28 January 2016

Go Go Go Joseph!

Consider how Joseph was used by God for God's ultimate good purpose.

Despite pleading his innocence, he accepted the situation he found himself in.

Sometimes our current situation is one we can do nothing about.

Joseph found himself in a horrible situation when his brothers conspired to kill him and later resolved to sell him off and tell their father that Joseph was attacked by wild animals.

We can read how Joseph submitted to his situation and depended on God to deliver His good will in due time, even if it meant certain death or a long life of servitude to a foreign people.

Instead of being rebellious, or attempting to escape his situation and run back home, Joseph accepted his situation and stayed at peace in his heart.

Joseph continued to be good, do good and honor God in all his actions.

Joseph did this not to win favor among men, but because Joseph was conscience of God; the God who knows and judges men's hearts and minds.

Men judge by outer appearance, but the judgment of the I Am of heaven and earth goes deeper than what the eyes of flesh can see and the mind's if men can perceive.

Joseph resolved that obedience to God was greater than his personal life.

Staying holy and honorable before the I Am took precedence over Joseph's pride, or fear, or desire to not be subject to anyone.

Joseph submitted to a foreign and pagan leadership / regime / people.

Joseph accepted his seemingly stressful reality... and as Today's faithful know, through prayer and understanding that God is good to His children, Joseph shined bright among his contemporaries.

Joseph understood that his salvation was not measured by his worldly possessions or material reality, but the condition of his heart and his obedience to the invisible God.

Joseph was eventually honored by men for his honesty, his good will towards others, his service, his honorable demeanor and the amazing ways God revealed mysteries through Joseph.

Joseph didn't take credit for the miraculous revelations, but gave glory to God, preaching and revealing who the true eternal Lord of heaven and earth is.

In your situations, both near or far, domestic or foreign, political or religious, consider being more like a Joseph and less like _______ (enter your name in the blank space).

But take note; a much greater Example than Joseph has been revealed under heaven!

And although the memory and name of Joseph can be honored, the Name of the greatest Example is the only One to be praised, glorified and absolutely imitated.

This Perfect Example was peaceful, loving, forgiving, merciful and accepted His fate.

His is the only Name by which men are saved.

Read Genesis 37, 39-50 for the entire saga that God brought forth through Joseph.

27 January 2016

Going Big Or Staying Small?

Owners of residential, commercial and industrial properties have the freedom to do as they please with their property according to their city's / town's civic authority.

A city council has authority to change certain rules regarding business practices in their jurisdiction and what kind of businesses can and cannot do business.

What are some pros and cons when a city decides to allow for large multi-national publicly owned corporations to do business?

Some economists understand that profits are more likely to be redistributed in a city, county, state and country when small businesses are encouraged and supported rather than large multi-nationals.

For simplicity sake, take for example a privately owned small business you are familiar with, whatever it may be.

The owner possibly lives nearby.

Their income goes to local living expenses and they possibly purchase most goods and services locally as well.

Depending on the size of business allowing for employees, the employees also spend locally and further stimulate local and associated economies.

On the other hand, with a multi-national, the stock owners (absentee / passive owners) may reside anywhere worldwide, their incomes being redistributed where they live, not always where the businesses are located.

In both cases, the city receives tax revenue (which is a motivation to allow for large companies), yet the overall economic stimulation can be unequal in terms of overall redistribution of wealth.

This is what has allowed for some city areas to be blighted; wealth not returning from where it stems.

The “business” of doing business over larger areas, or globally, is surely profitable, yet does it better serve the consumer and / or the populace living near multi-national businesses?

Read and consider this article explaining how "for every dollar we spend on food, only about 16 cents goes to the farmer. The other 84 cents go towards what economists call “marketing,” which refers not to commercials and advertising, but the entire chain that ensures food makes it from farm to plate."

If any city (those who manage and live in the city, I mean) would like to see more money staying locally, feeding local supply chains and people, and thus producing more tax revenue for the city, then cities and its people need to voice their choice to move in that direction.

26 January 2016

What Can Man Do To Me?

Fear /noun/

an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

If you have been listening too long to news propaganda, you may have already been infected by the fear bug.

This sickness attacks your better judgment, suspends your reasoning and eventually infiltrates your heart.

The basis of racism, hatred, indifference and suspicion has its root in fear.

Some people are fearful of losing their identity, for they have honored ideas and notions learned over time.

If you take pride in your last name, your ancestral heritage, the religion you were born into, the ethnicity you identify with or the land mass you have been taught is somehow a part of you, you most likely fear those people who are different from these ideas you hold near and dear to your heart.

If you believe the testimony found in Scripture which professes that we are all derived from a single bloodline, from a single source, then why would you fear your relative either near and far?

If you instead identify with later ideologies, later religious ideas, later professions disguised as truth, good and honorable, yet perceive those who look different, speak a different language, perceive the world and its God differently, then you may have allowed the ideas of men to cause the sickness of fear to poison your heart and mind.
“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” 
“Whoever acknowledges Me before others, I will also acknowledge before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before others, I will disown before My Father in heaven.” 
- Matthew 10: 26-33
If anyone acknowledges that Yeshua is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Yeshua. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 
We love because He first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 
- 1 John 4: 15-20

25 January 2016

The Language Of Math

Why is it that two people speaking the same language cannot understand one another?

Perhaps words go only as far as a person's understanding allows.

What is interesting about the language of math is that the better you know math, the easier it is to communicate with other math fluent people.

Math conveys the specifics of ideas and concepts that are only revealed when you understand the math.

Thus, there are limits to what the math would reveal to the mind, just as there are limits to any person's understanding, concept and experience when it comes to understanding the messaging words of another person.

If I were to tell you about something I experienced, if you haven't experienced something similar, my words may fail in helping you understand my experience.

Try explaining what a ball is to someone who has never seen a ball.

Words may be able to describe the shape, how it reacts to being pushed on a smooth surface.

Words may even compare a ball to something else, like the shape of an eye's pupil.

But something round isn't necessarily spherical.

And if your hearer doesn't know what the term “spherical” means, that word fails to convey any understanding.

Words do fail sometimes in properly conveying concepts, ideas, experiences, realities and the truth into the mind of another human being.

Truth isn't relegated only to the learned and sophisticated.

Quite the contrary sometimes.

With the language of math, rules are set in place to derive a solution.

Yet not all mathematical problems have been solved, not all equations have a resolving solution; some have “infinity” as an answer, and this answer troubles those who speak and think in mathematical terms.

But just as math opens up another world of understanding and perception to people, it is by accepting and believing the rudiments and principles of math which allows for communication.

However, knowing the rules does not equate to understanding or solving all problems.

You may be proficient in any spoken language, but that doesn't mean you understand everything you read written in your native language.

Where, then, does understanding come from?

Experiencing what a ball is would assist in conveying the language describing a ball.

In fact, no explanatory words would be necessary if you were to simply hand a ball to someone.

Such is the way of understanding; it isn't so much found as in knowing how to solve a mathematical problem.

Understanding is something handed to you; a gift... and sadly, not everyone is gifted understanding.

24 January 2016

Visions From Above

There are numerous mirrors reflecting similarities and signs between the old and new covenants.

It must have very exciting and extraordinary for the disciples and all who heard Christ teach as they would recall what they've learned since children.

I can only imagine their amazement as they experienced the past being brought to life; the speaking of life into the ancient testimonies.

It is just as exciting for us reading these matters Today.
Then the I AM said to Moses, “Come up to the I AM, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy-[two] of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance... 
Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy-[two] elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel. Under His feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky. But God did not raise His hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank... 
When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the I AM settled on Mount Sinai... 
- Exodus 24: 1, 9-11, 15-16a
It is written these men “saw God.”
About eight days after Yeshua said this, He took Peter, John and James with Him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Yeshua. They spoke about His departure, which He was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men standing with Him... 
While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Yeshua was alone. 
- Luke 9: 28-32, 34-36a
Regarding “seeing God,” Elijah also testifies of a personal experience 'seeing' God (1 Kings 19), as have many other individuals in various ways throughout times, as these testimonies we now read have messaged.

Elijah was the spiritual leader of his time and lived roughly ten centuries after Abraham, and roughly ten centuries before Christ was revealed.

What else has been testified regarding “seeing” something?
Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be His waist up He looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down He looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded Him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around Him. 
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the I AM. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of One speaking. 
- Ezekiel 1: 26-28
What have those like Elijah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel, Abraham, Moses and others who have testified they've “seen” God been “seeing”?
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 
- Colossians 1: 15
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word... 
- Hebrews 1: 3a

23 January 2016

Childish Antics

It is easy to blame God.

Although I understand that nothing happens outside of God's will, when something arguably 'bad' or 'tragic' happens, I once again wonder “how can God allow this to happen?”

Another response when things seem to go wrong or bad, is to blame myself.

“God is punishing me for my past sins” is a common thought.

“This happened because of what I did / said the other day” or something similar.

I don't live a perfect life, although this is the effort.

Nor am I perfect in thought, word and deed, although my aim is to be perfect.

So when something 'bad' happens to me, or my wife, or someone near and dear to us, I wrestle with these thoughts of doubt.

I get into arguments with my thoughts... and I sometimes find myself festering in a bad way.

I can have a temper, and it doesn't take much for my temper to become a firestorm from a tiny spark moments earlier.

The challenge is dealing with the firestorm once it begins to push from my heart and towards my lips, my mind already in a heated whirlwind.

The goal is to not let any firestorm develop from the typical sparks I encounter, sometimes daily and too often to care counting.

Yet I fail.

I fail to be perfect.

I fail to extinguish the thoughts before they affect my heart.

'I' fail because I am human.

Yet when I begin to pray, I realize 'I' wasn't meant to live this life alone.

I find myself confessing almost all the time, and I hate that.

I hate that my shortcomings are not easily removed.

I used to beat myself up with resounding negative thoughts, with the echoing words of others, either from church circles or relatives.

But once He taught me what grace means, peace comes quicker and quicker.

The resolve to confess and accept one's humanity becomes easier.

The self-punishment or echoes of accusing words, veiled as 'help' from others, are heard less and less in my heart.

What I am always faced with and always reminded of is my humanity; my failings, my character flaws, my past attempts building on sand.

The previous foundation of sand needs to be cleared and removed entirely.

The sand I've tried building on is being removed when I'm tempted to blame God for this world's troubles and turmoil.

22 January 2016

Laughing Now At Bullies

Politics is like that big bully in school we all grew up with.

Unless we went along with their views, their opinions and their will, we were not “in.”

Unless we were like them or actually 'them,' we were despised and always less than.

What some of us didn't understand while in school, was that the bully was mistreated at home.

Their parents belittled them, making them feel worthless unless they did something worthy, or of value, in the eyes of the parents.

Unless that bully would grow up to make lots of money, they were viewed as useless and worthless.

And all the abuse that bully child was receiving at home, is exactly what they would throw upon all the other kids in school.

Politics is that bully, and the bully's parents are those who push the bully to write certain laws supporting the business agenda, protecting the wealth of the parents.

In school we rarely, if at all, saw the bully's parents.

But we felt all the abuse that bully's parents were causing.

Some children believed the bully's opinions and forceful tactics and became bullies themselves.

Some who were ridiculed, and survived, later realized exactly what was causing that bully to be a bully.

The bully would sometimes use “God” as excuses for their actions and words, making others feel inept or bad for not agreeing with everything the bully was saying and doing.

Some fell for this manipulation, and unwritten laws were followed, like not responding to open ridicule from the bully and their supporters for fear of worse abuse.

But what most of us now realize, being far and away from school and the bullies who run them, is how wrong they were.

We realized the bully, or whomever desired to be leader, only needed to be loving and kind to be liked and accepted by the rest of us, which is a purpose of politics.

21 January 2016

Standing On Giant Shoulders

Can we take any credit when it is our obedience to what is good benefits us?

Can we claim we had anything to do with any thing when we are the animated?

Perhaps we are allowed to 'think' we had a choice in a matter so we may rationalize our existence and why the world has good as well as bad.


Can we take any credit when it's His love that fulfills our destiny?

How can any man take pride in what they do, what they know, what they have... when all these things, and what has preceded us, we had nothing to do with?

Whether it is what we've been taught by parents, schools, or society, secularly speaking we are culturally developed from centuries upon the centuries of experience, trial and error of others.

We enjoy the comforts of innovation and invention of others.

How then can the one driving a car take credit for the collective effort that has gone into producing the car?

The seemingly simple invention of the wheel is sometimes taken for granted, much how modern society and its cultural development is sometimes taken for granted, as if it has always been.

If we were to guess that the inspiration of any human application of our efforts in this world, thinking these things originated from us, would be to forget the Source of all creativity, inspiration and cognizance.

Man has taken inspiration from the birds of the air to conceptualize flight in an aircraft made by man's hands.

Do we thank the birds?

Or do we thank and acknowledge the bird Designer?

What an arrogant thing to ponder that any man is self-made or self-inspired; yet this notion is a driving force for much of modern humanity.

Perhaps a man can take credit for doing something wrong, hurtful or detrimental to himself or others.

20 January 2016

Words For Today And Every Day

If the believer is a coheir with Christ, then the message describing Christ also describes the believer.

If the message consoled the Christ, then the message also consoles the believer.

And as Christ was protected at some times, and allowed to suffer at other times to bring forth a greater purpose for Himself and for mankind, the believer also shall be protected at certain times and also allowed to suffer for a greater purpose, both for themselves and for mankind... all to the glory of God!

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the I Am, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 
Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 
He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 
If you say, “The I Am is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 
“Because he loves Me,” says the I Am, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My Name. 
He will call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 
With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.” 
- Psalm 91

19 January 2016

Seeing Is Believing Is Seeing

As you search the prior covenant's message, the foreshadowing of Messiah, the revealing of the I Am's right hand, can be found.

Some places are literally obvious, while others can be revealed in due time.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the I Am, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: 
“Holy, holy, holy is the I Am Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.” 
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the I Am Almighty.” 
- Isaiah 6: 1-5
After Isaiah “saw” the I Am... through Isaiah was revealed what John the Baptist would speak.
A voice of one calling: 
“In the wilderness prepare the way for the I Am;make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 
Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low;the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 
And the glory of the I Am will be revealed, and all people will see it together. 
For the mouth of the I Am has spoken.”... 
You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. 
You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout,lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, 
“Here is your God!” 
See, the Sovereign I Am comes with power, and He rules with a mighty arm. 
See, His reward is with Him, and His recompense accompanies Him... 
With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken Him?... 
“To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?” says the Holy One. 
- Isaiah 40: 3-5, 9-10, 18, 25
For centuries hence, the world has been amazed at how profound and yet how simple the teachings of Christ are... speaking to the hearts of those God calls heavenward, confusing the hearts of those God has chosen not.
The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Yeshua of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 
“Be quiet!” said Yeshua sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. 
- Mark 1: 22-26
Isaiah “saw” the I Am, the Holy One, and that appearance is described and explained throughout the old and new testaments.

Is it men who see God in their image?
So God created mankind in his own image,in the image of God he created them;male and female he created them. 
- Genesis 1: 27
Or is it men who have been fashioned in the image of God?
You believe that there is One God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 
- James 2: 19

18 January 2016

Nation Of Immigrants Suspicious Of Immigrants

Why blame immigrants when the U.S. markets the American Dream to the world via media, movies, products and culture?

The process of transforming cultures and political regimes one mind at a time takes several generations.

It is immigration which feeds the cheap labor demand in the U.S.

It is immigration and cheap labor which supports the mega rich and influential; those who influence policy to their particular political representatives.

Why blame "democrats" (or republicans) when the "republicans" (or democrats) are simply the other hand of the same single corporate de facto government?

Have you ever heard of the negotiation gambit "good cop vs bad cop"?

Policy continues forward regardless of the color of the neck tie of whomever you may be currently enamored with.

Why blame one side when both sides work for those with VE$TED interests?

The world is a business and those in business need your tacit approval and cooperation.

To believe there is a real difference between one political entity and another one is like watching a sports game and root for one side, but alas, the reality is that you are simply watching a game made to entertain you and distract you from real life.

It doesn't really matter who wins the sports game, because historic reality continues on despite the red or blue team / elephant or donkey winning.

Such is the argument of blaming one side while honoring or identifying with the other.

Since we are dealing with human beings and human ideas, shouldn't we desire to clearly see things according to humanity and not to the ideas themselves?

One should ask: are people treated like commodities or treated with dignity?

Watch this short video (less than three minutes) about U.S. immigration policy by Vox.

17 January 2016

Which "ism" Is Best?

When speaking of political ideas, communism is simply another "ism" by which men control other men.

Isn't politics simply a method of managing people and resources?

If one were to read the ten demands (also called planks) of the Communist Manifesto, one would see these ten ideas already in place in all countries, even America.

Advocating for one “ism” while vilifying another is to not understand what these things really are.
Monarchies have also thrived and it wasn't called or similar to "capitalism."

Thus, believing one “ism,” like capitalism, is perfect or “better” than any other “ism” is to not clearly see what has been set up in places where it is believed capitalism solely exists (again referring to that certain manifesto).

The United States is yet another development from ancient times and systems (Greek and Roman law continually developed over the years in and through other empires/states).

It is a repetition of conquering people and land by an invading people.

These aims were accomplished by any means necessary, including murder and theft, to eventually establish economic centers in forwarding the pursuit of wealth and power.

Nothing new under the sun.

How the narrative has been revised in order to give a semblance of "awe" and "honor" and "justification," I recommend "Lies My Teacher Told Me" as a great read to help assist in deprogramming the false narratives of American history.

It is a book based on scholarship, not tainted propaganda the American historical narrative is.

Just as people traveled to Rome, they also traveled to Babylon, to Nineveh and to all centers of ancient civilizations in pursuit of wealth and prestige. 

16 January 2016

Old Habits In The New Age

Words carry with them several meanings; literal, allusive, metaphoric, anagogic, allegory, etc.

Sometimes understanding the context isn't sufficient to derive what the single or several meanings are taught and implied.

This is true not only with inspired writings but also with political writings.

When a regime exchanges hands, the common people are sometimes last to know.

An outright coup d'etat makes the news, or does it?

Ancient coups would eventually go from ear to mouth to ear and reach the countrysides of the civil polity, riding along with traveling merchants and/or heralds to those in important positions.

What has been unique with the United States was the semblance of civil administrations taking turns at the helm.

A noble idea, but has it always been so now or throughout time?

The idea of a political representative is to have the interests of a private person publicly known and implemented while that policy's author stays private.
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. 
- Proverbs 22: 7
What is called “political contributions” or “soft money” or having political directions dictated by money is nothing new, but why do people today not recognize what has always been?

Is it because new words are used to speak of ancient ideas?
Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent. 
- Deuteronomy 16: 19
Some would argue the adoption of popular ideas and eliminating outdated ideas is prudent, a sign of evolution and society's growth.

There has always been social, ethical and moral constants throughout time's civilizations which cannot be ignored... but some constants have been ignored and society and its human nature are not without response and consequence.
Woe to the land whose king was a servant / a child, and whose princes feast in the morning. 
Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time—for strength and not for drunkenness. 
- Ecclesiastes 10: 16-17
Watch and listen to this music video... may not be your taste of music, but the lyrics and the soundbites from the political candidates is uncanny... and not surprisingly similar.

15 January 2016

Following Righteousness Or Religion?

Light Within Darkness Is Righteousness Within Religion

Religion, as is state nationality, as is tribal identity, as is race or ethnicity, and other ideas, are derived from humanity reaching for identity.

Religion is not the only idea to blame.

Yet, I proclaim we are all brothers, sisters, distant cousins separated only by time, geography and the ideas of men (these identities, which are faulty and at times very false when they divide otherwise likeminded people).

Religion is used as a tool to justify war, hatred, murder and subjugation of other peoples.

I must clarify that prior to what is called "Christianity" developing under Roman authority, it was called the Way and other terms, and was built upon love for neighbor as well as enemy.

The primary sources show this development as does historical evidence in secular records of the actors who followed the Way, and those who would make a blending of the Way and men's ways.

It is a very difficult effort to find fault with loving both neighbors and enemies, yet men try.

It is difficult to blame the primary sources (the Gospel), and its Author (Christ Yeshua) and the early disciples when men, centuries later, began to bring into contempt that which can be arguably good through and through.

And when the primary sources are attacked, and arguments arise as to who physically penned the message, instead of speaking about the message and how it applies to the individual, men make distracting arguments (asking “who” wrote it, instead of asking “is this true despite not knowing who wrote it?”).

Does the source need to be truly revealed if the message speaks the truth?

How do we know a message is true and another is false?

A true message speaks to your heart and causes you to love your neighbor and your enemy... and this is the light of righteousness.

A false message makes excuses, and causes men to hate other men... and this is the darkness of religion.

14 January 2016

Limitless Faith

I think it is part of the human experience to grow out and from our initial perceptions.

We seem to have a programming setting us in motion to grow, not only physically like children into adults, but from immaturity to maturity, from carnal to spiritual, from faulty to righteous.

Isn't this what scientists are honored and applauded for doing; pushing the envelope of knowledge, experience, understanding and thus perceptions and reality?

The truth in scientific has always been present, someone had simply not found or figured out the truth.

Some of us have come to learn that reality isn't always perceived by others when it comes to matters immeasurable by scientific methods or perceived by human eyes.

Why are those who have experiences of the supernatural or metaphysical considered liars, or illogical or whatever the inexperienced would label them?

At one point in history it was difficult for men to discuss things which were invisible to the eye, but nowadays these discovered realities are accepted without issue in scientific circles; the mystery of some unseen forces having been demystified.

Isn't it possible that the spirit (or spirit realm) is yet another frontier to human growth, with some humans throughout time always “having arrived' while others never even getting started?

Since archaic times men have written about such phenomenal experiences while others have wondered and called them ridiculous.

Some fall into denial either because they haven't experienced or, perhaps believing is a major discomfort.

I sometimes speak to people who, despite having very different views on life and beliefs about "God" than me, share having experiences of things they cannot clearly identify.

Although I haven't seen or experienced the same exact phenomena that they have, I can relate to what they share.

My faith hasn't always been absolute.

I have gone back and forth in believing and doubting many things.

Yet for some reason, the "belief" in God has been inescapable for me.

Even when I didn't want to believe or would have logical journeys in trying to demystify the notion of a God, somehow my “programming” was constant: there surely is a God.

My acknowledgment of His Presence was somehow automatic, nothing I can take credit for.

Neither has the faith I've received is something I can take credit for.

This gift of faith in God has allowed for developing further understandings, eventually allowing for events which are not to be widely mentioned.

Whether it was the amount of faith God gifts someone or simply Him preparing someone for such experiences, or something else, I must testify that aside from the doubt in God many have imitated in this depraved world, this man has realized there is a common faith in God that sadly puts limits on His capabilities, and then there is an understanding of an awesome limitless to His ability to do as He pleases.

Man's logic and understanding cannot limit what God wills to do, but one's limited faith can prevent one from not only understanding what is possible, but also forwarding a faithless notion that God is somehow restricted.

To some people, the accounts in Scripture are ridiculous at best and fairy tale at worst.

But to us who have seen, have heard, have tasted and have been gifted eyes to see beyond the typical, we hold no limit or doubt to what His desire will bring.

13 January 2016

Angels And Names

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 
- Hebrews 13: 2 (mid-to-late 1st Century A.D.)
This is why we love others, even perceived “enemies.”

Consider others better than yourself; serve others, do to others as you'd have them do to you.
“Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the Name of Yeshua Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Yeshua is 
‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ 
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” 
- Acts 4: 10-12 (mid 1st Century A.D.)
If salvation comes through a single Name, what about the many other 'names' men argue about?

Can some 'names' be confused for titles, definitions, explanations and identifiers of some One?
“Very truly I tell you,” Yeshua answered, “before Abraham was born, I Am!” 
- John 8: 58 (early 1st Century A.D.)
An eternal answer.
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His Name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 
God said to Moses, “I Am who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am as sent me to you.’ ” 
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The I Am, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ 
“This is My Name forever, the Name you shall call Me from generation to generation.” 
- Exodus 3: 13-15 (~1300 B.C.)
In asking for a 'name,' did God comply, or did God speak an eternal significance, a declaration, a timeless reality?
The I Am appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground... 
The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the I Am... 
When the I Am had finished speaking with Abraham, He left, and Abraham returned home. 
- Genesis 18: 1-2, 22, 33 (~1800 B.C.)
Three visual beings appeared to Abraham... two walked away, then later the Lord left Abraham.
The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 
- Genesis 19: 1 (~1800 B.C.)
The two 'men' who walked away, are here termed “angels.”
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 
- Hebrews 13: 2 (mid-to-late 1st Century A.D.)

12 January 2016

Government Of Or Over People?

In terms of religion: if any government were to pass a law making a particular belief mandatory on threat of death, would that law compel that government's people to believe?

Whether the individual truly “believes” what is proposed, they surely will be compelled to “act” as though they believed.

This is the definition of force, compulsion and tyranny for those who understand.

For those who never knew any other way, their mental landscape wouldn't change, for the law is a steady reminder of their current paradigm, always being reinforced.

Within such a paradigm, there is no room for responsibility or desire on the part of the individual to grow outside their already lawfully declared perception.

When the state demands obedience to something religious, it undermines the human's desire for something greater than themselves, thinking it could legislate a good heart from extreme law making.

Obedience is wrought from fear of consequences, not encouraged through 'love of God' and desire to be righteous.

What if a law passed making illegal any particular belief; would people cease believing?

The same result may occur; outward appearances would show obedience to the law, but inwardly (the heart's condition) may be a different story.

Who can see the heart?

The world's governments have passed many laws throughout times, mostly restricting certain activities that may restrict the rights of others.

Looking at murder as an example; murder is the removal of the right the person killed had, for they had a right to life.

The one who committed the crime of murder would be guilty of violating the right to life of the murdered.

Aside from discussing if any government legitimately holds the right to take any person's life, we see the taking of life in many of the world's governments Today.

The government's activity is justified and enforced, regardless of any individual's opinion of the law.

In some places, publicly voicing your opinion would be cause for death... according to that government's law.

What is unique in secular governments is that personal beliefs are not always considered, regulated, or at issue unless those beliefs begin to restrict or hinder the rights of others.

This allows for people to have varying opinions and beliefs while all people can be both protected and convicted by the same laws, allowing for reason and humanity to grow.

What is unique in governments beholden to religious dogmas is that there is usually little interpretation or very little allowance for the individual to have a difference of opinion or belief from the government's opinion or law.

Rarely do governments admit wrong doing or having been wrong regarding any issue.

What is the possibility of a government, who begets and enforces a national identity according to religious dogmas, humbly acknowledging being wrong?

This issue has been the reoccurring theme throughout man's history.

We can read how some people have formed governments to ensure for the rights of the individual while promoting the freedoms of all peoples... or at least this is the aim of such legislation.

Not all laws nor governments have been perfect, since they are comprised of people... and people are fallible.

What would be the perfect form of government?

One that continues to grow into freedoms of the individual?

Or one that continues to restrict the freedoms of the individual?

If a government system has been developed after the idea that government has no right to form the hearts and minds of its people, why would an individual desire to change that government's aim?

If another government system has been developed after the idea that government has the right to form the hearts and minds of its people, how could an individual desire to change that government's aim if they are restricted from addressing their government?

I've mentioned two different government systems.

Can you guess which one has prospered and grown along with its people, and which one was has not?

11 January 2016

A More Perfect Union

The interpretation of terms is dependent on a reader's mindset and outlook.

Dependent also is the intention of what is written; its message.

When the second paragraph of the United States Constitution was penned with the words “...all men are created equal...,” this phrase was not inclusive to all human beings, or all men.

The men agreeing to that constitution most likely perceived “men” as those who resembled themselves, according to the limited horizon we all would have when looking as far as our identity and ideology allows us.

If that phrase extended to include every man who resided on the landmass that was later to be called “America,” this phrase would have outlawed slavery and indifference to indigenous people by default.

But we know it didn't.

The mindset at that point in time, within the popular consensus of those men's world experience, had a limited view... obviously.

The journey from when that constitution was written to the present has been a struggle of the heart, aside from reason, understanding, interpretation and other factors.

What has been evident is what the initial interpretation and most likely intention was for those who drafted and agreed to this writing.

Did you know; the Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation and executive order?

Although Lincoln is quoted stating “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it...,” we can see how such executive powers can override the nearsightedness of those who represent financial interests... and slave ownership was a major financial interest for many men at that time.

Aside from attempting to judge the heart of a man by his words, the interpretation to include all men was forwarded within an American century.

10 January 2016

Learning From The Past, Seeing The Future

The prior covenant has a wealth of life lessons.

Those placing their faith and trust in God can learn much.

Always remember the prior covenant was fulfilled in Christ.

Although it holds faith-filled lessons, attempting to live according to the prior covenant's way conflicts with the new covenant's Way of peace, love and unity.

Look at Daniel and his four contemporaries who ascended to prominence.

Although becoming slaves of a foreign empire, what can be learned when seeing these testimonies through Today's perspective of Christ's Sovereignty?

Did Daniel and the fellow slaves rebel against the occupation of their lands and eventual captivity and transplant into foreign lands?

Did Daniel resist his role of a Babylonian slave?

Didn't Daniel submit to all rules and dictates of the new regime minus few edicts?

Very often Daniel's single disobedience is highlighted as a lesson to resist submitting to a state's dictates or a foreign invasion... but what else is revealed therein?

Daniel first made a humble request regarding his obedience to a particular diet (such dietary restrictions are loosened under the new covenant), and God provided a way to prove to his handlers that the vegetable diet was sufficient.

Daniel and his relatives expressed their trust in God regarding outer influences of a foreign state and foreign religion by staying obedient in their heart and conscience when giving up their body to whatever demands the tyranny would demand of them, minus them physically bowing down and worshiping an idol.

How was Daniel elevated to a prominent position if not by his humility, his obedience to physical demands and to absolute submission to secular matters?

Daniel provided an insight as to how the spiritual journey would be lived out in the new age, under the new covenant, among a wayward and depraved secular world.

09 January 2016

We Are Birds Of A Feather

Seagull; Belmont Pier, Long Beach, California

Pigeon's Wing; Bluff Park Below Junipero, Long Beach, California

In times past, newly conquered lands and peoples would sometimes be dispossessed; moved to another region or realm.

This was a means of enforcing the new regime's methods and rule.

Other methods would simply impose/replace the top echelon of leadership, leaving traditions, customs and religious practices of the lower classes in tact, only extracting the typical tribute/taxing which rule by force or acknowledgement of rulership always demands.

At times, masses of people would move prior to, or because of, a regime change.

Many are the factors explaining why people move from their 'homelands.'

Yet, why is it Today that some still fear migration, or are unwelcoming to people seeking a better life and/or avoiding certain death?

Our ancestors (you read that correctly, both yours and my ancestors) have collectively experienced newly arriving people who were moving for infringing reasons.

Our ancestors were also bothered when they considered themselves natives to their lands and others were immigrating/infiltrating/occupying.

If only observers of history could see things objectively, not from a centric and identity-filled view.

When we are able to see the world as the repetitive cycle it is, we can then identify with accuracy those things which we perceive to divide us.

Sharing a personal reference regarding my recent ancestry:

There've been various tribes/groups/ethnicity of people who have traversed the island of Cuba; Jews, Arabs (people from the middle east), Eastern and Western Europeans (Germans, French, English, etc.), people from Asia (Chinese, Indian, Russia, etc.) and other regions of the world... some of which commingled with the native three tribes to the island.

Prior to my heritage arriving in Cuba and absorbing some native blood, it ventured from Spain (according to my grandparent's memory) a century prior.

Before that, one could further read the many peoples who traversed what is today called Spain throughout the ages, but I personally do not “come from” Spain, nor Cuba, nor even California (the geographic location my mother happened to give birth to me).

You and I both come from prior human beings physically speaking, not from the earth, unless you're speaking of the dust from which we share common elements.

The person born in Russia doesn't have Russian dust running through their veins, as the American born person doesn't have American dust running through theirs.

But some have been led to believe this, and they fail to see our commonality.

They believe opinions and warped arguments rather than reality.

Some foolishly see mankind as categories, labeling or identifying others who are not from their family/tribe/people/land.

This is why, to assume 'what' someone is like one would identify a dog or horse according to pedigree, is to fail to see and respect the other person's humanity, but simply categorize them and view them from a superior place, when the fact is we are all from the same single tribe.

Only time, geography and ideas have separated us, but we'er coming together as one.

We are, after all, brothers and sisters and cousins of one encompassing family.  

08 January 2016

Diffusing Political Propaganda Bombs

It is challenging diffusing the propaganda bomb narrow narratives make.

I can't expect people to look past their ideology or manufactured identity from one day to the next; this is a lifelong process (if one is aware of the need to work on such a process).

The following is my response to a gentleman who unloaded onto me a torrent of banal, and nearly hysterical, remarks regarding political viewpoints... what can be heard on American mainstream news channels any given day.

In short, what was revealed is they've been harassed by media propaganda since birth, and aim the blame at the vilified but not those making decisions from atop the totem pole.

People truly are helpless and harassed, and for some, their 'world' is crashing down all around them... yet this world is nothing more than ideas, ideals, identities and ideologies.

This world is based on these “I's”... or a world “all about me.”

Kings of the earth have pushed administrations focused on themselves and their selfishness, working only to support those close to them and in affiliated social circles.

However, at times other kings have understood their role and responsibility.

The responsibility is making sure the people at the extreme opposite end are considered.

Their role is establishing a stable reign and prosperous and fair society.

You may be able to determine, according to my response, what this person's words were to me.

Their message was aimed at calling foul the current administration, aiming the blame at immigrants and the country's woes on public policies, which has been a ploy used over and over again throughout history's legacy.

My aim was to clarify that blaming one side of the two-headed political behemoth is not seeing the nature of government nor the fallacy that one side is very different from the other.

Some historians lay the blame of Rome's fall to the immigrants.

But other evidence shows depravity, corruption, arrogance, greed and other human conditions contribute to the rise and fall of any people / nation / empire.

Why would the current empire be any different or escape the same destiny as those empires prior?

I see much of your narrative is reflective of the two-sided argument in mainstream politics between the left and the right / liberal and conservative / democrats and republicans... 
Perhaps we can look more objectively at what is happening. 
By the way, my birth certificate says "WHITE" when identifying both of my parents, who were married at the time, and who traveled to this country legally according to the political change in Cuba. The American government had much to do with the upheaval there, but I'm not here to lay blame, but simply state that there are greater factors than the ones we immediately hold onto or hear on the news when approaching our current time and the reality of our lives. 
So let us not make this discussion about white or black, or even about ethnic groups or superiority... for history shows these ideologies are either expanded or contracted depending on who is in power / control and what their taste in ideology is at the time (looking at world history). 
One cannot ignore the manner in which the land known as America had come to exist without showing it was simply a conquest by a stronger group of people over another people, and ideals and ideas like "manifest destiny" justifying the removal of indigenous peoples from their land in order to reap rewards from the land and aims at industry. Race, ethnicity, culture and religion played a big part in pushing this ideal, as has been done in every other corner of the world throughout time. 
It isn't a white vs whomever issue, it is an issue which has plagued the world since the beginning of mankind. One simple example is how Cain murdered Abel due to jealousy. Cain, being the first born and holder of the birthright (all things from his father going to him), still killed his younger brother... yet his firstborn status wasn't in jeopardy. Cain wasn't thinking clearly, and the Lord even approached him to warn him of the condition of his heart. 
A word like "greed" comes to mind when approaching your expressive email. Not your personal greed, but the greed which would justify running the world according to a business model (and the wealth derived therefrom) instead of seeing another human being as your brother, your cousin, your distant relative. We are all descendants of Noah, by the way; we are all related. 
To speak directly to what the media portrays as 'news' and leads people to believe that what is being portrayed is the 'truth': why are "Mexicans" the scapegoat when the government has allowed immigration to flow in from all corners of the world (not only Mexico) in order to feed a business demand? 
Isn't the allowance of immigration allowed to feed the demand of cheap labor to keep revenues up? This covers the illegal aspect as well. It isn't a difficult thing to place a wall and keep mass migrations, but it hasn't been done for a reason... and before Obama, you had eight years of your favorite party still allowing the same... and at one point, Reagan decided on amnesty. 
Let us look at things with objectivity and clarity. 
Isn't the reason manufacturing has gone overseas was to lower costs and expand the bottom line? It is very difficult to blame Mexicans or anyone else when this was a top-down decision supported by government. 
And who did the export of manufacturing benefit? The immigrant? No. Do you know who? You should. 
Isn't America modeled after the Roman Empire, which was modeled after the Greek?
In order to keep revenue and tribute flowing into the central governments of those empires (and the current one), new lands and peoples needed to be conquered... and those newly conquered people would eventually be incorporated into society, eventually receiving citizenship, so they too can be taxed and also sent out to conquer the next land still outside the empire's domain. 
The same thing happened in the east with the eastern ancient empires, but they are rarely mentioned into the American psyche because the identity in America derives from Greek and Roman culture, not so much Assyrian or Persian.... yet the system of treating people as commodities is the same. 
What is at issue is how human beings are systematically divided amongst one another according to the top-down propaganda which feeds their fears (i.e.: "the foreigner is going to take your job"). Divide and conquer... which goes back to ancient times.
If you were to look at Roman history, the same propaganda was unleashed onto that time's populous to keep current Roman citizens weary, suspicious and hateful of newly conquered peoples... nothing has changed Today. 
History repeats, but alas, men do not know much of history outside the revised textbook version stamped as "official" by their time's hegemony. 
To blame people who have to work for a living (whether they are black, brown, blue, green, yellow or speak whatever language and do not look like you) is to blame the wrong people. You are blaming people just like you, who have to figure out their living somewhat very similar to yourself, they only look different. 
America has been in the business of exporting its ideals to the world in order to bring the world under a single umbrella (the desire of man's heart since the first king stood atop his dirt hill and blushed at all he believed he owned). 
To blame people who believe the exported ideals of America for coming here to participate in the dream is being nearsighted. 
Nobody is hating white people over here.

07 January 2016

Do You See What I See: Kingdom Series P.7

There is much to say about the kingdom of heaven, many mysteries to be revealed and understood.

I hope this short seven piece series regarding the eternal kingdom of God encourages the seeker to search with all their heart what God has provided for them here and in the hereafter.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Yeshua. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 
- Acts 4: 32-35
Those in the kingdom of God live very peculiar lives.

The worldly wealth was not held by the leadership, but distributed among the needy (the opposite of many religious organizations Today).
They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” 
- Acts 5: 18-20
Entrance into the kingdom of heaven produces a new life.

The Lord opens doors, even prison doors, to those who shall forward the good news.
Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Yeshua from the dead—whom you killed by hanging Him on a cross. God exalted Him to His own right hand as Prince and Savior that He might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” 
- Acts 5: 29-32
The message of the kingdom brings repentance, forgiveness, witnessing of God's will, obedience to God's Way, the changing of lives and a new life quite different from popular culture.
So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. 
- Acts 6: 7
The kingdom of heaven absorbed the upper society in Judea as it eventually absorbed the entirety of Roman society... as predicted centuries before.
In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into His presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. 
- Daniel 7: 13-14
The kingdom of heaven continues to absorb the world's peoples, governments and cultures as foretold:
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: 
“The kingdom of the world has become  
the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah,  
and He will reign for ever and ever.” 
- Revelation 11: 15
Peace be with you, may our heavenly Father bless you with entrance into His eternal kingdom! 

06 January 2016

The Gate: Kingdom Series P.6

“If you love Me, keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see Me anymore, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I Am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I Am in you.” 
- John 14: 15-20
Just as the kingdom of heaven is “within you” so is the Spirit of truth within those who obey His commands.
After His suffering, He presented Himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while He was eating with them, He gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. 
They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Yeshua, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.” 
- Acts 1: 3-5, 8-11
God with us was to come, did come, established the new covenant, a new age, a new order, vanquished death, proved life after death, and did not leave as orphans His faithful, but returned to them, in Spirit, as promised.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them... 
“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Yeshua of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him.” 
“God has raised this Yeshua to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear... 
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Yeshua, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the Name of Yeshua Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. 
- Acts 2: 2-4, 22-24, 32-33, 36-47
The kingdom of heaven invokes a new Way of living, a new perspective, a new method outside the madness of this world.

Notice how the hearts who were ushered into the kingdom changed in a major way!

05 January 2016

Entering Eternal Dwellings: Kingdom Series P.5

He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” 
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My Name welcomes Me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” 
- Matthew 18: 2-6
Entrance to the kingdom of heaven is determined by your heart, and God grants the believing heart.

Humility and consideration of others are precursors to kingdom citizenship.

How does one enter the kingdom of heaven?
Yeshua replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 
Yeshua answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 
- John 3: 3-8
Born of water and of the Spirit.

Men baptize with water, but it is Yeshua who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 
- Matthew 16: 24-16
Does one have to die before entering the kingdom of heaven?

In which way must one die?

04 January 2016

Finding True Treasure: Kingdom Series P.4

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” 
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” 
“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 
“Have you understood all these things?” Yeshua asked. 
“Yes,” they replied. 
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” 
- Matthew 13: 44-52
When your heart understands the treasures of the kingdom of heaven, you cannot justify living as the world lives any longer... in fact, your heart will not desire to imitate the world's darkness, but radiate God's light... even to the point of losing your self, your identity, your worldly treasures, your very conception of individuality.

If your heart wrestles with the desire to do right despite your humanity, to even deny yourself, and you have the desire to forsake all else in order to please Him, then you may very well either already be in His kingdom or well on your way.

02 January 2016

Preventing Revocable Visa: Kingdom Series P.3

Then He told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” 
The disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 
He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them... But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” 
- Matthew 13: 3-11, 16, 18-30 
God grants all mankind an opportunity to hear the message of the kingdom of heaven.

If you can truly hear and have tasted the Living Water, then you are blessed beyond measure.

Work on producing fruit that will last, not on fruit that will spoil.

Yeshua told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 
“ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. 
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 
“ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”
Then He left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. 
- Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43
The world is traversed with kingdom citizens Today, yet many who cannot hear may not recognize them.

God's temple continues to expand throughout the known world, yet many still only perceive temples built by hands, and not the work God has been doing since Christ appeared.

Many who claim to hear also do not recognize kingdom citizens.

There will be some who believed themselves to be kingdom citizens, and will find themselves outside kingdom borders.

Certain choices need to be made in order to produce fruit, otherwise a barren tree may wither, die and be thrown in the fire.

01 January 2016

Your Invitation Awaits: Kingdom Series P.2

When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 
On hearing this, Yeshua said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” 
- Matthew 9: 11-13
The kingdom invitation is sent to the broken, the burdened, those judged as immoral by self-righteous religious zealots; the invitation to heaven's kingdom is sent to people like you and me.

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. 
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I Am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 
- Matthew 11: 12, 28-30
Violence will continue to surround the kingdom and violent people will continue to raid kingdom citizens.

But Yeshua grants rest, is gentle and humble in heart, and promises rest for the souls of the faithful.

But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” 
Yeshua knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” 
Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters. 
- Matthew 12: 25-28, 30
Yeshua declares the kingdom to have come upon the earth!

The kingdom came with power, authority, righteousness and with miracle upon miracle affirming its message.

The kingdom of heaven came with humility not arrogance, with love not judgment, with peace not strife, and with continual love and blessings towards those who didn't accept the invitation, not with “convert or else” nor compulsion nor payment of tax and subjugation.

The kingdom of heaven is about light and righteousness... and you are invited.