Swap Meet

25 06 2013

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.”

Ecclesiastes 11:1 KJV/Amplified

  • Don’t hold back.
  • Let go of the “good stuff.”
  • Never calculate giving as a loss.
  • Give your very best.
  • Don’t even give it another thought.
  • Happily and spontaneously, “Make someone else’s day.”
  • When you least expect it, your giving comes back to you again.

[Then Peter said:] “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I to thee…

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”  Acts 3:6 KJV

Food for thought: Mark 4:24 and Matthew 7:2

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Be Blessed!

The Light Keeper





The Bible and Prejudice

18 11 2012

James on Prejudice: Chapter 2: 1-10 Amplified Bible in Italics

From the very first verse of James’ second chapter, he tells us very directly; ‘Don’t even THINK about practicing the faith of Jesus with that kind of snobbery.’

Vs 2 (AKJV) “My brethren, pay no servile regard to people {show no prejudice, no partiality}. Do not [attempt to] hold and practice the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ [the Lord] of glory [together with snobbery]!”

Being born and reared in the shadow of the “City of Brotherly Love,” [that would be Philadelphia, for the uninitiated] with its’ friendliness and famous outspoken ‘directness’ regarding the practice of fairness; I have a special mouthy-activists’ warmth for James and the Book of James.

I’ve often considered that James had a particular level of ‘heat’ with his messages to growing number of Believer’s of Jesus. You see, James was the brother of our Lord Jesus. Many of us already ‘knew’ that… That’s nothing that needs deep research to uncover; in fact, it’s probably at the footnote of any Bible that contains footnotes.

However, James growing up in the household of Joseph and Mary didn’t really have a clue that his older brother, Jesus was the incarnate God-Our-Deliverer; Emmanuel. Perhaps, like most siblings, James didn’t consider his brother, ‘ Ye’shuah’, as anything special one way or the other. Now, our Lord Jesus had more than one sibling; which included at least another brother and definitely a couple of sisters.

It is the Light Keeper’s contention that James was probably the very brother that stood outside of one of Jesus’ earlier meetings with their Mum, Mary, and sent word that they were waiting to have a ‘word’ with him… outside.

Matthew 12:46-50

Amplified Bible (AMP)

46 Jesus was still speaking to the people when behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak to Him. 47 [a]Someone said to Him, Listen! Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak to You.48 But He replied to the man who told Him, Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?49 And stretching out His hand toward [not only the twelve disciples but all] [b]His adherents, He said, Here are My mother and My brothers .50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother!

Footnotes:Matthew 12:47 Some manuscripts omit verse 47.

 Let’s think about it folks: If you owned a small family business dependent upon manual labor and the oldest kid was gone most of the time, hanging out with twelve of his ‘Buds’ and chatting it up in the local chat room; you’d probably want to have a little talk with him too. In fact, to bring out the ‘big guns’ it would be a good idea to bring ‘Mom’ on board to straighten him out and tell him a thing or two.

Why do we think human nature is so very different in the first century than today? However, that’s another topic for another day. All we’re saying is that James, didn’t believe that Ye’shuah was any more the ‘Son of God,’ and the prophesied Messiah than… pigs could fly!

It is after: After, James hears of the miracles, after he hears about some of the profound things his brother reportedly said, after hearing of the resurrection of Lazarus, but skipping ahead; it is definitely after the crucifixion and His personal resurrection visitation that James believes and understands.

The Book of James is a fabulous book, written by a man who no longer will tolerate life with blinders attached. Here is a man who now ‘sees’ what and whom he had right beside him and available to him every day of his life and he’d missed it, because he wouldn’t open his heart and see his own sibling with love.

Are we following the dictates of society, closing our eyes and hearts to the loving truth all around us? I invite you to take another look at the mighty book of James, the Brother of our Lord Jesus and hear his confident pleadings of one who knows how easy it is to ‘blow a good thing right in front of your face’! All due to preconceived notions… Prejudice.

Until next time and as always, “Be Blessed!”

The Light Keeper is THANKFUL for the reader’s of TN Lighthouse Ministries. Don’t forget, we are available for speaking engagements, weddings, wakes and Bar Mitzvah‘s (okay–maybe not that last part), but you get the idea.

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Along the Way

18 03 2012
"The Temptation of Christ

"The Temptation of Christ" by Liturgical artist, painter Eric Armusik http://www.ericarmusik.com

(Disciple) Greek- “Learner” Unger’s also adds, “…one who professes to have learned certain principles from another and maintains them on that other’s authority.”

Discipleship is what we do “Along the Way” as we live our life in Christ. We don’t get it perfect every day (personally, nowhere near perfect), but it’s what we strive toward by following the One who is perfect.

In Matthew chapter four, focusing on verses 1-4 where Jesus is tempted by Satan. Let’s take a look at what happens:

1.     Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2.     After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

3.     The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these  stones to become bread.”

4.     Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

That got me to thinking about accomplishing by having clear: Direction; goal(s); vision and focus. To go through life without these attributes, we (absolutely) will be…

Tempted by Satan to be:

  • Distracted from our goal.
  • Discouraged about our goal.
  • Doubt our ability to achieve our goal.
  • Doubt God’s will and love for our lives.
  • Negative regarding the reality of God’s word about His presence; His provision and His peace for our lives, our calling and our tasks in the earth.

Out there in the wilderness, Jesus showed us the way for our lives today. Jesus was tempted just like we are today to ‘throw in the towel,’ blame our Mother/Father/Others; blame the circumstances of our birth; our past and our present; get stressed and pick up the double-fudge ice cream (okay, maybe that’s T.M.I.), but you get my drift.

In today’s society, mega-bucks are made by selling us on the lie that we should ‘throw in the towel,’ blame Mom and Dad, blame the fact that we are tall, short, skinny, fat, black, white, underprivileged, too rich, or too poor. In fact, extreme time and money is spent on marketing campaigns targeting us all to ‘do’ something about it by buying their products.

Additionally, there are folks keeping secrets in the Church pews. Whenever the Minister teaches on the temptation of Christ from the book of Matthew; the secret-thinking says:  “Yeah, that’s fine for Jesus, but He’s the Son of God; I’m just me.” 

We have forgotten that Jesus’ example is for us to imitate. How do we combat the temptations of Satan, the ‘Prince of the Power-of-the-Air’ himself; when he was up against Jesus: The carpenter’s kid, born out-of-wedlock, working-class, uneducated, from a small, poor township; a young guy who was out there in the wilderness with (seemingly) no one to help Him, but all of heaven watching?  That was a big [hold your breath and lean forward] moment if ever there was one, but Jesus quoted the word of God at each and every instance of Satan’s temptation. The main lesson is that the word of God is our only winning defense against the temptations of Satan-then, now and forever.

That’s it; just the word of God-nothing else. That seems way too easy doesn’t it? However, Jesus also said regarding our being His disciple (a disciplined follower); which we are if we are Christians: “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:30. Our ‘yoke’ then is the service required and our ‘burden’ is to fulfill that requirement in order to live abundantly in the earth: Take Him at His word; believe His word; apply His word to our life and speak His word about our life. That’s all folks!

However, this all calls for a basic decision; we must decide to: Hear that word, agree with that word; live that word; behave that word and speak that word in relation to our own lives and where we stand today. In fact Joshua said it best:  “…As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b

To bring this out further, we will be taking a look at the book of James chapter one, verse eight (8); where James declares: “A double-minded man (person) is unstable in all his ways.”

Until next time: Be Blessed! The Lightkeeper

By the way: Isn’t this a FABULOUS painting by Eric Armusik? Visit his website and see what else he’s up to.  Liturgical artist, painter Eric Armusik  http://www.ericarmusik.com

 





The God Who Heals Me

6 02 2012

Jesus Heals

Just  talked to a Dear-one who is “going through it;” I mean the ‘hit-youwith-the-Kitchen-Sink’ kind of ‘going through it.’

In the scheme of things, a broken bone would be a cleaner type of hurt: This is emotional. Prayer Warriors Unite, so that this Child of God does not become prime rib on Satan’s menu. My view on this subject was stated back in February. Here is a replay:

 

So often I counsel Believer’s that ask for prayer regarding one ailment or another. As I listen, I am concerned about the lengthy and detailed descriptions of their ailments and what the doctor had to say. Sometimes, I find that I must interrupt in order to get a “prayer in edgewise.”

What if we were just as familiar with what the Word of God said as we are with what the Pharmacist, the Internist or the Specialist had to say? Please don’t misunderstand. I realize the all-consuming nature of sickness. As a teenager I watched my own dear Mother succumb to the fierce ravages of Chronic Leukemia; while she stayed faithful to the Lord right up until her passing at only forty-six years of age.

In addition to the Lord’s call upon my life to Ministry; I also recall the desperate feelings of wanting to “DO” something to stop Mom’s pain; stop the wasting away of her body, strength and life. From that time until this, I have searched out the Scriptures and looked to the Lord for His healing. Our family was part of a denomination which taught that miracles and healings were ‘passed away’… Gone with the last Apostle. We were to simply look forward to ‘making heaven our home–in the sweet by-and-by.’ But I had read in the Bible that: “…heaven and earth shall pass away, but My word shall not pass away.”

Whom shall we believe? I’ll tell you whom I believe:  Our God is a ‘consuming fire [Hebrews 12:28-29]; mighty in battle [Psalm 24:8]; has overcome the enemy; the last enemy to be defeated is only Death itself; which will flee at His coming. You see, our God is Spirit and those that would worship Him, must worship Him in spirit (our own) and in truth (only His word is truth). John 4:24

So Beloved, get your Bibles out and open them. Read and consume; feast upon the Living Word. It is only through His word and the gift of His Holy Spirit (the very Spirit of Truth) that we have any chance; any chance whatsoever against the ancient enemy of our souls; whether it be physical, mental, emotional or relational in this world-system.

Jesus told us to “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33   Additionally, let’s start by cracking open our Bible for ourselves in order to find out what are some of the many, many benefits we can stand solidly upon for our wholeness. Let us concentrate ourselves fully to “These things” and place all others in their proper place… as we: Take the medicine prescribed; continue our treatments; and all other prescribed and recommended therapies. Let’s be proactive as we “fight the GOOD fight of faith.”

Focus readings:

  • John 17:12-19 (Whole Chapter) Jesus prays for us all to know that God’s Word is truth.
  • Exodus 15:26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” Exodus 15:25-27 (in Context) Exodus 15 (Whole Chapter)
  • Psalm 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Psalm 103:2-4 (in Context) Psalm 103 (Whole Chapter)
  • Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:2-4 (in Context) Psalm 147 (Whole Chapter)

Until next time… Be Blessed! 

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In Our Own Eyes

5 01 2012

“Every man did what was right in his own eyesEx. 15:26

In Our Eyes

In Our Eyes

These words preceded eminent destruction/captivity for nations, cities and individuals. Once again society has come full circle; leading itself into destruction. These words referred to times in history when this statement was true of everyone in the world from a God’s-eye-view.

When we turn our eyes away from the Lord; when we stop listening to the Word of God and when we only wish to be heard; we are headed toward the destructions prophesied by the Lord Himself (ref. Matthew and Revelation).

As Christians, we read the above paragraph (skim?) and nod our heads… “Yeah, that’s what “THEY” do! Amen!” However,  just look at your own Face Book page: How many people are just “talking” and not listening? How many are commenting and not hearing? How many are promoting their own thing and not supportive of others?

Let us all pull back and greet each other with a Holy kiss of acknowledgement, courtesy, support, and encouragement. “How will you know that they are Christians? It is “by how they love (agape-love) one another.”

Homework: Ex. 15:26; Judge’s. 17:6; Prov. 12:15 and 16:25 and please comment on the Scriptures.

Prayer: May God bless the reading of His Word. Amen†








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