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Can There Be No Unity ???

In my post of last Saturday, July 25, I mentioned how I had witnessed unity within the church in France like I have never witnessed anywhere else. How that unity was achieved and has been kept alive, I’m not certain. One person told me that it is because the church is not large in numbers. I did speak with more declared atheists in Paris and London than I ever have in my whole life. It definitely is a post-modern culture there. Much more than I run across in NYC, and anywhere else in this country that I frequent. Perhaps this is a factor.

I believe that if the apostles were present today, or Jesus Himself, the church of today would not be recognizable to them. Paul, in his epistles, wrote 7 verses speaking of church unity to every one he wrote on justification by faith. This should speak volumes to us!! Justification by faith is very important, it is a major doctrine no doubt; but if Paul spent so much time on Christian unity, why does the church care so little about it??

There are hundreds of denominations here in the United States that have reproduced themselves all over the world. Most are so suspicious of one another and won’t even talk to one another. What a superior thought of oneself and a tragedy it is!! This is not to say that the early church had no disunity. In Romans Paul told the house churches there to get to know one another and not to be suspicious of one another.

” May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:5-7 (ESV)

It’s because of this disunity that the world doesn’t take us very seriously. When speaking with the many people that I do, church disunity, and all the differences, is a major drawback for them to not even want to consider Christianity. True Christian churches should have one central message, which is the Gospel. The Gospel is our unifying message and is what should bring us together. Not the way that a person is baptized, or the different views of Communion, or when and how Jesus is coming again, etc.

As I stated earlier, Paul spoke of unity within the church more than he spoke of justification by faith. He knew it was difficult, and so must we. Let’s do something about it!!!

Shalom until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Ticket To the Kingdom!!!!!!

Every true disciple of Yeshua should expect to experience persecution in one form or another, sooner or later, but there is an upside to it: Entrance to the kingdom.

Yeshua taught His disciples to expect persecution. He said, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). By saying “theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” Yeshua indicated that those who endure persecution for His sake will find entrance into the kingdom.

To be persecuted for the sake of righteousness means to suffer for the sake of faithfulness to God despite various types of insults and ridicule and attempts to force a person into compromise and apostasy.

The Jewish people have had a long history of enduring suffering and persecution for their allegiance to God, and most of it done to them in the name of Jesus. In the days before the Hasmonean revolt, the wicked Syrians and Greeks persecuted and even martyred Jewish people who remained faithful to the commandments of circumcision, Sabbath observance, and dietary laws. The same torture awaited the faithful Jews of the apostolic and post-apostolic age as the Roman world attempted to thwart the practice of Judaism.

Yeshua warned His disciples that they would be insulted, persecuted, and falsely accused specifically because of their affiliation with Him. He said, “Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man” (Luke 6:22). Some New Testament scholars suggest that the original Hebrew of Matthew 5:10 reads, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of The Righteousness One (HaTzaddik), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Yeshua is the Tzaddik, the “Righteous One.”

Yeshua reminded His disciples that the prophets of old suffered similar persecution from their countrymen. He said, “Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets” (Luke 6:23). In fact, Yeshua’s disciples should be concerned if they do not experience some measure of persecution for the sake of the Master: “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way” (Luke 6:26). The reward of the persecuted is laid up in heaven, that is to say, it remains with the Father to be paid out at the coming of the kingdom of heaven: “They came to life and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4).

Something to think about on this almost Spring day,

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Peacemakers !!!!!!

The kingdom of heaven will be an era of universal peace on earth. Sons and daughters of God should not be content to wait until the kingdom arrives, we should be busy making peace in today’s world.

Yeshua said to His disciples, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). Yeshua’s beatitude about peacemakers went against the first-century zealot impulse that called for taking up armed resistance against Rome. Several of His disciples were zealots. The beatitude about making peace attempted to turn their thoughts away from armed revolution.

Yeshua calls the peacemakers “sons of God” because, in the Bible, God is called the Oseh Shalom, that is, “the One who makes peace in His heights” (Job 25:2). Peacemakers imitate God who makes peace above.

Peacemakers are those who pursue peace as written in Psalm 34:14: “Seek peace and pursue it.” A man who pursues peace also strives to make peace. He does not just wait for his enemies to be reconciled to him. Instead, he pursues after peace like the working man pursues his daily wages. He pursues peace with his enemies and seeks to make peace between a man and his neighbor, and between a man and his wife.

James the brother of Yeshua says that the peacemaker is like the man who sows his field. He plants peace, but when the crop ripens, he harvests righteousness: “The seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18). And it’s for this reason the writer of the book of Hebrews urges us to “pursue peace with all men” (Hebrews 12:14), and Paul tells us, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Romans 12:18).

When Yeshua saved us from our sins and imparted to us eternal life we gained peace from within. Because of what He has done for us we are now to be peacemakers with our fellow man. We need to get used to it. This is the way it will be in the kingdom age.

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
 

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Look Where You Lost Him !!!!!!

Night after night on my bed
I looked for the man I love.
I looked for him, but I didn’t find him.

Song of Solomon 3:1

Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust dwells. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it–it is there.” So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away.

But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us that the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbor of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever traveled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence. Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him.

But how is it you have lost Him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Him every moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since you have let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, even though you mournfully groan, “O that I knew where I might find Him!”

Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without your Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd, like a tree without water at its roots, like a withered leaf in the storm–not bound to the tree of life. With your whole heart seek Him, and He will be found by you. Only give yourself thoroughly up to the search, and truly you shall yet discover Him to your joy and gladness.

Truth For Today Daily by Alistair Begg

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Is He Faithful in Your Life?

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Good News, Not So Good News About Caleb

This past week has been a real roller coaster. When I last told you about Caleb’s surgery on Tuesday things seemed to be on the up-n-up. The surgeon stated that it didn’t look like the mass was malignant and that he had removed all of it. We were all feeling really good about the situation and Caleb was regaining his strength very quickly. On Thursday, the hospital doctor came in and shattered the thoughts we had had for the previous 2 days. We were waiting for the final lab results to come in and she said that the results were inconclusive and had to have further consultation. She said we were in a very gray area. The results were to have been in by Friday she said. On Friday we still had no results and she said probably Monday we would see them.

CalebTaken Friday

It was really amazing to see how strong Caleb is. On Friday he was consuming a liquid diet. Saturday he began a soft food diet, and then Sunday he was told he could now have a full diet. The Lord gave him great tenacity through such a big surgery. Probably about 11am Sunday the hospital doctor came in and said that Caleb was doing so well that he could be released to go home. She said that the lab results would probably not be conclusive until maybe late Wednesday now.  I looked up to my daughter in law and we eyed each other because something just didn’t seem right. Her last words were “everything is going to be okay

I hung around for a few minutes and decided to go home. We knew it would be 3 hours or longer before they actually would leave the hospital. I had probably driven 10 miles and my phone rang. It was Stacey saying that she had just spoken to another doctor from the surgeons office and that after twice going through the lab tests Caleb has lymphoma. She said that it was a very treatable one. We are relieved to finally know after 8 days of being hospital bound.

Caleb is now home with all of his family and will be going into the doctor this week to figure out how to proceed. This has been a tough year for my 2 boys. Levi lost fingers this year and now Caleb with cancer. As a family we are not down at all but have complete assurance that God does all things well. We are all exhausted in body and need to have some rest now. It is only in darkness that we can see the Light. Jesus is that light and we shall forever trust in Him. Psalm 46 has been a real comfort to me during this ordeal.

 

God Is Our Fortress

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

(Psalm 46 ESV)

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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God First, Then Extras

God First, Then Extras

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

See how the Bible opens: “In the beginning God.” Let your life open in the same way. Seek with your whole soul, first and foremost, the kingdom of God, as the place of your citizenship, and His righteousness as the character of your life. As for the rest, it will come from the Lord Himself without your being anxious concerning it. All that is needful for this life and godliness “shall be added unto you.”

What a promise this is! Food, raiment, home, and so forth, God undertakes to add to you while you seek Him. You mind His business, and He will mind yours. If you want paper and string, you get them given in when you buy more important goods; and just so all that we need of earthly things we shall have thrown in with the kingdom. He who is an heir of salvation shall not die of starvation; and he who clothes his soul with the righteousness of God cannot be left of the Lord with a naked body. Away with carking care. Set all your mind upon seeking the Lord. Covetousness is poverty, and anxiety is misery: trust in God is an estate, and likeness of God is a heavenly inheritance. Lord, I seek Thee; be found of me.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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