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  • Richard H Priday - 1 day ago
    Expressing the Spirit of God..true fellowship of the saints.

    Perhaps some of the reason I am exploring this subject in depth is because I am convinced that it is never the fault of the Lord if a church is lukewarm; or someone isn't having a transformative experience. I am also learning as I go; asking myself questions.

    Avoiding superficial emotionalism on one hand doesn't mean that church should not be a life changing event or "experiental". We have to think on terms that are foreign to our natural minds; as covered in my earlier posting even Paul wasn't apparently the most elegant speaker. This is usually the polar opposite of what we see today; where everyone's quaff is well polished; along with their verbage; organization; methodology; etc. To give everyone what they need and not just what they want means we can't make church primarily a numbers game or popularity contest. That is probably why I despise taking a survey of the number of attendees (thankfully hasn't been an issue in my last couple churches).

    I am not sure how much further I want to explore this theme with specific scenarios; we see music leaders; youth pastors and the general layperson as modes of operation not spiritual rankings higher to lower. In fact; I will be bold enough to say that if a Pastor doesn't find at least one or two in their midst that CLEARLY have an unction or gifting that is more developed in some area than they have then in that case they SHOULD pray for more individuals to attend until there is someone out there who they can learn from and be sufficient to advise them. There are some churches where congregants simply don't bother to ASK if they can start a prayer group; Bible study or some other activity and only have themselves to blame if something is lacking-other places have certain rules; and we need Godly wisdom to determine if it is His will to submit or find a place less restrictive if it is clear the Lord is being choked out. Everyone is needed.
  • Richard H Priday - 1 day ago
    Experiencing the Spirit-Fellowship of saints (Focus on Pastor continued).

    To effectively reach a congregation there should be both empathy and timely preaching on subjects that are needed (i.e. dealing with grief) as well as overall general doctrinal lessons. We therefore can't be preaching at people but also can't expect that only trying to mollify an effect a situation is having will suffice. The root cause; of course of all problems is sin; either our own or the effects of that of others; or that of the enemy of our souls (world; flesh and Devil). The approach to a sermon can be subjective and isn't the primary focus here. What a message should be and what ultimately fills us with the Spirit is something that reflects God's glory; and helps to bring forth salt and light in others. To those trained as true sons and daughters of God are mature enough to handle the "meat" of the Word; but there are certainly times when milk is better administered. This is why churches who are strong on doctrine may be failing to make the impact they could. This could be due to immaturity; or sin that is affecting people that isn't dealt with properly. This sort of issue would need to be considered even in large churches that have proper teaching; obviously in that situation a Pastor can't be aware of everything that is going on; but needs reliable elders and deacons as well as laypersons who are mature enough to handle responsibility.

    In order to be truly rejoicing in the Lord; therefore the fire spreads; or the lamp is lit because of mutual truth in the Spirit.

    There are many things which the cults understand in principle that in practice is very similar in many ways but substitutes truth for a lie. We either reflect the light of the Kingdom of God within us; or the light within us that is in reality; darkness. ( Luke 11:35-40). The main difference is that a cult leader is worshipped and becomes the center of attention; and with the true Gospel the focus is God
  • E. - 1 day ago
    Asking for extra strong protection, intervention and breakthrough for us and all in need. Lord Jesus please intervene on K's behalf. Please rebuke A. for not speaking to her child in days. The child lives with her mother (A) alone and how horrible is it to have a mother who does not speak to her child because the mother's boyfriend broke up with her and she lets out her frustration on her child (has done this repeatedly in the past). Please also bless, protect and anoint our prayer meeting this week.
  • E. - In Reply - 1 day ago
    Remembering you in my daily prayers.
  • Jaz - 1 day ago
    Prayers please for a Christian lady named Suzanne . She struggles with acquizativeness . She finds it hard , almost impossible , to resist what she feels is a bargain and afterwards is wracked with guilt for what she sees as giving in to worldly lusts . Please pray that she may be able to better control her impulse buying and bargain hunting . Many thanks to you all in Christ .
  • Richard H Priday - 1 day ago
    Seeing the Holy Spirit in others: Focus on Pastors

    Getting back to my primary point on this specific subject; I will make an assumption that we are following a Pastor who is apparently a true believer; Biblically sound and therefore qualified to lead the local congregation as the example of who we can desire to emulate. That; of course is a tall order with the state and condition of churches in general at this hour.

    A cult of personality; nonetheless can still rear its ugly head even in this situation. The first rule of thumb; of course is to determine if indeed a church is still teaching correct doctrine or if error is creeping in as that is a top method of the enemy. When one is puffed up there is danger of a little leaven creeping in. ( Romans 11:21). Revelation 2:4 mentions losing our first love while teaching is basically correct doctrinally.

    There is; as my initial post alluded to distractions in the flesh. There is no doubt that many megachurches in particular are focused on young; attractive people in leadership as either Pastors or Music Directors in particular. I have gotten into that on previous occasions; so I won't elaborate here.

    Ok; with the preliminaries well examined I will ask what seems to be a dumb question: How do we properly view a good Pastor or other leader? From my premise I have established that no man is perfect; but I'll say it straight out-no man is perfect.

    Psalm 37:37 says to "mark the perfect man"; there are other N.T. references to being perfect but clearly this means fully mature. It should be clear that proper teaching must also be accompanied by proper living out of the Gospel. Given that IS occurring to the best of our understanding-then what? How do we allow this experience to transform us?

    To be a conduit of truth; no doubt best aids the rest of the congregation through genuinely listening to the gifts of others in our midst. This means proper doctrine as well as timely messages edifying at the time.
  • MotherMac - 1 day ago
    MotherMac

    May God Bless All of You Today!

    MEMORIAL PRAYER

    Lord, we come before you at this hour with sad hearts as we remember the ones that is no longer among us. Some was well known. Others were less known. Maybe they were a mother or father; son or daughter; sister or brother;

    husband or wife; whether healthy or handicapped; whether needy or well off;

    whether they were blessed with a long life or whether their life was cut short; whatever title they held they shared their life with us and we remember their presence on this earth.

    Our memory of them shall never fade away.

    We pray they are in a place where the wicked shall cease from troubling and the weary shall be at rest. Lord, relieve our pain, ease our sorrow, calm our fears, comfort our hearts and Lord, grant us peace.

    In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
  • Bibleman72 - In Reply - 1 day ago
    Preacher Man, i have just prayed for your nephew about his bone marrow transplant now.i have prayed it will go well ,with no complications.Lord blesx you Preacherman and your nephew.
  • Bibleman72 - In Reply - 1 day ago
    Brother John,i have just now prayed for the Lord to dissolve any tumor there might be .I am in agreement with your prayer that youwill be tumor free.God bless you my Brother in the Lord.
  • Bibleman72 - In Reply - 1 day ago
    I have prayed for your spouse ma'am, i hope the Lord will give him complete healing and deliverance from this stomach problem.
  • Bibleman72 - In Reply - 1 day ago
    Dear Brother David ,hi i am praying for you and your daughter,i hope the Lord will help and favor you and your family my brother.
  • Mona - 1 day ago
    Please pray for protection , safeties and healing for MaCcary L and Myron L and Magdy Noshy in JESUS Name . Amen in Jesus Name
  • Bibleman72 - 1 day ago
    I am being scammed right now by some hijacking my verizon account and probably having my new cellphone I ordered sent to them.idont have access to a telephone right now because my landline one is out oforder here in my neighborhood.My mom is in the hospital with a urinary tract infection.Plese pray for her ,her name is Paula .please do prayfor me about my momand my phone.I am so tired already from doing my caregiving .i am so worn out right now.i have been studyimg my bible and watching christian programs on my ipad,so i am trying to stay positive.
  • Jaz - In Reply - 1 day ago
    Dear Sister , it is true that there are a few of these kind of congregations in the UK but , they are very much in the minority . The UK has a long history of Christianity going back to the Romans who brought it to them , how ironic is that ? The personality of the UK is generally practical and stoic , not given to flights if fancy so these kind of congregations are few and far between , thankfully .They are mostly either protestant denominations of varying degrees of left wing conservatism or catholics but lacking in the Mediterranean attitudes , such as in Mediterranean catholicism , people would spend a fortune on a funeral and paying for all kinds of bizarre priestly services . Not so in the UK . One of there favourite mottos is , a fool and his money are soon parted ! People in the UK tend to be practical , tolerant and slightly left wing . This doesn't give much space for the type that tries to part them from their cash . There Christian traditions and long history of Christian worship and doctrine had kept them mostly out of that kind of thing . I have lived in England and Scotland and still have family and friends there , Christians and not .
  • Ostinlt12 - 1 day ago
    I need help with the online concordance:I can rarely get decent results when I enter phrases or partial phrases. Is there a method to accurate search the concordance?
  • Cingoodstanding - In Reply - 1 day ago
    THank You so much...I left you a full commit under Gigi.
  • Cingoodstanding - In Reply - 1 day ago
    I would like to thank both of you for your help and just to let you both know it's working...

    I cannot express the joy it gave me to read both of your commits and praying for help with me.

    I want you both to know that the day you responded the good LORD let me know that he wanted me to move in a different direction and showed me clearly what the problem was and how to fix it.

    It cannot get any better than that. GOD is so GOOD!

    The power of prayer is just so amazing. I will keep you both posted.

    Thank YOU again.
  • Richard H Priday - 1 day ago
    Colossians 2:2 says That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

    To see the Body of Christ function balancing the gifts of the Spirit to minister to one another and fruits of the Spirit grown to maturity as mentioned in verses like this is perhaps my ultimate goal; it is a work in progress to find examples such as this.

    I will give an example from a friend of mine to give some context to the point I am making. Leaving names and places out of this example I will state that the church he attended a year ago before becoming a lead Pastor himself in another state was basically teaching a correct Gospel (although I couldn't accept their stance on divorce and remarriage). The Pastor initially was without any elders or deacons for accountability and proper scriptural function related to his office. He was also rather caught up in himself; my friend helped for about a year or so as an assistant Pastor (and or youth Pastor). Anyway; to cut to the chase after being gone he recently visited the church and was surprised that they even missed him and was more affectionately received than expected. My point in this is that what makes the value of truth transform a heart is when the messenger himself has lived out what he believes. This brings out an example; much like that which my friend now faces in pastoring a rural church that is rather chaotic. Sometimes we view difficulties in church as a game changer; it is so easy to start to attend elsewhere or just virtually participate online. It helps as in the position of my friend to gain wisdom from being an understudy in submission to leadership so that in his current mode He can shepherd the flock more effectively from lessons learned.

    Going back to the initial concept then; it is lack of proper function of elders that can lead to a God complex.
  • Richard H Priday - 1 day ago
    Walking in the Spirit-How to correctly discern the Spirit in the Body of Christ

    The title here is where I am expanding this study to; but am focusing now on the Pastor in particular and church leadership in general. Going back to what I said earlier as it seems relevant; it is easier to see someone's conversion in real life when they have a dramatic change from an earlier lifestyle; and that is bolstered by any personal knowledge we have of the individual of where they used to be. The best example I can think today of that sort of individual is Nicky Cruz who David Wilkerson mentored as written in the Cross and the Switchblade. I HIGHLY recommend reading the account and seeing what a truly transformed heart is (he who loves much has been forgiven much) ( Luke 7:47). This scenario also shows how a Pastor over a large congregation is to operate; not being afraid of physical persecution himself to reach the downtrodden in society. I won't necessarily espouse all the prophetic statements that Wilkerson made as I would have to research it; nonetheless I would say for that period of time in this country he was unmatched for conviction in his sermons and was in the class of the great 19th Century revivalists.

    Unfortunately, today not only do we see fewer examples of those preaching doctrinal truth; but it is hard to find anyone with much transparency today in regard to their own sinfulness like Paul the Apostle who called himself the "chief of sinners" ( 1 Tim. 1:15). I have mentioned before some of the so called statements of "repentance" of megachurch Pastors today. When we look to the PROPER function of elders and indeed laypersons in administering Biblical church discipline we see a reflection of Christ Himself. This means we cannot ever put the OFFICE of Pastor or Elder above the ROLE; which is to be a shepherd of the flock who is submitted to the CHIEF Shephard of our souls. ( 1 Peter 5:4).
  • Richard H Priday - 1 day ago
    Walking in the Spirit-Study on how to see the Lord in others

    Let us focus again on the Matthew 16 passage. 13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"

    14 So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

    15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"

    16 Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

    17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

    I am hammering home this concept because it is paramount in understanding who the Lord is; and needed to be understood if anyone is to grow as a true Disciple. Let us examine several problems here. The first problem would be considering that somehow the soul of one of these three prophets was living inside Christ which seems to be the concept here; a sort of "reincarnation"; except for the case of John the Baptist who it appears Herod thought had repossessed Christ after having him killed ( Matthew 14:1-2). The concept of the Holy Ghost manifesting in someone as He did with someone else isn't entirely wrong or unscriptural; we see for instance Elisha having a double portion of the Spirit that Elijah had ( 2 Kings 2:9). John the Baptist also was like Elijah in a way ( Matthew 17:12). This correct analogy of course is NOT what people are saying. This fits in also to those who would call Him teacher or Rabbi. Luke 16:15 warns us that what is honorable among men is an abomination to God. Names and titles mean nothing; neither does human pride. Let us once again examine this concept of exaltation of Pastors.

    The easy point to make here is that we should never put men on a pedestal; or substitute worship for God alone to a man.

    This doesn't change the fact that we should seek examples to emulate; as it is essential for discipleship.
  • Richard H Priday - 1 day ago
    Continuing on proper way to be filled with the Spirit

    The focus of these messages is on how with the brethren to walk in the fullness of the Spirit; and I am beginning with how we see the Lord at work in others and started my last post with the most vital warning on the subject; namely NOT to make people a substitute for Christ; that is not to make them OBJECTS of worship.

    I started discussing Paul and inferred that there were things detracting him from being seen as he truly was; a pillar in the church because of some personal characteristics. It took some time; no doubt to get beyond who they recognized as a well known persecutor of the church. We could well look at any previous terrorist or murderer who is truly converted and just see scars on their face or a rough discourse as to their speech and never be able to look beyond that to see a changed heart.

    It seems; from my experience that those who have indeed a dramatic testimony of being delivered from particularly heinous sins in the past (drugs; violence; immorality) do make the contrast of pre and post conversion easier to see. Those of us who were; on the whole polite and kind before conversion are harder to envision as to the way the Holy Spirit has transformed them.

    That was; more or less my own testimony. What must be true; of course is that we truly have become converted and realize that we were no better than any other sinner; no matter how heinous-we just didn't have time to act it out or further devolve into the monster that we truly were in our nature. That is the issue with family; when they are in the mood to be gracious they talk about how good a son I am; when in a foul mood like to point out hypocrisy when I am truly reflecting the Lord as well as when I am starting to display my own pride.

    We can't forget that with Christ Himself it took God Himself to break through the reality as to who he really was. My previous example from Matthew 16 demonstrates this.
  • Richard H Priday - 1 day ago
    2 Corinthians 5:16 states: Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

    13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?" 14 So they said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

    15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am? 16 Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. ( Matthew 16:13-17)

    I feel compelled to try to describe how we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the best way to describe it. My first point is how NOT to approach this.

    Concept #1 DO NOT put a person; no matter how Godly they appear to be as your focus on how you view Christ.

    This is the most pressing issue here on this topic. We are indeed caught between two extremes here. In the Body of Christ we have the only tangible evidence of a demonstration of living out a life filled with the Spirit including the fruits AND gifts thereof.

    We therefore MUST have examples of those who have discipled us in order to emulate ( 1 Cor. 11:1). Paul; of course was the penultimate example of a man sold out for the Lord; in word and in deed. 2 Corinthians 10:10 says; however this: For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but his physical presence is unimpressive, and his speaking is of no account." Paul was apparently despite intensive training in the past as a Jew in the Torah not a gifted public speaker; at least giving a sermon.

    He certainly seemed to have no problem speaking in large crowds; in prison and in other situations. We of course can't overlook the fact that he used to be Saul; who was behind intense persecution of Christians pre-salvation.
  • S Spencer - In Reply - 1 day ago
    No problem Momsage.

    I do see how that can be mishandled.

    God bless.
  • David Allen - 2 days ago
    Please remember me and my family in your prayers
  • Momsage - In Reply - 2 days ago
    You're right I got my posting mixed up. Sorry
  • Pnovello - In Reply - 2 days ago
    Sean, also Lester Sumrall. God bless you and I am praying for you and your girlfriend. Amen
  • Pnovello - In Reply - 2 days ago
    God bless you Gideon. The Lord God Almighty will use you in mighty ways.

    I am praying for you. Amen
  • Chris - In Reply - 2 days ago
    Hi Richard. I sense from your comment, that you are in 'a strait betwixt two', having a desire to impart what you have learned from the Word that would be helpful to readers, yet being introspective as to the reasons for doing so. Before proceeding, you well know that I have refrained from commenting on your posts, though you might recall that I did initially respond at your very first posts (was it about two years ago?) & received no response from you. From that I gathered that your desire was simply to share your understanding from the Word on various important subjects, but did not want to further engage in discussion or possibly a lengthy debate. Hence, I refrained from writing, though have always read your offerings & have been in agreement & blessed by them; as I'm quite sure many others have as well, though not responding. Gigi too, has undertaken a similar program of sharing from the OT, and those too have been very worthwhile to gaining deeper insights, but for me, this type of input has never been my intention. I just prefer to deal with enquirers' questions about the Word or Christian living, or even to respond to those wanting to query my answers to enquirers.

    That said, and with your desire to share from the Word in the manner you're doing presently, is very commendable, even though eliciting very few comments to your presentations. Personally, my view (and not to say, an accurate one), is that these lessons are very likely those you have already shared or planning to share with your study/prayer group, and now given here for our knowledge & encouragement, with hopefully, comments that might be also useful to you. I sense this because of the references you've made to your ministry to others, particularly the aged home you visit. Your genuine faith & love for the Lord, His Word & His people clearly comes through your posts, so I perceive no ulterior motive on your part in what you believe is a necessary & encouraging ministry. GBU brother.
  • GiGi - In Reply - 2 days ago
    Richard,

    It is sad that this has been the case for the past 200 years in America and England, too. The Holy Spirit is not the source of much of these happenings or teachings or "manifestations". We do need to be watchful and skeptical so we will question what come out as the "newest thing" in Christian circles.

    If we follow the wisdom we read in the Epistles we will spare ourselves a lot of deception. I hope you will continue to post on this. There are those who may reconsider how they view the teachings of these aberrant viewpoints and free themselves from its hold on them.

    I am glad you are my friend here. And I am glad you are willing to tackle some topics that may cause others to be uncomfortable. Have a blessed night. Still waiting for baby Rosie to arrive. Should be any day. Hope some day this week!
  • GiGi - In Reply - 2 days ago
    Good evening Richard.

    We each should regularly ask the Lord to search us as to our motives and to have any sinful way brought to our attention by the Holy Spirit. Your transparency here is refreshing. This forum is a blessing and a source of not only biblical information but also conversations that can make us think deeply about matters and revisit Scriptures on the matter to see if one must change their own viewpoint. So I always wish to be like the Bereans.

    I have been reading what you have posted concerning the prosperity teachings that have become so dominant in many circles. You are correct that this teaching grew out of the pentecostal movement beginning in the turn of the last century (1900's) being an extension of the Wesleyan holiness movement of the 1800's. It branched out in the 1930's and 1940's with Branham and Hagan faith-healing emphasis. The movement went full force in the 1980's and onward from there. I remember when Casey Treat began his pastoring in the Seattle area in the 1980's. Christian's were easily seduced into this teaching as I recall, among people I knew in "charismatic" churches then.

    The movement was birthed from the Faith Healing sector to become the Word of Faith movement and soon forked into the "We are Little gods" movement. Then it morphed into the New Apostolic Apostle movement with self-proclaimed prophets and apostles from so many mega-church/prosperity circles to draw in leaders from across the globe. This ever-branching deception has been going on for 100+ years now and the Oneness Pentecostal movement is another child of this movement.

    Unfortunately, the U.S.A. has been the source of many deceptive organizations, including Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, and the Word of Faith/Faith-Healing/and others mentioned. America's independent spirit, interest in novel religious beliefs, and ready acceptance of what is termed "revival", "outpouring" "blessing" that is equated with the work of the Holy Spirit.


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