“You’re Laodicean!”

A favorite pastime of many is
to brand others.
First make sure we are
standing in front of a mirror.
A solid Christian woman observed humbly
“We’re all Laodicean.”

We don’t see the seven Churches of Revelation in our “church of your choice” ads.   There’s no Laodicean Church on the corner of Elm.   Is that where people from Laos worship?

7 churchesWhat do the seven Churches mean to you?  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (2:7).   That’s good advice from the Head of the Church!  Let’s take it personal!

Today it’s fashionable to reject organized religion.  Only one in four Americans say they attend church each week.  Their pastors might tell a different story.

Did Jesus let the gates of hell prevail against His Church He built (Matt. 16:8)?    It has continued through seven eras since Jesus started it in 31 A.D.

Two key questions for each of us:

♦   Is our church even a part of these seven eras?
♦   How do we identify a true Church of God?

When I was 16

I almost had my right arm and leg ripped off in a motorcycle accident.  I thought God was punishing me for having just quit going to church.  In Tim McGraw’s hit song “Humble and Kind” he sings “Go to church ’cause your Momma says to.”  I had been doing that as long as I could remember without knowing what the Bible teaches about God’s Church.  My Mom didn’t know of any local church actually teaching what the Bible teaches but this one at least had the right name so she settled for it.

At the end of my sophomore year of high school, I quit because my boyhood church seemed dead.  Today I can read what the Undertaker warns Sardis about its desperate need for resuscitation (3:1-6).  My church wasn’t live enough to even be Sardis.

But back from too close to dead myself, I said “sorry” in heartfelt repentance and asked God to show me where His true Church was.  This was the turning point of my life.  If you do the same, I’m sure He will show you without giving an arm and a leg.  Well, actually, you must give your whole life.

God says we must repent, believe, be baptized, have a true minister lay hands on us, asking God to give us His Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).   All the glory goes to God because it’s the goodness of God—not ours—that leads us to repentance (Rom. 2:4).

Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea church eras

exist right up to the return of Christ.

God help us to be Philadelphians who are zealous to complete the commission of preaching the gospel and making disciples of all nations (Matt. 24:14, 28:18-20)!  Those whose hearts are in the Work rather than trying to save their own skin will be the ones growing in grace and knowledge (Matt. 16:25).

Who doesn’t want to claim this promise:  “I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those  who dwell on the earth” (3:10).  The Church of God has been promised “her place, where she is nourished for” 3-1/2 years (12:14).  Yes, God can save us individually where  we are, but He clearly talks about a group hideaway.  Zephaniah, whose name means “The Lord Hides,” prophesies “It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger” (Zeph. 2:3).  That would be the last year of the 3-1/2 years of Great Tribulation when the seven trumpets are blown and the seven last plagues are dispensed.

A good reason might be to train Christ’s upcoming administration.  Like He did with Paul for three years before he began his public service (Gal. 1:18).  And  leadership training with a group can compound the effectiveness through iron sharpening iron in Christian fellowship (Prov. 27:17).

“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).

The key to how we personally experience the book of Revelation will be

When we repent

Jesus said He has a “few names even in Sardis” (3:4).   Sounds like Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah.  I’d rather make my calling and election more sure!

Laodicea is dominant at the end where material riches abound amid spiritual poverty and wretchedness.  Are we lukewarm—neither hot or cold—which would induce Jesus Christ to vomit us (3:15-17)?  As the head of the Church, why shouldn’t Jesus want a hot bod too!

Laodiceans will be “ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (7:14).   Looks like they suffer martyrdom to prove their heart has changed commitment.  Why not get spiritually hot now!

For our sakes,  I would hope we have repented by this time because after this “innumerable multitude” there is no mention in Revelation of anybody repenting through the Day of the Lord.   You’d think people would cry out for deliverance but they shake their fist at God and blaspheme.

So please, we must repent now

Philadelphia means “brotherly love” and love is the defining sign of the Church (John 13:35).  We must learn from Ephesus and recapture our first love.  “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works” (2:5).

Isn’t it interesting that the reason for “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:25) is “to consider one another in order to stir up love and good works” (verse 24).  Emphasis of Ephesus!

Are we hearing what the Spirit says to the seven Churches?  Let’s not waste time judging and branding others.   Let’s take it personal!

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RU bookletI personally recommend a booklet called “The Book of Revelation Unveiled” you can get FREE by mail or download at https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-book-of-revelation-unveiled

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When Will Whens Be Changed?

The answer starts at sunset tonight.

When will North Korea turn the incredible abilities and aptitudes of its people into building a successful nation instead of menacing rockets?

When will mercenaries and corrupt leaders stop stealing from the victimized Africans and let the continent blossom using all its incredible resources?

When will the family unit be restored worldwide?

When will marriage once again be between not only a man and a woman
but with God to make it a sacred union?

When will winds of hurricanes cease to scour the Caribbean and flood the Gulf?

cup of wrathWhen will today’s evils stop being poured out?

God says “When!”  The cup of  His fierce wrath is full enough (Rev. 16:19).

It all starts at sunset tonight, with the beginning of God’s Holy Day called “The Feast of Trumpets,” which lasts until Thursday sunset (Lev. 23:23-25).

Wait a minute!  Friday morning Kim Jung On will still be blustering against the United States, Japan and South Korea.  War lords will still be plundering in the Congo, pushing orphans south toward Zambia.  We’ll still be tracking Maria’s destructive path.  Today’s evils will still be creating perilous times (2 Tim. 3:1).

Sadly true.  But

Keeping God’s Feast of Trumpets starting at sunset tonight

♥   certifies that they are as good as conquered.
♥   and proclaims that you are preparing to be a part of the conquering!

This momentous day

Pictures the turning point of world history

The seven trumpets of Revelation herald Jesus Christ taking governmental control of the earth.

When the seventh trumpet sounds, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Rev. 11:15).

The leaders who are messing up this world will be replaced by resurrected saints who are not only servant leaders (Matt. 20:25-28) instead of despots and pillagers but they have been changed from carnal human beings into Gods in the God Family and Kingdom (1 Cor. 15:51-53).  Jesus Christ and the resurrected saints will then rule the earth.

Kim Jung On will be off!   Probably replaced by a saint of Korean descent who will lead his beloved people into becoming a glorious nation.

God has been training many African brethren to be ready to serve their continent when Jesus Christ takes over the reins of the earth.  How ironic that Angola, an African nation that never figures in any news, has one Church of God group with 6,000 adults and children aiming to serve at Christ’s return!

Is God calling you and training you

to be one of His leaders who will serve as a king, priest, judge or teacher in Jesus Christ’s millennial reign?

I  hope you will make this Feast of Trumpets a turning point for you in your history!   If God is leading you to want to be a part of His big plans, act NOW!  Because His other Holy Days and all they foreshadow are coming up quickly.  You still have time to become a part of it now.

Those of us keeping the Feast of Trumpets for 2017 are announcing that the evil whens of today are going to be changed at Jesus Christ’s soon-coming return into victorious wins.  And we are committing to be the Changers.

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HD booklet.jI personally recommend a booklet called “God’s Holy Day Plan” you can get FREE by mail or download at https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/gods-holy-day-plan-the-promise-of-hope-for-all-mankind

 

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The Book of Revelation: Let’s Take It Personal!

beastBeasts, seals, trumpets and plagues
wreaking  global havoc!

It’s common to focus
on the earth-wide upheaval
in the book of Revelation.
Mention “Apocalypse” and
people think the end of the world!

But what’s really interesting is to consider
what this amazing book means to you.
Let’s take it personal!

What do you get out of John’s Revelation?   It’s a trick question because this is the revelation of Jesus Christ (1:1).   Imagine that!  That the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is revealing such royal information to commoners like us!

throneThat should elevate your thinking to a higher plane—all the way up to the third heaven throne (chapter 4) where “in His temple everyone says, ‘Glory'” (Psa. 29:9).  Imagine that you are invited 24/7 to “come boldly to the throne of grace” whenever you choose! (Heb. 4:16).

But wait a minute.   Are you really privy to this revealing?  One of the first principles of rightly-dividing Bible study (2 Tim. 2:15) is to note who a book is written to.  Revelation states that it is to

“Show His servants

—things which must shortly take place” (1:1).

So are you truly now a servant of God?  If not, your top priority must be to become one.  Because to others this enigmatic book with some 300 symbols remains a confusing head-scratcher.

“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (1:3).  Are you reading, hearing—and keeping?

It all began in Genesis with Jesus Christ walking in the garden with Adam and Eve and commanding them to eat of the tree of life but not of the tree of the knowledge of  good and evil.  It all ends in His Revelation with “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life …” 22:14).  The Bible bookends obedience.

If you want to be a saint commended for patience, you must “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (14:12).

If we allow the deceiver (12:9) to con us like he does the “whole world” into rejecting God’s law and commandments, it’s us who will be done away!

It’s so simple:  Obedience will not earn you salvation, but God will not save anybody who is not obedient.  It’s grace and law, not versus.  Grace, which is not cheap because it cost the torture and life of our Creator for each of us, enables Christ living in us to produce good works.   Truly “the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3) and all glory goes to Him.

Along with all of His other exalted titles and responsibilities, Jesus Christ is “Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (1:5).

This is the

Key to what Revelation will mean to you personally

When we repent will dramatically determine how we experience this amazing book and its unfolding events.

My personal hope is that you are already
♥   “Being redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb” (14:4).
♥   “Follow[ing] the Lamb wherever He goes”—He goes on some pretty exciting adventures in Revelation!  And after that it’s going to get out of this world!
♥   bride of ChristMaking yourself ready to be the wife of Jesus Christ (19:7).  We must be engaged at that!  Revelation comes from the Greek word apocalypsis which means unveiling, and pray you get to be part of the bride when Jesus reaches up and gazes at you face to face (1 John 3:1-3).

I’m not expecting a kiss … for the surprised Husband, it might seem the end of the world!  Worse than Joseph waking up to Leah when he was expecting ravishing Rachel!  Worse than if it were Broose the Moose!

The ApocaLIPS!

Fun aside, what a glorious future!  Let’s take it personal!

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RU bookletI personally recommend a booklet called “The Book of Revelation Unveiled” you can get FREE by mail or download at https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-book-of-revelation-unveiled

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This Is Not a Blog

OK, it is one of 2.5 billion posts written with WordPress,
which claims to now power 28% of the Internet.
A new blog is created somewhere in the world
every 1/2 second,
and this probably 
resembles them.

But …

♦   A blog typically puts its main point right at the top, blackmailed by the maxim that otherwise most readers will X out.   Advisers say you’ve only got 10 seconds to reach hopping hares with your message before they chase another carrot.

Hey, you’re still with me!  You’re my desired reader.  You might be one of the few who is being called to benefit from priceless pearls (Matt. 13:45-46).   Shell-shocked?  Ooy, stir yourself!  Choose wisely and become faithful (Rev. 17:14).  Go sell all you have that’s hindering you!

♦  A blog often notifies at the top how long it takes to read it.  If timed over five minutes,  the warning is that too few will bother.  You have to wonder how “they” can predict how long it will take speed readers and Dick-&-Janers to sled or slog through—what you have spent hours preparing for them.  I want Rom. 2:7 readers “who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality.”

♦  A blog should  be no more than 500 words or too many readers will be scared away.  “Eek, a tome!”

Really, should there be a limit for learning about The Way (Acts 9:2)?  For finding answers to the big questions of life?  Yes, we must consider eyes and derrières because God knows our frame (Psa. 103:14).  Where needed, I make it a series.

♦   A blog on religion is usually filled with opinions, famous quotes and psychology, and seldom includes even one scripture.  Too many hate religion so they don’t want to appear religious.  Too many are coming to view the Bible as a hate book.

Bible cloudyThe Bible is truth (John 17:17).  It is entirely inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16).  The Bible has “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).  It spells out what God hates and what we should also view as abominations.  I’d rather be God correct!

As my mentor thundered, “Don’t believe me or any man.  Open your Bible and read it with your own eyes.”  So pardon me for backing everything I write with scripture.

toolboxOne of the most important tools in a Christian’s toolbox is meditation.  One Hebrew word for meditation is haga, meaning the roar of a lion.   A lion chews on a carcass for days until he totally devours it.  He roars a warning to any predator that would dare to snatch it from him (1 Pet. 5:7).

Please take the time to look up the scriptures in your own Bible and meditate about their meaning “day and night” (Psa. 1:2 and 119:97).   Then act on what you’re learning (Psa. 111:10) and understanding will follow.  What’s really scary is that Christians who have obeyed for years and then stop forget everything they once knew.

OK, so as to not be conceited, I’ll concede this is a WordPress blog.

But this is not a blog

for anyone to use a mental stopwatch or word count.  This is not a blog to look for opinions,  quotes and psychology.  The 210 posts published so far are not a blog unless you are ready to claim the glory of kings to search out a matter (Prov. 25:2).  And unless you are ready to choose The Way to life which is narrow and difficult—and though there are 409 million people who view WordPress blogs monthly—“there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:14).

Before publishing each post, I pray it’s you.

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Thrones … But These Are Not a Game

Game of ThronesEverywhere I go
it doesn’t  take long before

somebody starts talking about
Game of Thrones.

Let me confess upfront that not only have I not watched a single episode.
I didn’t know
any of its characters or plot lines.

That is, until I just completed a quick read of Wikipedia.

You see I’d rather talk about thrones all right, but ones from the Bible.

♣   Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama TV series.   The Bible promises a Kingdom of Thrones—with kings ruling (Rev. 1:6 and 5:10).

♣   The HBO fantasy is created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.   The author of the related book, George R.R. Martin, aimed  for “historical fiction.”   All mere men.

God promises His sons and daughters a REAL guaranteed future of  rulership on thrones.  “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other;  I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Isa. 46:9-10).

♣   The HBO fantasy takes place in fictional Westeros and Essos.  God’s thrones will be on this earth—-remember, which the meek will inherit—during the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ will establish at His Second Coming.

♣  Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011.  Its seventh season resumed July 16 of this year, which is why it’s such a buzz.  Fans await an eighth season in 2018 or 2019.

Kingdom of Thrones was meticulously planned in infinite detail “before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4).  The Master Timer will take over all the kingdoms of the earth when the seventh trumpet blows right on His schedule (Rev. 11:15).  We will celebrate this turning point in history on Sept. 21 this year when we observe God’s Holy Day called the Feast of Trumpets.   God’s royalty (1 Pet. 2:9) observe three seasons of Holy Days each year as they await eternity.

♣   In Game of Thrones one plot line “follows a web of alliances and conflicts among the dynastic noble families either vying to claim the throne or fighting for independence from the throne.”    In Kingdom of Thrones, there is no intrigue or struggle for power.  Jesus Christ already qualified to replace satan as ruler of the earth (John 12:31) when He turned away all of the devil’s best temptations by quoting the Bible (Matt. 4).

God told David that “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God” (2 Sam. 23:3).  God has already assigned David to be king over the 12 tribes of Israel (Ezk. 37:24-25).

Jesus told His 12 disciples that each will be over one of the tribes (Matt. 19:28).  He gave the parable with the reward that all of us can aspire to:  “‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities” (Luke 19:17).  God’s kings, priests, judges and administrative rulers will be servant leaders  (Matt. 20:25-28).

♣   “Despite its otherwise enthusiastic reception by critics, Game of Thrones has been criticized for the amount of female nudity, violence, and sexual violence (especially against women) it depicts, and for the manner in which it depicts  these themes…. Stephen Dillane, who portrays Stannis Baratheon, likened the series’  frequent explicit scenes to ‘German porn from the 1970s.’”  Critics lament the “distasteful,  exploitative, and dehumanizing sex with little information content.”

throneThe Kingdom of Thrones will uphold the sanctity of marriage, sex and family—in that order.   Righteousness and justice will be the foundation of God’s thrones (Psa. 89:14).

When Jesus walked the earth, He regularly treated women in ways that went against the grain of His male-dominated culture—such as when He talked to the Samaritan woman, dealt mercifully with the woman caught in adultery, and appeared first after His resurrection to a woman.  Women will be treasured in the Kingdom of Thrones.

What’s the most important difference

between the Game of Thrones and the Kingdom of Thrones?

♣   Your involvement with the Game of Thrones is to watch fictional characters on the HBO series.   There are enough of them.  It had a cast of characters estimated to be the largest on TV (257 cast names during the third season).  I can’t name one.   But the fans love to discuss for hours why each character did and what they will likely do next.  Spoiler:  They will die off!   A definite hazard of being on the show which was rated second in highest average deaths per episode at eight.

But God’s Bible features thousands of years of real people who had real-life experiences that Paul said serve as examples for us (1 Cor. 10:11) who have actual opportunity to become kings.  The latest count is that 53 Bible characters have been confirmed by history and archeology.  All in the Bible are verified simply by being included in the Book of Truth (John 17:17).

With the Kingdom of Thrones, I hope God is calling YOU to accept the priceless challenge of serving on one of His thrones!

Are you game?

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Who Else Wants Fullness of Joy!

Haagen-DazsA pint of Haagen-Dazs!  Chocolate-chocolate chip!
By the last spoonful I’ll be
joy unspeakable and full of creamy glory!

And full of pounds.  That too.

Alas, that’s not the way to the fullness of joy the Bible promises.  Joy is the second of nine fruits of the spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).

   Of the spirit means it has nothing to do with physical circumstances,  material matters, luck in lotteries, or hoggin’ anything.   It’s different from happiness (hap means “chance”), and we can rejoice even in godly sorrow (2 Cor. 7:9).
   Joy’s second position speaks loudly of its importance.  Lists in the Bible teach through their inspired order.  “God is love” (1 John 4:8), but God the Father and Jesus Christ are also pure joy.  Like all nine fruits, joy is part of their essence and nature.

John, often called the apostle of love, seems to write about joy just about as much and is the one who wrote that “our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.  And these things we write to you that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:3-4).  I feel privileged to be part of that “we” in writing to you about how you can choose to be part of “building the family of God.”

♥   The fullness  of joy promised for us—NOW—comes from being locked into  fulfilling God’s purpose.  How could we not be joyful when we have been granted a relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ and have the hope of living forever in their Family and Kingdom!

toolboxDavid wrote that “In Your presence is fullness of joy” (Psa. 16:11).  Are we fellowshipping with the Father and Son today through prayer, Bible study, fasting and mediation—the main tools in our Christian toolbox?

Better yet, are They living in us through the power of their Holy Spirit?   Are we putting on the new man or woman of joy (Eph. 4:24)?  The proof is in the putting.

♥  Fullness of joy is upward, outward and forward—through loving God and loving others and, as Pumbaa put it so lovably in Lion King, “You gotta put your past  behind you.”  Paul put it so biblically in Phlp. 3:13-14.

We will have this joy all the time—unconditional joy—even when  going through “a  time to weep” and “a time to mourn” (Eccles. 3:4).  Even “a time to gain” (spooning into the pint of Haagen-Dazs) and “a time to lose” (after lamenting the last creamy bite).

The angels announced to shepherds “good tidings of great joy” that Jesus Christ would bring (Luke 2:10).  Later our Savior said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

So can you blame Christians for hoping to “prosper in all things and be in health” (1 John 3:2)?  John prayed that for Gaius like we would wish it upon our Christian brothers and sisters.

But Heb. 12:2 is a key scripture about

A required component of full joy that we must be prepared for

“Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (where Psa. 16:11 says is the scene of pleasures forevermore).

♥   The whip cream and cherry on top, promised by Jesus for fullness of joy, is suffering.  He warned us that we must take up our cross and follow Him.  “If  we suffer, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Tim. 2:12, King James Version).

Paul said we must “rejoice in hope” and “glory in tribulations” (Rom. 5:3).  Peter added that we must not “think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings” (1 Pet. 4:12-13).  James demands what humanly seems impossible:  “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3).

This fruit of the spirit called joy is humanly not possible.  We can’t work it up.  “Have a drink and loosen up.”  Wrong spirit!

We must ask for the Holy Spirit.  Jesus promised that if we ask in His name, “you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).

Jesus said to ask for this joy along with the other eight fruits of the Holy Spirit.  He assured us that “If you, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).

So why didn’t I ask for too long a time?  I knew that if we ask for joy, it’s not going to be just funneled into us; typically we’ll face a trial that forces us to develop the joy we don’t naturally have.  So I held back from asking for the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  I figure I had enough trials without asking for it!

But why should I miss out?  God promises to not give us more than we can handle (1 Cor. 10:13), and He never has in my life.

So who else would like fullness of joy?

And oh, by the way, if you have a pint you won’t be eating, I know someone you could make deliriously happy.

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“I Hate Organized Religion!”

Maybe you think this.  What with
pe
dophiles transferred hush-hush to an unsuspecting parish,
greedy preachers coveting power,
and never-ending division and hurt.
Last year only 26% of Americans
regularly attended church or synagogue.

What could make anyone love organized religion?
Something must because we are commanded to
not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together,
as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another,
and so much the more as you see
the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).

God and the Word lived together in peace and mutual joy before anything else existed (John 1:1).  Revelation 4 shows how Their throne room is organized with four living creatures, 24 elders and hosts of angels.  Up there, positioned just right in the north (Isa. 14:13), “everyone says, ‘Glory!'” (Psa. 29:9).  Today we can boldly come before Their throne of grace 24/7 whenever we choose (Heb. 4:16).

God and the Word wanted to share Their joyous Way of Life with others.  They organized to the nth degree of detail a plan guaranteed to bring it about according to Their master timing.

First They created angels who would serve Their children “who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14).  The angels were organized under three archangels—Lucifer, Gabriel and Michael.

Those who think church division justifies hating organized religion should note that even the perfect God was hit by division from Lucifer who became satan.  Later They allowed the adversary to bedevil Their church with recurring division.  There is always somebody new to “be of” (1 Cor. 1:12).

An organized creation

Then God and  the  Word created the earth and its privileged spot in the universe—all of it organized so flawlessly and precisely—so that Their children could look up and marvel in amazement.  “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).  Without excuse.

On the sixth day, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Gen. 1:26).  After the God kind.  They were not animals as evolutionists would later ape the claim.  Charles Darwin prophesied correctly that the lack of intermediate species would disprove his theory.

Organized days to worship

On the seventh day, God specified the day to worship Them.  It’s crucial for each of us to look in our own Bible for which day of the week They sanctified (Gen. 2:2-3).  The organized religion which later claimed authority to change the weekly day of worship readily admits that the Bible still teaches the original day.  That’s because keeping the Sabbath is a sign of who are God’s people and Who is the Creator Who sanctifies them (Exo. 31:13-17).  For keeping the Sabbath on the day organized by God,  “Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father” (Isa. 58:14).  It’s an absolute joy to worship with other brothers and sisters in Christ on this day each week!

God also gave His people “feasts of the Lord … holy convocations” (Lev. 23:2).  God organized these annual festivals to teach Their amazing plan to reproduce themselves.  By keeping the seven annual festivals, you can come to understand Their plan a little more fully each year (Psa. 110:10).

The Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and Eighth Day are coming in less than two months—who else wants to experience the joy and understanding from keeping what God has organized!  This is my 48th year to be so blessed by them!  You have time to learn about them and keep them this year.

In fact, it was on God’s Holy Day of Pentecost from Mt. Sinai that They gave Their law and 10 Commandments.  These were—and will—always be the basis of Their Way of Life because “the law is holy,  and the commandment holy and just and good” (Rom. 7:12).

An organized Church with a challenging commission

Jesus came to earth and promised “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).  On Pentecost 31 A.D. He started it and also made available the power of the Holy Spirit.  He ordained offices—of servant leaders—“for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13).

Jesus organized this one spiritual Church of God and commissioned it—us—to preach the gospel into all the world (Matt. 24:14) and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20).  Forget “just you and me, Lord.”

Thanks to this wonderful organization, on our just-completed family camping trip to California, Mary and I were able to worship in Reno, NV and San Jose, CA with other brothers and sisters in Christ even though we didn’t know who would be there.  We arrive and find

Family of  the Holy Spirit

God the Father and Jesus Christ have organized everything Their children need to worship Them, become like Them, and live like Them for all eternity in the God Family and Kingdom.

Frustrated by over 33,800 competing denominations?  We need to heed the shocking warning in 2 Cor. 11:15 about who is behind this organized religion.  Please read it for yourself.

But the joyful truth is that “There is one body and One Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:4).

God and the Word have organized Their religion that will result in God the Father, Jesus Christ and billions of God children for all eternity.

You gotta love it!

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