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MY SABBATICAL. YOUR OPPORTUNITY.

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ:

God has taken me off my blog writing for some amount of time into the future.
He has other things for me to learn.  Like love and faith and perseverance.
I am going to be taking a sabbatical from posting new teachings, though I will
monitor what you're reading, and your comments.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ACCESS ALL MY PAST POSTINGS, AND
TO FEAST ON WHATEVER YOU FIND.  MAY GOD ILLUMINE US
IN CHRIST, AND MAY HIS WILL BE DONE TODAY IN US, AS IT
IS DONE IN HEAVEN.

A. Brother

I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH

I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH A. Brother
“…I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matt. 16:18
There is an understanding that can only come to us, as it came to Peter, whom Jesus was speaking to here, much later, after the Resurrection, from the Holy Spirit.There is the natural man’s way of looking at the Church, and there is the resurrected-with-Christ, spiritual man’s way of looking at the Church.
Look at what Jesus says here.
First, He says “The Church is Mine—what is done in it I will do, what is worked in it I will work—because it belongs to Me, not you.”The Church, which we’ll declare as the Scriptures teach is the LivingTemple, built upon the foundation stone, who is Christ Jesus, being built up as living stones into this holy residence for God and His Spirit, is Christ’s, and belongs to no man.What no man possesses cannot be controlled or defined or managed by any man or group of men.Christ is all, and His Church is all Christ.Those living stones (1 Peter 2:4-1…

Joseph's Faith in the Sovereignty of God

Joseph's Faith in the Sovereignty of God By Zac Poonen
In Genesis 37:18, we read how Joseph’s elder brothers plotted to kill him. And we see the sovereignty of God here in making one of the brothers stop that plan and change it to selling Joseph off to some slave traders who were passing by at that time. Who sent those slave traders there at that time? God. God timed the travel of those Ishmaelite slave traders such that they would land up there exactly when Joseph was about to be killed. And those slave traders were going to Egypt, which was exactly where God wanted Joseph to go!! It is wonderful to see the sovereignty of God at work again and again in Joseph’s life. God has a plan and purpose for your life too, and nobody can frustrate it. Not your jealous brothers and not your foolish father, nobody. That’s what we see here.
By the time Joseph was 17, God had already revealed to Joseph in dreams that he had a purpose for his life. It is wonderful when a young man is so sensitive t…

WHEN SHOULD WE COMMIT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE?

Note:  One of our readers here had some great questions and opinions we should all consider together, and I posted this reply.  I think it warrants a general discussion, and I'd like to hear what others of you have to say on these matters.  Please refer to Scripture for your main arguments, as the truth of the Word of God is what we're after here.
A. Brother



Sister in Christ:


Your argument bears much thought.  Let me ask you and others reading this to comment on the following.


You say we should pay taxes, yet those taxes, as in the US, may go to fund abortions, give condoms to children as young as 11 years old, and fund a military presence in several wars.  Do we refuse to pay taxes because some of the money is used for things that violate your conscience?


I just filed my taxes here in the US.  I know many things will be done with them which I don't necessarily agree with.  Yet I believe that is up to a Sovereign God to deal with.  He is able, and He will handle that.  I will u…

SHOULD WE OBEY OUR GOVERNMENTS?

SHOULD WE OBEY OUR GOVERNMENTS? A. Brother

Recently I have come across “Christians” who are teaching that we have misinterpreted Scripture, and that God does not mean us to obey the governments under which we live.They talk about “good” and “bad” taxes, and that only some need to be paid.They talk of how because their government is not a “godly” government, and is led by ungodly men who do not acknowledge Christ, that means they don’t need to obey its edicts.
There’s a big problem with this argument.It is not in agreement with the Word of God.And where in the world is there, or has there ever been, a government that obeys God, and is led only by godly men?There isn’t one, and never has there been one.
For some here to say that Paul in Romans 13 was talking of obeying only godly governments instead of the pagan, worldly, local, regional, or national governmental authorities is a twisted interpretation.Paul was inspired to write what he did by the Spirit of God, and the meaning has been cle…

THE WAY OF THE WINEPRESS

THE WAY OF THE WINEPRESS T. Austin-Sparks
“We were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.” 2 Corinthians 1:8 ESV
The Lord Jesus said "I am the true Vine," and it was prophesied of Him that He would tread the winepress alone. The Cross was His winepress. How He was pressed in the Cross!
He was crushed and broken, but out of that breaking has come the Life which you and I have, and which so many in all the nations have received.
That is true, in a measure, of His Church. It was out of the breaking and crushing of the Church that the Life came to the world.
And that is true of every member, every branch of the vine. If we are to fulfill this true, living ministry, it will only be through suffering, through the winepress, through pressure and through breaking.
Paul said: "We were pressed out of measure, above strength" (2 Corinthians 1:8 - A.V.) - but what Life has come out of that man's pressure! It is like that.
We are not talking …

UNLESS A SEED DIES IT REMAINS A SINGLE SEED

UNLESS A SEED DIES IT REMAINS A SINGLE SEED A. Brother
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be.” John 12:23-26
Are you anxious about your life, and what you will drink, what you’ll eat, what you’ll wear, where you’ll live, when you’ll get that job, how you’ll survive?Are you constantly worrying?Are you stressed inside, and can’t seem to find peace?  Are you trying your best to lead a good life in this world, hoping to be successful, hoping to do things just right, hoping that life will go well?  
Today lay all that down.  Quit fighting on your own.  Rest in Christ, who will take care of you.  Die to your own goals and dreams and desires for this life, an…

UNDERSTANDING THE SIN AND DEPRAVITY OF THE WORLD

Text:  Romans 1:14-32


Highlight:  "...since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them."  (1:19)


The world is a mess, and we all know it.  There are some around us that keep their heads in the sand or in the clouds, and so refuse to admit it.  However, they are in the minority.  Usually they are either affluent, and enjoying the fruits of their affluence, or they have decided to give up and party-hearty, having the philosophy of "eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die."

Some have trouble reconciling the evil around us with God.  They look at the world and wonder how God could allow such depravity.  They say He must not exist, because there is no evidence of His existence.

Hogwash.  Excuses.  Deflection.  Denial.  Pointing fingers at God, when God has given mankind everything he needs to know that He exists, and that He is a good God, who expects good things from mankind.  Not one man or woman, whether the most remote p…

ON DIVISION AMONG CHRISTIANS

ON DIVISION AMONG CHRISTIANS.
Division is a product of man's fallen nature, and is Satan's basic nature.
Unfortunately, today we have much division among those who claim Christ, and who claim the name “Christian.”Why is this?There should be agreement.
“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”Amos 3:3
Our pattern to follow is laid out in Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-35, where the Lord shows us His desire for His people.In Christ's Kingdom we are to be so focused on Jesus and His Father, and so in love with Him, that we don't need to fight and bicker and disagree on petty things.When we truly know Christ, and He is our Lord, and we live in love and humility toward others, then we will fulfill the Scripture:"All the believers were one in heart and mind."Acts 4:32.
Wherever Christ goes in the world, He brings division, because He is the "stone the builders rejected" and many will reject Him.
However, among believers, we have our directive:"I…

THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS.

In this day when thousands claim dreams and visions, fire and smoke and signs and wonders, Christ has a vision for His Chosen.  It is a simple vision, and one that cannot be worked out in dreams or in prophetic utterance.

It is love.  It is faith in Christ, that results in love for God and others.  The practical expression of God's character upon the earth is love, and it is the gospel's message, the "full message of this new life" as given us in Scripture.

Do we want treasure in heaven?  Then heed this command:

"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." Gal. 5:6


Remember God's expression of love in Christ.  If we know Christ, and love Him, then we will love our brothers, and express God's love on a daily basis to them and to the world.  This was Jesus' message to His disciples when He washed their feet.  It is the vine and branch model given us.

Read the New Testament again.  There is nothing else that counts.  If we l…