“What I want in a Micro/House Church” #1

5883 What am I looking for in a Micro Church, a House Church, that I cannot find in our modern big church system? I want to explore that personal question in this series. It is the Sunday morning after 4th of July as I find myself in a quiet place and God moves me with these thoughts.

Yesterday was anything but quiet. Our house became a family festival with 4 grand kids, 3 of our own adult-kids and their spouses, my wife and I (the grandparents), and all the food and activities that were planned, including a slip and slide, obstacle course, and pinata full of candy to bust. We were mostly outside and it was hot, but we had a breeze and shade tree, and then a downpour rain eventually came as we were trying to bust the pinata with a plastic bat. It was not working. The rain kept pouring. Grandpa fetched his wood Samurai training sword. That worked. Candy scattered everywhere. Children dove in for the treasure. We were all soaked. LOL. Great fun and much chaos.

But now “the quiet”. I’m by my French Doors that look out into my bird sanctuary, and I hear singing. The house is empty. Just me and 2 dogs. My coffee is good. Bitter as usual. Waking me up and got me pondering. What kind of Micro Church am I looking for? Why do I think the House Church vision is a better way? What can the House Church do different, better?

I intend to approach this in 3 parts. 1.) The Leader/ Elder. 2.) The People/ Fellowship. 3.) The Vision/ Goals/ Description/ Format. (This will include a few personal peeves of mine concerning what I believe to be certain errors in our modern church ways. Important practices of the early church that we have changed.)

I’m writing this series in hopes that others in Indianapolis Indiana have started Micro Churches. Our Fellowship is still very small and I would be interested in connecting with other groups “if” we were of a similar vision. I would even consider joining such a group. But I’m not interested in big church cell groups. I’ve tried them before. It just isn’t the same thing. It still lacks what I’m looking for, the vision in me.

So…starting next article we will describe what I’m looking for in the “Leader” of such a group. Then we will look at “the People”, and then “the Vision/ Practice” of said group. Until then, ponder for yourself what you think a House Church should be, and how it should function.  Or if you think House Churches are not a good idea, then why did it work so well in powerful Rome? And why is it working so well in other countries today, many of whom have much more difficult circumstances than we do. I invite you to have an open mind to the coming articles and consider them as a real possibility.

Finally, if you are a Micro Church somewhere around Indianapolis Indiana, or you are someone looking for one, and you are willing to meet and talk, please leave a comment and we can arrange a meeting place. I very much enjoy fellowship and conversation around this subject.   We live in a day where we have a lot of communication and pass a lot of information, but we’re losing the simple pleasures of conversation.

I believe Micro Church/ House Church is here to stay. It may be the new wine skin with the new wine God is pouring out for these last days. The big churches don’t want to hear it, and yet look what has been forced upon them in the COVID. Is God forcing their hand? Trying to get their attention?

Our small Fellowship has been able to continue as we always have during this pandemic. We have watched the big churches struggle, stress, and scramble as they provide their “virtual” church services. Our Fellowship is still very up close and personal. But some people don’t want up close. And those people should definitely reexamine their Christianity to see if they are real. Real family is personal, and we all NEED it! For our own pleasure and good. Think about it.

A Prayer > “Father, make us REAL. In the name of your Son, Jesus, first born from the dead, I ask for an outpouring of “REAL” in your people today. Let us come out from the FAKE, and let us be REAL. Let us not be what we see so much of in the world, and it disgusts us. Let us not be what we are so disgusted by in others. By the power of your Holy Spirit make us TRUE, for that is the only way we can be so, is by your power alone. In Jesus name I ask these things, Amen.” (Be blessed and Highly favored, everyone; but don’t be spiritually unprepared.)

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“Adam & Eve & shades of grey” #3

Punching the Bible

Okay fellow brothers and sisters of the Lord, it’s time to choose. A giant tidal wave is coming! Do we run in land as far as we can, to a place the wave will not reach us, because we have become one with the world, the earth, the land, the lost? Or do we sail deeper out to sea, the Soul Sailor to be? Do we face the wave? 

We know what we are called to do. So like Gideon, anyone who is afraid and wants to run inland, you might as well go now, but for us Soul Sailors, we need to take a good look at what this wave is made of.

First of all, churches are going to be forced to come out of the grey. They are either going to need to embrace Eve having authority equal to man, and allow her to lead men, teach men, run the church with as much authority as a man, as the Pastors of churches, or…they will need to embrace the scriptures showing a clear difference between the authority God gave the man compared to the woman, which the world knocking at our doors will plainly declare as sexist! They will scream discrimination and throw stones at us “haters”, as we the “haters” throw no stones back. (Not a pretty picture.)

We need to look at some of these scriptures so we know exactly what’s going on. I have preached for some time now that most churches should just tear 1st Corinthians 11 right of their Bibles because we pretty much don’t do any of it anymore! At least not in the way the early church did. You see, this same chapter also includes the Apostle Paul correcting the Corinthians on how they were doing the Lord’s Supper. And if you’ve read much of this site, you know I teach we’re supposed to still be doing a Christian form of the Passover! The Lord’s Supper! A meal! But we’re in too much of a hurry, and we short-form a sacred event that’s meant to be the very template of CHURCH! And we turn Easter into an event including worship of Ishtar, Sun god, Baal, Ashtoreth, Gaia, all of it!

Now let me ask this…don’t you think it is a little odd…that the one chapter of our N.T. that gives such details of the Lord’s Sacred Meal…that we have short-formed and desecrated for decades…is now one of the strongest chapters of the Bible likely to get us stoned! Unless we surrender. Unless we give up our Soul Sailor ways, lower our sails, scrap the sailboat, and never live by the power of the WIND again! And when the Mark of the Beast comes? Your boat won’t float!

Personally…I find this very interesting. We reap what we sow. Just another of God’s tidbits of wisdom concerning how the earth/gaia works. (Intentional small “g”!)

So…we’re coming out of the grey! Yes, my Bible…my Sword from God says homosexuality is an abomination in the sight of God! Is that black and white enough? God says there is something called SIN! And it has separated us from the one TRUE God. It’s not your truth my truth. It’s God’s!

It also says God put man over woman in authority in the Church! Now whether that applies to the world or not? Quite frankly, I don’t even care! Do what you want with it! But when it comes to the sea, the Spirit, and the Sailboat God gave me? Keep your hands off! I sail according to the Eternal Map of God’s Word and it is taking me to a place Gaia worshipers can only dream about! If they want to worship a decaying creation over an eternal God full of everlasting life, then so be it. Their choice. I respect their choice, let them respect mine.

Here’s a few choice pieces from 1st Corinthians 11, (churches will likely burn because of this.) >

But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of every woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.” (vrs. 3-5)

(vrs 7-9) > “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.”

This is just a few of the scriptures from our Bible, which happen to be in 1st Corinthians 11, and there are many other places also, likely to get us stoned as haters. But on this note, while we’re here…

I find it interesting that these scriptures speaks of the man being the “head” over the woman, and just a bit later says that if a woman refuses to wear a head covering when she speaks among men in the church, then she dishonors her “head”. Now is she dishonoring her physical head as in anatomy? Or her spiritual head as in her husband? I would have to say both. This is where the question of who told Eve she could not eat of the tree becomes so important.

I wrote this in this very Blog site like 3 years ago. There is no record of God telling Eve not to eat of the tree. God had put Adam in charge, but that “charge” is meant to be used in “love”, both love for God, and love for Eve. So God expected Adam to instruct her and he obviously did. So what does that mean?

It means when Eve disobeyed the instructions Adam had given her, she was directly dishonoring Adam. She went against his will, which was in obedience with God’s will. And when those “wills” were broken, it was not Adam who gave out the judgments, because he is under authority too! Adam is not God! He answers to a head too! God, the very top of the chain-of-command exercised His own authority. The only authority any of us have, is God-given, and can also be God-taken!

Another interesting note, it is likely Adam added to God’s instructions when he told Eve she could not even touch the tree. For a long time I thought Adam should not have done that, but… I’ve had a thought…we know women are very affected by “touch”…and men more by “sight”! Was it so even then? How very interesting.

So…here we are…according to these scriptures…the will of God…Eve is way out of control in the church! And the toothpaste will not go back in. We are in check! And checkmate is drawing closer everyday! Adam has already lost the garden. God already knows it. Currently the church is managing to hide in the grey, the bushes. It’s just a matter of God showing up, calling us out of the bushes, then Adam will blame Eve and Eve will blame the snake, (of which he is very proud of said fact), and then God will enforce judgment. Where do you want to be? Way out at sea fighting woman/man/Gaia? Or…way in land fighting God?

There is much more to come on this. We’re just getting started!

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We need to turn this ship around and head for sea!

“Adam & Eve & shades of grey” #2

8e4e89f2frevolution2017_png.0 This would seem to be a mock photo of what they wanted to do, and temporarily had permission to do. R-Evolution. Is it time for Eve to lead? Will the female goddesses rise over the male gods? Will Ashtoreth lead Baal? Will Gaia lead Uranus? Will Adam and Eve lose another garden? Will life for Christians in America become a jungle of survival as it did for Adam and Eve on that day they lost the garden? Or do we go silent? No longer testify of Christ? Lay down our Sword and surrender? Become ashamed of our Lord, and His Word?

How can the church stand if the Bible falls? How can the Bible defend itself against accusations of sexism and genderism? Will our faith and our beliefs still be protected by our Constitution? Or is the day coming when Socialism takes over and a so called “hate crime” has more clout than a man’s faith? What happens when the word of Gaia is more accepted than the Word of God?

What will happen is, the “true” will be proven, the church will be purified, the fake will drift away as surely as a morning fog lifts. As the grey leaves, so will the false Christians, because when all things become black and white, the grey can no longer hide you. The church will be real again, but only through much fire and testing. It will involve great suffering. Then the power of God will show up again. Gaia/ Mother Earth will be judged and REPLACED. The real Creator of all will create again!

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Rev.21:1-2)

But were not there yet. We’re more like here. This would be a trademark of Gaia. > > “They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God CREATED instead of the CREATOR HIMSELF, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires.” (Romans 1:25-26a)

The scriptures go on to speak about homosexuality and burning in lust for each other. Dark minds knowing no shame. Gaia will not have the shame Eve had, as she worships Mother Earth, claiming her to be creator of all.

“At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness.” (Gen. 3:7)

There is a fire in that picture above. I must admit, I’m not looking forward to the purifying fires of persecution, but I am preparing for it, and I’m not talking about a “bug-out” site. My treasure is my soul and my God. There will be those God will use in a mighty way during this time. How can we prepare?

Can this flood be pushed back for another time? Only if the church can get back to the standard, and I’m not seeing it. Politics may buy us a little time, but politics is not the answer.

“When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” (Isa. 59:19b)

God looks for a man to stand in the gap, but when no man can be found, when the church no longer is able to hold that standard, then God Himself will need to show up. Can we get back to the standard? Is there a new wine flowing and a new wine skin? I pray there is!

When God spoke to Gideon, the first thing he had him do was tear down the altar of Baal at his father’s house, and also cut down the wooden image representing Baal’s wife, Asherah, a Canaanite goddess! She has gone by many names down through time, but she has never gone away! And she is here today in a big way!

The gods of fertility were always about power, riches, and sex! There were temple prostitutes for men to worship the gods through having sex. Baal was connected to sun worship and prosperity…abundance! How much love of money and prosperity is in the church? And there was the sacrifice of children! How many abortions take place every day in this country? How many in the church? God sees it all!

“Furthermore He said to me, Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.” (Ezek.8:6)

The whole of chapter 8 is about these idols in the temple! Tammuz is mentioned. Worship of the sun is mentioned. He declares they do this in the dark, in secret, and they think God does not see them! But God sees all and he has seen the condition of our temples today, our very bodies that have become the temple of God!

And so…by another strange coincidence…there are these “Burning Man” festivals in Black Rock Nevada, out in the desert, where many thousands attend for one week, and basically it looks like a lot of New Age, and Gaia, and some people not wearing much clothes, and they also build a temple (of sorts), and they close the festival by burning the temple and the statue representing the man. There are plenty of videos you can google on all this.

Adam has made a lot of mistakes and Eve is ready to have her turn. Adam has been very violent and dominant, and Eve is ready to have her turn. But in the eyes of Gaia, Christianity is a male dominant evil sexist and hater who stands in the way of her rise to a one world religion.

As I look at the tea leaves before us…if the church does not get back to the standard… the Green Movement will grow stronger and stronger… Socialism will grow stronger and stronger… Gaia worship will grow stronger and stronger…the rise of woman will grow stronger and stronger… homosexuality will grow stronger and stronger…violence will increase around the globe and truth and justice will fall in the streets. Only the truth of the violent will be heard, and the church in America will finally learn what real persecution is...because we dropped the standarddenied the power…grieved the Holy Spirit to the point of judgement!

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Eve is a true believer. her cause is righteous! There will be no reasoning with her.

“Looking to the Future”#5

5883 I’m sorry, I tried to change the subject and talk about what we do in our Fellowship, but God seems to have drug me right back to future events, perhaps because the situation appears to be at a point of no-return. Satan has been declaring “check” for some time now. But the church scrambles on the chessboard again to save its kinghood for another round. Eventually Satan will declare “check” again, and then “checkmate”!

I believe God keeps showing me more from the living vision. I’m seeing beyond the open gates. Yes, I saw whirlwind force winds, and people, represented by dry corn shucks whipped around through the air and pinned against wire fences, but what does it mean? What form does it take? Where is Satan’s checkmate coming from?

If the church could, I believe she would put the toothpaste back in the tube. She has tried in several ways, but there is no way, other than scrapping the current form of church and starting fresh with a new wine skin. The modern church is past the point of no return. She scrambles trying to prevent the calamity, the checkmate for another day, and I believe she just barely did it when Hillary Clinton was defeated and Donald Trump elected. Politics has become the churches last hope, it would seem.

Trump was a drastic measure for a drastic time, and one I believe will backfire on us, but it did delay Satan’s Master Plan. How do you put the toothpaste back in the tube? That’s the problem, WE CAN’T! Eve will not allow it! We are way past that point, but think about it…what greater scheme and success did Satan ever have than when he inverted and perverted God’s chain of authority, and went to Eve rather than Adam? Satan knew what Adam’s greatest weakness was, or should I say “who” his greatest weakness was?

Some more pieces of the puzzle just recently fell in place for me. There is much to reveal on this matter, and once exposed, it’s so very plain to see. I believe our current Racism evolution  has gotten all our eyes off of what Satan is doing. We are distracted. Right now all our eyes are on Racism, and for good reason, no doubt! But every good magician knows the value of distraction. Every good military Commander also knows. We must always remember who the real enemy is.

While everyone is focused on Racism, Satan continues setting up “The Bible” for a great fall from grace, with Sexism and Genderism. He needs the same conditions he had in the garden with Eve to bring about a great fall like he did in Eden! It’s not Racism that is going to be our downfall, it’s Sexism! The chess pieces are all moving into place, and the church will fall to her if not by “inside spiritual compromise”, then literally by being physically destroyed.

Have you heard of R-Evolution? The 48 foot tall naked woman statue they almost displayed in DC, just across from Washington Monument? And consider what some people think of the Washington Monument to represent. The male sex organ. Yes, it is true, more than you know, do.

And, have you heard of the “Burning Man Festival”? Have you heard of Black Rock Nevada? Prepare to burn, men! Woman is on her march to power and she will have her day! And the female goddess Gaia, and her worshipers, and her “Green Plans” hate Christianity! We are considered to be the greatest threat to her plans of one world religion.

I know this sounds crazy, but that is just what they want us to think, it’s too crazy to be true. Did you ever think a statue of a 48 foot tall naked woman would be “approved” to be set across from the Washington Monument? It was!!! Just before it was disapproved! Another major Satanic move barely diverted! That sounds crazy too! And yet it happened!

I intend to assemble the pieces of this puzzle, this master plan in such a way as to make it plain. Consider this: In our Bible we have examples of what can happen with God when homosexuality takes over. We see the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. We see what is written in Romans chapter 2, but what do we have as an example of God’s chain -of -command being inverted? Not much! Other than the Garden of Eden, we’re actually in uncharted territory. This could be a first! I mean, we have not seen Adam and Eve on a large scale, like a city, or country, or world! And may I specify, I’m speaking mainly of the church! The world will do what the world does. God expects that of them. But when the church violates the plainly written will of God, that opens doors of a whole different nature! We’re talking doors of judgement which we have said is coming. We can’t put the paste back in the tube!

Ishtar was a female goddess of Babylon, and she functions in most of our churches and church families at Easter, but Gaia brings a very different kind of threat that we have yet to realize. We do not realize how many worshipers she already has. We have not realized how much she has infiltrated the church like Hydra infiltrated Shield! She is all about the rise of womanhood and “loving all”, and loving Mother Earth, but if you try pointing out a “sin”, a need for “salvation”, you are a “HATER”! And the New World Order has no place for HATERS, or their HATE FILLED BOOK!

How are you going to defend your Bible against this kind of logic? How can it be explained to this kind of faith, belief, religion? What will you say when someone is screaming HATER/ Racist/ Sexist at you? (And homophobe.) What will you do when everyone can speak their truth but you? I plainly see it upriver. It’s coming our way, unless someone knows how to get the paste back in the tube?

Okay…we have opened the lid on this horrible can of worms. There is much yet to explain and show. Black Rock, Gaia, R-Evolution, and Burning Man. I believe when the link between Trump and the church is broken, and those two old and weak gates open, Gaia is set to FLOOD in! And there will be no standard raised against her, because Adam is already too compromised. But there will be caves, islands, small groups you can find where God still has his true shepherds.

“Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:14-15)

 

 

“New Wine Skin” #3

87b5395405443fa98fcdb798cb2bf489 A life at sea is a life that moves, and so is life with God, dwelling under his shadow as the Children of Israel did in the wilderness. They lived in tents. Mansions don’t move.

Soul Sailors are not attached to solid ground as they live upon the water. Tents are barely attached, and easily detached. But mansions? Huge foundations set in the earth and not moving anywhere! God moved here once and I built my mansion on this spot, but then God moved and I did not. Now my mansion has become my prison.

Lessons in the wilderness, did we not learn? Our Bible warns us over and over again to not be attached to the things of this world, but we build huge churches that act as high maintenance women in their need for more money. We pack a lot of people into a small area called the church property and we glory at how big we look, but truth be told, we are shrinking, because we all have to go to the church building located on one piece of ground! How much better to saturate a whole community, a whole town, a whole state and country, by flooding outward in many many houses? And at very little cost! Is God calling us back to the original template? Have we strayed to far in these last days?

I heard a famous preacher by the name Lester Sumrall explain it this way. He said very few people live from blessing to blessing. Most people stay in the blessing they already have, rather than connect over to the next move of God. He used the example of the Methodist who are still operating in the movement of John Wesley to this day.

Sumrall explained it is very difficult to get out of a groove. My take on that is when we get too attached, it certainly is! But if we pursue Spirit, if we stay as tents and sailboats at sea, then we can move with the shadow of God even as God showed us in the wilderness. But those who want their Promised Land now, like the prodigal son asking for his inheritance now, will find their mansion turning to a pig pin once the Presence of God moves, and then what can you do? Buy a bigger mansion? A more expensive yacht?

I believe a new wine skin has come. A fresh Wind is blowing from heaven. Those able and willing to move are catching it like an eagle soaring to higher places. In his message Sumrall spoke of Andrew who was a Baptist. We find Andrew with John the Baptist beginning in St. John 1:35, where it says:

“The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by John looked at him and declared, ‘Look! There is the Lamb of God!’ When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.”

Notice it says these two men, one of which was Andrew, were disciples of John the Baptist. Now realize John the Baptist had a powerful ministry of his own going on, but he also declared that he (John) must decrease, so that he (Jesus) will increase! Evidently these two disciples were not “stuck” in a decreasing ministry! They had the wisdom to pull up tent stakes, or change the set of their sails, and leave being a Baptist to follow Jesus! What a beautiful story! What remarkable wisdom! Real freedom!

Jesus saw them following him and asked what they wanted? They asked Jesus where he was staying. Jesus said, “Come and see.” They spent the rest of that day and night with Jesus! Andrew got so excited over their discovery that the next day he rushed to his brother Peter and declared they had found the Messiah! Then he took Peter to meet him! Wow! Awesome! But what of us in our day and in our hour of visitation? Do we cling to our old groove, the old wine skin?

Are we willing to risk our current blessing for a greater? Is our mansion so great compared to Jesus himself? Or do we have too much to lose, and will never leave our materialistic groove? As the wise old saying goes, the good has always been the enemy of the best.

I wanted to share this message of Sumrall because I have already given you some pretty strong evidence of our need to leave this modernistic groove and get back to what Jesus started. A groove that simply follows Jesus. Simple Church. Church Everywhere.

As I share more evidence, the case only gets stronger from here. Our analogy of a sailboat and being a Soul Sailor living in the magic, it is meant to inspire and instruct. I wanted to pause and remind you what is at stake. The beauty of those white sails at sea, or the sad countenance of the rich young ruler slowly walking back to his mansion, unable, or unwilling to go to sea with our Lord.

We are in a window of time God is allowing for the prodigals to wise up and get back under his shadow. Psalms 91 really says it all as far as I’m concerned. I pray it often. If we want those promises effective for us, then Jesus must be our habitation, and Jesus moves. He still says, “Follow me.”

The Bible says the disciples left all to follow Jesus. Maybe they didn’t have a mansion to worry about. Blessed are the poor in spirit? Remember that one? The rich young ruler had a mansion, and he left Jesus’s invitation to follow, very sad.

The true magic is still in the sails. A life powered by heaven’s breeze. Yachts and Cruise ships are mansions on the sea, but they have no sails. They run under man-made power and when it comes to following Jesus, that simply won’t do. God’s will is spiritually discerned, like the soaring wings of the eagle. No amount of horse power will ever compare to those wings of the eagle. They that wait upon the Lord. If the Wind don’t move, then neither do I.

Next episode we plunge back into more evidence. I downloaded some 5,000 pages of early church writings when the Spirit of God challenged me to learn of those missing 200 years. What I found was an old map our modern preachers don’t use. I’ve been sailing by that map ever since. It lines up perfectly with every word our Bible teaches, unlike the modern maps of today. I hope you want to be a true Soul Sailor. I hope you want to hear more.

 

Passover?

5883 So which is it, Lent or Passover? I have some questions. How is it Lent conflicts with Passover because you’re not to eat meat, and yet Passover is a meal and involves a lamb? Did you know the Apostles all continued a Christian form of Passover even after Christ ascended? So did the early church fathers. And a disciple of the Apostle John, known as Polycarp, actually stood against the Bishop of Rome when they tried to change things! Polycarp said he was instructed by the Apostle John to continue the Lord’s Supper, and so did the other Apostles, and he would not cease to do what he had been taught by the Apostles to continue! What does all this mean?

I have more questions: My understanding of Lent is that it has to do with the 40 days of Christ temptation in the wilderness at the very beginning of his ministry. Okay, if that be so, then how did it get connected to something that does not happen until the very end of his ministry, his Last Supper? What do those 40 days at the beginning have to do with his crucifixion and resurrection in Jerusalem?

Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness, so I understand the fasting part of Lent, but that also causes it to conflict with the eating part of the Passover, which is an event that is actually part of this Easter weekend, and the Apostles taught to continue! I’m confused.

Why and when did we discontinue what the Apostles said to continue? In First Corinthians chapter eleven, the Apostle Paul actually corrects the Corinthian church on how they were treating the Lord’s Supper! He did not say to discontinue it, but to do it right! It’s right in our New Testament that the early church was doing it, a meal! Not just a cracker and thimble juice! What happened? And do we continue to ignore this part of our Bible even to this day? Why?

Polycarp and the Asian churches resisted the Bishop of Rome concerning this change from Passover to Lent. Polycarp rejected the change his whole life! The Asian churches continued even after Polycarp passed. Rome kept pressing for it. Then Constantine came to power around 300 AD. (a little past). And the church went down the Catholic fork of the road, Passover got lost somewhere, we went back into big church buildings, everything changed, eventually we entered the Dark Ages, and then finally came a Reformation where we revolted against the religion of that time! But we kept certain baggage and never went completely back, even though it’s plainly spoken of in our Bible.

I’m so confused. Is it a small matter? Is it not important? Does new traditions of man override old instructions of God? It’s right in our Bibles, folks. Along with some other things we scoff at today.

Now of course I have my opinion about all this, and my little group always does a Christian form of Passover each year. It was one of the reasons I left modern church to get back closer to our roots. But the questions I have posed here are valid. How did Easter become a one day event to wear fancy clothes, eat a tiny cracker and thimble of juice, maybe hunt some eggs a rabbit hid, and then go out to eat?

And doesn’t it seem odd that Lent, focusing on Christ’s 40 days in the wilderness, had nothing to do with the Lord’s Supper or his cross and resurrection, and yet we connect it to all that, and it just happens to conflict with having a Passover meal on Passover, 3 days before his resurrection? And the Apostles instructed the church to continue a Passover meal, verified by First Corinthians eleven, and several early church writings! Is this not very odd? Am I missing some details here? Can anyone explain?

One of the early church fathers even asked the Bishop of Rome, was he to obey man or God? I saw this writing with my own eyes! And he clarified he would continue obeying God! (Good for him!) But what about us today? Do you have answers for any of this? Or do you blindly trust your Bible College educated leaders?

This year our Passover meal will be conducted by individuals in their own home, just as it was in the original Passover as slaves in Egypt. And they were not to come out of their home as the death angel would pass over that night! This Corona Virus thing has us staying in our homes as much as possible, which just happens to be perfect for a Passover meal and Communion. So perhaps this is the perfect opportunity for people to research the questions I have posed. God will honor our true diligence in a matter, but he does not honor intentional ignorance and lack of caring.

Is God trying to tell us, his church, something? Did we fail to change with the first wake-up call of 9-11, and so now we are in a stronger wake-up call? Will we repent this time? Will we change this time? Will we get back to what Jesus actually DID this time? Or are we beyond changing, beyond the point of no return? If so, what comes next? Revelation?

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Who would have thought the pain of that day could be so eclipsed by the pain of today? And once again we hear the cry of our N.Y.C.

 

Covenant of Darkness P2

free-bible-studies-online-word-of-god So is it just a strange coincidence that every major move of the Old Covenant has darkness connected to it? Please read previous article if you have not, where we began laying a foundation for this teaching, and now we continue, by looking at the individual examples, starting with the fall of Adam and Eve, and where God first mentions one who will come and crush the devil’s head.

Our goal is to point out how darkness was connected to each of the major moves. So with the fall of Adam and Eve, lets set the stage. We’re talking Genesis chapter 3. Eve listens to the snake in the tree, partakes of forbidden fruit, gives to Adam, and he listens to Eve thereby disobeying God and opening mankind up for sin and death! So what is important for our first point begins in verse 8, where it says : “When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden.” (And this is when they try to hide.)

This is also where I first was struck with the idea of Covenant of Darkness, because it seemed logical to me that if it’s already “evening”, cool evening breezes, then by the time God calls Adam out, and each of them try to explain what has happened, and then God begins giving out the judgement for the offense, in which he also speaks of a seed that will be born of the woman to do what? Crush the head of the devil. This is prophetic. It is referring to salvation in Christ, which pertains to both the Old and New Covenants. This is given in verse 15, setting this as the first major announcement of the Covenant. And you can bet Satan knew what this meant and began watching for this child from that very day forward! Perhaps he thought Abel was the one!

But logically speaking, after all this is accomplished, then God made clothes for them from animal skins, and considered what would happen if they ate of the Tree of Life in their fallen condition. After all this, Adam and Eve are finally expelled from the garden. Logic seems to dictate it would be dark by this time. Also, it would be more “fitting” for it to be dark as they are expelled, because they have fallen from the light and entered into darkness. As the gate of Eden opens and they prepare to leave, nothing but darkness is before them. This is what got me to thinking.

Because scripture does not actually say it was dark, it never really occurred to me before. But when it did suddenly dawn on me, my curiosity began to run with this thought. The fact that the Old Covenant only proves man guilty and worthy of hell and darkness, caused me to wonder if God connected darkness to all of it? And it seems he did!

Abraham would be the next major move, and this example is very plain and bold! Almost right in your face! Because there seems to be no good reason to wait for darkness to fall, and yet God does! Genesis chapter 15. This is a major major move! This is where God cuts the Covenant with Abraham. He has him sacrifice several animals and lay the bodies out on the ground, where the two covenant partners will walk through those dead bodies and enter covenant.

According to verse 10, Abraham prepares the sacrifices and all is ready. Now he is waiting. In verse 11, some vultures begin swooping down looking for a free meal, and Abraham has to start fighting them away! Where is God? What is he waiting for?

In verse 12 it plainly says, “As the sun was going down Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.” (Then God begins speaking to him prophetic words concerning his future family.)

Verse 17 then very plainly says, “After the sun went down and darkness fell, Abram saw a smoking firepot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses.”

“After the sun went down and darkness fell…” God was waiting on the darkness? And Adam and Eve went forth in the promise of a seed of the woman, but they went forth into the darkness? And notice, Abraham himself never passed through the carcasses. I believe the smoking firepot and flaming torch represented God the Father and God the Son as they made covenant between themselves as to the fulfillment of the first covenant and the salvation of man through the second covenant in Christ! God knew man could only fall short. We would never be able to fulfill the standard of that first covenant ourself. That Covenant is only darkness to us, and the promise/hope of a Savior!

But as Abram was fighting off the vultures that day, I wonder what he was thinking? As he grew more and more weary, what was he thinking? What would you be thinking? Everything was ready, and yet where was God? What could possibly be the hold up? And as he fell into unconsciousness, was he worried he might be failing God? The sacrifices might be in danger? And yet it seems God had purpose in it all, and had Abram been privy to what we know today, he may well have known God would not be showing up until the darkness.

So… we have two more major moves yet to come. We will share those in Part 3. And we will also take a very quick look at how every major move of the New Covenant in Christ appears to always be full of LIGHT! I guess it only makes sense, doesn’t it? But to think our God actually goes to such trouble, to set up many symbolic clues for us to see and understand. How many ways does he paint the picture for us, and yet we fail to see the fullness of his greatness. What an awesome God we serve. And to think we were created by Him. We can be born-again into Him. We can be His children. That’s far greater than any lottery a man could ever hit. And we do not have to depend on chance! It is by choice! Our own free choice, God has given! Amen!

Now days I spend most of my time working on my site “Setting Under the Willow Tree”. There has been much written at this site pertaining to deeper things, and there is much for a person to read. But if you would enjoy some things on the lighter side of our Christianity, and with an emphasis on keeping it simple, you are invited to join us under the willow tree by simply clicking on willowtreewisdom.home.blog 

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Covenant of Darkness P-1

I have known for a long time, the Old Covenant, the Old Testament in our Bible, is darkness to man, not salvation. And because it is full of a lot of good laws by which to conduct society, and the ungodly, we do not realize its death to us.

From the very beginning, the first covenant was meant for man to fail, and God to fulfill!

How many times have you asked someone if they are a Christian, and they answer by saying they try to live by the 10 Commandments? This only reveals their lack of understanding of God, God’s Word, and God’s way of salvation; for the Covenant of the Laws only prove us guilty! Worthy of judgement! No man has ever successfully kept the Old Covenant save Jesus Christ Himself, God Himself! Which He did in order to save us from the judgement our failure deemed us worthy of! And that judgement is based upon the First Covenant, with all the “thou shalt nots”, and “thou shalts”!

Please consider this scripture as a first step in understanding this very important biblical concept: “So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron? And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it.” (Hebrews 7: 11-12 NLT)

Jesus is the beginning of a different priesthood, which the Bible describes as a priesthood after the order of Melchizedek, a very mysterious person who shows up for Abraham way back in Genesis 14! Jesus begins a different priesthood because he established a very different Covenant, which we enter into through Him! And whereas the first Covenant was based on 10 Commandments, our Lord’s Covenant is based on only 2! And we will look at the very different nature of the 10 and the 2, for there is great purpose and meaning in that difference!

As a first step in understanding this difference, please note our scripture speaks of a “perfection” God intended in that first covenant. As every human well knows, we do not do well with that word, “perfect”. In our world there is no such thing as perfect, especially in the behavior of man!

Jesus spoke of this perfection in his famous Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 5: 48, when he said, “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

But how are we to achieve such perfection? It certainly cannot be done by way of the First Covenant. That was why Jesus was here. To fulfill that Covenant and that perfection for us, and establish a new order of priesthood and a New Covenant, powerful enough in “His” perfection and “His” blood to save a true Believer! Wow! Is that awesome or what! But this also means the First Covenant is only failure for us! It is defeat, judgement, darkness, no hope, no light, no heaven! Only hell!

It did bring the One who is Light to us. Praise God! And that was God’s plan from the beginning. It does save us in a round-about way, if we realize that First Covenant is pointing towards Christ the whole time! It is meant to be as a school master teaching us the way to salvation, but it is not the salvation we need in itself. It announces the salvation to come, and gives us many lessons and warnings as to why we should not neglect the great salvation to come, for we do not want to die in the Covenant of Law! The Covenant of Moses! But we rejoice in the coming of God’s Covenant of Grace in Christ Jesus!

“There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Man always seems to think he can do it himself. That is our own logic and our natural way, unless we understand how defiled we are, and how far short of perfection we fall. The Bible teaches if you break even one of the Commandments, you are guilty of breaking all! And Jesus added to the difficulty of the challenge when again, in His Sermon on the Mount, he said if you even look at a woman with lust, you are guilty of adultery! If you are angry with someone, you commit murder! The mark of perfection is so high, man was without hope!

Now that we have established the basic understanding of how the Old Covenant is not life to us, but death; I can now begin explaining how I came to call the First Covenant, the “Covenant of Darkness”. I never called it this, nor did I even think of it in this way, until one day I realized by the time Adam and Eve got kicked out of the Garden of Eden, it had to be dark! Once I realized this, I became curious if all the major moves of the Old Covenant had darkness involved, and it did! I was amazed! And I realized that once again God was showing us more truth! It was more than my own curiosity, but the Holy Spirit was leading me.

So… you can begin looking at it yourself if you like, but next episode (P-2) we will look at Adam and Eve’s expulsion, and every major move of the Old Covenant thereafter, clear up to Jesus completing the Old Covenant Himself, on the cross. You might recall God brought three hours of darkness in the middle of the day in that event! And three hours is no simple eclipse!

And why is this so important? Because Jesus brought us the Covenant of Light. You will also see that every major move of the New Covenant, such as Christ’s resurrection, is performed in light! These cannot be mere happenstance! And so… if we try to pull anything from the Covenant of Darkness and force it into the Covenant of Light? Are we not guilty of forcing darkness into God’s light? But who does that, you might ask.

Well… our modern church does not even realize the love of money they are guilty of, which is the root of all evil! The New Covenant in Christ is based on two very different commands than the original 10. We are to LOVE God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. And we are to LOVE our neighbor as ourself. The early church established by Christ functioned on LOVE OFFERINGS. Even the Pastors lived off LOVE OFFERINGS. When did tithing come back into things? Is it possible it was drug from the old and forced into the new because of the greed of man? We do not even realize how many ways we may be bringing law into God’s love and liberty.

I have pondered if this is even a slap in the face of Jesus as he hung on that cross paying the price for us to live in liberty and Spirit. I fear to answer that with a yes, but I see the possibility. We have a warped version of Jesus and as a result, we create warped disciples. Jesus said an easy yoke and light burden, and yet we make church a heavy thing, full of lifeless programs, boring repetitious routines, and very little true liberty and relationship.

Once upon a time I was excited when God revealed all this to me. But today I had to force myself to obey God and begin the work of putting this out there, because I have already shown this to others, only to find they are so programmed they can no longer look at scriptures for themselves and actually see what they say. Either that, or they just don’t care that much. I usually encounter one of the two.

So… I’m making this effort because I believe this is way more important than the reaction I usually get, and someone has to keep shouting that the “King Theology” has no clothes! Laodicea has no clothes! We should be looking to Smyrna! It is a very dangerous time to be Laodicean! But can the programmed ever see?

There is much more to show in the proving of this message. I know I have only begun to give you solid evidence of what I have said. I hope you realize the importance of this enough, that if you still have doubts, you will come back to examine all the evidence. But for now this is enough of the elephant for any person to eat in one setting. Chew on the fact Jesus changed the priesthood and the laws, because the First Covenant was never intended for us to succeed, but only fail. It is not based on LOVE, but LAW and PERFECT FULFILLMENT. This meal is to be continued…soon. Comments welcome.

 

 

Learning to Share – Part IV

5883 So how can we share everything we own without becoming an actual “commune”? The Lord’s prayer says give us this day our daily bread. God promises to meet our needs. I don’t believe the Bible teaches poverty or destitution. Poverty is part of the curse. But how much do we actually “need”, and how much could we share if we truly lived by faith? How creative could we become in helping others with our abundance? Our extra.

“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.” Acts 2:44

This is a personal question between every true believer and the Spirit of Christ. What God shows me to do is no reflection on what he might give others to do. But how many Christians today are really sharing all they have and loving their neighbor as themself? This is a real problem in the modern version of Jesus many of us follow today. I finally left this modern church and decided to face Jesus for real, therefore, I finally had to learn to truly share, or deny Christ!

So here is what an all-knowing, all-loving, and very creative God has shown me. Yes, it had my wife almost in tears, but she has come around a lot. I’m very proud of her. Sometimes we need time to process things, and realize our heart really does like this, even if there will be personal pain involved.

And Jason, also, as our other member, is also searching his heart to know his part. It was not an easy Fellowship meeting that night. Jason is no handyman and we all know this. So it is likely he will eventually help in other ways, but here are the long awaited details of what God has asked me to do in sharing our 1400 square foot home.

It starts with a garden and ends in a laundry mat. Our house is “L” shaped, which creates a secret secluded area in the “L” in which we have been creating a secret garden, as a prayer garden, for going on two summers now. We just added the tent gazebo in picture above. Now it just happens this house has two back rooms that my wife and I can spare if we put our minds to it. They can become something else, with a lot of work and creativity. God gave me a vision of what could be.

The two rooms can be connected by opening a wall. They have no outside door. There is no outside entry to these rooms, but one can be put in. This new access would be located right in the Prayer Garden area! So anyone entering those two rooms would come into the center of the garden to enter these rooms. But why would anyone want to come to these rooms? Perhaps a studio apartment? Make some extra income for ourselves? Lord knows we could use it, but we can also spare it!

So the plan is to put a washer and dryer in there, some free laundry soap, a sitting area with coffee, and invite struggling people to enter our prayer garden, enjoy the beauty and peace, enjoy some fellowship, and wash your clothes free! There is room for children to play in our fenced in yard. Time slots will have to be scheduled, and it will be “slower” than a laundry mat, but it will save them money, and they can have Church at the same time!!!

From the time I began the garden, the message was: “Slow Down and Hear God.” Those who have been with us for a while might remember the pictures and articles when we began gardening last year. Those articles are still deep in this blog site, but now the VISION grows! And to include a way to reach out to people, share God’s love in us, share our house, and offer free access to a washer and dryer.

Maybe there could be two washers and dryers some day, but never more, because that is part of the beauty of it, to slow people down and have them spend some “time” with us. Save your money; spend some time. Let us tell you about the sharing message of Jesus, who did not love money and material things as our modern church seems to. Let us show you the real Jesus Christ.

So…now you know what had Brenda almost in tears, because I’m also fixing this old house for her, and now my time and money was going to be more divided. The time table on all this is not known. Progress is slowly made every day. I’ll post some more pictures at end of this. But as long as I am faithful to do what God tells “me” to do, I don’t worry about anything else. Like right now I could be drywalling a wall, and finishing dry wall, but God said work the blog first, send out what I tell you. So here I am in my recliner typing rather than drywalling. It’s all the same to me, staying in God’s constant flow like an eagle in the wind.

We also saw the Avenger movie: ENDGAME. Are we near to ENDTIMES? Strange to make such a change of subject at this moment, but not really, because if you want to do a study of what it means to find a balance in loving our neighbor and loving ourself, do a study of the changes in attitude between Ironman and Captain America. Cap needed a little more “self-interest”, and Ironman a lot more “selflessness”. I’m telling you it is quite a study to do if you love comic book stuff. Sorry, I grew up on my Bible and comic books, while isolated in the country as a boy. That explains a lot, right?

So until the next time, and I have not forgotten Yinney, I’ll conclude with pictures here, but may your heart be moved to know the real Jesus Christ in all his glory. You will never regret it. And be creative! Amen!

This is the Murphy Bed I built, where my wife and I sleep in living room while our 1,000 sq. ft. of the house is being worked on. It’s really quite nice and no great sacrifice, although many spoiled Americans would probably say it is. The other 400 sq. ft. is to become the free laundry room.

That junk van has got to go. This will be entry to garden and the door to the rooms will be on this back corner of the house, very close to tent gazebo.

20190425_172730 That’s our windchime hanging from tent, and our small pond complete with bull frog and some water lilies I just planted. Goldfish coming soon.

So much to do, but loving every inch of progress. It gets me out of bed every day, and the Fellowship of the White Path, (FWP), of which we are constantly sharing God’s Word and growing in his Spirit.

I will do regular update articles on the progress. But I’m needing to get back to “Yinney” also, and quotes I love from mentors I have found in this way. Please keep reading. We enjoy every follower and any comments and questions offered. Peace be unto you, and love your neighbor as yourself. It is the Kingdom Way, and it is the real Jesus. And spread the Word! This blog site is an easy way to do that. Thank-you for reading.