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.

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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/

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

https://www.biblestudytools.com/nas/1-peter/1.html

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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.

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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 GUIDE NOT A RULE BOOK FOR THE HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT KEEPING GATHERINGS AS NATURAL AND ORGANIC AS POSSIBLE

Glen Newman HOUSE CHURCH ACADEMY

HOUSE CHURCH ACADEMY & Covenant House Church 208-262-6875 glennewman1948@gmail.com

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.

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/

Cold Cold Ground…….

The landing zone at LZ Stud during operation Dewey Canyon 1969

During my 18-19th year on the planet I was in a place off a road described as “Street without Joy” and near the site of the famous stand of the dumbass leadership that placed marines, sailors, airmen, and troopers in harms way just so Johnson, Westy, Bob McNamara, and later Nixon could prove they had some balls at Khe Sanh. We defended a patch of beautiful tropical mountain ranges from an enemy we could not find unless he wished to be found. We trapped him with bombs and our allies, the brothers of the NVA and VC would let them go in the cowardice of the lame leaders of the ARVN. We poured millions of US gold backed dollars into a third world war at a level that by now we could have purchased a rice paddy, water bull, bamboo hut or houseboat sampan or both for every Asian we slaughtered by fault or proxy or direct intervention into their Buddhist belief system by helping the recycling process at an industrial level in our “Monroe Doctrine” and NATO agreements. We know where all the flowers have gone. We lost the best and brightest in our season of war, death, and destruction. Our smart, our rich may have bought a deferment or lucked out as they bent fate by their position in our culture. Some in a noble quest or Quixote like may have joined as many did to save the world from the red peril, or protect American virgins from foreign pillagers and fight ancestors of the yellow peril we have fought with so often and will again.

The mountains were fog-shrouded, Vandergrift Combat Base, Task Force Hotel 1969

My job was varied. The Marines trained me as mos 2531, a field radio operator. When I was to be assigned overseas to the fleet they sent a few of us to mess duty and then to truck driver school. I got a military driver license up to 6×6 5 ton. During Operation Dewey Canyon I was told to guard and escort a Chaplin to a firebase as there were many casualties. I found the Father, a Navy Lt Cmdr. His utes all clean and untouched by the invasive red dust that underlies the valleys in the dry season, and turns to red clinging mud in the wet monsoon season. This was January 1969 and it was the season to kill and die young.

Marines awaiting ride to the firebase 1969

The hillside of the firebase was torn, the top of the mountain shaved off by explosives and like a few hundred others was nameless unless some gallant feat of arms awarded a firebase or obscure scene of a fight a name for history it would never have a name. The dark slick body bags were already laid out with the new dead in them, as soon as our chopper landed it took off with wounded that were queued up for a ticket home or patch up and back again. Trash and empty ammo boxes, c ration cans, littered the red clay and exposed rock. Smoke from small fires around the perimeter filled in where the fog met the top and fog made the place surreal. Our foes have a few bodies in the wire and these are fresh dead, flies crawling in the blown open flesh, smelling of blood and burned flesh. The serious Marine wounded were removed in the dark of the early morning by gunships bringing in ammo and fresh fodder for Mars. All the young and restless of this generation that saw a hope or chance or just a get out of town/nest/marriage/jail ticket in service to the nation or escape to a cooler frying pan or softer burning fire. The quick and the dead are evident. On this hill with rifle fire still cracking across the valley. I follow the Chaplin to some of the bodies, the good father walks around like he is at a Sunday dinner on the ground. He is smiling and handing out some hard candy and small bibles. I am supposed to unzip the bags and check for the tags each Marine is handed to wear on the chain around the neck and in the boot lace in combat. When the tag reads Catholic I am to call the padre over to give the soul forgiveness. I try to pray over each of them and can’t. I unzip your bag, yes yours, I signal to him. The priest touches the marines forehead just above the eyebrow line and dabs a spot of oil on the skin of the dead marine. The priest says a recited prayer and I am reminded of the song by the Animals, “Sky Pilot, how high can you fly?” There is a folded letter, bloodstained crumpled in the pocket of your jacket. I can see the address and today believe it is somewhere in Massachusetts. I pray we and your brothers will meet in the presence of God soon where we will be accountable for our lives to Jesus. Massachusetts, religion, war and this earth won’t matter.

I last saw you all tall and handsome at the prom, of course with the best looking girl. You were at the dance with her too, I saw you in the gym, you danced so close the teacher broke you up and you left with the girl. Now you lay in a foreign land soon to be in the cold, cold ground. The prowess you displayed on the ball field of youthful dreams is a moot point now as your muscled frame turns to putrid flesh. I watch as the padre touches your tanned face and I want to comb your hair out of your forehead. I see you are a Corporal and maybe you are allowed to grow long hair than a boot, still, it is way shorter than the back home Jodies that are taking your girl, job and car while you are here. You look to be asleep awaiting a lover’s caress and not the too little, too late watch care of a priest. We walked the earth as warrior kings but now we are no longer proud of our battles won for they are of no value in the “Big Picture”. You will look really good in your blues when the honor guard delivers the flag to your mom. They will fire the salute and go on to the next of the 58K+ and more as Satan tracks us down and destroys us with our due for sin in this body of pain. We all ate the slice of “American Pie” I will never forget your tanned youthful face, now marbled by cold and grey under the youthful blond stubble, your eyes were closed as you were asleep, your hands folded, dirty and cold white. Forever you will be the young Marine I think of when I pray to God and question Him, Why?

If we could skip your young death, if we were able to meet, if I could talk to you I would ask, Do you know Jesus? Do you love Jesus? You loved us enough to give your last full measure for our lost cause and your brothers. I would introduce you to the Jesus I know today, the forgiving, loving God of second chances. The God above all ritual, rules, and BS made up by men to control and manipulate people for power and money. I will continue to pray that our life is not in vain, that you and all my friends that lost so much in that war can know Jesus and forgive all our enemies, first ourselves and everyone else that has wronged us. Semper Fi!

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………..

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. 

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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