"As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him."
Being one degree off at the beginning of your walk will lead you to being miles away from your destination if your compass isn't calibrated
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I looked at my watch to see what time I had arrived at my hunting position I had chosen for the day. I loved the hunting watch my wife Shelia
had given me for my birthday. It meant so much to me because she listened to me as I had described exactly what I wanted. I know how she wanted
to surprise me with what I really wanted. What makes it so special more than anything is I know how difficult it must have been for her to find
it--looking for anything for hunting would be a challenge for her--as inexperienced as I am, it would have been for me also. It wasn't an expensive
watch I wanted but I had given her pretty specific details of the features I wanted in it. I wanted it to have a large digital display,
an indigo light feature, and most of all, it must have a compass. I preferred a digital compass built into the display. Just a year ago
I had taken my first hunting trip where it appeared all the seasoned hunters had a compass watch. I figured if they had one it had to be
important part of the necessary gear. These guys looked the part and talked the talk... - Author: Bill Lowery
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An Expectant Father Is Never To Be Feared When Entering At Opposite Ends His Avenue Of Prayer!...
The miracle is not that He lets you live, rather, He prevents you from succumbing in His Holy presence at your meeting.
Righteousness meeting unrighteousness. And as you stand exposed in His radiant presence, He has not come empty-handed. He has brought
a robe, a costly one, purchased at Calvary, whereby you adorn to rightfully remain in His Presence.
And so you walk, Father and son, two hearts woven as one, clothed in the Protective Robe made possible by His Other Son.
Because you have trusted, you no longer fear!
THIS IS PRAYER!
To Walk In Calm Communion, Two Friends Conversing. Both Hearts Open. Perfect Love, Giving No Place To Fear. Able To Hear, His Will To You, Now Made Clear.
AND SO PRAY:
"Thank you, Father, for the vesture of prayer that my Savior provided, making it possible for my presence in yours."
- Author: Ken Livingston
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"He that watereth shall be watered also himself"
We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others....
In watering others, we are ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful, bring out our powers for usefulness
. We have latent talents and dormant faculties, which are brought to light by exercise. Our strength for labour is hidden even from ourselves, until we venture forth to fight the Lord's battles, or to climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow's tears, and soothe the orphan's grief. We often find in attempting to teach others, that we gain instruction for ourselves
. Oh, what gracious lessons some of us have learned at sick beds! We went to teach the Scriptures, we came away blushing that we knew so little of them. In our converse with poor saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So that watering others makes us humble
. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it; and how much the poor saint may outstrip us in knowledge.
Our own comfort is also increased by our working for others. We endeavour to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Like the two men in the snow; one chafed the other's limbs to keep him from dying, and in so doing kept his own blood in circulation, and saved his own life. The poor widow of Sarepta gave from her scanty store a supply for the prophet's wants, and from that day she never again knew what want was. Give then, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and running over.
- Author: C.H. Spurgeon
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Often in life, I am asked two very serious questions relating to one's spiritual welfare: (1) How can I tell if I really am a Christian, or,
(2) How can I know of my spiritual condition and level of growth as a Christian?...
Scripture teaches that when one becomes Christ's and He dwells within them and they abide within Him, His nature, as evidenced while on earth that
hungered and thirsted after His Father and His righteousness, will be duplicated within that Christian...
- Author: Ken Livingston
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or years, the media have told a story that lends itself
to tabloid headlines: Secret Books of the Bible Found! Church Suppresses Real Gospel! Historical Jesus Never Said Those Things!
The news is that naive Christian belief in the Gospels has been exploded by the careful investigations of a new generation of biblical scholars.
It makes for great copy in the newsweeklies and on PBS...
In "Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way
," (Oxford, 260 pages, $25) Philip Jenkins examines the motives and methodologies of these radical scholars. He finds that their agenda is hardly scientific or objective. They are on a mission. They want to prove that orthodox Christianity is an artifact of early church politics and has nothing to do with what Jesus actually said or did....
- Author: George Sim Johnston
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Paul of Tarsus identifies himself the following way: "...I am an Apostle of Gentiles..." (Rom 11.13).1
To interpret this statement to mean that Paul did not care about the nation of Israel or would not preach the
Gospel to Jews would be incorrect. This paper will focus on the Scripture paragraph (Rom 11.1-6):...
Paul's mission and ministry, as revealed and ordained by Jesus Christ Himself, was to preach to all the world
that God's plan of salvation was available to both Jew and Gentile. Paul said God revealed to him that God's
plan of salvation was by His gracious choice and not by works alone. Paul felt the nation of Israel did not
understand this truth. Paul was also concerned that the Gentile Christian majority was gloating over its
cultural differences being accepted by God, while the Jews could not understand why the Gentile Christians
did not fall under the Law as they had been required to be.
Paul was a devout2 Jew that respected his Pharisaic heritage. He knew the Old Testament Scriptures and he
wanted all the nation of Israel to repent, and accept Christ for who He really was. He wanted Israel to believe,
and then live in peace with the Gentiles that were becoming Christians. He wanted unity between the two groups
of Christians. Both groups needed to show improvement in this regard. Paul addressed both groups in his letter
to the Romans. He also addressed, through the use of diatribe, the arguments he would most likely receive when
he presented this new revelation from God concerning His salvation plan for all nations...
- Author: Jim Mills
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The following is taken from the Book, Adam2: A Guide For The Walk Home, written by our founder.
It is A Commentary On The Gospel Of John, complete with a background look at the contemporary Jewish groups active in Jesus' day.
It includes a summary of each chapter, a redacted study of each disciple, a brief study of Gnosticism of the time, pertinent timelines,
and much more. Each chapter of study includes extensive Biblical references to the notes on the chapter.
A chronological excerpt of each section will be posted here at the beginning of each month. You can access free of charge at any time
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This month we will look at the Sadducees from the book: Adam2.
I. MAJOR JEWISH GROUPS IN JESUS' DAY
Sadducee in Hebrew is, Tzedokim, and in Greek, Saddoukaion, or more commonly, Sadouk, meaning,
"just or righteous one." The title, and hence its meaning, is derived from the Hebrew name, Zadok.
Young separately identifies nine in the Old Testament, with Zadok, the loyal High Priest in David's time,
being the most prominent
Though many scholars believe him to be the one preferred by the Sadducees as the origin of their party, still,
some identify a priestly descendant also called Zadok, or Sadok, who appeared ca. 300 B.C.,
as being the father of their movement. Whichever the case, these followers (and evolving party within the Judean religion)
were subsequently called, Zadokites, or Sadokites in Hebrew, or Sadducees in Greek.
Though the origin of the Sadducee is not as clear as that of the Pharisee, they appear on the scene during the
3rd century B.C., and become quite strong prior to the outset of the Maccabaean period
(See Appendix, Inter-Testament Timeline), even controlling the Great Assembly, or the then evolved,
Council of the Seventy Elders. It must be said that the exact nature of the Great Assembly prior to its
evolution into the ruling body of the Seventy Elders is not quite certain. As discussed above under
"Pharisees," it is believed to have its roots in the priestly scribes of the Levite tribe returning
from the Babylonian captivity, who are seen in Nehemiah reading and teaching the Torah to the congregation,
with Ezra himself being their leader (Neh.8). Whether they evolved into a legislative body between
their return and the beginning of Greek rule, or simply identified in each of those generations collectively
as the Great Assembly (Knesset Gedolah), it is not known; however, to these had been given the
responsibility of copying and preserving scripture. As a result of their familiarity with scripture,
disputes and perceived contradictions over specific texts were brought to them for their resolution, hence,
we can see how their authority began to evolve. (See above discussion on the Scribes.)
As Jewish life in Palestine began to settle into daily routine after the rebuilding of their
Temple (515 B.C.), and without the ruling monarchy
of the previous Solomonic Temple times (now no longer a nation), the question of what direction, both politically
and religiously, the Hebrew people should advance under the then ruling Persian empire became a serious subject of debate.
From this debate, differing opinions developed and polarization of views evolved into several distinct groups or sects.
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The first, we have previously discussed, was the Pharisee and their scribes who saw the need for clarification
and adaptation of Mosaic law to the changing culture of their times. Consequently, additional interpretations
were catalogued and codified for strict observance for Jewish ceremonial life to remain separate from other
nations and their cultures. (These traditional interpretations and writings eventually evolved into what was
first known as the Mishnah, and even later giving rise to the well known, Talmud.)
Unlike these Separates (Pharisees), the Sadducees, being conservative in their views, i.e., holding a limited
view and interpretation toward scripture, did not hold to these new interpretations and traditions evolving
under the Pharisees for control of the people. Their view was that only Scripture (the Mosaic law itself)
held sole authority over the people in both their religious and daily life. Therefore, a major tenet of their
beliefs was the absolute freedom of the individual's will toward good and evil. A person's destiny lay within
each's own control and the fortunes or misfortunes of life were of their own making. Thus, greater discretion
was left to the individual as to how they would assimilate into their environment in changing times,
first under Persian rule, but more particularly, the Greek culture (Hellenism) after Greece came to power
under Alexander the Great (331 B.C.). (This also helps one to understand why they were less
merciful toward one who had fallen upon hard times or at odds with the law of the day.) It is easy to see then,
with this view, how the Sadducee took to the Greek's culture and philosophy of reason when they came upon the scene.
A considerable merger of Judean theology and Greek philosophy began to occur and its influence can be seen even within
Christian theology and Jewish thought today. (See "Gnosticism.")
Temple sacrifice had resumed following Palestinian resettlement. Since the Sadducees were of the priestly order
(usually wealthy and more the aristocrat than the Pharisee, though some Pharisees were priests), and since the
Temple was controlled by the High Priest, they naturally concerned themselves primarily with the administration
and duties of its institution. When the Greeks came to power, it is obvious that there would occur a clash between
the Pharisee and Greek culture, but not so much so with the Sadducee. Therefore, the Sadducees, who were more willing
to conform and assimilate to their culture, were shown more favor. Close connections developed between the priestly
Temple rulers and the occupying foreign powers and continued until the time
of the Maccabaeans who revolted at Modin in 167 B.C. (Josephus).
- Author: Ken Livingston
State Of The Church
The following is the fourth article to date addressing the changes being seen with alarming detail in modern churches.
As with the previous, it is more practical in nature in response to this common dilemma occurring in more and more churches today.
The upcoming fifth and final article will deal more with specific facts and provide information as to what is behind this movement of the
megachurch, or, what is called by them: the new emerging
or emergent church
. Another term you hear alternately is the
, or, seeker friendly church
Having looked at some symptoms and tell-tale signs of a new manifesto being introduced within a growing number of churches spanning
across denominational lines, we turn now to more practical matters in general for application. Although not intended, what follows will be controversial.
But many who read will find in these words a common thread of what is already being sensed within their own hearts. All I ask is that
the reader be open minded and, if haven't already, begin their own search, study and examination of this topic.
The consequences of the magnitude of such a broad scale world-wide implementation of a "new church model" cannot be ignored. It must
be examined by the serious Bible student and Christian! It must be looked at in light of Bible prophecy. We must heed the warnings of
both Jesus' own words when He walked the earth and those inspired by the Holy Spirit written later for our advantage in alertness of end-time
events and trends. Not to do so would be perilous. So, I prayerfully write the following and ask for your prayerful consideration...
Recently, I had a visit from a close family member serving in the ministry. I had visited in his home a couple of years back on a trip to Atlanta.
While in L.A., he and his wife spent several days in our home. We had much to catch up on, especially on a topic that has become of great
concern to both of us in recent years. That concern continues to grow with sadness. It increases day by day as we cannot help but see and
hear what is happening in every big city and most small towns throughout the country, and being
exported abroad. After catching up on more
personal matters and a time of joy in sharing, the second night he and I sat up in serious conversation until 2am—hearts deeply
spiritually burdened for the state of the church and body of Christ as it is changing outwardly. As we shared we both came to learn we
were on the same page and note in an understanding of the time we now live within—in stark contrast to previous times we both have served,
a time much different when both our fathers served as well who now have entered into their rest.
In that discussion, we talked about the history of the church, how it has had its seasons of renewal and
decline over the past 2,000 years, much as Israel in Old Testament times. We both agreed it has become apparent we now have entered, for
the lack of a better term or word, an inter-time if you will, a time between what once was in stark contrast to what is now different and
developing that is, I believe most likely, setting the stage for the next period in history—the drawing to conclusion of the
Gentile era. In this time, keeping in mind the apostate church prophesied to arise in end times, two things are already happening
at an alarming rate...
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- Author: Ken Livingston
The following is taken from the Book of Old Testament Summaries.
Ezekiel (age 30?) receives visions in captivity in Babylon, by the River Chebar, in the 5th year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,
taken in the second group, 597 B.C. Vision of the whirlwind with four creatures,
each like a man with four faces: a man, lion, ox, and eagle. They move in unison, without turning—going forward,
backwards, and in all directions. Lightning emanates from them. A vision of four wheels under them, moving in unison,
with the spirit seen in the wheels. Their wings make sounds as the roar of the sea, or the voice of God.
A crystal firmament is seen above their heads, with a throne and a Manpresent in it, a rainbow-like glow,
or halo surrounding it. God's glory is evident; Ezekiel falls to the ground face down in awe!
The Voice speaks, commanding Ezekiel to stand. Being lifted by the spirit, he listens. God converses with Ezekiel
concerning Israel's continued rebellious nature. He is not to be afraid of them when he prophesies to them, nor is
he to be hesitant in speaking. Receives a vision of a scroll written on both sides, displayed before him, containing
lamentations, mournings, and woes, with instructions for its eating.
Before speaking its words to Israel, though a stranger will better listen, ordered to eat the scroll in its entirety.
Tasted as sweet as honey. He is to receive all God's words to his own heart before speaking them to others.
He is given a look of authority to face his audiences. Now lifted up from the Earth by the spirit, upheld by the hand of God,
transported to Telabib by Chebar, in the place of a colony's captivity, likely his own, sitting among them astonished for
the first seven days. God finally speaks, instructing him to warn the wicked and personally held accountable if he fails.
A warning so given to both the wicked and righteous! Now commanded to go into the plain to meet God for further instructions.
Sees Him as before, falling to his face, lifted up, receiving orders to be bound for a season for a sign, silent in his own house.
His first words given to say when ended: Listen if you will, don't if you won't!
[The following 4 Chapters detail Israel and Jerusalem's condition and judgment.]
Instructions for the construction of
a tile model of the besiegement of Jerusalem as a sign for their judgment. Instructed to lie on his side as a sign for 390 days
(LXX records 190) for Israel's long captivity, the other side 40 days for Judah's remaining, prophesying all the while
toward Jerusalem (1 day = 1 year). Bound by God on each side while doing so. His diet also specified as a sign.
Ezekiel objects to the unclean fire material; God compromises. This done as a sign of famine to come to Jerusalem.
They will know their sins are responsible.
[Signs of Jerusalem's siege continues.]
Ezekiel is instructed to shave his head and beard, with specific details for disposal:
1/3 to burn, 1/3 to cut up, and 1/3 to scatter to the wind, with a few saved. Jerusalem is condemned for changing His judgments
into wickedness, failing to walk in His statutes. God Himself will be their judge, delivering a severe judgment such as never before seen,
nor to be repeated. They will resort to eating their own flesh and blood! A 3-fold judgment: 1/3 to die by famine, 1/3 by the sword,
and 1/3 scattered; then they shall know God is serious about His business! To be a reproach to all nations. Four great terrors will be
sent upon them: (1) famine, (2) wild beasts, (3) pestilence, and (4) the sword.
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[Prophecy against Israel.]
Her high places, idols, and altars are condemned. Their land will be made desolate, then they will
know just who is God! A remnant among the nations will remember Him. He tires of their whorish ways therefore judgment will
come upon all, both far and near, just as they had been told in His Word since the days of Moses. Men shall fall in the
act of their idolatrous worship. Then they will know just who is God!
[Israel's prophecy continues.]
Her time is come, with no compassion from God in their judgment. Disaster after disaster.
Injustice and pride their downfall. The sinner will not escape. Make no plans for tomorrow; judgment is now upon them.
Fear replaces strength, their money useless. Their idols He will pollute and His face will be turned from them.
Heathens will possess their houses and a chain made to lead them captive. Peace departs, visions perish, and the land is
lawless. Then they shall know that He meant business!
[The following 4 Chapters detail Ezekiel's visionary trip to Jerusalem.]
At home, in exile in Babylon, in the 6th year,
the vision begins (ending at 11:25). Transported to Jerusalem to the inner gate. Shown a major idol God utterly abhors
with great jealously. Scene at the north gate, gate of the Altar, an image also of jealousy. Scene inside the Temple:
a hole in the wall, going in sees 70 elders secretly offering incense to strange idols, believing that God doesn't see them,
having forsaken the Earth. [See
Scene at the gate again: women weeping for Tammuz, god of fertility—dead. Scene in the inner court: 25 sun-worshipers.
God is provoked with the thumbing of their noses at Him and polluting the land. His fury will have no pity.
Their cry will not be heard!
[Vision of the idolaters' judgment.]
God summons 6 men for judgment on the Temple. They arrive by way of the higher gate.
They receive their instructions. Those with His mark now placed upon their foreheads, who mourn at the sight of sin,
are to be spared, all others killed, beginning with the elders in the Temple. A great slaughter ensues. Ezekiel appeals
for mercy. God answers with recompense upon their iniquity. The man of ink, who earlier marked the righteous,
reports his mission accomplished.
God's glory now seen and heard in the Holy of Holies. Recognizes now the creatures under God to be the cherubims seen in his first vision
(1:8). Coals of fire are to be taken from between them and scattered upon the city, marking His judgment that is now come to Jerusalem.
God's glory lifts from the Temple. (See 43:4.)
- Author: Ken Livingston
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Has church been getting you down lately? Do you have more questions than answers about the major
shift in your experiences in worship, in the objects, music, and even the sermons? We may be able to help.
Know first, you are not alone! More people are awaking to a deceptive practice that
began years ago. In addition, we have put together 5 articles to try and answer some
of those questions and help with your understanding. The first are more practical in nature as they
relate to your questions. However, the 5th is more specific in identifying a major factor behind the
changes you are experiencing. We hope this will not be the end of your exploration of this
growing cancer on the church. If you're fine with it, we wish you the best but some of us
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