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Vol. 5 No. 51

"Omega & Alpha"

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Vol. 5 No. 50

"To Fulfill"

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Vol. 5 No. 49

"Christmas Revelation"

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Vol. 5 No. 48

"Continuing The Process"

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Vol. 5 No. 47

"As Instructed"

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November 2006

 

 

Vol. 5 No. 46

"Peace, Be Not Afraid"

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Vol. 5 No. 45

"The Strength You Have"

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Vol. 5 No. 44

"When We Cry Out"

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Vol. 5 No. 43

"When Evil Comes"

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October 2006

 

 

Vol. 5 No. 42

"Not Against Flesh & Blood"

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Vol. 5 No. 41

"Family & Work Relationships"

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Vol. 5 No. 40

"Every Opportunity"

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Vol. 5 No. 39

"A Life Of Love"

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Vol. 5 No. 38

"Be Made New"

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September 2006

 

Vol. 5 No. 37

"It Was He Who Gave"

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Vol. 4     Number 33

“From Death to Life” (Teaching Sketch)

 Ephesians 2:1-10 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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were the first day.”[a] You see there is always nothing, darkness, and death before God brings life and abundance.

It is through Jesus the Christ and only through Jesus the Christ that we are brought from death to life.

Dead in Our Missing the Mark

We once led lives of “missing the mark” by following the ways of the world. We were under the dominion and domination of the kingdom of the air and the prince and power of the air, Satan. We were under the control of a fallen angel[b] and the angels that fell from heaven with him—1/3rd of the angels in heaven!

It is these spirits that continue to oppress those who have not come to know Christ. It is we who must, therefore, tell, demonstrate, and model the life of a new person, creature, in Christ. We need to let them see the Kingdom of God and his kingdom in which we are living in our lives. The contrast needs to be shown to be so great that they will desire to partake of the blessings in the “Good News,” the Gospel.

Objects 0f Wrath

We all were a part of the kingdom of the air  at one time. We were to become objects of God’s wrath there until we accepted God’s drawing of us to himself. It is then we became new creatures in God’s kingdom

But God’s Love for US

God’s love for us made it possible for us to pass from death into life in a new kingdom, God’s Kingdom. You see God has such great love for mankind that he made a way where there was no way for us to be recreated in his image, for his glory, showing Satan just how truly powerless he is in the face of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Resurrected With Christ

We were made as alive with Christ as those who were brought out of their graves with Jesus on that first Resurrection Day![c]

Raised & Seated

Not only have we, who are Christ’s, been raised up with him but we were also seated with him in the heavenly realms to share in our Heavenly Father’s grace.

Grace Saved

We could do nothing of our own effort to gain the grace offered in order to earn this him in the heavenly realms to share in our Heavenly Father’s grace.

Grace Saved

We could do nothing of our own effort to gain the grace offered in order to earn this position… it was a gift.

God’s Workmanship

We believers are then God’s workmanship and not our own. That is why we must focus on him and allow God’s working in us to renew our minds in the things of God. It is only in this manner that we are able to realize we were naturally born in darkness but in Christ we have seen a great light. We began in darkness (evening) and now are in the light of the morning in a new day.

This all has a purpose for us, that of doing good works. Works which God has prepared for us to do already in advance!

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[a] Genesis 1:5

[b] Demons

[c] Matthew 27:50-53

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"Let's Get Off The Bus"              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Very little thought is needed to think of numerous causes of fear and despair in today’s world. Unfortunately, even ordinary things like boarding a plane or a bus are occasions for some to apprehend now. Fear seems rampant in today’s world. Many people are diving headfirst onto the “bus” of fear which takes people down the road of bondage and despair.

Many look at those wallowing in blatant fear and say they are going overboard, all the while, that speaker has been seduced by a more subtle fear that masks itself with the terms: wise, responsible, prudent, or realistic.

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these terms is acting in fear—we must use Godly discernment is to know which is fear-based and which is not. Daily studying and meditating on God’s word and listening to the Holy Spirit helps us uncover masked fear.

If we find ourselves masked with subtle fear-based thinking, let’s throw off the mask, resist all fear, and get off the bus! Jumping off of fear’s bus to bondage and despair may seem like a reckless and fearsome concept, but, of course, fear wants us to think that. Fear makes God’s way seem scary or downright ridiculous. The jump off fear’s bus causes us not to become broken and bloody from the impact, but causes us to land in

love’s strong and peaceful arms. The healing of the wounds we’ve received from fear begins immediately as

the Holy Spirit applies the Oil of Joy to us and renews our strength.

Remember:

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NIV

 

 

 

 
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August 13, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 32

“Eyes of Your Heart” (Teaching Sketch)

 Ephesians 1:15-23 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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their faith such as; faith in Christ and love for all believers (saints).

Paul lets them know he is backing them in prayer. The interceding for others is a part of the fellowship of believers and demonstrates that that person is indeed a part of the Body of Christ.

Asking the Father

Paul then lists specific prayers to our Heavenly Father on behalf of the Ephesians. Beyond the giving of thanks for them he prays they will be given both wisdom and revelation.

Wisdom & Revelation

These two gifts of God are required to grow in the knowledge of God and the things of God in this life.

Without wisdom a person can be easily misled by any spirit showing up to “guide” them. Much of the things of God can only be realized by revelation since our five senses are limited in what they can perceive and recognize.

Enlightened Heart Eyes

It is wisdom and revelation which enables

“the eyes of your heart to see. These are the ones who, the spirits which truly enlighten us regarding the things of God. Wisdom and revelation also protect us as we accept their power to allow us to see with supernatural ability into the spiritual and that which is eternal. Wisdom and revelation say “light be" to the eyes of our heart! It is then, there is light enough to perceive the issues of life with Godly wisdom. It is at this point when we can more readily walk with the power of Holy Spirit working through us.

Great Power for Us

We gain the power to believe from the spirits of Wisdom and Revelation! Like the disciples who said, “Lord help our unbelief,” it is these spirits which, if we will permit them, will permit “his incomparably great power” to work God’s mighty strength in us to do his will and give purpose and significance to our lives in His Kingdom! Yes! Verses 19-20 tell us there is mighty power for us just “like the working of his mighty strength which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the

dead and seated him at his right hand in heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in this present age but also in the one to come.”

Now, that is a section of scripture which must be meditated upon in order to allow wisdom and revelation to open the eyes of the heart to understanding the full implications of this position we as believers hold in Christ!

Again, it is necessary to review the last verses in John 17 to understand how these words from Paul affect us and our authority as believers. Verse 22 says, “head over EVERYTHING for the church.

Fullness of Him

We believers are then referred to in verse 23 as the fullness of him, Christ, who fills EVERYTHING in every way! Meditate on that until the eyes of your heart are opened! You are not a victim but a conqueror in Christ! Halleluiah!

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"People Remember"              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Once The Sojourner and I went to a local restaurant for dinner and I was surprised when the lady taking our order recognized me. Unfortunately, I did not remember her, but she graciously told me the whole story.

Four years ago (do you remember the face of someone you met one brief time four years ago?!) this precious lady was a cashier at another local store. I went through her line and noticed that she seemed sick, so I asked her

about it. She was SICK.

Four years later, she tells me that she remembered me and the encounter because I actually sounded like I cared.

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That night in the restaurant I was astounded that she remembered me and the encounter so well. The episode has made me ponder the fact that people really do remember us and what we do or do not say or do.

Remember Paul and Silas:

25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. (emphasis added)Acts 19:25 NIV

God has blessed us with so much—his grace, his peace, his forgiveness. . . . Out of gratitude, we have the opportunity and responsibility to share these blessings with others. This is not something to be afraid about or intimidated by, but people are watching and listening, just like the prisoners with Paul and Silas and the lady in the restaurant. These people remember if we are kind, or not, or, if we hold our tempers in challenging situations, or not. God has given us the grace to handle all situations we encounter, and he can use even minute things we say or do to bless people. So, let us walk in God’s grace and peace, and keep in mind—people do remember.

 

 

 

 
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August 6, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 31

“Christ's Blessings to You” (Teaching Sketch)

 Ephesians 1:1-14 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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He then imparts grace[b] and peace[c] to the people in Ephesus as one speaking on behalf of God. Paul was speaking on behalf of God because he was an ambassador sent to the people for the perfecting or the fitting of the saints to the work of the gospel.

Praise to the Father

Paul follows up his greeting to them with the first order of ministry business, that of praise to God.

The praise was offered for the believers being blessed in the heavenly areas of God’s all encompassing authority and presence. What were those blessings for which Paul was praising? Which of the blessings were they? Paul lets them know it was “ with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (v. 3)

Jesus, himself, spoke of these blessings in John 17. Paul explains that believers were chosen from,

“before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless” in God’s sight!

Chosen

Yes, mankind had sinned (missed the mark) but because of Christ there

is no condemnation waiting for us if we are in Christ. All these blessings were conceived in love because of the believers adoption into the family of God. This was both God’s will and pleasure because he loved mankind so much he provides a savior which is Christ the Lord to take all of our falling short of his standard upon himself, in the form of his only begotten son, to fulfill the law and set believers free!

We Have Redemption

It was and is through this love of Jesus the Christ going to the cross shedding his sinless blood which brought to all who would accept him, into the heavenly blessing in the heavenly realms. We were forgiven due to the overwhelming desire and fullness of God’s unmerited favor… grace. He “lavished,” the scripture says, both ALL wisdom and understanding.

The Secrets Made Known

This is how it is that we can understand the secrets of the kingdom. These are the things that were foolishness to us prior to having Christ and his Holy Spirit and still are foolishness to

the unbeliever. These are the things, wisdom and understanding, that will unite the temporal with the eternal as the Lord’s coming grows nearer and nearer.

Conformity With Purpose

Will is a strong thing and until Jesus Christ comes into our lives with his Holy Spirit to renew our minds we are sinfully willful. We are full of the wrong will. We are in fact our own gods with our own judgments as to what is correct or incorrect.

We are included, just as the first believers were, when we heard the word of truth and accepted it. We were marked with Christ’s mark and seal at that time. The Holy Spirit being the guarantee of our inheritance. Christ comes.

You Are Included

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. When you heard and believed you were included. You were given a sealed guarantee and that being the Holy Spirit. Walk in him and he in you!

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[a] apostle = sent one

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[c]Peace = nothing missing nothing broken

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"Our Actions Change Our World"              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Reading something written by Kenneth Copeland, I was struck by this line: “Your partnership with God in giving into the uncompromised ministry of His Word and in living by that Word every moment of the day is changing your world.”

Pondering this sentence, I excitedly remembered something The Sojourner has said many times, “You are not victims anymore!”

Understanding that salvation is by grace alone and that the good works we do after salvation are a thank offering to God for what he’s done for us, let us bless God and people in all we say and do. If we find ourselves in a glorious state of life, bless everyone with whom we come in

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Our every action and word changes our lives and the lives around us.

contact. If we find ourselves in a sorry state of circumstances let us also bless everyone, despite circumstances. Remember we serve a God who is love and:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always

protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Cor. 13:4-8a NIV

Our every action and word changes our lives and the lives around us. This is true whether the words and actions are out of love or faith (living by the Word), or out of fear or hate. Remember that we may not see the results of love immediately, but it patiently perseveres, and the effects of love will show up in our lives (and those around us) and change our world. That’s God’s delight and his way!

 

 

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July 30, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 30

“New Creation” (Teaching Sketch)      Listen To This Teaching

 Galatians 6:11-18 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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Yet another reason may have been he wished to show the importance of the issues enumerated within this Galatians' letter.

Manipulation

Paul explains how there were those in their midst who want to “make a good impression outwardly.” These people had, however, in their minds to manipulate others for their on reason and that was to appear publicly not to be Christians and thus “avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.”

Paul says those who are wanting to bring others into appearing to be obeying the law are not obeying the law in other areas. This is selective godliness for the purposes of appearing to be something one is not. This is hypocrisy!

Being a Christian is being what you are or being what you be!

Boasting in the Cross

Salvation being a free gift from God and none of our doings/works is then something which cannot be boasted about by the possessor as to their own effort but the believer must always focus on Christ and HIS WORK on the cross.

It is only through Christ that we are inhabited by the Holy Spirit. It is this habitation of the Holy Spirit that permits us to do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

The Law of Moses and the circumcision denoting the Israel of God was fulfilled by Jesus Christ and grace with the “Law of Love” came with the Holy Spirit denoting and confirming the Israel of God. (Not to be construed as replacement theology).

 Peace & Mercy

Paul in verse 16 of our follow this rule. These

are not just words on Paul’s part but an actual impartation of the spirits of peace (nothing missing-nothing broken) and mercy (compassion).

No Troubling of Me

Don’t beat your breasts for me or challenge me , Paul tells them because he already bears the stigma or scars of battling for the Lord. Paul had not fainted at the hardships he had endured. If someone were to attempt to trouble him further he had already proven his resolve in life and ministry!

Grace of Jesus

Yet another blessing is pronounced upon the believing hearers of this letter to the churches of Galatia by Paul as he closes out his thoughts to them. It is, then, the spirit of grace offered by Jesus the Christ he pronounces on the brethren there.

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[a] The scribes acted as secretaries or secretaries of state, whose business it was to prepare and issue decrees in the name of the king (2 Sam. 8:17; 20:25; 1 Chr. 18:16; 24:6; 1 Kings 4:3; 2 Kings 12:9-11; 18:18-37, etc.).

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“What Has Taken Root              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Let us consider what kind of “trees” are growing in our hearts. Trees in our hearts? Bear with me now, we are talking about love and bitterness.

Consider that both love and bitterness are like seeds planted in the soil of our hearts. Seeds left in warm soil and watered frequently will take root and grow. Life warms the soil, forgiveness waters love, un-forgiveness waters bitterness.

Looking through the Bible I noticed that most of the references to forgiveness were either God forgiving people, or people asking God for forgiveness. For

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I [God] will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. (Jeremiah 33:8 NIV)

Our big God has such grace and love for us that he forgives our sins even though we do not deserve his forgiveness and can do nothing, on our own, to earn it. On top of this, God himself was willing to sacrifice his own Son so we could have that forgiveness— such love

and grace! So what can we to do in response? Love God back. How do we do that? After nurturing a relationship with our Heavenly Father, we can start uprooting any trees of pain and bitterness in our hearts by forgiving people who have harmed us. Ahhh, there’s were things can get complicated for some. Understanding that some pain is very deep, let us remember that the same act that waters love, kills bitterness. God made a way for the healing agent to remove the harmful one. Just like seeds taking time to take root and grow, forgiveness is a process and can take time, but that effort brings us closer to both man and God.

 

 

 
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July 23, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 29

“Livinging, Sowing, Gooding” (Teaching Sketch)

 Galatians 6:1-10 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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Caught in a Sin[a]

Paul clearly explains how to become involved with a fellow believer who is “caught in sin” that is to say “caught up in missing the mark.” Paul’s whole message, as is that of the Gospel’s, is “restoration.!”

Restoration involves kindness, comfort, caring, and correction. All the restorative effort must be done in such a way as to help the person with their burden without becoming ensnared ones self.

Your Thinking

Notice, Paul tells them, in the very next verse (v3), “If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”

Paul is ensuring that his readers will not be “puffed up” in their view of themselves and their spirituality.

Test Yourself

Paul is clear that the comparing of one’s self to others is of no value in life. We are, you see to “press on toward the mark” we so easily can 

miss especially if we are already in pride due to feeling superior to others, as well as  feeling inferior to others.  Life is based on focusing on the MARK which is Jesus and the part of  his body we are saved to be.

Share With

“Communicate” the King James Version instructs for the NIV word “share” but the original meaning is in fact:

koinoŻneoŻ

koy-no-neh'-o (From:  koinoŻnos ; koy-no-nos'

)to share with others (objectively or subjectively):— communicate, distribute, be partaker.

Sharing is a central part of any body including the “Body of Believers.” Our Lord Jesus Christ has placed those among us who are to “instruct us in the word,” it is these to whom we must share our resources that they may have where-with-all to live and minister doing the part to which they have been called.

God Not Mocked

The doing of the

sharingis so important that Paul   calls it mockery not to sow into the lives of those who are to instruct believers in “The Way.” There are more than Pastor who fit into this category. There are also Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, teachers, and others who tend to the work and the body of believers.

Don’t Get Tired

Keeping in step with the Spirit of God continually may seem to weary some, but we must not become weary, Paul warns. You see, our harvest is involved in our not fainting along the way. It is consistent effort that yields a consistent harvest! IF WE DO NOT GIVE UP!

Seize the Opportunity

Paul instructs us, “as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.” We must seize every opportunity to reach out to show the Holy Spirit in each of us... especially to other believers. This proclaims in action, Christ is risen!

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[a] prolambanoŻ prol-am-ban'-o; to take in advance, that is, (literally) eat before others have an opportunity; (figuratively) to anticipate, surprise:— come aforehand, overtake, take before.

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“Storms Before The Harvest”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
One of the pearls of wisdom in the Proverbs recently caught my attention.

Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.

Prov. 23:10-11NIV

How is this supposed to encourage those of us who are not stealing an orphan’s (or anyone’s) property? Understand, this scripture does not say that the boundary stone

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... our Heavenly Father is our defender and provider.

cannot be moved, it just says that it should not be moved, because the Lord will deal with whomever steals property from the Lord’s children. God takes care of his own—including those who are the lowest or the weakest. Let us be encouraged by this—our Heavenly Father always has the last word on an issue.

If there are parts of our lives that just keep on having storms in them, and/or people keep moving ancient boundary stones so that it looks like we are losing ground, we must remember that our Heavenly Father is our Defender and Provider. He set up the boundary stones of what he has given us long ago and he will restore whatever has been taken. We must

pray for those who seem to be taking what is ours, that they will come to repentance, and we must trust our Defender. Consider Job’s words (he’s an expert on this subject):

I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth Job 19:25NIV

Job was blessed with double what he lost. So, let us trust God to restore/redeem what has been taken and we will find that the storms did not tear up our harvest of blessing, but they provided the water that made our harvest more prosperous then we ever dreamed.

 

 

 
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July 16, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 28

“Being” (Teaching Sketch)                             Listen To This Teaching

 Galatians 5:16-26 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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When God created everything he said, “light be” and there was light! Yes, we are accustomed to hearing the quote, “Let there be light.” The words actually in the original were, “Light be.”

A human being is just that, a being! A being is a living person that exists. Being is the essence of a person, it is what a person “be.” The life a person chooses is a matter of “being” what they say they are! All we do is in the “being.” Yes, it is in the do that we be. The believer is then commanded, “Christian be” or “Believer be.”

The Sinful Nature

Paul clearly wishes to be very plan spoken as he addresses the issue of sin (missing the mark) and the nature of sin as it exists in the flesh of mankind. The flesh holds onto the sinful nature, the predisposition to missing the mark (sin). We learn in the study of physics that inertia is the tendency for something to remain in the state of motion it is in, rather than change. This same situation often exists in the spiritual as well. Both the mind and the body are accustomed to “being a certain way,” but when Jesus Christ isaccepted as Lord and

Savior the spirit of the person immediately responds by coming into “being a new creature in Christ,” but the other two parts of our ‘being” may need a little coaxing to change their inertia to the new “being.”

Led by The Spirit

Believers, Paul tells them, must not be hampered and held ensnared, by the old nature or way of “being.” Believers need to be first the “be” if they are to enjoy life in the Spirit! You see believers are “be-livers,” in other words, they must come to live what they “BE.”

Sinful Nature Obvious

The sinful nature has it’s “be” just as the new regenerated nature has it’s “be.” Paul even lists the “fruit” of the sinful nature (that of habitually missing the mark and not caring if the mark is missed). Why are those things which are listed the fruit, because like a fruit tree a

being bears what it is or (be).

Fruit of The Spirit

The fruit of the spirit is just as obvious as the fruit of the sinful

nature. Why? Fruit reveals what a being “BE!” Paul lists these fruit also. The contrast is great in the two “beings”.

Belong to Christ

It is the Holy Spirit who is our helper, by faith, to break the inertia of the old life and live the new life as new creatures (beings) in Christ Jesus. That is why the scriptures tell us that once a person is in Christ they are a new creature, behold all things become new! Believers are new “beings!” That is why there is new fruit.

Keep in Step

Keeping in step with the Spirit of God continually moves us from the old nature to the new nature in mind and body as well as in our spirit. The scripture calls it going from glory to glory.

Other Believers

We are not only individuals and remain so we are also a part of on body of “BE-LIVERS” who make up Christ’s body and will on earth. We must “BE” one in the Spirit, therefore!

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“The Winds of Peace”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
How does a victorious Christian handle tumultuous occurrences that cause those around them to fret and fear?

Let us consider a phrase that is common in American Christian lingo: “weathering the storm.” Jesus said:

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. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and

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Jesus left us his peace. The winds of peace are blowing in the direction which God wants us to walk.

do not be afraid.

John 14:26-27NIV

Usually the implication in “weathering the storm” is that the Christian is walking against the winds of the world. Consider this from a different angle. Jesus left us his peace. The winds of peace are blowing in the direction which God wants us to walk. Many people fearfully fight against any winds, worldly or peaceful, and end up in a twisted ball of fear and confusion.

Jesus is clear that the Holy Spirit will teach us and remind us of what Christ has said to us. Let us trust God, turn away from fear and confusion, and walk

with the winds of God’s peace blowing at our backs. This peace will blow us in the direction God wants us to walk. We will find that as we keep in the Word and walk according to it, we will see that the winds of God’s peace and the scriptures ALWAYS point in the same direction. We will also find that peace will blow certain things out of our hands, such as fear, worry, doubt, unbelief etc. Let them go!

So let us weather life’s storms by walking with the winds of God’s peace and remember Jesus’ words:

. . . And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Mt. 28:20NIV

 

 

 
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July 9, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 27

“Freedon in Christ” (Teaching Sketch)

 Galatians 5:1-15 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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Just think of it. The King of kings and Lord of lords dying on a Roman cross[a] in his own capitol city of this world. Yes! Jerusalem is God’s capitol.

Rome even had the Temple subservient to it, but one day Jesus would send both Paul and Peter to Rome to conquer it.

Christ Made Us Free

Paul chides the Galatians for even considering going back under the bondage of the Law of Moses! He lets them know that in this freedom they now have, there is complete liberation for all believers—us!

Hold Fast

Believers, he tells them, must not be hampered and held ensnared, or submitted all over again to the yoke of slavery to a law they could never keep or hold hope in for restoration to God. He wants them to understand that whom Jesus the Christ has set free is free indeed!

Don’t Step Back

The Apostle Paul understood that following the law in one point would cause them to come back under the whole Law of Moses. This is why the issue of circumcision was so important. Circumcision was the sign you were under the old covenant. If under one part then under all parts.

Trust Only in Christ

Paul, in verse 2, makes it clear if you do not trust in Christ you can gain nothing from Christ!

Holy Spirit

It is the Holy Spirit who is our helper by faith to anticipate and patiently wait for the blessing we receive by our being made righteous by Jesus Christ. Believers are then totally acceptable to God because their missing the mark (sin) is as if it had never happened! Believers have then been restored to the same condition and relationship with God enjoyed by mankind in

the Garden of Eden before missing the mark (sin) entered into the equation.

Only Faith

Paul explained to the Galatians only faith counts as it is activated and energized working through love.

This then is the race of which Paul speaks that we are to run and not faint. He warns that there are those who will interfere and hinder this race if believers do not hold fast to the grace they have been so freely given. He even warns that whoever attempts to have them return to the old covenant will encounter a penalty for such teaching.

Called to Freedom

Believers are called to freedom to love and serve God and each other!

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“Double-Booked Priorities”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Recently one of my friends called to clarify the date of a certain future event, so they could make sure not to double-book that time period.

Here we are in the middle of 2006. Let us ponder our priorities. Scripture says:

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Deut. 6:5 NIV

Let us ponder not just our words, but also our actions. Do our words and actions coincide, and do either or both

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We as Christians need to clarify our priorities...

line up with the Word of God thereby showing our love for God? Now this is not an exercise to give us one more opportunity to take the club of guilt and beat ourselves with it because of what we have not done, but an opportunity to modify our courses, if necessary, to love God with all we are and do.

Looking back at my friend and her calendar of events, had she not written down her “priorities” for that day, she may have had a double-booked day which would have caused confusion because she obviously could not be two places a once.

We, as Christians, need to clarify our priorities and make sure we are not double-booked or double-minded.

Scripture says:

"a double minded man is unstable in all his ways."

Ja. 1:8 KJV

So, let us look at where we are and where we need to be and rejoice! Rejoice in how much we’ve accomplished through Christ’s grace. If we find places where we are double-booked in our priorities, let us rejoice that God allowed us to see and that he’s given us the opportunity and the tools necessary to correct ourselves so we can both walk and speak in line with God’s Word, from this point on, with the clear singular priority of loving God with all we are and do.

 

 

 
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July 2, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 26

“Formerly” (Teaching Sketch)

 Galatians 4:8-20 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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By Christ's salvation we were saved, healed and delivered!

Motorhomes for Missions

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We will be having individuals and couples (mostly couples) traveling in North and Central America in small Class B Motor Homes as the Lord leads.

clip_image002.gif (856 bytes)  They will be encountering the floundering with the hope of Christ.

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Now that You Know

Paul chides the Galatians:

10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

The days of which Paul is speaking are the ones observed by the Galatians before they met Christ. Why, because these were practices which led to salvation by works. This continued behavior would be a self placement (under pagan practices or) under the Law of Moses rather than under the fulfilled law of grace!

Paul’s Example

Paul then begins to open a subject that would be definitely frowned upon to day by

many. He talks of personal concerns and feelings. Many would say he was “in the flesh.” Paul questions the Galatians about perhaps having invested time and effort with them only to have them reject his teaching and guidance to return to their previous life without the benefit of Jesus Christ. Paul was, however, concerned for more than himself but he was not actually in fear, as translated, but a better way to say it is alarmed for them that they just hadn’t understood his message and teaching.

Where is Your Joy?

The Apostle Paul understood that following religion steals joy (“the joy of the Lord is our strength”). Religion replaces joy with ritual and fear of not following ritual, religion, and tradition. Religion brings guilt and hopelessness with no power to do anything but feel self righteous (pride) but of no benefit to God, others, or one’s self!

An Enemy by Truth?

Paul, in verse 16 asks the Galatians, “Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?” There is often in any group of believers the feeling whatever a member of the “Five Fold” or other believers say to one another must be cheerful and upbeat to bring about warm fuzzy feelings. This is not supported in scripture. Even Jesus made some very short, terse, sharp remarks to his disciples. (“Get behind me Satan” / “What’s it to you” for example).

Two Sides of Zeal

Zeal in itself is not good or bad it is the operation of it that make zeal good or bad.

Paul Perplexed

Paul was perplexed by the changes in the Galatians but still wanted to be with them so they could understand the tone of his voice and hear his love and concern.

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“Heavenly   Seassons”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Recently, we said good-bye to some friends who are moving to another town. We will miss them, but we are excited for this new stage in their lives and ministries.

The scriptures tell us that:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb. 13:8 NIV)

I have yet to find a scripture that tells me that I will always have the same job description during my walk. On the contrary, scripture mentions the stages of a Christian’s life:

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers . . .

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...our Christian walk includes different stages and roles as we mature...

You need milk, not solid food! . . .But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:12, 14 NIV)

Now, I am not rebuking you as the writer is the Hebrews, I’m just showing that our Christian walk includes different stages and roles as we mature in our walk with Christ. Paul tells us:

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a

child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (I Cor. 13:11-12 KJV)

Let us expectantly look forward to the changes and new seasons through which God is taking us. Remember that when he asks us to do something he also equips us to do that task, even if it may not seem so at first. Faith is the key to moving from one stage or season to the next as we serve Christ.

 

 

June 2006

 

 
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June 25, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 25

“Formerly” (Teaching Sketch)

 Galatians 4:8-20 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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Pray for our people in uniform at home and abroad!

wpe948.jpg (4869 bytes)The Apostle Paul reminds the Galatians about their past when they did not know God. We, like the Galatians, found then that life was a maze and our own understanding could not gain the understanding and knowledge of God. Formerly, the things of God seemed foolishness!

By Christ's salvation we were saved, healed and delivered!

Motorhomes for Missions

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We will be having individuals and couples (mostly couples) traveling in North and Central America in small Class B Motor Homes as the Lord leads.

clip_image002.gif (856 bytes)  They will be encountering the floundering with the hope of Christ.

clip_image002.gif (856 bytes)  They will be in a sense “migrant workers” harvesting in the Lord’s fields.

Want to be a part?   Let us know! email_010.gif (4864 bytes)

 

Now that You Know

Paul chides the Galatians:

10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! 11I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

The days of which Paul is speaking are the ones observed by the Galatians before they met Christ. Why, because these were practices which led to salvation by works. This continued behavior would be a self placement (under pagan practices or) under the Law of Moses rather than under the fulfilled law of grace!

Paul’s Example

Paul then begins to open a subject that would be definitely frowned upon to day by

many. He talks of personal concerns and feelings. Many would say he was “in the flesh.” Paul questions the Galatians about perhaps having invested time and effort with them only to have them reject his teaching and guidance to return to their previous life without the benefit of Jesus Christ. Paul was, however, concerned for more than himself but he was not actually in fear, as translated, but a better way to say it is alarmed for them that they just hadn’t understood his message and teaching.

Where is Your Joy?

The Apostle Paul understood that following religion steals joy (“the joy of the Lord is our strength”). Religion replaces joy with ritual and fear of not following ritual, religion, and tradition. Religion brings guilt and hopelessness with no power to do anything but feel self righteous (pride) but of no benefit to God, others, or one’s self!

An Enemy by Truth?

Paul, in verse 16 asks the Galatians, “Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?” There is often in any group of believers the feeling whatever a member of the “Five Fold” or other believers say to one another must be cheerful and upbeat to bring about warm fuzzy feelings. This is not supported in scripture. Even Jesus made some very short, terse, sharp remarks to his disciples. (“Get behind me Satan” / “What’s it to you” for example).

Two Sides of Zeal

Zeal in itself is not good or bad it is the operation of it that make zeal good or bad.

Paul Perplexed

Paul was perplexed by the changes in the Galatians but still wanted to be with them so they could understand the tone of his voice and hear his love and concern.

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“Heavenly   Seassons”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Recently, we said good-bye to some friends who are moving to another town. We will miss them, but we are excited for this new stage in their lives and ministries.

The scriptures tell us that:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb. 13:8 NIV)

I have yet to find a scripture that tells me that I will always have the same job description during my walk. On the contrary, scripture mentions the stages of a Christian’s life:

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers . . .

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...our Christian walk includes different stages and roles as we mature...

You need milk, not solid food! . . .But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:12, 14 NIV)

Now, I am not rebuking you as the writer is the Hebrews, I’m just showing that our Christian walk includes different stages and roles as we mature in our walk with Christ. Paul tells us:

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a

child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (I Cor. 13:11-12 KJV)

Let us expectantly look forward to the changes and new seasons through which God is taking us. Remember that when he asks us to do something he also equips us to do that task, even if it may not seem so at first. Faith is the key to moving from one stage or season to the next as we serve Christ.

 

 

 
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June 18, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 24

“Abba, Father” (Teaching Sketch)

 Galatians 4:1-7 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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By Christ's salvation we were saved, healed and delivered!

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We will be having individuals and couples (mostly couples) traveling in North and Central America in small Class B Motor Homes as the Lord leads.

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Child like a Slave

Though the child owns it all a child is not able to have control of what has been inherited. There is preparation throughout childhood for the ability and responsibility of handling that which has been inherited.

Subject to Guardians

A child, like a slave, is subject to guardians and trustees. These are those who are entrusted with their being fitted to the inheritance. When the time determined by the father arrives they will fit on that day with the wisdom, the knowledge, the ability, the understanding, and the endurance to function as master of their inheritance.

Trustees are within the body of believers this is the purpose of the Apostle, the Prophet, the Evangelist, the Pastor, and the Teacher.

Slaves to the World

The Apostle Paul

explains that they were slaves to the ways of the world in verse 3 of our scripture. This slavery to the world is what is removed by the  work of Christ in each believer by the “renewing of the mind.” This permits man to gain a view of things from God’s perspective rather than man’s perspective.  

When Time is Fulfilled

Paul, in verse 4 tells the Galatians about time and the fullness of it. The importance of time and the passing of time is a must for the believer to grasp!

God has ordained certain things to “come to pass” in the “fullness of time.” We are even reminded of this in the story of Jesus the Christ’s birth regarding when the days had been accomplished Jesus was born.

Jesus Born Under the Law

Jesus, himself, was even born under the law in order that he could

fulfill the law. It was in this way mankind could be freed from the burden of sin (missing the mark). There would have been no receiving of redemption and thus our being able to gain our inheritance if Jesus had not done what he did in the time allotted for the doing of it. Timing is so very important in the bringing about of our inheritance. Waiting for God’s time is a vital part of service to God.

The Christ Make Us Sons

It is because a believer is a son of God that the Spirit in us causes us to call out to the Heavenly Father and yearn to want greater and greater fellowship with the Father. It is this Spirit in the believer’s heart that makes them call out with a great cry “Abba, Father.” We are then not as slaves but heirs of all Jesus the Christ brings us to, sonship in God’s kingdom!

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“ Seeds of Fatherhood”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Our Heavenly Father, all throughout scripture, shows us how important fathers are and what a good father is. Looking at the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we can see how much importance God puts on fathers.

God used one man to start not one, but many nations. He even changed that one man’s name to prepare him for this.

"Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have

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made you a father of many nations." Gen. 17:3-5 NIV

To make sure that this seed of the one man’s family germinated into the nations God destined them to be he spoke to the next generation of his covenant with Abraham.

". . . because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws." Gen. 26:5 NIV

"That night the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the

number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham." Gen. 26:24 NIV

Our Heavenly Father watched, watered and brought to fruition the seeds of his love and Fatherhood in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (and beyond) and a great nation came of their descendants. Again he showed us his fatherhood and love at Calvary as he made the way to save us his children. The seeds of loving fatherhood are shown in the story of Abraham. That fatherhood is still alive today through his Word and his Spirit.

 

 

 

 
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June 11, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 23

“Law and The Promise” (Teaching Sketch)

 Galatians 3:15-29 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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By Christ's salvation we were saved, healed and delivered!

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Promises to Abraham

The promises to Abraham were not given to Abraham alone, but to his seed as well. Jesus Christ is the seed mentioned here. It is through this seed Jesus the Christ that all who believe become heirs with Abraham to the promises of God to Abraham!

Paul makes it clear that the law, which came into being 430 years after the promises, did not do away with the promises. The promises to Abraham were a covenant established by God. Because it is a covenant, it could not be done away with, but had to be fulfilled (“God is not a man that he should lie’).

Inheritance not dependent on Law

Remember God counted Abraham’s faith as righteousness! God, therefore, gave him the promises based on Abraham’s faith! We are saved (i.e. saved, healed, delivered) by

the grace of God through the grace of God, not through our works! If we were saved through our works it would require that we rely on the law for salvation and the promises of God via the law, which no one could accomplish. We would all perish in the law[b] and God is not willing that anyone should perish. God’s desire and will is that all people have everlasting life with him!

Purpose of the Law

The Apostle Paul addresses the purpose of the law in a straight forward manner in Verse 19 in Galatians 3. He then makes it clear that the law was brought into being due to the transgressions of mankind. This would allow mankind to know what God wanted in mankind (Adam=man and woman). Paul says the law was an addition to the covenant until “the Seed” (Jesus the Christ) would come and take away the sin of the world.

Law Not Opposed to the Promise

Paul, in verse 21 of our text, then asks the question which would have been swirling in the minds of his readers, 21a “Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God?” Paul answers this question quickly and decisively, “Absolutely not.”

The law was made to lead us to Christ (v. 24) in order that we could be saved by grace through faith.

All Sons of God

Paul makes it clear that those who believe in and on Jesus are, “sons of God,” male or female!

If You Belong to Christ

It is faith in Christ that brings the promises and the blessing of the Spirit moving through the believer! Believers are sons of God!!!

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“ Our Bedrock Strength Against Fear”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Many times in the Bible God tells us to fear not. Just about every angel that appears in the scripture also says, “Fear not,” or “Be not afraid.”

This message must be important to God if he gives it to us so often. Looking around today’s world at all of the destruction that is done by people who are afraid, or to paralyze people by making them afraid, one can see why God spends so much time encouraging us to fight (resist) fear.

What you may wonder is the bedrock strength that can give us the strength to resist fear? Let us consider these scriptures:

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The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. Psalm 118:6-7 NIV

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave

you nor forsake you." Deut. 31:6 NIV

God himself, and his promise to be with us, is the bedrock of strength we can rely on even if we experience or witness terrifying things.

The more we resist fear, the more we will find the strength, courage, and direction we need to maneuver around or through fearsome circumstances. Not only will we get through or around the fears this world is afraid of, we will also receive, in the process, more testimonies to spread about our Heavenly Father and how he delivers us.

 

 

 
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June 4, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 22

“Faith or Law” (Teaching Sketch)

 Galatians 3:1-14 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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Paul asks, “Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard (the Gospel)?”

Beginning with the Spirit

Paul is shocked to think that the Galatians, or anybody, would want to return to their own “human effort.”

How foolish to have relied on the work of Christ on the cross and his atoning blood and then to abandon the grace there provided. How could anyone return to one’s own understanding and works to attain fellowship and salvation with the Heavenly Father when that very thing is impossible.

Gifts in Grace

The gifts in which believers are able to operate are not due to the Law, or gifts of the Law, but they are gifts of grace! The believer is the “righteousness of God in Christ Jesus,” not

in the law.

The Spirit does not move through the believer because they are “good” but because they have become available by accepting the grace offered through Jesus Christ.

Consider Abraham

Father Abraham is an encouraging example of grace provided through faith. The scripture tells us, “He believed and it was credited to him as righteousness” [Gen 15:6].

Children of Abraham

Paul makes it clear that those who believe in and on Jesus Christ are counted as children of Abraham. This means that believers have all the rights and privileges of the one from which they have inherited their position. This is made possible through faith and that faith in Jesus Christ alone making it possible for their being grafted into

the seed of Abraham!

Under a Curse

Paul makes it clear in verse 10 by reminding

the Galatians that remaining under the Law places one under the curse as is stated in Deuteronomy 27:26. (Note 4)

The Promise of the Spirit

Paul lets the Galatians know faith in Christ Jesus brings the promise of the spirit. Jesus did all he did for the lost and dying so they could become believers and be blessed so that “the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles.”

It is faith then that brings the promise of the Spirit and the blessing of the Spirit moving through the believer!

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“ Not as Things Seem”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Can you imagine the fear, emotion, and strain the following woman was under?

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves."

Elisha replied to her, "How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?"

"Your servant has nothing there at all," she said, "except a little oil." Elisha said, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and

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Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side." . . .When all the jars were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another one." But he replied, "There is not a jar left." Then the oil stopped flowing.

She went and told the man of God, and he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left." (2 Kings 4:1-4, 6-7 NIV)

Her children about to go into slavery to pay off the debt and the prophet asks her what she has! If she had anything of value would she not have sold it already to free her children!

All she had was oil—of what value is a little

oil—these are the lives of her precious babies—how could a little oil help?

The prophet told her what to do and she did and guess what?! Things were not as they seemed. Mixing faith with obedience, that little bit of oil grew well beyond what it seemed. What seemed like a condiment turned out to be the full provision.

Many people today look around themselves and think they either do not have enough provision and/or no one cares. Things are not always what they seem. Let us keep walking in faith and obedience and keep our eyes open for the unusual ways our Lord brings his glorious provision. Rejoice and watch his glory work!

 

 

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May 28, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 21

“Disagreement” (Teaching Sketch)

 Galatians 2:1-10 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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Peter Held Accountable

The Apostle Paul makes it clear, he held Peter accountable for what he had gone along with regarding the shunning of the uncircumcised believers1. Those who practiced of this heresy had come from the Apostle James in Jerusalem and had influenced Peter. Paul, while in Antioch, however, only held the Apostle Peter accountable. This did not make the others who practiced heresy any more acceptable in their practice, but demonstrates that it is the members of the “Five-Fold” who are accountable for what they teach the sheep and what they may tacitly permit.

In the Face of Grace

This return to Jewish practices clearly flew in the face of the grace provided in Christ Jesus. The practice would have eventually done away with the whole purpose of Christ’s coming. Jesus’ work on the cross was for all who would

repent and accept him as Lord and Savior. Believers would have been forced to first become Jews and then been made to once again rely on their own righteousness rather than the righteousness acquired/imputed2 through faith in Christ.

Led Astray

There had been a number of these Jewish believers led astray by this false doctrine and the tacit approval by Peter had given this false teaching credibility to the point that even another leader and close associate of Paul, “Barnabas was led astray.”

Reliance on Self

Paul makes it clear that these Judaizers were engaging in hypocrisy. One cannot be Christian and rely on one’s own righteousness. Salvation is by grace alone! Reliance on self is to be one’s own lord and to reject the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord.

Gave Up Relying on Law

Paul makes it clear in verses 15 and 16 neither Jew nor Greek is justified by the law but that faith and reliance on Jesus the Christ is the only way that can or will accomplish righteousness!

Died to Law through Law

Paul lets us know in no uncertain terms that we who accept Christ benefit from our being crucified with Christ. Here I’ll let Paul speak for himself in verse 21:

21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"

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Notes:

1. Judaizers -The unacceptable behavior of some Jewish believers (Judaizers) was the avoiding eating with the gentile believers because of following Jewish rules and customs.

2. Imputed Righteousness means that upon repentance and belief in Christ, individuals are declared righteous. This righteousness is not the believer's own, rather it is Christ's own righteousness 'imputed' to the believer.

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“ Whatever is Lovely”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Recently some very disturbing things have occurred in our world. Dwelling on many of these disasters can be all encompassing, which is not good. So, what can we do? Fortunately Paul addresses this:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9 NIV

Please understand me. I am not implying that we should put our heads in the sand and ignore the terrible things that are occurring because

the scripture also encourages us to be aware of what is happening in our world. What I am addressing is where we have our focus.

Philippians tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always” Let us keep our focus on the Lord and be grateful for all he has done. Focusing on the true, noble, and right things keeps us from being paralyzed from fear, dread, worry, and their horrid colleagues. Let us continually rejoice in the Lord, enjoy his stabilizing and protective peace, and think on the true… pure... lovely things so when dealing with terrible things, we can do so in a peaceful manner.

                     

 

 

 
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May 21, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 20

“Also At Work” (Teaching Sketch)

 Galatians 2:1-10 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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with whom he has done extensive ministry, Barnabas and Titus. What we see here, then, is three of our Lord’s servants going to Jerusalem together to check out everyone's understanding of the gospel preached by Paul.

Notice, there are three (3) of them and three (3) is the number of prefect witness. Paul has taken with him two (2) others [two (2) is the number of adequate witness] who can testify that what he is saying to the leaders in Jerusalem is true.

Response to Revelation

The Apostle Paul makes it clear, he is going to Jerusalem in response to a revelation (veil drawn back). You see, there had been false brothers who had joined in their company of believers to spy on them in order to discredit the message of freedom and liberty in grace which Paul preached.

No Bondage

The false brothers were wanting to discredit Paul

and bring believers back under the bondage of the law of sin and death—under the law of Moses.

Paul makes it known that they, the Galatians, have been made free by grace and that a return to the bondage of the law was not necessary because Jesus the Christ had freed them from the law of sin and death!

No Intimidation

Paul is clear, that he was not intimidated by those who would not accept the New Covenant of grace in Christ Jesus!

Paul states in verse 5, “We did not give into them for a

moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you.” (NIV)

Those Who Seemed

Paul makes it clear that he did not talk to just anyone about this matter but he talked with , “those who seemed to be important.” (v.6) He makes this statement being careful to

acknowledge that these men added nothing to his message, but received it well.

God Not Impressed with Positions

Paul makes it clear God is not impressed with positions held by man (Deut 10:17).

God Also at Work

We learn in verses 7-10 the unity that appeared among the Apostles regarding both the Jews and the Gentiles.

We can also see the law of Perfect Witness again appearing in these verses as James, Peter, and John gave the “right hand of fellowship to Paul, Barnabas, and Titus.

God was at work in all of them building The Kingdom and none of them were building their own Kingdom.

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“ Conquering, Step By Step”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Have you ever noticed that many of the stories in the Bible show how people go through a process of achieving the goal that God has set before them? One example that shows this is the story of Jacob.

Jacob had numerous chapters or steps to his journey. Growing up in his father’s home, taking the Blessing and then running from Esau, working for one wife, then the other wife, escaping his father-in-law, becoming Israel . . . and this is just the first part of his journey.

We can see that Jacob does things that both honor and dishonor God

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Gradual, diligent, and methodical steps are quite acceptable.

at different times of his life. (Haven’t we all?) Despite his challenges which at the time resulted in him taking a step or two back, Jacob did continue on in his journey, step by step, not flying leap by flying leap.

I am not saying that some of us will not take flying leaps, my point is just that gradual, diligent and methodical steps are quite acceptable.

The Sojourner has many times told me that life is a journey so enjoy the journey!

This journey is best conquered one step at a time. We can see in

Jacob’s life he often did not know what the second and third steps were to be until he had taken the first step. This is where faith comes into play. God knows our past, our present, and our future. Let us trust that God knows which steps we are to take next and if we listen he will let us know where to step and when. Following both his timing and his plan we will conquer the obstacles before us and even if we have some “step-backs” God, in his grace, can put our repentant hearts back on course and take us places in life further then we ever thought we’d go.                      

 

 

 
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May 14, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 19

“Jesus Ascends” (Teaching Sketch)

 Mark 16:9-20 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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By Christ's salvation we were saved, healed and delivered!

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clip_image002.gif (856 bytes)  They will be encountering the floundering with the hope of Christ.

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there out by Bethany, and you heard Jesus tell you what you were to do but you had to, needed to, it was necessary to, wait in Jerusalem for a period of time before you could carry out his directives to you.

Jesus Had Appeared

Our scripture tells us that Jesus had already appeared to Mary Magdalene and two others but the eleven would not believe them! This must have been a humbling moment for the eleven when Jesus showed up in their midst and took them out to Bethany[a], there to give them instruction and ascend to the Heavenly Father in order that the Holy Spirit could come.

Jesus Rebukes

We are told that Jesus rebuked the disciples, “for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal.” This is an interesting passage because to hear most believers today one would think it not Christ-like

to speak a rebuke to believers, especially from the “Five-fold.” So WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)? He would correct when correction was needed.

The Great Commission

Jesus no sooner corrects them but then gives them the greatest instruction and commission he has given, to this point, to his chosen messengers.

Can you imagine what would have happened if the disciples had said, “Well, if he is going to act like that, I don’t know if I want to have anything to do with him.”

It would seem a resurrection carries more weight in the eyes of some, than miracles might have in their thinking. Even though they had just been rebuked for lack of faith and stubbornness, Jesus was still willing to give them the greatest commission ever given to men up to that point in history! This should encourage us all greatly!

These Signs

Jesus tells his disciples that he will provide evidence to all those who believe, who will carry out this commission! You see it is the carrying out of his will that the signs and wonders follow or in fact accompany (see v. 17-18)

They And You Are Witnesses

Jesus makes it clear they are the witnesses and so are all believers who will follow his words.

Jesus did not place a person limit or a time limit on this commission other than one glorious day he would catch us away when all had been fulfilled which has been spoken of in the Word of God.

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“ The Key is to Trust God”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Looking at the news today can be a disturbing experience. Death and disease have taken forms that our great-grandparents would have never conceived. Stress levels and fear levels are at a place uncommon in generations gone before us. I have heard so many stories of people being afraid of other people and living their lives according to that fear. Numerous times in the scriptures we are told to, “Fear not!” How can we do that?!

Proverbs gives us the solution.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the

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Walk out the call God has for you!

LORD is kept safe. Proverb 29:25 NIV

Consider Noah, Daniel and King David. All three of these men had ample opportunity to be afraid of what other men thought or physically afraid of other men’s responses to their actions.

Noah suffered ridicule from his peers for decades—but he trusted the Lord and was kept safe.

Daniel and his friends threatened with death but still trusted the Lord and all four men were miraculously kept safe. David honored God’s ways and God’s chosen king (even though that king was trying to kill fhim) and God not only

kept David safe, but he ulfilled the call he anointed David for years before, and put him on the throne of Israel.

Walk out the call/vision God has for you. Keep tuned to his voice and his Word and remember Proverb 3:5-6NIV

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Fear God—do not fear man because as you trust God you will be kept safe.

 

 

 
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April 30, 2006

Vol. 4     Number 17

“Jesus Ascends” (Teaching Sketch)

 Mark 16:9-20 (NIV)                     By The Sojourner

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Pray for our people in uniform at home and abroad!

wpe862.jpg (4766 bytes)When Jesus ascended, he did not abandon his followers/believers. He actually said some quite startling things during his seemingly last encounter with his followers. Just imagine if you had been one of those present

By Christ's salvation we were saved, healed and delivered!

Motorhomes for Missions

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Soon--within the next couple of years--we will be having individuals and couples (mostly couples) traveling in North and Central America in small Class B Motor Homes as the Lord leads.

clip_image002.gif (856 bytes)  They will be encountering the floundering with the hope of Christ.

clip_image002.gif (856 bytes)  They will be in a sense “migrant workers” harvesting in the Lord’s fields.

Want to be a part?   Let us know! email_010.gif (4864 bytes)

 

there out by Bethany, and you heard Jesus tell you what you were to do but you had to, needed to, it was necessary to, wait in Jerusalem for a period of time before you could carry out his directives to you.

Jesus Had Appeared

Our scripture tells us that Jesus had already appeared to Mary Magdalene and two others but the eleven would not believe them! This must have been a humbling moment for the eleven when Jesus showed up in their midst and took them out to Bethany[a], there to give them instruction and ascend to the Heavenly Father in order that the Holy Spirit could come.

Jesus Rebukes

We are told that Jesus rebuked the disciples, “for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal.” This is an interesting passage because to hear most believers today one would think it not Christ-like

to speak a rebuke to believers, especially from the “Five-fold.” So WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)? He would correct when correction was needed.

The Great Commission

Jesus no sooner corrects them but then gives them the greatest instruction and commission he has given, to this point, to his chosen messengers.

Can you imagine what would have happened if the disciples had said, “Well, if he is going to act like that, I don’t know if I want to have anything to do with him.”

It would seem a resurrection carries more weight in the eyes of some, than miracles might have in their thinking. Even though they had just been rebuked for lack of faith and stubbornness, Jesus was still willing to give them the greatest commission ever given to men up to that point in history! This should encourage us all greatly!

These Signs

Jesus tells his disciples that he will provide evidence to all those who believe, who will carry out this commission! You see it is the carrying out of his will that the signs and wonders follow or in fact accompany (see v. 17-18)

They And You Are Witnesses

Jesus makes it clear they are the witnesses and so are all believers who will follow his words.

Jesus did not place a person limit or a time limit on this commission other than one glorious day he would catch us away when all had been fulfilled which has been spoken of in the Word of God.

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“ The Key is to Trust God”              By Mrs. Sojourner 
Looking at the news today can be a disturbing experience. Death and disease have taken forms that our great-grandparents would have never conceived. Stress levels and fear levels are at a place uncommon in generations gone before us. I have heard so many stories of people being afraid of other people and living their lives according to that fear. Numerous times in the scriptures we are told to, “Fear not!” How can we do that?!

Proverbs gives us the solution.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the

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Walk out the call God has for you!

LORD is kept safe. Proverb 29:25 NIV

Consider Noah, Daniel and King David. All three of these men had ample opportunity to be afraid of what other men thought or physically afraid of other men’s responses to their actions.

Noah suffered ridicule from his peers for decades—but he trusted the Lord and was kept safe.

Daniel and his friends threatened with death but still trusted the Lord and all four men were miraculously kept safe. David honored God’s ways and God’s chosen king (even though that king was trying to kill fhim) and God not only

kept David safe, but he ulfilled the call he anointed David for years before, and put him on the throne of Israel.

Walk out the call/vision God has for you. Keep tuned to his voice and his Word and remember Proverb 3:5-6NIV

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Fear God—do not fear man because as you trust God you will be kept safe.

 

 

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