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Half-Brained Christianity -- 11 April 2021
Holy Spirit reformation and Half-brained Christianity - the mystery of Spiritual formation.
31 Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers. 32 For if you embrace the truth, it will release true freedom into your lives.” 33 Surprised by this, they said, “But we’re the descendants of Abraham and we’re already free. We’ve never been in bondage to anyone. How could you say that we will be released into more freedom?” 34 “I speak eternal truth,” Jesus said. “When you sin you are not free. You’ve become a slave in bondage to your sin. 35 And slaves have no permanent standing in a family, like a son does, for a son is a part of the family forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free from sin, then become a true son and be unquestionably free! 37 Even though you are descendants of Abraham, you desire to kill me because the message I bring has not found a home in your hearts.
Resurrection Sunday -- 4 April 2021
I know there is much fear in our culture today as we continue to deal with a pandemic, political unrest, media that is “state run” and hellbent on dividing people, racial tension, and a seismic shift in our western world. We’ve gone from being a Christian nation, to post-Christian, to anti-Christian culture. We’re not in Kansas anymore. All of this has given us concern, worry, anxiety, oppression, and anger.
How do we deal with this kind of stress and pressure? Let’s look at what happened to Jesus. The parallels are uncanny.
A mob mentality
An unfair trial
A questionable election
A cancel culture
An innocent person suffers
What if us being the salt of the earth is not just the impact we have when others see the light in us but it is the prayers that we pray when “it looks like God’s side is losing?" What if God’s best work is done when the seed is buried? All hope is lost? The only hope we have is a miracle?
The Aaronic Covenant -- 28 March2021
Guest speaker J. Michael Utterback on Palm Sunday 2021.
The Holy Spirit Reformation -- 21 March 2021
The Protestant Reformation, October 31, 1517. Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the church at Wittenberg, Germany. The Church was compromised, indulgences, priestly superiority, Scripture kept away from the common people. Martin Luther protested for change to come from within. Church was lifeless, it had become political with too much power.
At the time of the Reformation, everyone had accepted what was being taught, not taught. You pay for indulgences, saved by works, priest was right even if unscriptural, Latin mass...no options. Martin Luther protested and he took his life in his hands. Today, we stand at a similar crossroads. Because of unfamiliarity with Scripture, the masses accept whatever the spiritual leaders teach, the church has become lifeless, powerless. We have plenty of copies of Scripture but we’re ignorant.
We need another reformation. I believe we are in the beginning stages of a Holy Spirit Reformation. Today, I am protesting against a lifeless, compromised, apathetic church.
Resurgence -- 14 March 2021
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Theold has passed away; behold, the new has come."
First, “The old has passed away”, and secondly, “Behold, the new has come.” We are continuing to receive and walk in NEWNESS. This newness is a “new order” that has divine authority.
You now hear from heaven.
You now receive instruction from the Holy Spirit.
You now have access to the throne of God.
You now have supernatural power, gifts, and ability---through prayer.
Our relationship with Jesus was never meant to be one time experience thatbecomes distant and outdated. There are endless possibilities of resurgence: new things, new miracles, new victories, new levels of grace, and new revelation.
We have to have an encounter with the Jesus Christ. Open your mind and heart to God’s miracles and possibilities.
Salt of the Earth, Week 2 -- 7 March 2021
Humility, modesty, sincere, reliable, simple, godly, CHRISTIAN.
Maybe for some, but you might be asking, what am I to do? Can I get my situation turned around? How do I leave a legacy for my children? Move from generational curses or consequences to generational blessings?
How can I become a salt of the earth person? Let’s define it first. It would be the kind of person who followed the teachings of Jesus that he offered in the Sermon on the Mount. He is saying, “I’m about to teach you some things that if you apply them to your life, you will impact the earth, your community.”
How am I to become a solid, mature Christian, salt of the earth?
Understand the power of YOU
Understand the power of Holy Spirit