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

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OUR ADOPTION DAY

5 04 2012

I'm Adopted

Look at those children over there:  America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Worldwide.

They are being abused, neglected, brainwashed and tortured. These are criminal acts. The perpetrator must be brought to justice. This madman has been getting away with these crimes against humanity for years and it seems that everyone is powerless to stop him.

In fact, whenever an investigation is called for; the investigators become victims of this cunning criminal; played for fools. Someone has to stand up for these innocent children without surrendering to bribes, threats, or scare tactics; although this thug is known to carry out his threats; even murder.

In the past, many investigators that have sought this Master Criminal for the cause of justice has come back as his paid speaker even defending his heinous actions while using positions of authority to gain support for their corrupted views.

Meanwhile, it is the children who are being slaughtered; enlisted as unwitting puppets against themselves; forced to carry out their own hideous genocide. Due to lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6), some of these victims have sided with their abusers [aka: Stockholm syndrome] and fought against those who would champion their cause.

Diabolical Scheme:

If all of the children of the world hate one another; if all of the officials accept bribes and if people outside the direct zones of attack are made to believe that the perpetrator of these crimes does not exist; then you have a basic outline for the chaos that moves unperceived across the earth by the hand of Satan and his demonic minions.

Dateline Israel:

On a hill far away, was an old rugged cross. This hill was Golgotha; the ‘Place of the Skull.’ This was the skull of Goliath (Yes, “that” Goliath); the inbred evil giant who tried to beat up a little kid named David and usurp the power of the nation of Israel.

When the Israelites buried Goliaths head outside the city walls, the head was so large that the burial site had to be mounded very high; it was a hill. The city gate used to exit toward this hill was where sheep (sorry, but sheep do smell awful) were led in and out of the city. This was known as, The Sheep Gate. Also it was the city dump, just outside of this gate, leading to Golgotha, where you-know-who’s head was buried.

You see, the Israelites were glad Goliath was dead and they were glad that David (who later became King) had killed him; however, there was no way they were going to bury this guy’s head in a place to be venerated. After all, he’d tried to kill the whole town, overthrow the whole army and take over all of Israel as a paid assassin. So, the city dump was where Goliath was memorialized. Additionally, sheep parts were dumped there after religious sacrifices and routine market-slaughter as well as typical city refuses (trash).

What a place. In the words of the late great Bette Davis: “What a dump!” Agreed, however, this is a very special place. It is the exact spot where we (the children of earth) were ADOPTED over two thousand years ago.

Legalities:

Covenants, like contracts and oaths were made on top of something practical (surety) and/or meaningful (symbolic) for both parties to the contract. Hang in there, this isn’t old world ‘legalese’ since it’s no different from what we do in the 21st Century, i.e., put up your car’s Pink Slip to get a cash loan; to ‘give your hand’ in marriage; or to “swear on your mother’s grave,” etc.

So, on top of this meaningful place (Golgotha), the blood-shedding guarantee was performed and vows were exchanged to detail the ‘terms and conditions’ of the promise [covenant, oath]; the contract was set: One perfect (sinless) human life is taken in exchange, so all other parties, now and forever, can go free from the damnation of Satan. That’s it. That is the deal.

The Adoption:

How come so many do not understand what Jesus came to do for humanity, but we fully understand the fine print and principles of those handy Pay-Day-Loans? Okay, moving right along: Back to Golgotha; to buy-back all the children of earth (virtual orphans), so they’d never have to submit to this supernatural mass-murderer’s rampage; we were adopted, and then signed on as Heirs in Jesus’ Last Will and Testament.

Our adoption took place on a Friday with many witnesses. Only one person (the Testator-Jesus) who had absolutely no contributing factors of guilt, stood as representative for the many at trial. His self representation was accepted; although he didn’t offer a self-defense and no one testified on his behalf. The deal was set and He was declared “Guilty.” They led the condemned Jesus (the perfect Lamb of sacrifice) outside of the city walls by way of the Sheep Gate.

When Jesus, the condemned representative for the whole human race arrived at the place of execution [Golgotha], a different type of execution simultaneously took place. The terms of a Divine contract was executed. The accused agreed to take all of the: Punishment, neglect, abuse, pain, suffering, sorrow, sickness, diseases and even death; upon Himself on behalf of the children of earth. In exchange, the perpetrator [Satan] must let the children of earth go free [now and eternally].

Terms and Conditions

Most contracts are executed on paper and sealed in ink. This Divine contract was a very special, irrevocable adoption contract; whose instrument was the live body of the man, Jesus (not paper); the seal was not a raised stamp, but nails pounded into His hands and feet; while the signature was not ink, but His very own blood.

Beneficiary Rights and Responsibilities:

So, from henceforth and forever until He comes: If we believe (with our heart) and confess (with our mouth) that Jesus is Lord; you are saved (Adopted). The terms of your adoption and inheritance as heirs to the covenant (contract), along with all its’ rights, privileges and responsibilities were set for eternity at Calvary [aka: “Skull”, aka “Golgotha”]. These rights are spelled out throughout the Holy Bible.

Summary:

Just one little shepherd boy, David, demonstrated for all time; the catalyst and attraction of the Power of God to come to our rescue. The catalyst and attraction of the Most High is the same today as it was for David and as it was for our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Christ: It is by FAITH (Ephesians 2:8).

Be Blessed!

Scriptures: I Samuel, chapter 17, Matthew, chapters 26-28 and Romans, chapter 10, verses 8-13

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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

 





CHUTZPAH !

6 12 2011

Reference Texts:   I Samuel Chapter 8 (all) and Isaiah 8:11-17

L'Chaim

True Chutzpah

The root of Christianity is Israel. Israel is our lifeline, our example and the history of relationship between finite man and infinite God-our-Father.

There is a Yiddish (Jewish) word colloquially synonymous with having the unique, individualistic qualities of: Nerve, guts, audacity, and spunk. That word is: “Chutzpah!” Quite frankly we need a lot more of it today in our 21st century society. We’re all trying to fit in: Our beady eyes fixed on the little screens; our chubby fingers flying over the acrylic keypad… locked and loaded, but for what?

To be a Believer in the One True God, the Almighty… to be a Christian; it will take ‘Chutzpah!’ In fact, from the Old Testament (the Pentateuch-First five Books of Moses/ first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy); we see our God telling us, explaining to us, warning us repeatedly that we must cling to Him, our creator and not subject ourselves to the schemes of Satan.

The schemes of Satan, his evil spirits (demons) and those misguided humans choosing to be ruled by him, will be under the evil ones’ thumb of dominion and receive his same punishment, eternally.  We’ve been warned.

However, in reading the First Book of Samuel, I recall how grieved the Prophet Samuel became when the children of Israel wanted a King (like everybody else). God warned the people through Samuel that they should be ‘careful what they wished for; they just might get it!’ And “got it,” they did: King Saul, whom God prophesied would put their kids to work for him in menial jobs; send their sons into endless wars; dominate their daughters in subservient positions for his pleasure as maids; place the young boys as pickers in his orchards; take the best of everything for himself and of course for his cronies; as well as take away the one thing they always had going for them as a nation of people: Hope in God and Chutzpah!

Here in our day we too have people who want to be “King” over us. They too have plans to subjugate our children to menial labor. Sound familiar? Our last and only chance to guard our future generations from this tyranny is to have the guts to pay attention; the spunk to stand up and grab onto the God of Promise with both hands; the nerve to look up and pay attention; to have the audacious Chutzpah to be the unique man or woman that our God created us to be. Get prayed-up and then speak up!

Sadly, this kind of thinking goes against the grain of the talking heads and reality show ringmaster’s who tell you what to think and the hired priests that take money to lull you back to sleep, to convince you  in joining them–Blessing ungodly ways just as they do. It is extremely uncomfortable to go against the voice of the crowd; to go against this worlds’ system. Prayer: Almighty Father, may we find eternal truth (and catalytic discomfort) in Your Holy word, to the saving of our soul and our nation.  Amen†  Be Blessed!





The Great Falling Away: Are We There Yet?

31 10 2011

“Now we beseech you, brothers, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him, 2 That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonns 2:1-3

The Bible says that Christ can not come back UNTIL there be a falling away first AND the antichrist be revealed!
Are we there yet? Let’s just say, we are “In the process.” Satan has pulled a fast one on us. He has filled many pulpits with demonic apostasy (false teachings) and driven away the true followers and seekers of the Lord Jesus. Once again making God’s House of Prayer into a den of theives who tickle the ears of pew sitters; while simply forming a big social club. The “true” Church of the Lord Jesus is in the hearts of His people. His people who ‘hear His voice’ and will not ‘come to another.’ Be encouaged. 2nd Thessalonians and Matthew 24 reads like World News Tonight. Take a read and we’ll talk more on this. Be Blessed








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