’ they scoff. ‘Be joyful in him!’ But they will be put to shame. 6 What is all the commotion in the city? What is that terrible noise from the Temple? It is the voice of the LORD taking vengeance against his enemies. 7“Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son. 8 Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born. 9 Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it?” asks the LORD . “No! I would never keep this nation from being born,” says your God. 10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem! Be glad with her, all you who love her and all you who mourn for her. 11 Drink deeply of her glory even as an infant drinks at its mother’s comforting breasts.” 12 This is what the LORD says: “I will give Jerusalem a river of peace and prosperity. The wealth of the nations will flow to her. Her children will be nursed at her breasts, carried in her arms, and held on her lap. 13 I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child.” 14 When you see these things, your heart will rejoice. You will flourish like the grass! Everyone will see the LORD ’s hand of blessing on his servants— and his anger against his enemies. 15 See, the LORD is coming with fire, and his swift chariots roar like a whirlwind. He will bring punishment with the fury of his anger and the flaming fire of his hot rebuke. 16 The LORD will punish the world by fire and by his sword. He will judge the earth, and many will be killed by him. 17 “Those who ‘consecrate’ and ‘purify’ themselves in a sacred garden with its idol in the center—feasting on pork and rats and other detestable meats—will come to a terrible end,” says the LORD . 18 “I can see what they are doing, and I know what they are thinking. So I will gather all nations and peoples together, and they will see my glory. 19 I will perform a sign among them. And I will send those who survive to be messengers to the nations—to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (who are famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to all the lands beyond the sea that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. There they will declare my glory to the nations. 20 They will bring the remnant of your people back from every nation. They will bring them to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD . They will ride on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the LORD . 21 “And I will appoint some of them to be my priests and Levites. I, the LORD, have spoken! 22 “As surely as my new heavens and earth will remain, so will you always be my people, with a name that will never disappear,” says the LORD . 23“All humanity will come to worship me from week to week and from month to month. 24 And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me. For the worms that devour them will never die, and the fire that burns them will never go out. All who pass by will view them with utter horror.”

Unless you have an excuse that Jesus will waive some of his commands. You know like the thief on the cross skipped a few of the commands and many disobedient children are saying they are following Jesus. Many fail to understand the “Obey” part of follow Jesus. Believers everywhere “Believe” but a follower is sealed, the old man of sin is buried, the sins are forever washed away as Paul did at Anninia’s request. Have you believed enough to obey or do you follow the theologians reasoning?

The Theo (Lover’s of God) logons love to be divisive with theretofore inference that this could have happened or not? Or this could be what Paul’s second cousin’s name was if he was not a ? Second guessing every word of the Bible. I will only consider writings that are historically correct and no later than 200 ad and even then you can smell the sulfur of the writer in some spurious texts. That will remove tons of religious bravo sierra from the table spread before us. Right off we won’t have to deal with most of the cults of the last few century s We won’t have to deal with the rapture or deification of martyrs, Mary, or Saints, clergy, buildings or corporation style social political organizations. Business or entertainment models for focused corporate worship with fans and followers all together on game day, unless you count the Corintiina

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Some people may not know I was a teacher for a while. Jesus was too! The world agrees that Jesus is a great teacher, some would say the greatest or other might point out the same tenets were in other religions that predate Jesus. Way back in the day I learned several things about teaching. From the ignorance of the early 1960s with no provision for special needs students my run towards trouble as a teen was thwarted by a wonderful counselor, a lady my wife and I visited often the thank her for saving my dumb ass from a life of no good with out an education to feed my self. I learned from the good teachers I had how much you mean to the average and below students you deal with each day. From the others I learned what not to do. The marines taught me how to teach to the lowest man on my team. Our life depended on my ability as Sgt/cpl to teach the men on my team the skills we need to survive in a hostile environment. You don’t tell them to do the problem, read the book, or work it out. You pour your blood out like a drink offering to God for these few your brothers. That is the attitude of the teacher. When I taught I held the highest ideal as standard and required my students to meet the standard, Of course no student could meet more than a few at best to begin with in our instruction. If all I see of Jesus is a great teacher or even just a perfect soul to hold up a standard I can’t meet is frustrating. Many good people have burned out over this view of Jesus. No, I must see Jesus as my redeemer that fixes my mistakes, pays my slave price, pays my bail and fines,forgives my sins when I repent of those sins.

Being forgiven is a gift, not a title of rank. We are servants of Jesus, yet a royal priesthood of the “least of these” of equal rank. That is what “Wash Feet” means. Keep your shoes on it is a metaphor.

Peter writes that we are a “Royal priesthood” a “Chosen Nation” selected for service in the Kingdom. Paul calls individuals ambassadors for Christ and hands over the “Ministry of reconciliation” to you and me. Click on the underline to check the reference or source of quote.

When Jesus washed the disciples feet as they were arguing who should sit where based on rank and Satan had filled Judas with bitterness over the waste of Spikenard by the woman, we see in action what Jesus will, does and has done many times with His bitter tears. Jesus will pick up our muddy, filthy feet and wash the world’s dirt from our life. (Hebrews sez Jesus’ blood sacrifice paid it all) Sometimes He uses the rod of discipline on me, sometimes it is His staff pulling me back from the danger I just do not see because of the bright lights and glitter of the golden idols the world has for me.

I found these 10 quotes on a clickbait site. I quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer and add a thought of my own numbered and bold before Dietrich’s. The more I study the writings of God I find gentle souls that looked outside the box. Especially today when many realize that the often lukewarm worship of entertainment and the sage on a stage is not fellowship with Jesus we see in the Gospels or the Ekklesia in Acts or the letters. I hear many voices saying similar things. Numbers say the mainstream model is broken in many places and for far too many sheep that are wandering. I pray for unity. Unity will take the Holy Spirit to melt prideful hearts and gently break soft ones. It is time to restore the unity of community!

Mr. Bonhoeffer was a martyr during the NAZI occupation of Europe.

1. Mutual respect for another means I love you too much to sin against you or God in your presence or to allow you to continue in sin against others or God. Not about judging, but about saving.

“Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.”

2. Jesus was/is a friend of sinners, lived with the poor and least of these. Who is going to serve the “least of these”, dones, nones, ?

“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people.”

3. Being forgiven is a gift, not a title of rank. We are servants of Jesus, yet a royal priesthood of the least of these of equal rank. That is what “Wash feet” means.

“If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller or less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I am still not recognizing my sinfulness at all. … How can I possibly serve another person in unfeigned humility if I seriously regard his sinfulness as worse than my own?”

4. We can build a church of sticks and bricks, or as Jesus did with living stones on the foundation of the Rock of Ages.

“The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.”

5. Prayer in the name of Jesus separates the Ekklesia from the “religions of the world”. Our redeemer lives!

“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.”

6. Be prepared to be used, if one time like Ananias with Saul or thousands like Phillip.

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions.”

7. “Tame the tongue” Train the ear! This one is mine. James sez “rudder” as in control your boat. Paul sez we can control the tongue

“There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.”

8. Who are you compassionate about? Wash the feet of your brothers and sisters. Be kind to neighbors. There is a difference.

“The Christian, however, must bear the burden of a brother. He must suffer and endure the brother. It is only when he is a burden that another person is really a brother and not merely an object to be manipulated. The burden of men was so heavy for God Himself that He had to endure the Cross. God verily bore the burden of men in the body of Jesus Christ.”

9. God is in the details, watching.

“Who can really be faithful in great things if he has not learned to be faithful in the things of daily life?”

10. Thankful, and able to be thankful of others.

“If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if on the contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is so paltry and petty, so far from what we expected, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Jesus Christ.”

Got to work on these! pray for your neighbors!

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The New Birth

d the debate with Rice on infant baptism. “We admire the wisdom of our Heavenly Father in causing the Greek language to cease to be a
living tongue after the canon was closed and translated into one or two languages. By that means the sense of its words changes no more; and we have a fixed language of immutable meaning and of all authority, preserving and perpetuating the will of God to
all ages and for all nations.” A.Campbell.

Pieces of the Cross and a few stones………….more

If you read this be prepared to check the facts. Understand this university educator is teaching what Atheists believe about Jesus at the most critical level. “He has knowledge with out wisdom or Love” Read for free on Audible first read, Don’t let your grand children , children be blindsided by these atheist professors. “The Truth will set your Free” https://www.audible.com/search?keywords=From+Jesus+to+Constantine%3A+A+History+of+Early+Christianity&ref=

When Paul prayed for “God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus”   In Chapter 3 of his letter to the “Faithful followers” He asks God for the congregation, “Power in the Spirit” that the “Love of God ” can be understood. Too bad he did not pray that we could understand theology then we would not have a problem understanding how silly the stuff we argue over. Some do not argue they simply walk away confused, hurt, damaged by the very people that should be sharing healing and comfort. People try and forget they are a Spirit created by God for His pleasure. Our Ego screams “Me” “Mine” “All mine” God tolerates no opposition to His Love, He remains a Jealous God. It is easy for them to slip back into the world. The “Root of Bitterness” grows fast in poor, rocky soil of discontent, Sheep will wander into those places when the shepherds are more focused on the rules, rituals, and tithe than the one the “tithe” was to benefit. These are the “Hired Hands” Jesus spoke of that are in charge for power and the control of others. Some people are so done with the “church” of today they are never going back to a structured religion unless someone drags their coffin into one. The hype, the divisions of men and many other reasons, the “Dones” are done. Most “Dones” and “Nones” will never see the inside of another grand church building. This one prayer of Ephesians 3:14-21 has all the necessary elements of Ekklesia. This prayer of Paul for the Christians of the Church has all of God’s Power the Church needs. Read it here, click on the underlined text. “I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” Ekklesia /Church,Greek root word. Not a location in use of text.

New Church Tahoe is a model for the Ekklesia of the 21 millennium.

Do you believe this humble prayer? Does everyone around you know these Truths that Paul asked for to equip the “Royal Priesthood” of the “Living Stones” Some will only be happy with traditions and build on sand with straw. Be radical build on the Rock with living stones? BTW The “Church” in some translations is the congregation, the people, the Ekklesia, never a location or organization state/political type church in the first century. What are you to do? Peter sez, https://www.biblestudytools.com/1-peter/2-12.html

If one accepts and acts upon the prayer for wisdom and understanding from the power of God in the Holy Spirit, What should be the response? Why does this work? Why does this plan not work? What is in the way? Am I building on sand with straw? My humility level may not qualify me to understand God’s Love? Am I “Child like ” not naive like a child but innocent of evil intent or any guile on my part? Am I wise as a serpent and meek as a dove? Here is a starting point for dialogue and prayer.

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If Satan could keep you from the Word you would have an excuse. In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1,

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It is all fun and games until someone brings up Theology

My neighbor is the closest person to me. Is that including wifi? I am studying how social media affects this and praying for guidance that God’s promise of His Word will not be carried, prayed, cursed in vain. I hear so many voices, so many gurus and PhDs, right and left reverends abound. “Savage wolves” attack the very flock Jesus has blessed them with. The latest fashion in Babylon will be worse than millstone necklaces if God’s wrath is not paid. Is the voice we should hear drowned out? Example, a pastor preaches the apostles drove Hondas, because it is in the Bible. Right? Well it does say they were in one accord, but! No! but because someone with a wonderful web site and slick production sez it on youbob it must be true. I use John 21 as an excuse to go fishing, and I do hope to meet Jesus on the beach to share breakfast and talk about those fishing tips He gave the disciples. Is that “Church”? I do not want to miss it for the world! If Jesus, as the Wonderful Counselor, is not the High Priest of your priesthood of obedient disciple believers who is? Where will your wisdom come from? The Ark? The Temple? Where is your light O Israel? “Walk in the Light” Where is our bread? “Bread of Life” Where is our God’s Temple? Where did that ritual/rule come from? Which covenant? Does it follow flesh? or Grace? Jesus said the Holy Spirit will teach us. How does that work ? Does He speak thru His Word? John 14, Peter sez we are a royal priesthood a holy nation. We are to be one in Christ. Ephesians 4, Col 2, Gal 3, Acts 2, If we are divided and bitter we fail to love our brothers and sisters. If we consider our rules and practices the “Way” it better be the only “Way”. The danger is that teachers have the burden of being right with God. As a former builder of race cars and vehicles I know precision. How precise was God’s instruction to Noah? Moses? I am fed up with denominational bravo sierra that divides and shuns difference in opinion. Essentials are simple, Paul sums it up in Galatians 5. One law to rule them all. I am going to start a study on James. I want to know how a common Jew that was convinced his brother was crazy can come to the realization of the resurrection and pay for the Faith he has in his own half brother with his life as recorded by Josephus. If any one deserves the medal for courage under fire, James was ordered stoned by the same priests of the temple that did away with their King as he knew as his brother by Mary. Question? Why did Jesus hand over Mary’s care to John and not his half brother James or Jude? Jude, another brother by the same mother who followed his crazy brother to martyrdom we are told in later writings that may be legend. The cult of Mary does not start appearing in writing until much later in the middles ages. Google the facts! James was painted the wrong colors by Luther and later Calvin. James deserves better than that. Luther never understood James and that is a shame for Luther’s theology became so popular the German people could claim to be Christian and kill Jews. I read Luther’s bio on audible and a bio on Paul by N.T. Wright, who writes a very interesting book on Jesus as the Messiah. N.T. is an Anglican Church of England elder, I consider him a good scholar if disobedient brother. I have really enjoyed reading https://www.amazon.com/Will-Theologians-Please-Sit-Down on kindle. Verify all the Spirits voices!
A study of James will remove the bias that Paul and Peter seem to have. This has led many astray in understanding of Grace, obedience and into mixed up covenants. How could James not know who Jesus was, is and is to be? James may or may not have written Hebrews but as the shepherd of the ekklesia of Jerusalem he was well aware of the challenges of the early congregations that once were enemies are now to be One with Jesus as He is with the Father. We are to be one. If we believe in Jesus we must love him and love God, forsaking all others. We must do the next part of the command of Jesus as one law for if we love God we will love and honor His creation. We are so divided over theology and stuff that won’t matter on judgment day. How can we have unity without compromise? Our “Church” Ekllesia, congregation, worship group, prayer groups either honor Jesus Christ as Lord or not. more…….later.

The Word is not the book we now call the “Bible”. The Word or Logos is explained by Paul better than most in several of his letters. Here are some examples. click to see resources cited.

Col 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight– 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. 

Jesus is All https://www.biblestudytools.com/nlt/ephesians/passage/?q=ephesians+1:3-14

Jesus used the word Temple in two places in John the second chapter. one place the Greek word describes a building a structure reserved for deity. The other refers to the spirit the presence of God in the sanctuary in the holy of holies. Click here if interested in studying of the Greek Word for temple.

Mom’s Day for me

I sometimes pray my real mom has found peace for her soul. I never met the woman that birthed me and loved me enough to know that she could not care for a baby as she was not much past dolls. What ever the reason she choose life for me. For that I am forever grateful. The preacher and his wife at East Point Christian Church near Atlanta was where he was preaching when the new baby was found to be with out parents. Aunt Katherine was older than the age of caring for a newborn with cancer and other health issues the couple decided to find someone else with too much love not to share. I am thankful for my moms. The one that raised my sons and those that held me when I cried.

No matter how we picture Jesus he loves us and our moms

Jesus cared for his mom. What did he tell the disciple he loved?https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/john/19.html

What am I to do? If God does all this………

What happened to tooth for tooth? In the Mayflower book the invaders (Pilgrims, Puritans, French, Spain, Dutch, English and a few others) are using the old testament to justify killing and enslaving the natives. Many christian nations, groups, used selected Old Covenant rules, rituals, and practices to justify slavery, rape, wars, genocide and more. During the 60s-70s we were eyewitness to the hatred that can come from “Church people” towards people of another race or culture. We saw congregations split over the race issue when we invited all the children of the neighborhood to our summer school on a Church bus. Many people showed that evil is alive and well in the pews. We see cults today building temples and claiming high ranks in priesthoods drawn from the old covenants, The old covenants had many details , many explanations for everyday issues, like what to do if someone is injured in a fight. Or what town to run to if you accidentally killed another person, or how to plant and farm your land. How to destroy a town and all its inhabitants. Rules for land ownership and dietary rules. We pick and choose which rules fit our agenda. We need cash? break out the OT support of the priests, the temple & associated festivals, and the feeding of the poor. Tithing was 23% or more, giving was mandatory to every male head of household to present before the Lord and not have empty hands. Next time you do the tithe give it before the Lord. (where is He? Hint, he might be that bum you passed on the street or the child that is hungry, or mother that has no food for her children) Give the way Jesus taught. If you want to do that via a local ministry, shelter or homeless person, Give from the heart freely with out compulsion to the the less fortunate. Let the fans support the entertainment on game day. The Jewish male had a outward, if hidden sign of the covenant of Abraham. Female circumcision was never practiced by the nation of Israel, that is a pagan practice. Circumcision was a cutting off, showing mastery over the flesh. In the Ekklesia we have no distinction or seperation of male and female. All are now Abraham’s children in Christ. All serve as parts of the Ekklesia on equal terms as servants of the High Priest. Women teach and are evangelists, prophets as much as men all under the oversight leadership of the elders selected by the ekklesia

See Gal3:26-27, What is Paul talking about in “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.” ? Does he mean the whole of the Law and all those mixed up rules from God?

Paul also said “Not with hands” Col 2:11-12, We put on Christ, what else do we need? Rules, rituals, temples, altars, reverends, titles, money, power, control? When we must, have to, make a rule or set up a ritual that we are required to follow that has the origin in the old covenants not repeated but fulfilled in the new final covenant we are saying Jesus is not enough, I must do this _________(fill in what they say you must do)

If Jesus is not the Alpha and the Omega of all creation then we are a people most sad. Jesus is my all in all. I need nothing more. What does Paul suggest for the Ekklesia to do? Corinthian letters are examples of direction from the apostle to the Church/Ekklesia/Body, not the building.

When we love as Jesus does we will move mountains and raise the dead. Work on that! John 6:29-36 the work of God.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/1-corinthians/7-19-compare.htmlhttps://www.biblestudytools.com/nkjv/1-corinthians/7-19.htmlhttps://www.biblestudytools.com/nkjv/1-corinthians/7-19.html

What are the commands of God Paul speaks of? “keeping” sounds like a work. The Greek word he used is a word that means obeying, complying.

Does this mean we keep the old laws, old rules, rituals and paid fully supported, ranked in layers of power, controlling clergy? Why? To what end?

Will I need a lifetime plus to learn how? yes eternity!

artistic misconception of Jesus Medieval era

How many “One Anothers” did Jesus say as commands? “One another” is two words in English, but it’s only one word in Greek: ἀλλήλων (ah-LAY-loan). It’s used 100 times in 94 New Testament verses. 47 of those verses give instructions to the church, and 60% of those instructions come from Paul. See the “One Anothers” in the Word https://overviewbible.com/one-another-infographic/ If I take action on these?

Does “obey” mean that I must love God and my neighbor? What did Ananias think about before meeting Saul? Did he question God? Did he obey? What did Saul/Paul do? What was Saul complying to? Did Saul obey the commands of Jesus? How many times must God speak to be heard over the shouts of men?

Keeping the law vs the keeping the commandments of Jesus. John 14 has this from Jesus “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them,he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. “

This command pops up in Galatians here “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  Link to Gal 5

Isaiah 50:10 Obey the servant. We have Jesus. Do we use the various old covenant items (rituals, traditions, rules) to patch up a mixed covenant religion? Is Jesus a fixit for Jews and the Temple? Or is Jesus the Alpha and Omega of everything? Here is a good understanding of the Law and Jesus by my friend Phil. No need for me to try do do this better. Phil is awesome in understanding of Grace

https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-corinthians/5.html

Come out of Babylon

City of Confusion, Babel

Babylon, 1Peter 5:13 “The Church of Babylon

What if you were born into a tribe that had no connection with the world? What if you were introduced to Jesus by the Gospel of John? What if you heard Peter speak live, like Acts 2? What if the copy of the original author’s letters was translated into the language you use today? No additional writing, comments, commentary notes of explanations devised by councils, doctors or reverends are known by you at this time. You and I have Pauls’ letters with his commentary, plus all the disciples, ones that knew Jesus in the flesh and walked with him like his brother James, in the letters they wrote to the Ekklesia to confirm the commands of Jesus to His followers.

We are all products of our traditions, environment and family connections. We can use online study tools to read the different translations to discover what the original authors meant when they said: “ekklesia” and we can discover how the translators changed the word to “church” when King Jimmie had a bible printed to suit his church people. We can discover where the change from a dynamic, active gathering of followers to care for one another and study the Apostles doctrine morphed into the modified doctrine of a static, fort mentality. We can read where Jesus said he would build his “Church” on the foundation of “the Chief Cornerstone” according to Peter we are the living stones. You can believe Peter is the “Rock” but that metaphor and play on words equals a domineering leadership and ranks of evil people with a lust for power and control. Google it! We can go deeper with our study and discover the Greek the original writers used and what the word meant when they wrote the first time. By setting the study to the King James Version we can use Strong’s Greek Lexicon to read for ourselves what the words mean. Click on the highlighted text and find the word meaning and where the word is used in the text. If you trust the KJV of 1611 to be an accurate translation, can you tell of the mistakes and added texts, words that mean naught to us today? Wot Not!! The meaning of some of those words and all the jargon we don’t use. “Wot!” Shakespeare is a very beautiful language but we don’t use the words or use them that way.

It is amusing that the founder of Mormons used King James Version idioms and words to write the Mormon Bible that was inspired or delivered by an angel (supernatural being). Do you recall what Paul said about the delivery of messages that change the Gospel by angels? How many times does God have to speak to be heard? What do words in the bible mean? Like “Gopher https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Mormon_and_the_King_James_Bible Wood” that Noah was to use on the Ark. No one knows what that was. Do we care? Why not? Cause we don’t have to build an ark. We do have to save our souls by believing in Jesus. What else did Jesus say for us to do exactly? Do words matter? Would the Ark have floated if?

Boats float because of the laws of physics. Noah’s Ark floated because God planned it. We are in a world of physics and God. Deal with it. Every culture has a flood story. Only the people God called his own are saved by obeying the Lord. The new covenant applies to the whole world. God calls you choose. Follow God or follow your own heart and do as you please during your lifetime. Simple.

We have wonderful tools of technology to use today to discover what the early followers of the Way did in daily life. By studying the history of the world at the time of the Apostles we find that people died young from many childhood diseases, people dealt with many things we Americans, unless we visit a third world will not see because of our healthcare and standard of living is so much better than what was available even 100 years ago. Imagine a world where food is your main concern. No promise of healthcare, freedom, safety or your next meal. If you followed Jesus you would be an outlaw or worse until the rise of the anti-Christ and the social-political mother church in 300-400 ce.

The Roman world functioned because of conquest, slaves, and wars on weaker tribes. The moral law was summed up in the “Gold Rule, He who has the Gold rules! ” The Jewish Nation at that time was in turmoil, God had left town over disgust of the religious leader’s neglect of the widow and orphans. The desecration of the Temple was least of the sins of the leaders and rulers. Jewish warriors became terrorist to the Roman occupation army after throwing off the Syrian/Greek invaders in the time of the “Hammer”. The system in place when Jesus became flesh to be the new King was political/religious and very corrupt. The Roman leadership was despicable during this period. 

Romans regularly crucified thousands as punishment and terror tactics. Jesus was not the first or last to die. Jesus is the only survivor to rise from the dead after a full treatment Roman execution on a cross as described by secular writers outside of the gospels.

The country of Israel was in rebellion to Roman rule, the Jewish kings were puppets. The religious rulers were desperate to hold onto power and control of the people via the Temple. God had left the sanctuary way back, some say before Babylon captivity when the temple of Solomon was destroyed by the invaders. God had moved out way back when the covenant was broken by the Jews. Now the only hope for anyone is the Messiah, Jesus the Christ!

God would never again inhabit a building as the “Presence of God” or the “Spirit of God”

Where was the Church? The Ekklesia that Jesus built? Where is it? We can read the writing of the early followers before the age of the Apostles was done and the second-hand information begins. Many of these common people wrote of the “Ekklesia” and the heresies that began to creep into the gatherings. Just as today, men seek power, control to gain wealth, and rule over others. The Anti-Christ is diametrically opposed to everything our Savior is. Jesus never used the word “church” as in building or denomination. Jesus used buildings and shelter as often as hillsides and boats. His “Church” is where he is loved and obeyed. I would love to go for a boat ride or fishing with Jesus, have breakfast of the beach and enjoy the day. If that is not Church then what is missing? No traditions, please. I can invent my own BS cult or religion as good as any fool can.

What if somewhere in the history we got the ekklesia wrong? What if the mission was simple? The commands, few, easy to follow? The orders direct from Jesus with no other mediator, lawyer, doctor, reverend, father or angel/demon that has the authority to change the smallest letter of His everlasting Word. What if every move of the Apostles, every word preached by the elders and deacons, every word that was spoken and recorded by the early Church is filtered and refined by the Fire of Jesus’ Word. What if the “One another’s” of Jesus’ teaching is followed with the best of your ability? What else is required? Morning formation? Rules and rituals, temples, altars, tithes, Control? Power? Might as well join a country club as belonging to a religion. You will have more fun on weekends. What you have to ask is; The Gospel is solid our Faith is “Once and for all delivered unto the Saints”  I believe this statement? yes or no

What if we are to love our neighbor, forgive our enemies? What if we are to care for one another? What did Jesus mean when He said “The least of these”? What did Jesus mean when He said”A cup of water“?

When one loves Jesus with a passion from the heart that is so intense the obedience is unquestioned for it is complete in Jesus and the disciple. We become one with the Father, our worship is Spirit. How can our heart be bound by space-time or death if Christ is our focus?

https://www.firstchristianmonticello.com/beliefs/We believe in one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

MATTHEW 5:16, 45; 6:1,4,8,9 // JAMES 1:17 // JOHN 1:1; 14:9 // GENESIS 1:2 // JOHN 4:24; 14:16-20 // 2 PETER 1:21

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible.

GENESIS 1:1 // ACTS 17:24-28 // HEBREWS 11:3

We believe in Jesus Christ

  • God’s one and only Son, my one and only Savior.

JOHN 1:14 // 1 JOHN 4:9 // JOHN 3:16 // 2 PETER 3:18

  • Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary.

MATTHEW 21:11 // JOHN 19:19; 1:14 // ROMANS 5:15-17 // COLOSSIANS 2:9 // 1 JOHN 1:1 // MATTHEW 1:18 // LUKE 1:26-38

  • Who suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate.

LUKE 23:1-46

  • Who died and was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day.

LUKE 23:44-24:8 // JOHN 20:24-29 // 1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-8

  • Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father.

LUKE 22:69 // ACTS 1:1-9 // COLOSSIANS 3:1

  • Who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead.

MATTHEW 24:36-42 // JOHN 14:1-3 // ACTS 1:10-11; 10:39-42 // 1 PETER 4:5

We believe in the Holy Spirit.

  • Who is an active and operative part of the triune God.

JOHN 16:5-15 // ACTS 1:7-8 // ROMANS 8:26-27

  • Who indwells every Christian.

1 CORINTHIANS 3:16; 6:19 // 2 TIMOTHY 1:14

We believe in the Bible

  • God’s Holy Word, Scripture. We believe God inspired the autographs (original writings) of the Scripture and those autographs were consequently without error.

MARK 12:36 // JOHN 14:26; 16:12-15 // ACTS 1:16 // 1 CORINTHIANS 2:12-13 // 2 TIMOTHY 3:14-16 // 2 PETER 1:20-21

  • We accept the Bible as the final authority for all matters of faith and practice.

ISAIAH 40:8 // MATTHEW 5:18; 24:35 // ROMANS 15:4 // HEBREWS 4:12

We believe the Bible teaches that man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ.

ACTS 4:12 // ROMANS 3:23

We believe the Bible teaches that salvation – the forgiveness of sins – is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.

MATTHEW 26:28 // ROMANS 5:9 // EPHESIANS 2:8-9 // 1 PETER 1:18-19 // 1 JOHN 1:7

We believe the Bible teaches that one receives God’s grace by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ and being immersed into Christ.

ROMANS 5:1-2 // LUKE 24:45-47 // ACTS 3:19; 17:30 // 2 PETER 3:9 // MATTHEW 10:32 // ROMANS 10:9 // PHILIPPIANS 2:11 // 1 JOHN 4:15 // ACTS 2:38 // ROMANS 6:1-7 // GALATIANS 3:27 // COLOSSIANS 2:12 // 1 PETER 3:21

We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost and consisting of all Christians everywhere.

MATTHEW 16:13-18 // ACTS 2:14-47

We believe the Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation.

ACTS 20:28 // PHILIPPIANS 1:1 // 1 TIMOTHY 3:1-7 // TITUS 1:5-9 // 1 PETER 5:1-4

We believe in essentials unity in non-essentials liberty. Your choice of worship, music, a location should not divide us. If a thing being practiced does divide it is of satan.

John Wesley is credited among others as saying immersion was the “Ancient way of baptism”https://www.grandcitystation.com/what-we-believe/

Water of Life

Gal 6:12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God. 17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ 

Paul wrote this to the followers that were being told they must follow some of the old covenant rules and rituals in the Churches of Galatia. Paul said the same things in the letter circulated in the Churches of Phrygia 

Col 2:6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised byChrist, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

If one reads the two letters and has prayerful focus on where Paul shows disdain and worthless value for the works of the Law, Jewish customs and even Abraham’s covenant! One comes away with these questions.

Why are we doing mixed covenants today? I would love to celebrate Hanukkah but I would only do so if Christ is exalted as Messiah. I would love to celebrate all the Hebrew Covenant rituals but only if Christ is the head and center of Worship.

To reach back and pull a practice up tells Jesus that the new covenant is not enough. If an angel told your prophet or the Holy Spirit spoke to you? Did what you heard or saw contradict the “Royal Law”, “The Law of Liberty”, the Elders you have a relationship with, the clear words of God in the new agreement? 

Why are traditions of men developed into a rule of faith or practice? Who does it serve? Power? Control? Money? Is the thing/practice/rule an added expedient? Does it obey Christ in all things? Does it continue the mission?  

Or does it divide and separate the very Church Jesus died for?

Does the practice or teaching focus the “Followers” to practice pure Religious Worship that Jesus’ brother reminds us that the balance of faith and works is based on Love for one another? 

In the first and only recorded Holy Spirit, Apostle and Elder decision in the book of Acts of the Apostles is the divorce letter to the Hebrew Nation of Israel on the rules and rituals, laws of a moral nature and Moses to the hard-headed Jews of that day. As James, the brother of the Lord says” The Law of Liberty”   is the Law of Love

If we keep the “Royal Law” do we need more or any other? To do so seems to me to be telling Jesus we don’t need Him or His Grace. If I must show up on a special “holy” time to meet God, cough up some cash, sign the guest list or be a member and watch the show. If I must keep a sabbath, tithe or some rule/ritual then I am a lawbreaker of the worst sort because I can’t keep up the act without hypocrisy and deceit to my conscience. 

More later………..

What do you give someone who has it all?

God’s Holy Creation, a fisherman’s Cathedral 

Christmas is a problem for followers of Jesus because it is a manmade holiday. We know that the early church started to take over some pagan holidays and move the pagans out or assimilate them into the new order of social-political- religious world of the late first century after the fall of Jerusalem in AD70. We followers don’t want to show disrespect but the world has taken over all these holidays. Nowhere does the Gospel record state any date or exactly what transpired. We know the “Magi” men who visited were almost two years after the event, but the “3 Wise Men” look good in our plays, displays, and cards we send. The Virgin birth is a Holy event and our good intentions during the season may fall short of adoration the brave Mary deserves, but we try to show our love for the Savior and give generously every day. We as followers are not commanded to celebrate the holidays. We have liberty  in Christ to enjoy each other and practice our “One Anothers” We do enjoy the days off, the family(?), and the gift-giving, feasting and fellowship of good friends, neighbors and family all around the Christmas table, fire, turkey dinner, misiletoe& holly (yes I know it is of pagan origin) and decorated tree. What we do for our savior is each day is lived for Jesus, not just special days or festivals. We are called to be followers, not fans that just show up for game days so God can count noses and nickels on special days we argue over. We are called to give every day to those that need what we have, “The least of These” not each other that are fed and happy off of the produce of God’s bounty. Is there a lonely widow/er in your community? Is your neighbor disabled? Any hungry? 

Celebrate the “Good News’ of the Gospel with them during this season.

Matt 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 
32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 
33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 
43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 

Are you one of His sheep or just another goat? 

 

https://www.biblestudytools.com/matthew/25.html

He messed up and was fired.

How do you face failure? The young man like you failed and the contention was bitter. Acts tell us Paul refused to take John with him because JohnMark had deserted during the mission trip.  Paul later forgave and called Mark “Profitable for the Ministry” 2 Timothy 4:11  Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

Peter refers to his son “Markos” Was Mark forgiven? Are you forgiven by all your brothers and sisters? Your family? No one else? 

Painting from the romantic period with artist misconception of the dispute over John Mark. The dispute was bitter and John Mark could have quit for good. Where can we get hats to wear?

 https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/markos.html

I am forever grateful for forgiveness. More so the second chances God gives me like rain on a dry land. Jesus said “Poured out and overflowing “when He described forgiveness in the teaching of Luke 6: https://www.biblestudytools.com/luke/6-38-compare.html

You cannot out give God, you forgive and forgiveness pours over you in a downpour of Spiritual wealth that the World does not know. Peter describes this ” Knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers;  but with precious blood, as of a lamb without spot, [even the blood] of Christ:  who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at the end of times for your sake,  who through him are believers in God, that raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God. seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently: 

Note that Peter calls for “Obedience to the Truth”. Have you obeyed the Truth? What is Truth? Jesus said He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by Jesus   

Do you believe the statement Jesus makes? He claims to be the only way to God, the One God of Israel, The Ancient of Ages, The Alpha and the Omega. The Word of God. Does anyone find salvation in any other? 

Free and no hassle! 

Ted talk on “Unchurching” Read also Francis Chan, “Letters to the Church” and A. Stanley “Irresistible” for more views on what some are doing. 

We need more conversations on where we want our Church to be in the next few years and beyond. I don’t see the answer to our problems as yet but we must have new bottles for new wine. We can allow the world to see us so divided and so scattered in our divided camps and ask them to join us??? That is absurd! Quit doing that! Get out of your comfort zone and meet your neighbors, care for them, pray with them and for them. Feed the hungry, clothe and shelter the homeless, check on and care for widows and widowers in your community. Be the Salt that savors your neighbors life, shine the Light to the lost, wash feet of your brothers and sisters. 

Who was King James and what was his solution to a problem?

Take a leap of Faith and learn what God’s Word says for yourself. Find someone to read with and leave all your old stuff in the wake of your ship.

Take a leap of Faith and learn what God’s Word says for yourself. Find someone to read and study with. Learn God’s word from God. The tools we have online today are handy, fast and reflect in some cases the latest discoveries in history and science. 

James was King and he wanted England to have a church of its own so he had his minions create the KJVhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version  

This worked for the Church of England in the wars and fights with the Roman Catholics. Everyone called each other heretic and enslaved millions, killed more and said it was all in the bible.

When I am really thirsty I have been known to drink water from creeks, streams, and rivers, ponds, mud holes, and ditches. You have to be really dehydrated to want water that bad. Why not drink from the source of the only clean water? The Old Testament told of the Rock that Moses struck to provide water was the forerunner of Jesus as He declared that He was the Water of Life   

Click on the highlights and read what the Word says about the Water of Life! The link will take you to one of the many bible study sites for an in-depth look at the different translations and all kinds of study aids. Before you get lost in the weeds and rabbit holes on the net, take time to read God’s Word and speak to Him directly for wisdom

Read the Word in Greek of the original writings by using Strong’s Concordance

Revelation 22:17 NIVhttps://www.biblestudytools.com/revelation/22-17.html

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

I am out of my mind for my Savior, Jesus, my God and King.

Are you thirsty? Or full of the water found in the world? The original books or letters of the Church were written on fragile products that were around when Paul was a pup. None of the very first originals are extant or laying around somewhere like last weeks best seller. Most of what we have is dated after 150 AD for scraps and pieces of the pages that were laboriously hand copied by people in monasteries, public houses(library) or church buildings. After 70 AD the second temple is destroyed by Rome and

The Babylonians destroyed the temple Solomon built and may have taken the Ark or not depending on who you ask. That was where God met man in the form of the high priest. As a follower of the Way of Jesus, we are the dwelling place of the El Shekinah and God speaks through His Spirit to our spirit. After the destruction of the first temple and the second temple being crushed and destroyed along with the city of Jerusalem by the Romans, 

 

Siege of Jerusalem. This is an artist misconception from the 1500 era of church art and like most perception of that period the noble war was fighting the pagan muslim and Arab hordes  for the city of Jerusalem as if God wanted it back or needed it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Jerusalem_(70_CE)

 there was no Jewish temple in Jerusalem and we won’t see the return of the Temple that God dwells until we see the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven. We are the Temple and the presence of God is within us. Learn the lesson of the “Woman at the Well”, “God is Spirit we must worship Him in Spirit and Truth” Jesus spoke to this outcast, a racially divided woman the powerful truths of God. He is Spirit! He is outside of our physical boxes where we try and place the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Wonderful Counselor. The discovery of the dead sea scrolls verified the accuracy of the Old Testament or what the devout Hebrew calls the Torah and Prophets. The books were gathered in several stages to come down to us as our many translations and copies. The most recognized translation is in Old English of Shakespeare and contains some prejudice towards the Roman and leans toward the protestant church somewhat. All that has led to a lot of division. The King James Version is one of the worst translations and yet will be OK to use if you know what to watch for.  I love the language of the KJV and love to read it out loud. The words are Old English and carry some peculiar meanings in some passages. The original books or letters of the Church were written on fragile products that were around when Paul was a pup. None of the very first originals are extant or laying around somewhere like last weeks best seller. Most of what we have is dated after 150 AD for scraps and pieces of the pages that were laboriously hand copied by people in monasteries, public houses(library) or church buildings. After 70 AD the second temple is destroyed by Rome  there was no Jewish temple in Jerusalem and we won’t see the return of the Temple that God dwells until we see the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven. We are the Temple and the presence of God is within us. Learn the lesson of the “Woman at the Well”, “God is Spirit we must worship Him in Spirit and Truth” Jesus spoke to this outcast, a racially divided woman the powerful truths of God. He is Spirit! He is outside of our physical boxes where we try and place the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Wonderful Counselor. The discovery of the dead sea scrolls verified the accuracy of the Old Testament or what the devout Hebrew calls the Torah and Prophets. The books were gathered in several stages to come down to us as our many translations and copies. The most recognized translation is in Old English of Shakespeare and contains some prejudice towards the Roman and leans toward the protestant church somewhat. All that has led to a lot of division. The King James Version is one of the worst translations and yet will be OK to use if you know what to watch for.  I love the language of the KJV and love to read it out loud. The words are Old English and carry some peculiar meanings in some passages.  Check out Hebrews 6:7 for an example. Would a person reading God’s Word in “Middle English” or “Early Modern English” be considered speaking in tounges if the Holy Spirit is leading them to read? We can use online tools to find the Greek meaning of the words of the bible. We can form our own opinion and come to our own understanding of the Truths of the New Covenant. Link here.

Woman at the well asking about which temple to worship at. Today the questions will be the same and the answers still the Truth! John 4: God is Spirit

Common Ground of Jesus Christ is that the Jewish Messiah is now Lord and God of all nations, people and tribes. 

Who is Who and Who said?

Synaxis_of_the_Twelve_Apostles_by_Constantinople_master_(early_14th_c.,_Pushkin_museum)The document Didache       https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5403864

is one of the oldest manuscripts of the early Church. Written somewhere between 100-150 AD or earlier or much later depending on who you ask. This document could predate some of the New Testament writing. The document outlines the doctrine of the early church. In no way do I see the document as more than a man’ ideas copied from God’s Word with a man doing the editing.  Does the document add to or take away something for or from the Gospel?  Do you know where all the rituals, rules and regulations came from in your Church history? How much of today’s divided Christianity can say when this (fill in your practice) practice or tradition started? Does the practice reflect what we see in the first-century church of Acts? Or a later addition that may or may not be inspired or blessed? Example: An old covenant tradition, a rule of the Torah or prophets example is used in our worship of Jesus as God enthroned in His Kingdom. Where is the follower of Christ to find our altar? our High Priest, our Reverend, our Father, our Saints? If I understand Galatians, especially 3:26-27 our women are not servants beneath men but equal with the men, If there is a rank or level of Holy that one and all can not achieve without prejudice or malice then that is not holy and is of Satan. The offices of elder and deacon are either in a proper place within the body or it is not. Is the humble servant missing from your meeting? Does your church follow the “church” traditions of the middle ages or the early Church of Acts?

Why do we mix covenants that say things we don’t need to say, do things we don’t need to do, require things we can’t do, or do things we should not?  Where do we find a need to pray to another mediator to cry “Abba” to our God? Is God not powerful enough that He needs anything? Has He not told us what He likes, and does not like? “Obedience is better than sacrifice” 1 Sam 15.

As Paul states,” Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the LORD ’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice?   And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back?  For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.” Romans 11:33 NLT

By using the tools online we can quickly read the original words and check the meaning.
The KJV with Strongs numbers to the Greek is here for your use to check what the original Greek said. This powerful tool gives the grease-stained hand of the mechanic the same access to God’s Holy Spirit as the Reverend Doctor of Theology.  Only with a child’s heart of love, you can come to know Jesus as Lord, Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and His Holy Love and Grace. Click on the link here”
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:33-

I love the language of the King Jimmie version because I read Shakespeare when I was a child, I know most of the goofs and missing/added words by various powers since the ink dried on the Apostle John’s pen. “Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him*, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.  And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” John 21:24-25

Ministries We Recommend

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We are a self-supporting ministry that believes followers should give to neighbors in need and support ministries that serve others as Jesus did helping the poor, seeking the lost and supporting the orphan, widows and homeless. We encourage you to give using the model of 2 Corinthians 9 with a cheerful heart knowing we can never out give God. The Kingdom is not about money and grand temples, God has no use for those, John 6:63. “Count the Cost” Jesus sez, Luke 14 esp v33 Did he say everything? No, Just your treasure. The Holy Spirit can’t fill a heart that is full of treasure of any kind.

 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matt 19:21 https://www.biblestudytools.com/matthew/19.html

We support and recommend these ministries:

Jesus Place Inner City Mission Atlanta Georgia  http://jesusplace.info/ministries

We served with Jesus Place as interns in 73-74 while attending Atlanta Christian College. Jim Vernon started this mission to the homeless lost of the streets of Atlanta. If you have a heart for the street people, homeless, poor this is your kind of ministry.

If you have a heart for new born babies and expectant moms and hate murder. This ministry cares for the mom before and after the birth. Needed now more than ever as abortion is now a medical procedure to have doctors that kill babies legally according to the law of our nation. It is a sad day when a nation abandons their One True God for the gods of the deceiver who tells them it is fine to kill the unwanted, unneeded and poor. 2 Tim 1:7

The Inn Ministry of Jacksonville provides a home for new and expectant mothers as an alternative to less than desirable conditions and abortion for all women http://www.innministry.org/

Don’t let Molech have another child. Jeremiah 32:35 Our God hates this practice Lev 20:3


Five Star Veterans center of Jacksonville Fl. http://www.5starveteranscenter.org/  

Five Star is a nonprofit homeless shelter for Veterans provides a full range of services to restore the person to an active life off the streets. Semper Fi!

We would love to do more for many more. We are small but our power is full in the Spirit. Acts 1:8

We give our time to non profits that are following Jesus and of the same mind, teaching the Apostles doctrine from the word. not latter-day man’s wisdom. We feel the best way to restore the New Covenant model is to practice the things they did. If one pays the Temple tax or Tithe where does the money go? The average “tithe” goes to staff, buildings, overhead for entertaining the fans. What percent helps the “Least of These?” We know each cent we share is handed to Jesus first and with the blessings in both directions, each is loved by God. Our bodies are the acceptable sacrifice. We can give our time, skills to help others, or we just write a check. If we do , much like paying a bill it becomes a chore. When we give all to God, time, body, possessions, life we are free to serve. Our altar is on our knees, our Temple is our body, we are the Royal Priesthood. We are to make disciples of Jesus, not clones of people we admire. The rightness of all men is filthy rags.

We feel the American institutional model of “Church” has lost it’s way. A Restoration of the first works, the reform did not work, Restore the ancient path. The one way.

Over 200 years of preaching unity, praying for unity and all we do is divide over doctrine. Eph 4

If a model is not broken why fix it? a simple Gospel is more like Jesus than the high church corporate model that acts like a business. Might be efficient or not depending on who is judging.