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The Difference between the Church and the Kingdom

Your spiritual condition determines where you are living – Egypt, the Desert or Canaan.

Egypt is prototypical of the World and its corrupt systems, the place of bondage to sin, your sin and the sin of others. Here the Egyptian slave drivers work you to death with piles of addictions, money problems, serving other gods, health issues caused by overwork, and lack of education. And when you complain that you are unhappy the slave master adds more sins for you to deal with, yours and those of the others around you. If you beg to be released, even more work is placed on you, including the additional work of serving additional false gods, sex, money and power.

The Church is Rescued

The Church is that body of believers who have, by the grace of God, escaped from the dominion of Satan and his plan to steal, kill and destroy as well as from the dominion of the world. We are in “it” but no longer “of” it, unless we choose to return to its domination. And that does happen.

Numbers 14 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

Today, they may change their attitude but they are comfy in church and they stay with their hearts still back in Egypt, leading us to compromise the church of its message, if we allow it.

40 Years is a symbol of testing

Meanwhile, the church remains in the desert for purposes of discipline. They got out of Egypt, but Egypt was not out of them. The path of holiness is the lesson in the desert. These 40 years are for the purpose of being rid of jealousy, strife, confusion, addictions, unforgiveness, marriage and family dysfunctions, sloth, evil speaking and gossip, back-biting and competition, lifting up men instead of God, destroying other gods instead of worshiping them, faithlessness, pride, self-love and absorption, pandering and slander, libel and perfectionism and control-freakiness, and you fill in the blanks.

Unfortunately, God cannot properly use those whose allegiance is still to themselves. He can save you for heaven in the hereafter, but to be effective in the here-and-now, change must come. For that, He has the Kingdom.

God said, 1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And so they kept wandering around until by faith they saw the promised land ahead. The map above shows the lessons to be learned in the desert with the instruction of the Holy Spirit, and for us, these days, the Bible itself.

In lieu of the pattern of wrong in our souls we replace it with the list of beatitudes listing under St. Sinai.

The Kingdom on Earth

Yes, we can have the Kingdom of God on earth, here and now. Because God defines the kingdom this way:

Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Note: He says, theirs IS the kingdom not WILL BE. This is one of the many reasons God hates abortion; we are killing little ones who are presently living in the Kingdom until they reach the age of accountability.

Will it be Fear or Faith?

The Kingdom is presented in such a way that believers must make a choice between their fear or their faith. The two spies enter Canaan and find fruitfulness and prosperity as they’ve never seen before. But on the heels of that there are “giants” in the land. Those giants are evil nations bent on their destruction. Those nations still exist today; North Korea, China, Russia, Syria, Iran, Northern Sudan and much of Islam. Remember, God wanted the Jews to evangelize the nations and they refused. So God chose the Christians for the job.

To do that you must be prepared for battle, cleaned up on the inside and your spiritual man clothed for power and war.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace16 above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 

Seven is the Number of Completion

Any one piece of armor missing means you are vulnerable at some point. On the Kingdom side of the map we find all the promises of God are there, but they must be won in the face of opposition, danger and unbelief.

As I write this anarchists are in the streets of major cities in America to destroy our nation and its promises of freedom of religion, press, assembly, the blessings of a strong government and dedicated citizens. It could all slip through our fingers so we must put on our armor and go to war in the spirit.

What Does God Call You?

With seven plus billion people on planet earth, the relationship between each individual and God is different depending on the levels of maturity and obedience between that person and Him. We are not all simply saved or not, although that is the basic division.

The human race begins at the point called the “sea of humanity” where the Natural Law governs. Isaiah says,

Isaiah 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. Isaiah 17:12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

The symbol of waters and the sea is consistent in both Old and New Testaments. This makes sense because we know that water is the original element out of which God made everything. It should come as no surprise that we find water on distant planets, even dead ones, since this is the original building block of the universe.

Your Path to the Kingdom

The one constant for all men is that they are given a “measure of faith” as in

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

This measure gives each person the capacity for responding to God as He is presented to them individually. So God can say that man is “without excuse.”

Romans 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

This is just enough information to permit God to save them if they respond, but it leads to nothing more.

A Chosen People

The chart does not leave humankind in this state. God selected a Chosen People out of the sea of humanity in which to deposit his truths and programs. He did this based on the response of Abraham, the first man who realized that the God of creation was an intelligent being, not an idol made with clay or wood, or angelic being, both good and evil, which was the god-choice of all other ethnic groups. This group is the Jews, an ancient people of the Middle East. No matter where you start, you are called by God at that point.


Out of the huge family of Abraham that moved to Egypt came the Hebrew people who were miraculously saved from slavery and sent to the Eastern desert to learn the ways of God. For several thousand years they lived and disobeyed the Law and the prophets teaching rules for marriage, divorce, civil law, worship and service. Moses, representing the law, was the leader.

This level is called Servants. They settled in their promised land and just generally messed up. More importantly they did not fulfill the commission God gave them to evangelize the rest of the world. Just the opposite. Because of continued persecution which continues until this day, they cut themselves off more and more.


Into this came the savior, Jesus whose death freed them from the command to save their souls by way of legal restrictions and commandments and permitted a forgiven people to work in concert with God to evangelize of the world. So Jesus could tell them.

John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Based of the crucifixion of Jesus, this way was opened to his believers to evangelize the whole wold which is occurring now. So the Church Age began. That age is now coming to an end and the people of God move into the Kingdom Age.

The Path to Intimacy

For individuals however, the closer relationship to Christ is always available. The steps shown on the graph above are based on commitment, dedication and obedience. “Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus.”

Its true. From here the individual, depending on the seriousness of his quest for a personal relationship with God, moves from the position of friend, to the title Sons. Sons is not a reference to the gender of any person At the kingdom level everyone is equal.

Life in the Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is not a place in the natural but in the spiritual.

Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

You can have righteousness, peace and joy anywhere, anytime. It is not confined to this world or to the next. And it is available to all.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

You will know you have entered the Kingdom when the outside of people is of no more concern to you or them.

Children, according to Jesus, are already in the kingdom and enjoy it for a while, until they mature.

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

The Kingdom people are a Little Flock, their land is spiritual not physical. Out of this group comes the five virgins and finally the Bride of Christ. Large number of believers today are quite satisfied with sitting in church, or not, and being content with a future life in heaven, but for those who want to know a personal Jesus the steps into his presence are clearly given in the scriptures. After salvation holiness, then learning the Bible, increasing faith, entering into spiritual warfare and learning to rule oneself and the enemy and the enemy’s kingdom – all ahead of the person eager to see His Face.

The future is yours.


Recent data on worldwide evangelism. Christianity long ago stopped being

See also: Convert to Christianity and List of people who converted to Christianity

  • Pew Research estimates that 40 million people are expected to convert to Christianity between 2010–2050, and 106 million people are expected to leave Christianity during that period (resulting in a net loss of 66 million).[3] This is in contrast to most other religions, including Islam and Hinduism, where the number converting in is roughly similar to the number converting out.[3]
  • According to the World Christian Encyclopedia, approximately 2.7 million people convert to Christianity annually from another religion, with Christianity ranking first in net gains through religious conversion.[10]
  • According to “The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion” between 1990-2000, approximately 1.9 million people converted to Christianity from another religion, with Christianity ranking first in net gains through religious conversion.[5]
  • According to “The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion”, in mid-2005 approximately 15.5 million convert to Christianity annually from another religion, approximately 11.7 million leave Christianity annually, and most of them become irreligious, resulting in a net gain of 3.8 million.[6]
  • Studies estimate significantly more people have converted from Islam to Christianity in the 21st century than at any other point in Islamic history.[11] Conversion to Christianity has also been well documented, and reports estimate that hundreds of thousands of Muslims convert to Christianity annually. Significant numbers of Muslim converts to Christianity can be found in AfghanistanAlbania,[12] Azerbaijan,[13][14] Algeria,[15] Belgium,[16] Bulgaria,[17][18] France,[19] Germany,[20] Indonesia,[21] Iran,[22][23][24][25] Kazakhstan,[26] Kyrgyzstan,[27] Malaysia,[28] Morocco,[29][30] Netherlands,[31] Russia,[32] Saudi Arabia,[33] Tunisia,[34] Turkey,[35][36][37][38] Kosovo,[39] The United States[40] and Central Asia etc.[41][42] Many of the Muslims who convert to Christianity face social rejection or imprisonment and sometimes murder or penalty, for becoming Christians.[43]
  • Data from the Pew Research Center show that, as of 2013, about 1.6 million adult American Jews identify themselves as Christians; most are Protestant.[44][45][46] According to the same data, most of this group were raised as Jews or are Jews by ancestry.[45] Data from 2013, show that 64,000 Argentine Jews identify themselves as Christians.[47] According to 2012 study 17% of Jews in Russia identify themselves as Christians.[48][49]
  • Conversion into Christianity has significantly increased among Korean,[50] Chinese,[51] and Japanese in the United States.[52] In 2012, the percentage of Christians in these communities were 71%, 30% and 37% respectively.[53]
  • Due to conversion, the number of Chinese Christians has increased significantly; from 4 million before 1949 to 67 million in 2010.[54][55]
  • Due to conversion, Christianity has grown in South Korea, from 2.0% in 1945[56] to 29.3% in 2010.[54]

Bring Back Teaching Aesop’s Fables

China is killing the goose that laid golden eggs


If someone or something kills the goose that lays the golden eggkills the golden goose, they do something which results in an important money source being stopped or very much reduced. 

You can describe an important source of money as a golden goose,  when it is in danger of being stopped or very much reduced. 

Note: This expression comes from Aesop’s fable (= traditional story, usually with a moral) about a peasant who owned a goose which laid golden eggs.

The peasant was so eager to become rich that he cut the bird open, hoping he would be able to get all the eggs at once.

It is clear that China prefers power to cash. But without money, the power goes too.

When you lose the young people

When you lose the young people, you lose the war.


May 24, 2020

The meaning of the word “create” as in ‘God Created’

Few things are as controversial as the concept of God creating the heavens and the earth, the first sentence of the Hebrew Bible. The Old Testament Hebrew was translated between 300 and 200 B.C.E and therein the word for “create” is something quite different from the one English users mean now. But keep in mind that Hebrew scholars would want the Greek translation to be as accurate as it could possibly be.

The word for create as translated from the Hebrew into Greek is epoikodomeo (ἐποικοδομεo) which is a combination of three separate words: Epi, Oikos and Doma.

Epi is a word indicating all inclusive, as in epidemic or epigram. Epi is a word that embraces all.

Oikos is the word for house, but for Jews a house is much more than a building where people reside. It indicates the full inheritance of God and his people, in this case the human race.

Doma means gift. Is this a gift God gives to us, or is it a gift for Himself? My guess is that God gave the earth and its glories to Himself because He says later:

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Finally, the word itself should be translated build upon. There is nothing inherent in the word epiokodomeo to suggest the verb to create. On the contrary, build upon implies the preexistence of the tools and supplies for the project. In other words God revealed the universe as part of a system of designs and projects of His pleasure and the earth and its blessings as simply part of an ongoing system called his house.

So, an exploratory sentence might read like this:

In the beginning God revealed yet anther part of a system He is building across eternity of and for his people and Himself.

Pity that we’ve messed it up so.

When Your Life is on the Line

What Motivates YOU?


Through the Looking Glass

With all of the news in recent months about some courageous Christians in our nation standing up for what they believe in the face of “politically correct” individuals and special interest groups, activist judges, and Constitutional revisionists, I felt this was worth repeating…

Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn made this quote:

You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again.

Manipulating a person is easy when you find out what they treasure. What a person fears loss, they can be made to do almost anything.

What an insight into the spiritual realm. As long as we have things that we hold onto tighter than our love for Jesus, we will always live in fear, and will always be subject to manipulation by the devil.

Jesus tells us in His Word that those who “lose their life for My sake will gain it” (Matthew 10:39). If we lay everything that we hold sacred at the feet of Jesus, we’ll find that nothing that we possess can compare to knowing Him.

That is the one thing no one can ever take away.

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Climate Change – It’s all about Hot as Hell

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Former Pope Speaks Truth


Pope Benedict 16

Bene-dict means – to speak blessing and he did. The former Pope sees teaching creeping into church and society which gives false hope in order to seem more humane. He said the church was losing its footing and may end entirely.

What is interesting is that reporters did not question the pope about his statements but questioned why he had left the papacy and perhaps he was guilty of something? This is the common response from those who are offended by the truth. They avoid it or change the subject.

The truth is only a blessing to those who want to hear the truth.

Mother’s Day – the True Facts

God was able to guarantee the continuance of the human race by giving women the responsibility of bearing children. If men and women traded off the propagation of the race, starting first with the woman and then with the man, all families would be no more than three.

One Way to Beat Depression

My friend’s life was up-ended recently and he has fallen into depression. My advice to him I share now with you.

When I was 12, my teacher required us to research and write on our future education and goals. I chose the profession of law and interviewed my uncle who was an attorney. My goal, said I, was to be the first woman President of the United States.

My teacher gave me a poor grade saying my goal was completely unrealistic. (She was locked into the past; I was focused on the future.)

From that day to this I determined not to allow anyone to define who I am. Neither should you. You hold the keys to your life, not someone else. Not someone else’s opinion, bias, or control.

God knows you and what you are supposed to be. He said, “Your times are in my hand.” Seek His input and be freed from guesswork, assumption, and presumption.

Do I need to be Baptized in Water to be Saved?

A good country, gospel favorite.

No- but you should anyway.  The scripture passage which describes this it when the thief on the cross accepted Jesus and was that very instance, accepted into heaven.  He did not have a chance to be baptized, but you do – or probably so.

Luke 23:42-44 King James Version (KJV) 42 And he (thief) said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Water baptism is something God wants us to do to show the world that we have accepted the full salvation offered by Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure unto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

There are many duties we should expect to perform as a answer of a good conscience. In addition is the practice of meeting with other believers.

Hebrews 10:25 (CEV) 25 Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.

Yes, it make take you some time to find a church. I found a very nice church last year, but the music was so loud I could not hear myself think. Some churches do not have members in various ages. Fellowship means having friends our own age and with our own interests and a variety of members.

We are expected to fast and pray; that’s right – fast TOO.

Matthew 6:16 (CJB) 16 “Now when you fast, don’t go around looking miserable, like the hypocrites. They make sour faces so that people will know they are fasting. Yes! I tell you, they have their reward already!

When you fast, not IF you fast. We all pray even when we don’t think about it.

These are called the holy disciplines. It is expected of those who are walking with Jesus, no matter how casually. You do not need to learn these all at once. Just start somewhere and spend some time, with your Bible, learning how.

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What Happens when We First Learn of Sin – Blame

Children do not understand sin. They know when an adult tells them something is wrong. They don’t necessarily know why, just that there are consequences for doing the action. It will be years before they see a connection between the act and a moral law.

But for adults it is a different matter. We all know what the first sin was. It was not eating fruit; that was the act. The sin was taking the initiative to disobey a direct order from God. Adam and Eve were never children; they were created as adults and had knowledge of who was in charge – God. God said, no fruit from one single tree. Simple.

But the next thing that happened was after God called them on it, they committed another sin. That sin is blame and it is the consistent reaction of sinful man to knowledge of his accountability.

Adam blamed two people – God first and then his wife. In case that sounds familiar it should. It happens across the world today. Many divorces are fathers saying the wives were at fault. And then secretly blaming God for not preventing the marriage.

But keep in mind that human beings do not seem to have any built in propensity to obey God under any circumstances. The history of civilization is the slow but aggressive movement of moral men against the wall of evil that pervades the planet, a wall that seems stronger than ever.

A knowledge of sin brings first guilt then shame.

I quote from The Message, a modern translation:

When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.

God called to the Man: “Where are you?”

10 He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.”

God said, “Who told you you were naked? Did you eat from that tree I told you not to eat from?”

12 The Man said, “The Woman you gave me as a companion, she gave me fruit from the tree, and, yes, I ate it.”

God said to the Woman, “What is this that you’ve done?”

13 “The serpent seduced me,” she said, “and I ate.”

Eve on the other hand blamed the devil – as in “the devil made me do it.”

Blame is the first line of defense

My newspaper (the Epoch Times) tells me this week that China blames the USA while the USA and much of the rest of the world blames China for the advance of the Covid-19 virus. The Democrats are blaming President Trump for everything else.

Newspapers are filing for bankruptcy, big ones as well as small ones, and they blame TV but television is losing money and viewers rapidly as well. in the presence of blame nothing is accomplished.

Unforgiveness and Sickness

Recently I read a tirade by a Christian minister against a group of prominent TV teachers and while I don’t watch them myself, I knew this screed would only bring judgment on the critic.

Years ago Bob Mumford warned us about criticizing a man’s wife. Even if the man is not especially happy with his wife, he won’t approve your lambasting her – after all, she was HIS choice.

Criticizing ministers can backfire

In the same way, it is not a good idea to criticize God’s choice in His people and his ministers. We are, eventually, the Bride of Christ and His Choice. We’d best not be giving God grief about his “wife.”

There is an obscure scripture about this issue which few preach on, but it is appropriate here.

1 Corinthians 11:29-32 (PHILLIPS) No, a man should thoroughly examine himself, and only then should he eat the bread or drink of the cup. He that eats and drinks carelessly is eating and drinking a judgment on himself, for he is blind to the presence of the Lord’s body.
30 It is this careless participation which is the reason for many feeble and sickly Christians in your church, and the explanation of the fact that many of you are spiritually asleep.
31-32 If we were closely to examine ourselves beforehand, we should avoid the judgment of God. But when God does judge us, he disciplines us as his own sons, that we may not be involved in the general condemnation of the world.

The message of this passage is, examine yourself, not others. One way you can be blind to the presence of the Lord’s Body is to deny certain people communion, either as a minister, or as a congregation, or yourself. It’s bad enough when the devil attacks the believers; we should not be joining in. Many Roman Catholics do this as a matter of practice but not all.

Congregations today are a mixture of true and false. But we are told that as the end draws near, the angels will separate false from true and when Jesus returns the false wheat burns up in fires while the true wheat is stored in its own barn, ready to feed a dying world.

God knows who are His

But you may not know this. Meanwhile we are told to keep quiet about our opinions. If there is a false teacher among us, we are told to preach the Word of God and let the flock make up its own mind. Trees are known by their fruits, not their toots.

In 1987 I attended a conference at a church in Indiana. The minister complained endlessly about the fellow ministers who called him a “false prophet” and many other not-so-nice names. I was struck by the bitter unforgiveness in his heart. When King David was cursed by Shimei he brushed it off, saying, perhaps the Lord has sent him. David went along his way as though nothing had happened. But this man was a verbal dump of invective.

Unforgiveness is a form of suicide

Three years later I met a man from Ohio who knew this minister personally; he had died abruptly. I can’t say it was any shock to me. Joyce Meyer defines unforgiveness this way – “taking poison to kill someone else, but it kills you.” People in the ministry know that forgiveness heals and unforgiveness kills. Unforgiveness is a form of suicide.

I have another friend who sees at least two doctors a week. She is in constant pain most of the time, BUT she never attends church. She has disobeyed the command to “not forsake coming together with believers.” Without a church, neither can she take communion; many people are healed in a communion service. She never fasts; fasting can bring about healing. She is not recognizing the Lord’s Body, esp. as it relates to the communion bread and wine.

We simply don’t know the whole story about other people

Another case of not recognizing the Lord’s Body occurred recently when a minister told some teenagers they could no longer work helping the AV ministry. NO explanation was given. These young men are (I know them) true believers and an asset to the congregation.

Shabby treatment by the senior pastor means he does not know who he is messing with. This man also has no group of four persons to whom he answers – he is the top dog and the only dog in his church. His behavior borders on a mental condition.

Elevated ministers

Nothing speaks of failure more than a “lone ranger” minister. There is a long line of ministerial failures; about every ten years a scandalous event comes along to expose a prominent minister who is siting alone on the top of a pile. It happened to King David!

Isolation from the Body of Christ can and does lead to misery, and sickness so  caution about your words is best lest in the end you must eat them.


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Peter and Jesus – a Pattern for Reconciliation

In John 18 Peter denied Jesus three times, as in fact Jesus Himself had predicted. (Matthew 26:34) A cocky, self-assured Peter said he would never do this. Sometimes our confidence gets away with itself.

Public denial has consequences

Peter learned what was in his inner most heart. But this denial had cut him off from Jesus. Public denial is serious. In fact, the scripture says that if you deny me before men, I will deny you before the Father. (Matthew 10:30)

After the death of Jesus and prior to His ascension an angel says to Jesus’ group:

Mark 16:7 But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

Peter’s denial had removed him from being a “disciple.” So Jesus offers him an opportunity for restoration. Here is the passage. It is important for what it says in the Greek language, something impossible to state in English.

God knows what you have said

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[a] do you love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

If we do not know the two Greek words here, we can get caught looking at the sheep and their feeding instead of the real lesson.

Greek words for love have different meanings

Here we have two different words for love in Greek. This language has five words for love; four of them appear in the Greek Bible. Two of them are here. Agape (ah-gah-pay) meaning the pure, selfless love of God and phileo, (phi-lay-oh) the love of one person for another, i.e. brotherly love. Now – the same passage with the Greek words inserted.

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[a] do you love [agape] Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.”

He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [agape] Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love [phileo] You.”

He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love [phileo] Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love [phileo] You.”

Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.

Why did Jesus abandon His “agape” term and revert to Peter’s “phileo” verb?

The rules for speech are for Christian workers too

We can answer this several ways. First, Peter and the rest of the disciples/apostles had yet to receive the Holy Spirit in the upper room on Pentecost. Without the infilling of God’s spirit how can we know the pure love of God in our lives.

The natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God, neither does he know them, for they are foolishness unto him” 1 Corinthians 2:14

Second, Peter has been chastened, that is a fancy word for discipline. Discipline to be effective and honorable must always seek restoration. Discipline that is simply violent correction or evil doing, and there is plenty of that in this world, is non-redemptive and leads to more evil. Peter has seen his lack; he is embarrassed and he knows that he must grow in the knowledge of God and His love. In this respect we are all ‘Peters.’

God disciplines His people; he judges the lost

Peter list his position as a disciple after he denied Jesus three times on the day of crucifixion.  We know this because Jesus said the following to the women at the tomb:

“But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee.” Mark 16:7.

Jesus offered Peter an opportunity to undo all the denials he had initiated. By using the Greek word for Godly love, the Lord was telling Peter there was something he had yet to learn. Peter’s repeating that he loved Jesus three times restored him to disciple status.

Restoration through your words

Jesus does that for all of us; we are given space to be corrected and to understand ourselves so we can be effective doing our assigned tasks for the promotion of the Kingdom of God.

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Worship Defined – Not What You Think

To watch major TV religious programs one would think that Praise and Worship were all about singing, dancing, and praising God with musical instruments and much jumping around.praise-worship  And while God applauds that, it is not the whole story.   The English word worship means simply to show what something or someone is worth; the more attention you pay to something the more valuable it is to you, and that is a sign of your worship.  That could apply to almost anything.

But worship of God has, according to the Greek  word used in the Bible,  a  quite different meaning.

 The word is eusebeia.  It’s unusual because it comes from a word meaning  “to step back from.”  And the prefix eu is a term of praise.  So the worshipful person steps back from God. And you thought (at least I thought) worship would be stepping forward.

On the contrary, to step back from God indicates a fear of the Lord or a recognition of His total power and authority.  But asebeia is the opposite, one who does not fear the Lord, does not step back from the authority and reverence of His presence, or consider His word and His requirements of much value.  Asebeia is translated trough the New Testament in many ways but it always indicates ungodliness, or behavior which shows that obedience to God’s will means very little.

Clearly this is not singing and praise.  Worship then is how you act, either in accordance with God’s word, or in violation of it.  It can also mean irreligion in general, but considering the things we pay close attention to in life –  idolatries.  Clearly worship does not refer to church-attendance, especially if your actions outside of church show no fear of the Lord.

Since we have tied worship to fear of the Lord here are two scriptures worthy of memorizing.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the deceitful mouth, do I hate.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
This short lesson comes from 27 pages on the internet, so if you want to read the whole thing, click here. A complete exegesis of the word “worship”

But now for the kicker.  Worship, if defined by the amount of attention you pay to something could apply to hobbies, work (workaholics), attention to clothing and body image, sports and recreation, acquisition of things, and the list goes on.  

Since the first commandment is “You (singular) shall have no other gods before me” then anything that consumes our worship (time) that is not God is idolatry.  You could almost say that this one commandment is enough to recognize our separation from the truth.

Modern Americans have so much free time and extra money; it is not hard to see what consumes us.

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