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    Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

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    ON VIDEO [Mass verses and Church Unlimited]
    .Testimonies of giving
    .Do you see the new thing yet?
    .Stories from homeless friends about sharing the little they have
    .The prophet and the widow
    .The voice of justice comes from the church [not the media or politicians]
    .The prophetic word effected them all- even the prophet
    .The provisions never ran out- even during the famine
    .The first recorded resurrection in the bible
    .Christ- the final offering
    .The KCTA preacher
    .How did they rob the widows?
    .The true story of a boy raised from the dead [not in the bible]

    TEACHING [Past posts below]
    This Sunday I spoke on the verses for the Mass for this date.
    I taught on most of the chapters before- and will add those sections below.
    But the common theme was giving- and how giving and those in distress [widows- poor- etc.] are treated by those who ‘get’.
    In the story from Kings we read-
    1Kings 17:10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
    1Kings 17:11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
    1Kings 17:12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
    1Kings 17:13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
    1Kings 17:14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
    1Kings 17:15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
    1Kings 17:16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
    It is a famous passage- Elijah told the widow to prepare food for him first- then use the rest for her and her son.
    The widow was ready to die- the famine ravished the land- and the little food she had left was to be their final meal.
    Yet- the prophet was bold enough to ‘take from her’.
    This story has been used over the years to justify [rich] ministers being supported from people in poverty- after all- the poor woman gave to the prophet.
    Yet- the prophet too was poor- they were both experiencing financial hardship- as a result of the prophetic word Elijah had given! [no rain]
    In essence- we see one poor person sharing with ANOTHER poor person- and they both were blessed as a result- the food never ran out by the miraculous hand of God.
    The reading from the gospel has the same theme-
    Mark 12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
    Mark 12:39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
    Mark 12:40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
    Mark 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
    Mark 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
    Mark 12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
    Mark 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
    Most of us are familiar with the last portion- the ‘Widows mite’- and yes- Jesus commended the poor woman for giving all she had left- though she was poor.
    But before he commended her- he rebuked the religious leaders- because they were the ones partly to blame for the woman’s poverty-
    Mark 12:40 ‘Which devour widows’ houses’-
    A few weeks ago I taught on the principle of Çorban – Jesus rebuked the religious leaders for a particular rule they ‘made up’.
    The rule was- if you dedicate the money- that is required by the law to be used to support your family in need [including widows] and use that money for the temple and religious leaders- then you are free from supporting your parents in need-
    6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
    7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
    8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
    9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
    10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
    11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
    12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
    13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
    Mark 7
    This wrong rule actually played a role in the increase of poverty among the widows!
    Because the money was no longer going to the ‘poor widows’ but to the ‘Temple’.
    So- before Jesus commended the widow who gave all she had- he first rebuked the religious leaders for ‘taking all they had’.
    Yes- Jesus never taught us that poor people in general should support religious leaders- who are themselves living extravagant lifestyles.
    Now- all leaders do no fit into this category- but sadly- some do.
    And some have justified dong this by the passages we are looking at today.
    That is wrong.
    I taught much more on the video- but I felt this small part was what I should put down in writing.
    God will supernaturally provide for his people- and yes- that includes religious leaders as well.
    Yet- leadership should never take advantage of people in poverty- or teach a doctrine that justifies rich lifestyles being supported by poor widows.
    The widow who gave to Elijah- was simply doing what Jesus taught us- to care for one another in need.
    The widow who cast in her mite- was commended because she gave all she had to what she understood to be the offerings for God at that time.
    Yet- the religious leaders were rebuked by Jesus himself for setting up religious rules that devoured widows ‘mites’ and used the money for their own glory.
    Yes- give- give sacrificially at times- do all you can to help the down and out- share the little you have with others- who are in the same boat as you.
    All of these principles are good-
    And make sure- in the end- that you took advantage of no one-
    Especially the widow. [Some sites see here ]

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    KINGS 7

    Hebrews 8:5
    Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.

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    Gary update-

    .Gary update
    .Why am I still teaching Kings?
    .Discipline to finish the job
    .Many houses [Mansions]
    .Solomon stuck with the pattern and built more than one
    .Another Hiram
    .More than enough
    .Wisdom to build
    .Don’t cut corners
    .Free cigarettes!
    .What day are the prophets speaking about?
    .Wisdom from my homeless friend Albert

    Zechariah 11:8
    Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.

    PAST POSTS [These are my past teachings that relate in some way to this post KINGS 7-verses below]

    Bible books I quoted from on today’s video- here are my complete studies on those books-

    (1055) 1ST KINGS 7- We have more details of what went into the building of the temple. The ‘foundation stones’ were large and costly. Remember, Solomon was said to have ‘largeness of heart’. In the New Testament the Apostles are called the foundation stones of Gods spiritual temple. Peter calls us living stones. Let’s do a little house cleaning; in all areas of church renewal/reformation, we need to be careful when handling the foundation stones. In some efforts to reform [Emergent] there is an attempt to return to the teachings of Jesus, as opposed to Paul. The problem with this effort is the historic church [and scripture!] teach us that Jesus appeared to Paul [Acts 9] and told him he would be a witness of the things that Jesus would reveal to him. So if the revelation/teaching from Paul on the atonement and the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ, if these teachings are things that were shown to Paul from Jesus himself [which I believe they were] then to ignore them would be like removing the ‘foundation stones’ of the temple. These are ‘large stones’ [doctrines accepted across the broad stream of Christian churches; Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed, Radical Reformers, etc…] large stones that form the foundation of all Christian truth, C.S. Lewis’s ‘common hall’ if you will [though Lewis himself said some shaky stuff on the atonement]. I want to restate that we sometimes confuse the foundational doctrines of Christianity with the limited practices of Christianity that have developed over the centuries. We need to understand/embrace the ‘faith once delivered to the saints’ while at the same time being flexible in the various structures that Christians have developed over the centuries to express their faith. As we challenge ‘high church’ [liturgical] structures, we need to be careful that we are not also challenging the heart of the gospel as well. I have heard/read too many statements from certain reformers that are way too pluralistic in their expression of the gospel. Denials of the Cross being the key mechanism that God chose to use to redeem man [foundation stones!] Or the mistake of thinking that the Cross was simply a display of the injustices of man, a challenge to unjust governments oppressing men. While the apostle Peter does teach us that the Cross was a display/example left to us on how we should react to suffering and oppression, yet it wasn’t ONLY that. It was also a redemptive sacrifice made on the behalf of sinful men; ‘Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures’ [Corinthians]. Well, lets just keep in mind that as God’s ‘living temple’ we are being built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets [Ephesians] Jesus himself being the ‘chief corner stone’, be careful when messing with the stones!

    VERSES- [The verses I taught- or quoted on the video- KINGS 7]

    John 14:2
    In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
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    Proverbs 24:3
    Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
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    1 Corinthians 9:24
    Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
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    Psalm 19:13
    Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
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    Isaiah 43:13
    Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
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    Psalm 118:24 [Full Chapter]
    This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
    James 1:5
    If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
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    1Kings 7:1 But Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
    1Kings 7:2 He built also the house of the forest of Lebanon; the length thereof was an hundred cubits, and the breadth thereof fifty cubits, and the height thereof thirty cubits, upon four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams upon the pillars.
    1Kings 7:3 And it was covered with cedar above upon the beams, that lay on forty five pillars, fifteen in a row.
    1Kings 7:4 And there were windows in three rows, and light was against light in three ranks.
    1Kings 7:5 And all the doors and posts were square, with the windows: and light was against light in three ranks.
    1Kings 7:6 And he made a porch of pillars; the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth thereof thirty cubits: and the porch was before them: and the other pillars and the thick beam were before them.
    1Kings 7:7 Then he made a porch for the throne where he might judge, even the porch of judgment: and it was covered with cedar from one side of the floor to the other.
    1Kings 7:8 And his house where he dwelt had another court within the porch, which was of the like work. Solomon made also an house for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had taken to wife, like unto this porch.
    1Kings 7:9 All these were of costly stones, according to the measures of hewed stones, sawed with saws, within and without, even from the foundation unto the coping, and so on the outside toward the great court.
    1Kings 7:10 And the foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.
    1Kings 7:11 And above were costly stones, after the measures of hewed stones, and cedars.
    1Kings 7:12 And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed stones, and a row of cedar beams, both for the inner court of the house of the LORD, and for the porch of the house.
    1Kings 7:13 And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.
    1Kings 7:14 He was a widow’s son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
    1Kings 7:15 For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about.
    1Kings 7:16 And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:
    1Kings 7:17 And nets of checker work, and wreaths of chain work, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.
    1Kings 7:18 And he made the pillars, and two rows round about upon the one network, to cover the chapiters that were upon the top, with pomegranates: and so did he for the other chapiter.
    1Kings 7:19 And the chapiters that were upon the top of the pillars were of lily work in the porch, four cubits.
    1Kings 7:20 And the chapiters upon the two pillars had pomegranates also above, over against the belly which was by the network: and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows round about upon the other chapiter.
    1Kings 7:21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.
    1Kings 7:22 And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.
    1Kings 7:23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
    1Kings 7:24 And under the brim of it round about there were knops compassing it, ten in a cubit, compassing the sea round about: the knops were cast in two rows, when it was cast.
    1Kings 7:25 It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north, and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward the south, and three looking toward the east: and the sea was set above upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
    1Kings 7:26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths.
    1Kings 7:27 And he made ten bases of brass; four cubits was the length of one base, and four cubits the breadth thereof, and three cubits the height of it.
    1Kings 7:28 And the work of the bases was on this manner: they had borders, and the borders were between the ledges:
    1Kings 7:29 And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above: and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin work.
    1Kings 7:30 And every base had four brasen wheels, and plates of brass: and the four corners thereof had undersetters: under the laver were undersetters molten, at the side of every addition.
    1Kings 7:31 And the mouth of it within the chapiter and above was a cubit: but the mouth thereof was round after the work of the base, a cubit and an half: and also upon the mouth of it were gravings with their borders, foursquare, not round.
    1Kings 7:32 And under the borders were four wheels; and the axletrees of the wheels were joined to the base: and the height of a wheel was a cubit and half a cubit.
    1Kings 7:33 And the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel: their axletrees, and their naves, and their felloes, and their spokes, were all molten.
    1Kings 7:34 And there were four undersetters to the four corners of one base: and the undersetters were of the very base itself.
    1Kings 7:35 And in the top of the base was there a round compass of half a cubit high: and on the top of the base the ledges thereof and the borders thereof were of the same.
    1Kings 7:36 For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees, according to the proportion of every one, and additions round about.
    1Kings 7:37 After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one size.
    1Kings 7:38 Then made he ten lavers of brass: one laver contained forty baths: and every laver was four cubits: and upon every one of the ten bases one laver.
    1Kings 7:39 And he put five bases on the right side of the house, and five on the left side of the house: and he set the sea on the right side of the house eastward over against the south.
    1Kings 7:40 And Hiram made the lavers, and the shovels, and the basons. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he made king Solomon for the house of the LORD:
    1Kings 7:41 The two pillars, and the two bowls of the chapiters that were on the top of the two pillars; and the two networks, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars;
    1Kings 7:42 And four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, even two rows of pomegranates for one network, to cover the two bowls of the chapiters that were upon the pillars;
    1Kings 7:43 And the ten bases, and ten lavers on the bases;
    1Kings 7:44 And one sea, and twelve oxen under the sea;
    1Kings 7:45 And the pots, and the shovels, and the basons: and all these vessels, which Hiram made to king Solomon for the house of the LORD, were of bright brass.
    1Kings 7:46 In the plain of Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarthan.
    1Kings 7:47 And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out.
    1Kings 7:48 And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was,
    1Kings 7:49 And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,
    1Kings 7:50 And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.
    1Kings 7:51 So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.

    Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
    Zechariah 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
    Zechariah 14:3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
    Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
    Zechariah 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
    Zechariah 14:6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
    Zechariah 14:7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
    Zechariah 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
    Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
    Zechariah 14:10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses.
    Zechariah 14:11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
    Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
    Zechariah 14:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
    Zechariah 14:14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
    Zechariah 14:15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
    Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
    Zechariah 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
    Zechariah 14:18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
    Zechariah 14:19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
    Zechariah 14:20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
    Zechariah 14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts. [Some sites see here ]

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    KINGS 6 [Zech 9-10]

    1Kings 6:12 Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:

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    .Ryan’s hope
    .Temple built
    .Stones prepared away from the temple site
    .A type of grace- no sound of mans works [hammer- stone prep.]an the temple site
    .It had a stairway- and 3 levels
    .Why? [sorry- have to watch video]
    .No stone seen either- covered with cedar on inside
    .To God be all the glory [You don’t exalt the stones- ministers- they are simply stones that represent Christ]
    .Song of Moses
    .Lives of quiet desperation?
    .Homer- Troy- Achilles

    PAST POSTS- [ My past teachings that relate to this post-Verses below]

    (1054) 1st KINGS 6 ‘CONCERNING THIS HOUSE WHICH THOU ART IN BUILDING, IF THOU WILT WALK IN MY STATUTES, AND EXECUTE MY JUDGMENTS, AND KEEP ALL MY COMMANDMENTS TO WALK IN THEM; THEN WILL I PERORM MY WORD WITH THEE, WHICH I SPAKE UNTO DAVID THY FATHER’ [verse 12] Part of the promise of God to David was he would set up a son, from his natural heritage, that would take an everlasting throne. God would be faithful to his part of the bargain as long as his son walked in obedience, ultimately these promises would be fulfilled thru Christ. We can also apply them to our lives as well, we are all ‘building a house’ in a sense. Jesus said those who heard his words and did them were like those building on a sure foundation, those who ‘heard only’ were building on sand. I find it interesting that many of us seem to think that gathering one day a week to ‘hear words’ is what God requires, in a sense we have become professional hearers! [and speakers] As you relate to the house you are building, seek the Lord for wisdom and insight into how you should build. God gave Moses specific directions in the building of the tabernacle; these are the same blueprints Solomon used, only on a larger scale. Solomon did not have to get ‘another blueprint’ he simply needed to be faithful to what the Lord already revealed. Recently in the ‘church world’ we had the passing of two good men; Avery Dulles and John Neuhouse [spelling?] If I remember right, Avery Dulles said that he was no innovator, he would not be known for his new ideas, but he was just a faithful servant in Christ’s church. I liked that, we too often want to find ‘new blueprints’ sometimes the Lord is simply looking for those who will hear and obey. [Both Avery and John were Catholic’s involved in the evangelical/catholic alliance]
    Been doing some reading on church history/philosophy, it’s interesting to see the role that theology/Christianity played in the universities. Theology is referred to as ‘the queen of the sciences’ and philosophy was her ‘handmaid’. They saw the root of all learning as originating with the study ‘of God’. Many modern universities have dropped the term ‘theology’ and call it ‘the study of religion’. The study of religion is really the study of how man relates to God, his view of God; this would fit under anthropology/sociology, not under theology. Modern learning has lost the importance of the study of God and the role it plays in all the other sciences. The classic work of Homer [8th century BC] called the Iliad, has Achilles debating whether or not he should ‘stay and fight along the city of the Trojans’ and attain the legacy of a warrior; or to go ‘back to my homeland and live a long life’. He chooses to fight and lay his life on the line. The themes of the classics [courage, heroism, etc.] are biblical themes, even if God is not directly mentioned. The point being to try and exclude God from learning is silly, you can’t do it. Around the 17-18th century you had the philosophy of Existentialism rise up, as an ‘ism’ it really is a misnomer; ‘ism’ is a suffix that you add to the end of a word that makes it a system- ‘humanism’ ‘secularism’ etc. but existentialism is a word that means ‘anti-system’. Nevertheless the person who popularized this belief was a Christian, Soren Kierkegaard. The system he was rebelling against was the dead institutionalism of the Danish church, he felt that Christianity devolved into dead orthodoxy and lost all of its passion for true living and experiencing God. Nietzsche would pick up on this philosophy and apply it to atheism, and in the 20th century men like Albert Camou and John Paul Sartre would also embrace it from an atheistic worldview. They would say things like ‘man is a useless passion’ or write books titled ‘Nausea’ summing up the human condition. Though the 19th century atheistic humanists tried to give value and exalt the state of man, in their rejection of God and Christianity they were taking away the foundation for mans value. If you tell society that they arrived on the scene by some cosmic accident of evolution, and when you die you dissipate into nothingness, then how do you at the same time glory in his natural abilities to reach some point of Utopia? As the late Frances Schaeffer said ‘they were philosophers who had both feet planted firmly in mid air’. The point being when you neglect the reality and role that God and Christianity play in every sphere of life, you are then removing the foundation that these spheres were built on, true science and learning derive their basis from God. The greatest scientific minds of the past were either Christians or Deists, they were too smart to try and reject the reality of an eternal being.
    AX HEADS THAT FLOAT!- 2ND KINGS 6:1-7 The prophets tell Elisha that their current ‘dwelling place’ is too small, they request permission to go to the Jordan and build a new dwelling. Jordan in scripture represents more than just a river that John baptized people in. In the history of Israel Jordan has been a type of crossing over from a previous identity and becoming mature and responsible as Gods people. It was a cutting off from the old land and economy and things they trusted, and coming into a new kingdom, one ruled by God. This also played a role in Johns baptism, Israel knew what Jordan meant; John was telling them to leave their old world mindsets and step into a new kingdom. So the prophets go and build a new place by the Jordan. One of the brothers dropped an ax head into the water and panics ‘Oh no, I lost the ax head, it was borrowed’. Elisha brakes off a stick and throws it into the water and the head floats, King James say ‘it swam’. So the brother got the ax head back. How do we relate stories like this and make them applicable to our day? I know, let’s say you were working at a building site and dropped the power saw in the water, and… Well not really. The bible has lots of ‘unorthodox’ stuff in it. I mean Paul sent handkerchiefs to sick people and they were healed. Jesus turns water into wine. Ax heads float. Our Christian experience very much entails supernatural stuff. The other side of the coin is ‘the fake stuff’. Recently the author Dan Brown released another book on supernatural stuff, he wrote the previous best seller ‘The DaVinci code’. These books appeal to mans natural desire for supernatural stuff. The problem with Dan brown is he mixes all types of fairy tale stories in with some valid points. The average reader can’t really tell the difference. I have a book here in my study titled ‘the lost books of the bible’. I bought it years ago for a few dollars at half price books. It really is a treasure; I mean it does have great books from antiquity in it, to get it for a few dollars was a great deal. Now, some of the books were legitimate contenders to have possibly made it into the bible. The epistle of Barnabus, the Didache, possibly the Shepherd of Hermes. There were a few books that the early church debated about including in the canon. But you also had a plethora of obviously fake stuff. The Gnostic writings were well known as cheap imitations of the real thing. These writings are from the late 2nd, 3rd centuries. No legitimate argument was ever made about these writings; all Christians rejected them as being authoritative. But the Dan Brown stories have people thinking that these writings were at one time up for possible inclusion into the canon, that’s just not so. How do we tell the difference between stuff that’s historically reliable and stuff that isn’t? In the field of historiography [looking at ancient writings and weighing their legitimacy] you have scholars who have spent years doing this sort of thing. You look at the actual recording of the events, were they written down fairly closely to the event? Did the authors know the people they were writing about, were they eyewitnesses? How many manuscripts are left? Were they widely accepted? There are real ways to determine stuff like this, the bible stands head and shoulders above all other ancient writings. The Greek New Testament has over 5 thousand original manuscripts. The only other work that comes close is Homer’s Iliad, it has a little over 6oo. Most others have around 10-20. If you include the Latin versions [and other languages besides Greek] you have around 25 thousand copies. The evidence is overwhelming. Now this does not speak to the inspiration of scripture, but it shows us that the bible itself is a highly reliable document when measured by historical standards. What about the Gnostic wrings? They do not stand the test of time in this way. The point being Dan Brown might have piqued the interest of many novice readers of history, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just Christians should be able to give a defense of their faith and appeal to a broad range of actual proofs that defend their position. Hey, if you want interesting stories, come ‘back to the bible’ it has ax heads that can swim for heaven’s sake! [Some sites see here ]


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    Sunday sermon

    Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
    Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

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    ON VIDEO [ This Sunday I spoke on the verses from the Mass as well as a few verses from Rock City Church]

    .The commandments SHALL be in you
    .Moses and Joshua also said the people would not keep them
    .Why? Even though they were given the law- yet- until the time of Christ and the New Covenant- the law would only reveal their sin
    .Jesus quotes Moses- and ‘adds’ to it- the great commandment- Love God- and man
    .The 4 questions in Mark 12
    .Of course- Jesus wins the debate- every time
    .Overview of Paul in Acts
    .How does Psalm 110 fit in today’s reading?
    .After Jesus silences the critics- the common people loved it- why?
    .Jesus ‘broke’ the religious customs of his day- and showed the true nature of the kingdom
    .Some church history-
    .Luther and John Hus- how did Luther fulfil the prophecy of the swan?
    .The Medici Popes and the Renaissance
    .Erasmus- Zwingli- Calvin
    Isaiah 31:4
    For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.

    TEACHING [Past posts below]
    This day I went to rock city church and taught on some of the verses from the Mass-
    There was 1 verse that a girl talked about in her testimony at Rock city Church and I decided to use that verse for this teaching as well-
    Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
    From the Mass we read-
    Deuteronomy 6:2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
    Deuteronomy 6:3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
    Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
    Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
    Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
    I focused on verse 6.
    It is interesting when you read the Old Testament- there were many times where the people of God were told to keep the law-
    Yet we also read that they could never really keep it?
    These prophecies are all contained in the law itself.
    We also read of promises God made to his people that there would be a day when the law would be written on their hearts-

    English Standard Version
    For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jer. 31:33
    Because of the work of Christ- his death and resurrection- the Spirit would come to all believers- and the work of the law- the actual character of God [of which the law was simply a glimpse] would then indeed be written upon our hearts.
    Peter declares that we are partakers of God’s Divine nature-
    2 Peter 1:4
    Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
    I tried to teach this a Little more on the video- but this is truly the message of the Cross- the whole study of Hebrews I have been doing these last few weeks.
    The reading from Hebrews for this day [ Hebrews 7:23-28] fits the theme we have been focusing on the last few weeks as well-
    I’ll simply add my past commentary on that chapter below.
    I also Taught from Mark chapter 12- and hit on the 4 questions that were asked- starting in verse 14 through out the end of the chapter..
    Jesus himself asks the last question [of the 4 I taught] and it is in the answer to this question that all else hinges upon-
    Mark 12:35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?
    Mark 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
    Mark 12:37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.
    Matthew’s gospel puts it this way-
    42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. Matt, 22
    Who is the Christ? How can he be the son of David- and David himself call him lord?
    Of course we know the answer today- but for people in the first century- this was indeed a hard question to answer.
    I’ll also add my past teaching below on Mark 12-
    The conclusion is if we know Christ- the Son of the Living God- then the word- law of God is written upon our hearts.
    The prophecies of Ezekiel and Jeremiah have now come true- we have been born of God- born from above-
    And what the law could not do- Christ has done for us-
    3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
    4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    Romans 8

    Psalm 110:2
    The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

    PAST POSTS [These are links and parts of my past teachings that relate in some way to today’s post- Verses below]
    MARK 12
    Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. Mark 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? Mark 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err. Mark 12
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    Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

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    Andy- GPL-

    I made these videos and needed a post to tag them to-
    I felt this day was meant to hang out with some of the guys- to be honest- I was cold but it was meant to be.
    You only catch a small glimpse of the day- I have known these guys for many years.
    Many of the friends I have met the last few years are really new friends- not part of the community that have been around for years.
    When I spent about 4 hours with Andy and Art- we did talk about the old days- but to be honest- Art shared in a way I have never heard him open up before- you don’t catch this on video- but after knowing him for around 20 years- it was one of the first times we had some real honest discussion.
    The whole day was indeed ministry- honest evaluation of our lives- some of the guys told me they never thought they would wind up where they ‘wound up’.
    Many of the guys have skills- education- and are very talented- and they have had to deal with the reality of the choices they have made- they were telling me this during our talks-
    And how they took responsibility for being where they are.
    To be honest- they were the ones actually ‘doing ministry’ this day- I was just there as a friend.

    Zechariah 8:6
    Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the Lord of hosts.

    ON VIDEO- [Ephesian 2]

    .Phone school
    .The course
    .True spiritual warfare
    .Our time
    .The snow came- 12-8-17
    .We are his work
    .Created for good works
    .Troy barks
    .Men reconciled to one another
    .Seated with him
    .Not a culture- But God’s promise
    .There is one God
    .Objective truth
    .My talk with a Muslim at the Kingsville Fire Department
    .Texas A and I [now A and M] university
    .God will bless all the children of Abraham

    TEACHING [Past posts below] –
    The ultimate victory over satan- is seen in the first few verses-
    Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
    Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
    Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
    God made us alive- we have been raised with Christ- and it is in this act of redemption that delivers us from the ‘course of this world’- the course that unbelievers walk- and give expression to the ‘prince of the air’-
    Satan deceives lost man- and when man walks in the flesh- this is the primary way satan manifests himself in the world-
    Later in this study we will look at spiritual warfare- but for now- we see it is thru the Resurrection that satan has been dealt a death blow.
    Now the ‘famous’ passage-
    Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
    Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
    Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
    Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
    Yes- we are indeed saved by faith- not by works-
    We were dead in sin- unable to save ourselves- but because of God’s choice- his mercy and love- he raised us up from the dead and we are now positionally seated with Christ in heavenly places.
    Yet- there are works that are involved here- works that God himself predestined for us-
    Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
    That’s the new course- we have left the old one and the Spirit of God himself lives in us-
    and these good works of the Spirit were the plan of God for us before time- ahead of time- pre-planned if you will- our purpose and destiny in God.
    The work of Christ not only reconciles us to God- but also to each other
    Ephesians 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
    Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
    Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
    Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
    Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
    Yes- the law in the first century [10 commandments and the law and the prophets] also played a role in division between Jew and Gentile-
    The law is good- yet in the hands of the first century religious leadership- it devolved into a sort of barrier-
    We see this in the interaction of Jesus and the religious leaders in the gospels.
    It created a class of people- who looked down on ‘the other’-
    Yet now in Christ- he took this out of the way by nailing it to his Cross-
    Colossians 2:14
    Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
    And not only brought man back to God-
    But man back to a right relationship with his fellow man.
    We are now ONE NEW MAN and the middle wall of partition is broken down-
    and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
    The separation is gone-
    And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
    And it is this redeemed community that God dwells- we are the people of God-
    The Church of God- a temple of people that God dwells in-
    It is no longer about natural land and temple- or holy sites in the middle east-
    No- it’s about us- you and me- all who have embraced the love that God has shown to us-
    Yes- we are that spiritual community representing God to our fellow man-
    And this reconciliation to each other thru Christ- has enabled a people to become the actual dwelling of the living God-
    Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
    Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
    Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
    The answers to the problems we see in the world today will never be found in any political leader- in any human agenda- though well meaning- these do not have the ability to truly reconcile man with his neighbor.
    But God has accomplished this thru his Son- as we have been redeemed thru the Cross-
    We are now the Holy dwelling place where God dwells-
    This spiritual temple has no earthly boundaries- it is found all over the earth right now-
    Africans sing the praises of our God- Europeans are worshiping the king as I type-
    Asians are meeting as brothers in Christ at this moment-
    Some in Muslim lands are embracing this great God and fully comprehending Jesus as the Prophet sent from God-
    As the Son of God-
    Yes- all nations are being brought together because this was the plan of God from the start-
    And this is the only plan that will ever work. Some sites see here

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    KINGS 5 [Zech. 5-6]

    Matthew 12:42
    The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

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    .The promise to the father
    .Fulfilled thru the son
    .Godly alliances
    .Do the ground work
    .24 0n- 48 off
    .Woman in a basket?
    .Priest and king
    .Starting is good
    .But finishing the job is better
    .Bibles on their heads?
    .Kingsville- Bishop
    .Writing on both sides

    This day I did a brief overview of some teaching posts that will go up in the next few weeks.
    I won’t teach it all right now- but just hit on a few points.
    In Kings 5 we see God establishing Solomon- the bible says-
    1Kings 5:4 But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
    But we also read that Solomon s father- David- was never able to actually build the temple because he had ‘wars on every side’-
    1Kings 5:3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.
    David was still a kingdom builder- and accomplished many things.
    Yet- he was at war continually.
    I think most of us would like to claim the ‘Solomon verse’ but in reality- I think we probably can identify with the ‘David verse’ a bit more.
    In Zechariah 5 and 6 we some more interesting visions the prophet has-
    Zechariah 5:1 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.
    Zechariah 5:2 And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. [King James says Roll- other translations use Scroll- it’s the same thing]
    The ‘flying scroll’- what is that?
    Some have taught it was a UFO [no joke] but I think it’s plain enough.
    The scroll is the ‘çurse’ going out into the earth-
    Zechariah 5:3 Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.
    Zechariah 5:4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
    It had writing on both sides [Like the tablets the 10 commandments were written on]- and it brought judgment to the houses of those who broke the law.
    It is a vision of the law of God.
    Paul teaches us the law is good- but because men are sinful- it brings á curse-judgment-
    Galatians 3:10
    For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
    In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations
    Yet in the next chapter [Zech. 6] we see the remedy for this curse.
    Joshua- the high priest- is now crowned- with a crown-
    Zechariah 6:11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;
    Zechariah 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
    Earlier he was crowned with a priestly hat.
    Yet now he has the crown of a ruler- king-
    The prophet says-
    Zechariah 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
    These are images that speak of Christ- as King and Priest.
    He will gather people of all nations and be the cure for the curse of the ‘flying scroll’-
    Zechariah 6:15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.
    I also talked some about giving and receiving.
    Most of you know I’m not into the Prosperity gospel-
    But I do believe God blesses those who give.
    I’ll add some news links below-
    And hopefully I will post the whole teaching video [Kings 5- Zech 5-6] in a few days-
    God bless you all.

    PAST POSTS- [My past teaching that relates to this post- Kings 5- Verses below]
    (1053)1ST KINGS 5-Solomon contracts with Hiram, king of Tyre, to supply Cedar wood and trees for the construction of the temple. He also raises up a mighty labor force who will work in 3 shifts, one month in the forest and two months back home. They helped cut down and deliver the logs on rafts back to Solomon. He has a massive labor force of stone cutters as well, they are cutting stone for the foundation of the temple. Like I said in a previous chapter, the temple is a picture of both the Old Covenant [law] and the new gentile church uniting as ‘one new man’ in Christ. Though the temple is basically a large scale replica of the Mosaic tabernacle, yet the only actual piece of furniture that makes in into the temple is the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark represents Gods presence, in the New Testament we see that Gods Spirit and presence left the Old law system [as typified by the temple- Hebrews] and ‘entered’ into the new temple, made up of both Jew and Gentile believers! [Ephesians]. Solomon was wise enough to realize that he personally did not possess all the skills to accomplish the mission, he knew how to hire other skilled people to help with the completion of the task. In ministry we often try and accomplish too much through the personal attributes/gifts of the leader. One of the plagues on the Body of Christ today is the American system of entrepreneurial church, we seem to exalt the personalities and gifts of the main leader at the expense of the functioning of the people of God. Though many good men are involved with this system, yet we need to transition to a place where we understand that in Christ’s church he uses many gifted people in various ways to build his temple [the people of God].This chapter says God gave Solomon ‘peace on every side, he had no adversaries nor evil occurrence’. Scripture says when a mans ways please the Lord he makes even his adversaries to be at peace with him. God gave Solomon a season of peace and rest, not for the purpose of sitting back and resting on his laurels, but for the purpose of building his kingdom. Solomon walked ‘while he had the light’ [he took advantage of the window of opportunity that God put before him]. [Some sites see here ]

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    18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
    19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

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    .Good shepherd
    .Sheep door
    .Dallas shooting
    .Soren Kierkegaard
    .R.C. Sproul
    .Alexander the Great
    .The 2 ‘Gadflies’
    .Socrates and Kierkegaard
    .Greek city state of Athens
    .Objective truth
    .My encounter with the Berkeley professor

    TEACHING- [Past posts below- On some of these posts you will see old news comments- these were events that took place when I first made the videos/Posts. Because they fit into the teaching I did at that time- I need to leave them in- John]
    I thought I would write on a strange thing that happened after I posted [wrote] last weeks post. But instead I mentioned it on a video and for those who are interested you can watch the video.
    I just saw some of my homeless friends [As I write this] and it was interesting to see how they were having a fellowship- talking about some bible passages they covered in a bible study the day before- and for the most part- were a good example of the ‘Church in the Wilderness’.
    The last few weeks I talked about the ongoing problem of the hit and run deaths- particularly of the homeless- that have happened in Corpus Christi the last few months.
    How many of the homeless- who have died- been hit by vehicles- or were killed outright- were veterans.
    Most of these [all?] I knew- some more than others- but they are indeed a part of a community- people who know one another- and when one of the homeless dies- the others on the street see it as the loss of a family member.
    I write on these issues- to bring attention to them.
    The last few weeks many in the media- the political spectrum- have had a fierce debate over who is at fault for the sending of mail bombs- or the outright murder of 11 Jewish people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
    All of these acts are senseless- and need to be condemned outright.
    On the above video- as well as others- I have tried to challenge our mindsets- when it comes to killing- in a broader way.
    Meaning- we can easily condemn the act of a sick individual who might have indeed been incited by the political speech of our nation- or even of our media.
    And when the act happens- a killing- a mail bomb- or whatever- then all sides are quick to condemn the act.
    But when nations justify killing- war- actions that do the same things- have the same results- on a much larger scale-
    We too often do not denounce that type of killing- the same way we denounce it on the smaller scale.
    So I tried to challenge our mindsets somewhat on this as well.
    PAST POSTS- [Parts of my past teaching and links that relate to today’s post- SUNDAY SERMON- Verses below] This was the battle I referred to on the video- Alexander’s stunning defeat of Darius the 3rd- the Persian king. Alexander was the son of the Macedonian king- who after the death of his father ascended to the throne at a very young age. I was quoting from memory on the video- and that’s why I confused Macedonia with Persia- but I got the battle right.
    The other battle I mentioned was the defeat of Athens by the Spartans- I actually wrote on this before and will add that section below. [Some sites see here ]

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  • Oh I guess I'll post (on 127 sites- rarely post like this- will share link)
    Grew up right by NYC-ade many vids walking NYC- even by Trump tower- the current charges on Trump are a total joke. I have posted about corruption of the deep state for years- and have been retaliated against more than once. Retired firefighter on fixed income- got slammed 3 days ago with an unexpected 3500 dollar IRS BILL. You know- the game they play has no rules
    Oh I guess I'll post (on 127 sites- rarely post like this- will share link) Grew up right by NYC-ade many vids walking NYC- even by Trump tower- the current charges on Trump are a total joke. I have posted about corruption of the deep state for years- and have been retaliated against more than once. Retired firefighter on fixed income- got slammed 3 days ago with an unexpected 3500 dollar IRS BILL. You know- the game they play has no rules
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    KINGS 4 [Zech.3-4]

    Zechariah 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

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    Kings 4 videos-!Aocp2PkNEAGMghFG0UA3cWjxO2gE

    ON VIDEO- [good view of Lexington and bay front]
    .Kansas coming
    .12 officers [12 apostles]
    .Priests united
    .Why minor prophets?
    .Change of raiment
    .Clean turban [priests hat]
    .Kingdom and church
    .Pattern of restoration
    .Bowl of oil- 2 olive trees
    .2 witnesses
    .Foundation and Head stone
    . ‘Grace- Grace’
    .Passion of the Christ
    .Leadership stuff
    .You can believe- today

    This day I spoke on Kings 4 and Zech 3-4.
    I’ll add my past teaching on Kings below and make a few comments on Zechariah.
    In chapters 3-4 we see a vision- Joshua the priest is standing before God and is dirty- satan is there to resist him-
    Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
    God rebukes satan and puts a clean turban [Priestly hat] on the priests head- and a change of raiment-
    Zechariah 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
    Zechariah 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
    Zechariah 3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
    Zechariah 3:5 And I said, Let them set a fair mitre [Turban] upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.
    God is preparing Joshua by cleansing him- so he can fulfill his priestly duty and the rebuilding of the temple can take place.
    Zerubbabel the governor is also called for this work.
    In chapter 4 Zechariah sees another vision-
    Zechariah 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
    Zechariah 4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
    Zechariah 4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
    The vision is somewhat complicated-
    I mean you have a candlestick- a bowl -these 2 trees.
    Whats it all about?
    Then the angel tells Zechariah this is a word for Zerubbabel-
    Zechariah 4:4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
    Zechariah 4:5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
    Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
    All of that- for this?
    In essence God is telling him the entire work of the rebuilding of the temple- depends upon the Holy Spirit [The bowl contains the oil- for everything else- the function of the lamps- the oil for the olive trees- it’s a vision about the Spirit covering the entire work].
    He is also told that he will face opposition [mountain] but before him it will become flat ground-
    Zechariah 4:7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
    Zerubbabel’s hands have ‘laid the foundation and his hands will finish it’-
    Zechariah 4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
    The work God called him to- will indeed get finished.
    The foundation- and the headstone [capstone] represent Jesus and his spiritual temple- the church-
    1 Corinthians 3:16
    Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
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    Jesus is the foundation and he is also the head of the church-
    Ephesians 1:22
    And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
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    Ephesians 4:15
    But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
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    Ephesians 5:23
    For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
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    We- as the people of God- are being built together into the fullness of Christ-
    20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
    21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
    22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
    During the time Zechariah was seeing these visions- the peoples hands were weak.
    They came thru a judgment period- their city was taken captive- and the temple destroyed.
    And now God is raising up 2 men- along with the community- to rebuild.
    To some- it was a hopeless cause ‘the day of small things’-
    Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
    Yet they had to overcome the disillusionment of all that happened- and take hold of the promise that the glory of the latter house will exceed that of the former-
    Haggai 2:9
    The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.
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    There were some of the older generation that remembered the temple- the way it was in the past.
    And when they saw the new work going up- they despised it-
    Ezra 3:9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites.
    Ezra 3:10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel.
    Ezra 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
    Ezra 3:12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:
    Yet in the end- it would be greater in God’s sight- it will be the restoring of something that was ‘dead’ gone- lost forever.
    A type of the Resurrection of Jesus-
    John 2:19
    Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
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    At the end of chapter 4 the angel interprets the 2 olive trees-
    Zechariah 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
    Zechariah 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
    Zechariah 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.
    We see these 2 ‘trees’ in revelation 11 as well-
    Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
    Revelation 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
    Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
    Joshua and Zerubbabel were 2 leaders- one a priest- the other a governor.
    They both had a job to do- a calling to fulfill.
    All the work that was yet to come- would be dependent on them accessing the bowl atop the candlestick.
    Meaning they would have to withdraw from the resources available to them by the Spirit of God.
    The Lord was on their side- the temple will be rebuilt.
    Sure- there were some who mocked what God was doing.
    But the builders were given a promise-
    Zechariah 4:7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
    Yes- no mountain could stand in their way-
    Mark 11:23
    For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
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    PAST POSTS [ These are parts of my past teaching that relate to this post- verses below]

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    Sunday sermon ‘The Tree of Life’

    Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
    Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

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    .More granite?
    .Limited time to accomplish mission- use it well
    .The 2 named trees in the garden- why is this significant?
    .The price for sin is death
    .Jesus paid the ransom by dying for us on the Cross
    .This is not a ‘theory’ [For my scholar friends]
    .James and John make a request of Jesus
    .Why did the other disciples get mad when they found out?
    .He turned down their initial request- but asked them a question too
    .What did ‘the cup’ and ‘the baptism’ mean?
    .Jesus teaches on servant leadership
    .Not at all what Nietzsche taught
    .The suffering Messiah- Isaiah 53

    Revelation 2:7
    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

    TEACHING [Past posts below]
    This Sunday I spoke on 1 verse that Pastor Bil [Church Unlimited] used in his message-
    Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
    And I tried to fit it in with the verses from the Mass [All copied at the end of this post in the verses section].
    The other day when I read the verse- I meditated on how the scripture say’s when the desire comes- IT IS a tree of Life.
    In scripture we read about the fall of man in the garden- and how he made the choice to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil [also a type- picture of the law].
    When he did- he was banished from the garden- and the Tree of Life.
    The story of scripture shows man’s desperate attempt to get ‘back to the garden’- back to the presence of God- and back to the Tree of life.
    There are many prophecies- teachings about Jesus as the fulfillment of that promise- he is the desire of all nations- he is the man whose name is ‘the Branch’-
    Zechariah 6:12
    And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:
    The scripture tells us it was his being cursed on ‘the tree’ [the cross] that paid the penalty of sin for man- and brought man back to God-
    Galatians 3:13
    Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
    God promises those who overcome will eat of that tree once again- which is in the paradise of God-
    Revelation 2:7
    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
    Yes- Jesus enabled us to come back to the garden- to have fellowship with God once again.
    And it is in this presence of God- even now- that we partake of the Tree of Life- we are now delivered from the curse of the law- we are in the city of God- the Spirit of God- the River of Life is flowing out of this city- even now- and we are here for the healing of the nations-
    Revelation 22 [Full Chapter]
    And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: …
    Note- I do believe in the literal account of the creation of man in the garden- and it was indeed the sin of man- by disobeying the voice of God [eating the fruit] that brought the penalty of sin on humanity.
    The scripture is a living word- and God uses the actual experiences of men- the account of creation- to also teach us spiritual truths.
    The were only 2 named trees in the garden [though there were other trees].
    These 2 named trees represent the law- and grace.
    The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a type of the law-
    Romans 3:20
    Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
    The tree of life- is a type of Christ and his Cross- the New Covenant of grace.
    The law could never justify a man- it could only reveal to him his sin
    And his need of a saviour-
    Galatians 2:16
    Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
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    Galatians 2:21
    I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
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    Galatians 3:11
    But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
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    Galatians 3:18
    For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
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    When man repents- and believes that Christ died [on the Cross] and rose again- he is then saved.
    He is brought back into a restored relationship with God- and now has true life- life that the law covenant could never give.
    Romans 5:19
    For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. [some sites see here ]
    PAST POSTS [These are links and parts of my past teachings that

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