Primary Colors Was Right

20 02 2014

Just watched the movie “Primary Colors” through “On Demand.”   Cathy Bates was fantastic as the ‘all heart, ‘Get er done’ campaign promoter.    At one point her character gets so fed up with the campaign’s hypocrisy, she states:

“I will burn this village in order to save it…”MSDPRCO EC006       Primary Colors

My take away is that she was willing to tell the truth and not blink regarding the possible fall-out of the consequences; even if all that she’d help build was (metaphorically) destroyed in the process.

That kind of passion reminded me that Our Lord and Savior gave his very life for the truth that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us since HE came to bring us that very truth.

At one point, Jesus looked upon Solomon’s (original) Temple in Jerusalem; having over time, disintegrated into a symbol of artificial religion run amok.    Self-promotion had swept the people so far off course with its’ hierarchical rules and fake regulations that few if any could adhere to; let alone the leaders that espoused same. HE commented (prophesied) to His disciples that: “… a day will come when not one stone will stand upon another…”

From the comfort of my leather theater chair in my den, this writer tearfully watched the city of Kiev Ukraine go up in flames on the evening news.    Praying, “Lord help them…  Lord have mercy for rulers that would kill their own people whose only crime is that they are tired of their leaders’ self-promotions for his personal gains.”

Daily, we drive by countless semi-empty Churches where ministers refuse to let go of the egocentric reigns of power and allow the Giftings of the Holy Spirit to flow among the people; meeting spiritual needs of healings both internal and external; preferring in His place, works of the flesh: Raffles, fundraisers, various programs, and awards.

Watching Primary Colors and hearing that line delivered so passionately by the actress, Cathy Bates; I was reminded of something our Lord Jesus said:

Matthew 16:15-19    –   New International Version (N.I.V.)
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah (the Christ), the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.”

Footnotes:
Matthew 16:18 The Greek word for Peter means rock.
Matthew 16:18 Hades; That is, the realm of the dead
Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
Matthew 16:19 Or will have been
*Thanks to the good folks at Biblegateway.com  always

Our focus: Verse 19 “…and the gates of Hades will not overcome it…”

Satan wants the Church to die…   By any means necessary.    If he has to promote people who would run off believer’s in droves through offense, schisms, made-up rules and downright lies…   Well, so be it as far as he’s concerned.    You must understand by now that Satan never has played fair.

However, although our Lord did not say that a grave-like death will not COME to the Church; He DID say that the grave-like death will NOT Overcome the Church.

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is alive and well in the hearts of men and woman all over the world, because of the Holy Spirit.    Church is not owned by any one group; any one race; any one political party; or denomination…    Church is not a religion.      Praise God for that!

No, the authentic Church (the gathering of the Ecclesia or ‘the called-out’ one’s the Believer’s) of the Lord Jesus Christ cannot be held in the grave (a lifeless state of being) any more than its’ founding Father could be held in the grave; for He is Life.

The authentic Church of the Lord Jesus, the Christ, cannot be held and compartmentalized within four walls and upon hard pews once a week for 45-90 minutes; reduced to one fast hymn, one slow hymn and two collections.

We may be meeting in small groups; meeting in homes; meeting in restaurants; found hand holding and sharing prayers during a hasty lunchtime or chatting about the love of Christ in the side aisle of a store, but “We” are alive and we are well!   We are loving one another as we see the Day approaching of HIS return.

The prerequisite for having the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven was belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the son of the Living God.    If you believe that, then let us BIND the works of the ego and LOOSE the love of Christ onto whosoever is willing.  Let us BIND the ravaging spirit of murder and LOOSE the Peace of Christ to our own hearts (first) and plead the same in His name as we remember: The people of Kiev, the people of Syria, the people of the Sudan, the people of Afghanistan, the people of Egypt, the people of Turkey, the people of America, the people if Iraq, the people of Jordan, and the people of Iran.    Let us LOOSE the power of Grace to those who are: Angry; bitter; stressed; homeless; lonely; mourning; those on drugs and hating their addictions; the sick; the elderly and the people who must make a life or death decision at this very moment!   Grace to you… and the Peace of our Lord Jesus; the Prince of Peace.    May this Spirit of the Living God rest upon you; keeping your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.  Amen
Unlocking Dreams

We BIND the spirit of despair and LOOSE the power of Peace and Love to the leaders of all those half-empty Churches who are at the brink and tempted to sell-out for money; tempted to turn away from God’s Word and seek self-fame or those on the verge of giving up in hopelessness.

“We” say to you: Choose Life, choose Love, choose Peace…   Choose Jesus.

If you must tear up your five-year plan; your too-good-to-be-true contract; or perhaps finally confront that Simon-the-Sorcerer-manipulating member who holds out huge “Donations” in order to get their way, and if you must rip up your people-pleasing sermon that shades the Word of God to no effect— If you must destroy all of this; only to repent and start anew…    So be it!

Repentance

We must be willing to effectively “…burn this village in order to save it!”   Amen.

Be Blessed!    The Light Keeper





Big Enough ?

24 05 2013

The Light Keeper has friends in Egypt.   dusk__camel__pyramids__cairo_-_egypt

They taught us about the Qur’an. We spent hours discussing the similarities between the Holy Bible and the Qur’an regarding the “Creation” story; Abraham; Ishmael; Joseph and the One whom they called the Prophet Ye’shua (peace be upon Him) and we know as, Jesus.    reading group2

On any typical day, they enjoy most American movies, music and have a terrific Egyptian movie industry and Pop stars as well. Your Light Keeper went a little cross-eyed trying to keep up with the English subtitles.  A few of these wonderful friends were Coptic Christians, which can trace its roots back to early Christianity.

copticchurch

All this to say…

Is “Your God” big enough to have lovingly created all humanity

  One Earth

 
One Earth

  Or just the folks in your Church?

church scene

Come (aboard…) “Let us reason together…”

Be Blessed!





Nothing New Under the Sun©

26 10 2012
Mount Nemrut - Turkey

Under the sun

That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.  King Solomon~ Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV

Ever get the creepy-crawly feeling that you’ve experienced something before that is happening in your ‘now’? Ever notice repetitive cycles that are strangely familiar? No matter… In the meantime, The Lightkeeper asks your indulgence as we take a ‘Flight of Fancy’ and stretch our imaginations for what we hope is an insightful interview:

Mount Nemrut Turkey

King Antiochus I excavation – Turkey

http://www.wmf.org/project/mount-nemrut-archaeological-site

“It’s the women first…

It’s always the women… first.

Ask Eve.

You see, once all of the females are under tight control, it’s just easy pickings from then on.

O granted that along the way certain foundational divisions must be established, such as:

‘Us –vs. – Them’; ‘The Haves –vs. – The Have Not’s;’ etc.

Anyway… it’s all just so easy, so basic. That’s the diabolical beauty of it all actually.”

‘It’ laughed.

‘It’ crossed Its’ leg casually.

‘It’ reminded me, once again, that as a spirit-being it had no image. I was only seeing an image that I could be comfortable with.

“Um hmm,” I replied, uncomfortable in this being’s presence, but determined to complete the interview. “Could you go over the ahh…?”

“…The Grand Scheme of Things?” It interjected, helpfully as I nodded.

“Well, there’s pretty much the same formula and basic building blocks for every era of time.” It replied, warming to the subject.

“There was that very first group; and then the flood, you know. After that Egypt rose up quite nicely, but then the whole Red Sea incident.” It seemed to stare out beyond for a moment, and then chuckled, “Always a watery response for a while back then.” It said, amused and continued.

Ah yes, there were strategic aggressions in the Third Atmospheric Chambers that involved me and many key members of my group for long periods of what you’d call ‘time.’ However, when we refocused our efforts, we pinpointed a German wall paper hanger who was an apt pupil and likely candidate for some work we wished to accomplish. His name was Adolf-something.” It concluded smugly.

“Are you getting all of this down?” It asked mildly with concern as I scribbled furiously.

“Do you mean…?” I asked, amazed.

Yes, yes… I see you are familiar with the legacy of his work; actually, my work!” It said with pride.

“Don’t look so amazed, the Roman Emperor Caligula was far superior to that little wallpaper hanger!” It laughed, waving a dismissive hand.

“But to summarize … Always the basics, my dear: Control the most influential among your kind like the women; then the richest; the selfish; and the power-hungry. Divide against obvious markings and physical characteristics, like skin color; divide against philosophies and thinking; then divide against assets; like money, water and food; and there you have it!” It smiled.

“By the way, this is a huge juggling act that I’ve been Ring Master of for many eras. I’m glad you took time to research out how the operation works.” He concluded.

I knew this signaled the close of our discussion; however, I needed one more question answered.

“One thing more,” I declared, gaining Its attention.

“If you know I will be writing this article and many humans will read it…?” I trailed off.

“O, ‘why expose my diabolical plot’?” It seemed to smile toward me as It began to fade from view.

“Because my Dear, you humans were designed to “walk by faith and not by sight,” but so many of you will not believe this, and that works out just fine… for me.” It, was gone.

###End

“Nothing New Under the Sun”© 2012     Written By Rev. Corliss Acosta, TN Lighthouse Ministries





And the Horse Died?

26 10 2012

‘And the horse…what?”

One of my ‘crazy’ Uncle’s used to tell an old silly story that he grew up in a town that was so poor that it was…

“A One-Horse town… and the Horse died.” 

Horses have been utilized over time to denote humanity’s wealth, strength, abundance, mobility and ability. Isaiah warns us not to rely on the help and seeming strength of anything other than the Lord. Let’s visit the word and we look forward to hearing what you think about this passage.

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
    who rely on horses,
who trust in the multitude of their chariots
    and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord. 

Isaiah 31:1 New International Version

At the time of Isaiah’s writing, Egypt was one of the largest and most organized governments known to humanity; therefore the use of their name calls up an image of a high standard to represent man-made governance. Additionally, “horses, chariots and horsemen” are also representative of  well-established military strength.

However, even Egypt had experienced defeats from lesser armies and had sometimes not followed through on pledges to support allied governments during times of war.

Therefore, the Prophet Isaiah is telling us that as the human spirit can be unstable, we need to make the Lord God  our “North Point” on our compass of life. Today, we’d say that the Lord Jesus is our “Default Screen;” so that no matter how many times we are turned on or turned off and even if our systems ‘crash,’ we can know we have a Savior we can trust in and rely upon… The Lord Jesus needs to be our “Start-up as well as our Back-up” plan.

Let us believe along with the Psalmist:

My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.   ~ Psalms 121:2 New International Version

Be Blessed!








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