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Praying in the Storm

May 14, 2018

The article below really helped me when I found myself in the middle of a “storm”. It is from 2Chronicles 2:20. King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah were facing a vast invading army. Here are a few highlights of how King Jehoshaphat faced this vast enemy.

  1. A warning came ahead of the enemies arrival (v2).
  2. Jehoshaphat was afraid so he sought the Lord and declared a fast for all of Judah (v3).

    => Notice how he dealt with his fear:

    • he went directly to the Lord- FIRST
    • he got all of Judah(those under attack) involved
    • the fast was not to “take authority” over the enemy but to get the Lord’s instructions and wisdom on how to fight this battle
  3. Jehoshaphat reminded everyone who the Lord is => the Almighty (v6).
  4. Jehoshaphat reminded everyone of the Lord’s faithfulness and promises (v7-9).
  5. Jehoshaphat and all of Judah demonstrated dependence on(submission to) God. They waited on the Lord’s timing and instructions (v12-13).
  6. Instructions were received in the midst of the assembly through Jachaziel (v14-17).
  7. Jehoshaphat and Judah obeyed and trusted the Lord to fight for them as they followed His instructions. As they faced the enemy praising the Lord – the Lord attacked and fought the battle as He said He would (v20-22).

From: How to Pray in the Storm by Jim Carpenter

Recognizing A True Apostle

May 11, 2009

From:
Restoration & the Apostolic Reformation by Vic and Toni Reichenbach

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Jesus, in Matthew 24, mentioned deception as the first sign of the end times and went on to talk about it three more times in the same chapter. A false movement of apostles takes two forms:

1. Apostles who function under a satanic anointing. They may be able to fool even the elect because of their personal charisma and false miracles. However, they will lack godly character.

2. Those who are true pastors, evangelists, prophets, or teachers, yet function as a false apostle by presuming to function in a place before they have been commissioned by the Lord.

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Matthew 7:21-27 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 

The Wise and Foolish Builders 

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
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A true apostle will be marked by:

• Patience (2 Corinthians 12:12). True apostles are marked by extraordinary perseverance. They carry an anointing to endure and stand when the norm would be to quit and give up. They are steady, dependable, and reliable.

• Revelation of the calling by independent witnesses (Acts 13:1-3). God uses prophetic ministries to identify and confirm the apostolic calling.

• Christ-like character (Matthew 10:24-25). They are true and accurate followers of Jesus Christ. “True apostles have extraordinary character”

• They walk in great humility (Matthew 20:25-28 ) . The greatest in God’s kingdom are those who are the servant of all. The law of divine order goes something like this: The more one is promoted, the more they must lay down their life and serve. Apostles go through years of trials so they always know, “I am nothing. Jesus is everything.”

• Not lording over the flock (2 Corinthians 1:24;1 Peter 5:3). They have the John the Baptist mentality. (I must decrease, Jesus must increase.) Their motive is not to take advantage of the church, but to prepare the bride for the Bridegroom. {On the other hand, self-appointed apostles are dictatorial, and throw their authority around.}

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Just Where Did She Get Those Jewels
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE CHURCH OF LAODICEA

Doctrine Divides! Love Unifies!

April 30, 2009

One of the basic ideas of today’s philosophy of ecumenical evangelism is that love is more important than doctrine. Often I hear the cry for the body of believers in Jesus Christ to join forces in love, to agree to disagree over doctrinal differences for the sake of unity and the advancement of the kingdom. Anyone not willing to agree over doctrinal differences is accused of being judgmental and unloving, of causing division. Is this really biblical? Does doctrine really divide and love unify? Can there be true unity without a shared view of the truth? I believe the answer to this last question is no.

True Unity – Union in Christ thru faith in the Truth
True unity is a major theme in the NT. Diversity is celebrated in things such as gifts and ministries [1 Cor 12:4-11; Eph 4:11], personalities, positions and cultures [Acts 1:8, 16:1, 14-15, 29-33] but never in core beliefs or doctrine.

All true believers are united in Christ by a spiritual union with Him as a result of the work of the Spirit in our hearts through faith in the Truth of the Gospel. The Scriptures command us – NOT to create unity (which is there and real already) – but to preserve this unity through acts of love in the context of local churches. (Jn 17:17,22-23; Rom 12:4-5; Eph 4:3-6,13-15; Col 3:13-16)

Love is defined in terms of obedience to the Truth/Word. (Jn 14:15,21,23-24; 1 Jn 2:3-6)

Because Christian unity comes through faith – it involves a unity in Truth and a commitment to preserve this unity by upholding the Truth(Jn 8:31-32).

True Division – Preservation of unity by rejection of error in doctrine or deed
Just as adherence to the same truths unifies Christians, we see that divergence from those truths necessarily causes division. We are warned to test everything in order that our unity be preserved (Rom 16:17-18; Ti 1:9-11; 1 Jn 4:1). Where people deny their faith by heresy or immorality, the Scripture insists that we separate from them(1 Cor 5), NOT because we are causing division – but in order to preserve the spiritual unity we have that they now deny.

Seen in this light it is error or the preaching of false doctrine that divides.

Romans 16:17-18     I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

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A stern warning over preaching another gospel – Paul eternally condemns such twice. I believe this warning also applies to those ‘yoked’ with ones preaching another gospel ….

Galatians 1

No Other Gospel

 6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

 10Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

 

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The myth of Anglican unity without truth

Monday, 17 Mar 2008
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Unless Anglicans can agree on their foundational beliefs, unity will not be achievable, argues Tim Patrick.

Response from John Davis

At a time when the worldwide Anglican Church is developing significant internal cracks, the solution offered from several quarters is the recommitment to unity. It’s argued that unity is essential to the Church and necessary for it to flourish again – perhaps even crucial to its very survival. All this is fine as far as it goes, but it fails to engage with the deeper and more primary question of where our unity is to be found. Historically, Anglicans have found their unity in commonly held beliefs. But as our beliefs grow ever more diverse, the question is, Can there be true unity without a shared view of the truth? For the following reasons, I think ultimately the answer is no.

Firstly, while it’s true that ‘unity in diversity’ is a major theme in the New Testament, to understand this idea properly, we must look at the types of diversity within the church that are presented in the NT and also how the NT understands unity to be achieved. Diversity is celebrated in things such as gifts and ministries [1 Cor 12:4-11; Eph 4:11], personalities, positions and cultures [Acts 1:8, 16:1, 14-15, 29-33] but never in core beliefs or doctrine. In fact, in the Bible we find that shared belief about the nature of God and his unique work in and through Christ and the Holy Spirit is the kingpin that binds otherwise diverse peoples together [Col 3:11]. And just as adherence to the same truths unifies Christians, we see that divergence from those truths necessarily causes division. Paul, for example, openly rebuked Peter for acting inconsistently with the truth of the gospel [Gal 2:11-14] and he also repeatedly wrote about the need to be strict in doctrine [eg. Eph 4:14; 1 Tim 1:3; Titus 1:9, etc.]. Without shared truth, the church’s foundations crumble.

Secondly, if we aren’t unified in truth, it’s not at all clear what we are unified in. Some will want to say ‘Anglicanism’ and formerly this would have been helpful as Anglicans once shared the faith outlined in the 39 Articles. However, nowadays there are even Church leaders who are not committed to these. Here in Melbourne, we have clergy who deny that Christ is the unique incarnation of God [Art II], deny that a personal and lively faith in Jesus is the only way to salvation [Art XVIII] and deny the supreme authority of the Scriptures in all matters of belief [Art VI]. Of course, some may argue that Anglicanism should be defined less by its doctrine than its traditions. But this position is unsustainable given that the Articles themselves prescribe against such an understanding of our Church [Art XXXIV]. With no commonly held doctrine and no necessary tradition we have no clear ground for unity.

Finally, it is also a practical reality that full unity as a Church cannot exist without agreement on truth. A personal story. Around the last election synod, I met several times with another Melbourne clergyman who sits at the other end of the Anglican spectrum to myself and we discussed our priorities and hopes. Now, some will suggest that this sort of coming together is key to achieving unity, but while it may be valuable, the more we talked, the clearer it was that our differences were more than cultural or stylistic – they were serious divergences over matters of first importance: how we read the Bible, our understanding of repentance, etc. On some vital doctrines, we were poles apart. Please note, this did not mean that we were rude to each other, fought or anything like that – our meetings were always courteous, quite open and honest and even friendly – but for all this, they brought us no closer to being unified as Anglicans. I doubt that either of us would ever invite the other to preach. Though we were civil, our very different beliefs mean we share no deep or practical unity.

So where does all of this leave us? It seems that if we really want unity, the way ahead is to neither ignore nor just acknowledge our different beliefs, but instead to establish a common mind [Phil 1:27, 2:2]. I think it would be quite reasonable to expect that all Anglican leaders affirm their commitment to the theological foundations of Anglicanism as captured in the 39 Articles. And if any leader can’t affirm these, they should have the integrity to ask if their personal views are the cause of division as they have departed from the very basics of Anglicanism. I know that to some, all this may sound too rigid, but the reality is that unless we start by agreeing on the foundational truths, all talk of unity will simply be empty rhetoric and wishful thinking.

The Revd Tim Patrick is Assistant Curate at St Jude’s, Carlton.

Harps of God

February 25, 2009

From:
Hidden Music of the Bible

The following is very interesting in light of my article for this month:
The Harps of God

Revelation 15:1-5 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. 2And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. 3They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:
“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.
4Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
5After this I looked and in heaven the temple, that is, the tabernacle{tent} of the Testimony, was opened.

The Biblical Harp (Nevel)

22-string-harp

The harp (also refereed to in the Bible as “Kinnor”) that you see here is the first replica of the Biblical harp mentioned in Psalms. This harp was reconstructed in accordance with the Biblical description of the Temple’s harp by Micha and Shoshana Harrari and is known in the world as the Harrari Harp. This harp has received vast media attention when it was built some 20 years ago. Being the first true replica of the harp that was playing in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem attracted much attention to it. Hearing this very harp playing is an experience you marvel on. It is assumed to produce the exact sounds that our Levies and Kings heard when visiting the Temple.

Besides it perfect beauty and its great sound, it also has a truly amazing attribute. If you look closely you can count 22 strings on this harp! 22 strings matching the number of the letters in the Hebrew alphabet! This makes one wonder what else is based on the Divine qualities of the Hebrew alphabet? One idea is that the traditional Israeli Nevel harp was made with 22 strings corresponding to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet so that words can literally be spelled out musically on these harps. This was actually tried and the sound waves were studied from Psalm 148. Below are some of the findings.

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Music hidden in the Bible

ps148

The amazing graphic above is a representation of the sound track of Psalm 148 being played letter by hebrew letter on the 22 string harp. Amazingly a vivid imprint of a Star of David appeared in the visual graph of the sound of the word “Hallelujah.” The Six-pointed star showed around the forth syllable, which sounds as “Yah,” (God” in Hebrew).

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The attributes found in the Jewish star are quite amazing. The Jewish Star (of David) is also referred to as a MAGEN DAVID (The shield of David). When you look at the these images below (right to left) you’ll find the shape of each of the 22 Hebrew Alphabet letters! The last two letters on the right box are final letter (final Mem followed by final Noon).

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Place of Rejoicing

February 5, 2009

Hi Pastor Alma

The following is what I ‘heard’ from this morning. This blessed me!

I’ve also included 3 related articles that I wrote in the past. If you click on the bible verses you should be able to read them in an online bible.

Karen

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Pentecost  {Acts 2} was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit baptizing many, enabling them to speak in tongues. It was a ‘call’ to repent, be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 Acts 2:38-39    Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

The Feast of Tabernacles is also identified with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is an invitation to the thirsty to come and drink of the living water.

John 7:37-39    On the last day, that great day of the Feast{Tabernacles}, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart{belly} will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

This invitation, like Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Revelation 22:17    The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

It is an invitation to come to the wells of salvation and draw water with joy. The living water is drawn from the wells for drinking by singing praises to the LORD.

Isaiah 12:2-3     Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Numbers 21:16-18    From there they continued on to Beer, the well where the LORD said to Moses, “Gather the people together and I will give them water.”
Then Israel sang this song:
   “Spring up, O well! Sing about it, about the well that the princes dug,
   that the nobles of the people sank—
   the nobles with scepters and staffs.”

As the Lord’s people gather and sing to the well of salvation, they drink deeply of the water of the Holy Spirit. This causes rivers of living water to flow out of their ‘bellies’ allowing the Spirit and the Bride to say “Come!” “Come and Drink!”. What a sweet sacrifice of praise!

Psalm 40:3    He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

Hebrews 13:15    Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess His name.

In the last days there will be an outpouring of the Holy Spirit like no other (Zech 12:10; Isa 44:3; Eze 39:29; Joel 2:28-29) . The last day of the Feast of Tabernacles symbolizes not only the invitation to come and drink, but also this last great outpouring of the Holy Spirit to come with the restoration of David’s tabernacle and the 1000 year reign of The Messiah (Rev 20).

Amos 9:11-12    “In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by My name,”  declares the LORD who does this.

Zechariah 14:16    Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.

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The Place of Rejoicing
{Describes the significance of the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles}
http://kharticles.wordpress.com/2009/05/30/the-place-of-rejoicing/

Sing to the Well!
{Describes the significance of gathering and singing to the well}
http://kharticles.wordpress.com/2009/05/30/sing-to-the-well/

Well of Living Waters
{Describes the well as a place where the Bride is recognized drawing water}
http://kharticles.wordpress.com/2009/05/30/well-of-living-waters/