When Praying, Do Not Look Upon It As A 'Badge Of Honor' To Be Worn Publicly For All Others To See Such 'Great Spiritual Depths' You Have Achieved.
Such praying is shallow, often mechanical and repititious, and such our Saviour warned to avoid. People who pray often in public,
often love to be heard praying in public. It is the shy one whose heart is humble whose words are heard by the Master's ear. May your
service ever to Him in prayer be so private that no one else sees you standing there. To be recognized only by Him and not give
reason for another to diminish your position in prayer by pointing to your place in praise in comparison to others.
THIS IS PRAYER!
To Lose Self In The Sight Of All Others When Entering His
Presence, Especially When Speaking On Their Behalf.
AND SO PRAY:
"Lord, may it ever be your head my words seek to turn, that it
be for your praise and not another's my soul yearns."
- Author: Ken Livingston
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"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion."
The apostle John was privileged to look within the gates of heaven, and in describing what he saw, he begins by saying, 'I looked, and, lo, a Lamb!' This teaches us that the chief object of contemplation in the heavenly state is 'the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.'...
Nothing else attracted the apostle's attention so much as the person of that Divine Being, who hath redeemed us by His blood. He is the theme of the songs of all glorified spirits and holy angels. Christian, here is joy for thee; thou hast looked, and thou hast seen the Lamb. Through thy tears thine eyes have seen the Lamb of God taking away thy sins. Rejoice, then. In a little while, when thine eyes shall have been wiped from tears, thou wilt see the same Lamb exalted on His throne
It is the joy of thy heart to hold daily fellowship with Jesus; thou shalt have the same joy to a higher degree in heaven; thou shalt enjoy the constant vision of His presence; thou shalt dwell with Him for ever. 'I looked, and, lo, a Lamb!' Why, that Lamb is heaven itself; for as good Rutherford says, 'Heaven and Christ are the same thing;' to be with Christ is to be in heaven, and to be in heaven is to be with Christ. That prisoner of the Lord very sweetly writes in one of his glowing letters-'O my Lord Jesus Christ, if I could be in heaven without thee, it would be a hell; and if I could be in hell, and have thee still, it would be a heaven to me, for thou art all the heaven I want.' It is true, is it not, Christian? Does not thy soul say so?
'Not all the harps above
Can make a heavenly place,
If God His residence remove,
Or but conceal His face.'
All thou needest to make thee
blessed, supremely blessed, is 'to be
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hunderheads rolled ominously over the Western hills,
as the lightning bolts streaked across the sky. In a lush green valley below, two birds together in a barn lot reacted in
different ways. Appearing similar in some ways, the birds were actually different as day and night. The chicken, with her
head down and her beak busy in the trash of the barnyard, stepped up her pace as she scratched among the debris and filth
searching for grubworms, scraps, and bits of corn. Knowing that time was short, and that she would soon have to take refuge
in the safety of the barn, she worked frantically to get a meal before the full fury of the storm struck...
Quite strange was the appearance and actions of the other bird. He sat on a fence post, his head lifted to the sky and his sharp piercing
eyes searching among the clouds. He stretched his wings lazily, and gusts of wind almost lifted him from his perch. It was a thrilling sight
to see the magnificent wingspread, and it was easy to see that the feathers of his wings that had once been clipped back to prevent him from
flying away, had once again grown to their full length. It was obvious that this bird was not a chicken...
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The following is taken from the Book, Adam2: A Guide For The Walk Home, written by our founder.
It is A Commentary On The Gospel Of John, complete with a background look at the contemporary Jewish groups active in Jesus' day.
It includes a summary of each chapter, a redacted study of each disciple, a brief study of Gnosticism of the time, pertinent timelines,
and much more. Each chapter of study includes extensive Biblical references to the notes on the chapter.
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We turn this month to the Chapter Summaries from the book: Adam2.
Jesus Christ, the Word from the beginning, who made and illuminates all things. John the Baptist came to give witness of Him.
The world rejected Jesus, but those who receive Him are born into the kingdom of God by the will of God. He left heaven, became flesh,
and lived a short time with us. This we know for His glory was seen by them. He is the only begotten son of God.
John the Baptist's witness to Jesus. John's answer of himself to the messengers of the Jews: he is not the Christ,
Elijah, nor another prophet, but the one Isaiah said was crying in the wilderness to make straight the way for Christ to come.
He explains his baptism and defers to Jesus, whom they do not recognize among them. In Bethabara, beyond Jordan,
John sees and declares again the Lamb. Two of his disciples follow Jesus: Andrew, who returns for his brother Peter;
and John (inferred). Jesus declares to Peter His prior knowledge of him and changes his name to Cephas (a stone).
The next day in Galilee, Jesus calls Philip, who seeks and returns with his friend Nathanael. After Jesus declares
knowledge of him also, Nathanael believes, following at Jesus' word. Observing their amazement,
Jesus declares that they shall see greater works than this.
Marriage in Cana of Galilee. Mary (mother), Jesus, and the (6) disciples are present. Water turned into wine: first
miracle revealing His glory. The disciples believe. All (mother, brothers, and disciples) leave for Capernaum for a few days.
In Jerusalem at Passover, He cleanses the Temple of money changers, causing the Jews
to ask for a sign of His authority. Jesus confounds them with His answer, referring to His death and resurrection
(Temple destroyed and rebuilt in three days. The disciples will remember this after His resurrection).
Jesus performs many miracles which produce many believers, but He does not commit Himself to them; He knows their
hearts (not as Nathanael's -
Acknowledging Jesus as Master (teacher), Nicodemus (a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews) comes to Jesus at night
for discussion of His power to perform those miracles. Nicodemus is unable to understand Jesus' discussion on the rebirth.
(The kingdom cannot be perceived by anyone unregenerated.) Because of God's great love for all His creation, the Son of
man is sent to be lifted up that all who will may be saved from their current self-imposed condemnation of death unto eternal life.
Evil doers love the cover of darkness, but truth lovers will come to the light when it appears to them. Jesus is the Light of the world,
therefore, those who love truth will come to Him; those who love evil will reject Him. Jesus and the disciples go to Judea (from Jerusalem baptizing).
John is in Aenon baptizing. John's disciples question with the Jews about purifying. Seeing Jesus and His disciples baptizing many also,
they question John. He speaks of God's diverse works and gifts: just to see and be a chosen part of God's work, no matter how great or small,
brings great joy. John defers again to Jesus' heavenly greatness. God has given His Son all things that the Son might give to all who believe eternal life (
Failing to do so leaves one, by their own choice, exposed to God's impending wrath.
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Perceiving John's predicament and possible misconception of the Pharisees of conflicting ministries by His being in the same area,
Jesus departs Judea for Galilee, taking the detestable (by the Jew) route through Samaria. (Jesus did not personally baptize, only His disciples.)
At noon, with the disciples gone into the city of Sychar for food, Jesus encounters a woman at Jacob's well.
An incredible experience follows with Jesus, His disciples (being Jew), and the Samaritans (mixed blood).
Jesus declares Himself to be the source of all living water that gives eternal life. He does a tremendous work among them for two days.
Recognizing Him as the Christ, through both His and the woman's testimony, many believe. Bearing out the saying that a prophet has no
honor in His own country (
2:24-25), He journeys on to Galilee. Having witnessed His miracles in Jerusalem during the previous Passover, the Galileans greatly receive Him.
In Cana again, He performs a second miracle, the healing of a noble man's son in absentia, leading to belief by his entire household.
Going up to a feast in Jerusalem, Jesus confronts and heals an impotent man of 38 years by the pool of Bethesda.
The man is then confronted by the Jews concerning his breaking the Sabbath by carrying his bed. They ask who so instructed him.
Finding him later in the Temple, Jesus cautions him against further sin.
Accosted by the Jews concerning this violation of their Sabbath, Jesus defends His actions by simply stating He does
only that which He sees His Father do. A clear breach now occurs between them. Angered, the Jews desire to kill Him.
Jesus reveals Himself to be the life-giver sent from the Father, foretelling the resurrection and future day of judgment.
The Father has placed all judgment under His authority, and He does it in concert with the Father's will.
(There are many (7) witnesses to Christ; four are listed here, and three in other locations in John.) Because the self-righteous Jews
honor only each other and not God, not even Moses' words, they fail to recognize Jesus as prophesied. They reject Him to their own undoing.
Jesus and His disciples cross Galilee in a ship. A crowd follows by land. Going up into a mountain, He sees the crowd.
The hour being late, He wishes to feed them. After testing Philip, He feeds 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes; 12 baskets are left over.
Perceiving the crowd would make Him king by force, He resists, sending them away. Putting the disciples to sea, He goes alone into
a mountain to pray. Later in the night, Jesus comes to them walking upon the water. He stills a storm. Many follow Jesus from their
personal worldly motives (seeking bread), not recognizing Him as the Christ and Eternal Bread of heaven. Jesus' discourse on
the Bread of Heaven and the eternal assurance of all who come to Him for eternal life. Without spiritual discernment and unable
to accept this teaching, some followers depart, causing Jesus to turn to question the loyalty of those who remain, knowing
one would later betray Him. Peter acknowledges for all there is no one else to turn to who has the words of eternal life.
- Author: Ken Livingston
If We Grow Closer To Jesus We Will Be Closer To Others.
- A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. - John 13:34,35
- O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. - John 17:25-26
- Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine...So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. - John 21:12a,15b
- He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. - 1 John 2:10
- If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. - 1 John 4:20,21
- Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. - 1 John 5:1
That is an unavoidable eternal Biblical truth. It not only has been commanded but prayed for by Jesus Himself.
We also know God does not deny His Son any request made to Him. Flaws and faults seen in others will diminish as that drawing, love
and unity grows. Harsh judgements and unkind criticisms will cease. The "meditations (thoughts) of our hearts and the words of our mouths" will be
more desired to be accepted by Him. The most unruly part of our body will no longer need a bridle; His staff will be sufficient.
Self, when it is crucified to the Cross in Him, will cease to exist when He becomes Lord of all our life, seated upon our heart, ruling
His body as its rightful Head and we, each of us, chosen and appointed our rightful and suited place within that body, none more important
than another, nor less (Ephesians 2:19,22). As with the Old Testament 1/2 shekel of silver given for redemption, we have all been bought by the
same price, whether poor or rich, educated or not, esteemed or unknown—the blood of Jesus in exact quantity.
No matter who you are this day, no matter what age or gender, national origin, background or station in life, because we are all human,
instilled with the Creator's nature (Gen.1:26), there is not one of us who does not have a relationship with another
that has reached its fullest, or in some cases, deepest desired potential. This is true whether it be husband and wife,
father and son, mother and daughter, brother and sister, friend or co-worker. Some of you have labored with all your
might to stand up that relationship on a firmer more mature foundation. Others have stood it up but it remains to grow
to any satisfying and longing degree. This relationship of unity as He prayed can only be achieved in Him, when both
submit to Him as Head and yield in being joined to each other as He desires and designs...
Observe the scene played out in the upperroom at the last supper as Jesus knelt to wash the feet of His twelve disciples (John 13).
Witness the scene of quiet fellowship that transpired as the eight dined at breakfast prepared by the risen Saviour on
the seashore of Galilee that brisk Spring morning (John 21). As He did that morning with those seven, He continues to call us together
to His table today: Come and dine. Prior to Jesus' death and
resurrection Jesus' twelve disciples had not experienced that unity in spirit He prayed for prior to His passion. Even
in their final hours together before He was betrayed by Judas, they bickered among themselves. But following His ascension
and His sending the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, who came to abide in each, their bond was sealed
and withstood the trials and persecutions that followed as Jesus had forewarned them.
When it comes to loving one another and having a closer relationship with each other, no truer and poignant words could be
spoken—if we grow closer to Jesus we will be closer to others. There is a propensity in each of us to love and be loved.
I've discovered this personally to be true even when working with some of the most hardened criminals, not all to
the same degree, but nevertheless present...
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- Author: Ken Livingston
The following is taken from the Book of New Testament Summaries.
[A letter written by James (brother to Jesus?), pastor of the Church in Jerusalem, to Jewish Christians in the twelve tribes of the Diaspora.]
James writes to:
(1) exhort to holy living,
(2) correct some misconceptions of Christian conduct,
(3) rebuke those in error,
(4) encourage endurance in their faith during times of trial and temptations,
(5) challenge their lifeless faith to good works,
(6) correct the error of intellectual assent to Christ as the Messiah while continuing to live
in the tradition and practices of their fathers, and
(7) define true religion as seen by God.
(If a portrait could be painted of James' writing, what would be seen in its final form would be that of a "holy man,"
standing perfect and upright before God and His Throne, robed in Christ's righteousness, whose testimony has preceded him!
It is a New Testament fulfillment of the Old Testament Just One seen in Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes,
now made just through the imputed righteousness of Christ. See
31:1-40; Ps.1; 15; 37; Prov.3;
for starters. Each book of the entire Bible is replete with this teaching and corresponding types! Christ is the pinnacle of all others,
standing upon their shoulders as the brightest and fulfillment of our shining examples! As the light of the earliest catches one's eye, as it is meant (
it transfers one's attention to the next in order, collectively brighter from accumulative revelation, until finally
one's eyes come to rest solely satisfied at the top upon the One that outshines them all: Moses aglow, the Baptist decreasing,
Stephen kneeling (Christ standing), Paul's planting, Apollos' watering, etc., all conduits to THE SOURCE of ALL LIGHT,
and HE ALONE gives the increase! See the picture? He is the phos (Greek), phosphorus, radiance, glow, "Father of Lights,"
and in Him is no "variableness" or parallage, ghost, shadow, wavering, illusion—perfectly focused, clear and distinct,
brilliant and concentrate; His Truth is Pure.
Man should, therefore, consider his ways, for he and his paltry works would surely melt at the sheer blast of His illuminous breath.
But this God of Lights, who could consume man in just one kilowatt of his Holiness, has chosen to be merciful, giving good gifts to all men.
Why then should we not discover and use these gifts for the goodwill of all men everywhere, letting each imparted light shine as instructed?
(This is the essence of Chapter 1!)
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Now, some twenty-plus years since the establishment of the Church, it is obvious that its earlier days of equality
were giving way to individuality and preferred social standings, placing at grave risk spiritual unity and brotherly love.
Apparently the synagogue was still a focal point of Jewish Christian usage (
What could be observed within its walls reflected well on their behavior patterns in life in general. The poor, once cared for (
now went wanting. Even our writer, at an earlier time, placed this condition alone upon the Gentile when coming into the faith (
Again he writes to correct what now is a widespread neglect. Respect of persons is clearly the result of a value judgment
determined in the mind of the practitioner. Every soul, whether rich or poor, is purchased by equal quantity and identical
price of Christ's blood, and therefore carries the same value before God! Who then is man, any man, to make such a distinction between men!
The law of the heart, the commandment of Christ, loving one another as He loved us, is the fulfillment of all Law and sets man at total
liberty from having to determine himself how he is to live among many; all are to be treated equally. When one knows and practices this principle,
nay, commandment, all guess work is eliminated in one's behavior toward another, and every jot and tittle of His commandments are discharged
in their fullness (
When love is observed, the Law is fulfilled and none will go lacking. Beneficial faith—faith that is viable—is visible;
operative faith—lived out in the life of the believer. Abraham was a classic forerunner of our examples, living out His
faith long before the Mosaic Law was ever given; and through his visible viable operative faith man has been richly blessed indeed!
- Author: Ken Livingston
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