A Simple Gospel

The Promise of the Father is the Holy Spirit, the Wonderful Counselor of Isaiah. Acts 5:32 to those that obey Him. Acts 18;8 Acts is full of many people becoming committed to the Cross and walking in the Way.

Imagine! If I a unworthy servant of the King were to look for a simple gospel in order to save my soul, it would have simple commands, maybe one or two that when applied to the whole & cover all the issues humans face. I am no theologian, my level is stuck below “plowboy” according to Tyndale’s quote. (below) This simple gospel message would be very powerful like dynamite, Rm1:16, when applied with it’s own remedy like John speaks of; “By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.  Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;  and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.  And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.  Whoever keeps his commandments abides in him, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. Acts 5:32 Click for online bible resources Belovedif our heart does not condemn us,

The Holy Spirit would be the Wonderful Counselor to guide us on the Way as we journey side by side, that is yoked. We have no need for “How to books or how to pastors” we are taught by Him.

Peter writes as a fellow shepherd, a common man, he takes no title or power not his.

Unity will be possible when I, Love like John,Jn 3: Repent like Saul, Acts 22:16 Obey like Peter. 1 Peter 3:20-21, A simple Gospel

When more realize the power of the gospel is in the meal shared. The “Bread and Wine” are the Gospel in action reminding, refreshing us to the resurrection

The disciple of love.

Not at all complicated when you take away all the false doctrine and confusion made by Calvin, Luther and Zwingli in their warfare and divisions.

Romans 2:16 NAS https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/romans/2-16.html

Word study on the Gospel, https://www.biblestudytools.com/search/?s=bibles&q=gospel&t=nas&c=all&p=5

16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

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

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,

2 Corinthians 9:13 NAShttps://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/2-corinthians/9-13.html

13 Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all,

2 Corinthians 11:4 NAShttps://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/2-corinthians/11-4.html

4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

1 Peter 4:17 NAS https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-peter/4-17.html

17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

I defie the Pope and all his lawes. 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.William Tyndale https://www.quotescosmos.com/people/William-Tyndale.html

Old Wine in New Bottles, Why?

Worship is? All on us? or All on someone else to provide? Do we participate as the early “Church” was taught to “Each have a song, a word or a prayer” ? Key word “Each” , All in order and with respect of course. Not with ritual piety as no rote ritual will honor the King with pure worship in the Spirit and the Truth. Worship, adoration, devotion, sacrifice as a dog licks the hand of the master in total obedience is the understanding of Worship in the New Covenant. No proxy or sacrifice of our wealth will meet His Worship standards if our heart is missing. We, happy few, in the precious Name may enter with boldness the Holy Throne of God, anytime to be held as a child crying “Abba” Father! Heb 4:14-16. Our Mediator, our High Priest is with us as we “Abide” Our Worship as 2 or more gathered in His Name is precious to Him in any form that honors Him. Reference; Romans 14 toleration of others, reasoning, teaching, admonishing in Spirit and Truth of the mercy and grace Jesus showed the poor in Spirit, the unwanted, the leprous beggar. We all extend the leper’s hand/ When I suspect that my sins are not a stinking mess that yours obliviously are I have immediately failed to love you as Jesus taught. To ignore our sins as we walk together would cause us both to fail the test of a true brother and sister in the King’s service. If I be in error of the great command and you fail to warn me and come to me in humble teaching, woe be unto us! Please point out my errors!

Reference to Col 3 “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Many scriptures teach us to speak to one another, teaching each the other. His message is one and the same. Love one another! the rest is what we make of our lives based on this command.

When the “Church” restores the position and power of the Holy Spirit in the Worship of the assembly, the unity Jesus prayed for will be possible and evident in our midst. The children, immature followers that play with the toys and boast of their experience should not hinder or put us off pursuing His Spirit deeply in our worship public and private. All can be done decently and in order. Never for fame or gain!

We have a “Wonderful Counselor”, We have the written Word in it’s many translations and versions. In all these divisions and differences the message is the same. Our commandment is the same as in the beginning. Our power is the Resurrection, the power of His Name above all names. Our command to be obeyed is to love our Bros &Sis. 1 John 3 reads “in deed and truth” is our Worship to be served to the Master.

The sheep of Matt 25 were easy for the Chief Shepherd to sort from the Goats. Based on their actions, deeds, and care for the “least of these” . Many we have observed act as if on them reside all knowledge and little delivery of good fruit. peace!

Proskuneo is the Word

When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. Matt 28

And they have Fellowship one with another, Koinonia https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/koinonia.html

The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon for Worship in NT

Strong’s Number: 4352
Origin proskuneo from (4314) and a probable derivative of (2965) (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand)Transliterated WordTDNT EntryProskuneo6:758,948Phonetic SpellingParts of Speechpros-koo-neh’-o VerbDefinitionto kiss the hand to (towards) one, in token of reverence among the Orientals, esp. the Persians, to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence in the NT by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make obeisance, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication. Note; Angels and apostles rejected human worship directed toward their person. Jesus never did, only telling demons to be quiet.
More examples of early followers teaching from the Apostles and Letters

Eph 5:19: speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, I sound like a frog croaking. however, my heart musick is all for Him. not you!

Only when the outsider, unbeliever, seeker sees the love for each other, for them and their needs will they believe and ask to know Your God. See 1 Corinthians 14:

Heb 12:28: Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, Note: Where do leaders find the idea people are to follow them? hint, not here.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/psalms/95.html

In our new covenant the plan was for each to teach the neighbor and learn together. The early disciples did not return to the “Rabbis” the ruling temple teachers of the old covenant. The “synagogue” tossed them out and stoned them. The simple “Apostles’ doctrine” or teachings of the Apostles is modeled and recorded in the Acts record, in the letters we see the half of many conversations for the “Assemblies”, Ekklesia is the word. For us this is what we use for a guide or doctrine.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/call-to-worship-scriptures/

We must separate the fans and find the followers in prayer and fasting for the body in the highways and byways, not whining cause temple taxes are down and the hired hands are complaining. Find Him in the shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, the homeless camps, the sidewalk, caring for the sick, and sharing meals “Breaking Bread” in homes of the faithful. WE have one rule to follow as a “Must Do!” 1 John 3:23, the rest is a religion to be measured by that one law. Gal 5:14, One way, and one faith Eph 4:1-6, We teach “Sound Doctrine” Titus 2:1-10, Cheers!

There is Truth and there is right, be kind, be gentle and firm as Jesus is in dealing with us and our sins.

We all know by now the world will (or has since I first wrote this last year) 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? Was the road to Emma-us the only encounter among the 500+? Was the forgiveness and love in action on the beach of John 21 that gave them courage to wait out the storm clouds of a nation at war with itself + the most powerful nation the world would very soon destroy the nation of Israel as God wiped the plate clean. What turned them from cowards, deserting their King and Messiah because He did not fit the picture of a King to them? What do you want God to fix today? Your food, your health? your life? 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

We have one law we must obey to please our God, 1 John 3:23, Gal 5:14, Go down to the river to pray, confess Jesus is King of Kings, Repent, Bury the dead man, Wash away your sins, Acts 5:32 Obey, Enjoy the Spirit as you Abide, disciple others, enjoy God’s Gifts, Come to the Table, leave the dead altars behind. The rest is religions, In matters of Faith unity, in matters of opinion liberty. We are called to be one body. Col 3 Reads:

Beyond all these things put on love, which is 1athe perfect bond of bunity.

 15 Let athe peace of Christ 1rule in your hearts, to which 2indeed you were called in bone body; and 3be thankful.

 16 Let athe word of 1Christ richly dwell within you, 2with all wisdom bteaching and admonishing 3one another cwith psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, dsinging 4with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

 17 aWhatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, bgiving thanks through Him to God the Father., end.

No longer Reformed, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Interesting take on “Calvinism” and related cult isims, https://jackcottrell.com/?p=2506

The resurrection of Jesus is the turning point of all history. If He has not conquered death romans 8:37 then nothing matters, nothing! Our lives are “Leaves of grass” Mankind has no hope in any other religion or practice. The fact that no one other than the promised Messiah, the Lamb of God; has ever in all of history claimed to have survived a full course Roman Crucifixion is easy to prove because many have failed to destroy the evidence. Why would all the evil in the world try and remove the evidence or cover it with religious junk if he were just another good dead man? Read the gospel’s accounts, read Acts, Pray for God to open your heart. Would you or friends give up all and devote everything to telling everyone He is Risen!; if he was not? God is who He sez He is or it is all a cruel joke. The idea that Jesus is only a good man, a holy person who did good things is a blasphemy on the “Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Rock of Ages. Isaiah 9. Jesus is God Romans 9:5 Believe and live in His pleasure. Acts 2 accept the invite, Come down to the river to pray, wash away your sins, bury the old man of your evil ways and rise to walk in the New Life of the Kingdom of God in Christ. If we die the death of Jesus we live with him forever. Romans 6:17 Acts 5:32, Cheers! The early followers “Knew” Jesus as you know your intimate friends and family. These followers are not hearsay reporters, but eye witnesses who touched the risen savior after a sure and confirmed death on the cross of Rome at the word of the Jews.

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?

Reading “Down to the River to Pray” and we are in awe at the truths presented here, the same truths we heard for 50 years and repeated without really understanding because we followed the model of our tradition in thinking “They must be right they are in charge” If you would see the “Breaking of Bread” in new light please prayerfully measure these books and compare to God’s Word and not tradition of men. The transforming regeneration of immersion is placed as the centerpiece of the Gospel moving the Cross to the proper place as the Altar God used to sacrifice His only begotten Son on. Our personal altar is on our knees in prayer of repentance, confessing Jesus as King our propitiation for evermore

We have one law we must obey to please our God, 1 John 3:23, Gal 5:14, Go down to the river to pray, confess Jesus is King of Kings, Repent, Bury the dead man, Wash away your sins, Acts 5:32 Obey, disciple others, enjoy God’s Gifts, Come to the Table, leave the dead altars behind. The rest is religions, In matters of Faith unity, in matters of opinion liberty.

Fellowship is more than…… what you think https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/nas/koinonia.html

https://www.christian-history.org/early-christianity.html

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 Lamb ( a sacrifice a shepherd would have intimate knowledge of in those days.) before the foundation of the world, a one off, first born of creation, precious Lamb. He is for us the Word became flesh and the Word was/is God. The Logos that is Divine. When you see the message of Jesus for all mankind as this amazing love, freedom in Christ, 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? How can religious people excuse, ignore clear commands and make inferences a model to twist clear commands in the original languages on the oldest documents. 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,

We are not the only followers of Jesus that claim to know Him and claim His ownership by bearing the label “Christian” or simple humble titles as the “a follower of the Way” We feel the divided denominational labels mark us for divided fellowship or somehow remove the need for fellowship with “Them” or those that fly different flags. We find those that love the Lord our King Jesus in many tribes under many sectarian flags. We know them by their humble Spirits that love God first in all things, yet have been blinded by denominational warfare over doctrine to control the flock. Many good shepherds do the best they can each day to care for the flock that they have looking to them for food that lasts, they get the scraps left over or do they meet Jesus on the beach anytime anywhere, God without limit. We feel no need for many traditions, rules rituals people use in their tribe to get closer to God, we see many examples of culture clash and bias in the fellowship of these tribes. Most are content to create their “Church” and let it evolve and reform as time goes by. After all the same churchmen/clergy class that burned people at the stake for saying the earth was round, also wanted the bible to say what they said not what God had said in the older documents. When the empires visible “Church” or vchurch as it was defined by theologians, developed theology to solve state political problems ST Augustine; who hated women and sex, was able to use the sprinkling of infants as the mode of a replacement for believer’s immersion, the vchurch was able to use the records of the vchurch to control the masses of sheep in Europe by superstition substitution and out right fraud in mixing the covenants, to give the kings and popes feudal control to tax and make war in the name of their gods.

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.

We must separate the fans and find the followers in prayer and fasting for the body in the highways and byways, not whining cause temple taxes are down and the hired hands are complaining. Find Him in the shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, the homeless camps, the sidewalk, caring for the sick, and sharing meals “Breaking Bread” in homes of the faithful. WE have one rule to follow as a “Must Do!” 1 John 3:23, the rest is a religion to be measured by that one law. Gal 5:14, One way, and one faith Eph 4:1-6, We teach “Sound Doctrine” Titus 2:1-10, Cheers!

http://www.aggressivechristianity.net/articles/ecclesia.htm

How much was the coin in the fish Peter caught? Why did he not open a fishing store and sell that lure? When did we pay to learn how to “Church”? Did not Simon ask to grow his church? What did Peter tell Simon? Can you buy the Holy Spirit who is the only Spirit that seals and adds to the Ekklesia? When you grow man’s church you must deal with man’s wisdom and effort. Acts 8. Acts 2:36-v41-42 Gal 1:16 Acts 5:32 The Gospel is free, there are apps for free, resources are free. 1 John 3:23

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

Rapture, Too many want to know when? so they can buy “Fire insurance” or fix their life, Someday soon, They rest assured He can’t return until? before? False Prophets abound! We may see Jesus when the next heartbeat fails or not for many years, but we will see Him soon nonetheless. Hebrews 9 assures after death comes the Judgement. No one taught the rapture nonsense with much effort until Hal Lindsey and then Hollywierd found $$ in it. Hired hands and wolves use it to scare/control/fleece lost sheep.

 “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” Jude half brother of Jesus. This would be the One Faith of Ephesians 4, God likes the number one

https://autoteachersonny.wordpress.com/2009/08/

We are to celebrate the resurrection of our King. To teach children to watch for a supernatural being that is able “to see you when you are sleeping, knows when you are bad or good, assigns just rewards based on deeds” is to assign the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the big ones only God has fully in all Power. The serious warnings here that 98% of Americans do not heed. Matt 12:22-32 Hebrews 6, These big gifts of a Holy Mighty God, not our Holy gifts he gives us every day can not be delivered to a myth of a legend that consumerism America has made into a little god celebrated by Wall Street and encouraged by divided churches everywhere as a way to please kids and parents are drawn in with kids. Our gifts are not under some tree or in a garment hung for the yule log to singe. We are to celebrate the indwelling Holy Spirit as in Abide, John 15, not just on a special holiday the empire decreed. Do as Paul told the Corinthians this holiday, Share, care for one another, love one another, obey the Holy Spirit in all things cover with Love 1 John 3:23, If we are wrong Job 6:24-25 Amen! Come Lord King Jesus!

Is the “Sinners Prayer” in the bible? Yes but not how they use it today.

Do you take Romans 10 and do away with Romans 6? Why not share the full gospel of Acts 1:4-5wait for the Promise of the Father, Acts 2 promise delivered, the invitation is given by Peter, Salvation Gifts and Sign Gifts, Acts 5:32, Why not be like those pagans in Corinth? Acts 18:8. Wash away your sins Acts 22:16, Eph 4:1-6 one not several. Sound doctrine, not church doctrine Titus 2:1-10. Real Grace in the Work of God not cheap grace sought by the rich young ruler who prayed in the belief that Jesus could save him in spite of his sins. Do you have Faith in the “Operation of God” Col 2:12, Do you have a clear “Conscience” 1 Peter 3:20-21 before God or just man? Are you all equal in Christ? If Faith has come are you still under the “Schoolmaster”? or the new covenant Faith of Gal 3:22-29. Some thoughts we had after watching the video Brandon posted. As we said; the prayer of repentance is a good place to start. Confessing with the Lord of your life is good as Rom 10 sez and many examples show. The first changes in the practices of the early Apostles’ teaching occurred slowly in the first 100 yrs of the birth of the new covenant. If one studies theology or doctrines from our age back to the age of the apostles One’s view can be distorted by the many divisions of men’s creation in their quest for riches and power. However if one studies the history from the Age of Apostles one can see the rise of the empire of Babylon, the changes St Augustine brought to the unholy altar, later what her evil daughters did to each other and the faithful followers of Jesus, as they fought and scrambled the scriptures to gain the power and control of the sheep. History can be verified. Cheers!

 

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

In a recent discussion

Here is why “church people” can kill or practice genocide on another race or people they feel are “heretic”

Here is a good article on Augustine’s theory of persecution. https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/freethought-freedom-augustines-case-righteous-persecution

Luther wrote:
“That seditious articles of doctrine should be punished by the sword needed no further proof. For the rest, the Anabaptists hold tenets relating to infant baptism, original sin, and inspiration, which have no connection with the Word of God, and are indeed opposed to it . . . Secular authorities are also bound to restrain and punish avowedly false doctrine . . . For think what disaster would ensue if children were not baptized? . . . Besides this the Anabaptists separate themselves from the churches . . . and they set up a ministry and congregation of their own, which is also contrary to the command of God. From all this it becomes clear that the secular authorities are bound . . . to inflict corporal punishment on the offenders . . . Also when it is a case of only upholding some spiritual tenet, such as infant baptism, original sin, and unnecessary separation, then . . . we conclude that . . . the stubborn sectaries must be put to death.” (ref. pamphlet of 1536; in Johannes Janssen, History of the German People From the Close of the Middle Ages, 16 volumes, translated by A.M. Christie, St. Louis: B. Herder, 1910 [orig. 1891]; Vol. X, 222-223)

Calvin’s work: “Defense of the Orthodox Faith in the Sacred Trinity” which makes killing heretics centrally essential to Calvinism should thus be considered more important than his Institutes for understanding applied Calvinism. Theodore Beza also expanded on Calvin and wrote “On the Punishment of Heretics by the Civil Magistrate” in 1554 to further promote the Calvinist totalitarian state position .

In other words, these are all extremely well known by those who have sided with their victims, primarily Anabaptists. What is scary is that some Anabaptists want to overlook the evils that are a defining centerpiece of the Reformation. No, the Radical Reformation and the Restoration movement(s) and CoC should not seek an alliance with the Chemosh-like religions of the Reformation.” Allen Hobbs from JMH blog click for link.

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.

https://newchurchtahoe.com/who-we-are/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God does not need a calendar or a calculator.

God created us for His purpose. We all have free will and choice to accept God’s payment for our rebellion, our sin. Jesus Christ is your savior or He is just another religious person in history. If Jesus is the “Mighty God” of Isaiah then He is the Wonderful Counselor of the same passage. Jesus is the Way or He is a side show on the road of life?  “What must we do to be saved? is the question? Acts 2: states that Peter said ” Repent and be immersed for the forgiveness of sin, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”  The text here is linked to a page that will give you the Greek and English word use. I like to know what the original Greek said so I can use the mind that God gave me to understand His Word. It is so difficult to understand! You must be a scholar of the Bible or a little child to understand God’s Word. As I become a student of the New Testament I rely on the Holy Spirit to use God’s Word that I read to come to me when most needed. When I talk to God I ask many foolish questions, many questions about like the disciples and the questions they had for Jesus. When will I die? What about him? When are you coming back? I know those answers somewhat and I don’t fear the outcome but like a patient going into surgery, I fear the physical unknown part of death. Time stops for those that are dead. What do the dead need of time? How we die is not important or significant to me. Funeral preparations past a sanitary conclusion to my physical body are a waste and poor substitute for sincere grief and grace. Don’t look for me here I am gone, Celebrate! Praise God you can party at my departing service. Give my clothes and junk to the poor. Sell any valuables and give the money to the poor. Take care of widows and orphans. Glorify God, not me. Did you bury me at sea? The sea will give up the dead. Will I be asleep?  The same God that formed me in the womb will take care of my soul when that time comes.  I will not be there I will be in the welcome open arms of my Savior.  God saw all the days of our lives before we were formed in our mother.  I pray that He finds you a humble servant and obedient follower of Christ.

Acts 2:37-39 Peter gives the Keys of the Kingdom to all.

 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do
38 Then Peter saidunto them, Repentand be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission ofsins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 
39 For the promise is unto you, and to yourchildren, and to all that are afar off*, even as many as the Lord our God shall call 

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Everyone in a storm needs a lighthouse

 

When I sailed offshore I felt closer to God than ever before. I know I listened more to His word when alone, sailing, reading God’s word,  offshore in God’s hand. Floating in His water by His law of physics, propelled by the wind blowing in the directions assigned by God for that day in our timeline. The event you can recall, even remembers with sudden clarity a minor detail that meant so much to the outcome of the adventure you went through, only by God’s Grace can be the answer of your safety! To say my survival after all of my prodigal, misspent youth and many sins I repented of with bitter tears were due to luck is a fool’s gambit.  To trust in luck is like the Greek gods of the sea, Neptune and Zeus. If they are real, like mother nature according to weather news,  then my God rules them and destroys them. They are not gods I follow.

 Only would a fool say there is no god and nothing matters. They lose nothing, God allows the unbelieving choice to choose, they gain nothing for they believe nothing. Then another says “We have god here in our box. We will share free to all that adopt our rules and rituals of our religion” or worse we divide up into camps and squabble over which pope was married or what to eat on the day and time set by those in power that Jesus will come by and collect nickels and noses. We go so far in organized religion as to divide over music, names, titles, race, politics, and things of this world and many other foolish reasons that won’t matter in the New Heaven and New Earth!  All that ritual and rules are worthless without Grace.
       Time at sea becomes a visual thing and if I doze off I may not recall how much time has passed in my sleep or how many miles the boat has traveled and in what direction. Time only mattered when I want to know exactly where I was and where I was going.
By myself at sea, often sleepy and relaxed with a good breeze to fill the sails and the roll of the Gulf Stream pushing my vessel forward. I would doze, my bread timer would ring and wake me. A few times sleep had me and I awoke in a dream we had overturned, as before in a storm in the Gulf. For some waking may be faster than me. When I sleep hard deep sleep I have no recollection of time or space until I emerge to reality. First I am aware of is it night or day? God set that in place in the beginning so we would have rest & work time. If the compass is visible or the GPS is working I will determine my position. Am I where God wants me to be? My prayer to God is that we will go where He sends us.  My face in the wind will tell me where my sail will have to bend for the direction I want to go. I may have a perfectly logical position or place to be and many good reasons for being there. Wow! Tell God your plans and listen for the laugh.   One of the things about owning boats is you are never satisfied and all boats are compromises. We should never compromise on the command Jesus gave us to love one another. No matter what bad decision by me that was made back then, and there were many of them. I will place my faith with the creator of the earth, wind, and sea.  If I am sailing without a compass and a map or the high tech gps, radar, EPIRBs, and radios I would want for safety and I have the means to obtain these items, my choice not own them would be foolish. I sailed before the GPS, we followed maps with compasses left over from WW2 in the jungle. Yesterday when I was a rebel and I could do anything I wanted to. Today I want all God has to help me serve Him.  Today I want to please God by following the example of Jesus Christ in loving my neighbor. Yesterday I was lost with bad maps, local guides that were lost, bad intel on the terrain, an unjust war. I saw the Light and have studied God’s word. I use the word as light for my feet and follow Jesus. When I look for the Church of Acts or of Corinth, or Ephesus in today’s world I am hard pressed to locate them. Sometimes we have found them in buildings, sometimes in homes, on a boat, on a beach. Where and what day of your calendar did Jesus cook breakfast after giving fishing advice to his friends? Was that Church? Why not? One day time as we know it will be no more. For God, that type of time that has been His domain and how He views our world is beyond our understanding. Jesus told the woman at the well. “Time is coming it won’t matter where you worship. God is Spirit! “
I will shout  “Today I will do my best to love my neighbor, forgive my enemy and wash the feet of my brothers and sisters”  Nothing else matters, and everything that matters is Love’s opportunity.
When I got into trouble at sea it was my mistakes, bad decisions and poorly thought out plans. Much like warfare the quick and the dead are accounted for regardless of religion, race, national status, gender or any other qualification than all are sinners and lost. Most people drop God right about here. It is like you sailed off the map and ran aground. Now you are mad at the map maker for your choice to sail off the map. You pay for the damage and the tow, you and those around you pay the price for all we do in our rebellion. God forgives but physics still says falls at home is number 1 killer. My uncle left home when he heard that news. God is never surprised by our questions or actions.
Maybe if we look at our compass and direction in the wind, our position by the GPS we can find our way home, maybe God is very pleased with you right now where you are, doing what you are doing with love. If I was truly lost as I was a few times and had trouble, I used a VHF radio to call for help from the Coast Guard or Boat US. I would consider anyone with a boat of any serious use or size have BoatUS service. In fact, I feel it would be a foolish as a person that rejects Jesus because of the poor church models religious men have created and fed to the sheep all these years. Most people reject God and following Jesus because they had a bitter experience with someone or a church. Some have developed atheist views to cover a personal or shameful reason they are bitter with God. Foolish to allow someone else to push you away.  Pour Grace on your bitterness. There are many good people in institutions that are doing good things. Some denominations run hospitals, schools, and shelters for the homeless, widows and orphans. Some are worldwide with charity and doing good things. When will we acknowledge that we are divided and those divisions keep us broken and weak? Jesus said the world would be won when we are One.  Many of God’s people are sincere in the Faith they know and are told. They just don’t read and study God’s word on their own. Tradition and family give them an excuse to continue in the rut of religion and attendance. My call is to be a radical Christian, a follower, never a fan after knowing Him. Fans show up for ritual and follow rules, rulers and titles and all sorts of stuff I can not find in the New Agreement we followers of Jesus have with God. Fans are content to watch and pay $$ to support bigger and better programs and events to draw more fans. Fans enjoy being treated especially nice. Followers treat everyone special. There are no clergy or lay people in the New Testament Church. No power struggle ever helps, politics and power are Satan’s home game, he will win if you try to play. The leaders of followers of Christ are foot washers, servants and they love their neighbors. The foot washing is a metaphor for acts of service, things done for your brother and sister out of love, not the world’s love, of lust, strife, and evil done by men to others.
 If I had known I was to have lived this long I would have sailed a little more and done a little more, but now I realize as Soloman that all is vanity, all is worthless. Only what is done for my Savior, Jesus the Christ, Mighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father!

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Will your anchor hold in the storm? 

In the Begining….God…did what?

“And to every beast of the earth and every bird of the air and every creature that crawls upon the earth—everything that has the breath of life in it—I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God looked upon all that He had made, and indeed, it was very good.”Genesis 1

Do​es​ God want us to suffer and take prescribed opioids, or harm our selves with alcohol for pain and cancer issues? No, God loves His children. Does He want us to take our life when pain, PTSD, and dementia take our life before we die on His timeline? No!  He gave us God’s own healing herbs. As Paul told Timothy “Take a little wine for your stomach’s sake” Wait! does that mean I should take an insecticide, roll it up and smoke it? Tobacco makes a useful insecticide. What does it do to your body?  Do we please God when we pig out on fast food and sugar?  Does my freedom and yours in Christ give us permission to drink poison until we harm our body? No, alcohol is not forbidden, but drunks and overindulgence in anything is wrong. Food, exercise, work, sloth are all abused. We are free of the old agreements, the rules and rituals that could not please us, we humans rebelled under the Law in the agreement Moses was involved with. Have you ever been in a contract? When you get a new contract can you add the old contract to the new? Duh! Why would you do that? Adding something that did not work to the perfect plan is stupid.  Jesus was God’s plan to save us from our selves. (read Acts 2: especially the part about the Church and what they did)   Today I am blessed every minute with His presence and comfort from knowing, like a little child that God loves me so much, the great giver gave the greatest gift of Jesus, the Christ, His Grace will cover me, cleanse me, so that I may stand in His presence (Sin cannot stand in His presence).  We, with life-impairing disease and injuries, should find comfort in the Grace God gives freely and ignore the rules and rituals based on man-made religion. Take the yoke of Jesus and no other master.  Why are we divided? Who has divided us? Tradition? A latter-day revelation from some cult? The latest cult that says Jesus is less than God or is Jesus Isaiah’s “Mighty God”?  Jesus is my savior, not religion!   “I have other sheep who are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.”  John 10:16   Why are we divided?

When God created the universe*, earth, and humans the record was written to be read by the Hebrews, Sons of Abraham. The knowledge they had then of physics, biology, technology, was limited. When we read the Torah, the Greek translation, with Hebrew understanding we can see the great Love God has for His creation. We are gifted everything. Then here comes sin, missing the mark, goofing up, rebellion, arrogance, anger, rage, murder, gossips, and liers, thieves, sexually immoral, worshipers of idols, unbelief/rejection of Truth, are not meeting God’s standard. The world screams “That is not fair!” As they find some Phd, talk show host, or Reverend to tell them it is OK to marry your dog or your neighbor’s wife. Any “Church” reverend, pope tells you something is OK you best check with the boss, God may require our obedience, but the rules and rituals laid down by men are not founded on the Rock. Jesus is the Rock of God. Any religion (denomination or division is not of God) or cult is of the accuser Satan. This is the lamb that speaks with a dragon’s tongue Rev 13:11. A false Church that looks correct like a lamb but speaks with Satan’s mouth.

We don’t have to live on the wrong side of God. We can enjoy the Holy Spirit ( Wonderful Counselor” Isa 9:6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.), God’s Word, a light for our feet, not a searchlight for what the world offers.  We have the right as followers of Jesus Christ to instant communication with God ( The Mighty God of Isaiah,  prayer, ) We rely on friends to support us. We have always worked and practiced giving to those in need. We see there is no need for a tithe (payment of the Hebrew nation to God of the old agreement, an average of 3 years was around 28%), our giving should be to those in need, not to build more buildings to house fans on game day or feed overfed lackeys in the temple.

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Lemongrass and Aloe two of God’s healing herbs. I use Lemongrass tea for bladder cancer after a Vietnamese friend told me about the plant’s use in VN medicine.  God healed me after three tumors were removed. We asked the elders of the congregation we met with to follow James’ advice for the sick. James 5:14-15, The next check up revealed no scar tissue, clean smooth skin, and today I am in remission and said to be cancer free for today.

We have access no limit, no dropped calls on God’s terms. The only person that places us outside of God’s Grace is our rejection of His Gift, “The Way, The Truth, The Life” of the Gospels. No one comes to the Father without Jesus, we are too sinful without Grace!
Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.   Hebrews 4:16

Our communication is direct and immediate. We need no star, papa, saint, crystal, statue or idol between us for best communication. The powerful praying of a follower of Jesus can penetrate any structure, cross any divide, lift any burden, endure any punishment and make the one being transformed  blessed (Happy)

For God is one, and there is one Mediator of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus, 1 Tim 2:5

Do​es​ God want us to suffer and take prescribed opioids for pain and cancer issues? No, God loves His children. He gave us God’s own healing herb. As Paul told Timothy “Take a little wine for your stomach’s sake” We with life-impairing disease and injuries should find comfort in the Grace God gives freely and ignore the rules and rituals based on man-made religion. Jesus is my savior, not religion! Semper Fi!

* Rev 4:11 Our Lord and our God, you deserve to receive the glory and the honor and the power for you created everything, and they exist because you wanted them to, so they were created.”

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Questions we ask?

Phil Drysdale a British follower of Jesus I read online asked these questions and I have tried to answer them as positively as I can.  Phil has a unique perspective and many times reading his blog or listening to his Grace Course I say”Why did not I think of that?” I have little to disagree with him on and those points won’t matter off this planet very much because we are covered in a deluge of grace.

https://www.facebook.com/PhilDrysdaleMinistries/

TheGraceCourse – PhilDrysdale.com – Facebook – Instagram

  • What are the questions that bounce around in your head when you hear the words, Sex, Sexuality and Gender?                                                                                                  God was clear on how we were made. even in a story that has been twisted by some. God’s plan right down to our details in our physical bodies was male and female. Matt 19:4, Sin has corrupted us, just like the drunk that drives and kills. Sin has messed up our DNA. Culture has poisoned our brain into thinking some naked drag queen or bizarre sex act is normal because it is on the one-eyed god in our living room, laptop or handheld in our face.
  • What do you think are the important things I should cover?                                      Jesus said all the things that can cause us to sin and rebel comes from inside, our heart. Mark 7:21. Lust was just one of the number, Sexual immorality is sin against God’s plan. Does not matter who does it. I am so glad we can be forgiven when we repent and accept Grace.  Rev 2 tells the Churches of Christ to Repent!
  • What do you want more information on?  How to love my neighbor when I see sin in their life? Rev 9:21, James 5:20
  • What do you think are the key passages I should look at? Jesus teaching on the heart, Matt 15:19,  The things in Old Testament and in the new God finds abhorrent, hates or particularly speaks on like your talk on burning children and God said I have never thought of that! Luke 16:15, Romans 1:30
  • What do you see as the key issues of the day in this area?                                         Many are told that this (fill in the blank) is a normal sex act, normal marriage, normal lifestyle and we will marry you and any sex you have will be blessed by God. or this quote from a man that loves to have sex with a man, “It is ok with God if I love the person before we have sex! My reverend/priest told me that.” The clear issue is rebellion towards God. Perhaps the person is so bitter towards God, because of a bad experience with church, parents, priest/pastor that they are mad at God and just like an unruly child play in the mud for spite! Hebrews 12:15 
  • What do you think God is saying about this topic?     If David had not followed up after seeing Bathsheba on the roof bathing, maybe he would not have messed up? The “Ifs” get us on this. If I had not kissed her or him, If I had not asked her/him to lunch? The heart knows what you wanted and the devil may be happy with your sin but he did not make you do it. Satan does speak to you through all the voices of the world. He is the deceiver.    John 8:44                                                God hates sin. Grace covers all sin except that that is unrepented of. James said much about sin. James said a person is enticed or tempted and if they allow that lust to have its way leads to sin. The temptation is not sinning, the action on the lust of the heart/mind and a follow-through of the body is the sin. 
  • That the sin of Lust is right up there with gossips, liars, thieves, haters, bigots, those that harm children and idol worship.  Can we be forgiven? Yes, Romans 8:1

 

What is 2 Timothy 3 talking about “All Scripture”

20180702_0953362 Timothy 3:16-17 King James Version (KJV)

 “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.” When Paul wrote these words in his letter to Timothy about being a pastor, evangelist and follower of Christ the New Testament had yet to be written. Paul had his parchments and scrolls he speaks of 2 Tim 4:13. He may have had a copy of the Greek language Septuagint of the Old Testament  When Paul wrote he may have used this copy to quote from. Most of the writers appear to have access to the book also. Some of the Jews only spoke and read Greek at that time. 

The Mediterranean basin spoke several languages at that time, the common Koine Greek

the most popular among the common people. This was what was used to write the New Testament Gospels and letters with a few exceptions of Aramaic.  Now I am no theologian or doctor of letters. I did not pass Greek in college, My Dyslexia mind was not discovered until later.  Anyone can use the Greek concordance and find out what every word in the NT was in the original language  

I use Strong’s Concordance on this to check the meaning and discover where the same word is used.  site https://www.biblestudytools.com/concordances/strongs-exhaustive-concordance/

By using several translations I can get closer to an actual understanding of what God said via His inspired writers. I won’t bore you but if one says the Bible is corrupted they are ignorant of the history and how the texts were put together. Let’s say as some do the different translations are full of errors. Or mistranslated, or as in the case of a few texts used by fringe groups, cults are downright biased toward their views. I will measure these sometime later. For now, focus on this; The basic truth of Jesus Christ is evident in the theme of the New Testament, the God of Abraham is revealed in the Gospels and these facts are predicted in the Old Testament and demonstrated in the NT.  The simple Gospel truths are the same in the most mangled copy of the NT available today in the English tongue. God Loves you beyond measure. If we concentrate our entire being on the command of Jesus to love one another and to love God, we will follow the rest of the easy stuff. We can squabble about some of the rules and points of Paul till doomsday and all we do is divide more. We can be like Martin Luther when he read James writing about faith and works. Martin is said to have written in the margin of his German translation of the bible , “James , you are wrong!”   Martin came out so strong on the RC stance of penance, works and rituals that his cry of “Faith Alone” was powerful and to get by James he placed the letter in the appendix of his translation.  Of Course, James did not mean the works of the Law, The Torah, or adding to our salvation or replacing our salvation with anything. Our deeds and good works are because of our love, we have Grace beyond measure.        See James 2, Hebrews 11, Galatian 3  

For example, I like to read the King James Version, but I know the idiosyncrasies and word changes of the 1611 English vs the common English some of us use today. Example; the Lords Prayer in the KJV has a different ending from later translations. Many people scorned the NIV for dropping the verse portion in Matt 6:13 “ For thine is the kingdom,and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. ” KJV

The NIV added it as a note! Why? Because they found a recent copy older and more accurate that did not contain those words. The amazing thing is that archaeological discoveries tend to support the Bible as we have it. We may divide over tradition, rituals and rules but we are going to have to get along in the presence of God one day. Our race, language and egos won’t matter when we see Him as He is.

Like Charity for Love or “Bowels of mercies” All are words Shakespeare used but we no longer do in everyday conversation.  See this for more on words, we don’t use anymore that you need to understand in the KJV. 

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The sight of this cross saved my life one dark and stormy night…………

What is your tradition you won’t give up for Jesus? If everyone did “Church” like you what would it look like to an unbeliever? Can you point to the scripture in the New Testament (New Covenant, the new agreement, The new Kingdom) that supports every ritual, rules and doctrine of your basis for your faith in Christ?  Isaiah 1:16 and James 1:27 are in support of each other on what we should be doing.  Every scripture and verse we use should be like those two. We should divide the covenants and timeline correctly. We should study each verse and command to ensure it is for us. You don’t sacrifice animals because—- You don’t need a temple to have an altar—— You don’t send your money to some silver-tongued devil to buy his 4 th aeroplane and neglect your neighbour or the homeless down the street do you?

I like what Dr King said:

You’ve seen these people who have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Comments are welcome

Semper fi!

 

Salt, Light, Wash Feet Ministry

My former blog from my active teaching years is here https://autoteachersonny.wordpress.com/    my journal of things we do is http://ontheofficewautoteacher.blogspot.com

Now that I am looking at my next career I must plan on a strategy, not that I had always planned and laid out well-laid plans. I depended on the false god, Luck for far too long. It was years later when my mom had begun to think I was her older brother Jack who had been in the Navy during WW2. Uncle Jack was a man’s man and my role model. I never knew of anyone around him that did not speak highly of his integrity and friendliness.  She talked to Uncle Jack when we visited her in the nursing home as she entered her 80s, only it was me she told the sister -brother things, like about

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how she would pray for me several times a day, every day I was gone overseas and in fields of fire.  Do you trust God or luck? God has been more reliable for me. Luck is a scary trickster!  Every time I made/make poor decisions, bad judgement calls and do/did stupid stuff God has taken my futile failing efforts and made the path clear when I return to trust Him.  “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. ” Psalm 119:115

To be the salt that makes life tasty for others. Being a good neighbour and loving those around us, forgiving our enemies, especially ourselves. Many times I am my own worst enemy as Pogo said: We has met the enemy and he is us!”

Is the person that drove this forklift unlucky or fortunate? Oops

We will trust God in our life, no chance, luck or charm, magic or mystical incantation. We will get back to the simple word of God. We will cast off the man-made rules and rituals of religion and forgive. Learn to love the ones around us. We will depend totally on God’s Grace and mercy.  Our worship will be to be the church where we are. Was not that what Jesus told them to do?

In Acts of the Apostles, Luke wrote that “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47 Does your Church look like this model in Acts? I think it is a good place to start if the heart of your worship is missing Grace. 

To dwell in this presence of God among our neighbours is our goal. What are your goals in the time you have left?