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If you haven’t heard the anointed, scripture saturated, Christ exalting, beautiful music from Christ Our life I would strongly encourage you to give it a listen.  All of their music can be downloaded freely at http://www.christourlife.ca/  (I recommend grabbing both CDs to start).  The Lord could literally use this music to personally revive saints struggling in sin, defeat, despair, lukewarmness, lacking first love, etc.  He has used it greatly in my life.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Here is one of the CD’s combined into a single youtube video so you can listen without clicking through each song.

 

 

Beware of false doomsday prophets

Posted: November 19, 2015 in ecclesia, Jesus

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. -Matthew 24:4 

It’s not just the smiling megachurch prosperity preachers you need to look out for.  The false doomsday prophets make a good living for themselves by selling books, speaking engagements, gold and survival supplies too.  The false doomsday prophets are like the boy that cried wolf, troubling true saints and numbing them to the call of true prophets.

Many of these men release a ‘prophetic word’ when the stock market takes a big hit but then are totally silent when it inevitably rebounds.  They are nothing more than speculative economic theorists trying to produce spiritual results through fleshy means.  In this they both fail as economists and as prophets.   Others are extreme zionists who support Christians going to war to kill arabs for the sake of nation state Israel.  Feeding constant fear to the saints is a cloak for misleading them into supporting war and violence.   Saints of God would do well to avoid both types of false doomsday prophets while still being aware that troubling times are ahead.

Lastly, many of these men use the name of Jesus and scripture loosely but only to serve their own end.  They ultimately want to steer you to their bank accounts, nation states, political party, etc as opposed to pure devotion to Jesus Christ.  Look at the emphasis of Peter while prophesying the future destruction of the earth (I believe it to be referencing the temporal destruction of Jerusalem in 70ad as well). [edit]

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness -2 Peter 3:11

 

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. -1 Corinthians 13:8

Paul says to eagerly seek after spiritual gifts, but many believe there are no longer spiritual gifts in operation.   Is it any wonder that these gifts are not seen in the churches then?  If prophesy and tongues have ceased, has knowledge also ceased?  Some say prophesy is now just reading scripture, but God’s word, even in the New Testament seems to say otherwise.

And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.  Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar.  Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.  This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul. -Acts 11:27

So many house churches, organic churches, wilderness saints, ‘ecclesia’ blogs, etc are nothing more than fronts for warped judaizers, liberal emergents, and platforms for men’s pet doctrines.  Leave these things to the carnal and soulish people who don’t have the spirit.  But you walk with God, serve the brethren in love, and be eager to care for the poor.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. -Galatians 5:1

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another -Galatians 5:13

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. -1 Peter 2:15

 

 

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;  bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.  But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.; -Colossians 3

These are things that we must learn as individuals by the Holy Spirit.  Love for God and his people is worth more than all of the empty Bible knowledge in the world.  Knowledge requires no real cross or sacrifice, but loving obedience often involves crucifying the flesh for the glory of God (and that often for the good of others rather than ourselves).

Hasn’t Jesus called us to this very work of lovingly and patiently serving others, often at the expense of our own flesh, for the glory of God the father?  How easy it is to get distracted from this calling and miss out on the heart of Jesus.

 

 

 

Puppy love

Posted: July 6, 2015 in christian living, ecclesia, Jesus

Fellowship with other believers is not like puppy love.  In fact, it is more like the type of long suffering that is required in a marriage.  It is easier to get along with saints who we only talk to on the phone or internet once in a while or meet with a few times here and there.  It is something completely different to commit to a group of saints for regular fellowship, teaching one another, and breaking of bread, bearing each others burdens and letting love cover over a multiple of sins.

It is a great blessing in the Christian life to gather together with other saints regularly to encourage one another and to build each other up in the Lord.  My heart for any wilderness saints out there is for them to experience these things for themselves in real life.  Many can’t make it past the first minor conflict or difference in understanding though.

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. -Colossians 3:12

 

Tough week for American dominionist Christians.  Good week to be a citizen of the kingdom of God though.  All is well in that kingdom and I am happy to report that it’s supreme court has never made a corrupt decision.   The true believers primary citizenship is in that kingdom.

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:  Grace to you and peace be multiplied. – 1 Peter NKJV

The KJV reads ‘to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus’.  That word that is rendered as strangers / pilgrims is ‘parepidhmoj’.

Pronounce: par-ep-id’-ay-mos
Strongs Number: G3927
Orig: from 3844 and the base of 1927; an alien alongside, i.e. a resident foreigner:–pilgrim, stranger. G3844
Use: TDNT-2:64,49 Adjective
Heb Strong: H8453
1) one who comes from a foreign country into a city or land to reside there by the side of the natives
2) a stranger
3) sojourning in a strange place, a foreigner
4) in the NT metaph. in reference to heaven as the native country, one who sojourns on earth