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NOW ITS YOUR TURN

Hello and welcome to another edition of ACTS 29 TODAY:

I see a lot about making disciples today and discipleship, today I was reading in Luke 13: 24 this is Jesus talking and He said.

Strive to enter in by the narrow door [ force yourself  through it ] for many I tell you, will try to enter and not be able.

The first thing I see here is the word STRIVE to enter in, the word STRIVE means-make great efforts to achieve or obtain something and struggle or fight vigorously.

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Even a dead fish can go down stream, but STRIVING, is swimming upstream, going against the flow, against the whole way of the world, mans way, and the flesh.

We know that Jesus is the door, and that is a narrow door and that only a few will find it, as anyone can go down the broad way, the wide way, and the easy way of life.

We will all have to FORCE OURSELVES THROUGH IT, WHY? because our flesh, our selfishness, and our pride does not want to go the JESUS way.

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We don’t JUST FLOAT THROUGH THE JESUS NARROW DOOR WITH NO EFFORT AT ALL. He said MANY WILL TRY…..and…..NOT B ABLE. To get though a narrow door is very difficult, and you cannot take anything with you [ baggage ] as it is hard enough just to get yourself through and with much effort.

Why R some not able? Because they want to hang onto everything they have that they hold so near and dear UNTO THEM SELVES. Here R a couple of things JESUS said about being His disciple.

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Luke 14: 26 amp

26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not [a]hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God]—he cannot be My disciple.

Jesus said he did not come to bring peace upon the earth but DIVISION, a father against the son, a mother against a daughter and so on. When we become a disciple of Jesus it will SEPARATE US FROM ALL OTHERS ON THE PLANET INCLUDING SOME IN OUR OWN FAMILY’S.

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27 Whoever does not carry his own cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow after Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] cannot be My disciple.

This is NOT, YOUR BEST LIFE NOW, this is what Jesus says about being a disciple. Its not SELF IMPROVEMENT, ITS SELF DENIAL [ DEATH TO SELF, SELFISHNESS, AND SELFIES ] ITS NOT BEING A BETTER YOU, ITS ABOUT YOU DISAPPEARING AND JESUS APPEARING TO EVERYONE ….THROUGH THE NEW YOU, THE YOU IN CHRIST.

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Taking up the cross means the walk of the SPIRIT and the DEATH OF THE FLESH, we R crucified DAILY.

Then Jesus talks about COUNTING THE COST and the man who laid the foundation of a building but was not able to finish it, because he had not counted the COST that it would take to complete it.

33 So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not [carefully consider the cost and then for My sake] [b]give up all his own possessions.

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Am I a disciple of Jesus? sometimes I wonder, and only by HIS grace and power through me will I B able to force my way through the JESUS door, LEAVING ALL ELSE BEHIND FOR HIS SAKE.

It may B a high cost to follow Jesus, BUT NOT FOLLOWING HIM IS A MUCH HIGHER PRICE TO PAY.

Thanks for your time, and as always:

NO ONE CARES HOW MUCH YOU KNOW.                                                                        UNTIL THEY KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CARE…….

Larry

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Hello and welcome to another edition of ACTS 29 TODAY. (now its your turn)

Well this a little detour from my main subject this time, but I get questions about this from people and so I feel the need to address it, so it will be posted in ACTS 29 TODAY.

Its the question about WHY DO THE PROSPERITY PREACHERS PROSPER …BUT I / WE / THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GIVING TO THEM…DON’T.

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Now this is a very big subject and all I am going to do here is tell you what He the Holy Spirit told me about it, as I wondered about it for a long time to. Now having been in the movement myself and have preached the message myself back in the day (some 30 yrs ago I suppose) and people would put 100$ bills in my shirt pocket on my way out after preaching an extraordinary moving prosperity message…LOL.

Several things happened that moved me away completely from that message, one day the Holy Spirit said to me (inward voice) if you would use your faith to believe me for a greater love walk, instead of for a Lear jet and new car you would be way better off.

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On another occasion He said, yes you can build and gather a huge gathering of people on your PERSONALITY ALONE….AND MANY ARE DOING JUST THAT….IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO??? OR DO YOU WANT TO HAVE A SPIRIT LED AND SPIRIT EMPOWERED LIFE AND REALLY HELP OTHERS.

Then as I studied the new testament and the life of Jesus IT JUST ISN’T THERE , and yes I no all of the arguments about it…BUT NONE OF THEM HOLD WATER…our great example JESUS never lived or taught anything close to what people have made it into today. OR PAUL or any of the rest of the Apostles.

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So without any further ado…several years ago my wife and I were driving down a lonely stretch of out in the middle of nowhere highway in Utah and we were talking about the GMO…genetically modified organism. This is where man takes a seed and modify s it (make it better)  so they think, and it will produce faster or have things put in it to make it grow bigger, and  on and on. The only problem is when they mess with the natural seed and ADD or TAKE AWAY FROM IT.

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IT WILL NOT REPRODUCE….SO GUESS WHAT? YES THAT’S RIGHT, THEY HAVE TO COME BACK THE NEXT YEAR AND BUY MORE SEED FROM THE ONES WHO MODIFIED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

BECAUSE IT WILL ONLY PRODUCE …ONE…HARVEST.

As we were talking it occurred to us that is exactly what has happened in the prosperity (give me your money) message.

The prosperity preacher has MODIFIED THE SEED (THE WORD) CHANGED IT A LITTLE BIT FOR HIS OWN ADVANTAGE (PROMISING THAT IF YOU GIVE TO HIM, good soil, THEN GOD WILL BLESS YOU BACK 100 FOLD)

We believed him and gave our money to him, OUR SO CALLED SEED (nothing in the bible about money being seed…that came from man) and because the true seed has been modified…NOW IT CAN ONLY PRODUCE …ONE…YES ONE…HARVEST, AND GUESS WHO GETS THAT ONE HARVEST….YES YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT…..THE PROSPERITY PREACHER WHO MODIFIED THE SEED.

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So he prospers abundantly and the people who give to him do not, because the seed (the word of GOD) has been changed from the truth and now has mixture in it of error and cannot reproduce.

So that’s why they tell you when you don’t get anything back…don’t give up, your harvest is just around the corner, don’t let the devil steal you harvest, in fact make the devil mad and give twice as much today, and blah, blah, blah.

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Been there done that and have the t-shirt…lets wake up and smell the Jasmine tea folks, if these people are living luxurious rich and famous life styles I don’t even go near them and for sure can not support their jets and mansions and Bentley.

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So in a nutshell that word from the Holy Spirit answered that question for me once and for all. Now this not only applies to the prosperity mess, but to all other aspects of the word also.

The true word of GOD (the seed) when planted (falls into the ground and dies) will bring forth fruit (and it grows we no not how) after its own kind. But if man changes the word for his own benefit or whatever reason IT WILL NOT REPRODUCE, and that’s why we are in the mess we are in today…THE TRADITIONS OF MAN…HAVE MADE THE WORD OF GOD TO NO EFFECT.

THE GOOD NEWS, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE FINDING OUT THE TRUTH…..AND THE TRUTH IS SETTING THEM/US/YOU/ AND ME……FREE.

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STAY THIRSTY MY FRIENDS.

Larry

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello and welcome to another ACTS 29 TODAY edition.

Well we are finally off and running and it may take a few post to get thru each subject but that’s OK because this is very important stuff that will ultimately change the face of just about everything we look at today as church.

Most of my information is taken from the book PAGAN CHRISTIANITY by Frank Viola and George Barna available at amazon, and also the book RETURN by David O’Brien available at http://www.allfortheprize.com and I highly recommend them both.

Many modern day Christians have no clue why they do the things they do and go to the places they go, they figure that its just the way it is. They have a great love affair with the BUILDING and if a group of believers begin to gather together it isn’t long until they start talking about securing a BUILDING.

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After all how could you be a church without a BUILDING, just listen to what people say:

Did you go to church today (how can we go to something we are)

Wow that’s the biggest church I have ever seen (talking about a BUILDING)

or the average pastor:

Isn’t it wonderful to be in the house of GOD today (as if the BUILDING was GODS house)

or…what church do you go to (uh…well there is really only one church)

or…do you go to pastor so and so,s church (Jesus said it was HIS church not any mans)

None of these things have anything to do with new testament Christianity.

Ancient Judaism had 3 things, the Priesthood, the sacrifice, and the temple and when Jesus came He ended all 3…fulfilling them in Himself. He is the temple who embodies a new and living house made of living stones—without hands. He is the priest who established a new priesthood and He is the perfect and finished sacrifice.

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Christianity is the first and only so called religion to ever come forth that is NON-TEMPLE BASED. No where in the NT do we find the terms church (ekklesia), temple, or house of GOD referred to as a BUILDING. To the first century believers calling a church a BUILDING would have been like calling your wife a condominium or your mother a skyscraper.

In AD 190 Clement of Alexandria was the first to use the words ”go to church” in reference to a BUILDING but was totally foreign to early believers. YOU CANNOT …GO TO SOMETHING YOU ARE.

Even at that his reference ”go to church” was not in reference to a special BUILDING to go to for worship, but instead referred to private homes that second-century Christian’s used for their meeting places.

The early church (that is the PEOPLE OF GOD) consistently met in homes and until the year 300 we know of no BUILDINGS that were originally build as a church until the time of Constantine. Neither was there a special priestly caste set apart to serve GOD.

Every believer understood that he or she was a priest unto GOD and that the true and final sacrifice had come (JESUS) and the only sacrifice they now offered were the spiritual sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving.

When Roman Catholicism evolved in the 4th to 6th centuries, it mixed many of the practices of paganism and Judaism and set up a PROFESSIONAL priesthood, erected SACRED BUILDINGS, and turned the Lords supper into a mysterious sacrifice. They also adopted the burning of incense and sacred virgins.

The protestants dropped the the sacrificial use of the Lords supper, the burning of incense, and the sacred virgins, but retained the clergy (caste) as well as the SACRED BUILDING.

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Well its very interesting to find out just how we got to this place we are in today and it only gets better as we go on, next week we will look at GOING FROM THE CHURCH MEETING IN HOUSES…TO…HOLY (NOT) CATHEDRALS. And find out who the father of church buildings really is, so till next time BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE, AND BELIEVE ME…IT CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONES LIFE.

Larry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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