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Whom Should I Obey? Part # 2. The Promise of a New King and New Kingdom

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  2. The promise of a new king and a new kingdom  Dallas Willard in Hearing God draws, what I believe to be a fantastic thought.   John 3:3-8 (NKJV) 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” What Jesus does here is powerful. He clearly delineates a new kind of kingdom—a spiritual kingdom.  We have seen that the Old Testament is the

Whom should I obey? Part # 1

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  Part # 1   Whom should I obey? An understanding of kingdom from scripture: 1.  Theocracy: (Theocracy. GOD-POWER or GOD-RULE Sometimes also called theonomous (GOD-LAW) The initial Kingdom:  God is king—Adam and Eve are the governors, the prime-ministers. Genesis 1:27-28 (NKJV) 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Idea behind the command: (i)    Fill the earth with people (ii)   Subdue the Earth  (iii)  Have dominion over the earth It is seen as an expansion of the garden of Eden.  Subdue the earth. The program?  Make the entire world a garden of Eden.  This kingdom fails because the governors rebelled and tried to overthrow the King.  Quite unsuccessfully I might add. 

Is there a savage deep within you?

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  You don’t have to dig very deep to see the savage in anyone.   Many years ago when I was having a lot of church conflict, I was in conversation with my District Superintendent.  During that conversation he told me the following: You don’t have to dig very deep to see the savage in anyone.  Now I’m not sure who, if anyone he was quoting, but it has stuck with me now for over 30 years. You know what?  He was right.  But before me or you start doing a quick inventory of all the savages around us let’s do some self-examination.  First a little teaching:  There are three levels of your interaction with the written and living word of God. Lowest level:  Information—knowing ABOUT the written word (Bible) and the living word (Jesus) Middle level:  Formation—being and acting like the written word (Bible) and the living word (Jesus) Highest level:  Equipping—doing like the written word (Bible) and the living word (Jesus) The ‘savage’ in us keeps us at the lowest level. Self exami

Stuff! Too much Stuff!

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  O Great Revealer, maybe I’ll spend today dusting off my trophies and moving my diplomas closer to  eye level. I know, I know, one day they’ll be in a garbage dump and I’ll be in a grave, but still, redecorating  might be a fun way to spend my afternoon. I wonder how often these antics bring you to tears. (Steven James.  A Heart Exposed) Just yesterday I was looking for a particular picture that my dad had in his possession of the the Vineland volunteer fire department.  The photo was taken back in the 1960’s.  I went to my closet to get out my ‘dad box.’  Yep, that’s what is left of my dad.  In my parents heyday they had stuff and lots of it.  When they immigrated to Canada in 1952 they brought one chest, a couple of suitcases and $80.00—that’s it!  Then that progressed to filling a fairly large house.  Now, my one box is in the bottom of my closet! Then I read Steven James’ prayer the other morning and thought about my parents… and then eventually about me and m

What are you eating?

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My wife often asks me… what do you want to eat for supper?   My standard answer— “food.”   Not helpful, I know.   I like most things and eat whatever is given me. What about my spiritual appetite?  What about yours? Allow me to give you a few helpful guidelines: # 1.  Eat the Bible —lots! Your number one choice is reading the Bible yourself.  Read it lots!  I recommend reading 15 minutes to 30 minutes per day.  You cannot read too much of the Bible.  50% of your spiritual diet should come from your personal reading of scripture.  # 2.  Eat whatever your church/ congregation is serving. This is the second choice for spiritual food.  Your church leadership is preaching, teaching, writing stuff FOR you.  And, stuff that fits into the vision and mission the Lord has given your church.  A couple of things here.  First, eat everything.  Listen to every sermon, every video.  Read every hand out, every blog.  You do understand that the leadership is preparing material especially for

Prophecy or Problems: How to function in the prophetic

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Prophecy or Problems:   How to function in the prophetic God told me:  Prophetic guidelines.  #1.   Accountability.   Within a group of prophetic type persons  A-  Recall Caiaphas: John 11:(NLT) 49 Caiaphas, who was high priest at that time, said, “You don’t know what you’re talking about! 50 You don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man should die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.” 51 He did not say this on his own; as high priest at that time he was led to prophesy that Jesus would die for the entire nation. 52 And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world. Don’t confuse one’s ability to prophesy with one’s relationship with the LORD.  As a prophetic type person, we need always to check our hearts, guard our hearts and seek the Lord continually about us!   B-  Stay in check and accountable to prophetic type persons.  This is important.   Remember this is not a competition

Screen Fast

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  Screen Fast The other day I was in a pastor’s study.  It was a ‘normal’ office—nothing overly outstanding.   Not large, not small—just medium.  A couple of guitar cases tucked under the front of his desk.  A couple of the walls were lined with shelves and stuffed with books.  His desk, to be honest was quite messy (much like mine right now).  But it was weird as I looked at his messy desk—there was no computer.  I noticed then his computer was stuffed on a shelf to my left as I stood there.  I thought to myself—that’s strange, perhaps the computer is broken.  Wow, how do you survive with a broken computer? Later that day I heard the pastor made an interesting statement.  He told a group of other pastors he was on a ‘screen fast.’  He described this as no T.V., no phone, no ipad, no computer—just like he said—‘I am taking a screen fast for a few days.’    Let me tell you a couple of things up front.  First—his age.  I’m guessing early to mid 30’s, so we are not dealing with an o