The manifested Word of God

John 1:1-14

1. The word became flesh.

The spiritual word became the tangible manifested word. The declared word became flesh-Greek word (sarx) living substance

Jesus and the word are one –
Jesus is the word the word is Jesus.

Jesus in the flesh was the manifested uncovered visible tangible word of God demonstrated on the earth.

The word which is spiritual and life-giving became flesh tangible manifested

2. The word is the will of God

John 5:19
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

John 12:44-50
44    Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45   And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46   I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47   And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48   He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49   For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50   And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

3. You must be totally reliant on Jesus. You must be totally reliant on the word
In Jesus,- in the word,-is the fullness of God. Everything that you need is in Jesus,-in the word. The answer to every problem is in Jesus,- in the word.

Ephesians 1:19-23
19   And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20   Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21   Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22   And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23   Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

When the word is operating in the body of Christ. The spiritual word becomes visible, and tangible. Jesus is revealed in his fullness.

When you preach Jesus you preach the gospel you preach the word. If you are preaching any word that is not Jesus then you are not preaching the word of God or the gospel. But if you are preaching what is in the word of God then you are preaching Jesus whether it is Old Testament preaching or New Testament preaching you must preach the word which is Jesus.

4. The word has authority

Jesus said all Authority in heaven and in earth is given unto me.

After saying this he then told his disciples to go. He gave the word of authority to them to preach to heal the sick to cast out devils and to announce the coming of the kingdom.

You and I have been given the word. We have been given Jesus.

Matthew 28:18-20
18   And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

I am with you always – the word of authority is with us always

I have authority given to me by the word

5. Jesus is the sent word
Psalms 107:20
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Matthew 8:5-13
5   And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6   And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7   And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8   The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9   For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10   When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11   And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12   But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13   And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

This man understood the relationship between the word and the one who sent it.

When we preach the Word we preach Jesus – we send the word we send Jesus. When we share the word we share Jesus. When you receive the word you receive Jesus.

6. You are born again by the faith you put in Jesus. By the faith you put in the word.

Romans 10:8-10
8   But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9   That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

You and I are born again through the blood in the word. Now we belong. We are citizens of heaven.

I have a birth certificate which legally proves my citizenship. As a citizen I have rights and some authority that’s been given to me.

I was born again now I am a citizen of heaven I have a legal rights and authority that has been given to me

Satan has no legal rights at all

7. Continue in the word continue in Jesus
John 8:31-32
31   Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32   And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Motivation for Spiritual Increase

Motivation for Spiritual Increase 
Psalms 115 – read the whole chapter

12   The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. 

13   He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.  

14   The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. 

15   Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. 

16   The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. 

17   The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. 

18   But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD. 
Fear the Lord- The reverential awe of God. The utmost respect for God.. Respect for his words, respect for His presences, respect for the work of his hands. The fear of the Lord is to love God and Hate sin. 

It is certainly to love what he loves and hate what he hates. To cling to what is good and to push away that which is evil. That you may increase in all good things. 
Ultimately, You must take responsibility for your own increase and spiritual development. 
Now don’t get me wrong God gives the increase… But we are responsible for the planting and the watering. 
1 Corinthians 3:6-8

6   I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 

7   So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 

8   Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 
They are one – one in labor united for increase. You have surrounding you a united support system that is dedicated and focused for your increase and spiritual development. But you still have a responsible part to play. 
You have got come to the fountain and you have to drink. 

It starts with Spiritual discipline and ends in joy. 
Even though you know that if you don’t do it no one else will, you may still struggle with having the motivation. 
It’s like that one room in your home

the garage/ attic, basement or maybe a storage room. Over time things build up, get cluttered, dusty, dirty, 

The place you put all the things you know you need to deal with but for whatever reason you just can’t deal with it right now. 
Unmotivated – lack of interest or enthusiasm 
Why?
Time- this boils down to one thing you don’t feel it is a priority. People make time for what they want to do. 
Ephesians 5:15-17

15   See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 

16   Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 

17   Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 
John 9:4

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 
Overwhelmed – so many things that need to change… Where do I start?
Mark 9:23-24

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 

Unknowledgeable- I don’t know how to fix this. It will take study.  
Hosea 4:6 (KJV)

6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Cycles of lethargy- Seek him diligently 

1 Chronicles 28:9

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. 
2 Chronicles 15:1-2

1   And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 

2   And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.  
Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 

The seed is in itself

Genesis 1:11

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.  

If you are in strife you have the seed of strife in you and when you talk you plant it. 
If you are in faith you have the seed of faith that when you speak produces more of what you have

Abiding in God’s Best

Abiding in Gods best
2017 total reliance on God
I’m looking for Gods best – I want to make it into Gods best
God if you don’t do it, I’ll never make it
  Restore spiritual militants – 

Spiritually confrontational. Aggressive in possession of spiritual things
Total reliance – I can only live on what you provide for me… On what comes from you. 
Abiding in Christ

– remain not to depart, endure, continue in Christ 
 John 15

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same

bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5-7)

If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Today the modern church is all about connection. You can be naturally connected spiritually dead
Dead things must be cut off. Pruning and shaping. 
Revelation 3:1. The angel to the church of Sardis
You have a reputation or a name that you are alive but you are dead
What is Gods best for you?
Process to abiding – God for the sinfulness of man sent a savior. Jesus christ died resurrected and ascended into heaven. After which he released an abiding power. The Holy Ghost 
You must be filled continually with his spirit and his word

2017 Total reliance on God

2017 relying totally on God- is Gods plan for you this year
2016 was a year of revelation 
Revealing of the anointed servants of God

Revealing the enemy’s of God and Israel
…God if you don’t save me, I’ll never make it. 

Matthew 24:1-2 Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

Prophecy fulfilled 

…Titus Flāvius Caesar emperor of Rome August 30 in the year 70 A.D. (was the very day on which Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed the 1st Temple in 586 B.C.)

Not one stone left was upon another. After the tabernacle of the lord was thrown down the invading army plowed up the foundation. 

They left it with the inability of quick repair. 

….Likewise Satan has attacked the church with the same desire…to leave it without ability to repair quickly. Make no mistake, He wants to tear you down, displace and destroy you. His plan is to attack from the ground up. The Attack is carefully targeted at the foundation. 

The Church (we are the temple)

* is unstable due to a foundation problem. 

*In danger of collapse.  

*Barely hanging on. -most churches if they were honest are barely hanging on. 
*We do not have a surface problem that can be covered by the band aid of religion. 

We have a foundational problem. The foundation of Christianity has been plowed up by invading forces of darkness. 
*We have been expecting the ancient foundation that has been built to uphold the heaviness of our sinful generation. Unfortunately the solid stones that have been cemented into the foundation of our Christian heritage has become brittle Clay and is crumbling under the weight and the heaviness of our sinful culture. Over time the solid tightly pressed foundation has become weekend and gaping holes have started to show. Now there are some things that are creeping in to the house that should have been sealed out and prevented. But The spiritual house is being neglected, the greater part of the foundation is ruined. 
*There needs to be a tearing down of the decayed foundation. We must replace the old with new. We must pour some brand-new foundational walls that will uphold the true church in the last days in which we are living.  
….God if you don’t save us, We’ll never make it. 
What?

What has been eating away and destroying the foundation over time? The Bible gives a natural example of a spiritual concept. 
Matthew 16:6 Sadusees 

Mark 8:15 Herodians 
Leaven causes a breakdown on the molecular level. If you allow leaven (sin) to get in and remain it will change the entire person. 
1. Leaven of pharasees – religious tradition they exalted themselves and belittle others in their own mind… their focus is on their works service or position held in the church and offerings given. Whitewashed tombs. 

Spiritual hypocrisy. They focus on the sins of others but ignore Their own spiritual shortcomings. 

2. Leaven of Sadusees – they don’t believe in the supernatural (I believe in miracles signs and wonders) and they didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead – The dead in Christ will rise and we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
3. Leaven of the Herodians- supporters of a Jewish state under Herod the king. Politically focused. All about the Natural connections to accomplish great things. Replacement of supernatural power with carefully calculated study of trends and statistics. Learn how to move and motivate people naturally at the forsaking of total reliance on the Holy Ghost power.  

Psalm 11:3If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? 
…God if you don’t save me, I’ll never make it. 

1. Restore spiritual militants – 

Spiritually confrontational. Aggressive in possession of spiritual things
-The church for the most part has wrestled not.

We are no longer confrontational to sin. 
These 3 endure Faith hope and love

Faith church-word confession process but attendees lost hope and those in bondage feel no love because compassion has leaked out of the pompous heart. 

Hope church- rescue me church. Such nice encouraging messages to help make successful people…but don’t bring the drug addict in and God for bid that I might have to sit by someone Who is of a lower class than I am. 

Love church- the sinfulness of the world and rejection of legalism helped them to form there doctrine of- total acceptance 
2. Give up no ground

That which you have laid hold on don’t let go of. 

The steps of progression that you have made don’t backstep don’t give up your ground. 

You may have already lost much don’t let go of what you still have. Protect nurse and strengthen that which is ready to die. 

No ground we are giving up no ground. We’ve got a cause worth fighting for devil we are not going to take no more
3. Advance the purpose of Christ 
Everywhere the soul of your foot touches the land will be given unto you

….We’ve been building church on looks
We’ve been building upon education

Political agenda, religion.. it is time to stop advancing our own wishes and start advancing His desire
In 2017

……We will see spiritual manifestation …..
….They shall cast out Devils 

…Pour some oil on the broken

….The outpouring of the Holy Ghost is for all

But his method is not excepted by all. I’m talking about a true unadulterated move of the Holy Ghost

 

We don’t need taught tongues. And we won’t need a follow up committee 
If you have to be thought to talk in tongues, you missed it. You can’t fake it till you make it. You have to be plunged into the rushing stream 

…no more Decisions without conversion 

William Booth -his concern for the 21st century church is that they would have Decisions without conversion 
…raise up the destroyed foundations

.. know God better than ever before 
Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries; but the people who do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
…God if you don’t help us, We’ll never make it. 

Falling away??? Or is it????
apostasía (from 868 /aphístēmi, “leave, depart,” which is derived from 575/apó, “away from” and 2476 /histémi, “stand”) – properly, departure (implying desertion); apostasy – literally, “a leaving, from a previous standing.”
Isaiah 58:?]But they that shall be of thee. Shall raise up the foundations of many generations. 

Independence

As we celebrate Independence Day I want you to remember not only those that fought and died for freedom, but also the purpose, that meant so much to them, that they were willing to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

The freedom that we all so greatly cherish did not come easy and did not come cheap.

Such Freedom is seldom released by the oppressor without a fight. Freedom must be desired, it must be demanded, It must be declared. On July 4, 1776 our forefathers boldly signed The Declaration of Independence. They did not receive their freedom after the war was over, their freedom was obtained at the moment of their declaration. They then battled to secure the independence they declared.

One Family

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With all of the racial tension that has been stirring in our nation, I felt it necessary to do my part to promote unity. I especially want to promote unity within the body of Christ. What we are witnessing is nothing less than prophecy fulfilled. In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus looked through time and sees this day we are living in. He warns specifically not to be deceived. There are many voices of deception. There are a few people who would try to convince the masses that Americans are filled with racial hatred. Although there are some who are full of hatred and violence, I tend to believe that they are a smaller group than portrayed by the media and that they do not represent the viewpoints of most Americans. As the end of time approaches the Bible is very clear, that the darkness will become darker and the violent will become more violent. The offended will become more offended, the deceived man will go on deceiving. Greed and selfishness, rebellion and perversion shall increase. Sin will surely abound, but God’s grace, (His enabling power) shall always increase to a greater degree than the sin opposition of our day. When darkness falls heavy on the people, the light of God’s anointed men and women must arise.
So here it is. I’m just a small town preacher, this may never get more than a few likes from close friends and family. But I have seen the power of social media. If we will join together our voice will be strengthened. We are all from different cultures and backgrounds, but as for me I will stand with my brothers and sisters of all colors and all races. We are all “One Family” in Christ Jesus.

Share this post and image I created if you agree. Let’s let the rest of America know where we stand and that we do not stand alone.

Pastor Andy Loos
Liberty Church
Coshocton Ohio & Howard Ohio
LibertyChurchOH.com

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Never Ashamed

Never Ashamed

Romans 10:11. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

1. For God will keep His Word

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.( firmly fixed, stands secure , set up and established ).

* when God says something you don’t have to wonder if he is ready to act upon it. If he said it, everything that is needed is all ready prepared set up and in order to make good on what he said.

Isaiah 55:8-11 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

2Timothy 1:8. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

2. For Glory out ways Afflictions

Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The Lord Doesn’t promise and easy life with no trials- faith that is not tested can not be trusted.

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

3. For Truth empowers freedom

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The word (make) is a progressive word. It means it empowers time and time again.

John 17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The word becomes a sword when it comes from your mouth. It is the blessing of the Lord. It empowers to prosper.

Psalms 118:17

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

Whatever situation you are facing God has given you his word. If you speak and declare by faith the word of the Lord, you release the blessing of God into your situation. The word empowers your situation to turn around for your good. The word causes freedom.

The sword of the Spirit is your only offensive weapon in your arsenal. You only need one. Because the word is versatile. It can be used towards many different situations and it is unlimited it supply. You cannot exhaust the power in the word of God.

…So I know that what I’m going through is hard to handle. The suffering of this trial seems overwhelming. But I serve a God who speaks his word and is ready to act upon it. And I know that the suffering that I am facing right now cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed in me. So I will speak the word of the Lord with boldness and confidence. For he is not a liar and he will work for me. And as I speak this word it will empower my situation to change for my good. And his word shall make me free once again.

Romans 4:17(as it is written: “I have made thee a father of many nations”), in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.

Don’t quench the Spirit of God

Don’t quench the spirit of God

1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Quench not the Spirit.”
Holy spirit / ghost same thing

Ephesians 4:30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Quench- to extinguish or put out

Grieve – to cause sorrow or pain of mind or heart

The Spirit of God has not been denied deity in the church. But he has been greatly neglected and not greatly honored in today’s church. I fear in many cases the body of Christ today has quenched the fire of the Holy Spirit in our midst and caused great sorrow to the Holy Ghost.

I believe the greatest pain the Holy Ghost feels comes from the rejection and the quenching of his moving in our churches and our life.

There are some churches that exist and are very functional as an organization. But if the Holy Spirit would ever chose to leave that church they may never know it.

I am thankful to be a part of a church where the Spirit of the Lord with all nine gifts and all nine fruit are not only excepted but celebrated.

* I feel that most Christians and churches that grieve the Holy Spirit do so because they are unfamiliar with his work. If they understood the work of the Holy Spirit they may be more open to is moving.

Who is the Holy Spirit?
He is not a creepy ghost that brings fear. He does not haunt the souls of men. The Holy Spirit is not enthusiasm. He is Not energy (positive or negative) nor is he the personification of God. He is not acting like God or just representing God, but he is part of the triune deity of God. He is a person with all the characteristics of a person. He is God in us with us all around us. You must understand He is not a person like you and I bodily. He is not Measured by hight and weight or mass, He is a spirit being. He has substance. Personality, he can love and desire, and rejoice and grieve. He has will, passion, furry, and disgust. He is deity he is God and he is present here.

Because he is Spirit and not merely matter. He is not limited to space nor restricted in geography. Because he is not nearly matter he is able to transcend matter. He is able to move in and through vessels of substance. He is able to come in and work through you and I has we are open to the moving of the Holy Spirit in us. But he is also not limited to move in me and you at the same time. He is omnipresent. He has the ability to everywhere at once, and he can remain here and there and everywhere that he is welcomed.

Church history says he is God, we say he is God, but most importantly the Scriptures say he is God.

A W Tozer said And I wholeheartedly agree (mind you this is years before the Toronto blessing). He said. “I wouldn’t believe in the archangel if he came to Toronto with wings spread at 12 feet shining like an atom bomb just after it goes off, if he can’t give me chapter and verse.”

Psalm. 139:7 speaks of the Holy Spirit’s omnipresences… Whither shall I go from thy Spirit or whether shall I flee from thy presence.
Job 26:13 he is creator… By his spirit he garnished the heavens.
2corinthian 3:17 He is Called Lord.. Now the Lord is that spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty
Commandment at Baptism. In father son and holy ghost.

The Holy Spirit never enters a man and let’s him live like the world. That is the reason some people reject the Holy Spirit.

John 16:7-10
Reprove the world of
1. Sin
2. Righteousness
3. Justice

Comforter – Paraclete (Greek. Advocate. Helper. One who stands on your behalf)
*The Holy Spirit is your advocate on Earth
*Jesus is your advocate in heaven
1 John 2:1My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Reprove – elegcho (Greek). To expose convict and convince.
(To bring to light, acknowledgement, and understanding.
Even the spirit of truth which the world cannot receive

The ministries of the Holy Ghost
Five Paraclete function mentioned in the book of John
1. He is the ever present help. “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Comforter to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:15-17)
2. He teaches and reminds of truth. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:25-26)
3. He testifies of Christ. “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27)
4. He brings conviction. “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going? Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer, and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (John 16:5-11)
5. He gives prophetic revelation. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.” (John 16:12-15)

Hide The Beer! The Pastors Here

Hide the beer! The pastors Here.

This was a song that the swirling eddies recorded talking about hypocrisy in many Christian colleges. In fact many Christian colleges banned this song from being played on campus.

Apparently talking about alcohol and Christianity is a touchy subject.

But let’s face it, alcohol consumption and things that surround that topic is kind of a hot topic right now among churches. I would like to address this issue.

Did Jesus drink wine?
Wasn’t he called the friend of sinners?
Wasn’t he partying it up?
Was the wine that Jesus drink alcohol?

Yes, there was alcohol in the Old Testament and New Testament.

Yes people got drunk back then too.

Yes there were drunken parties and orgies and the suchlike going on in the same way that it is today.

Yes Jesus did drink wine on several occasions recorded in Scripture, whether that was fermented or unfermented is debatable. Seeing that the word for grape juice in the Bible is translated wine and the same word for fermented grape juice in the Bible is also translated wine.

Yes Jesus’ accusers did hurl insults at him, trying to discredit his testimony by calling him “the friend of sinners.”

Yes Jesus is the sinner’s best friend for he is the only one who can bring total restoration and forgiveness to their lives.

Yes Jesus forgave those in sin and told them to sin no more.

No Jesus was not hanging out in these places full of sinful demonstrations. Nor was he taking part in their sin, nor was he sitting back and tolerating those behaviors around him.

No Jesus was not getting wasted with the boys at the lake.

Yes Jesus opened up his arms to all who wanted to draw close to Him. The sinner and the saint.

Yes Jesus did encounter all different types of people from all different walks of life. Many that needed healing deliverance salvation and miracles.

All Scripture must be judged by other scriptures to make sure that we have a full understanding concerning issues that we face. Let’s not just take one scripture and use that scripture to justify our position.

Now let’s talk about the topic at hand.

Although the consumption of wine might be debatable scripturally. Revelry, which is drunken parties, and drunkenness is quite black-and-white.

I wrestled with this topic last year quite extensively when I was confronted with this idea of mixing alcohol with ministry. I have known this to be a hush hush topic in the past. As long as You don’t talk about drinking or the party life You lead no one will care enough to confront. However this has more recently become an open topic. Once again we see this progression of “Christian Culture” What was forbidden in one generation has been tolerated by the next and normalized by third.

Here is my take.
Too often I have seen alcohol destroy lives, families, and Christian witness. I have sat in counseling meetings with people who’s life laid waste because of alcohol abuse. I have seen alcohol consumption lead to Domestic abuse, adultery, divorce, abandonment, unemployment and much more regret. For these reasons I will never condone the drinking of alcoholic beverage. In fact I will stand against it as much as possible in discouraging such things.

Some may feel that I am old-fashioned in this area. Believe me I have done much thinking and praying on this subject. The Bible says that men are to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). I whole heartedly agree with this scripture. Each person needs to decide in his own heart and conscience how he or she should handle the subject of abstaining or not abstaining from alcoholic beverage. Then you must be true to your conscience. However in the area of drunkenness and attending bars and drunken parties the scriptures are quite clearly against these things. Christians are not to be a part of or contributing to this lifestyle. (See scripture below)

So as for me and those that are ministering with me I feel very strongly and therefore have raised the standard of ministry. I believe it is best for those in ministry need to be abstinent from alcoholic beverage and refrain from establishments that promote reveling. I’m not saying that you have to stay away from restaurants that may serve alcohol or have a bar in house. Or that you should not attend a wedding celebration or other special occasions where some people may choose to have alcohol. If you find yourself in an establishment or in a celebration where alcohol is present definitely live by conviction. If you are a part of ministry especially in the ministry at Liberty Church, refuse to drink alcohol. And if the celebration starts turning a bit wild it is probably your cue to gracefully bow out. And please do yourself, your church, and the kingdom of God a favor and “witness” somewhere else. Stay out of the bars and other drunken parties. Don’t go in. There are many other places that we can minister to the lost. Let’s focus on being a witness for God in our everyday lives. I believe God will bless us greatly as the standard is raised.

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Peter 4:18-19 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

2 CORINTHIANS 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?

James 4:4 – Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Ephesians 5:11 – And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].

Galatians 5:16-26 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Read this whole chapter:

1 Thessalonians chapter 5

Is The Church Irrelevant?

Is the church irrelevant?

Rob Bell former founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible church, a mega church in Michigan recently made comments on Oprah Winfrey show stating his reasons for feeling the church is irrelevant. His viewpoints were specifically do to the church being culturally out of touch widely for their refusal to accept gay marriage.

The church has been belittled to a nonproductive organization

I believe this is not due to the lack of being irrelevant but rather do to The abundance of being reprobate.

Romans 1:28

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Reprobate-

I believe this is the reason why. The church is…

1. Intimidated
Much of the church has become intimidated to take a biblical stance on relevant issues. We preach to our youth to stand up in the midst of peer pressure, but we, as their mature example of Christianity, have buckled time and time again in the face of our peers. We have proven ourselves to be unwilling to make a hard stance concerning our own faith. It’s no wonder we have less than 4% of our nation’s youth serving the Lord currently.

Ezekiel 2:6. King James Bible
And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

2. Uninterested
We are uninterested in The viewpoints of God found clearly in the word. We are uninterested in hearing biblical preaching. Because if we started paying closer attention to God’s word we know that it will come in direct conflict with our current worldview position. So instead of being confronted with the image in the mirror we choose to not look in the mirror.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

3. Uneducated
When “The Christians” are faced with moral issues we don’t know where we should stand. since we have no idea where the line is drawn biblically, we often find ourselves straddling the area where we feel the line should be drawn. But because we are uneducated in truth when challenged why we are standing where we stand, we gracefully sway in the direction of our peers. We find ourselves being double minded agreeing with truth in one circumstance and disregarding truth in another.
We have been culturally educated but not biblically educated.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

4. Uninspired
After hearing the same message preached 500 different ways we tend to come to church with no expectation. After singing the same hymn for 50 years we have no spirit of worship. So after we are unaffected in worship and unaffected in the word The only thing left is religious duty.
They have no passion for the Lord they are attending services
Compulsively giving
Reluctantly serving but if you take the duty away there is no deep relationship to sustain their faith. They are easily swayed and fallen because there is no preacher to encourage.

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

5. Unholy

2 Corinthians 6:17. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

Ezekiel 22:26. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Profaned- to make common what is holy