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‘Standing in the Waters of the Kingdom of God’

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Martin Selbrede wrote this piece for Chalcedon’s Arise & Build newsletter, July 2019.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/standing-in-the-waters-of-the-kingdom-of-godma

His discussion of Ezekiel’s vision of the holy waters flowing from God’s Temple (Ez. 47:1-12) contains a startling thought:

We are already in God’s Kingdom. It’s already here.

“Ezekiel was as much in the water when it was ankle-deep as when it was knee-deep… We’re standing in the middle of the Kingdom.” We may still be closer to the shallow end–but it’s the same water, wherever we stand in it.

Yes, that thought startles us–but should it? Really? If Christ truly is our king, He is king now. And His Kingdom is, and is to come. It’s a process that began a very long time ago and is ongoing today.

What does that mean to us?

Read Martin’s essay and find out.

 


Our Mission Statement

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Thanks to a comment made by Heidi this morning, I’ve been thinking about how to define the purpose of this blog. It was originally set up to promote my Bell Mountain books and hopefully stir up sales; but it has since grown into something more.

It’s not something I set out to do on purpose; it just sort of happened. Much of the credit goes to you, the readers. Together we have done enough to give birth to a mission statement. And here it is. Here’s what this blog is supposed to do.

Provide a place for Christian fellowship, including the posting of hymns, hymn requests, prayer requests, reblogs of posts on other Christian blogs, and Bible study. I love it when readers get to talking to each other. Nor do you have to be a Christian to be allowed in: the door is open to you, too. It’s important for us to comfort, encourage, counsel, inspire, and teach one another.

Praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and the works of God the Creator, proclaim the Lordship of Christ, and assert His crown rights as the King of kings.

Outreach. This blog is a small part of the larger ministry of the Chalcedon Foundation.

Provide opposition to, and skepticism for, the pretensions of secular humanism–the climate change cult, Darwinism, transgender, and all the rest of those Really Smart Ideas that are actually abominable and stupid. The highest card in their hand is their claim to being vastly more intelligent than ordinary people–a claim that must be regularly and vigorously challenged. They deserve to be satirized, and I try to provide that. Hence Joe Collidge.

Provide good humor, pleasant memories, and fun. A good laugh is the gift of God. So is a happy memory. Hence features like “Oy, Rodney” and Memory Lane. And the comment contests, the quokkas, etc.

And yes, I’m still trying to promote my books along the way.

Anyway, that’s our mission–and we’re doing it together.


The Great Commander & Saviour.

Beautiful post by Tammy, from Trinidad (godinspiredart blog). We are not alone.   –LD

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Longing for God’s Word

From our friend SlimJim’s Domain for Truth

Compare hungering and thirsting for God’s word, and Psalm 119:131, with the famine for hearing God’s word described in Amos 8:11…     –LD

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This is a devotional from Psalm 119:131.

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Don’t Be Deceived

from the Unashamed of Jesus blog

There shouldn’t be a need to say this… but there is.    –LD

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Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

There is a new trend in “Liberal Christianity” where denominations are accepting homosexuals as members, some like the Methodist Church are even ordaining them to be pastors and bishops. Do any of these people even read the Bible? Apostle Paul clearly teaches homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God. If homosexuals are not even saved, what makes you think they can be ordained as pastors or bishops?

This is what happens when denominations and “Churches” disregard the Word of God. They make  up there own doctrine and send people straight to hell. As Paul says “Don’t Be Deceived”

Such were…

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Did Jesus ‘Hate’?

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In contrast to the popular modern view of Jesus Christ, the King of kings, as a species of woose who approves of and affirms everything done by anybody, we have these two verses in Revelation, in which Christ the Lord speaks directly to His servant, John.

“But this thou [the church in Ephesus] hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” (Rev. 2:6)

“So hast thou [the church in Pergamos] also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.” (Rev. 2:15)

Clearly, Jesus hates what the Nicolaitanes do and hates what they stand for. And He most emphatically does not approve of His churches playing footsie with them. Their doctrine, their deeds, had no place in Christian churches.

Is that beginning to sound familiar?

We don’t know exactly what the Nicolaitanes did, but some Bible scholars think they ate food sacrificed to idols and taught that it was permissible to do so, and they practiced fornication (https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/nicolaitans/). Very little information about them has survived the 2,000 years intervening.

But hey! What happened to the hippie Jesus who is cool with you no matter what you do? Like, it’s okay, man, whatever you want to do… It’s hardly necessary for me to list the abominations which today’s Nicolaitanes have brought into the churches.

And it’s okay to hate that stuff! Jesus didn’t want it in His churches.

And we shouldn’t let it infect ours.


Unforgettable Images… from the Bible

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In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: and through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.     St. Paul, 2 Corinthians 11:32-33

In one of my earliest years in Sunday school–I think I might have been seven years old, or possibly six–our teacher used to teach from a printed handout that we could take home with us, a different one each week. Each one was illustrated with a large, color picture of the Bible story described in the lesson. I don’t remember being able to read these: the teacher or a family member (usually my Uncle Bernie) had to read it to me.

But I remember some of those pictures as if I’d only seen them yesterday. Remembered them for all this time. I guess you’d have to say they were an effective teaching tool.

Among the lessons I remember best was Paul’s escape from Damascus, after they were going to arrest him for preaching the Gospel there: how all the gates of the city were watched, so the disciples helped him get over the wall by letting him down in a basket. Probably a laundry basket.

No Greek or Roman historian would have recorded such a thing. It was undignified! What kind of hero has to escape his enemies in a basket? And if it did happen, the sooner it could be forgotten, the better.

But the Bible is true.

Do you honestly think this story of the basket would be in there, if it wasn’t true? Was that any way to pump up the stature of the leaders of the early church? “Wow, I wanna join! When the cops came for the leader, he got away in a laundry basket!” Yeah, right.  You couldn’t tell that story in a presidential campaign, unless you were telling it about your opponent.

Think about that. If you read the Bible and are familiar with its content, you’ll run out of time before you run out of examples.


John 14:6 KJV and more Blessings!!

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…”  from Kristi Ann’s Haven

 

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John 14:6 KJV ) “Jesus-Yeshua Saith unto him, I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE: no man ( or anyone ) Cometh unto the FATHER, but by ME.”!!

Philippians 2:10-11 KJV ) “That at the Name of Jesus Christ-MESSIAH – Yeshua HaMashiach-MESSIAH every Knee should Bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth; And that every Tongue should Confess that Jesus-Yeshua Christ is LORD, to the Glory of GOD the FATHER.”!!

Romans 14:11 KJV ) “For it is Written, As I live, Saith the LORD, every Knee shall Bow to ME, and every Tongue Shall Confess to GOD.”!!

Hebrews 12:2 KJV ) “Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith; who for the Joy that was set before Him Endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is Set Down at the Right Hand of the Throne of GOD.”!!

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‘No Women’ at the Last Supper?

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Was it the only table in the room?

A Chilean cardinal, appointed by the Pope to clean up the Roman Catholic Church’s image in that country after a massive sex scandal, is now in hot water for declaring there were “no women” at the Last Supper and that “there was a reason for it,” although he didn’t say what that “reason” might be (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/15/chile-bishop-resigns-after-suggesting-there-is-a-reason-the-last-supper-had-no-women).

But the first question should have been, “Is that true?”

In the New Testament, the Greek word “mathetes” is translated as “disciples” and used to denote, collectively, all of Jesus’ followers. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word means a learner or a pupil. We know Jesus had many disciples, some of whom were women–like Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Martha, etc.

But there are in the Gospels only 12 “apostles,” from the Greek word meaning a “delegate” or a “commissioner” for Jesus Christ.

So let’s see what the Scripture says.

Matthew 26:19–“they [“his disciples”] made ready the passover”

Matthew 26:20–“he sat down with the twelve”

Mark 14:16–same as Matthew 26:19

Mark 14:17–“in the evening he cometh with the twelve”

Luke 22:14–“he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.”

We are not told that this was the only table in the room; nor are we told whether there was anyone else in the room not seated at that table. We can be sure the 12 apostles were seated with Jesus because they were His apostles, His delegates–and starting that very night, they would have a special role to play in history.

Were none of the ordinary “disciples,” men or women, present? Maybe, maybe not: the Scripture doesn’t say. Personally, I believe the women in Christ’s following would have had very much to do with preparing the Passover dinner.

Anyway, the cardinal would have been well-advised to tread more carefully. We discover in the Book of Acts, and in Paul’s epistles, that women like Priscilla and Phebe were key figures in the growth of the early Church. Christ did not reject their service.

All we know is that only the 12 apostles sat with Jesus at His table. It does not permit us to state that other disciples, men and women, were excluded from the room. But if they were, it could only have been because the 12 apostles were special and Jesus was preparing them to play a special role.


Holy Spirit

From David Fischer’s blog (damarministries1991). We are not alone.   –LD

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John 14:26 -“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

Friends, we are not in this alone; Jesus left us someone special to guide us in all things!

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