Tuesday, February 28, 2017

HE+ SHALL PURIFY...


Behold, I will send My messenger, 
and he shall prepare the way before ME:

and the LORD, whom ye seek, 
shall suddenly come to His+ temple,

even the Messenger of the Covenant, 
whom ye delight in: 

behold, HE+ shall come, 
saith the LORD of Hosts.



But who may abide 
the day of HIS+ Coming?

and who shall stand 
when HE+ appeareth? 

for HE+ is like a refiner's fire, 
and like fullers' soap:



And HE+ shall sit as a refiner 
and purifier of silver: 

and HE+ shall purify the sons of Levi, 
and purge them as gold and silver, 

that they may offer unto the LORD
an offering in righteousness.
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Now the GOD of peace, 
that brought again from the dead 
our Lord JESUS,  
that Great Shepherd+ of the sheep, 
through the Blood 
of the Everlasting Covenant,


Make you perfect in every good work to do HIS will, working in you that which is well pleasing in HIS sight, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD.

 to whom be glory for ever and ever. 
Amen. 
Hebrews 12:20-21
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The Time of the Preparation for the GREAT PASSOVER is upon us once more. 

Repentance is due now .  .  .

for WHO may abide 
the Day of HIS+ Coming ?  

As the people of YHWH were in the wilderness 40 years, as Our LORD JESUS CHRIST was in His+ wilderness being tempted by the devil for 40 days, let us SET ASIDE these next 40 days before HOLY WEEK and even now, remove the leaven out of our hearts and homes and lives.  

As followers of JESUS,  we know HE+ forgives the repentant one.  But let us walk these days in the awareness that we are mortal: 


"Remember: you are dust 
and to dust 
you shall return," 

REPENT and 
BELIEVE the GOSPEL.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The GREAT Passover... the Time of Preparation

 
But HE+ was wounded

for our transgressions,
HE+ was bruised

for our iniquities:
the chastisement 
of our peace

was upon HIM+;
and with HIS+ stripes

we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5
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The Lenten Season is upon us once again. It starts on Wednesday, March 1. 


It is the season observed by many Christians in many church groups to remember the GREAT Passover of the LAMB+ of GOD… the Greatest Passover … and the Last Passover… recognized by GOD. 


The Lenten Season is NOT the sole property of the Roman Catholic, the Eastern Orthodox, or any of the liturgical churches. It belongs to all Christians everywhere.



During this time on the Christian church calendar, Ash Wednesday ( arbitrarily selected)  starts the remembrance of The LORD'S journey towards Jerusalem as HE+ headed towards His+ Crucifixion.


Many churches observe this Season as a time of serious reflection upon what it cost The LORD to save us from our sins --- and the Second Death in the Lake of Fire, for all Eternity ---  and thus, as a serious season of repentance. 


During this time, Christians try to bring the body under more control of the HOLY SPIRIT. To do this, supernatural strength is required. So, Christians fast, calling upon The LORD for help. 


Some Christians choose to fast from a favorite food (coffee,  pizza, chocolate, popcorn, sweets, all snacks,  etc.) simply as a way to REMIND their flesh that the spirit is in control, not the body. When they do this, they are usually shocked at the battle such a small commitment begins between their flesh and their spirit. 


Others choose to fast from a meal or  do one or two days of total fasting. Oddly enough, THIS type of fasting actually is easier; there is no battle, once the commitment is made. The "eating" time then becomes Quiet Time of Refreshment from The LORD.


There are other types of "fasts" that some Christians do during this( arbitrarily selected ) 40-day season.


Here are some little ways one could choose to submit the body to the spirit:  



   No parties or social get-togethers.
No games.

No reading, apart from the Bible.
An hour of total silence per evening / day.

No "chit-chat" or long conversations.

No un-necessary conversations.

Limited social interaction, be it by phone, emails, or visits.

No dining out.

No DVD's, No magazines, No computer... Nothing that could be construed as "entertaining."
No music or no up-beat music.
Only dark purple clothing is worn or no bright clothing until after the Resurrection.



The purpose of fasting is not to be ascetic but to cut away worldly distractions IN ORDER TO FOCUS more fully upon The LORD JESUS.


Time with HIM+;

Stillness with HIM+.


UN-CLUTTERED TIME WITH HIM+

.... a stillness that is SO STILL

that it ceases to think about

the day's events and duties.


Some Christians have heavy work-loads. Some work in the public; some attend classes and have time-absorbing assignments and exams; some have small children in the home; some home-school.


Whatever the situation,

The LORD will

show the WILLING HEART

what kind of fast is pleasing to HIM+

... and how much

... and WHEN

it is to be done.


Even a 5-minute break with The LORD . . . 
and a brief meditation on a verse of Isaiah 53 or a verse of a Psalm --- instead of a cup of coffee and a doughnut --- will increase the closeness one has with The LORD during this season.  Much good fruit of repentance and Quietness before HIM+ refreshes the body more than coffee and doughnuts.


 

But HE+ was wounded ...


is a good place to start the Lenten Season of Meditations focused upon The LORD JESUS CHRIST.


Other good Lenten Season Meditations include: Isaiah 53, Psalm 51, Psalm 32, John 14, John 15,  and John 17. Revelation chapters 2 and 3 lend themselves to serious reflection for repentance, also.



During Lenten Season, there is no great rush ...
to finish a Psalm or Isaiah 53. Line by line, phrase by phrase of Isaiah 53 ... one phrase a day...  works well for the spirit to meditate upon WHY HE+ was wounded.


What did your life, your sins cost HIM+ ?


What are your life and your sins

still costing HIM+ ?


Is HE+ being wounded

by your sins

that you choose to hide

and not confess and turn from ?


Is HE+ again being wounded

because you refuse

to yield the controls over to HIM+ ?


Are you wounding HIM+

because you are being sovereign

over some areas of your "own" life ?


Are there any worldly values or goals

you are holding or pursuing

that are wounding HIM+ afresh ?


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Thus, whether "your church" does the Lenten Season remembrances or not, each Christian can still choose to observe the 40-day time of preparation for the Great Passover ... the greatest Passover the world has ever had, and the last.


Thus, I pray each one of you search your heart and see if HE+ is calling you to observe this season of the preparation for the Great Passover ... not from duty, but from a sincere heart of love for what HE+ has done for you. 
~ Sr. Judith Hannah  + + +

Friday, February 24, 2017

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH...





A guest post by Brother Brendon  + + +

Our LORD+ warned us that as it was in the days of Noah, so it would be in the days just prior to HIS+ Return.

WE are in those days.

Evil and darkness are covering the earth. The nations are crazed. Good is called evil. Evil is called good. Human beings are yielding control of their minds and bodies over to unclean spirits. Human life is being accounted as nothing.

Because INIQUITY ( Vicious wickedness) has abounded, the love, the natural affection, normal human feelings have grown cold, and are near to death, and in some cases HAVE DIED.

In the present “days of Noah,” the followers of MESSIAH+ must separate themselves from the standards and values of the world and even of their own nation and societies.  ( As Noah did from that society.)

They must separate themselves from all that would distract them from actually following and obeying JESUS / YESHUA+, and keeping HIS+ Words.

If we do not do this and prepare ourselves for the Time of Testing (Luke 21:35) that is about to come upon the face of the whole earth, we will not know how to conduct ourselves in the Fire of Global Persecution.


The cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches have caused the church to become complacent and spiritually dull-witted. It is time to wake up and draw near unto our LORD+ . HE+ promises that when we do HE+, will draw near to us.

Many possessions, houses, and lands will only be a burden in the coming storm. Our LORD+ has taught us to place our treasures in Heaven, where nothing can corrupt or steal them. All here is only Temporal, gone in a flash.

Evil is overtaking the earth.

The imagination of men’s hearts is only evil continually. Evil and debauchery is spreading at an epidemic rate, enhanced by modern communication. We must lift up the standard of Holiness and a Sanctified lifestyle.

We must

“Put on the Whole Armor of GOD”.


  Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against “Kosmocrators and Archons,” Principalities and Powers , against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places that move and operate in the atmosphere of this earth, that need no rest or food, and are TOTALLY MALEVOLENT, are unable to do ANY good, but can ONLY kill, steal, and destroy human beings.

Flesh and blood cannot stand

against these entities.

We MUST be

“Clothed with Power from on High“.


The times are getting VERY serious. These times will weed out the true Christians from the “Religionists” and the “Churchians”. Our LORD+ counseled Laodicia to buy from HIM+ Gold that has been tried in the Fire.

The FIRE is COMING! 

  Prepare for it as a soldier prepares for combat, by training daily. Spend time with your LORD+. Know HIS+ Voice. Obey HIS+ Orders. Do not go against HIM+ in ANYTHING!

HE+ is your Commander+ and Chief+, your great High Priest at HIS+ FATHER’S Right Hand.

HE+ Intercedes for you.

HE+ is your Life.

+++++++++++++++++++++

HEAVENLY FATHER, STRENGTHEN US,

WE PRAY,

FOR THE BATTLE.

COVER US WITH THE MOST PRECIOUS ETERNALLY-LIVING BLOOD OF YOUR BELOVED SON+, MASHIACH+, LAMB+ OF GOD, AND CLOTH US WITH YOUR MOST BLESSED HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE.

HELP US TO OVERCOME AND TO PROCLAIM YOUR ETERNAL SON+ TO THE WORLD IN THESE LAST DAYS.

IN HIS+ PRECIOUS NAME WE PRAY,

AMEN


Saturday, February 4, 2017

WARNING: ENNEAGRAMS and CHRIST JESUS Do Not Mix !


Let both grow together until the harvest:

and in the time of harvest

I+ will say to the reapers,

Gather ye together first the tares,

and bind them in bundles to burn them:

but gather the wheat into My+ barn.

The Words of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST,
Matthew 13:30, courtesy of Bible Gateway
 
  Followers of JESUS:

Beware of the Deception of the Enneagrams of Personality Teaching which is making its rounds through the modern church circles.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be

lovers of their own selves,

covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,

unthankful, unholy…

Having a form of godliness,

but denying the power thereof: from such turn away…

Ever learning,

and never able to come

to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 3, courtesy of Bible Gateway

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This — and other — new age teachings are being ACTIVELY promoted by Richard Rohr, an apostate Franciscan priest in New Mexico.

However, the Roman Catholic archdiocese has not acted upon removing him from the Catholic communion and permits him all the privileges of a “priest in good standing,” according to a Roman Catholic website* which has protested to the Roman Catholic hierarchy for years against Mr. Rohr’s new age teachings .

* You may Search for ” Richard Rohr & CAC” an article by Stephanie Block on Catholic Media Coalition, a RC “watchdog” site, if interested in reading more.

ENNEAGRAMS have NOTHING to do with CHRIST JESUS our LORD.

Mr. Rohr is “globally” renowned for his Center for Action and Contemplation ( CAC). He is dean of the Center’s Living School for Action and Contemplation, in which he teaches a focus on understanding SELF … and others … through the Enneagrams of Personality ( all 9 of them.)

Thus, Mr. Rohr has teamed up with Cynthia Bourgeault, a pseudo-Christian, and James Finley, a clinical psychologist in California who was a contemplative monk studying under Thomas Merton in the Trappist monastery in the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky.

These three have developed a Living School in the CAC in Albuquerque, NM, to promote a strange version of “spirituality ” which is quite distinct from Christianity.


Why is it strange?

It is tied to the ancient occultic Enneagram Teaching … 9 personality types … which , if understood, can be psychically discerned so that a person can understand the Self and others’ Self.

Mr. Rohr’s philosophy and anti-Christian worldview is apparent in his many books available, using Christian terminology,  albeit he CHANGES THE CONCEPTS of what these terms mean, as he does with salvation and sin.


Here are a few quotes by Mr. Rohr himself from a YouTube video which is restricted from being embedded here.

It is available by searching for : “Richard Rohr The Enneagram as a Tool for Spiritual Discernment.”

Non-resistance, according to Mr. Rohr, 

“This is the ultimate over-coming of evil : to make evil show itself for what it is.”

[ By the way, this is Mr. Rohr’s way  to overcome evil, just like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, he said. ]


Spiritual “discernment”, according to Mr. Rohr:

“When you get good at it, you read ENERGIES. That’s how [Helen] Palmer got into it; she told me herself. She was a psychic intuitively and she said you could train people to be psychic. Well, that’s what this was about. Initially, we ( Early Christians)** didn’t use this kind of word, but that is really what it was.

“We were training people to READ THE SOUL. And after awhile, you could pick it up by their body movements, by their gestures, by their face.

“But I mean, my god … And the more compulsive a person is , the more easy they are to read. I’m a “one”. Here, I’ve known this dang thing for 30 years and I’m still a “one” .”

** [ Note: The “early Christians” Mr. Rohr references is really one  monk in the 4th century in Alexandria. See ENNEAGRAMS OF PERSONALITY on Wikipedia.]

What is SIN, to Mr. Rohr ?

“GOD is like a spinning top of love inside of every living creature. Everything grows from within. When you squelch that inner life force, I think that is the real meaning of SIN. “You” die.”

( end of quote).
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 I am crucified with CHRIST:

nevertheless I live;

yet not I, but CHRIST liveth in me:

and the life which I now live in the flesh

I live by the faith of the SON+ of GOD,

Who+ loved me,

and gave himself for ME+.

Galatians 2:20

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And they that are CHRIST’S

have crucified the flesh

with the affections and lusts.

Galatians 5:24
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How does Mr. Rohr view the Fall of Adam, the Fall of mankind ?

“Who would have ever believed that the FALLING itself was the mercy of GOD ?”

What is Mr. Rohr’s Perennial Tradition that the CAC encompasses and promotes?

It is the recurring theme in all of the world’s religions and philosophies… the final goal is union with this Divine Reality.

?  ?  ?

Why does this strange, un-Biblical teaching of spirituality MERIT not only conferences, speaking engagements in churches and in “Christian” universities, seminars, classes both at CAC and many online …

. . . but also merits

Enneagram STUDY groups

using Mr. Rohr’s several books

on the Enneagram of Personality

in churches ( !!! )

of every sort *** ?

*** [ A quick search of Mr. Rohr on YouTube shows him speaking in a number of church settings and church conferences. Actually, it is quite popular among the liberal set of church-goers, even overseas. Also, Mr. Rohr or the CAC sends out a daily meditation to approximately 150,000 persons, according to their website.]


Does this strange teaching of spirituality have anything to do with CHRIST JESUS Who+ sent us The HOLY SPIRIT from His+ FATHER ?

?  ?  ?

The sad part of all this strange teaching is that Richard Rohr used to be the head of the New Jerusalem Charismatic Christian Community in Cincinnati, Ohio in the mid-1970’s.  It was JESUS-centered.


But, after 11 years of working with the flock, Mr. Rohr moved to New Mexico to work with “another” flock.


Here is who is in that “other” flock now, as his co-workers:


1. Cynthia Bourgeault, teacher at CAC, an Episcopal “priest”-(ess), defender of the morality of homosexuals, who thinks:

 In the same time frame that the Biblical psalms were being composed, the planet was also being graced with the Buddha, Lao-Tse, Zoaroaster, and Plato: a quantum leap in human understanding and ethical vision.
~ From a posted article by Mrs. Bourgeault on GOOP.com. Link is added later in this post.

2. Phileena Heuertz, CAC Board member, yoga instructor

3. Michelle Scheidt, CAC Board member, doctoral student at Chicago Theological Seminary, who lists in her short bio at CAC that she and her spouse, Barbara Crook, live in the woods in Kalamazoo, MI.


4. Damien Faughnan, CAC Board member, who is chairman of the Board for ILLUMAN, a men’s spirituality group formed by Mr. Rohr for men to realize themselves through  ritual, image, story, and council ( yes, council ). The rituals used come from Native American pagan rituals, one at least, described as [ the men ] walking naked, on all fours , in a Native American sweat lodge.

5. Other Board members of interest: Two women who were appointees to various humanistic committees of past president Mr. Obama and another lady who was lauded with the Soros Faculty Scholars Award.

6. Other CAC Board members are business executives who are interested in spirituality, plus Mr. Rohr himself, who is vice-president of the Board.

If you have not guessed by now…

Yes, it is a cult … a well-crafted, smooth-tongued, cult for the rather wealthy middle-class, using Christian terminology freely, spouting the “love of JESUS” profusely,  all the while REJECTING the LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST

JESUS said unto them,

If GOD were your FATHER,

ye would love ME+:

for I+ proceeded forth and came from GOD;

neither came I+ of Myself+,

but HE sent ME+.

John 8:42
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Instead, it replaces true Christianity with man’s own “idea” of who GOD is.

Much of Mr. Rohr’s CAC activities are quite “new age” in flavor, as his maze / labyrinth, his solstice activities, and his Native American pagan rituals for men. 

To their credit, some traditional Catholics are and have been upset with Mr. Rohr’s teachings for a number of years, but the RC organization has not responded to their ( well-founded) complaints.

[ See link] http://FALSE TEACHINGS of Richard Rohr, Apostate Franciscan priest

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The LORD JESUS CHRIST told us to let the tares, the POISONOUS WEEDS,  grow along with the wheat until HE+ sends forth the harvesters. Then, the poisonous tares are gathered out FIRST , tied into bundles, and thrown into the fire.

Who are these bundles growing alongside the wheat?

.

Are they not these apostate pseudo-Christian groups who rob the Church of Christian terms and perhaps concepts… and apply them in a twisted, new way ?

 .

The LORD was crucified ONCE for our Redemption.

.

And yes, Mr. Rohr, contrary to your teaching ( see linked article), the crucifixion WAS necessary for our individual Redemption. That, Mrs. Bourgeault, is why there were the animal sacrifices you  disdained in the Old Testament.

See this Link: [ Cynthia Bourgeault Warps Scriptural Teachings]

OT sacrifices not only covered [ kippor = covering ] men from the consequences of their repented sins under the Old Covenant, but also showed us the pattern of what  cleansing from sin would COST our Heavenly FATHER. 

The LORD states plainly that HE takes no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats ; HE takes no pleasure in the killing of those creatures which HE has made. Isaiah 1:11

It is too bad that Mr. Rohr abandoned his first love of CHRIST. I heard him speak  about HIM+ weekly, for I was in those New Jerusalem Christian households, a Protestant one, for New Jerusalem was ecumenical in the beginning. He had a passion for CHRIST back then, and could move crowds with his truly charismatic ways and words.

I wept …

when I discovered what this man is doing to CHRIST before the world, putting HIM+ to an open shame.

I wept …

when I thought of the countless THOUSANDS Mr. Rohr is now leading away ( with his same impassioned “silver tongue” ) from The LORD JESUS  CHRIST  … to this vague, universal “cosmic” CHRIST in the name of “enlightenment” ( i.e., satanic demonology), and fantasies of Self. 

 

This man who once trained young Christians to love and obey CHRIST JESUS… now has become HIS+ enemy, forsaking the Way, The Truth+, and The Life; no man comes to The FATHER except through CHRIST, JESUS told us straightly.

.

Therefore, my brethren

dearly beloved and longed for,

my joy and crown,

so stand fast in the Lord,

my dearly beloved.

Philippians 4:1, from the Apostle Paul
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It is not a “male ritual passage” that wounded men need, but a repentance from sin… and a new life in CHRIST JESUS. 

 

It is not hot-air enneagrams that rejected, closed up persons need, but a humble coming to CHRIST Who+ said, “Come unto ME+ all ye who are heavy-laden, and I+ will give you rest.”  The enneagrams only lead persons further away from CHRIST, for they are a lie.

Thus, persons into enneagrams will end up more confused, more empty, and less satisfied with “self” than ever before as the law of sowing and reaping take effect.

It is NOT more of Self, discovering Self, understanding Self, developing Self that sets the unhappy, confused person free, but the TRUTH+ that is only found in yielding one’s life unto CHRIST JESUS.   That is what sets one free from all the unhappy things that happen to Self. 

 

 

Mr. Rohr  now teaches cosmic lies… from the “father of lies”,  lies that are as old as the garden of Eden.

If you are toying with Mr. Rohr’s teachings, books, philosophy, or  joining in with the CAC activities — and thousands are — you are NOT becoming more spiritual; you are becoming more demonized. You are dangerously becoming MORE HARDENED AGAINST CHRIST JESUS.

You are being  GATHERED INTO A BUNDLE OF TARES TO BE BURNED. Repent now before you go beyond the point of no return. Un-harden your hearts, if you still can, and HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD:


For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.


He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy,


who hath trodden under foot the SON+ of GOD,

and hath counted the Blood of the Covenant,

wherewith he was sanctified,

an un-holy thing,

and hath done despite unto the SPIRIT of grace?

For we know HIM that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto ME, I+ will recompense, saith the LORD. And again, The LORD shall judge His+ people.

It is a fearful thing to fall

into the hands of the LIVING GOD.

Hebrews 10: 26-31

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Now unto the KING+ Eternal, immortal, invisible, the ONLY Wise GOD, be honor and glory forever and ever, Amen.