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The early church

Posted: June 28, 2015 in ecclesia, Jesus, quotes

The early church was walled in on one side with the mightiest military machine in history, the power of Rome.   It was walled in on the other side with Greek intellectualism.  It was blocked ahead by the monopoly the Jews thought they had on God.  Those men who turned the world upside down had no colossal intellectual capacity.  No great financial backing.  No social standing. They were about the most despised men in and around Jerusalem.  And yet they broke out somehow – and later it was said that they turned the world upside-down.

I think at least once a week and sometimes I think once a day, what Dr. J. B. Phillips, who gave us the Phillips New Testament, said of the first chapters of Acts:
“This is the church of Jesus Christ before it became fat and out of breath by
prosperity. This is the church of Jesus Christ before it became muscle bound by over
organization. This is the church of Jesus Christ where they didn’t gather together a group of
intellectuals to study phycho-sematic medicine, they just healed the sick.
This is the church of Jesus Christ where they did not say prayers, but they
prayed in the Holy Ghost.”

There’s a vast difference.

-Leonard Ravenhill

Professional clergy

Posted: June 11, 2015 in ecclesia, quotes

Without a professional clergy, the soul of the clergy/laity system would dry up. The professional clergy lives on the back of the Church, which is supported by the tithe… The tithe supports their power, which in turn, separates the Church, and in the end, destroys Her…for she is spoon fed, never growing, being subdued by men who dominate Her, rather than the Lord Jesus Alone. . – old quote from a brother on sermonindex

Love and good works

Posted: February 25, 2015 in christian living, Jesus, quotes

Their condemnation is written on their bank books and in the dust on their Bible covers, American believers have sold their lives to the service of Mammon, and God has His rightful way of dealing with those who succumb to the spirit of Laodicea. -Jim Elliot


Those whimpering Stateside young people will wake up on the Day of Judgment condemned to worse fates than these demon-fearing Indians, because, having a Bible, they were bored with it—while these never heard of such a thing as writing. -Jim Elliot

It’s funny how being born and raised in christian disney land can leave us so apathetic and living in a confused unreality.  One practical guard to this is to surround yourself with other believers who are serious about the kingdom and who can spur you on to love and good works.  For a true believer love and good works are what we truly desire in the spirit (and that which the flesh opposes).  Thankful for brethren who spur me on.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25

God’s will for you

Posted: January 27, 2015 in christian living, quotes

“I do not consecrate myself to be a missionary or a preacher. I consecrate myself to God to do His will where I am, be it in school, office, or kitchen, or wherever He may, in His wisdom, send me.”
― Watchman Nee

 

 

I saw the people gathered together in the yard. The old priest would have had me go into the steeple-house. I said, ‘no, it was no matter.’ But it was strange to the people that I would not go into what they called the house of God. I stood up in the steeple-house yard, and declared to the people that I came not to hold up their idol temples, nor their priests, nor their tithes, nor their augmentations, nor their priests’ wages, nor their Jewish and heathenish ceremonies and traditions, (for I denied all these); and I told them, that piece of ground was no more holy than another piece of ground. I showed them; that the apostles going into the Jews’ synagogues and temples, which God had commanded, was to bring people away from that temple, and those synagogues, and from the offerings, tithes, and covetous priests of that time. That those who came to be convinced of the truth, converted to it, and believed in Jesus Christ, whom the apostles preached, met together in dwelling houses; and that all who preach Christ, the word of life, ought to preach freely, as the apostles did, and as he commanded.

So I was sent of the Lord God of heaven and earth to preach freely, and to bring people off from these outward temples made with hands, which God dwells not in; that they might know their bodies to become the temples of God and of Christ; and to draw people off from all their superstitious ceremonies, Jewish and heathenish customs, traditions, and doctrines of men; and from all the world’s hired teachers, that take tithes, and great wages, preaching for hire, and divining for money; whom God and Christ never sent, as themselves confess, when they say, they never heard God’s nor Christ’s voice.

I exhorted the people to come off from all these things, directing them to the spirit and grace of God in themselves, and to the light of Jesus in their own hearts; that they might come to know Christ, their free teacher, to bring them salvation, and to open the scriptures to them. Thus the Lord gave me a good opportunity to open things largely to them. All was quiet, and many were convinced; blessed be the Lord. -George Fox

Prayer

Posted: August 22, 2013 in christian living, quotes

If you want a new personality, I’ll tell you this: the only way to get it is to have a prayer life. You can’t pray and be unclean; you can’t pray and hold a grudge; you can’t pray and have bitterness. We blame the devil so much, (but) many of us sabotage our own prayer lives. -LR

The market-bell

Posted: July 4, 2013 in harlot church, quotes

The earthly spirit of the priests wounded my life; and when I heard the bell toll to call people together to the steeple-house, it struck at my life; for it was just like a market-bell, to gather people together, that the priest might set forth his ware for sale. Oh, the vast sums of money that are gotten by the trade they make of selling the Scriptures, and by their preaching, from the highest bishop to the lowest priest! What one trade else in the world is comparable to it? notwithstanding the Scriptures were given forth freely, and Christ commanded His ministers to preach freely, and the prophets and apostles denounced judgment against all covetous hirelings and diviners for money.

~GF