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This particular devotional may make me very unpopular. Because I am poking a stick at tradition and habit. We need to remember the short list and the long list. The long list is the ‘maybe’ this way or it could ‘maybe’ be that way, it does not play a part of our salvation. Where the short list is drawing a line in sand, do or die, fight me kind of list.

This is in the ‘long list’ category.

So here goes, the “you’re going to hate me” part.

You have probably all heard this song, Majesty. Written by the Gaither’s. it has been around for years. But it is theologically wrong. And that is why music is a powerful tool in the hands of the Devil or in the hand of the Lord’s.

The Jews, rejected Christ, Killed him, and thus rejected the kingdom.

We do not have kingdom authority. Any book written about you having or getting kingdom authority is theologically wrong, I know they are out there by the dozens and a lot of empty headed talking TV idiot fake preachers are doling it out like candy.

Jesus will not be King of Kings until Revelation 19 and 20 is fulfilled.

Billboards you see over cities that claim “Jesus is Lord of (name that city) is false.

Majesty, worship his majesty;
Unto Jesus be all glory, honor, and praise.
Majesty, kingdom authority,
Flow from his throne unto his own
, his anthem raise.
So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King.
Majesty, worship his majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.

So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King.
Majesty, worship his majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings

Part of the confusion in some minds is caused by the meaning of the word “kingdom.” The Greek word basileia, translated “kingdom,” denotes sovereignty, royal power and dominion (W.E. Vine, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, art. “kingdom” if you do not read Greek this is the book you need).

Virtually all other occurrences of “kingdom” refer to the literal dominion which Christ will establish at His return (Matthew 6:33, Revelation 11:15). As “heirs of God” in training to inherit that future Kingdom (Romans 8:15-16; Matthew 25:34; Revelation 20:4-6), Christians are thus subject to the sovereignty and authority of that Kingdom now.

Jesus Christ, ruler of that coming Kingdom, is the Lord and Master of Christians now (Philippians 2:9-11). God rules the lives of converted Christians who voluntarily obey Him and His laws. They submit themselves to God’s basileia–His royal sovereignty and power. They individually are part of the Church, the Body of Christ which God also rules. But the Church collectively looks to God’s coming world rule when the basileia will be fully established.

Likewise the Kingdom does not reside in the hearts of men, as some assume from Christ’s words that “The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). The Greek word entos, translated “within,” is better translated “in the midst of” (Vine, art. “within”). Christ could not have been telling the Pharisees here that God’s kingdom was within them–after all, they wanted to destroy Him (Matthew 12:14, Mark 3:6).

Jesus Christ was answering their question about when the Kingdom of God would come, and He told them that it was already in their midst. He, as representative and king of that Kingdom, was right there among them and they couldn’t recognize it (John 18:36-37). Rather than telling them the Kingdom of God was something in their hearts, Jesus Christ was warning them that they were so spiritually blind they couldn’t recognize the very personification of that Kingdom in Him.

Some think that the Church is the Kingdom of God. Although there is a connection between the two, they are not identical. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22), which is the group of believers called by God to prepare for the coming Kingdom.

Christ rules His Church and in that sense it is under his sovereignty and royal power. We might say that the Church is the precursor of the coming Kingdom of God. The Bible never uses the term kingdom to apply directly to the Church.

When Jesus set up His kingdom on earth then He will be Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Today Jesus sits at the right hand of God, who is on His Throne. Jesus is not yet on His throne.

There are only 2 types of people on earth, believers, and non-believers. If you are a believer than you are a Christian. Not a Messianic Jew, not a completed Jew, you are a Christian. If you are a non-believer you are going to hell, period. No purgatory, no soul sleep, no annihilation.

There are no actual apostles living today. The definition of a true apostle is they literally saw the living Christ. Bishops, you can not be a Bishop of your own little church that is not affiliated with a denomination or ecclesiastical organization. Two guys getting on television agreeing to call each other bishop is phony. Just like I am the Pope.

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Rapture

July 18, 2021

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1 Thessalonians 4:17

New International Version

17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

You may have tried to find the word “Rapture” in the bible, it is not there.

The Greek term used here, “caught up or seized” harpazō, means “to seize with force or violence” (e.g., Acts 8:39); the emphasis is on reunion with Jesus, not necessarily removal from earth. Believers who are alive during Christ’s return will be forcibly united with Him, no matter what type of interference evil brings. Paul could be suggesting that believers will literally be united with Christ in the air (the rapture view), or simply that believers will be united with Christ in bringing God’s presence, which is in heaven (the “clouds”), fully to earth. Those who join God in the clouds are part of the God’s siege: believers would be uniting with Christ in His war on evil.

So when someone challenges you, then you can intelligently answer them that you know that and here is where we get the idea.

Many non christian thinkers attribute the term rapture to European Cults that then came to America. The truth be told it probably came from the oldest study bible in existence, “The Scofield Reference Bible” the oldest Dispensational method of interpretation. So, lets say 1909, it languished as a theological concept until 1957 when Dr. Walvoord of Dallas Theological Seminary (probably the greatest Evangelical Seminary in existence both then and now).

So there you have it.

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Remember August 8, 2021 our day of prayer and fasting for America to have a great revival. Interesting tidbit here, we are getting more responses from people outside of USA then inside, by about 2 to 1; I think that says a lot right there.

Keep Steve H in prayer, Vim and Vigor, Vitality, encouragement, blessing. And for his wife Pam, total healing of her knees.

Pray for one year one Wyatt A, he has been sick for quite some time, again with this illness that doctors cannot seem to diagnose.

FAIR AND BALANCED???

June 20, 2021

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Where is the balanced Christian?

Not dependent upon circumstances or emotions.

Not constantly looking for mystical connections.

But also not afraid of God stirring the emotions to direct or guide or simply bless.

There are people so afraid of feeling anything during a church service that if indeed anything emotionally charged would instantly brand the group as a cult.

So they go to church with an emotional corset on. Clapping hands during a service is scandalous.

If someone spoke in tongues, they would run screaming out the door.

Yet there must be a balance.

Having been a pastor of a Pentecostal church for many years I know the abuses, shams, fake, stirred up kind of stuff that gives the movement a bad name. but I have also pastored non-Pentecostal churches that ice would never melt in the sanctuary as the hearts and minds are as cold as ice.

So where is the balance.

For every book that “proves” Pentecost is dead I can give you a dozen scholarly works on why it is not.

For every bible verse that proves “the Holy Ghost movement”is over I can give you one to dispute it.

It is the same for eternal security versus being able to ‘lose’ one’s salvation.

So to be balanced we should not toss the baby out with the bath water and at least keep an open mind. Now I know a dozen well known bible scholars that would instantly label me an eccentric just because I refuse to shut the door completely on the Pentecostal experience.

My problem is all these loving, caring, deeply devoted Christians that are afraid to believe that God still does miracles, all because ‘getting excited’ is forbidden.

Having said that let me say this. Spiritual growth is not a result of emotional experiences, or “signs and wonders.” Rather, it comes through the realization of our spiritual position. “Believers do not depend upon signs, because they are believers.” As we abide in the Lord Jesus the Holy Spirit faithfully manifests His fruit in the life quietly, normally, and for the Father’s glory.

“Grace be to you, and peace, from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ,

“According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him, in love

“Having predestinated us unto the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, through which He hath made us accepted in the Beloved” (Eph. 1:2–6).

Martin Lloyd Jones probably wrote the greatest commentary on Ephesians and the ‘riches’ that are to be enjoyed by Christians. Yet what I see is unbalanced Christians either over the top just plain nuts chasing experiences and then the frozen chosen that if Jesus actually showed up in person and did a miracle they would stone him.

Where is the balance?

Am I advocating that everyone should have a Pentecostal experience? NO. I’m just saying do not condemn them and do not doubt their true and genuine salvation and faith in the Lord Jesus.

I think it is interesting that a man like Chuck Swindoll will adamantly tell you no to Pentecostal experiences. Yet in the same breath tell you the most godly man he knows is his Assembly of God, Pentecostal, preaching brother.

So, where is the balance. Are there more unbalanced Pentecostal churches than good ones, possibly yes, because anything that is dependent upon a display by the flesh, is going to be abused, faked, possibly satanic, just because it is of the flesh. After all the bible says the most unruly part of the whole body is the tongue.

Feel confused?

This is just a cautionary note. If you are in a Pentecostal church do not let anyone condemn you or your salvation. If you are not in a Pentecostal church you are probably right where God wants you. I think God places us where are temperaments need to be.

Demons, Mormons, and cults speak in tongues, does it make it wrong, no, just that it is the most abused spiritual gift there is.

Just be cautious. Have questions, feel more confused, email me and I will gladly respond to anyone that is wondering, searching or confused about the topic. But this is not a debate, I will not respond to that kind of email.

Am I the final authority? Heck NO.

But I am a resource.

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WHOM DO YOU SERVE???

November 23, 2020

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The Kingdom of God Versus the Kingdom of Satan

  1. The Nature of the Kingdoms

Kingdom of God

Kingdom of Satan

Item

Description

Reference

Description

Reference

1. Rulership

a. Rule by God—Theocracy

2Ch 20:6; Ps 95:3; Da 4:17, 32; 1Ti 1:17

a. Rule by Satan—the god of this age

Jn 12:31; 14:30; 2Co 4:4; Eph 2:2; 1Jn 5:19

b. God’s rule through his Son

Ps 110:1; Isa 9:6-7; Da 7:13-14; Mt 28:18; Lk 1:32-33; Eph 1:20-22; Heb 1:3-8; Rev 1:5; 19:13-16

b. Satan assisted by principalities, powers and rulers of this dark world

Eph 1:21; 6:12; Col 1:16; 2:15; cf. Da 10:13

2. Character

a. Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit

Mt 6:33; Jn 18:36; Ro 14:17

a. Centered in the things of this world

1Jn 2:15-17; 5:19; Rev 2:9, 13

b. Divine power

Lk 11:20-22; 1Co 2:4; 4:20; 1Th 1:5

b. Disease, sickness, slavery

Mt 10:1; Lk 9:1

c. Truth

Jn 8:31-32; 14:6, 16-17; 15:26; 16:13; 17:17

c. Deception

Ge 3:4-5, 13; Jn 8:44; Ro 1:25; 2Co 4:4; 2Th 2:10-12

d. Holiness

1Co 1:2, 30; 2 Co 6:17-7:1; Eph 4:24; Heb 12:10, 14; 1Pe 1:15-16

d. Sin and evil

Ro 1:28-32; 1Co 6:9-10; Eph 2:1-3; 1Jn 3:7-10, 12

e. Light

Jn 1:4-9; 3:19; Ac 26:18; Col 1:12-13; 1Ti 6:16; 1Jn 1:5, 7

e. Darkness

Lk 22:53; Ac 26:18; Eph 6:12; Col 1:13; 1Jn 1:6; cf. 2Co 11:14

f. Eternal life

Jn 1:4; 3:16; Ro 5:17; 6:4, 12; 8:2; 1Jn 5:12; Rev 1:18

f. Eternal death

Ro 5:12, 14; 6:23; Eph 2:1; Rev 20:14-15; 21:8

3. Manifestation

a. Salvation

Mk 1:15; Ac 8:12; 1Co 5:10-11

a. Destruction

Jn 10:10; 1Pe 5:8

b. Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Mt 3:2, 11-12; Ac 1:3-8

b. Filled with the spirit of the world

1Co 2:12; Jas 4:4; 1Jn 2:15

c. Miracles and driving out demons

Mt 4:23-24; 10:7-8; 12:28; Lk 9:1-2, 11; 11:20-22; 13:11-16

c. By counterfeit miracles and demon-possession

Mt 4:24; 8:28; 24:24; 2Th 2:9; Rev 13:13-14

d. The presence of Jesus

Mt 3:1-3; 4:17; Mk 1:14-15

d. The presence of evil spirits

Mt 8:28; 12:22-29; Mk 5:2-5, 9; 6:7; Ac 19:16; Rev 18:2

e. Gifts of the Spirit

Ro 12:6-8; 1Co 12:1-31

e. Sorcery, witchcraft, drugs, occult activity

Ac 16:16; 19:18-19; 1Co 10:20; Gal 5:20; Rev 2:24

f. Fruit of the Spirit

Gal 5:22-23

f. Acts of the sinful nature

Gal 5:19-21

  1. The People of the Kingdoms

Kingdom of God

Kingdom of Satan

Item

Description

Reference

Description

Reference

1. Entrance

a. Repentance and forgiveness

Mk 1:15; Ac 2:37-38; 1Jn 1:9

a. All unregenerate humanity

Ro 3:23; 5:12; Eph 2:2-3; Col 1:13

b. Humility

Mt 18:3; Mk 10:15

b. Pride, independence

Ps 2:1-2; Pr 16:18; Eze 16:40-50; Da 4:30; Ob 1:3; Ro 1:30; 2Ti 3:2; Jude 1:16

c. Confession and faith

Ro 10:8-13; Heb 4:2

c. Rebellion and unbelief

Ro 1:18-32; Heb 3:19; 12:25

d. New birth

Jn 3:3, 5

d. Spiritual death

Ro 5:12, 17; 6:23; Eph 2:1; Col 2:13

e. Union with Christ

Ro 6:3-8

e. Separation from God

Eph 2:12

2. Characteristics of Members

a. Children of God

Jn 1:12-13; 3:3-5; Ro 8:15; Gal 4:5; Eph 1:5

a. Children of Satan

Jn 8:44; 1Jn 3:8-10

b. Faith and obedience

Mt 6:25-32; Jn 14:21; Ro 1:5; 16:26; Heb 11:6

b. Unbelief and rebellion

Mt 17:17; Lk 12:46; 2Th 3:2; Tit 1:15; Rev 21:8

c. Eternal life

Jn 3:16, 36; 5:24; 6:40; 1Jn 2:25; 5:11; Rev 2:7

c. Eternal death

Jn 3:18, 36; Ro 5:12; 6:23; Jas 1:15; 1Jn 5:12; Rev 20:14-15; 21:8

d. Walk in the light

Ro 13:13; Eph 5:8; Php 2:15; 1Th 5:5, 8

d. Walk in darkness

Jn 3:19; Ro 13:12-13; Eph 5:11-12; 1Jn 1:6; 2:9, 11

e. Devoted to the truth

2Th 2:13; 1Ti 3:15; 3Jn 1:3-5

e. Speak lies and oppose truth

Jn 8:44; Ro 1:18, 25; 2Ti 2:18; 3:8; 4:4

f. Strangers in the world

Heb 11:13; 1Pe 2:11

f. Love things of the world

1Co 6:9; 2Ti 3:4; 2Pe 2:3; Jude 1:11; Rev 3:17-19

g. Live by the Spirit

Ro 8:9-11; 1Co 2:10-13; Gal 5:16-26

g. Live by the sinful nature

Ro 8:5-6; Gal 5:16-26

h. Humble and childlike, living righteously

Mt 5:6, 20; 6:33; 18:1-4; Lk 18:16-17; 1Th 2:12; Eph 4:24

h. Wicked, disobedient and immoral

Gal 5:19-21; Eph 2:2-3; 5:5-6; Jas 1:14-15; 1Jn 2:15-17; 3:8

i. Meekness and submission

Pr 16:19; Mt 5:5; Eph 5:21-22; Jas 3:17; 1Pe 2:13-3:9

i. Arrogance and self-assertion

2Ti 3:2; Jas 4:6

j. Freedom in Christ

Ro 6:6, 18, 22; 1Pe 2:16

j. Bondage to sin and Satan

Ro 7:14-24

k. Honesty

Ex 20:15-16; Eph 4:25, 28

k. Deceit

Pr 12:5, 20a; Ro 1:29; Eph 4:22; Rev 21:8

l. Love

Mt 5:43-48; 7:12; 1Co 13; Eph 5:2

l. Hatred and hostility

Lk 21:17; Jn 15:18-19; 18:14; Ro 1:30; Tit 3:3; Jas 4:4

m. Forgiveness

Mt 5:14-15; Eph 4:32

m. Bitterness

Ro 3:14; Eph 4:31

n. Godly influence

Mt 5:13-16; Tit 2:12; 1Pe 2:12; 2Pe 3:11

n. Corrupting influence

Ge 19:1-38; Pr 2:12-22; 1Co 15:33

o. Sexual purity and marital faithfulness

Eph 5:3; 1Th 4:3-8

o. Lust and immorality

Ro 1:24-27; 1Co 6:9-10; Gal 5:19; Eph 5:5-6

p. Generosity

Lk 6:38; 12:33-34; 2Co 8:2-5

p. Greed and covetousness

Lk 12:15-21; Col 3:5; 2Pe 2:14

q. Holy

Mt 5:8; 1Pe 1:15-16; Rev 22:11

q. Unholy

2Ti 3:2; 2Pe 2:5-6; Jude 1:15; Rev 22:11

r. Upright speech

Ex 20:16; Pr 10:19-21; Ecc 5:2, 6-7; Eph 4:29; 5:4; Jas 1:26; 3:1-2

r. Corrupt speech

Pr 10:18; 15:28; Ro 3:13-14

s. Inherit the kingdom

Mt 25:34-40; Jn 3:3-5; 1Co 6:11; Rev 21:7

s. Do not inherit the kingdom

1Co 6:9-11; Gal 5:21; Eph 5:5

3. Duties

a. Worship only God

Ex 20:2-6; Mt 4:10; Jn 4:23-24; 1Th 1:9

a. Idolatry; living for self; ultimately worshiping Satan and antichrist

Da 11:30-33; 2Th 2:4; Rev 13:4, 8, 12, 15

b. Hate sin and Satan

Ps 139:21; Ro 12:9; Heb 1:9; 1Jn 2:15

b. Hate and persecute believers; hate Christ and righteousness

Jn 15:19; 16:3; 17:14; 2Ti 3:12; Rev. 12:13, 17

c. Seek to advance God’s kingdom and his righteousness

Mt 6:31-33; 11:12; 28:19-20; Ac 1:6-8; 19:8; 28:23, 31; Col 4:11

c. Promote evil and corrupt God’s kingdom and righteousness

Mt 7:15; 13:24-28, 36-43; 24:23-24; Lk 21:8; Ac 20:29-30; Gal 1:8-9; 1Jn 2:18-19; 2Jn 1:7-11

d. Do not love the world

Mt 6:19-24; Jn 17:15-16; Ro 12:1-2; 1Co 10:21-22; 2Co 6:14-18; 2Ti 3:1-5; Jas 4:4; 1Jn 2:15-17

d. Love the world

Ps 17:14; Mk 8:36; Php 3:19; 2Ti 4:10; 1Jn 2:15-16

e. Wait for Christ’s return from heaven

1Th 1:10; 4:13-18; 1Ti 4:8; Tit 2:13

e. Do not watch for Christ’s return

Mt 24:45-51; Lk 12:42-46; 1Th 5:4-6

4. Power and dominion

a. Personal level

Lk 10:17; Jn 16:33; Ro 6:12, 14

a. Personal level

Jn 8:23; Eph 2:1; 1Jn 3:8

b. Family level

Dt 6:1-9; 1Co 11:3; Eph 5:22-6:4

b. Family level

Lk 16:27-31; 21:16; 2 Ti 3:2-3, 6

c. Church level

Mt 5:13-20; 18:15-20

c. Organizational level

Jn 12:31; Eph 6:12; Rev 13:1-11; 17-18

d. Business level

Lk 16:1-13; Col 3:23-25

d. Business level

Ac 16:16-21; 19:23-28; Rev 18:3, 11-24

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Pray for well known and very respected pastor and author, Gene Getz, in the Dallas, Tx hospital with pneumonia and covid.

Pray for Jim Asberry, still recovering from skull fracture.

Remember Steve H in pray, encouragement and help with finding a new pastor and for his wife Pam, severe knee pain.

Salvation for Lauren, Tara, Anne and Drew, Nicole, Oscar and Cristina. Norma and her family.

GAP

June 16, 2020

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Genesis 1:1–2 states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” The gap theory is the view that God created a fully functional earth with all animals, including the dinosaurs and other creatures we know only from the fossil record. Then, the theory goes, something happened to destroy the earth completely—most likely the fall of Satan to earth—so that the planet became without form and void. At this point, God started all over again, recreating the earth in its paradise form as further described in Genesis. The gap theory, which is distinct from theistic evolution and the day-age theory, is also called old-earth creationism, gap creationism, and the ruin-reconstruction theory.

In young-earth creationism, Genesis 1:1 is seen as a summary of the complete chapter 1 in the Hebrew storytelling form. God created the heavens and the earth. Then verse 2 begins a detailed breakdown of the step-by-step process that verse 1 summarizes. However, the statement that “the earth was formless and empty, [and] darkness was over the surface of the deep” (Genesis 1:2) can be puzzling. The idea that God created a useless and shapeless earth is an uncomfortable position for some conservative theologians, and this leads them to the gap theory, or an old-earth perspective.

According to conservative proponents of the gap theory, Genesis 1:1 describes the original creation of God—perfect in every way. Then, between verses 1 and 2, Satan rebelled in heaven and was cast out. Satan’s sin “ruined” the original creation; that is, his rebellion brought about its destruction and eventual death, and the earth was reduced to its “formless and empty” state, ready for the “re-construction.” The length of time involved—the size of the “gap”—is not specified but could have lasted millions of years.

Of course, Satan must have fallen before Adam did; otherwise, there would have been no temptation in the garden. Young-earth creationists say that Satan fell sometime after Genesis 1:31. Gap creationists say that Satan fell between Genesis 1:1 and 2.

One difficulty of the gap theory is that it requires that creation suffer death and destruction before Adam’s fall. Romans 5:12 says, “Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” The gap theory counters by positing two worlds. Satan’s sin brought death to the original creation, whatever that was like; and Adam’s sin brought death to the re-creation, the realm of mankind. Through Adam’s sin, evil entered our world and the realm of man was cursed. But rebellion already existed outside the realm of mankind (in the spiritual realm), since Satan and his angels had already fallen (Isaiah 14:12–14; Ezekiel 28:12–18). Sin could not enter the realm of man until man chose it. And Satan, via the serpent, successfully tempted man to make that choice.

Objections to the gap theory include the idea that, if something important had occurred between Genesis 1:1 and 2, God would have told us so, rather than leave us to speculate in ignorance. Also, Genesis 1:31 says God declared His creation to be “very good”—a statement difficult to square with the theory that evil already existed because of Satan’s fall in the “gap.”

You would be surprised by the number of famous and well thought of bible teachers that believe in the gap theory. I personally don’t hold to it. The strongest proponent today is those fans of the ‘The Dake Bible’ they read the notes more than the word.

A really big problem with the gap theory is there is not one Hebrew Lexicon or parsing guide that allows the word “was” in verse 2, to ever become the word “became” in fact the entire structure of verse 2, prohibits the word to ever read ‘became’.

Another thing, can God create something imperfect? And is He also not omnipotent and omniscient (all powerful and all knowing) so we have God screw up earth one and have to have a redo, just to explain dinosaurs and when Satan fell? I don’t thing so.

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And if you’ve never heard of the gap theory, don’t lose any sleep over it, it’s not one bit important in the plan of redemption.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR LIFE

(I’m not a cessationist, meaning, I don’t believe that some or all of the gifts, fruit, evidence of the Holy Spirit stopped after the last apostle died or when the canon of scripture was finalized. HOWEVER, I do believe that the ‘evidence’ or gifts or ministries (there are no modern apostles) are severely abused, misused and/or misconstrued. That even in Pentecostal churches there is rampant ignorance and abuse and faking of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. BUT, I would ask you to not throw the baby out with the bath water.

SECOND, and I know there will be some major disagreement here, the Pentecostal gifts are not essential for salvation or even all Christians need to seek them. We need to join hands with fundamentalist, and reformed faiths’ and be united in the basic fundamentals of what it means to be a Christian. Jesus is the only begotten, eternal Son of God, He is and always has been God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, was buried and resurrected 3 days later. Seen by many, then ascended into heaven and there He is our High Priest making intercession for believers. And He will return soon, as in any day now.

I have tried to make all the terms for this simple and understandable. And feel free to agree or disagree on any or some of the points as you want to.

  1. He is our Teacher—“The Spirit of truth”

  2. Guides into truth

  3. Acts as God’s mouthpiece for revealing His words and desires

  4. a) Inspired chosen men to write the New Testament

  5. b) Reveals to each Christian what service God would have him do

  6. He reveals things that are yet to come

  7. a) Blessings ahead in one’s own spiritual life

  8. b) Dispensational truth

  9. c) What lies ahead in the pathway of the believer

  10. He is our Reminder

  11. Reminding of the Word of God

  12. Reminding of a special Promise God has given in the Past

  13. Bringing to memory thoughts and scriptures when Preaching or testifying

  14. He is the Revealer of Jesus

  15. Christ revealed to the believer by the Holy Spirit

  16. Christ revealed in the believer by the Holy Spirit

  17. Christ revealed through the believer by the Holy Spirit

  18. He is the Reprover and Convicter of the world

    III.      The Fruit of the Spirit

  1. The contrast between the works of the flesh and the Fruit of the Spirit

  2. The secrets of fruitbearing

  3. What does it mean to abide in Christ?

  4. The difference between the Gifts of the Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit

  5. The relationship between the Gifts of the Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit

  6. Detailed characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit

  7. Love

  8. Joy

  9. Peace

  10. Longsuffering—Patience

  11. Gentleness—Kindness

  12. Goodness

  13. Faith

  14.       Meekness

  15. Temperance—Self-Control

  16. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit

  17. The name of the experience

  18. Negatively

  19. a) Not “The Second Definite Work of Grace”

  20. b) Not “The Second Blessing”

  21. c) Not “Sanctification”

  22. d) Not “Holiness”

  23. Positively—is “The Baptism with the Holy Spirit”

  24.   What the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is

  25. Negatively

  26. a) Not the New Birth

             (1)      The Apostles were converted under the ministry of Jesus

             (2)      The Samaritans were saved under the ministry of Philip

             (3)      Paul was converted on the road to Damascus

             (4)      The twelve men at Ephesus were believers

  1. b) Not Sanctification

  2. c) Not a reward for years of Christian service

  3. d) An error corrected

  4. Positively

  5. a) A definite experience subsequent to salvation

  6. b) The promise of the Father

  7. c) The gift of the Father and the Son

  8. d) The command of the Lord

  9.       The purpose and necessity of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit

  10. Power for service

  11. Power for spiritual warfare

  12. Power for overflow

  13. Power for ability

  14. For whom is the Baptism with the Holy Spirit?

  15. Negatively

  16. a) Not simply for those who lived in apostolic days

  17. b) Not simply for ministers, missionaries and those in special service

  18. c) Not simply for a special privileged class

  19. d) Not simply for matured Christians

  20. Positively—for all who believe

  21. Conditions for obtaining the Baptism with the Holy Spirit

  22. Repentance from sin

  23. Definite experience of salvation

  24. Water Baptism

  25. Deep conviction of need

  26. Measure of consecration

  27. How to receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit

  28. By faith

  29. a) Faith in the promise of God

  30. b) Faith that the promise is for you

  31. c) A persistency of faith that will not be denied

  32. d) Faith will be manifest in praise and thanksgiving

  33. By full yieldedness of the entire being

  34. Concerning “tarrying”

  35. The manner in which the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is received

  36.       Suddenly, while sitting and expecting Him to come

  37. Instantly and unexpected, while listening to a sermon

  38. Through prayer, and the laying on of the apostles’ hands

  39. Through the seeker’s personal prayer and faith

  40. The evidence and results of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit

  41. Immediate evidences

  42. a) Speaking with other tongues

  43. b) Important points to note

             (1)      Speaking with tongues is not the baptism

             (2)      Do not seek to speak with tongues as though it were the baptism

             (3)      Some have spoken with tongues who have not received the baptism

  1. c) Other immediate evidences

  2. Permanent evidences

  3. a) Jesus Christ glorified and revealed

  4. b) A deeper passion for souls

  5. c) A greater power to witness

  6. d) A new power in, and spirit of, prayer

  7. e) deeper love for, and insight into, the Word of God

  8. f) The manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit

  9. Additional fillings with the Holy Spirit.

  10. For defending the Faith

  11.   For rebuking the power of the Devil

  12. To give disciples new boldness and power

  13. Grace and power to endure persecutions

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YOU MIGHT WANT TO PRINT THIS OUT FOR FUTURE REFERENCE AND STUDY.

Key Terms you should familiarize yourself with in order to have a basic understanding of Theology.

What always amazes me when I bring up the subject of theology is people will say “I don’t have a theology” yes, you do, or “I don’t need theology” yes, you do. Even if you say you don’t have one, that is your theology.

Theo=God, Logy, knowledge,, your knowledge of God. (yes, I know that that Logy is not spelled that way, I’m trying to keep it simple).

  1. Irenic Theology: Theology that is done peaceably, accurately representing all views, even when you oppose them.

  2. Polemic Theology: Theology that is done in a warlike manner inside the Church,

prophetically speaking against those with whom there is disagreement.

  1. Apologetic Theology: Theology that is done to defend the faith against those who oppose outside the church.

  2. Prolegomena: Literally means “things which are spoken beforehand.” Deals with the foundational issues of theology, such as theological methodology, sources, and reasons for the study of theology.

  3. Bibliology: The study of the nature, transmission, canonization, and purpose of

Scripture.

  1. Theology Proper: The study of God’s nature, sometimes called “Trinitarianism.”

  2. Christology: The study of the person and work of Christ.

  3. Pneumatology: The study of the nature and work of the Holy Spirit.

  4. Anthropology: The study of the nature of humanity, both in its pre-fall and post-fall state.

  5. Soteriology: The study of salvation.

  6. Ecclesiology: The study of the nature of the Church.

  7. Hamartiology: The study of sin.

  8. Eschatology: The study of the last things.

  9. Evangelical: A transdenominational term used to describe those within Christianity who believe that salvation is found in faith alone through Christ alone, and a commitment to Scripture as the inspired and infallible rule of life.

  10. Doctrine: A theological formation that summarizes belief about a particular theological discipline.

  11. Dogma: A statement of belief which carries with it the authority of a particular religious institution.

  12. Systematic Theology: A system of studying theology which draws from all sources of revelation in order to come to systematic conclusions about what has been revealed about the various theological disciplines.

  13. Biblical Theology: A system of studying theology that uses the Bible as its only source. Biblical theology can be done by looking at particular books, testaments, theology of a particular author, or the entire Bible as a whole.

Key Terms for Introduction to Theology (Part 2)

  1. Epistemology: The study of the nature, existence, and acquisition of truth.

  2. Postmodernism: A movement in modern society that devalues truth, believing all truth is relative.

  3. Universalism: The belief that all will make it to Heaven.

  4. Pluralism: The belief that there are many ways to God, most of which are equally valid.

  5. Syncretism: The assimilation of differing beliefs and practices.

  6. Inclusivism: The belief that salvation is only through Christ, but Christ may be revealed in other religions.

  7. Pragmatism: The belief that truth is relative to its usefulness.

  8. Relativism: The belief that truth is relative, dependent upon the situation or culture.

  9. Subjectivism: The belief that truth is subjective, dependent upon the individual.

  10. Skepticism: The belief that truth cannot be known with certainty.

  11. Objectivism: The belief that truth is an objective reality that exist whether someone believes it or not.

  12. Perspectivism: The belief that truth is found in the combined perspectives of many.

  13. Credo ut intelligum: Lat. “Faith seeking understanding.” This phrase was coined by St. Anselm and describes the Christian’s endeavor to understand what he or she already believes. It is a good concise definition of what Christian theology truly is.

  14. Correspondence View of Truth: The belief that truth corresponds to objective reality.

  15. Apophatic Theology: Theology that emphasizes mystery.

  16. Cataphatic Theology: Theology that emphasizes revelation.

  17. Special Revelation: Revelation given by God’s supernatural intervention in history through (1) miraculous events, (2) divine speech, and (3) visible manifestations.

  18. General Revelation: Revelation that is natural and displayed by creation. It is available to all people of all times in all places.

  19. Hard Cessationism: The view that the supernatural spiritual gifts ceased with the death of the Apostles.

  20. Continuationism: The view that miraculous-sign gifts are still being given and,

therefore, God still speaks directly in various ways today.

  1. Soft Cessationism: The view that the miraculous-sign gifts could still be given today, but believers need to be careful about outright acceptance of people’s claims of possession.

  2. semper reformanda: The reformation principle that theology is “always reforming.”

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Pray for Marilyn A, she has a fear of losing her mind and her husband doesn’t help.

We lost a good friend today Lori T, 32 years old, lost her battle with cancer, it was quick, diagnosed only 9 weeks ago. She was very brave and courageous.

Remember Caliste Burt, her brain surgery has now been scheduled for June 1st.

NOT FOR EVERYBODY???

May 18, 2020

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Romans 8:1 KJV; There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:1 ESV; There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

biblical criticism, the study and investigation of biblical writings that seeks to make discerning and discriminating judgments about these writings. The term ‘criticism’ is derived from the Greek word krino, which means ‘to judge,’ ‘to discern,’ or to be discriminating in making an evaluation or forming a judgment. It has come to refer to a form of inquiry whose purpose is to make discriminating judgments about literary and artistic productions. Thus, we speak of literary criticism, art criticism, music criticism, or film criticism as disciplines or fields of inquiry whose purpose is to review productions in their respective areas in order to discuss and appraise their significant features and judge their lasting worth.

Generally speaking, the questions asked in biblical criticism have to do with the preservation and transmission of the biblical text, including in what manuscripts the text has been preserved, their date, setting, and relationship to each other, and what the most reliable form of the text is; the origin and composition of the text, including when and where it originated, how, why, by whom, for whom, and in what circumstances it was produced, what influences were at work in its production, and what sources were used in its composition; and the message of the text as expressed in its language, including the meaning of the words as well as the way in which they are arranged in meaningful forms of expression.

Textual Criticism: The aim of this field of biblical criticism is to establish the original wording or form of the biblical text insofar as this is possible. Even with modern printing technology, what an author sends to the printer and what is actually printed may differ. When we recognize a typographical error on a printed page, or note an obvious omission or transposition of a word or phrase, realize that this could not have been the author’s intention, and mentally correct the text, we are engaging in textual criticism.

In dealing with ancient texts, it is more difficult to determine what an author actually wrote for several reasons. First, ancient texts were written and copied by hand, and this increased the likelihood that changes in the text could occur. As ancient scribes copied these manuscripts, either by transcribing a written text or by copying a text as it was read aloud by a reader, they sometimes copied the same word or phrase twice, omitted words or phrases, misspelled words, heard one thing and wrote another, heard incorrectly what was read, or made changes they thought would improve the text in some way. As a result, the various copies of surviving texts differ in their actual wording.

Second, whereas with modern texts it is usually possible to check the printed copy against the author’s manuscript, this is not possible with ancient biblical texts. In no case has the author’s original text, the autograph copy, been preserved. What have survived are copies of the original (or, more accurately, copies of copies), translations of the original into other languages, and quotations of the original by later authors. Quite often, these were written many years, even centuries, later. During this intervening period, numerous changes occurred, not only in the wording but also in the form of the text. In some cases, entire sections of the original have been lost, and thus what remains is incomplete. Or, in other cases, perhaps only portions of the original text have been preserved, often because only certain passages have been quoted by other authors.

It is the task of textual criticism to collect and study these various writings in which a text has been preserved, determine the changes that have occurred in the wording and arrangement of the text, assess the significance of such changes, and restore, if possible, the original wording or form of the text. If this is not possible, one must decide on the best or most reliable wording and try to account for the historical process through which the text has been changed. In every case, textual criticism seeks to establish a reliable text that can serve as the basis for serious study and reflection.

The KJV only people despise both critical and textual criticism. They feel the KJV bible is the bible the apostle Paul used and if it’s good enough for him, well it’s good enough for them (I’m being facetious here).

As we quoted earlier, professor Daniel Wallace, from Dallas Theological Seminary, there are over 5000 ancient manuscripts on the New Testament. While none are the original autographs there are some that are very close in age alone to be considered very possible quite close. After looking at over 5000 documents on the New Testament, scholars conclude one thing; other than spelling and punctuation, there are no real significant differences and absolutely nothing that affects the Christology (doctrine of Christ). NONE AT ALL.

So back to Romans 8:1, this is the only passage in the New Testament that I have a problem with in the KJV. Because the KJV passage is a qualifying passage, whereas almost other versions there is no qualifier. All in Christ have no condemnation. In the KJV it seems to imply that only those who walk not after the flesh, have no condemnation.

I would rather believe that all in Christ have no condemnation as the new versions (based on older and more manuscripts than the KJV) than believe there is a qualifier.

Just something for you to chew on.

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Caliste Burt’s surgery has been postponed,, the surgeons feel they are not ready and also because of Covid there is still to much risk. There is a risk of waiting to long. As the fourth tumor is not a new tumor after all, but the ‘wrapped’ 3rd tumor is bulging. Keep her and the family in prayer and for the surgeons to have wisdom.

the school of law

November 4, 2018

Paul tells us sin is no longer our master “because you are not under the law, but under grace” (Ro 6:14). The truth that we’re no longer saved by the law, however, does not mean it is irrelevant to the Christian life. The reality is that the law is still needed, not least because it reveals much about Jesus. Here’s how:

  ➤ The holiness of the law points to Christ’s holiness—The Law created a people who were “holy,” set apart or unique in a way that is similar to the character of God. As the Law commands, “Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy” (Lev 11:44). God’s Law is a reflection of God’s holiness that prefigures the holiness of Christ. Peter later quotes this passage in reminding us that we are to be holy in all that we do because Jesus is holy (see 1Pe 1:15–16).

 ➤ The ceremonial law points to the cross of Christ—The part of the Law that we often call “ceremonial” (e.g., regulations for feasts, festivals, sacrifices) expressed rules that applied directly to Israel’s circumstances and allowed them to atone for their sins. The ceremonial laws symbolize and foreshadow by means of temporary outward ceremonies the nature of Christ’s redemptive work. Because Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law, we no longer have to offer sacrifices in the temple.

 ➤ The moral law points to the righteousness of Christ—The moral laws set forth the permanent standard for human righteousness and show what human beings who serve God are expected to do.” Not only does the moral law show us the standard, but it shows us what we must do to please Jesus.

  We are kidding ourselves if we think of ourselves as having an intimate relationship with Christ, if we refuse to see our religious hypocrisy, our refusal to rest, our persistent coveting, our belittling of our parents, and our twisting the truth as an ongoing offense to him. Can you see that the way God intends for us to enjoy communion with him is by keeping his commands?

As the Apostle Paul says, “the law is like a school teacher” it is necessary until we discover ‘grace’ and the salvation Christ affords apart from the law.

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Pray for Kennie, 8 years old and tipped a 3 wheel atv over on himself in the garage. So he’s in the hospital and Child Services have shown up. This is a family of ranchers with 6 kids. And 30 years in our church. There’s never been any bad reports. Wait till they find out the kid’s a crack shot with both a rifle and shotgun and helps skin his dad’s dear this year.

free at last hallelujah

August 13, 2018

  “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law” (Gal. 3:21).

  Paul devoted two full chapters to establish our freedom from the fallen Adam. Romans Six sets forth our freedom from the dominion of Adamic sin; Romans Seven explains our freedom from Adamic law.

  Whereas our liberty was won on the Cross, it is worked out in our daily life and experience by the Holy Spirit. On the Cross, by the Spirit, in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  “If ministers and teachers of God’s Word would set saints free and establish them in the Gospel, let their preaching and teaching be based upon the sixth and seventh of Romans, the central theme of which is our union with the Lord Jesus in death and burial; and our resurrection and ascension with Him into newness of life; where not the law, but grace, reigneth; where not the letter but the Spirit, moveth the heart and life of the believer. Satan will fight most fiercely against such teaching, but no other will establish the Lord’s people.”

  “If God has declared that we died, we did die. If God has declared us discharged from the law, we are discharged and are hereby God’s free children, ‘new creatures,’ ‘created after God in righteousness and true holiness.’

 Our longing for conformity to the image of God’s Son shall be confirmed and fulfilled by the Holy Spirit who hath been given unto us. No man can believe he has a right to walk freely and fully in the Spirit until he believes himself to be free from the law.

 Law cannot give eternal life, nor have, therefore, any control over it.

  “But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that wherein we were held” (Rom. 7:6, ASV.).