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I’m leaving Babylon!

On Friday October 3rd,  my husband and I attended Word of Life Church in St. Joseph Missouri.   Brian Zahnd is the Sr. Pastor and has been the only Sr. Pastor since the inception of the church 27 years ago.   Eric Stark is the Worship Pastor.  He is the most amazing and talented worship leader I have had the privilege to ever see.   I always say that the “world” has Elton John and the Kingdom of God has Eric Stark and we got the better of the deal!

On Friday night the worship team did an incredible rendition of “All Along The Watchtower” by Bob Dylan.   It was a dramatic way to teach the passage’s in Isaiah 21.

Below is the link to a audio of the service.  It’ll take you to the archive of all of WOLC audios of their services.  Go to the Oct 3rd link: “The door of hope in time of trouble” and listen.   God used this sermon to once again teach me to repent (change my mind on how I look at things) and trust in Him.   Babylon isn’t only a physical location in the Mideast, but a spiritual system that opposes God and his people.  I have left Babylon…

http://www.wolc.com/sites/v2/index.php?sitearea=special&subarea=podcast

Dee

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December 1, 2008 at 11:48 am 1 comment

Who was Abraham?

Was he the first Israelite?  The first Hebrew?  Is he the Father of Many Nations?  What does this all mean?

To begin with, Abraham was the father of 8 children.  Ishmael, Isaac, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.  He was the father of  children that ended up as Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.  Muslim through Ishmael and through Isaac the Christian and Jewish faiths.

Abraham is the patriarch of the Israelite, Ishmaelite and Edomite tribes.

So, to call Abraham an “Israelite” is not correct.  This terms did not come about until Jacob his grandson was given a new name after his struggle with God at the brook.  God said at that time “…Israel, for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed”.  When did Abraham ever struggle with God?  Never!

The term “Hebrew” is correctly referred to a descendant of Eber, but it seems it is also been used to label the Children of Israel before the conquest of the land of Canaan and the term “Israelite” is generally used after the conquest.  The term “Jew” is used to describe someone of the Jewish faith whether or not they are directly descended from Jacob.

I believe that the Church is descended from Abraham because we obtain righteousness by faith as Abraham did and therefore enter into the promise. (Rom. 4:11).  And right there in Rom. 4:14  the Holy Spirit writes that if those who are of the law are heirs then faith is made void.  Who was of the law?  The Israelites were given the Law but there are those today who want to be under the Law. They will not accept the free gift of Grace.  They do not believe it God is that good and think they can add to the work of Christ by their works for salvation.   So those who live by the law cannot be heirs to the covenant of Abraham.  A clear distinction is made, and this is post-cross.

Show me anywhere in the bible where the law is given to anyone other than the Jews?

A book could be written on the differences between the Abrahamic Covenant and the Old Covenant with the Children of Israel.  How about showing me a text where God considers them one and the same?  Where they are inter-changed with each other?  In II Cor. 3:11 it talks about what is passing away.  It is the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones (verse 7) so that the Ministry of the Spirit could come which was much more glorious.  What the Holy Spirit is saying here is that if we hang onto the law then we cannot move onto the more glorious ministry of the Spirit.

Speaking of the Spirit, Jesus said in John 16:7-11 that it was for our advantage that He leave so that the Helper could come, the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes verses 8-11 in chapter 16 is misread.  I had a discussion about this with our pastor this last summer and even he had a poor understanding of it.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t convict the Believer of sin, it convicts the world of sin because they do not believe.  Do you believe what Jesus did?  Then you are NOT convicted of sin. We (the believers) are convicted of righteousness BECAUSE Jesus went to His Father and we see Him no more.  And Judgment of Satan, the ruler of this world, is complete.  It’s so plain and yet so often people think the Holy Spirit convicts the believer of sin.  The Holy Spirit guides us into ALL truth,  He will Glorify Jesus.

Shalom

November 21, 2008 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

An Honest Man

I heard Billye Brim say the other day that “you may not agree with everyone.  But if you are an honest man, when someone says something you disagree with it’ll drive you to the Word.  If you find out that you were wrong and change your thinking then you are the better for it.  If you go to the Word and find out that you were right then you have been strengthened.  But either way always go to the Word!!”

In Romans 4, Paul says that before the law sin was in the world, but where there is no law sin isn’t imputed against man.  What does that mean?  Man sinned but God didn’t charge it to his account?  Yep! That’s exactly what that means.

Take Abraham for example.  He twice lied and gave his wife to a king because he was scared the king was gonna kill him!! That doesn’t sound very sinless of him does it? Yet never do we see God rebuking him or punishing him.  On the contrary, God protected him and then caused the kings to bless Abraham.  That sure doesn’t fit in with “religion” does it.  Why?  Because there wasn’t any law (10 Commandments) or any law at that time.  The covenant between God and Abraham was all on God to perform not Abraham. and all because Abraham literally believed what God said.  It wasn’t based on how “good” Abraham was at all.  No conditions put on Abraham.  Go back and read it.  Look to see if the covenant between God and Abraham was conditional.   Also, only God passed between the two halves of the animal.  That meant God was the only one obligated to “do” anything.

We know that Jesus fulfilled the law for us. And He redeemed us from the curse of the law.  We have therefore died with Christ and then we were raised again and are now seated with him in heavenly places.   Without bloodshed there is no forgiveness of sins.  So if the blood offered by Christ 2000 years ago, “once and for all sins” didn’t cover or forgive any future sin of the believer then nothing will.  Jesus is not going to shed more blood and blood is the only thing that gets forgiveness of sins. The blood He has offered covered past, present and future sins.

If God were to punish Jesus for your sins and then punish you for those same sins He would not be righteous.  In the Psalms 32:1&2 David saw and prophesied about our day.  He said two separate things:

1) Blessed is the man in whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered. (while he was under the law he committed sin.  So by the blood of Christ they are forgiven and covered.)
2) Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. (1st John 3:4 defines sin. Now that the law is fulfilled no more law, no sin inputed)

Jesus said, “not one jot or tittle will pass from the law till all be fulfilled.”  Did Jesus fulfill the Law?
People who receive or believe rather (because unbelief is disobedience Heb 3:16-19) what Jesus did for them, has in Gods eyes, already had that debt of death paid for by His Son. And in Gods eyes he will never be angry with us again.  Now the law is fulfilled and they are no longer under it.  Where there is no law there is no sin.  Period.  Sin is transgression of the law!  That’s why the bible says sin now has no dominion over you.

If Jesus blood didn’t cover all sins, His blood wasn’t really any better than the blood of bulls and rams.

Did you know that that sounds almost too good to be true!   Do some research on the word “Gospel” in the Greek.  That word is such an extraordinary word.  It is such a special word it was rarely used.  Before the bible time there isn’t other written account of that word being used.  The Gospel means more than “good news”  it means more like “To good to be true news”.  Greek is very exact and expressive.  They didn’t use words carelessly.

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John the Baptist in John 1:29).

I know this has gotten long but it is something God confirmed in my heart fairly recently as well, and it makes the whole bible “make sense”.

Here is a link to a short video of a very anointed man of God.  God used him to share this very truth with my wife and I.  Joseph Prince is his name.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10lue7bhcK0&feature=PlayList&p=99D82584E99EA695&index=7

Now, when you read I John 3: 4-9 it makes a whole lot more sense!  Jesus is in the Father, The Father is in Him, He is in us, and we are in Him.  In Him there is no sin!  The Holy Spirit is talking to you right there in I John 4:9  Whoever! Are you born-again?  Then you are in included in “whoever” and you cannot sin.  Not because you are “perfect” but because sin is no longer imputed to you.  You are no longer under the law so you are blameless.  The law no longer applies to you once you have believed and are under the covenant of Grace, the New Covenant.

Anti-Grace preachers want to bring you under condemnation and control by fear.  Doesn’t thinking that maybe you can lose your salvation bring fear into your heart? It always did mine. And if that were true, then why doesn’t the bible clearly state that you can lose your salvation and how?
The religion of Assembly of God believes you can lose salvation but not all charismatic’s do.
You are blessed!
Dee

November 18, 2008 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

What is God’s Will?

I came across this blog by Pam and read her link to John Piper.  It started me thinking how it could be better illustrated using Mark 12.  Here is what I wrote to Pam.

I will try to shed a some light on what Piper refers to as paradoxical, the apparent 2 Wills of God.

As you know, the Will of God is revealed in His word. It is the Will of God that all be saved (1 Tim 2:4 & 2 Peter 3:9) and yet we know that most will not be saved. So why doesn’t an All Mighty, All Knowing, All Seeing God get His way (Will)?

Jesus explains it in his parable of the evil vinedresser in Mark 12. In this familiar story the landowner builds a beautiful vineyard. leases it to a farmer (vinedresser) and then leaves for a far country. Then the story talks about how the owner at harvest time sends a servant to receive some of the fruit and how they beat him and eventually when the owner sends his son to collect they killed him. Then what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the evil farmer.

A more modern example could be put like this. You own a piece of property and know that you will be gone for a significant period of time. So, you lease it to an acquaintance for 5 years and then leave the country. While you are gone the renters paint the house with pink and blue stripes, inside and out. In addition they cut the trees down and ruin the landscaping. You hear of these things happening, but the terms of this particular lease have not been broken and you are powerless to stop the carnage. What will you do when the 5 years are up? You’re gonna kick them out for sure.

It wasn’t the owners ‘will’ that the bad things happened but they had given-up control (leased) and could not stop the destruction until the lease was up. Another good example of this is the movie “Pacific Heights” with Michale Keaton being the evil tenant.

The point I’m trying to make here is that when in Gen 1:28 God gave dominion on earth to Adam He in actuality granted an ‘earth lease’ to him. (This was illustrated by Jesus in the above example)Then, when he ate of the forbidden fruit, Adam transfered the rights of the ‘earth lease’ over to satan who then became ruler of this world. At that point Jesus had to come down to earth as a man, live a sin-free life and then claim the earth lease back for mankind. He did not do this as God, but as a man, the second Adam.

When God gave dominion to Adam he made Adam ruler of this world. God gave Adam free-will, his earth to do with as he pleased. God could not cancel the lease (go back on his Word) just because Adam relinquished it to satan. God will not violate His Word. Man was not capable of living a sin-free life once his flesh became carnal, but Jesus, the second Adam, came here and redeemed us. Jesus purchased the earth lease back by his perfect life, death and resurrection.

We have now been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. We have been restored to our proper dominion here on earth. “It is finished”. Jesus’ work on the cross was a complete work. It was an over-payment! The devil has already been defeated. By his stripes we were healed. He has given us power over poverty, sickness and even death, we have dominion as Adam did.

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge…)

So, to revert back to the example that Piper used, a child who is abused. Was it God’s Will? Of course not. Could God do anything about it? Not without violating His Word (the earth lease). For now, man has dominion on earth and until the earth lease is up it is up to man to right these wrongs, exercise our dominion. When the earth lease is up God will return and wreck His vengence on the evil vinedresser.

Dee

November 10, 2008 at 10:09 pm Leave a comment

Entering into His rest

What is meant by this? Do people who profess to enter His rest each seventh day really do it?

Why did God command the Children of Israel in the wilderness to “Remember the Sabbath day”? Exodus 20:11 tells us why. “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” The seventh day sabbath was given as a day of remembrance, for God blessed the seventh day and rested. The seventh day is the Sabbath (rest) of the Lord. In six days He made the heavens and earth and all that is in them and then rested. He has not had to “create” anything since the first 6 days. He is STILL resting from creation.

The Lord created a wondrous world that is designed to carry on, self procreate. The Lord does not have to keep creating things over and over again. God entered His rest from creation. The Lord commanded that the Israelites do no work on a sabbath, even their children, livestock and the stranger within their gates were not to do any work. People in neighboring nations worked 7 days a week to eek out a living and here the Children of Israel would work only 6 days and prosper more than their neighbors. In fact, they would be so blessed by God that every 7 years God told them to not even plant or harvest, as the harvest from the 6th year would be enough to carry them through.

But after the fall, He did immediately begin to work on redemption.  Jesus said My Father worketh until now and I work John 5:17.   He was saying that because the Jews wanted to kill Him because He was working on the 7th day sabbath.  Jesus Himself said He was working!

What does “sabbath” mean in Hebrew? From Strongs “to repose, that is, desist from exertion; used in many implied relations (causatively, figuratively or specifically): – (cause to,let, make to) cease, celebrate, cause (make) to fail, keep (sabbath), suffer to be lacking,leave, put away (down), (make to) rest, rid, still, take away.”

We then now conclude that the “sabbath” is not a day, but an action (lack of action actually). It is a conscience choice, a relationship with our Lord. It isn’t something that happens because it is on the calendar, like Monday. Monday’s happen every week whether or not we are paying attention. To sabbath is an action, we “chose” to rest, do no labor, repose and keep.

God does ALL things for a reason, there are no random events in the bible. This includes the sabbaths as we will see in the following verses.

Colossians 2:16 & 17 “So let no man judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is Christ.”

Sabbaths are a “shadow”! Shadows are not “real”. They are merely an outline with no substance. Christ is the substance, He is the real thing! It gets better!!

The sabbath is one of the most wonderful things God has or will give to us and here is why. In Hebrews 4:4 the Holy Spirit through Paul says “For He has spoken in a certain place (Gen 2:2) of the seventh day in this way “And God rested on the seventh day from all His work.””

He then continues in verse 8 “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

We are not required to observe the seventh day as the Jew were. Paul instructs us to move on, to be diligent to enter into that Rest, Jesus Christ. Rely on Him for all things pertaining to life and salvation.

I have entered in to that Rest!  Praise God and thank you Father for your Son, King Jesus!

Dee

November 8, 2008 at 8:29 am 5 comments

Is it really God’s Word?

I came across a quotation today which floored me. Me, a man who grew up in the SDA church, attended church school through college and then began raise my children in the church. I was raised to believe that the Bible was the Word of God. We would never question anything that was written there just as we would never question anything that Ellen White wrote. They are God’s Word to his Chosen People, the SDA’s! We were bringing the 3 Angel’s Messages to the world. We were the Remnant People of God.

Check this out! I am SO ANGRY that I have been deceived for most of my life. My parents, my church, my teachers, my pastor, they all mislead me about this woman, Ellen White. They have actively conspired to hide and deceive.

“The Bible is written by inspired men, but it is not God’s mode of thought and expression. It is that of humanity. God, as a writer, is not represented. Men will often say such an expression is not like God. But God has not put Himself in words, in logic, in rhetoric, on trial in the Bible. The writers of the Bible were God’s penmen, not His pen. Look at the different writers.” (Selected Messages, book 1, pages 19-22)

Say what? Ellen White is saying that the bible is fallible! In the name of Jesus I reject that thought and her! Anyone else have problems with what this she wrote?

Has anyone read anywhere in the Bible where it downplay’s another part of the bible to validate themselves? Does Paul ever say that Isaiah may be inspired by God but it isn’t actually God’s Word. Did Luke ever question what Moses wrote?

Of course not! God works through men. The Holy Spirit, through men, wrote the scriptures. If you can’t depend on their divine inspiration than all that is left is to depend on ourselves, man.

When a bible author says “God said…..” that means My God said it. Evidently the God that EGW serves didn’t. The bible says that we are to compare everything to the scriptures. Why would it do that if the scriptures were fallible? But when I try to compare EGW’s writings with the bible I am shut down. Is this right? NO!

Shalom

November 8, 2008 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

The more things change the more ……..

they stay the same.

For more than a year now we have been looking for a church that we can call ‘home’.

For a short period of time we attended a large Baptist Church but they began teaching our children that the Holy Spirit doesn’t move or heal today and that it died out with the Apostles.  So we then moved to a non denominational church in Olathe and while they had spirit it wasn’t the Spirit we were looking for.  They brought the “anointing” of Todd Bentley back from Florida and even after a one-on-one meeting with the pastor they refused to see the heresy and demonic spirit in Bentley.   Time has shown that the Spirit guided us in this as Bentley has since been shown to be a fraud and charlatan.   Unfortunately it shouldn’t take time to see what was evident.  For instance,  it is so clearly forbidden in the Word to astral project and talk with dead people.

So we moved on to another “nonnie” in Overland Park.  The pastor took a personal interest in us and denounced Bently and IHOP teachings.  “GREAT!” we thought to ourselves.  But soon disturbing things began to pop up.  Dee went to her first womens bible study.  Did they study the bible?  Not at all.  The conversation was dominated by talk of Todd Bently and the Kansas City Prophets.   We consoled outselves with the assurance that the pastor didn’t believe or teach heresy.  Then I attended a Rick Snow conference at the church.  I couldn’t even stay to the end of the morning session.  He was speaking so much doom and gloom and sin that I knew he was not of God.  Dee tried to attend a couple more womens bible studies, each was the same.  Todd Bentley and Prophets.  Everything was hyper-spiritual.  If your cat sneezes it is God speaking to you, you better listen!!.  Hogwash!

Now, for a month, our church has been preparing us for Dick Iverson.  I had heard the pastor speak of him before but hadn’t paid much attention.  Now I have done some research and am greatly concerned.  Iverson is considered an Apostle.  That’s right.  Right up there with Paul and Peter.  God speaks to him and he, Iverson, brings the teachings to pastors and church leaders.  What happened to I Corinthians 4:9?  I have Christ in me!  I don’t need an “Apostle” or “Prophet” to tell me what is right or wrong.   Apostle tells us what is on the heart of God at that very moment.  They have authority above scripture as they are current truth from God.  You can’t question the apostle because you just aren’t tuned into what God is doing.  You are then considered the apostate.

1 Cor. 4:6  “You may learn in us not to think beyond what is written. ”  The Apostle Paul.

Must go to work, more to follow.  We are now looking again for a Bible believing church.  One that wouldn’t kick the Apostle Paul out!  lol

Shalom

October 6, 2008 at 8:04 am 2 comments

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