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Why Matter Vibrates

Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 Leave a comment

This is something to just get you thinking. I don’t have a scripture to “prove” why matter vibrates, but consider the following.

The physical universe was spoken into existence (read Genesis 1). This means words – sound. But sound is a vibration. Isn’t it entirely possible that matter vibrates since its creation due to the source of its creation – the voice of God?

If you wonder whether the laws of physics were in place before the universe existed, hang in there. Discussions about natural law in the spiritual realm are to come in the near future. If you just can’t wait, start with the writings of Henry Drummond, especially “Natural Law in the Spiritual World” which is freely available on Google Books.

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Acts Chapter 29 (Miracles and Healing Still Happen)

Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 Leave a comment

A new teaching has been uploaded to the Writings page called Acts Chapter 29 (Miracles and Healing Still Happen).

The book of Acts ends with Chapter 28. But, the book of Acts did not end; it just stopped. The story continues; the writer just stopped writing. We are today continuing to write the next chapter of Acts – Acts Chapter 29. Its contents should not be different than the previous twenty-eight chapters. Christ is living through those who believe in Him. He is touching the lives of others through people. Part of that interaction includes miracles, signs and wonders, and healing as the full gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ is preached and taught. This teaching will hopefully help lead you through miracles and healing in the Gospels, in the book of Acts, and beyond.

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That’s My King

Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 Leave a comment

When we attended Agape Church in Little Rock in 2011, Pastor Happy Caldwell occasionally played an abridged version of a short sermon called “That’s My King” by an African-American preacher named S. M. Lockridge. This is an incredible testimony of and tribute to who God is.

Two classic moments in this sermon are
– after 4 minutes of describing God, he says, “Well, I wish I could describe Him to you.”
– the ending: “Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever and ever and ever. How long is that? And ever and ever and ever and ever. And when you get through with all of the forever’s, then…  Amen.”

There are a number of video versions of the abridged version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuoJN_rK1Rw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzqTFNfeDnE

There is also an unabridged version of the “That’s My King” portion of the sermon that is well worth your time to listen to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2f1ItK-Alg

And, the entire sermon is also available, with the “That’s My King” portion nearer to the end:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BhI4JKACUs

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How God Perfects or Completes You

Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 Leave a comment

Often an idea or concept related to our relationship with God is changed from what it should be. I am not sure how this happens. Perhaps we remember that the Bible says something about the idea but rather than being careful to see exactly what the Bible says we just carelessly apply it to whatever situation we are dealing with.

A perfect example of this (pun intended) is the idea of God perfecting us. Specifically, some people will say that God uses sickness to perfect us. Not only is this incorrect, it is disturbing since it calls evil good (Isaiah 5:20) and attributes evil to God (the Message translates part of James 1:13 as God “puts evil in no one’s way”).

The verses that convey the idea of God perfecting us come from the book of II Timothy. If we would like to understand the means by which God helps us to be perfect, read what the Bible says. It is His Word to us that tells us about His nature, His means, and His covenant with us.

16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
(II Timothy 3:16-17)

First let’s make sure we understand what the word “perfect” means. It doesn’t really quite mean “without flaw or imperfection” as we typically use the word today. In Old English it more has the sense of being complete. The Amplified Bible translates the Greek word artios as “complete and proficient” and the HCSB and ASV as “complete.”

So, how does God make us perfect or complete? The word “that” at the beginning of verse 17 indicates verse 17 contains the result or consequence of verse 16. The result is that a Christian will be complete. What is this is the consequence of? Scripture. The Bible. The Word.

God uses His Word to perfect or complete you. It is given for you to learn about the nature of God and His ways and His covenant with you (doctrine). It is given for you to learn what mistakes you are making in your life that hurt yourself or others or leave you open to attack from the enemy (reproof and correction). It is given for you to know who you are in Christ (you are righteous in the eyes of God).

Never view an evil circumstance as sent by the Lord to perfect you. That is a lie. And, if you have a specific area in which you desire the Lord to complete or perfect you, turn to the Word. It has the answer for you. Whether its sickness, depression, a struggle with a particular sin, or difficulty loving, God will complete you with the Word.

– Be loved and blessed to be love and a blessing