Archive for October 2015

God’s Plan of Using “Divine Nobodies”

October 17, 2015

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What if God is actually fond of abnormal “normal” people like me …?

What if God’s plan to save the world is hidden beneath the radar, behind the scenes, and among the everyday lives of nobodies? …

I’m beginning to see how the secret ways and deepest mysteries of God and His kingdom are often revealed off the beaten path of organized religion and frequently missed by the too-smart. Sometimes it’s not the professor or preacher leading you to divine truth but the commonplace people God sticks right in front of your face. The Bible says something about jars of clay being fit vessels for carrying eternal treasure and God using foolish, weak, lowly, despised people in profound ways (see II Corinthians 4:7; I Corinthians 1:27-28).

Jim PalmerJim Palmer
Divine Nobodies: Shedding Religion to Find God, pages xv-xvi


Foreign Elements

October 14, 2015

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We are exhorted to walk worthy of the calling wherewith we have been called (Ephesians 4:1). This implies the knowledge of our “calling.” It is a “high calling.” The word rendered “high” is the same as that rendered “above” in Colossians 3:2,

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

We are called of God from beneath to above, from earth to heaven. We are not as those that dwell on the earth. Moralists, philanthropists and politicians all recognize something valuable in Christianity, and use it as helpful to their own ends; and thus has Christianity been dragged down from its lofty eminence, until almost all that is distinctive is lost amidst as many elements which are foreign.

William KellyWilliam Kelly (1820-1906)
Sin of Sectarianism
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God’s Ecclesia – Not Ours

October 5, 2015

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The Greek word often translated as “church” in most English versions is ἐκκλησία (ekklēsia, or ecclesia). The word is a compound word meaning “called-out” (ek = “out”; klēsi = “called”). The ecclesia is God’s “called-out” ones. The ecclesia is not a building or denomination, not a meeting, or doctrinal creed; it is not somewhere we go, or something we do – it is who we as believers are.

Eight times Paul uses the phrase “the ecclesia of God.” This possessive phrase leaves no doubt as to Whom the ecclesia belongs. It is the creation and possession of God.

If “the ecclesia of God” is not ours, how do we presume to start it, form it, name it, organize it and govern it? How do we have the audacity to create its doctrine, articles of faith and bylaws?

God started His ecclesia, and He alone governs it. It is organic. You can’t “go to it” or “join it.”

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Shall We Seek to Rule?

October 3, 2015

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God is demonstrating the futility of human government now, and has shown us that it will get worse until it is headed up in the man of sin.

Shall we join it only to be condemned with it? Shall we seek to rule when we know that it is about to call down God’s direct indignation? No!

Our realm is inherent in the heavens, out of which we are awaiting a Savior (Philippians 3:20).

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 38, 1945, pages 8-9

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