A COMPLETED NEW CREATION

When God created the earth in the beginning, Adam was not created until all had been prepared as God wanted it to be. Then Adam came forth. Born of the earth first (flesh) then born of God (spirit) by the breath of God.New Creation PowerPoint Sermon

God as the Holy Trinity first completed all that was needed in order for Adam the son of God to fulfill his assignment (Genesis 1:26) and enjoy fellowship with God His Creator.

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The Selfish Lord’s Prayer

I don’t know if you have ever thought of the Lord’s Prayer (actually this prayer is more accurately “The Disciples’ Prayer”, as Jesus is teaching them how to pray in answering their request that He do so. The Lord’s Prayer is in John 17)Prayer hands as selfish but it certainly sounds that way when you read it word for word.

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ALIVE UNTO GOD AGAIN!

RebornTwo guys walked into a building. You’d think they would have seen it!

It seems many today are failing to realize just exactly what Jesus meant when telling Nicodemus, “You must be born again or you cannot see the Kingdom of God. “ Like the two men, by now you’d think we would have seen it!

What was Jesus saying exactly and is it really that important that we understand? Of course it is! Otherwise He would have never said it, right? What perplexes me is how we just plain miss it. It’s been there all along, even hundreds of years now.

First off, He is not just talking about a man must be born again because you don’t need to be. You can keep your first one and do just fine…until you die. Then what? Now we are getting a little closer to the intent and instruction of His seeming babble. We know Nico thought Jesus was a little off. Listen to his question: “Can a man enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Be honest, that is NOT normal. Actually, it is impossible! Jesus a second time makes the point that He is speaking of a Kingdom and how you enter it. The subject is the Kingdom of God and the fact is no one can enter without being born again. That’s all he is saying to Nicodemus. There is a Kingdom of God and you, old man, even the teacher of Israel are not in it, nor can you be. Nuh-uh. Only if you are born again and that is something you cannot do by yourself or with your momma. The next 20 verses or so are all about how to enter into the Kingdom of God. A kingdom that flesh and blood can in no wise enter. That’s the rules and everyone must play by them. A kingdom awaits and we can’t get through the gates! That’s just great! It’s just not fair! Au contraire mon frere’. The way is not only available but is at hand. Mark 1:14-15. But you are going to have to listen to Jesus and His teaching on righteousness and not the religious teaching of men. It is absolutely imperative for you to know the difference between the two or you will be deceived.

So, if flesh and blood CANNOT enter the Kingdom and ONLY those who are BORN AGAIN may, how does a person become born again, what exactly happens when they do and since flesh and blood are not there, who is and can we go there before we die? PHEW! You ask a lot of questions. In fact too many for this post as I like to keep it around 500 words or so. So, next time I will answer these and similar ones. Better yet, let Jesus answer them for ya. He does in John 3:1-21. Read and reap!

Knowing the truth makes the difference between righteousness, peace and joy versus sickness, lack and discouragement.

Until next time, “Don’t worry, we’re all gonna die! But some are gonna REALLY LIVE until then.”

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BTW: I stopped writing to check my FB and Mark Driscoll had posted this:

“One of the most prevalent images of Jesus in the Gospels is Jesus as controversialist. Wherever he goes, controversy seems to follow.” –Dictionary of Biblical Imagery



FREEDOM IS FUN

Freedom is FunDid you hear the one about two men walking? One fell down, got back up and kept walking!

Pointless? Maybe. But it’s funny. Come on. Lighten up…otherwise you’ll get all religious and legalistic with me and that’s not my point. Read. Reason. Reject or Receive. Say that with me. Okay…now read this.

Many today are living their Christian lives in error. Jesus said this is because they do


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Let Us…Let Them

The Trinity Worship BackgroundIn my previous post “Are you too dependent on God?” I introduced the thought that many today are in error not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. Not to point a finger of arrogance or tear down to build myself up, I am still learning too. I now see through over 30 years of time, study, observation and personal experiences, however, a part of my learning is to unlearn some of the earlier teachings. Men who love God and desire to see His Kingdom come and His will be done have taught me well and I am forever grateful for their doing so. But I have some questions.


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ARE YOU TOO DEPENDENT ON GOD?

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Often when around people and they are speaking of prayer I hear them say, “When God is ready He will do it”, or “If it is His will I will have it” or similar “prayer” statements. These may have a “form of godliness” but they “deny the power thereof”.  The main reason this occurs is found in Matthew 22:29 when Jesus said, “You are in error not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” This is more true today than ever before because we can hear without study from many media sources. Ministries that are solid, correct and of integrity are available 24/7 as well as the “other kind.”


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Life Lesson From An Eagle

Beautiful-Eagle-Picture-Flying-High-In-The-Sky“A little boy wanted to see an eagle fly. He put some sandwiches in his backpack, got his binoculars, and set out on the plains, saying, “I’m going out there to see the eagles fly.”

The sky was vast and seemed to stretch out forever like an endless blue blanket, but no birds were anywhere in flight. Then, in the distance, he spotted wings. Noooo. What he saw was a hawk. After a long wait, another bird came into view, and he grabbed his binoculars, only to discover – a big disappointment-it was a pigeon. He was about to head home, dejected, when far, far above his head he spied it. Yes! Aaaaaaahh- that’s an eagle!


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So…What Is Marriage?

Marriage PowerPoint SermonToday many voices are speaking to define and defend marriage according to various forms and perceptions. How many forms and perceptions are there? How many should there be? Whose definition do we live by? What are the results of having a proper marriage relationship?

To use a tired cliche’, “When all else fails read the instructions”. Who has the authority to write the instructions for any created thing? Well, of course, the creator does! They are the one best suited for doing so. After all, they know the “original” thought, intent and purpose for their invention, right?


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SPIRITUAL and NATURAL TRUTH – 2

holy_spirit_skyThis post continues teaching on the spiritual mind of a born again person in contrast to the natural mind of a person of only natural birth. Being born again is not just a “Bible belt” cliche’ but an actual new birth Jesus said is required for anyone to see the Kingdom of heaven. Peter and John say this new birth is by the incorruptible seed which is the word of God and not the will of man.


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SPIRITUAL and NATURAL TRUTH

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”The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:15

Jesus began His ministry declaring the kingdom of God is at hand. He later declared it is the Father’s good pleasure to give His kingdom to His sons. This kingdom and all of its principles are founded upon new life in Christ and is now resident in the spirit of all who have been born again by the incorruptible seed which is the word of God.


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