Who Is in Charge and What the Church Is Not

Jim shares a short, but powerful message on this week’s Torah portion (Terumah) and reveals one of the most incredible hidden messages in the original Hebrew of Proverbs 30:4-6. (PFT Fellowship 2-5-11)

You may stay connected with Jim Staley and his family at: https://StaleyFamilyMinistries.com

Here is an image portraying what Jim Staley is talking about in the video above from Proverbs 30:4-6 in the original Hebrew.

Image Copyright: John F Boylan M.Div. I found the image along with more information about it here: http://www.narrow-gate.net/jeffking/archives/002892.html Boylan has written a book available on Amazon which I have not read yet entitled:  “Again, God Speaks: God Reveals His Hidden Secrets”.

Here are a couple of other images summarizing a really long study tracking Hebrew names to their common English derivations.  There were no J’s back then – that is a recent innovation.

This image is via www.lavia.org

Messiah graphic found on Pinterest via Brian Laing

Now that we know a little about who is in charge, let’s talk about our role.  If we are His body here on earth (and I believe we are if we have believed into Him), then we should know what we are and what we are not. For many years I have thought that He often contains (or restrains) Himself based on what we think and do and say. It is not that He cannot do anything that He wants to do, but He has His ways and His goal is for us to come into harmony with Him. Thus He waits patiently for our proper call. As long as we are distracted and busy doing other things, we are clearly not busy doing His work and inviting His presence in our midst.  We must seek Him to find out what that entails.

This week I got an email from a friend, named Kit Pharo on “What the Church is Not.”  He is doing a whole email series on what the church is not. His initial list is below:

The Church is NOT:

  • a man-made building
  • a man-made denomination
  • a set of man-made doctrines
  • for unbelievers (non-Christians)
  • a social club or gossip center
  • an entertainment center
  • an event that has a dress code
  • a place to drop off your kids
  • a place where large crowds sit in rows staring at the back of someone else’s head
  • an organization with a distinction between clergy and laity
  • an event that must start at a specific time on a specific day
  • a substitute for individual Bible study and prayer
  • the only place you should act Christ-like
  • a 501.c.3 organization
  • an organization that is based on anyone other than Jesus Christ
  • headquartered here on earth

I [Kit] ask that you pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as we go through this series.   May we all be enlightened by God.   May we all be willing to submit to God’s will – and may God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

As Kit says, “Don’t just GO to church; BE the Church”

If you want to see more on this topic, please drop him a note asking to be added to his devotional email list here: Email: Kit@PharoCattle.com and/or visit his website for more information: www.PharoCattle.com

So please join me in seeking Him and finding out what we need to do NOW!

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Where is the Church? An Update on the Pro-Life Bill Happenings by Bob Donohoo

Article by Bob Donohoo on facebook
Oklahoma City, OK

Baby Feet on Red RibbonSeveral people have asked that I publish the numbers showing Oklahoma State Legislature support for the Pro-Life bill, SB1552, and the activities of this last Friday to override Governor Fallin’s veto. Based on conversations with several legislators and others allow me to give an account as I understand it.

On Thursday there were several senators and representatives working together to see if they could delay the vote on the budget bill in the House long enough to get an override of Governor Fallin’s veto in the Senate and over to the House. At that time the thought was that the Senate needed about three more votes for a successful override and it appeared achievable. Several senators were diligently working on gathering the final support. In the House there were about 10 representatives on board with doing what they could do to delay to budget bill vote but they had yet to fully socialize the idea with other representatives. There was also the challenge of getting the leadership of both chambers to allow a veto override vote to occur at all.

With only a 12 hour notice by email there were about 80 citizens at the capital Friday morning at 7:30AM to do what we could to encourage legislator support. These activists divided up into three teams. The largest share by far stood by the office doors of representatives waiting for them to arrive for the day and ask for their support of this strategy. There was a second far smaller team that stood by the three entrances to the House Chamber making the same request of representatives as they entered. A third team was assisting the senators who were engaged in getting the remaining support for an override.

Our efforts as engaged citizens worked in the House. The plan to delay the budget bill vote was discussed on the House floor and supported by enough representatives to make happen. On the Senate side the count was stalled at 23 in support of the Pro-Life bill, 3 maybes, and 3 against but would likely have flipped to yes votes should be bill actually be voted on. This left us 3 votes short of a successful override. The pool of remaining senators were either not facing an election this fall or were termed out. They simply had little appetite to stand up to Governor Fallin who was on the Senate floor solidifying support for her veto during these final moments of session.

Finally, while supportive senators were discussing what they could do to get around Senate Leadership and hold a vote anyway Senate Leadership ended session leaving unfinished business behind instead of risking a successful maneuver to get the Pro-Life bill heard on the floor.

It’s well worth noting, as told to me by one supportive legislator, that if there were a couple of thousand more citizens engaged this last week at the capital we would likely have our veto override. We were measured and viewed as lacking.

Where was the church?

Where is the church on pro-life bill by Donohoo

A note of special thanks to Dr. Damon White for his work on Thursday afternoon to make citizen involvement on Friday meaningful

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Where is the Church? by Bob Donohoo

A Layman’s Commentary on The Revelation of Jesus Christ now available on Scribd

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman’s Commentary

(now available on Scribd to read/download/share)

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman’s Commentary  Collection of All Chapters

Cover Art:

Revelation 19 © 2006 by Rex & Carleen Morache • All Rights Reserved

Website: www.mark4.org (see God Parts section)

King of Kings and Lord of Lords painting used with permission for —

A Layman’s Commentary

on

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

(As Recorded by the Beloved Disciple John)

 Jesse C. Jones

In the mid-1990’s when my wife was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease, I got into the habit spending the late hours of the day praying and talking to God.  It was during this time that I began to sense God urging me to do something that I would never have considered doing, and certainly did not feel qualified to do under any circumstance: He continually persisted in my writing an exposition on the seven churches of the book of Revelation.  Every night it was the same: He would bring it up, and I would argue that I was not qualified to undertake writing on the Bible, nor did I have the slightest insight regarding the seven churches.  This went on for some time, and eventually I came across a book that had been written on the seven churches of Revelation.  I thought that this was my “Aha” moment, and I immediately brought it to God’s attention, thinking that I was off the hook.  No such luck, for God (as I have learned) always has a Plan B that is better, and usually bigger, in mind, and that’s when He hit me with probably what He had in mind all along: writing a commentary on the entire book of Revelation.  This hit me like a ton of bricks: I had felt unqualified to write on the seven churches, now I was confronted with something so overwhelming there was no question about my inadequacy.  Undoubtedly, that is where He wanted me to be all the time: totally dependent on Him for every idea, concept and interpretation that I put to paper (or computer screen in this case).

So I began to study, search and write, and the words seemed to keep coming.  This was something totally new to me.  I had co-authored a couple of technical books in my last job as a teacher, but this was different.  Here I was dealing with subjects for which I could not reach down within to draw up understanding: I had to depend totally on Him.

I do not want to leave readers with the impression that everything in this book is right out of God’s mouth.  What I hope is contained therein is what God gave, processed through an ordinary layman’s mind and body, and therefore susceptible to some misunderstanding.  Several years ago a friend asked me why I thought God would give me knowledge that He had not given other men.  My answer was that God is no respecter of persons (Ac. 10:34), He gives knowledge to those who have the greatest need and desire, with no consideration of status or position in the world.  In fact, He seems to favor the least capable or honorable (1 Co. 12:22-24).

This work can be downloaded, in part or whole.

My hope is that God will use this to change lives.

Jesse Jones

Shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author’s request and with his permission.   She has known Jesse and his family most of her life and loves him dearly.  It is indeed an honor to share his work and publish it on scribd for him so that many more can read and share and get to know the One who is coming back soon.  The time may be short — be ready!  Special thanks to Rex and Carleen Morache for permission to use their King of Kings painting on the cover.

Cover Page Artwork Revelation Commentary

Summary Revelation Commentary

TOC Revelation Commentary

Preface Revelation Commentary

Introduction to Revelation Commmentary

Chapter 01 – Revelation Commentary Christ Appears to John

Chapter 02 – Revelation Commentary Letter to the Church at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira

Chapter 03 – Revelation Commentary The Church at Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicia

Chapter 04 – Revelation Commentary John’s Vision of Heaven +

Chapter 05 – Revelation Commentary The Book of Judgment

Chapter 06 – Revelation Commentary The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse +

Chapter 07 – Revelation Commentary 144,000 Israelites Are Sealed +

Chapter 08 – Revelation Commentary Silence in Heaven +

Chapter 09 – Revelation Commentary The Fifth Angel Sounds +

Chapter 10 – Revelation Commentary The Mystery of God is Finished +

Chapter 11 – Revelation Commentary The Seventh Angel Sounds +

Chapter 12 – Revelation Commentary Satan is Cast Out of Heaven

Chapter 13 – Revelation Commentary The Antichrist and False Prophet +

Chapter 14 – Revelation Commentary The Wrath of God +

Chapter 15 – Revelation Commentary The Seven Vials of God’s Wrath +

Chapter 16 – Revelation Commentary Plagues on the Earth +

Chapter 17 – Revelation Commentary The Great Whore +

Chapter 18 – Revelation Commentary The Fall of Babylon +

Chapter 19 – Revelation Commentary The Marriage of the Lamb +

Chapter 20 – Revelation Commentary Resurrection and judgement +

Chapter 21 – Revelation Commentary A New Heaven and Earth +

Chapter 22 – Revelation Commentary Epilog

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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Recommending — The Path to Holiness by Jesse Jones

When I was growing up in Pasadena Texas, my parents met the Lord in a life changing way and were friends with the author of this book. They established a bible study for the children of the adults getting to know the Lord and studying the Word together.  We met in the ‘upper room’ at Jesse’s house and we studied so we could grow in the knowledge of Jesus and His Word.  I have a lot of love and a depth of gratitude to this author for helping guide me to the Lord at an early age.

I am so glad he has written this book. It is like none other that you have read — probably because Jesse is an engineer rather than a story teller. It is not a long book, but it is dense with scripture; some printed out for you and more references to take you as deep as you want to go with each chapter. I have suggested to Jesse that it would be perfect to provide online for small groups to use as guidance for bible studies. It is both foundational and for the believer who wants to go deeper. Isn’t the Word like that though?

I marvel that eternity may not be long enough to get to know our Creator!  It is like an expanding understanding whether you go outward or inward. Time and dimensions seem to expand and contract as needed as we move in Him. I marvel at both the complexity and the simplicity of the Gospel.

One other thing that is very special about this book is the way Jesse had it published and what he does with the proceeds.  He self published and any profits go to help a food bank in his community.  So read the book and bless your life and a local community as well.  What a roll model for us all!  Thank you Jesse for oh so many things.  May the Lord bless this effort in ways beyond your comprehension~

Click pic to see current online ordering options

Here is a little more from the author and part of the back cover to the book:

“I chose this book title to reflect my understanding of what the Bible tells us about God’s plan and purpose in sending His only Son to earth in the form of a man,” Jones said. “We know that Jesus came to restore God’s chosen ones to favor through spiritual regeneration. The path He chose is marked with milestones described herein.”

Jones went on to say, “Several years ago I became aware of the fact that I did not really understand what Jesus did for me when He went to the cross and shed His blood. Questions arose in my mind about how His forgiveness could be made real to me personally. What would change within me when I actually received forgiveness, and what did Jesus expect of me thereafter? How could I become born again and, what do terms like the washing of regeneration and sanctification mean? I began looking for answers in the Bible.”

About the Author:  Jesse C. Jones retired from his position as Manager of the NASA White Sands Test Facility in December 1981, after spending 29 years as an Aerospace Engineer. After retirement He accepted a position as Instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock, Texas, where he taught senior mechanical design courses and performed research. While at TTU Mr. Jones co-authored two textbooks, one of which was widely used as a senior mechanical design course textbook. Since his retirement from TTU Mr. Jones spends his time teaching Bible classes and studying and writing articles and books on biblical subjects.

For additional Christian books and resources Jesse and I recommend the following ministries to you:

Derek Prince Ministries

Living Stream Ministry (Watchman Nee and Witness Lee)

Chuck Baldwin Live

Chuck Missler (Koinonia House Ministries)

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Review posted by Sandra Crosnoe

Crossposted:  Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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Celebrating the Resurrection!

This video was filmed in 2010 in Budapest and will occur in many places all over the world in 2011!

Jul 29, 2010         5:25           73,370 views at time of posting

You can register for the next, global dance on http://uptofaith.com/

Resurrection Sunday Dance 2010, Budapest, Hungary — Electronic Gospel Remix

Music: Ferenc Balogh Jr.
Lyrics: Shelly Matos, based on the Hungarian text by Tamas Pajor (Tompage)
Producer: Ákos Nemes
Art Producer: Tamás Pajor (Tompage)
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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest and for all your kind words! We are glad to inform you that we will start a new webpage soon called http://www.uptofaith.com where you will find other materials in connection with the dance video (e.g. a Trainer Video and The Making of the Dance). We also make arrangements with similarly high quality intellectual products: musics, flash mobs, actions, etc. These products will be also available on our webpage. Please visit us after one or one and a half month.

Till then please send our link to your friends!
We are also waiting for your comments, then we can send you advice notes about our new actions!

Best wishes,
The Resurrection Sunday Dance Team
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Lyrics

Ref_1
That day will be remembered as the greatest day in history
The fate of the world changed in one glorious moment
When Life triumphed on Resurrection Sunday

Verse_1
The hope of a people searching for life
The day will be brighter
The message of freedom rings in the sky
Spreading the fire
The flag of a nation ready to fly
Taking them higher
The heart of a land that rises to fight
Full of desire
When nothing is as you want it to be
Look up to heaven
Freedom was paid for on Calvary
The chain is broken
Making a way right to destiny
Borders are open
And Jesus has granted the victory
That Sunday mornin

Bridge
Joy in this life time, utterly free
More than the world gives, beyond what you see
For nations its time to rise their hope is in Jesus Christ
If the giants come, just hold on, the advantage is now on your side
Jesus, will take the final fight

Ref
A light dawned that Sunday Morning it broke through the boundaries of time
Hearts start shining, calling to all mankind
Lets celebrate eternal life

Verse_2
When nothing is as you want it to be
Look up to heaven
Freedom was paid for on Calvary
The chain is broken
Making a way right to destiny
Borders are open
And Jesus has granted the victory
That Sunday mornin

Bridge
Joy in this life time, utterly free
More than the world gives, beyond what you see
For nations its time to rise their hope is in Jesus Christ
If the giants come, just hold on, the advantage is now on your side
Jesus, will take the final fight

Ref
A light dawned that Sunday Morning it broke through the boundaries of time
Hearts start shining, calling to all mankind
Lets celebrate eternal life

Rap
1, When something in you, says youre not through, something whispers, you need to go too
2, you say that things just cant stay this way, your heart is calling may day may day
3, world is just trouble, get out of your muddle, jump, nows the time, take your chance on the double.
4, Leave it behind, youll see you wont mind, once you meet Jesus the answer youll find
5, Dont google your noodle, or consult your poodle, just follow your heart and it will be super
6, Wake up, see the light, find new life in His life, with Him in sight He’ll take you to new heights
7, The rescues begun, now Someones come, be looking to the sky but not for Air Force One
8. The way out is up; up up and away, with Jesus today is Independence day

Ref
Hearts start shining, calling to all mankind
Lets celebrate eternal life
A light dawned that Sunday Morning it broke through the boundaries of time
Hearts start shining, calling to all mankind
Lets celebrate
Lets celebrate
Lets celebrate eternal life

2011 event coming soon — the countdown has begun on the website!

Dance Your Shoes Off  — Houston Texas 2011

He is Risen — Let His Children Celebrate (more info about Budapest event in 2010 here>>>

PS  He is coming back again — Be Ready!

Divide and Conquer Obama Style – “Catholic Plan”

Sandra Crosnoe - Finding Gems & Sharing Them

I am not a Catholic, but I have some friends who are.  I especially appreciate the strong principled pro-life stance of the Catholic church through the years.  We can certainly agree that man is not God and neither is the state!

I think you will find this video to be of interest and suggest you particularly ponder the Divide and Conquer tactic in play.  Muse about where all you see that tactic in play to attempt to keep principled people out of leadership positions . . .

An episode of the Vortex from RealCatholicTV.com. Our daily commentary on politics, religion and the Church.  For more information and to see many more videos, visit RealCatholicTV!

1,533,339 views at time of posting

Special thanks to the Hamelman’s in Texas for sending me the link to the video – I miss you guys!  Blessings/sc

Glory Come Down at Christ for the Nations

Sandra Crosnoe - Finding Gems & Sharing Them

If you have never worshiped the Lord in the Spirit by yourself you are missing a great blessing; if you have never been amidst many worshiping together in the Spirit you have missed a taste of heaven on earth indeed.  May you delight in Him and worship Him in Spirit and Truth.  I didn’t want this video to stop  . . .

worship at Christ for the Nations

from November 21, 2007

over 102,000 views at time of posting

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