Inner Circle – continued.

20181007_154219 God Task + Inner Circle + Prayer + Simplicity = God Balance / Peace.

The Grand Opening with our Teepee was a “HUGE” hit! This picture shows 3 of the grandkids having a great time on the rope swing inside Teepee. There were 17 of us all together, including my mom and dad, great grand parents. Four Generations!

 

In the Church early days, people used their homes for gatherings. Was that of necessity or intentional? Many feared something would be lost when large buildings began to be used. I see a common challenge in our Churches today, as many are waking up to the need to be more than a gathering, but to be “family”.

I believe the strong “discipleship format” of the early Church created close relationships and family. I also believe “homes” were best suited for that. The Church today is wrestling with trying to get back that “spiritual family” relationship while in very expensive modern buildings that do not feel like home or family.

The most successful youth ministry I ever had was in my home! It was amazing the kids who were being attracted to it. Many of them had single parents and broken homes. They were actually drawn to the family/home atmosphere we had. But I think it is even bigger and deeper than that. I think that is why Jesus did it the way he did, and he was showing us that true religion is more about a “Table” than a “Temple”.

It was a hot day, so we had the inside table and an outside. My truck tailgate was part of that. Chicken was roasting on outside grill, while others roasted a hotdog in the indoor chiminea. Cold lemonade was the main drink. The fellowship was awesome. We had a perfect atmosphere for fellowship. We had Table Ministry, plus food, rope swing, a secret fort for the kids, and archery for the adults. And what would all that be without the opportunity to chop wood? Here’s some various pictures >

 

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There are many more pictures that could be shown, but the point is: Family/Fellowship. Real relationships. Table Ministry, like the Lord’s Supper, not short form Temple programs.

Do you have an Inner Circle in which you are involved in Table Ministry and real discipleship? This is real Church Jesus way. 

Our next article will move on from the Inner Circle element of our Formula, but I hope you don’t forget the importance of this element. Table Ministry/ Discipleship is near and dear to the heart of God. Modern Churches are struggling to make this work. Some are trying to force something that should come naturally. I heard a preacher preach the other day that he was “forcing” his people into the streets. They had a program they hoped would accomplish this. I’m sorry, I’m glad they got the big picture now, but I still think they are misguided on the “how”. Just my opinion. Many religions force their people into the streets. God looks on the heart. He looks for the cheerful giver, and so on.

So… here is one last picture of the names growing on our “Signing Wall”. To sign the wall a person must have done something benefiting the Teepee, or visit three times. On third visit you can sign the wall. I’ve painted short messages on outside Teepee also, so I’ll leave you with 3 pictures. Grandpa White Feather saying, until the next time, happy trails to you.

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White Feather Neighborhood

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It looks so calm on this side of Teepee. Everything was happening on the other side. LOL.

The Formula

2711 Eventually the truth comes out. Sometimes it may seem to come out too late, but when it does, the “fakers” are revealed, the liars are shamed, and the faithful are grateful they hung on to TRUTH!

If you’re familiar with the show “Singing in the Rain”, you know a very untalented lady was getting away with fooling everyone until… until… until silent movies were no longer silent! At that point her lack of true talent became more and more difficult to hide, and the person who should have been getting the credit, eventually became a true star. Until then, the “faker” was stealing from her! She grew more and more bold in her shameful pride, taking advantage of an honest and good hearted person, and seeming to feel no guilt about it. I wonder how often this happens? I don’t know, but I know it happens too much.

Sad to say, politics seems to be the devil’s playground for this very thing. But I don’t write about politics, unless it’s the government of the Kingdom of God, and today I want to begin getting into my personal formula for finding God Balance and staying God Centered. You see, the truth eventually comes out, and all those Churches who have twisted what Jesus was about, won’t be able to hide it for long. More is being revealed every day.

So we must look at WDJD. (What Jesus actually did.) The example he gave us. When I did this, I came up with a few things I have put into my own personal formula for spiritual balance, and perhaps it can help you too? You might even have something to add. Please feel free to share.

So…my formula goes something like this:

God Task + Inner Circle + Prayer + Simplicity = Balance and Flow… i.e. True Surrender. (The Fight of “No Fight”).

Please note, this may look like a “do list” of “7” things, but it’s really only “4”.

God Task + Inner Circle + Prayer + Simplicity =.

Remember, we’re talking about how to find and maintain a God pleasing “Balance”. Tonight we take a quick look at the first item in the formula, your “God Task”. Do you even know what it is? Can you hear the voice of God to know your personal task? Do you care? Consider how if you know what your personal “Task / Vision” is, how that begins to bring focus and order to your life, if you do it correctly! If you simply add it to an already overly busy list of events and chores, it can bring more chaos and stress!

There are several things to consider here. First of all, can you hear that voice? If we were talking face to face, would you be able to tell me the personal “priority” God has been laying on your heart? And I don’t mean something like I need to pray more. This is about your “function” in the body of Christ. This is about the “thumb” being about doing the work of the thumb. If you say “pray more”, then that means you are called to be a Prayer Warrior and should have a prayer ministry. We’re talking this is your ministry from God. It is the ministry of the thumb to be the thumb, and it’s not the same as what the neck does. The body of Christ has an assignment. Are we performing our “specific” part?

When I was considering how I find balance in my own life, and comparing it to Jesus, I know I’m very much a “vision” sort of guy. Give me the big picture, Lord, and let me go for it! Let it set me on fire and consume me! Let it force everything else in my life to orbit around it, not the other way around. I want everything to orbit around my “God Task”, not try to fit my God Task into an already over crowded agenda. And I see the same in what Jesus DID. He knew his God-given task, and it centered Him.

I’d like to spend a little time on this first element of the Formula. I’d like to share a few things about the “Teepee” in my life. In the meantime, think about what your personal God Task is? That one thing that stands out above everything else. If you’re honest with yourself, do you know what it is? If so, does your life orbit around your assignment from God? If you don’t know what it is…why not? Too busy? A sure sign of an out-of-balance life. Why continue in shallowness and complexity when you can have simplicity and depth? A good first step in the right direction is honestly asking God…“Lord, is there something special you want me to do?” Is there a VISION I am failing?

If done correctly, your God Task will bring peace, joy, serenity, and satisfaction to your daily living. It will give you a fire-burning reason to get out of bed every day, even when you don’t feel like it. Especially when you don’t feel like it. So says Grandpa White Feather. More soon. Hope you enjoy.

Peace we have; and peace we teach.

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“Nothing Changes for Me”

20180829_171204 I mentioned in the previous article that nothing changes for me. And by that I don’t mean there is not constant change going on all around me every day. So what do I mean?

I never knew what a blessing being able to make such a statement would be. If there is one thing I dislike, it’s boredom. So you would think, “nothing changing”, would be boring, but it’s totally not! It’s totally exciting because I wake every day knowing that no matter what may happen today, I still have the same vision! The same way of living. The me I have grown to be continues on no matter what! A worthy vision is like our guiding star! We don’t get lost in the night.

I’ve always been a person of VISION. As long as I have a vision, I know where I’m going, what I’m doing, and what life is about for me. In my Bible, in Jesus, I found a vision that never fails and never ends! What more could I want? And so…when I say: “Nothing changes for me”, what I mean is > “I have trained myself to live in spirit, not flesh.”

T-H-E-R-E-F-O-R-E, “physical” things do not devastate me, change my plans, change who I am, change what my life is about. SO…even though a hurricane may be blowing over head, the lake within me remains calm, the waters unrippled, because I still get to live the life I want to live, a life in spirit. It’s a matter of the inner and outer principal. What happens outside me does not have to affect the vision inside me.

I use different terminology when I refer to this at various times. I may speak of Godwalking, or God Balance, or God Task, and so on; but it all connects to the same inner vision which I got from Jesus, the Son of God: Live in the Spirit, not the flesh. Spirit is my life foundation.

Physical things do not devastate me because my life is spirit. I do not dread even death, because only the flesh actually dies, my spirit will be released to pass through the next door of the supernatural. I sincerely believe we have a Creator who has prepared a place for those who do not reject their Creator, but honor Him through His will through Christ Jesus.

So no matter what each day brings, by faith I seek Holy Spirit, and together we Godwalk, maintaining a God Balance. But again, this is not the formula we will soon share. This is still the product of the formula.

If you have followed this site, you know that over a year ago I became very disappointed in what America seems to call “Church”. So I went on a nine day Godseek. My wife and I went to the Black Hills of South Dakota. We came back from there with a developing vision. I’ve been getting out of bed every day and walking that direction ever since that trip. This led to building the Teepee I’m still working on. There have been MANY challenges along the way, but did that change anything? No. The challenges have “affected” the path to the vision, but not the vision itself, especially since not even the Teepee is really the vision! The vision is: “Living in Spirit, not flesh!”

To do this I became a Priest through Christ Jesus, the High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek. I don’t mean I wear a white collar or anything, but salvation in Christ brings us into a Priesthood, and our focus becomes “Spirit”, more than flesh.

There are many thing in this physical world I get to enjoy. As a matter of fact, living in spirit seems to enhance the flesh, because by the wisdom of God we avoid many painful mistakes. My wife and I are still very much in love. We have been married 41 years and have 5 great kids who love coming together as a family. And now dad is building a Teepee in his old age, of all things, for the 7 Grandkids, and the family to come together for great times. Also many ministry opportunities have been happening at this special place, even though it is far from completed.

God has proven he don’t need a finished product to use it. The Teepee stands as a direct challenge to many people’s way of life. It’s a picture of simplicity, serenity, peace, the beauty of nature, the joy of an early morning song bird, it causes people to consider a different way of living and just maybe realize all this world’s “stuff” and “fun” are not the answer. They will never satisfy your SOUL! And your soul is the real YOU, not the thing you see in the mirror. We see spirit, not flesh.

Soul Peace is only found one way, a life in spirit. By that I mean your spirit, and God’s Spirit, joined together, walking together, Godwalking in a godly balance. This is what we’re teaching in these articles. We have peace, and we teach peace.

Soon we will begin examining what I’m calling “The Formula”, what Jesus did to have a vibrant Spirit life with the Father. We think about these things and write about these things because our life is not shallow and complicated, but deep and simple. So says Grandpa White Feather. More to come soon. Hope you enjoy.

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“Doing Church”

20180626_141809 How many ways are there to “do church”? 

How did Jesus “do church”? How did the Apostles and early church fathers do it? Ever think about it? Ever study it? I have. And it’s a big part of what put me to this journey. It’s also a lot of what this blog site is about. Is being “in church” as important as “doing church”? What did Jesus do?

This last week I would consider myself to have been “doing church” a lot! There was the 12 hours on Saturday, when our little Fellowship made a trip to a Garden Shop 2 hours away and ended up praying for a lady whose 91 year old dad was passing away in hospital, and we also did some teaching of Jesus being a shift from Temples to Tables. I spent that whole day with Jason and we did many things, including his Flower Box. (Now finished and delivered.)

20180623_163524Then on Tuesday, my oldest grandson surprised us. I don’t get a lot of time with him, but when I do, Grandpa White Feather is ready to go to Teepee and do some “School in the Wilderness”! This is my opportunity to get grandson away from video games and into some nature and Bible! This is what all my grandkids know they can expect from their Grandpa White Feather.

We had a great day at the Teepee and I taught him how to split wood with an axe, wedges, and 12 pound sledge hammer. He loved it! I taught him how to work an axe a couple years ago, but he never split wood before. He’s fourteen now and able to do some real damage to a log. (LOL.) Of course I had to instruct him about the dangers of chopping wood and how to do it without chopping your leg. So far he has done well.

Teepee time also allowed us to roast hotdogs on the fire and talk Bible. (Doing church/ Disciplship). I showed him in the book of Ephesians where Paul writes about our spiritual armor. I read him the blog article previous to this one. We talked about how obsessed he is with the charge on his cell phone, but what about his spiritual armor? I spoke to him about taking time away from all the distractions and to get quiet before the Lord, to hear His voice. I asked him what he heard around us. He heard the crackling fire, rain hitting on the Teepee, but he failed to mention the wind blowing through the green cornstalks. I pointed that out to him. As a city kid, he’s not use to hearing the wind. ( I have given him the name, FireKeeper, as he helps me maintain the fire, even in chopping wood now.)

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So here’s the deal. No, I was not in what would be considered a normal church service this last Sunday morning. Actually, I was writing our previous article about the spiritual armor. This too is church. I spend a lot of time “doing church” and not so much time in a church building, I am the church.

When I left the modern church building with all its agendas, I knew God’s word said I must still have “fellowship” in the body of Christ. So how do you do that? This was one of my first challenges to find a Biblical answer for. I had to find someone with a shepherd calling on their life who was doing something closer to the original church. I soon discovered this was not easy to do, but since I have always had a Pastor’s/ Teacher’s gifting, proven by many years of serving other Pastors and teaching God’s word, (I’m 62), I soon began realizing God was calling me to start such a fellowship, and we have.

In the early church, Pastors/Bishops were chosen by the other people who knew the godly life of the person they were choosing. These men were already proven in various ways. It wasn’t about a certificate from a Bible college hanging on the wall, but what did their works and words reveal about them, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Either other people recognize the call on a person’s life, or they don’t. Since I’m old now, (sort of), I had many years of people knowing me and what I’m about. So we stepped out into God’s leading and “so far” he seems to have confirmed our path. I have no problem laying it down if God tells me to.

So we don’t have a certain “church building”. We use our house, Jason’s apartment, a food court in a mall, the Teepee, driving down the road in a car, almost anything can suddenly become “church”. We ask 2 questions a lot: When did Jesus have church? All the time! Where did Jesus have church? Everywhere he went!

I asked my grandson those 2 questions at the Teepee. He remembered both answers. It is my hope he will also begin to hear the Wind more than he did before, this is what I consider to be discipleship, for a person to become a mature sheep who also can hear The Shepherd’s voice for themself. A priority in our fellowship is “Family/Unity” (a common Table), and “Disciplship”. What kind of spiritual children are we raising unto God? God holds us accountable for the quality of our flock more than the number. The numbers are God’s responsibility.

So if you’re looking for a different way of doing church, you got to find a faithful shepherd first, one proven by years of service, not driven by money or pride, and don’t overlook the wisdom of those more aged. I never could have done this before I took early retirement. This is one of the big reasons I chose retiring early. Being the shepherd of a flock does require “the calling”, and a lot of time. Evidently God had this timed out for me, even though I had no suspicion of what he was doing.

If you happen to be an older person reading this, and if you have served the Lord in such ways most of your life, perhaps you don’t need to find such a shepherd? Perhaps you’re meant to be one!

What is God doing as we head into the last days? Is he doing the same old thing, or has the cloud moved, in order to test those who have an ear to hear, if they hear or not? Even as it was in the days of Noah, and with John the Baptist the first time Jesus was coming.

If you’re involved in the “normal” American church practice, then make sure you truly are “doing church”, not just “going to church” like some kind of a duty or obligation. Make sure you ARE the church. God looks for the cheerful heart, those who obey in love, joy, and peace. The simple truth is, there is more than one way to do church, and “be” the church. You simply got to think outside the box.

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