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………..

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.