Thursday, July 16, 2015

A New Reality

I think we find an interesting account of Jesus going to the temple and taking the scroll of Isaiah and reading from it. I find it interesting because most carpenter sons could not read and usually only those educated in the scriptures were allowed to read from the scrolls. 

Let’s look at that account.

Luke 4: 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 ”The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]

20 When he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

John 14: 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

These two scriptures point out Jesus’ and our mission.

So I ask why isn’t the church healing more people?, freeing captives? Restoring the sight of the sight of the blind? 

Before we answer this question Let’s consider a few questions:

Do you believe 1 Corinthians 6: 19? You should know that your body is a temple[a] for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you. You don’t own yourselves.

Do you believe 1 Corinthians 3: 16 You should know that you yourselves are God’s temple.[a] God’s Spirit lives in you.

Do you believe Luke 17: 21? People will not say, ‘Look, God’s kingdom is here!’ or ‘There it is!’ No, God’s kingdom is here with you.

Do you believe 2 Corinthians 13: 5?
2 Corinthians 13: 5 Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are living in the faith. Don’t you realize that Christ Jesus is in you? Of course, if you fail the test, he is not in you.

Finally, Do you believe 1 John 4: 4?  My dear children, you belong to God, so you have already defeated these false prophets. That’s because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

I believe most of us would answered yes to those questions but I wonder do we really deep in our hearts believe those apply to us personally. I wonder that because I often do not see the church being very effective at doing what Jesus said we would be doing.

Why isn’t the church healing more people?, freeing captives? Restoring the sight of the sight of the blind? I believe the answer is found in:

Mark 4:35-41  That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”  Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.  A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Another account of this event is found in Matthew 8: 23-26  

I believe what we discover in these verses is the disciples reacted and Jesus responded to the storm from different realities. Look at the account again.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Marriage Ruling by SCOUS

Today June 26 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Gays have the same right to marriage as heterosexual couples have. It is my opinion that consenting adults can do pretty much whatever they want in their own house as long as it does not hurt others or involve minors. It is also my opinion based on the Bible that marriage is to be between one man and one woman.

One of my joys as a pastor has been to counsel couples for marriage and then perform their wedding ceremony. It is with sadness that I must now refuse to perform any marriages either for straight or gay couples. I think the best thing for me is to step out of performing any weddings or cater any receptions at Restoration Farm.  I have other things that I can do other than weddings and receptions. The only exception to this will be to offer to my family a traditional one man one woman Bible based wedding ceremony.

We will no longer offer our cabin for rent to people but it will still be offered to our friends and guests at no cost. The Restoration cabin will no longer be used in ministry or be available to pastors or missionaries as a ministry.

It is my belief that since the United States government wants to take over marriage then they can  perform the ceremonies.

Until our nation and the church turns back to honoring God the above is our policy here at Restoration Farm.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Praise, Presence and Power

On Saturday evening June 13th a group of us met at a local bank and participated in a short worship service lead by Joe Farrell followed by a short message by me based on the following scriptures:

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners

John 14: 12-13  Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Matthew 10: 7-8 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Then Dan Gore spoke and then Eric Wilding.

 Dan Gore, Kat Clark, Larry Clark Eric, Wilding with Kingdom
We had a wonderful time and we watched God heal several people of physical injuries or emotional wounds. A few of the more dramatic ones were legs that were not the same length being bought into alignment.