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Truth Telling Anointing

This past Sunday pastor David Bendett of Rock City Church in Flour Bluff Texas was fired up as usual in the 1st service. He was speaking out of Philippians 1:27 about the importance of the church being one in spirit and mind for the work of the kingdom of God. He began to take a detour over to Acts 16 telling the story of how the church in Philippi was birthed. During the story of the slave girl-fortune teller he said, and I quote “Truth telling Anointing”. When he said that the hair on my arms stood up and I started to tear up. Then He said “did you feel that” as he rubbed his arms he began to tell stories of seeing Jesus break into the lives of people in the occult in his own history.

It was a great message and the last two days I keep thinking about that phrase “Truth Telling Anointing” so this morning I put the words in parenthesis into google and this came up. No results found for “Truth Telling Anointing”.  I thought I understand the concept and really wondering why someone hadn’t coined that term. Did the Lord just give that to pastor David or was that just something he had understood to be true?

I decided to do a little study on the thought in scripture.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1st off Jesus is TRUTH

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

2nd thing is the Holy Spirit is TRUTH and guides us into ALL TRUTH

Acts 16:12-26 12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days. 13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. 16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18 And this did she* many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. 19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

3rd point the preaching of the TRUTH gets a demonic manifestation in which the words are TRUE. Oh no, that looks like a real can of worms. The girl is demon possessed and this didn’t just happen in passing, she continued for MANY DAYS. Notice Paul didn’t cast out the demons immediately, and he cast them out after being grieved which must of taken days. I would venture to say the outcome brought persecution and the church in Philippi was birthed.

Question does this sound familiar, the answer should be a resounding yes. It happened to Jesus check it out.

Mark 1:21-28 21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught* them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. 28 And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee.

WOW, take note the demon possessed man was in the synagogue. Why was he there? Maybe the same reason the girl followed Paul in acts 16. The big deal is the spirit declared the TRUTH, then deliverance came as Jesus the TRUTH set the man free.

Here is another account very similar

Mark 5:1-20 1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him*. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off*, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea*, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. 14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. 15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. 17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. 18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. 19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home** to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. 20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

Same reoccurring idea, Demon possessed show up at the preaching of the TRUTH, deliverance follows and the crowd gets to decide on what they will do with the TRUTH. One last point to make is in 1st John

1st John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need* not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

4th point is that just as Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit so is the preaching of HIM, the TRUTH it is fair to say the demon possessed may show up. They may even say the TRUTH. But the complete TRUTH is the good news, Jesus is the Son Of God and he died rose from the dead on the 3rd day and is seated at the right hand of the father. He provided Eternal life for those who would receive it and a life of freedom in this life even from demons!

That is the TRUTH! That we would walk in the TRUTH TELLING ANOINTING. Jesus is lord!

Philippians 2: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

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Quiet I think He has something to say.

I think we have all been in situations where the quiet guy finally has had enough and speaks up. The rooms becomes awkward, everyone is hanging on to every word. The bombshell of honesty settles in and the crowd goes away in deep thought. Thoughts like “wow I never thought of it like that” or “man he really let us have it”. In reality the quiet guys never gets a true invite into dialog.

I don’t think I have ever been accused of being to quiet, a big mouth yes, smart mouth yes, know it all, YIP. Quiet NO. I recently preached a couple of weeks at the Barn in Kansas City. I had done a series on the book of James and it’s impact on Church history through the dark ages and the protestant reformation. In Particular James 5:16-17

16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.17Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

I was captivated how these verses impacted John Huss , Count Zinzendorf, John Wesley and their impact on prayer and  world  missions.  In the middle of it as I went back and studied out the prayer that Elijah had prayed that stoped the rain and released it 3 and 1/2 years later.

1 kings chapters 16-18 tells the whole story but I see declarations made, but not what we would normally call prayer. UNLESS prayer includes conversation yes even 2 way communication. Then what God had said back in Deut 28:12-13; 15-18; 22-24 about famine being a result of Israels rebellion. Then listening to the Lord with a questioning heart would be prayer. Lord this wicked King Ahab is going to cause you to do what you said, or am I missing something.

I just think Elijah did a lot of listening prayer which means He agreed with what God said.

Well I have challenged myself to spend a few weeks not asking for anything in prayer. But simply lifting up a name, then being quiet and meditating on the Lord Jesus himself, and how He, the great intercessor in heaven might be adressing the Father about that particular person or issue.

I have not had any great revelations or voices from heaven, but the most overwhelming feeling of seeing a long lost friend after many years of absence. As wisdom is released from heaven, while basking in the fear of the Lord, I hope one day I would be known in heaven as a quiet man. That my voice would be decreasing and His increasing that I would be still and know he alone is God.

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The whole world is looking for 1 man who will have an answer for every problem. Peace in the middle east , Health Care for everyone , and a plan to save the planet from certain destruction. I have had the pleasure to travel half way around the world and back this last year and I hear it everywhere. The reality is the world seems ready to follow anyone who is cloaked in the garments of change.

The truth is the 1 man is the fully God and fully man, He is Jesus Christ and is not cloaked in change.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Jesus came the first time as  the prince of peace, but He will be coming back with a sword. He is coming back for War.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Revelation 19:11-16 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

It is still about love, and we better get ready !

Revelation 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

 

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Crucifixion, The most horrific public display of punishment unto death imaginable. While researching Crucifixion on any search engine you will find sites with the phrase CRUCI-FICTION. Many people believe the bible is a book of myth's and Jesus was just a man if he ever lived at all. The truth is Archaeology puts together more and more evidence to prove historical biblical events. One such article you will find below. For me I couldn't care less about evidence. I was strung out on drugs and no hope at all. Jesus broke into my life and I know He changed me and for 25 years now I find life worth living that is all the proving I need. If you are sinking in skepticism you need an encounter with the resurrected Jesus and he does not have a problem providing that. Taste and see that the Lord is good!

The biblical account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ found in John 19:1-42

 1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. 4 Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” 5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” 6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.” 8 Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, 9 and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” 11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” 12 From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.” 13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” 16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. 17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. 21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ‘ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” 23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things. 25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. 31 Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” 38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.

Jesus on the Cross

crucifixion of Jesus photo art by John Gross

Reflecting on the reality of the cross

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Below you can read an article “Crucifixion — The Archaeological Evidence” an archaeologist working for the Israel Department of Antiquities, Tzaferis brings the evidence found in a tomb near Jerusalem that had been accidentally found by a construction crew. Bones of two generations of a Jewish family that lived in Jerusalem about the first century AD. A large nail piercing the heel bones of one skeleton led to the conclusion that this man had been crucified.

  • Tzaferis, Vassilios. “Crucifixion — The Archaeological Evidence”, Biblical Archaeology Review 11, February, 1985: 44–53.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Many people erroneously assume that crucifixion was a Roman invention.
In fact, Assyrians, Phoenicians and Persians all practiced crucifixion
during the first millennium BC. Crucifixion was introduced in the west
from these eastern cultures; it was used only rarely on the Greek
mainland, but Greeks in Sicily and southern Italy used it more
frequently, probably as a result of their closer contact with
Phoenicians and Carthaginians.

During the Hellenistic period, crucifixion became more popular among
the Hellenized population of the east. After Alexander died in 323 BC,
crucifixion was frequently employed both by the Seleucids (the rulers
of the Syrian half of Alexander’s kingdom) and by the Ptolemies (the
rulers of the Egyptian half).

Among the Jews crucifixion was an anathema. (2) The traditional method
of execution among Jews was stoning. Nevertheless, crucifixion was
occasionally employed by Jewish tyrants during the Hasmonean period.
At the end of the first century BC, the Romans adopted crucifixion as
an official punishment for non-Romans for certain legally limited
transgressions. Initially, it was employed not as a method of
execution, but only as a punishment. Moreover, only slaves convicted
of certain crimes were punished by crucifixion. Only in later times,
probably in the first century BC, did crucifixion evolve into a method
of execution for conviction of certain crimes.

Outside of Italy, the Roman procurators alone possessed authority to
impose the death penalty. Thus, when a local provincial court
prescribed the death penalty, the consent of the Roman procurator had
to be obtained in order to carry out the sentence.

Once a defendant was found guilty and was condemned to be crucified,
the execution was supervised by an official known as the Carnifix
Serarum. From the tribunal hall, the victim was taken outside,
stripped, bound to a column and scourged. Following the beating, the
horizontal beam was placed upon the condemned man’s shoulders, and he
began the long, grueling march to the execution site, usually outside
the city walls.

Sometimes the victim was attached to the cross only with ropes . . .
If the victim was attached by nails, he was laid on the ground, with
his shoulders on the crossbeam. His arms were held out and nailed to
the two ends of the crossbeam, which was then raised and fixed on top
of the vertical beam. The victim’s feet were then nailed down against
this vertical stake.

THE CRUCIFIXION OF YEHOHANAN

His remains reveal the horrible manner of his dying. From the way in
which the bones were attached [to the excavated nail], we can infer
the man’s position on the cross.

The two heel bones were attached on their adjacent inside (medial)
surfaces. The nail went through the right heel bone and then the left.
Since the same nail went through both heels, the legs were together,
not apart, on the cross.

A small seat, or sedile, must have been fastened to the upright of the
cross. The evidence as to the position of the body on the cross
convinced the investigators that the sedile supported only the man’s
left buttock. This seat both prevented the collapse of the body and
prolonged the agony.

Given this position on the cross and given the way in which the heel
bones were attached to the cross, it seems likely that the knees were
bent, or semi-flexed. This position of the legs was dramatically
confirmed by a study of the long bones below the knees, the tibia or
shinbone and the fibula behind it.

Only the tibia of the crucified man’s left leg was available for
study. The bone had been brutally fractured into large, sharp slivers.
This fracture was clearly produced by a single, strong blow. . . The
angle of the line of fracture on these left calf bones provides proof
that the victim’s legs were in a semi-flexed position on the cross.

The arm bones of the victim revealed the manner in which they were
attached to the horizontal bar of the cross. A small scratch was
observed on one bone (the radius) of the right forearm, just above the
wrist. The scratch was produced by the compression, friction and
gliding of an object on the fresh bone. This scratch is the
osteological (3) evidence of the penetration of the nail between the
two bones of the forearm, the radius and the ulna.

Christian iconography usually shows the nails piercing the palms of
Jesus’ hands. Nailing the palms of the hands is impossible, because
the weight of the slumping body would have torn the palms in a very
short time. The victim would have fallen from the cross while still
alive. As the evidence from our crucified man demonstrates, the nails
were driven into the victim’s arms, just above the wrists, because
this part of the arm is sufficiently strong to hold the weight of a
slack body.

The position of the crucified body may then be described as follows:
The feet were joined almost parallel, both transfixed by the same nail
at the heels, with the legs adjacent; the knees were doubled, the
right one overlapping the left; the trunk was contorted and seated on
a sedile; the upper limbs were stretched out, each stabbed by a nail
in the forearm.

Normally, the Romans left the crucified person undisturbed to die
slowly of sheer physical exhaustion leading to asphyxia. (4) However,
Jewish tradition required burial on the day of execution. Therefore,
in Palestine the executioner would break the legs of the crucified
person in order to hasten his death and thus permit burial before
nightfall. (5)

Several years ago while in Jerusalem we went to the back of the Arab bus station where the locals say Jesus was crucified at the place of the skull. Here is a picture we took, we made it to the top and Muslim men came running from everywhere to run us off. We did not know it but there was a cemetery on top of the skull.

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The place of the skull

Ironic or not at the eastern gate of the walls around Jerusalem where one day Jesus will return you find the gate bricked in with solid stone. In front of the gate again a cemetery. Death, hell and the grave will one day be swallowed up in Victory and no one will keep Jesus from sitting those nailed pierced feet down where they are destined to rule from.

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Eastern gate walled shut to keep Jesus out? It will not work.

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I was asked to preach this last Sunday at the BARN at 8000 Oldham road in Kansas city Missouri. It is our Home church and it’s actually an old horse barn converted first to a large living room to be somewhat of a house Church. No one wanted to multiply into other houses so it just naturally grew into an over-grown house Church. We/They/Us are very un-traditional group that are growing in relationship with Lord and each other. A very diverse church in ethnicity and religious backgrounds, which can be a challenge. Pastor Todd and Vicki Bennett have done a great job pulling culture and even nationality into the mix. The best off times are usually topped of with a huge meal together not unlike a real family.

Well I was raised southern Baptist, and my adult life consistes of a 20 year history of charismatic/pentecostal churches, yet fundamental still very close to my baptist up-bringing. When I get to speak I can always bet I am a little controversial. I have a strong influence from Leonard Ravenhill and it seems to come out no matter how soft and loving I try to be. I try to add a little humor to help the medicine go down.

The truth is, I always preach to myself, and if someone gets anything from it, that is a bonus. This last  week I had  been thinking about the end times. Thinking about the world wide massive move toward Sin as the Bible calls it. Not  just “all sex out-side of the bonds of marriage” but lust leading to pornography etc etc. Deception has all but swallowed up the church. Never hearing words like SIN, HELL, Repentance. Seldom see alter calls where Jesus is declared to be the only way to heaven.

It is time for change before it is to late. The message I preached was geared to see How Jesus dealt with the Sin issue by stopping it before it happens. HOW? By stopping it at temptation. The If’s of Temptation found in the book of Matthew. I listed a few below ranging from The Temptation of Christ with words “IF YOU ARE THE SON OF GOD” spoken by satan to the cross where the words are spoken by the crowd. In between, Jesus gives examples of some IF”S for us Christians they are a tough read. Look them over and let the Lord speak they are His own words. MARANATHA

 

Matt 4:1-11 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. 2 And after He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and, they will support you with their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. ” 7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: You must not tempt the Lord your God.” 8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: You must worship the Lord your God, and you must serve Him only.” 11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.

Matt 5: 27-30 27 “You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. 28 But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell!

Matt 6: 21:23 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is generous, your whole body will be full of light.But if your eye is stingy, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness–how deep is that darkness!

Matt 16:24-26 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. 26 What will it benefit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will a man give in exchange for his life?

Matt 18:6-9 6 “But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me–it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea! 7 Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes. 8 If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, rather than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire!

Matt 24:21-24 21 For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place since the beginning of the world until now, and never will again! 22 Unless those days were cut short, no one would survive. But because of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 “If anyone tells you then, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Over here!’ do not believe it! 24 False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Matt 27:36-44 35 After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and were guarding Him there. 37 Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing: 38 Then two criminals were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “The One who would demolish the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked Him and said, 42 “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He has put His trust in God; let God rescue Him now–if He wants Him! For He said, ‘I am God’s Son.’44 In the same way even the criminals who were crucified with Him kept taunting Him.

 

BOTTOM line, the answer to the Flesh and all it’s sin is to die to it, and walk in the Spirit. Paul gives the instructions below!! 

Galatians 5:13:26 13 For you are called to freedom, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another. 16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance–as I told you before–that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.  

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Dianna always gives Her best and puts Her own desires on hold

Need an honest answer, come to Her, you know the truth is told

Though others leave when times get tough I know she will remain

When my heart is parched and dry Her words have come like rain

She has suffered much yet Her love has endured the test of time

The passion She has given me has caused my words to rhyme

Wisdom found a home in Her and what a treasure now resides

Watch her with our children’s children you’ll see great love inside

Precious are my memories with Her and inspiration for my life

She was cute as childhood sweetheart now beautiful as my wife

She’s my other half my better half and the half has not been told

She’s my one of a kind no average girl in Her they broke the mold

Dianna having Gamma Knife surgery25th anniversary

Progression of Cushings Syndrome

 Progression of Dianna illness : Cushings Syndrome

 

Dianna and I were married in 1979 in 1982 She became very sick. No one could diagnose the Problem but after breaking several bones in Her foot by simply walking up the stairs we went to Dr. Travis in Harrisonville Missouri. He said something very serious was wrong and sent Dianna to specialist in Research hospital in Kansas City. He diagnosed Dianna with Cushings Syndrome. Cushings is basically a small tumor on the pituitary glad. Dianna has now had 3 brain surgeries and a gamma knife surgery. She has had Her pituitary gland removed and now takes more medicine than I can keep track of. Dianna has suffered so much yet keeps trusting God. She truly is inspiring when you have seen Her suffer like I have over the many years.

Well here we are Dianna and I have made it 30 years. When we got married Feb 9th1979 most people gave us a year. Nine days not months between our wedding and David’s birth had nothing to do with the jokes about people from Arkansas. Dianna was born in Hot Springs and my Mother was from Mena, so we both have razorback blood in our veins. We love Arkansas, jokes and all. We have survived every curve ball life has thrown our way, and though it has been hard to keep going back to the plate, we have, and we will. GOD has been so faithful to us. We have raised our kids and are enjoying our grandkids. Though Dianna can not go to the third world because of Her medical condition She has sacrificed alot and blessed my going. I always bring Her perspective with me as I am ministering. Her heart has provided me with the needed balance, as I work together with a great team here in the midwest to launch an orphanage called Abba House. You can check out the work at http://www.houseoffriends.org/Abbahouse.html .
 
 
Dianna

You were ruff and tough, a true Tom boy to the core

The first day I saw you oh how my spirit soared

You were like a mustang daring to be tamed

A loner never crying out for fame

I was a wild one, adventure would be my call

Our lives mixed together, like a painting on the wall

Colors differing, yet blending, and converging into one

On lookers set and wonder, what will it be, when done

Wisdom and zeal have found a home in We

We have given our selves to life, as we crucified our Me

We are one, We are the picture of one, and what is left is none

Dianna I love Us Together, John

Thank Jesus for investing your life in US !!!!

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I am by defintion a bapticostal, raised in a traditional baptist family even a preachers Kid. I took the road of rebellion like many of my pears, only to find the end lonely, dark, and revolting. Through a dramatic encounter with the Lord, I found Jesus as my rescuer, my deliverer, my peace, and ultimately as my Lord.

I was an expert in pain, emotional pain that is. When I began the Christian walk I found a revolving door of people desperate for just a moment of peace. My peace that came from Jesus seemed to be over flowing and people just knew. Our House was always full. My wife Dianna is a great cook and hostess and together we were a team. It didn’t take long for the needs to outweigh both my character and Dianna’s patience.

So it was time to train, time to wrestle with the Lord, as the Lord chipped away at my pride and prejudice. The answer came in an unexpected way.  It was compassion. Soon after my Jesus encounter we started attending a charismatic church. I didn’t quit fit in with hyper-faith movement. I watched a pastor die of Leukemia. He refused medical care and stood on faith until the end. I watched those around him dwindle as it became apparent He was not healed.

I prayed on the phone with Him just a few days before He passed away. His Faith was so strong, and I felt ashamed at the amount of Christians who passed judgement with a sentence of Lack of Faith. During that same time my Wife found out She had Cushings Syndrome. We had a few people who pulled the Lack of faith card but in most cases our Denominational friends showed great compassion.

After 25 years and being sick, and healed and praying for the sick, and seeing many healed and many not, I have come to these conclusions.

•Isaiah 53 vs 3-5 3 He was despised and rejected by men,  a man of suffering who knew what sickness was.  He was like one people turned away from;  He was despised, and we didn’t value Him. 4 Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.

•summed up in Hebrews 4:15 Hebrews 4:15 (Amplified Bible) 15For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.

Jesus is not on the cross any more. He is at the right hand of God the Father presenting our case for us. He felt what we feel and He is moved by our pain and stirred with compassion for us. 

Yet remember :

•Phil 2:5-11, 5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. 7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death–even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow– of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth– 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

See Jesus took on humanity and while cloaked in pain, defeated death, and Returned to heaven. His life was an example of identifying with the pain, and for the joy that was set before Him He endured, even the cross.

I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to pray for the sick in the third world where the needs are overwhelming. Many times I have  just wept, and could not even find the words to pray yet God healed. I don’t know why some are healed and some are not, but This I Know. Love in the heart and compassion in your hands, God will be there too, maybe not like you think but He Will  be there.

I challenge you to trust God and don’t offer a why God didn’t, or won’t, or hasn’t, and continue knocking asking and seeking. Continue loving people in their pain and not be scared off by it. Don’t make a person who hasn’t been healed feel like a outcast or shameful. It’s not 12 steps or a lesson in the Greek word for healing that’s needed. It is LOVE, give some away today.

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