Guidelines How to Live In Today’s Culture

1 Thessalonians 4: Paul visits the Thessalonians for 3 weeks and gives the guidelines on how to live a life set apart from their culture much like today. Listen to audio teaching:

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How To Live In Today’s Culture

1 Thessalonians 4 

Plea for Purity

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who[a] has also given us His Holy Spirit.

The ancient writer Demosthenes expressed the generally amoral view of sex in the ancient Roman Empire: “We keep prostitutes for pleasure; we keep mistresses for the day to day needs of the body; we keep wives for the faithful guardianship of our homes.”

  1.  Because the Lord is the avenger of all such
  2. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness
  3. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God

4.Who has also given us His Holy Spirit

A Brotherly and Orderly Life

But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

– This religion has a god: The self.

– This religion has priests: Celebrities.

– This religion has a prophet: Music video channels.

– This religion has scriptures: Tabloids and entertainment news and information programs.

– This religion has places of worship: Amusement parks, theaters, concert halls, sports arenas; and we could say that every television and internet connection is a little chapel.


The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen [b]asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who [c]sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are [d]asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

– Don’t be ignorant about God’s plan for Israel (Romans 11:25).

– Don’t be ignorant about spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1).

– Don’t be ignorant about suffering and trials in the Christian life (2 Corinthians 1:8).

– Don’t be ignorant about the rapture and the second coming of Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

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5780/2020 The Decade of Order

This past Saturday, December 28th began the 10th biblical month of Tevet. Tevet is a month to pray for Leadership. Many years ago while studying Leadership, John Maxwell ask the question, “are you a Leader?” Many people will answer NO! But the truth of the matter is we all are leaders in some way. Your a leader if you are Mom or Dad. Your a leader if you are a Grandparent. You are a leader because you influence friends, family, and others by the way you carry yourself. Your attitude, your talk, your persona.

That being said, Tevet being the 10 month I have did a study on what the number 10 means in scripture. The number 10 has to do with timelines and how God carries out a plan in perfect order. It is the number where God reveals His plan and sets things in order to His plan. One of the four perfect numbers, 10 has to do with God setting up things for His purposes and plan.

Ten is also the number for Kingdom. Perfect order is simply, “Christ the Head.” He didn’t come to be a 6 pound Hebrew/Jewish baby. He came to be Lord of Lords and King of King. The first time the word Kingdom is found in the Bible is Genesis 10:10. For this month of Tevet which includes the new year 2020 God wants to launch a new campaign of reminding us who is boss. He tends to preach through His Word the number 10.

That is why when Pharaoh thought he was god over the Israelites, God gave him 10 plagues. When the Jews thought they would be god over their lives, He gave them to 10 Commandments. Did you know also Noah was the 10th generation from Adam. And that is God showing up to remind the world that He was boss. Setting everything back to divine order again.

Here are some examples of 10 in Scripture as God’s Perfect Order According To His Plan:

1. King David was the 10th in line from Judah. (Ruth 4:18-22)

2. Noah was the 10th descendant from Adam.

3. Abraham was the 10th descendant from Noah.

4. The Ten Commandments are found in Exodus 10 (10 X 2=20)

5. Under the Law your tithe is 10 percent, meaning your finances belong to the Lord.

6. In Genesis 1, the phrase “God said” shows up 10 times. Perfect order comes from living according to the Master’s order.

7. There are 10 Kingdom parables in book of Matthew.

8. There are 10 “I AM” statements of Christ in the book of John.

9. In the natural we have 10 fingers. What we do has to do with God’s will and way.

10 We have 10 toes. The life we walk belongs to God. Don’t get that out of order.

As I reflect on this last day of 2019 and last day of the decade of 2010’s I am reminded of the old song we used to sing in the 80’s. “If God is not Lord of ALL, God is not Lord AT ALL. Somethings to think about as we enter a new year and decade. Shalom!

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The Miracle of Hope

Today is the last day of Hanukkah, The Miracle of Hope:

Hanukkah began as a military holiday celebrating the capture and re-dedication of the Jerusalem Temple around 164 BC. About 200 years later, however, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans.

Some Jewish leaders of the period said Hanukkah should be abolished. Since the Temple was destroyed, why celebrate its rededication?

The answer lay in the most profound Jewish idea: hope. While the Temple was destroyed, hope was not. Hope is not blind optimism. It is faithfulness, confidence, and vision, combined with a determination to act.

Hope has sustained the Jewish people through

countless experiences of persecution and exile. Hope is the conviction that what was once destroyed can be rebuilt. Hope is not only about one person, Yeshua. It is about each of us.

No matter what has been destroyed in your life. Like the Temple, relationships, health, career, loss of loved one, ministry or severe disappointment in ones self. This is the month of Hope.

Not only is last evening the lighting of the eighth candle about Hope but it is also the First Fruits Rosh Chodesh) of the 10th Biblical month of Tevet. It is not a coincidence that in the month of Tevet we are to Pray for our Leaders that they have a Godly prospective. The month of Tevet which started last Saturday is a month for us to see with Godly eyes and to war for a Godly outcome.

Hopefully you will join our family today in celebrating Hope and what has been destroyed in the past is being rebuilt to even greater Glory and Testimony. Tevet is the tenth month of Biblical Calendar and Ten is the number of Testimony. Shalom

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Mistaken Identity! The Number 14

Mistaken Identity:

Tonight at sundown begins the celebration of Hanukkah in which Yeshua and his disciples celebrated in John 10:22. It is called the Festival of Dedication or the Festival of lights. We’re celebrating Hanukkah because it is about miracles. The miracle of the candelabra in the Temple that stayed lite even when there was only enough oil for one day. But through God’s multiplication miracle the lamp stand stayed lite for eight days. The Christmas Story goes along with Hanukkah for it was in the winter of Festival of Dedication Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit with the Christ child. I am reminded the Story of the birth of Yeshua is all about MISTAKEN IDENTITY. In Matthew 1:17, Matthew writes about the genealogy of Yeshua. There were 14 generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David until Babylonian captivity and fourteen generations from Babylon to Christ.

“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.” Mt. 1:17

You may be like me and have missed this number fourteen thing before. Holy Spirit recently had me read and study why Matthew wrote his genealogy like this. The number 14 in scripture is a picture of Holy Spirit working on this earth through out history to fulfill God’s promises. After three sets of 14 generations beginning with Abraham and going through the time Jesus shows up is about God keeping His promise.

Fourteen is the numerical number for the name of David.

The numerical number of “gold” and “hand” is the number 14.

When you think of all the generations it took to keep the promise of the Messiah think about this, The word “to bear” and the word “shepherd” are used 14 times in the New Testament. HE HAS TO SHEPHERD HIS PEOPLE FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION TO BEAR THE PROMISES OF GOD.

In the book of Proverbs the expression “the fear of the Lord” occurs 14 times. Finally the words “forgiveness and merciful” are found 14 times in the Bible.

This Hanukkah let’s consider Jesus’s Mistaken Identity here on earth. He is Born in Bethlehem (house of bread) Lives in Nazareth (the place of Shame). He is suppose to be from Bethlehem and is known from Nazareth. He is born to a peasant girl and when the Angel tells her she has been highly favored, Mary questions the Angel is talking to the correct person. She didn’t see heaven’s identity for herself.

Then His Family has to move to Egypt for 12 years to escape Yeshua being murdered by King Herod. When Joseph finds out his fiancé is pregnant he sent her away not to be shamed and stoned.

He is not received by His own family as the Son of God, the Messiah. They don’t even recognize Him. King Herod ask Him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” The government doesn’t even recognize who He is. He asked His disciples, whom do men say that I am? Who do you Say that I am?” And On the cross they place His name and title, The King of the Jews of Nazareth. Again, mistaken Identity for Herod was He was called the King of the Kings. Rome couldn’t recognize Him as King.

The story of Hanukkah is, even though the world doesn’t recognize your identity HEAVEN DOES and that is what counts. As you celebrate Hanukkah tonight by lighting the first candle remember the song by Mark Lowry, “Mary Did You Know:”

Mary did you know

That your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary did you know

That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know

That your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered

Will soon deliver you

Mary did you know

That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know

That your baby boy will calm a storm with His hand?

Did you know

That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby

You’ve kissed the face of God

Mary, did you know?

The blind will see

The deaf will hear

And the dead will live again

The lame will leap

The dumb will speak

The praises of the Lamb

Mary did you know

That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know

That your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know

That your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you’re holding

Is the Great I Am

Oh, Mary, did you know?

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Never Give Up On Your Dreams

On this Shabbat when we read of Joseph’s dreams, may we all learn to listen not only to our own dreams but also to the dreams of others. This is the month of dreams. Nine of the 10 dreams in Genesis happened during this Biblical month Kislev. A few things to consider:

1. Pray into your dreams

2. Don’t declare your dream to family, they’re the least to believe.

3. When life brings the opposite to your dream stand in faith and patience.

4. Never ever give up on your dream.

5. When your dream becomes reality stay humble and serve others.

God had a dream and in this month Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit the Christ child the Son of God. Shabbat Shalom!

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Tonight’s Full Moon on 12-12-12 at 12:12, What Does It Mean?

Something interesting to think about tomorrow. Tomorrow (actually tonight) is a full moon. It happens on 12-12-12 at 12:12am. This is a very prophetic number and season if you understand the numerology of scripture. The number twelve in Hebrew is the number of perfect Government. Twelve is the last of the four numbers God uses to show His perfection. It is the number that God shows He is in control and actively ruling over something as King. When God wants to show us He is ruling and there is a perfect plan. He likes to use the number 12 in his language.

It is impossible to separate those who govern from the governing of God. In another words every one who governs is governed by God. You see, God almighty is not just King but King of Kings. He is just not Lord but Lord of Lords. Revelation 16:19, “And he hath on his gesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Twelve marks when God is in control of something. In Matthew 26:53 when Peter took things in his own hand and cut off the soldiers ear, Jesus said, He had the power to call 12 legions of angels.

Here are examples of 12 in scripture: Jacob had twelve sons and Israel had twelve tribes. It is interesting to note that Jacob and Israel are the same person. One is born of man, Jacob and the other is born of God, Israel, and God governs both of them perfectly.

Jesus had 12 disciples and set up the church with 12 teachable and yieldable men who would drop their careers and family to come and follow Yeshua. That’s why the New Jerusalem has 12 gates and 12 foundations. There are also twelve pearls and 12 foundations associated with the New Jerusalem. The measure of the city is 12,000 furlongs and thickness of the walls are 144 cubits or 12 X 12.

The first recorded words of Jesus was at age 12.

There were 12 baskets of food left over when Jesus fed the 5000.

There were 12 spies sent out by Moses in Numbers 13

Elijah built an altar of 12 stones when he called the fire down from Heaven. 1 Kings 18

There are 12 Biblical months in a year because God rules over every year.

There are 12 major constellations because rules over all the heavens.

There are 60 minutes in an hour (12 X 5) and 60 seconds in a minute because God rules over every nano-moment that has ever been measured.

The number 24 (12 +12), There are 24 elders who circle around the Throne in Worship.

24,000 plus miles circle the the planet earth. Twenty four is a witness of God’s perfect Government. That is why the 24 elders fall down and worship him as they fly around the throne. Because they see him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Twenty four is associated with the priesthood as David distributes the priest among 24 descendants of Aaron.

So if you have never believed God is in control and has a plan for this world, our Nation, your family and even your life. Tonight at the full moon, it is screaming at 12-12-12, 12:12am He is in Control and Has Plan for You. Worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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