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Post  Admin Yesterday at 9:45 pm

Hey Elaine,

If you haven't registered for tonight's online Bible study there's still time:

TRUE AND FALSE PROSPERITY
Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Post  Admin on Tue 17 Sep 2019, 9:20 pm

Some funny things going on about health, wealth, and "prosperity" among religious folks.


I'll be honest.


If we're just going to use God to make our lives more comfortable and rich here on earth then I don't see the point - there are easier ways to make money, and they don't involve making preachers rich by giving them our "seed faith gift" and hoping we will get back a 100-fold return.


The only ones getting prosperous with that scheme are the ones teaching it, not the ones practicing it.


But it seems this prosperity teaching has been around for a long time because Jesus was teaching against it during His ministry on earth.


The Pharisees were "lovers of money" and they (of course) believed having money meant you were blessed by God for doing something right; which means, NOT having money meant you were being cursed for doing something sinful.


Jesus turned that nonsense upside down with several parables on true prosperity, responding to the illusion the religious had created that God would actually bless them while they ignored the needs of others.


Like, to spend a few million dollars on a big fat pipe organ for the church, like they did around here recently.


That sort of thing.


Nothing wrong with organ music if that's your thing, but seriously?


Let's get real about money, and how Jesus approached it.


It's not about how little or how much you have, but your relationship to it.


Do you have IT, or does IT have YOU?


Some people will sell themselves for a pot of stew or 30 pieces of silver; some people can't be bought at any price.


We'll explore that (and much more) in this week's online Bible study:


TRUE AND FALSE PROSPERITY
Thursday, September 19, 2019
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P.S. I'm not against money itself, or against you having money. You'll see that money is neither good nor evil; it is only a tool we can use for good or evil. But you can't use a tool for good if your heart is evil and self-centered. That's called "deceiving yourself." That's why we can't rationalize "God wants you to be a millionaire!" I don't even know if my own heart could handle it wisely; how could I possibly know anyone else's heart? Something to meditate on as we head into this study :-)


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Post  Admin on Sun 15 Sep 2019, 1:25 pm

Hey Elaine,
 
Please pardon the interruption as I write you a personal email on a Sunday.
 
Even though I haven’t gone to church in over 20 years, and even though I have no legalistic obligation to Sunday as a day more special or holy than the other six, I work hard six days a week and I like to unplug myself on Sunday and try to think and do as little as possible.
 
I usually schedule an article to go out on Sunday because most people have the weekend off, and quite a few of them do see Sunday as a day of rest; or at least, they are more likely to think about spiritual things on Sunday morning compared to Monday morning, when they have to get up and get out into work or school.
 
But today, instead of an article, I thought I would write you an email instead - to talk about TWO THINGS.

FIRST, I just completed something that is long overdue, which is a getting my first big book – The Irresistible Kingdom – back in print on Amazon.
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It went out of print two or three years ago and I noticed one day, as I was browsing around Amazon, that some huckster was selling an out-of-print copy of my book for almost $1,000. I don’t know who is crazier – the person trying to sell it for $1,000 or the person who might actually pay that much for it.

I had wanted to do an updated edition of the book for the last two years, but when I saw that craziness happening on Amazon, I was motivated to get this book back into print and available to “whosoever will."

I made a few changes in the book, but not huge changes – and if you already read the previous edition of this book then you may not care about this new edition. At 413 pages, it’s a little bigger. It’s got an awesome new cover (which I love), and a new chapter (which I also love). 

I also added a second preface so I could address a few controversies that came up when the first edition was published in 2007. Has it really been 12 years? I reckon it has. Where does the time go, anyway? 

I’m still writing and working on new projects, but I’m so happy to make this one available again because the Kingdom of God, if taught at all, is often misunderstood. I hope that by making this book available in print again it will rekindle something that may be missing in how we see Jesus and the irresistible, unstoppable, unfailing love of God. 

The book is needed because I fear that too many people see Jesus as the One with all the love and compassion and see Our Father as full of wrath and judgment. We have religion to thank for that terrible image of an angry God. That portrayal of God is unfortunate, unnecessary, and inaccurate; for God is the One Who so loved the world that He delivered up His Son as the saving sacrifice for all; and His Son, Jesus, is the perfect representation of His Father’s heart.

In many ways I feel like I have only just begun to write, because I feel like I have only just begun to understand certain things well enough to write about them. 

SECOND THING: in view of all the above, let me very clear: I am following Jesus imperfectly, the same as anyone else. Just because I write and teach doesn’t mean I’ve got all the answers or that I have everything all figured out. I am figuring it out as I write and teach to the best of His ability in me.

You know, we live in an always-connected social media world where everyone seems to portray themselves as “with it” and always having their act together. We don’t post unflattering photos of ourselves or talk about our REAL struggles and difficulties too often.

In my case, being hurt by Christians – literally from the time I was 13 years old to right now, at the age of 48 - makes me reluctant to share anything with anyone. I don’t even ask for prayer (although I appreciate it when people say they pray for us). This is not about trying to make myself look better than I really am – it’s a defense mechanism, pure and simple. 

All of that to say: We all have faults. We all follow Jesus imperfectly. All of us struggle with something. We all experience doubt, fear, and frustration. If you feel that way sometimes then welcome to the club. It doesn’t mean you’re inferior or unspiritual; it just means you’re human.

The good news is “being human” cannot stop you from following Jesus – actually, being human is one of the basic requirements. Because He isn’t calling on perfect, super-spiritual people to learn of Him and be His disciples. He calls ordinary, flawed, wounded, weak people like you and me to follow Him however imperfectly we can with what light we have and what strength He gives. It’s up to the Shepherd to feed, watch over and protect the sheep so He can take them from where they are to where He wants them to be. The sheep can’t figure all this out on their own. That’s kind of the point.

Thank you for reading this far and for allowing me the privilege of speaking into your life once or twice a week. I will continue to do so for as long as God allows, and for as long as you care to read and listen.
 
I am your brother,
 
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Post  Admin on Thu 12 Sep 2019, 1:59 pm

Hi Elaine!

How does that old hymn go?

"I once was lost, but now... I've forgotten what that was like!"

"Was blind, but now... I'm better than the rest still blind!"

No, of course that's not how it goes - but that's how some Christians THINK.

We sometimes forget that it is God's AMAZING GRACE (not our amazing faith or our amazing decision) that saved us.

Join us for tonight's Bible study as we consider what it means to be Lost from the Savior's perspective...

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Post  Admin on Wed 11 Sep 2019, 12:37 pm

Hi Elaine!

Imagine a sinking ship...

Some passengers are rescued, while others are still trapped...

Rescue efforts are still underway...

And the passengers who are saved begin to think (1) they are superior to the ones still needing to be saved and (2) the ones not saved chose to be lost.

Isn't that stupid?

Who would think that way?

Well, a lot of Christians think that way when it comes to who is and who isn't saved.

That's why I am so thankful that JESUS CHRIST (literally, "Anointed Savior") is not relying on Christians to save the world.

What do I mean by that?

Simply that Jesus Himself is actively seeking and saving the lost (Lk. 19:10)!

Meaning, Jesus isn't sitting around, waiting to see if someone will believe in Him or not, waiting for you and me to grow up, get over ourselves, and share the Good News with someone today.

If you are saved at all it is because Jesus sought you out and saved you - in spite of yourself.

You didn't seek Him; He sought you!

You didn't find Him; He found you!

You didn't choose Him; He chose you!

You didn't "decide to accept Him;" He drew you to Himself by His Spirit and said, "You are accepted in the Beloved!"

It's not about what you did and what someone else hasn't done; it's about what He has done!

So what are we boasting about?


The rescue operation is ongoing, and He won't stop until He finds them all and saves them all.

Find that hard to believe?

It's because we don't know the Word, we don't know His heart, and we are too quick to give up.

With 99 sheep safely in the fold, we think one lost sheep isn't worth the bother.

But not Him.

Because we fail, His Love never fails.

And Jesus, the Lord of Love, gave us three parables to illustrate His unfailing love for the Lost - and to warn "the saved" not to think they are superior.

We'll discuss those three parables during this week's online Bible study...

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Post  Admin on Sun 08 Sep 2019, 10:27 pm

Desiring Christ
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How much of our praying, interceding, asking, knocking, seeking, searching, and hoping is done with a view towards getting God to do what WE want Him to do?
 
I am afraid that we take this approach with God: we carefully analyze the situation, determine what we want to see come to pass, look up the appropriate Bible verses, go to God and tell Him exactly what we want to happen and by when, and then become anxious if He fails to answer us according to our own thought.
 
Brothers and sisters, this is not the way we should approach the Lord. Many are the instances in which mere humans tried to instruct the Lord Jesus, rebuked Him, found fault with His way of doing and saying things, questioned His methods, and argued with Him. Let us not fall into the same trap. For the Lord knows His business, and does not need to be instructed by us. Instead, we must follow His instruction and allow Him to become our only Desire. Then our praying and asking amiss will cease...
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Post  Admin on Thu 05 Sep 2019, 8:15 pm

Hi Elaine,

Yes, we're having the Bible study tonight - even though we're expecting lots of wind and rain from the hurricane.

Join us live by registering below:

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Post  Admin on Tue 03 Sep 2019, 5:22 pm

Hey Elaine!


I just realized that it's been 20 years since Karla and I left Organized Religion to follow Jesus.


20 years!


You know that's half the amount of time the children of Israel spent wandering the desert in search of the Promised Land!


But they didn't enter into their rest.


We entered into Our Rest the first day we left - trading in Religion for Relationship.


What a ride!


Where are you in your journey?


Have you entered into Jesus - and is He enough?


Are you still wandering around the wilderness?


Maybe gone back to Egypt (or Babylon) a couple of times for some fellowship, leeks, and onions?


I hear you.


We all have different experiences because we all have different expectations about what it means to follow Jesus.


And Religion has set us up for disappointment with all the wrong expectations.


I think that's one reason why it's so difficult for some people to make sense of their life.


See...


Most people become believers based on what they think GOD will give to THEM... eternal life, a home in heaven, a first class ticket on the Rapture train, etc.


Few people become believers based on what Jesus says WE must give to GOD... our life, our love, our everything.


Have you really counted the cost?


Or did you pray an easy prayer to an easy Jesus for an easy salvation - and things aren't going like you thought they would?


I'm not judging; only observing.


Disappointment with God (or with anyone) is often the result of unrealistic expectations.


So there would be no misunderstanding, Jesus laid out the cost of discipleship very clearly.


I think it's worth the price, but each of us has to make our own decision.


We'll calculate the cost in this week's online Bible study...


COUNT THE COST
Thursday, September 5, 2019
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Post  Admin on Sun 01 Sep 2019, 7:14 pm

7 Proven Ways to Receive Revelation
by Chip Brogden
 
Receiving revelation is something of an art. To intentionally seek revelation is one thing that sets the prophet apart from the ordinary person who passively waits to receive. The prophet does not wait for revelation, but pursues it.

The prophetic person asks, seeks, knocks and pays the price until revelation is obtained. There are many forms in which the revelation comes, and the prophetic person does not limit themselves to one or two ways, but hears and sees through many different means. Following is a partial list of forms in which revelation is communicated to the prophet, beginning with the most basic, and working up to the most advanced...

 


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Post  Admin on Tue 20 Aug 2019, 11:01 pm

Hi Elaine,

I can't tell you how many times I've heard preachers talk about Jesus warning sinners about judgment.

All His parables are interpreted to mean the Christians go to heaven and the sinners go to hell.

Hogwash, pure and simple.

Because if you study the context of these warnings you find that Jesus is not talking about sinners (the way we define them), but hypocrites.

Yes!

Jesus never threatened sinners with fiery doom.

But hypocrites?

That's a different story.

All the parables, warnings, and threats Jesus made of coming judgment were against Israel in general and the religious leaders in particular.

Sinners who admit they are sinners are welcome; religious hypocrites who pretend to be better than the rest are cast out.

It's so obvious it's embarrassing, but you won't find many people talking about it.

This week's chapter, for example.

The people "weeping and gnashing" their teeth are not the sinners and unbelievers, but the hypocrites who reject Jesus so they can cling to their religion.

Meanwhile, all the "sinners" and "Gentile dogs" are coming in from the east, west, north, and south to sit down in the Kingdom of God!

That's why the hypocrites are gnashing their teeth - it's not fair, they say!

The ones you think least worthy will receive a great welcome, and the ones who think they are most worthy will be left outside in the dark.

Now, this applies not just to Israel, but to you and me - if we take the same religious attitude that they took.

In fact, I think Churchianity today far exceeds the religious hypocrisy of first century Judaism.

But see what you think as we consider this in the context of this week's teaching...

OUGHT NOT THIS WOMAN BE LOOSED?
Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Post  Admin on Thu 15 Aug 2019, 10:32 pm

Hi Elaine,

There's room for you at tonight's Bible study, starting in a few hours.

NOT PEACE, BUT DIVISION
Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Post  Admin on Tue 13 Aug 2019, 8:34 pm

Hi Elaine,

Last week we discussed how disillusionment is a good thing.

The whole world is living in an illusion - a false reality.

And by "the whole world" I include the Religious World, including many of God's people, who have a lot of illusions about God that are not true.

Jesus devoted a great deal of His earthly ministry to dis-illusioning religious folks, even His own disciples.

Have you experienced that?

God not speaking / acting / answering you the way you expect?

If so, you know it can be an uncomfortable experience.

That's why, when people say, "I'm so disillusioned!" we try to encourage them.

We see it as something negative they need to get over.

But I say, "Blessed are the disillusioned!"

Isn't that what you want - to get over your illusion and see what's real?

Or do you prefer the comfortable illusion?

That is part of the tension we see in the Gospels.

They expect the Messiah to be a certain way, but Jesus is different from what they expect.

He completely dis-illusioned them!

Not too different from today.

Jesus just can't please everybody - and they need to be disillusioned!

Will you be part of that great dis-illusionment of coming to the Light, or will you remain in the illusion of Darkness?

Will you have spiritual fact or religious fiction?

That is what Jesus compels us to consider.

We'll look at this more closely in this week's study...

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Post  Admin on Mon 12 Aug 2019, 10:09 pm

What Could Be Greater Than Truth?
by Chip Brogden
Is it possible that we are making assumptions about sharing truth that are incorrect?  
 
Perhaps the time is wrong, the people are wrong, or even we are wrong. Perhaps the truth is correct but the way we go about sharing it is so misguided that it does more damage than the error we think we are correcting – we become the proverbial sledgehammer trying to swat a mosquito on someone’s nose. Perhaps we need to spend more time living the truth and less time sharing it or explaining it to others. Perhaps that truth is meant for us and for us alone. Perhaps all we should do is just pray about it instead of preaching it to others. Perhaps we have become a little too invested in the whole idea of being specialized experts in exposing everything we think is wrong with everyone and everything else. Perhaps that is just a way of deflecting attention from the things we need to correct in ourselves.


But let’s take a step back. What if “truth” is not the main thing after all? What could be greater than truth? 
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Post  Admin on Fri 09 Aug 2019, 4:17 pm

Hi Elaine,

If you haven't registered for tonight's online Bible study, there's still time:

AS IN HEAVEN, SO IN EARTH
Thursday, August 8, 2019
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If you've ever wondered why "evil" exists, who's responsible for it, and how it will ultimately be dealt with, then you don't want to miss this teaching.

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Post  Admin on Tue 06 Aug 2019, 9:23 pm

Hi Elaine,

Some folks have the misguided notion that if something happens (good or bad) then it must be God's will for it to happen.

Not so.

There are many things going on in the world today that grieve God's heart and are contrary to His Will and His Kingdom.

God doesn't always get His way.

Because by giving created beings the freedom to choose, there is always the possibility that they will choose wrongly.

Mankind opens the door to evil whenever they close the door to God.

Evil is easy to open the door to but very hard to get rid of.

In fact, now that we've opened the door, we can't close it by ourselves.

The good news is that there is a way out of the mess we are in.

(God saw the mess before we made it, and He already planned the clean up.)

Jesus is both God's Way out, and God's Way in.

What is so interesting is that God is not out to rescue believers from this sinful earth in a Rapture lifeboat, leaving the world and its doomed passengers behind as though we were abandoning a sinking Titanic.

Love never fails.

God has a better plan!

Do you want to know what is is?

"As in Heaven, so in Earth!"

That is how Jesus taught us to pray in Luke 11.

Not that God would just take us to heaven and forget the earth.

Rather, that things "on earth" would be just as they are "in heaven."

Heaven is where Jesus has preeminence, God's presence is fully manifest, His Will is perfectly done, evil has no place, sin is forgotten, and God and man live together in perfect fellowship with Him and with one another.

"As in Heaven, so in Earth!"

Sounds impossible, doesn't it?

But this is exactly how Jesus taught us to pray.

What did you think it meant?

It's not about getting us into heaven, but getting heaven into us so it will be...

"As in Heaven, so in Earth!"

We will explore this in more detail during this week's Bible study - and look at some of the obstacles that God must overcome to get things the way He wants them, once and for all.

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Learning Contentment

by Chip Brogden
It is rather easy to be content
when things are going well. 
 
So it is especially interesting to note that the happiest letter Paul ever wrote was penned while he was chained to a Roman solider, waiting for a possible sentence of death.

“Rejoice in the Lord always… and again I say, rejoice” (Phil. 4:4)! He says he has learned to be content.
 
All of us face challenging and difficult circumstances. So let us look closely at Paul’s experience and see if we can discover the source of his contentedness...
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Post  Admin on Thu 01 Aug 2019, 5:54 pm

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We have room for you at tonight's Bible study.

ONE THING IS NEEDED
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Post  Admin on Tue 30 Jul 2019, 9:52 pm

Hi Elaine,

When Martha was busy serving and started complaining about all the work she had to do, Jesus said that only "one thing is needed" and that Mary had chosen it (Luke 10).

Isn't that refreshing?

Martha was stressing out over "many things."

Even "many things" that are somehow connected with "much serving" can become a burden and a weight.

This is how religion operates.

It's how most ministries operate.

It's how many Christians live.

You can never do enough, and there is always more to be done.

We get busy, busy, busy for God and lose the simplicity of sitting at His feet, hearing His Word.

Frankly, I'm sick of the "many things" that rob my peace and steal my joy.

If you feel the same way, I invite you to explore this concept of "One Thing" with us at this week's online Bible study:

ONE THING IS NEEDED
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Identification With Christ
by Chip Brogden
Paul says something very peculiar in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
 
It should be obvious that Paul is talking about something other than a physical crucifixion and a physical death, burial, and resurrection. Although he says, “I was crucified with Christ” he does not mean that he was present with Christ in the flesh at the moment of crucifixion; instead, he intends to show us something much more profound.
 
We will soon discover that this experience of being crucified with Christ is not unique to the apostle Paul, but is true of every born-again child of God. Not only Paul, but all disciples of Jesus have been crucified with Christ.

How is this possible? 
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Identification With Christ
by Chip Brogden
Paul says something very peculiar in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
 
It should be obvious that Paul is talking about something other than a physical crucifixion and a physical death, burial, and resurrection. Although he says, “I was crucified with Christ” he does not mean that he was present with Christ in the flesh at the moment of crucifixion; instead, he intends to show us something much more profound.
 
We will soon discover that this experience of being crucified with Christ is not unique to the apostle Paul, but is true of every born-again child of God. Not only Paul, but all disciples of Jesus have been crucified with Christ.

How is this possible? 
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Post  Admin on Wed 24 Jul 2019, 5:43 pm

Hi Elaine,

In the Scriptures we see that Jesus gave His disciples "power and authority" to cast our demons and heal sicknesses.

What an awesome responsibility!

Most people covet that.

I daresay if they got it they would probably use it for good.

And for some that is the highest expression of spirituality - power and authority.

So you would think that with power and authority comes spiritual maturity, right?

In fact, most people assume anyone with power and authority must be spiritually mature.

But that isn't the case.

Spiritual gifts are not the same as spiritual fruit.

A person can be extraordinarily gifted and be rather immature.

Gifts are not the same as wisdom.

And you can even exercise gifts without love, even though it "profits nothing."

But at some point (just like the disciples of Jesus) your power and authority will be short-circuited by a baffling and puzzling situation that you can't deal with.

That's when you see that the real "evil" we have to overcome isn't just "out there" somewhere, but is revealed in our own attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and words.

Even while we're walking around with "power and authority" and claiming all kinds of spiritual-sounding stuff.

We can't cast out spiritual arrogance; we have to grow out of it.

Power and authority cannot compensate for a lack of humility.

Join us for this week's study to learn more...

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Post  Admin on Sun 21 Jul 2019, 11:19 pm

When You Pray
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“Pray after this manner: ‘Our Father in heaven, may Your Name be hallowed, may Your Kingdom come, may Your Will be done: as in heaven, so in earth'” (Matthew 6:9,10).
 
Prayer does not begin on the earth, it begins in the heavens. It does not begin with man, it begins with the Father. It does not begin with man’s need, but with God’s will. Our praying is ineffectual because we pray as earthly men with an earthly perspective concerning earthly things. See how far and above this manner of praying is when compared to the hypocrite, praying in public to be seen of men! Prayer ought to bring us up into the heavenlies, not bring us down deeper into the earth. It ought to focus our vision on the Father, not on man, or the problems of man. Spiritual prayer begins in the Spirit; heavenly prayer begins in the heavenlies.

When we pray “after this manner” we are transported and elevated beyond flesh-and-blood, beyond the natural, beyond the earthly, beyond the seen-and-felt universe in which we live. We are at once brought into alignment with Someone larger than ourselves, Someone higher, Someone greater. This Someone has an agenda, and is working all things together in one accord towards this agenda. What is the agenda? It is the Will and the Kingdom. So what is the Will and the Kingdom? The Will is “all things in Christ” and the Kingdom is the fulfillment of that Will, when Christ has the preeminence. All of God’s movements are towards this End...
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“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites… but when you pray, enter into your closet and pray in secret… and when you pray, do not use vain repetitions… after this manner therefore, pray…” (Matthew 6:5-9ff).
For too long we have practiced and preached prayer as a means towards our own ends. I am thinking of several popular teachings and books on the market today which make prayer out to be a ritual through which we can induce God to give us what we want.
This philosophy gives us the illusion of a manageable deity, a “god” who is under our control, having no choice but to respond to a prayer properly worded or recited. A person of average intelligence should be able to see that this is a ridiculous caricature of God – it is a misrepresentation and a deception. The widespread popularity and success of these teachings should make us at least a little suspicious as to the spirit which prompts men to perpetuate it. It cannot be the Holy Spirit.

Jesus takes it for granted that His disciples will pray. This is why four times in a row He says, “WHEN you pray” and not “IF you pray.” But from these brief excerpts of Scripture we learn that there are at least two classes of prayer. One is unacceptable to God, and the other is well-pleasing to Him. One is of hypocrites, the other is of a pure heart. One is done openly to be seen of men, the other is hidden to be seen of God alone. One is nothing more than vain repetition to accomplish my own ends, and the other accomplishes God’s purpose.

Now if we pray the prayer of the hypocrite we are wasting our time. God will not respond, He will not move, He will not listen to such praying. That is not to say that someone (something?) will not answer this self-centered prayer: but the answer, when and if it comes, will not come from the Father in heaven. Much praying is done in vain because the one praying has never gone to the Word to investigate the kind of prayer that is well-pleasing to God. Just as there is a worship that is “spirit-and-truth” and there is a worship which is fleshly and vain, so there is a “spirit-and-truth” sort of praying and a flesh-and-blood praying which is done in vanity.

So by the grace of God we would like to look to the Lord to teach us to pray. Let us ask Him to show us the sort of praying that is acceptable to Him.
How Not to Pray 
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Post  Admin on Thu 18 Jul 2019, 3:09 pm

Hi Elaine,

There's still room for you at tonight's online Bible study:

WHAT MANNER OF MAN IS THIS?
Thursday, July 18, 2019
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Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

So if we look to Scripture to see "what manner of Man" He was then, we can see what manner of Man He is now.

And if we see Him then we have seen the Father also.

Wonderful truths. I hope you will join us.


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Post  Admin on Tue 16 Jul 2019, 4:03 pm

Hi Elaine,

Jesus is "the Savior of the world" (Jn. 4:42; 1 Jn. 4:14).

This assumes the world needs saving!

Does it?

Yes.

Why?

If Scripture is true, the questions are:

1) What is Jesus saving us FROM?

2) What is Jesus saving us FOR?

I say "is saving" rather than "did save" because Scripture shows us that salvation is more than praying a prayer, it is growing in grace.

So I was saved, I am saved, and I will be saved!

Because Jesus did save us, is saving us, and will save us.

Yes, all three at once.

Past, present, future.

Yesterday, today, and forever.

To what purpose?

Of course, the kindergarten answer is: "He saved us from hell and for heaven."

That is what religion teaches, but it falls so far below the mark it is embarrassing.

And if that is the extent of our understanding of what Jesus means then we have surely missed the boat.


Scripture reveals a much greater mystery in Jesus than that - and the implications are universal and mind-blowing.

We'll discuss it in this during this week's online Bible study:


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Post  Admin on Sun 14 Jul 2019, 6:14 pm

A Convenient Cult
by Chip Brogden
Today we have a myriad of worship choices, a multitude of golden calves located on every street, some sitting right next to each other, each one competing for people. What is the basis of their marketing message? Convenience! 
 
God is calling on us to come up to Jerusalem and worship – that is, to worship Him in Spirit and Truth (cf. John 4). The Father seeks those true worshippers who do not think of geographical places of worship, but a Spirit-and-Truth place of worship: a spiritual place, a place of the heart. That is what it means for us to “go up to Jerusalem”. This Jerusalem is from above, it is from the heavens; we have to “go up” to it because it exists on a higher level, a greater dimension. It is a spiritual place. We read about it in the Book of Revelation, coming down from heaven, filled with the glory of God and the presence of the Lamb.

Many are responding to this call to go “up to Jerusalem” and out of Babylon, out of Churchianity, out of Organized Religion. As a result, all the Jeroboams of this world are in a state of consternation! How can we prevent this mass exodus of people from leaving our churches? Jeroboam’s concern is not for the people. His concern is not for the Lord, or for what the Lord requires. Jeroboam’s concern is only for self-preservation: the safeguarding of his leadership, the continuance of his kingdom, the prolongation of his own life.
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