Many believers have become discouraged with the traditional Sunday morning church meetings and have opted out for small gatherings in coffee shops, homes, and elsewhere. You will hear them often say, “Jesus said, ‘Where two or more are gathered there will I be in the midst of them’”. In truth, I used to say that, too. Read the rest of this entry →
Mat 4:8 – 11
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
The Governments of the World
The usual understanding of this verse is that we are to worship God. What is overlooked is that when Satan offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, Jesus did not refute Satan in his authority to give him the kingdoms of the world. In other words, all governments belong to to Satan.
This creates a contradiction in doctrine. We are routinely told to “obey all governments” based upon Romans 13:1 & 2 which says
Rom 13:1 – 2 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
If Satan owns all the kingdoms of the world, are we being told by Paul to obey Satan because God has ordained Satan to rule the world? Any thinking person will realize that would be utter nonsense to think that way.
“No Christian parent should send their child to public school!” I said this at a church picnic many years ago when talking to a home school parent. To my surprise the home school parent started defending those parents who sent their kids to government schools, which began a hostile debate against me. At that time I had become involved in teaching home school children gymnastics. Since it was a daytime market, that used an otherwise empty gym when classes are usually taught after school and evening, it was a sensible business decision. That led me to research and read online information on home school curriculm and their reasons for leaving the government school system. So you can imagine my surprise at this home school parent defending those parents who kept their children in the government schools. Read the rest of this entry →
One of the great mysteries of creation is the question, “How is man in the image of God?” Even though God became the man Jesus the Christ, and Jesus is fully man, He is a created being made from the eternal God. Read the rest of this entry →
Recently I realized why we change with age. It is the design of God affected by sin. Sin is an archery term that means, “to miss the mark.” In other words, a little off target. Sin in the Bible refers to a flaw in the creation introduced by Adam and Eve in the garden. This crack in perfection was accounted for by God and the provision of salvation was ready at the time of creation. In physics sin is seen in the law of entropy in which everything is in a state of deterioration. Sin is a flaw that begins in the spirit dimension of creation. In another post I discuss the integrity of creation in that the spirit world and the material world are the same creation, but different dimensions of the creation. Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in the spirit happens in the physical world, too. DNA is only an expression of the spirit in the physical world. It is in the spirit that the plan and design of a person resides. Read the rest of this entry →
Joh 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The Samaritan woman asked a question that had been a controversy for many years. Israel was told by Yahweh:
(Deu 12:5) But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
But when Jeroboam split from Judah, he established a new place in Samaria so the northern kingdom would not be tempted to return to Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:26 – 29). This was why the Samaritan woman asked Jesus her question. The first place that Yahweh chose was Shiloh (Josh. 18:1). But the sons of Eli the High Priest at Shiloh became profane before the Lord so the Lord ended their priesthood (1 Sam. 2:34-36) and removed the place of worship. This was devastating because Shiloh was used to confirm their victories in battle. When Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem he dedicated it to Yahweh, which according to his prayer, was accepted by Yahweh . Read the rest of this entry →
I can not speak for everyone, but I can speak for myself. I have been an angry Christian, and I have also walked in genuine peace and humility. The first thing that needs to be understood is the emotion of anger, which I believe is misunderstood by many people. Emotions are treated as some kind of independent part of our human nature as illustrated by the common definition of the soul – our mind, will and emotions. This definition does a disservice to understanding our human nature, and I think (but do not know) that secular psychology is the cause of this misunderstanding.
Emotions are the expressions of our thoughts, both in our mind and heart, or our conscience thoughts (mind) and sub-conscience thoughts (heart). In other words, our emotions are the result of what we think upon. Film-makers and advertisers understand this and know how to create emotional roller coaster rides through their stories. Emotions, therefore can be controlled by controlling our thoughts, which is the heart of true Christian discipleship. Consider these imperatives from Paul in 2 Corinthians.
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Cor. 10:4-6 KJV)
In other words we are to watch our thought life and think on those thoughts that agree with God and to stop thinking those thoughts that oppose the way of Christ. Paul gives us more specific instruction in Philippians.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Php 4:8 KJV)
If we keep our thoughts on positive things, our emotions will express this. Anger is not an expression of positive thoughts. This control of our thought life is the meaning of Romans 12:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:2 KJV) Read the rest of this entry →
We have been taught to believe that the word “anarchy” means “chaos and pandemonium. ” And as it is used today that is what is meant by the speaker. But the meaning of words are not understood solely by current usage. Dictionaries provide current usage and past usage through their etymological definitions so we may see how words have changed through the generations. The word breaks up into two words “an” meaning “without” and “arch” meaning “leader”. More broadly it means without government or hierarchy. Not having a human leader does not automatically mean chaos and pandemonium. That connotation is encouraged by leaders who want to retain their leadership. Read the rest of this entry →
The first time I had heard the term, “blended families,” was in the 1990′s. It was from a father in a family at the congregation my wife and I were attending at that time. He was referring to his children and the children of his second wife living together. At the time he was optimistic. I had learned some 10 years later that they divorced and the families were split apart.
My parents divorced when I was 10 years old in 1964 when divorce was a rare thing. As you may imagine my siblings and I felt like the “black sheep” of the neighborhood. My mother did not remarry until we were all adults. My father, however, married the woman of his affair and raised the two daughters of his second wife. The two daughters were considered our step-sisters. The man my mother married had 5 children of his own. But they, too, were adults when we began “blending” our families through visits and short term living arrangements. Since we were adults, my siblings and I appreciated and enjoyed our step-father’s children. We also grew to love our step father. But not so with my father’s wife and two daughters. My siblings resented his wife, seeing her as the reason for our family split. I had made the decision to accept her as my father’s wife, since it was really beyond my control and there was no sense in creating further angst. I think the resentment for my siblings was increased due to their being children at the time. And as such, from my experience, it does not work with children. My mother’s decision to wait for us kids to grow up before she remarried was a wise decision for it by passed the problems children experience with dealing with step siblings in a blended family union. Blending children together in the new marriage exasperates the feelings that all children have that the divorce was somehow “their fault” and their longing that their parents somehow will still remarry. Read the rest of this entry →
If you read or listen to any of the many websites, podcasts and radio broadcasts from the patriot community, you will hear the expression, “sovereigns” used frequently. The expression tends to be confusing both because governments and kings claim the term in reference to their authority over their subjects and because organized religion uses the expression as meaning the total control of God over His creation as the Sovereign Lord. The term needs clarification for the Church (i.e., the people that are born again) and the people towards their governments.
First, the patriot community rightly understands that governments are not sovereign but the people who create their governments. The American government was created “by the people, for the people” (from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address). It is a logical conclusion that the creator is greater than the created. Thus the people who create the government are greater than the government that was created, and the people have the sovereign rights while the government has privileges granted by the people.
The Creator, Yahweh who became Y’shua, is also the Sovereign Lord who grants us our rights. Unlike humans, God can not take back that which He gives because all that He says and does is eternal. Eternal means from his unchanging nature which has no beginning nor end. Therefore His Word is immutable. So our human rights are not privileges given us from God because what He gives He can not take back (Romans 11:29). Read the rest of this entry →