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Repentance

That cross is the same cross all Christians come to. It is the same Jesus, the same crucifixion for the same reasons, it is the same promise of compassion and Mercy and redemption, it is the same call for repentance and belief and faith.

None of us know what this will look like for anyone there at the cross.

We have been promised that the heart will be searched and the condition of that heart will be the basis of Salvation.

Not your Holiness, nor sinlessness, not your righteousness, not your goodness nor understanding – the condition of your heart and your Obedience to the two Great commands.

None of us know the others journey. We don’t know the sacrifices, we don’t know the turns, we don’t know the reasons, the intentions, the forces overcome – or the corruption and falsities of those who will seem destined on the outside but inside are full of their own righteousness, blind to the struggle of those around them, convinced that they have done enough to same their own skin, certain that their check marks are approved.

Many will be there trying to buy that offer with works and thesis – only a few with contriteness and all they have.

Knowing the condition of my own soul and the terrible fate that is separation from God, I cannot even pronounce condemnation over a murder.

I pronounce only that Jesus promises Salvation to those who come to him.

– “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”- Matthew 7:7-8

This is the promise – our only guarantee. That if you come, Jesus will be there.

Did you knock? Was the door opened? Only you and Jesus will know. In the darkness of the night, who did you run to? Who opened the door?

– *“Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.* – Luke 11:5-8

The evangelists mission is to bring the soul to the door. Instead we then add; for us you must wear a scarf. Don’t bring meat. Bow on one leg. No two. No tambourines.

What does God say about those who know something is a sin and continue sinning?

– **For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.**

But only you know the night you knocked on that door.

You know the color of light. The state of your sin. The state of your offering.

Careful when you point out there and say “see, the willful sinner, the unrepentant heart! See the fruit of the reprobate!” – where the Truth and the reprobate are clear in the light of the way they are.

Picture Christ standing right next to you, watching where you point the finger.

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No other group of people, at this present time, are so marked out for the condemnation of Those Who Know God.

*And Jesus will seal his children.*

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Carry on.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Theophilus

“Many people have attempted to write about the things that have taken place among us. Reports of these things were handed down to us. There were people who saw these things for themselves from the beginning. They saw them and then passed the word on. With this in mind, I myself have carefully looked into everything from the beginning. So I also decided to write down an orderly report of exactly what happened. I am doing this for you, most excellent Theophilus. I want you to know that the things you have been taught are true.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:1-4‬ 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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But without faith…

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Wow. Gift and Favor

Paul isn’t less “material” in his concerns than Jesus. He brings out the radical nature of the gospel in a different key. The Gospels are narratives describing the person of Christ and teaching the auditor what it means to follow him, Paul is writing letters ad hoc addressing theological and practical issues. That’s one reason why Paul is infamously so hard to read. Origen said reading Paul is like following someone through a house where doors lead to strange places. You follow him in and out and you’re never quite sure where he came from or where he’s going. In order to crack the puzzle you need to develop a sense of what he’s really about.

One book that is very helpful on this point is John M.G. Barclay’s Paul and the Gift.

In Paul and the Gift Barclay seeks to clarify what Paul means by grace. Grace is literally the favor that accompanies a gift. That gift being the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in which we participate through the Holy Spirit (being “in” Christ). He identifies six different ways Pauline grace has been “perfected” in Christian theology: in its superabundance, in its singularity, in its efficacy, in its priority, in its incongruity and in its non-circularity. I can already tell this comment is going to be long so I won’t describe them all. But what Barclay settles on through a close reading of Paul the is well worth the price of the book, is that Paul himself perfects grace in its superabundance and in its incongruity.

By superabundance and incongruity Barclay means the gift of Christ is lavish and incomprehensibly precious. But by its incongruity he means the gift has been given precisely to those who are undeserving.

Here I need to make a historical digression. In the Roman world gift giving was political. Roman society was a series of gift exchanges by friends, family, clients, and patrons. In De Beneficiis Seneca says it is gifts, favors, benefits, that hold society together. He demonstrates this through the image of children playing a game where they have to keep the ball in the air. So too in society we pass on gifts, and as long as the gifts continue to be passed on we grow closer together and the game continues. When we cease to pass on our favors, society breaks down. So it is important to establish some rules on how to best give gifts, and to whom. Seneca, then, talks about who might be worthy of receiving gifts, and to who gifts might be due.

We do not deserve the gift of the messiah, because we have put the messiah to death. But in God’s graciousness the gift of the messiah and his life is offered to all who repent and share in the life of his congregation. This is justification: to be made one deserving of the gift of Christ. Justification, sanctification, eternal life, are not supernatural concepts: they are political.

As Augustus Caesar gifted liberty to the Roman people by winning the civil war and establishing the peace, and so had honors owed to him, so too Jesus gifts life to a motley crew of jew/greek, slave/free, male/female who respond in worship and love. The fascinating difference is that the Christ-gift, by being given to the undeserving, constitutes a new sort of society where we “love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Rom. 12:10) Christian society cannot be an agonistic or meritocratic society because the gift of supreme worth has been given freely without regard for worth. So we do not fight for our honors, and we share freely the love freely given to us. We participate in the divine economy by imitating him who “though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (2 Cor. 8:9) This is the mutuality grace is meant to concretely and materially form, and what Paul is trying to cultivate. I think this clearly comes across in 1 Corinthians and in Galatians. Say in Paul’s horror that the rich are drinking all the wine at communion and leaving crumbs for the have-nots, or Paul’s indignation at Cephas in Antioch. The concrete practices of generosity and hospitality are tangible continuations of the Christ-Gift, much like in Seneca’s image of the child’s game with the ball.

Paul’s concerns are not primarily existential, but political. Faith in the messiah constitutes a new sort of political order that runs aside but counter to Roman imperialism and Jewish ethnic nomism. It is an order in principle open to all who recognize themselves as recipients of the gift. As the gift is the life of the messiah there is also an apocalyptic aspect to Paul’s thinking, which is why he counsels obedience to the ruling authorities in Romans 13. Not in the sense that we should do so unthinkingly, but in the sense that “the form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:31) and Messiah “gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age.” (Gal. 1:4)

You can see these themes play themselves out in the gospels, and Jesus’ ethical teachings make sense in this framework. Why do we love our enemies? Why do we give without asking in return? Why do we turn the other cheek? These are all commands establishing the contours of what it means to live in the community of the undeserving, who when they didn’t expect it received the gift of life.

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Posted by on June 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Don’t be afraid

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.””‬ ‭

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

– James‬ ‭4:13-15, Matthew 6:33-34 (ESV)

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Jerusalem was utterly destroyed

For behold, the Lord God of hosts is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah support and supply, all support of bread, and all support of water; the mighty man and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, the captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor and the skillful magician and the expert in charms. And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable.

– Isaiah 3:1-26-

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Posted by on June 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Know and understand this

“Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 

After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.

 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.

– Daniel 9:25-29 –

I did not know that Jesus rode into Jerusalem 173,880 days; March 14th 445 b.c – 32 a.d

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Truly Jesus said to them, before Abraham was born, I am.

“You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”

“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 

At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

– John 8:57-58 –

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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“I will be their God,and they will be my people.” – Jeremiah 31

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
    after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
    and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.

– Jeremiah 31:33 –

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1st Stations of the Cross 27 mins.

Gay – Compassion and Humility but missing the story of sin and redemption

2nd Stations of the Cross – YouTube – 51 mins

I’m a Homosexual Christian so – it was interesting – and difficult.

The problem as I went through it – is that the idea is to identify the suffering of Jesus on the cross with the persecution of homosexuals.

Even if homosexuals do not see homosexuality as sin – the point of the death on the cross is that our sin is nailed there and that Jesus is killed for it by us – and we are forgiven by it – and through the resurrection of Christ on the third day – we receive a new life free of (or forgiven of) sin and have a chance at redemption and a new life in heaven – beautiful and free of evil.

Homosexuals also sin.

But here – in this video – there is no sense that my sin is being nailed to Christ on the cross – rather – my persecution for being homosexual takes center stage.

So the focus for the homosexual – is the persecution we receive in our lives – and the message is that first – it is cruel and has caused suffering and second – if I can bear it like Jesus – and forgive even those who persecute me – I can be like Jesus, and fulfill his commandments.

But what have I done with my sin?

Where have homosexuals gone with their sin?

So – I admit – it was shocking.

For homosexuals reading this – I am not saying that Homosexuality is a sin this is a different battle.

I am asking – what do we do with our sin?

What is our sin and what do we do with it and when do we turn to Jesus?

For those who say they care that the message of hope in Christ reaches even homosexuals – please see what your rejection of them produces.

I pray for real Christians to find a way to reach homosexuals – and deliver the message of redemption from sin – and New life in Jesus.

They cannot deliver this message if they do not understand that for homosexuals;

This is sin:

…every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity, envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice, gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; inventors of ways of doing evil, disobedient to their parents, with no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy…..


… regardless of your conviction that homosexuality itself is sin.

We must trust that Jesus does his work over those who come in Repentance in his own way and at his own time.

I’m a homosexual Christian. Fully Christian, fully homosexual.

I did not become celibate. I was not ‘cured’ of homosexuality – I march at Gay Pride.

No matter how controversial it may seem to Christians – how impossible – Jesus is the first person I found acceptance from – the cross is where I learned to come as I am.

But I learned about repentance. About sin – and the free offer of Life from Jesus on the cross – and I accepted it.

I took it.

I don’t know how anyone comes to Christ on the cross and avoids brokenness.

Not perceives affinity with Christ bearing the same persecution you do – brokenness before Christ at the state of your life in sin.

It was very hard to write this here because there are Christians who will try and use this to further bolster their blind, self-righteous condemnation of homosexuals and their specific sin of Homosexuality

But I am so afraid for homosexuals coming to the cross with the feeling that they are not sinners that their problem is their persecution by the world.

Jesus changed my life.

He did not change my sexuality. He also did not change my persecution.

It is not by understanding that he – like me – was persecuted, that I was saved.

It was that he forgives me and accepts me as I am – a fallen sinner – and from there, through him, gave me the power to stand naked before God – as I am – sure in his forgiveness – and with the power now to love God, and to feel God’s love for me and to love others the way that I am loved, and to forgive and to forgive again – as much as I am able – and to strive to live a clean life – even as I fail everyday so that on that day, before God – I can present my best attempt at a good life, I can bring a life that is saying thank you for my life – not I hated every bit of my experience – and I can stand by faith, covered By Jesus and gain acceptance into heaven.

It was that I could live an authentic life – and honestly come before Jesus on the cross. That I am not abominable, I am not reprobate – his Love is for me also. I am included.

This is the promise.

It is a realisation that changed my life.

I was a liar – and now I am an honest man – or try to be – and it changed everything about my life.

It is a promise from Jesus – not from Christians – and it is available to all.

But you have to deal with your sin.

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For those reading, I love you – and may the Grace of God cover us all as we go out and live our lives – and await Jesus our Messiah on that blazing day of Judgement.

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N.B. – I did learn a lot about compassion and humility through this 14 stations. There is power here. This remains.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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The Prophesy on Jesus – the verses: 10mins

“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken. And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:1-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” ‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭12:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” ‭‭Daniel‬ ‭7:13-14‬ ‭(KJV)

“Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭45:21-22‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” ‭‭James‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Be still, and know that I am God:…” – Psalms 46:10 (KJV)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1 (KJV)

“For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these Three are one.” – 1 John 5:7 (KJV)

“And the WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” ‭1 Timothy 3:16 KJV‬

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“I [Jesus Christ] and my Father [God] are one.” – John 10:30 (KJV)

“Who [Christ], being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:” – Philippians 2:6 (KJV)

“For He [God] hath made Him [Christ] to be sin for us, WHO KNEW NO SIN; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)

“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.” – Hebrews 1:8 (KJV)

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father [God] except through Me” – John 14:6 (KJV)

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD, and eternal life.”

“In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, the firstborn of every creature:” ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:14-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:13-16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be SAVED, and thy house.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:30-31‬ ‭KJV

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be SAVED.” ‭Romans 10:13 KJV‬

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be SAVED. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” ‭Romans 10:9-10 KJV‬

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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