This writing is my journal of thoughts. To you they may seem random, disjointed and not making sense. Sorry about that!
We always search for people of “Peace” that understand these verses to mean peace of being one with God, Job 22:21 ” Agree with God, and be at peace, there by good will come to you” Job was in rough shape in the ashes, even in his torment did not blame God for his loss of family, wealth or health. We are promised “Tribulation in this world” John 16:33. And most of the troubles we have we deserve because we failed to respect God’s law. 1 John 3:23 is the one, Paul repeats it, Gal 5:14 and for those that disparage Paul, How many times does God have to repeat Himself? Jesus said;” If you love me” John wrote” How can a man love God and hate his brother?” 1 John 4:20
The restoration of the Ekklesia of God only needs a few near you to be like the servant “Phillip” making disciples of King Jesus, “Apollos” teaching as one mighty in the scriptures, or the humble faithful; “yoked together”in God’s Family Plan, “Priscilla and Aquila” making tents, taught the “apostles Doctrine”, teaching and sharing in their homes. And a pure “Table” to share a meal in communion with our Lord. “Breaking Bread House to House” cover all the rules and rituals with 1 John 3:23 in teaching “Sound Doctrine” Titus 2:1-10 When we see the “Table” as the Gospel in Bread and Wine we will have the “Power of God” in our congregation. Come to the table, leave the dead altars behind. https://youtu.be/-g6brsGuhHM
We have only One law we must obey; 1 John 3;23, Gal 5:14 teaching “Sound Doctrine” Titus 2:1-10, Submit to the Holy Spirit Acts 5:32, “Repent and do the first works” Rev 2:5, Be like those former pagans of Corinth, they heard the Word and accepted the invite Acts 18:8. Romans 12 “The gift of generosity” is the mark of the follower of King Jesus.
Applying “Holy” effects or spiritual rewards to physical objects like buildings or?, reminds me of when Mom would say” get ready for church” or “behave you are in church” As mature followers we know that to “Abide” with King Jesus is worship in Spirit and Truth, Acts 5:32 and is not dependant on geography or environment. We happen to prefer “Homestyle, the kind Jesus loves to visit” He will walk right in thru the walls of the “Church”, our Heart, to “commune” with us if we prepare a “pure table” for service. That is real.
Our thoughts? yes God sees those before we think them out loud. God sees the heart. Is our mind/conscience; our heart obedient? The thief was occupied with a full course Roman execution, no one ever survived. What is your handicap? Acts 2:38 is only part of the transformation of sanctification, that begins with hearing the Gospel as the Holy Spirit was poured out on the waiting Apostles and disciples, Acts 1:3-5, Poured out the Promise of the father on all nations, sons and daughters, Acts 2, Delivered and received, the action is taken Acts 2:36-42. Acts 5:32, Why not be like those former pagans in Corinth? Acts 18:8. Down in the river to pray, wash all your sins away, Acts 22:16, Have a clear conscience before God and man bury the old man of flesh to rise in the new life, death will have no more dominion to those in King Jesus! Romans 6, 1 Peter 3:20-21, Titus 3, Col 2. John 17 Abide! Come to the Table Break Bread of life, drink the new wine of forgiveness! https://www.churchintensive.com/church-intensive-online
We are not promised perfect health or even good health in our body. Those of us that were “Ten feet tall and bullet proof” in our teenage mind went on adventures and had little regard for damage then or projected. To us it is ridiculous to damage the body on purpose by what we eat, do, inhale, consume and are exposed to without regard to our fragile organism. And expect God to clean up our damage in our regret as we use our hindsight. We will reap. Pslam 119:74-75
Our prayer is that of the warrior shepherd king David, who in his old age wrote “Your rules are righteous” even when we are on a bed of “Affliction” Psalms 119:75 these are all of God’s laws that David understood. Laws like gravity, laws of physics, plus the laws of the covenants. When we fail to respect those laws we suffer in our bodies the effects. When we fail at the one law we must obey to see God we will suffer the consequences of the Spirit, our Spirit/soul, inner person, conscience. We worry, we fret, we burst into anger and frustration when the simple stuff of life becomes complex, the obsession that starts as a little spider monkey is now a silverback gorilla, pounding on your mind demands for more that never satisfies.
Who can deliver me from this rat race of life and this body of death? Romans 7:2
We assume the “vChurch” will not hurt us when we first become aware of it. Upon entering we discover that the goats are allowed free-range and the shepherds are expending all their efforts are corralling them. The “Hired hands” are in cahoots with the goats in keeping the status quo and turf intact. Becoming a follower has never been harder in all the fog and smoke of the deceiver’s tricks. Come to the Table, break the Bread of Life with neighbors, love, and care for one another, share the New Wine of forgiveness. The simple Gospel is not that hard. Jesus will lend a hand! Eph 4:1-6, Titus 2:1-10 Sound Doctrine 1 John 3;23.
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’swill for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; holdfast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We come down in the River to Pray! Why do the sheep insist on the muddy water that is aways downstream from the source? The feet of a thousand good meaning theologians have divided, damned, and polluted the “Precious Flow” to serve their version of the “Aqua Pura” of Life. We have drunk from those muddy streams before our sight was fully restored. Do we think God can not fill us on His own? Nevermore Savior! Fill us from your fountain! Come, Lord King Jesus. John 14:26 “Living Water” has one source Eph 4:1-6, Sound Doctrine Titus 2:1-10, Amen!
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When we see the “Table” as the Gospel in Bread and Wine we will have the “Power of God” in our congregation.
“Why try to be what we cannot be except through the abiding Christ?”
“I know if I go through the day without putting on Jesus, without eating Jesus, without asking Him to give me of the Holy Spirit to drink, then I fall back onto just being my old self. Perhaps civilized, educated, conditioned to moderation, but underneath the same worldly sinner I ever was, and will be.” https://sway.office.com/1ZUNwZLjlvrEAOr5?ref=Link&loc=play
Pray to Him as a Father, as a child cries to Daddy, our Abba, “Everlasting Father” who adopted us in our filthy rags, called us to His Gospel, washed us in the Blood of His Lamb, and clothed us with his Rightness. 1 John 3:23, Acts 5:32 “Wonderful Counselor” Repent and do the first works of Iove Joy Peace. Come to the Table, leave dead altars behind. What if we did as the pagan Corinthians when they heard the message? Acts 18:8, “Homestyle” Church like Jesus loves to make and visit.
Come to the table, fellowship, share with the stranger at the gate and the friend, invite the neighbors to the meal. Share the Gospel in the Bread of Life and Wine of forgiveness in the Name of Jesus.
Why we do not baptize, pour on or sprinkle babies? Good question. My mom by adoption was sprinkled as an infant, she read the New Covenant from a new perspective after hearing the Gospel from the RM group my adopted family attended. after she married my adoptive dad, as his family attended local services at a nearby Christian Church, the result was when this college educated, (rare for 1920s, but improving) she reasoned and reckoned the Gospel was simple, easy to understand, and follow. Do we continue to follow error and false doctrine when we understand the Truth? Ignorance of the Truth may be an excuse but arrogant refusal to believe and act on the Truth understood is our problem. We can give our evidence as outlined here; https://thecra.org/restoration-herald/articles-of-note/why-i-did-not-baptize-the-baby
What about the “sinners prayer”? Here is what the Baptist brothers have to say; https://faithsaves.net/the-sinners-prayer/
Worship, adoration, devotion, sacrifice as a dog licks the hand of the master in total obedience.