The Agenda of the Kingdom of God

Posted May 12, 2019 by SandreS
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The church that belongs to Jesus is not part of anyone’s agenda. In fact, people who belong to Him provide the only agenda that ultimately counts. It is the agenda of the Kingdom of God breaking into human history – the central feature in the history of the world. It is the only force that can make an enemy into a friend, a criminal into a saint, a biological father into a real parent – and it makes the most ambitious political agenda we can possibly imagine look trivial by comparison.

 — Cal Thomas (with Ed Dobson)
Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America? (1999), page 97

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Digging Around in Church History

Posted April 28, 2019 by SandreS
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The more I’ve been digging around in church history, the more I’ve seen that the true history of the church often takes its course through the generations of those who were despised by organized Christendom. These Christians were often marginalized, silenced, and deemed heretics. Tragically, sometimes they were killed. As the saying goes, “Only the winners get to write history.”

— Jim Palmer
Wide Open Spaces (2007), page 38
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Dad’s Representatives

Posted April 24, 2019 by SandreS
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I read a really bad point of doctrine recently. It stated basically that Jesus’ performing of miracles, such as control over the natural elements and raising people from the dead, proved that He was/is God. Of course, by that same reasoning, the 12 apostles and Paul also were God. What a terrible thought process such a teaching is. The issue involved is one of representation: when a father sends out his son to conduct his business, he is his dad’s representative with all of the authority to transact and conclude such business. Just so, as Jesus was Dad’s representative to Israel, and the apostles were representatives of Christ, they too had the authority to conduct Dad’s business with the favored nation, and as the Body of Christ one day will go forth with that same power and authority as Dad’s representatives to conduct His business with the celestial beings.

— André Sneidar
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God in the Neighborhood

Posted February 26, 2019 by SandreS
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God is in our neighborhood because I carry His divine life within me. I put God … in close proximity to others. With God in me, simply being present and available is “ministry.” …

I’ve come to see that the significance of my encounters with people is not pointing them to God as much as actually being an expression of God. The “Body of Christ” metaphor has grown in significance for me – that Christ continues His presence and ministry on Earth in, through and as us …

God is not somewhere up in the sky; He’s living His life in and through us, the Body of Christ, in the neighborhoods where we live, the places we work and play, and the people we come across each day.

Jim Palmer
Wide Open Spaces (2007), pages 34-35, 43
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The Celestial Ones

Posted February 19, 2019 by SandreS
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When it comes to the writing of Paul for the Body of Christ, the vocabulary of Scripture changes. He does not speak of a fig tree, a beautiful city, lambs or a promised land, but rather that which is not seen or perceived. We are told that our realm is inherent in the heavens (Philippians 3:20). He speaks of spiritual blessings among the celestials (Ephesians 1:3). He speaks of bodies celestial. Our blessing and expectation is not something just from the celestials, but something in the celestials. In I Corinthians 15:49 we learn that we will be the celestial ones.

G. Venlet
Faith Fellowship (Vol. 60, No. 2)
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Christ Our Ground

Posted February 15, 2019 by SandreS
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What God and heaven are looking for and at is not something called “Church,” nor for local “churches,” as such. God and Heaven are looking for Christ, in His nature, heavenly nature; in spirit and truth; in life, conduct and behavior; in virtues and character; in influence and impact; and in victory over sin, Satan and the world.

It is positively not locality in terms of geography, but “Wheresoever two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I.” That may be on a ship or in an airplane, neither of which can be fixed in locality. It is Christ which defines the Church, not the place! Christ may be in the congregation, the institution, the denomination, while none of them – as a whole – may be in Christ. We seek Him. We gather unto Him. He is the Ground; we meet on Him.

T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony; September, 1970
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The Highest Quality of Faith

Posted February 10, 2019 by SandreS
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Our hope and destiny are in no way contingent on the fulfillment of Hebrew prophecy for Israel. Our blessings are found primarily in Paul’s revelations for this present secret economy. While we are to walk by faith and not by perception, this after all is the highest quality of faith consistent with the highest plane of spiritual blessings among the celestials in Christ.

— Melvin E. Johnson (1897–1979)
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