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Chaos Theory
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21 centuries of hate, war and horrific treatment of others; Humans created in the image of God... How is that working? Shouldn't we try something else?

Chaos Theory

Gentle Readers,

We have seen more hatred, killing, murders, violence and generally calamity than anyone should expect and while some scream out loud and shake their wee fist a a seeming uncaring God who does not hear. Others try to explain what is going on and why way Jesus the Christ called the “prince of peace”? No one is immune to this havoc that is visited on the human race, from the pundits who claim to be journalists and advocate hate and retribution on those who disagree with their position, to those who make no claims except to line their pockets and scream at our newest president “I hope he fails” To those leaders, so-called who desire to incite people to riot and kill in the name of a cause that they do not even understand! Hatred, destruction and evilness are all about us and what we here from God is a “silent heaven”

Not so gentle reader, What God is trying to teach us is that we are, regardless of race, color creed - Family and family ought to stand together under all types of circumstances . We should stand against evil, come to the aid of brothers and sister, children and the elderly for this reason alone we are all in this together. And this was the final word received by humanity from God.

TO COMPLETE THE WORD OF GOD { Colossians 1:25} There is a post-Acts dispensational ministry given through the Apostle Paul that completes and fills full The Word of God. This final ministry completes the whole canon of Scripture. This was done by an inspired apostle, not by an uninspired church council meeting centuries later. This many-faceted ministry of Paul (contained in Eph./Col.) brings forth and makes operational those hitherto secret purposes of God -- those that awaited the right and opportune time for their revelation.

The purpose of the ages past as well as the substance of the on-coming ages was now made known. It is the cap-stone-of the revealed will of God, and the most sublime of all God's revelations in respect to Himself, The Lord Jesus Christ, and of all that is related to and in Christ.

The secret of The Father's heart's desire is to head-up, sum-up, comprehend under one Head, and gather together in the perfect Christ all things in the heavens, and upon the earth, in Him (Eph. 1:9,10). An adjunct to the Dispensation of Grace to all people, Eph. 3:2, is The Mystery of Christ, a setting forth of the perfections of Christ's person in relationship to His Body, and that as a projection of what is in store for all. Christ's various modes of being are developed in the Colossians Letter with Christ filling full the Body of Christ with Himself, Col. 1:27; cf.Eph.1:23.

There is a revealing and a releasing of the intractable riches of Christ, this having been heretofore hidden away from all ages of time, and from all generations, Col.1:26.

This unprophecied and non- Jewish uncovenanted program is without temple, priestcraft, ritual, or ordinances. It exists within the frame-work of The Spirit's Unity in Eph.4, a oneness made by God -- and in which there is no excommunication, and in which all are made "complete in Christ," Col. 2:10. All are made "prepared" Col. 1:12, and are jointly-seated with Christ, Eph. 2:6.

The Mystery was God's original purpose, antedating Israel, Abraham, or the Old and New Covenants … it reaches back before the dawn of time and stretches forth into all the on-coming ages and their generations. No hint is given of its interruption, termination, or any other program taking priority over it as to time, place or rank. There is no intimation anywhere in The Word of God that this Mystery ministry of Paul's is, was, or ever will be a parenthesis within the frame-work of Israel's hope.

This grace, fullness, and Christ orientated dispensational program is not a substitute until something better is revealed. This is the very best that God has ever revealed. Can you understand God’s silence? Gentle reader, God is waiting for humanity to catch up! ,

 You are accepted, you are valued your are loved by God and by me!

Denis

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Acts 28 A Dispensational Boundary
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ACTS 28. THE DISPENSATIONAL BOUNDARY

The BASIS of this ministry in both passages is the Old Testament Scriptures, Luke 24:25,27,45; Acts 28:23.

The METHOD is Exposition, Luke 24:27,32; Acts 28:23.

The OBJECT is Persuasion, Luke 24:25,32,45; Acts 28:26.

In addition, we have such parallels as the use of the word bradus ‘slow’ (Luke 24:25) and ‘dull’ bareos (Acts28:27). While the eyes of the two in Luke 24 were ‘opened’, the eyes of Israel were ‘closed’ (Acts 28:27).

In neither Luke 24, Acts 1 nor Acts 28 have we yet discovered the slightest allusion to the high calling of the church of the Mystery. We are on the verge of its revelation, but not until Israel became Lo-ammi ‘not My people’ could that calling of the Gentiles that goes back for its inception to ‘before the foundation of the world’, be made known.

The testimony of the apostle on that memorable day was twofold. It was concerning ‘the kingdom of God’ and ‘concerning Jesus’, and it was found entirely in the testimony of the Old Testament. For the difference between ‘the kingdom of God’, ‘the kingdom of Heaven’. See pages -----------------

It is evident that ‘the restoration of the kingdom to Israel’ (Acts 1:6) arose as a direct result of the Lord’s testimony ‘pertaining to the kingdom of God’ (Acts 1:3), and Paul in Acts 26:22 declared that up to that point he had declared ‘none other than Moses and the Prophets did say should come’. So, here, in his testimony to the Elders of the Jews the teaching of the Old Testament Scriptures that impinged on ‘the hope of Israel’ set the limits to his message.

When one remembers the scrupulous care with which the apostle speaks of his Lord in his epistles, rarely calling Him ‘Jesus’, but nearly always giving Him His title ‘Lord’ or ‘Jesus (the) Christ’, it is a matter of importance to observe that to the Jews he spoke ‘concerning Jesus’.

When the dismissal of the Jew was over, and the salvation of God sent to the Gentile, a change is observed. He now speaks ‘concerning the Lord Jesus Christ’ (Acts 28:31). Not only so, the omission of any reference to the Old Testament Scriptures is eloquent.

In his early epistles Paul makes constant appeal to the Old Testament. The Gospel which he preached had been

‘promised afore in the holy Scriptures’ (Rom. 1:2); the doctrine of Justification by Faith is confirmed by the words ‘as it is written’ (Rom. 1:17); indeed ‘What saith the Scriptures?’ (Rom. 4:3) might well be cited as typical of Paul’s attitude during his early ministry (see TWOFOLD MINISTRY OF THE APOSTLE PAUL). In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul makes it clear that to the very end he unhesitatingly believed that ‘All scripture was given by inspiration of God’ - and yet the moment we cross the boundary line of Acts 28 into his ‘Prison Epistles’ that moment we come into the light of a new revelation, something that had been hid in God from the ages, and something not found in the Old Testament

writings, something indeed that was a Mystery, or a Secret as the word means. ‘It is written’ occurs some forty

times in Paul’s early epistles, the phrase is never again employed by him after Acts 28. Not one quotation of scripture meets us in Ephesians 1, until we come to the reference to Psalm 8 in Ephesians 1:21-23.

We read on through chapters 2 and 3 right into the practical section chapter 4, before we meet the next reference

to the Old Testament namely Ephesians 4:8. There is no direct quotation of Old Testament Scripture in Philippians or Colossians and but one in 2 Timothy 3:9, an allusion to Numbers 16:5 and 26.

In the seven later epistles, there are not more than eight references to the Old Testament and of this number not

one can be said to teach the peculiar doctrine that was entrusted to Paul to make known.

We have already reminded the reader that the word ‘depart’ apoluo (Acts 28:25) indicates Israel’s ‘divorcement’and the words ‘they agreed not’ (assumphonos) are used of the marriage relationship also (1 Cor. 7:5).The failure of Israel and the consequent blessing of the Gentile, was foreshadowed in Paul’s opening ministry as recorded in Acts 13. The doom there threatened, now falls. Here is the de facto execution of the sentence that was pronounced de jure in Matthew 23:38, ‘Your house is left unto you desolate’.

Since the call of Abraham, the Scriptures contain no record of a Gentile being saved independently of Israel. ‘Salvation is of the Jews’ was the testimony of the Lord Himself to the woman of Samaria.

Acts 28 ends with the apostle dwelling for two years in his own hired house preaching and teaching ‘no man forbidding him’.

During Paul’s early ministry, the Jew had consistently opposed the preaching of the gospel to the Gentiles, and this, said the apostle, was their climax sin.They ‘killed the Lord Jesus’ but forgiveness was given and a new opportunity to believe and repent was granted.

They had earlier ‘killed their own prophets’ and had more recently ‘persecuted’ the apostle and his helpers ‘forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved’, reaching however a climax ‘TO FILL UP their sins alway; for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost’ (1 Thess. 2:15,16).

Richard Dawkins and the Atheist’s Prayer
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Richard Dawkins and the Atheist’s Prayer

Tue Feb 28,

Richard DawkinsRichard Dawkins, the worldwide Dean of Atheists and author of The God Delusion, now admits that, well, he’s not quite sure about all this.

Last week in a public debate at Oxford University, Dawkins said he prefers to call himself agnostic rather than atheist – i.e. he lacks certainty over whether or not there is a creator.

This created a big tumult and raises the question: What difference does it make whether someone is an agnostic or an atheist?

A big difference.

An agnostic remains open to the idea that God exists and is willing to pursue the evidence, wherever it may lead.

Indeed, there are very few atheists (is it possible to prove that God doesn't exist??). Those who call themselves agnostic should, by definition, be actively examining the evidence and weighing both sides of the debate. In the absence of this, “ignorant” is a more accurate term than "agnostic."

This all reminds me of the true story that Rabbi Noah Weinberg zt”l loved to tell about an atheist named Jeff whom he met at Aish in the Old City of Jerusalem.

"Fantastic! A real atheist!” said Rabbi Weinberg. “Tell me – what are you doing here speaking to a rabbi?"

Jeff said he had been in Europe, visiting his Norwegian fiance. And he decided it was now or never: either he would come to Israel or he'll never make it.

So he headed for Jerusalem and figured he would stop by the Western Wall to see some old stones. Yet upon his arrival he was amazed. He felt something heavy. He was moved.

Jeff stood before the Wall, and made up an atheist's prayer. He looked at the stones and said:

"God, I don't believe in You. As far as I know, You don't exist. But I do feel something. So if I'm making a mistake, I want You to know, God, I have no quarrel against You. It's just that I don't know that You exist. But God, just in case You're really there and I'm making a mistake, get me an introduction."

Jeff finished his prayer, and one of the yeshiva students who happened to be at the Wall, saw Jeff and thought, "Perhaps he'd be interested in learning some Torah."

He tapped Jeff on the shoulder, startling him so much that he jumped three feet in the air. Jeff whirled around: "What do you want?!"

"I'm sorry. I just want to know if you'd like to learn about God."

The question hit Jeff like a 2-by-4 right between the eyes. He had just finished asking God for an introduction, and immediately someone was offering to introduce him to God.

Jeff learned at Aish for the next six weeks. He was a very serious student, and went back to the States with a commitment to continue learning. A year later, Jeff came back to Israel and told Rabbi Weinberg the end of his story.

During that previous summer he had been meandering through the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City when he saw a pretty, sweet, religious girl walk by. He said to himself, "Look at the charm of this Jewish woman. May the Almighty help me meet someone like this."

One Shabbat morning during the next year, Jeff attended a synagogue in Boston. Standing there was the same young woman he had seen in the Old City. He made his way over to her and said: "Excuse me, but I believe I saw you last summer in Jerusalem."

She answered, "You're right. I saw you, too."

They’re now married and living in New Jersey.

King David said: "The Almighty is near to all those who call unto Him, to all those who call unto Him in truth." (Psalms 145:18)

The power of sincerity is so overwhelming that even an atheist can get God's attention. Jeff called out to God in a genuine search for truth. Remember Jeff's prayer. Because when you are sincere with God, your prayers are answered.

Why? Gentle readers
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Dear Gentle Readers,

From time to time I get ask why I use the term "Gentle Reader" as an introduction. So here is one explanation for all you newbies! GENTLE!" II Timothy 2:24-26 "And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead. he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will."

 

What we read in 2 Timothy chapter 2 verses 24-26, we are struck by Paul's gentleness. Reading all of the Pauline Epistles, we think of the strong teaching of Paul, and even tend to feel a sharpness in his teaching. But that is not the case, as seen in today's Scripture. He was a gentle teacher. I recall conducting a funeral service several years ago for a man in his 90's. A few days before the service I met with his widow and two daughters. They shared with me the qualities which made him special in their eyes. Hard work was one. They also told of his sense of humor and his generosity. But there was one special moment of my visit that has stood out in my mind across the years. Widow and daughters relived memories of their loved one, the widow said this; "He was a gentleman." She was sitting close enough to see that I had jotted down "gentleman." She reached over and touched me on the arm. "No, not that way, I meant that he was a gentle man." Perhaps gentlemen can be gentle men, but all too often I fear that is not the case.

There is a way in which people can have the appearance of proprieties that may be described as being a gentleman or a lady, but the inner quality of that person may be anything but gentle. That statement that widow made to me has been churning in my mind ever since.

It is so important for us as Christians to be known by our gentle manner. A spirit that is broken before the Lord so that the Christ within us oozes out to minister to those around us. As I read Paul's words to Timothy, I am impressed by his instruction to teach with gentleness the ones who are opposed to us. Those are the very ones we are to be gentle toward and never to be resentful or short with. This type of Christ-like living does not occur by reading books or attending self-improvement sessions. It comes about with a constant and consistent walk with the Lord. It demands a love of His Word and time spent communing with Him in prayer. The more time we spend with Him, the more we will become like Him, and that is the pure source of gentleness. Unless the Lord comes to call us home to be with Him, there will come a day when we will leave this world. We will leave our loved ones behind to share memories with a pastor who will be conducting our service.

I wonder what our family would say about us? It is this gentle and quiet spirit which God treasures. In I Peter 3, Peter is speaking to wives about the qualities which they should pursue. In verse 4 we read theses words; "- - it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." Being gentle does not imply weakness. Jesus was gentle, yet He possessed power. He has given us the blessed Holy Spirit who is always with us believers. In our gentleness, we allow Him to be our strength and power. That frees us to live a life full of meaning and purpose. I don't know about you, but I want to be remembered as a gentle man! Gentle Reader, I want to see you as God sees each of us as wonderful. loving, compassionate and caring people.

Love, Denis

IF WE WOULD SEE OURSELVES AS GOD SEES US, IN ALL THE PERFECTIONS OF THE BELOVED IN WHOM WE HAVE BEEN ENGRACED SO FULLY AND IN WHOM WE ARE LOVED SO DEEPLY, WE WOULD BE REFLECTING MORE OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MADE TO BE IN CHRIST. GOD CONSIDERS US OF UNIQUE WORTH AND VALUE, SEES US "IN CHRIST", "ACCEPTED IN THE ONE ALWAYS BE-LOVED", WITH ALL THE ACCEPTABLENESS OF CHRIST HIMSELF, WITHOUT BLEMISH AND WITHOUT SPOT.


  

A Church satisfied with being a church
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By Pastor Jerry Blunt

 

Jerry@eldorable.kscoxmail.com
 
 

 

A church satisfied with being a church…

Is “your” church satisfied?

 

Have you noticed that nowadays churches seem to be about everything but being churches? Let’s see …

 

We have so called churches with gymnasiums, swimming pools, restaurants, bowling alleys, day care, schools, gift shops, etc. in them.

 

We have churches preoccupied with teaching everything from yoga to belly dancing. Here in Wichita we had a fellow trying to start a church inside of a strip club… with other local preachers trying to justify said behavior.

 

I was recently discussing said church meeting inside a strip club with another local preacher, while making the observation that, “This entire approach to things is absurd!”  He responded by saying, “Well, I couldn’t do it.  You see I have made a covenant with my eyes.  But, if he can handle it… then God bless him!” 

 

I must confess that I was stunned.  This entire mindset is not some rogue mentality but more and more it is becoming the mainstream.  When I noted this approach to things to be a work of the devil, a deacon’s wife in a neighboring congregation took issue with me… Noting that she was a tender person and to call something the work of the devil was just plain mean!  Many have tried to undermine Jesus leadership over the years calling it “just plain mean.” The leadership of Jesus demands that preachers identify the leavening influence in the churches for what it is.  However there is a problem, more and more preachers in the pulpit are very much like the unbelievers on the street.  Preaching, and/or leading, but not truly believing.  They tend to go whichever way the wind blows today.

 

 Christianity appears to many people like a bunch of aimless bodies wandering around bumping into each other. Isn’t it a shame that no one seems to know what they aught to be doing as a church so they just seem to make it up as they go along?

 

 

Some folks seem bound and determine to lift the head (Jesus’ head) right off the body.  There is a problem with approaching things in this manner… Jesus is either the head, or it’s not His church.  The church either focuses on its relationship to Jesus or Jesus isn’t first place in everything.  My dad used to say, “if you try to stand for everything, you’ll end up standing for nothing.”  There are quite few people that have forgotten this basic truth… and then those same folks wonder why things go haywire in their lives.

 

One of our young ladies (Tara Roush) is an artist… this is her rendition of how many churches today appear. Pretty accurate isn’t it? Wandering around with no real sense of direction…

 

When Paul was explaining the eternal purpose of the church (Ephesians 3:11) to the church at Ephesus he said, “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;

but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all {aspects} into Him who is the head, {even} Christ,”   (Ephesians 4:14-15)

 

So, one of the reasons for the church is so that you won’t be subject to all the whims of this world tossed to and fro.  Many churches themselves are wheeling to and fro with the winds of time chasing the latest illusions of wisdom.  The Bible provides a “new and living way.”  Today it seems old (2000 years) but it remains “new” to the folks who discover it.  These other ways are more new fangled or tangled than they are living. New without Jesus… is dead. In this context… a dead end.

 

Your faith just doesn’t have to be so aimless, you can have direction… Clear direction!  Most folks sense that something just has to be wrong with a church being more about entertainment (or raising money) than about going to heaven.  They are just not sure where to turn in their Bible to articulate what their common sense tells them.

 

Kids raised in such an environment do in fact enjoy being entertained, but then they grow up without knowledge and sense that what they see is empty.  Godly parents are shocked when their kids come of age and fall away from the church. In your Bible you will find none of that foolishness!  “The church” was founded by Jesus Christ.  It is based on the fact that He is the son of God.

 

Matthew 16:16-18

“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

It is easy to read Jesus’ words too quickly here and believe that Peter was the rock rather than the fact that Jesus is the son of God. However this is not the only passage making this point.

 

I Corinthians 3:11.  “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

 

So… Who leads a church, defines a church, or determines what a church should be?  For a true believer this question is not hard to answer. 

Colossians 1:16-18

“For by Him all things were created, {both} in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. He

is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.”

 

Locally we have been trying to buy our first building.  If there was ever a time that we would lose our focus… today is that time.  Do we need money?  Oh yeh!  Have you ever tried to buy a commercial building?  The temptation today is very real for all of us.  Consider this…

From our pulpit has come no plea for money! 

We have sponsored no fund raisers. 

No Garage sales or fireworks stands. 

No crazy stuff. 

 

When folks come to visit, they will find a spiritual assembly!  Our focus remains on respect for scripture and the worship of our Creator.  We generally even announce before taking up a collection that we don’t expect the visitors to contribute.  Our folks are people… not dollar signs! 

 

For the last year, we have negotiated with sellers, with banks, while everyone has a different idea about what kind of place we should search for but… not once has this spilled out and invaded our worship to God.   There is a reason for all of this.

 

In the Bible, you will find a church that has:

Preaching, (II Timothy 4:1-5)

Teaching, (II Timothy 4:1-5)

Praying,   (Acts 2:42)

A collection (I Corinthians 16:1ff)

The Lord’s supper (communion) on a weekly basis (I Corinthians 11:23ff),

Singing to one another and to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19)

Public reading of scripture(I Timothy 4:13).

 

We believe the Bible… Therefore we believe that Jesus should continue to have the right to lead His own church.

 No matter what reason or temptation may come our way.  Here’s a surprise… We save our kids.  Virtually all of them!  

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