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Post  Admin Sun 23 Jan 2022, 2:54 pm

The Spirituality of Imperfection
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Scripture is filled with paradox. If you want to save your life, Jesus says you have to lose your life. And that’s one of the of the great paradoxes of the spiritual life. 

I think we found another one here: “The Spirituality of Imperfection.” And the paradox is this: That we are perfected in love through the spirituality of imperfection. When we talk about Perfection in Love, I’m not talking about you trying to get your act together, you trying to achieve sinless perfection, you trying to live your life so perfectly that you don’t make any mistakes. On the contrary. We are perfected in love, not by trying to be perfect, but by embracing imperfection.
 
Perfection in Love comes through the Spirituality of Imperfection! And this allows us to be transformed (not destroyed) by the Cross...
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Post  Admin Thu 20 Jan 2022, 5:33 pm

Hello Elaine,

I've had a sore throat off and on this week, so I'm taking a break from teaching tonight.
 
But we just finished a 7-part series last week and made it available on the website.
 
So if you missed any of the parts (or just want to go back and hear something again), go here to listen and/or download the messages:
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD
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Lord willing I will be back with you next week!
 
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Post  Admin Sun 16 Jan 2022, 9:24 pm

5 Reasons Why Fellowship Eludes Us
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If everyone is looking for fellowship, why is fellowship so hard to find? And once we have found it, why is it so hard to maintain it?

When God begins to bring you out of church and into a deeper relationship with Himself, there is a lot of unlearning that has to take place – particularly in the area of fellowship.
 
It has been said that every lost person has a Christ-shaped void in their heart that only Christ can fill.  A similar thing can be said of believers who come out of the religious system.  When God calls us to be with Him “outside the camp,” there is a church-shaped void in our heart where church used to be.  This void makes us feel restless and insecure and empty.  We remember the fellowship we used to enjoy, and we begin to long for it.  Pretty soon, we begin to look for things to fill the church-shaped void in our heart.
 
This explains the seemingly endless pursuit of fellowship... 
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Post  Admin Thu 13 Jan 2022, 8:33 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
Tonight is the last message in our seven-week series.
 
I think you will find it interesting and encouraging.
 
Will you join us?
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 7
Thursday, January 13, 2021
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Post  Admin Tue 11 Jan 2022, 7:59 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
"I don't go to church; I AM the church!"
 
I like the idea behind that saying, just not the words.
 
(I'm get really particular over "words".)
 
That word "church" is overloaded with too much religious and emotional baggage.
 
So much so that I don't even want to say, "I am the church."
 
Ugh.
 
I prefer the word "ekklesia" to refer to the Body of Christ: the assembly of the called-out people.
 
But if you start going around saying, "I am the Ekklesia" you will get some funny looks.
 
You have to explain what it means, even to Christians.
 
And is it wholly accurate?
 
I don't think any one person can say, "I am the Ekklesia."
 
It's not a PLACE, but neither is it a PERSON; it is a PEOPLE.
 
WE are the Ekklesia - but no one person can say they are, by themselves, THE Ekklesia.
 
But I know one thing I CAN say...
 
"I AM THE TEMPLE!"
 
That's true of me, individually, as the temple of the Holy Spirit.
 
It's also true of us as a people; together, the Ekklesia is the temple.
 
And that is one of the most significant developments in the history of God's dealings with man: that we can become a dwelling place for God.
 
And so, when the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, Israel ceased to exist, and the people were devastated.
 
But the Temple of the Holy Spirit cannot be destroyed.
 
The gates of hell will not prevail against the Ekklesia that Jesus is building.
 
Yet this is all a work in progress.
 
We still have obstacles to overcome.
 
The dragon, who deceives the world and leads God's people astray from the simplicity of Christ.
 
A harlot church system, riding on the back of the beast, drunk with the blood of the prophets that she has chewed up and spitted out.
 
The world system, constantly screaming for attention and dangling so many attractive and interesting things before us.
 
And our own propensity towards easy living and effortless spirituality.
 
It sure seems (when you look around) that we are still far short of God's original thought and intention for the Ekklesia.
 
So it may interest you to know that this Ekklesia is NOT the final revelation of the temple in Scripture.
 
That's a good thing, because if THIS is all there is, it would be a real disappointment.
 
But we are, indeed, heading towards a final and full expression of God's purpose.
What is it?
Join us this week as we explore the final and ultimate revelation of the temple...
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 7
Thursday, January 13, 2021
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Post  Admin Thu 06 Jan 2022, 8:38 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
Starting soon...
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 6
Thursday, January 6, 2021
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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The Temple builders rejected the most important Stone of all.
 
That Stone is now the Cornerstone of God's plan.
 
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Post  Admin Wed 05 Jan 2022, 12:15 am

Hello Elaine,
 
When the disciples pointed out the beautiful stones of the Temple, Jesus looked out at the massive Temple and city, wept over it, and warned that there would not be one stone left upon another.
 
Everything He said came to pass in a single generation.
 
And yet, while prophesying the destruction of that earthly Temple, He was also prophesying the construction of something far more beautiful:
 
"I will build My Ekklesia, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it."
 
What a study in contrasts!
 
The Temple in Jerusalem, destroyed by the Romans, set ablaze, and leveled to the ground.
 
The Ekklesia that Jesus is building, able to withstand the gates of hell and the devil himself.
 
What was Jesus' message to those who had ears to hear?
 
Get out of Jerusalem - repudiate the very "city of God" and "house of God" and "chosen people" and "Law of Moses" and religious leadership that would soon turn against God's Only Son - and join His Ekklesia.
 
Those who listened and obeyed, lived.
 
The rest were starved by hunger, killed by the sword, perished by the flames, or taken away as slaves to Rome.
 
What is His message today?
 
The same thing.
 
Get out of Babylon and join His Ekklesia.

Get out of "Churchianity" and find the True House of the Lord.
 
Lose your Religion and find your Faith.
 
In Jesus, what was hidden in the symbology of the temple archetype becomes clear.
 
God isn't trying to build buildings; He is building a people.
 
God is the Architect, Jesus is the Master Builder, and WE are His workmanship.
 
The Temple builders rejected the most important Stone of all.
 
That Stone is now the Cornerstone of God's plan.
 
The Temple, and the builders who rejected that Stone?
 
Burned to ashes, scattered to the four winds.
 
And Jesus continues to build His Ekklesia.
 
Join us this week as study the blueprint of God's masterpiece...
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 6
Thursday, January 6, 2021
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Post  Admin Sat 01 Jan 2022, 7:49 pm

Happy 2022 Elaine!
 
"Time flies" as they say.
 
But I believe we were made "for such a time as this."
 
The world needs you to be who you are IN CHRIST and give them hope in something above and beyond the cares of this world.
 
*** IMPORTANT: ***
 
Yesterday we opened up a new course on The School of Christ and the website was a little haywire :-)
 
IF YOU TRIED TO REGISTER and got a "coming soon" message and/or did not receive an email confirmation and/or did not get access to the course you signed up for, please try again!
 
Here is the link:
 
AT HIS FEET
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We have also added a support link to the page. Please reach out to us if you have any difficulty and we will get you set up!
 
We pray for your prosperity, good health, and spiritual growth and maturity in 2022.

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Post  Admin Fri 31 Dec 2021, 9:28 pm

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Hello Elaine!
 
As one of our subscribers and friends, I want to personally invite you to be the first to experience a new online course available through our newly re-opened website: The School of Christ.
 
Over 20 years ago, we started The School of Christ to help people learn, grow, and strengthen their faith in a Christ-centered way, rather than a church-centered way.
 
Our goal is the same: To make Christ-centered teaching available to anyone, anywhere, anytime - at little or no cost to them.
 
"At His Feet" is different from anything we have ever put out. It's more of an "experience" than a course. But it is for anyone who wants to grow closer to the Lord – especially if you want a deeper relationship with God without religion, church, and all the other “stuff” that complicates the simplicity of that relationship.
 
Please watch the video, and if you like what you see, you can take the course for free (donations are welcome but not required).
 
We welcome your feedback, and thank  you for your support.
 
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Post  Admin Thu 30 Dec 2021, 10:02 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
Tonight we will explore the Fifth Temple in our series...
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 5
Thursday, December 30, 2021
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Post  Admin Tue 28 Dec 2021, 7:39 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
The disciples couldn't resist showing Jesus the beautiful stones and buildings of the Temple complex in Jerusalem.
 
Those early disciples of Jesus were proud of the outward elements of their religion, and they thought Jesus would be impressed by these tokens.
 
But Jesus was not impressed then, and He isn't impressed now, by the "things" we build for God.
 
"Not one stone will be left upon another."
 
Because the great movement and purpose of God is not towards building buildings, but building people.
 
Interesting that Jesus said He would build His spiritual Ekklesia even while He prophesied the destruction of the physical Temple.
 
What a shock to the disciples.
 
What? No more Temple?
 
How will we worship God without a Temple to gather in?
 
What a shock to us, when we realize that the things we consider "beautiful" and "successful" and "necessary" in the eyes of man are unimportant and unnecessary to God's Kingdom.
 
What? No more church?
 
How will we worship God without a church to gather in?
 
Even more shocking when we discover how those "things" we built for God actually get in God's way.
 
They become objects of veneration and adoration, symbols of foolish boasting, distractions from Spirit-and-Truth worship.
 
For that very reason, God does not endorse them.
 
He warned them then - and He warns us now - that all these beautiful buildings will be cast down.
 
It's time to leave Temple and church religion behind and discover the Ekklesia that Jesus is building.
 
Join us this week as we discuss these things...
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 5
Thursday, December 30, 2021
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Post  Admin Sat 25 Dec 2021, 5:51 pm

Hi Elaine,

It is not about celebrating WHEN Christ was born, but THAT He was born.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given..." (Isa.9:6).

THAT He was born is a miracle.

THAT He died and lives again is marvelous.

THAT He lives in you and me is mind-blowing.

THAT He intends to be "All in All" is mind-boggling.

I especially love the third stanza of that wonderful hymn that so clearly reveals His purpose...

"Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name!"

Karla and I pray that the blessing of Jesus, the One Gift of God, will be with you and all your family and loved ones, today and every day.


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Post  Admin Thu 23 Dec 2021, 6:31 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
Tonight we will explore the Fourth Temple in our series...
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 4
Thursday, December 23, 2021
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Post  Admin Tue 21 Dec 2021, 10:07 pm

Hello Elaine,

Someone once said that God's ends can be seen in God's beginnings.
This is critically important because it means that trying to "hang on" to what God was doing in times past will surely stunt our growth.
 
So many have tried to find a "New Testament pattern" that they could bring to life in modern times - as if, by duplicating the methods and the meetings, we will once again duplicate the results.
This shows a lack of understanding.
 
God is moving forward in relation to His Son - not backward.
This is also true in relation to the Ekklesia.
 
The progressive revelation of the temple, then the successive patterns of Dedication, Demise, and Destruction, should show us that God is moving forward, moving onward, moving upward.
 
That is to say, the "house of God" was a symbol; the people of God is what God is really looking for.
 
He is bringing us from types and shadows to Spirit and Truth - provided we will let go of the symbol and walk in the Spirit.
 
The revelation of the Fourth Temple (immediately after the destruction of the Third Temple) is an example of God bringing us from the physical to the spiritual, from the "place" to the "people," from the shadow to the substance.
 
BUT (and this is a big BUT)...
 
It only works if we let go of the old and embrace the new.
 
Israel failed, not just the first time around by letting Religion destroy their Relationship...
 
But the second time around, when they rebuilt the thing God destroyed.
 
Quite frankly, it's easier to rebuild something tangible than to have the spiritual maturity to see something intangible and invisible.
 
This is not just Israel's problem, but ours.
 
Israel built Temples; we build churches and family life centers.
 
And, like Israel, the magnificence of our religious buildings has no bearing whatsoever on the depth of our spiritual relationship with God.
We will explore these things in more detail as we look at the Fourth Temple in our series this week...
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 4
Thursday, December 23, 2021
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EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 3
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Post  Admin Tue 14 Dec 2021, 4:22 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
Something can start out well but finish terribly.
 
As I look at the Temple of Solomon I see a microcosm of how religion works - indeed, how just about every church, denomination, group, or movement lives and dies.
 
It's starts out with Dedication - we dedicate ourselves to the "thing" we are building or doing.
 
God might even bless that dedication with His presence and with a promise of success, so long as we keep our heart in the right place.
 
But religion always messes it up.
 
That is to say, WE mess it up because we get religious.
 
We begin to attach superstitious and self-righteous significance to what we are building, what we are doing, what we are accomplishing for God.
 
That begins the Demise - going through the motions, trying to maintain what we have, then trying to go back and "revive" what used to be long after the Glory has departed and the Love has grown cold.
 
The Demise can take months or years, but the ultimate outcome is Destruction.
 
And then we moan and think, "Oh, God has abandoned the thing we built for Him!" - when in all actuality, it is WE who abandoned God in the building of the thing we said was for Him but that turned out to be for us.
 
That is not just the story of the Temple. It is the story of the nation of Israel, the "Christian" harlot church system, the house church movement, all 45,000+ denominations, and many ministries built "for God."

The "work of the Lord" becomes more important than the Lord of the Work.
 
Can we break this cycle of Dedication, Demise, and Destruction?
 
Perhaps.
 
We will examine this in the light of Solomon's temple this week, and apply those lessons to the current time and season...
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 3
Thursday, December 16, 2021
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Post  Admin Sun 12 Dec 2021, 5:58 pm

The Secret of Spiritual Power
by Chip Brogden
The way of the world says that in order to be stronger, we must build ourselves up and seek strength and dominance over others.
 
Christians everywhere are keenly interested in how to be increased, how to be stronger, how to take authority, how to rise up, how to get more. They look for methods, formulas, and techniques for becoming bigger and better. The results have been disappointing. Many mistakes have been made and many people have been hurt and disillusioned.

The Lord has a different approach for us to take. He invites us to accept weakness in order to be strengthened. We do not become strong by embracing strength, but by embracing weakness! This is the secret of all spiritual power. When Paul learned this secret he was able to say, “When I am weak, then I am strong” (II Corinthians 12:10b). This makes no sense to the natural man. I do not remember ever hearing anyone begin a teaching on spiritual warfare with this verse. It is no wonder, then, that these teachings never seem to produce any lasting fruit...
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Post  Admin Tue 07 Dec 2021, 9:05 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
I watched a video on Facebook last week.
 
Usually not a good thing for me to do.
 
In this case, it was a sort of documentary video about a church that shall remain nameless but one that I used to be associated with.
 
They were touting something miraculous that God was doing - touching people's lives and all that.
 
Curiously, I watched the video only to discover that the "miracle" was nothing more than a new addition to their church building.
 
Or, maybe they are tearing one building down to build another.
 
I don't know, because once I realized what I was seeing, I lost interest and stopped watching.
 
It made me kind of sick. And sad.
 
I saw the same thing in Costa Rica: A big, purple, church building just across the street from a Nicaraguan refugee camp.
 
On one side of the street, people are talking about reaching the world for Jesus (i.e., getting them to come to their Big Purple Church Building).
 
On the other side of the street, hundreds of people living in huts made of spare boards and sheet metal scraps.
 
Things like this STILL drive me up the wall.
 
Yes, religious people attach a great deal of significance to their building.
 
And instead of measuring their growth by "less of me and more of Jesus," they measure growth by counting nickels, noses, and the square footage of the building.
 
Amazing when you consider that *ahem* the early Christians didn't build church buildings.
 
They understood that the Temple was a symbol fulfilled in Christ.
 
As with all Scriptural symbols, there is a “natural” and a “spiritual” application.
Scripture reveals seven temples, each one unique, but each one similar, each communicating the same prophetic sign.
 
What do they mean?
 
What do they represent?
 
What is the prophetic and spiritual significance of the temple archetype?
 
We revealed the first temple last week - and for many, it was a pleasantly surprising and unexpected place to begin, but it makes sense.
 
This journey through Scripture is intended to help you rediscover a surprising truth: That “we” (you) are the Temple that God is building for Himself.
 
But to understand and appreciate the significance of that wonderful mystery, we have to visit each temple in turn.
 
So, join us this week as we reveal Temple #2...
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 2
Thursday, December 9, 2021
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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The Fellowship of His Body
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“Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it” (1 Cor. 12:27, NLT).
 
We have said that Christ calls us as individual disciples and the Holy Spirit then works with each of us personally. Now we see how the individual disciples are brought together to form His Body. Each retains their uniqueness, yet there is something among each of them that is common to all. There are different members in different places with different purposes: each distinctive but each working together, united beneath the same great Purpose and Intention of God, working under the direction of the Head like a great spiritual symphony...
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Post  Admin Thu 02 Dec 2021, 7:29 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
Our temple exploration begins tonight as we reveal Temple #1.
(It's not what you think, I promise you.)
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 1
Thursday, December 2, 2021
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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I hope to "see" you online!
 
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Post  Admin Tue 30 Nov 2021, 7:03 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
Would you like to join me on an "Indiana Jones" type of adventure?
 
You don't need a passport.
 
You don't even need to leave your house. :-)
 
All you need is a Bible and an Internet connection!
 
Because this week we begin a new teaching series where we dive into the Scriptures and explore the 7 Temples of God.
 
(Yes, there are 7 of them.)
 
We'll kickoff the series this week with a look at the Biblical archetype of the TEMPLE.
 
What is a temple?
 
What does it mean?
 
What is the prophetic significance?
 
What is the practical application?
 
Then, we'll begin exploring what the Bible says and "visit" each of the 7 Temples mentioned in Scripture.
 
And by the time you are finished, you will have a comprehensive understanding of God's eternal purpose and plan in Christ.
 
Sound exciting?
 
Join us this week as we reveal Temple #1 (it's not what you think, I promise you).
 
EXPLORING THE 7 TEMPLES OF GOD, Part 1
Thursday, December 2, 2021
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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Reminder: These online studies are free to all. Your gift (of any amount) makes it possible.
 
Thank you for supporting Christ-centered teaching.
 

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P.S. Beginning this week there is an exciting change! When you register, you'll get access to not only to the live teaching and the audio replay, but the VIDEO replay. If you are a visual learner you'll appreciate being able to see the slides and graphics. And you will still get access to the AUDIO replay as usual. 
 
This means anyone, anywhere, anytime can access the teaching - even if you can't make the live event because it's 3 a.m. in your time zone halfway around the world.
 
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Post  Admin Sun 28 Nov 2021, 9:48 pm

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The 4 Essential Attributes of God describes the basic four characteristics that make God GOD; from this foundation, we can establish that God is Great, and that God is Good.
 
We can know God because God desires to make Himself known, and has revealed Himself through the ages. “Eternal life” is knowing God through Christ “as He in fact is” – not as we think, wish, dream, or hope He is, and certainly not as religion has made Him out to be. Remember as we proceed with this study that “the purpose of revelation is not to substantiate your illusions, but to eliminate them.”
 
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Post  Admin Mon 22 Nov 2021, 10:35 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
This week's online Bible study is happening WEDNESDAY night (instead of Thursday night) in observing of Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.
 
I give thanks to God, even thought I know for a FACT that in my country, and in every country, not everything is happening according to God's perfect will.
 
This is why we pray daily: "Your Will be done, on earth as in heaven."
 
This is why we give thanks - not FOR everything, but IN everything (1 Thess. 5:18).
 
I don't thank God for the evil, violence, and wickedness of this world. 
 
I don't accept this as part of God bringing something good out of everything - God doesn't need evil to show His goodness.
 
God's greatness and goodness is seen in overcoming evil with good and eliminating evil from His creation.
 
Over and above all this chaos, God is working (together with us) to put an end to evil once and for all.
 
Omnibenevolence means that God is not just all-powerful, all-knowing, and always-present; He is also infinitely good.
 
He is both able and willing.
 
Without this, we would always be unsure of “where we stood” in relation to this all-powerful God.
 
But how do we "harmonize" these essential attributes?
 
For example, how do we balance God's holiness and justice with His mercy and grace?
 
How do we reconcile God's wrath with God's love?
 
How do we make sense of God's goodness in the context of a world gone mad?
 
This week we will do something that doctors of religion, philosophers, and wise men of this world are unable to do - we will make sense of these seeming contradictions.
 
HARMONIZING THE 4 OMNI'S OF GOD
(The 4 Essential Attributes of God, Part 6)
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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Hello Elaine,
 
If you don't know the difference between "God-fearing" and "being afraid of God" then...
 
(1) You don't understand the King James Bible and should try a different one.
 
- or -
 
(2) You are still in bondage to a fear-based Religion.
 
Probably both. :-)
 
Join us tonight and get some clarity.
 
THE OMNIBENEVOLNECE OF GOD
(The 4 Essential Attributes of God, Part 5)
Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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Post  Admin Tue 16 Nov 2021, 4:41 pm

Hello Elaine,
 
We have been exploring the essential attributes of God.
 
God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and always present.
 
These are tremendous - but there is ONE THING that makes God Who He is.
 
This ONE THING is greater than all the other three combined.
 
Without this ONE THING God, as we know Him, could not be.
 
What is this ONE THING?
 
God is Omnibenevolent - that is, He is perfect and unlimited in His goodness.
 
Without THAT, God would still be all-powerful, all-knowing, and always present - but you would never be sure whether God was for you, or against you.
 
Out of fear, you might create a religion designed around appeasing this all-powerful, all-seeing, always present God so He would not get mad and destroy you - perhaps you could persuade Him to bless you and give you things instead.
 
Well, that is precisely what all religions have been created for - including the Christian religion, "Churchianity."
 
In Churchianity we learn that sinners are in the hands of an "angry God" Who would just as soon burn you to a crisp as look at you.
 
Of course, this angry God is happy with us Christians - so long as we believe in Jesus, read the Bible, pray, go to church, pay our tithes, submit to the pastor, and keep all the rules and regulations of the Institutional Church.
 
And if we don't, watch out - because the "angry God" is coming for you, too.
 
The Roman Catholic church has used these fear tactics to control KINGS AND KINGDOMS for 2000 years.
 
The Protestant church uses these fear tactics on a smaller scale, but with equal damage.
 
The problem is that Religion ignores the most critical attribute of God: His omnibenevolence.
 
As a result, fear-based Religion gets in the way of a love-based Relationship.
 
When that happens, FEAR (not faith) governs our lives.
 
We use fear to get people saved.
 
We use fear to keep people attending church.
 
We use fear to get to people submit, obey, believe, and support.
 
The way out of this fear-based religion (besides not attending and support it) is getting to know God AS HE IS - and especially His omnibenevolence.
 
God is perfect and unlimited in His goodness, holiness, and love!
 
What a relief!
 
This brings perfect balance to all His other attributes and helps us transcend the fear-based religion that ruled our lives for so many years.
 
We will explore this in more detail at this week's online Bible study...
 
THE OMNIBENEVOLNECE OF GOD
(The 4 Essential Attributes of God, Part 5)
Thursday, November 18, 2021
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
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