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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

GREEN OR DRY? ALIVE OR DEAD? HEAVEN OR HELL?
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 20 April 2019

This is Easter Sunday is a time to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord from the grave and Luke gives us an account of what happen Luke 23:1-26 23 Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate. And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”

Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

He answered him and said, It is as you say.”

So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.”

But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”

When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. 11 Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other.

13 Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, 14 said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; 15 no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. 16 I will therefore chastise Him and release Him 17 (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).

18 And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.

20 Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. 21 But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

22 Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.”

23 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. 24 So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested. 25 And he released to them the one they requested, who for rebellion and murder had been thrown into prison; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

 

 27 And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him. 28 But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.29 For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin‘to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” ’ 31 For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”  

Sap is a tree's lifeblood; it carries the required nutrition from the roots out to the far ends of the branches and leaves. When wood is cut from the tree, the sap no longer runs as it did in the living wood so becomes dry wood. Thank the Lord He proved who He was, as He is between two other malefactors one on the right and the other the left. Notice what happened to one of the men on the cross in Luke 23:39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, [j]“If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”

40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

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12 STEPS TO SUCCESS WE ALL NEED IN OUR LADDER!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 12 April 2019

Here we are alive to what is going on as we abide in the vine; Jesus for as long as we have life we have to remember who we are and what God wants to give us as we resist Satan and cling to the old rugged cross. 
We have admitted we are sinners and need to be saved for we are powerless in ourselves to resist sin, yet God can forgive and forget and gives us the ability to start living now for him is the first step we take as a new born child in the Kingdom of God. So the second step is realizing God can restore us to sanity as we continue to have faith now in God and not things. Now we are realizing we are in a battle and it is not against one another, or things, but against the enemy of our souls Satan. We do not need to fear him but fear Gods love mercy and grace so we want to please our Creator God. So, the third step is being aware of Gods Holy Spirit to empower us as we abide in Him for now we are walking in the way, truth and life that is found in the Bible as we continue to turn all our problems over to the Lord. Now it’s a daily walking communicating with the Lord and doing His will. This happens as I remember I have to search my heart daily for sins that are able to destroy. What I do now is practice number four making a searching and fearless inventory of what I am doing to please and obey the Lord, this now is a way of life me now as I am walking and talking with the Lord about my needs, not my wants. Number 5 is admitting to myself my need of needing help in my wrong behaviors and attitudes on a daily bases for I am walking in and out of trouble all the time and the joy of the Lord is needed 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Number 6 is needing the Lords help all the time so these defects of sin do not destroy my relationship with God and others.

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REINVENTING THE CHURCH
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 05 April 2019

I WOULD LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT GEORGE BARNA HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE CHURCH WHICH I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH.

Reinventing the Church
"The Church seems afraid to invest in new modes of being the Church, breaking free from antiquated models and irrelevant traditions toward living the gospel in a twenty-first-century context."[1] George Barna, Leaders on Leadership
 
"Our common future will depend on the extent to which people and leaders around the world develop the vision of a better world and the strategies, the institutions, and then will to achieve it."[2] The UN Commission on Global Governance
 
"...there is a substantial critical mass of people and churches that are already moving.' ...While acknowledging that there are still many unhealthy churches, there is a justified 'change in basic premises, basic attitudes, basic mind set... on the whole, we are on the march...."[3]
"Peter Drucker on the Church and Denominations," Leadership Network.
 
A strange distortion of truth has spread like a grass fire on a windy day through churches around the world. It calls God's people not just to understand our changing times from the world's perspective, but to actually flow with the wind and help fuel the transformation. It uses familiar old words to persuade the people, but it conforms God's Word as well as human thinking to politically correct views of unity, community, service and change.
 
Behavioral laboratories, schools, UNESCO and liberal churches all helped light that fire during the 20th century. Hidden from sight, their subversive efforts seared America's Biblical foundations and prepared the masses to believe a lie.
 
Now, at the dawn of the new millennium, "conservative" and "evangelical" churches are following suit. Worldwide "Christian" networks provide trained leadership and management consultants to guide God's people along this alluring superhighway to a new world order. Forget the old narrow way that leads to life. Today's "change agents" hope to popularize Christianity so effectively that whole nations will join their crusade.
 
Forget solid Bible teaching and "the offense of the cross." To win the masses "for Christ", the church must be re-cloaked in a more permissive and appealing image. It must be marketed to the world as "a safe place," purged of the moral standards that stirred conviction of sin and a longing to separate from the world's immorality. So they re-imagined a feel-good church stripped of offense - one the world could love and claim as its own.
 
Their march to a "better world" is well under way. In this new church, group thinking, compromise, conflict resolution, the dialectic process and facilitated consensus are in. Uncompromising conviction and resistance to group consensus are out. For God's way seems far too intolerant to fit the managed systems of the new millennium. [To better understand these terms, please read Brainwashing in America and The People's Church]
 
Guiding the revolution
 
Hard to believe? Then listen to the leadership team chosen by George Barna, founder and president of Barna Research Group, to write the revolutionary book, Leaders on Leadership. I call it revolutionary because it is. It actually invites a revolution in the Church and shows leaders how to manage it.
 
Doug Murren, church-planter and senior pastor of Eastside Foursquare Church wrote a chapter titled, "The Leader as Change Agent." In it, he explains the first step in the psycho-social process of "managed change." Notice that he takes his cues from an experienced "change agent" at Stanford University which -- like MIT, Harvard and Teacher's College at Columbia -- is a major research institution in the area of social change, persuasive propaganda and psycho-social manipulation:
Arnold Mitchell, a social psychologist from Stanford, has spent years studying the attitudes and behaviors of Americans. He contends that three ingredients are necessary for change to occur. First, Mitchell notes that change comes from dissatisfaction.... Effective change agents assess the chances for change by evaluating the level of dissatisfaction within the group. If dissatisfaction is strong, the potential for change exist....
 
To be effective, a leader must also deliberately develop dissatisfaction. ...
 
Preparing people for change sometimes takes what seems life forever.... I shared startling or even embarrassing statistics about where we were as a church body and where we needed to be, seeking to create the right level of dissatisfaction....
 
Positive change rarely intimates 'returning to the way it used to be.' Most positive change I have witnessed has been about creating a better future rather than returning to a cherished past."[4]
Notice that Pastor Murren's "three ingredients" for changing people have nothing to do with God's guidelines or standards. They have everything to do with deceptive human visions of how elite "change agents" can control the masses. Their manipulative methods have become so familiar that their subjects barely notice what is happening. Lest you forget, take another look at the initial steps:
1. Assess (survey) the attitudes, values and wants of the people. Your personal assessment will be the benchmark for measuring planned change in the months and years ahead.
 
2. Stir dissatisfaction with the old ways so that the seeds of revolution can grow without regrets. Actually, the survey itself initiates the "dissatisfaction", since a "good" church survey would contain anxiety-producing questions that suggest internal problems and prompt public dialogue and complaint.
 
3. Offer an inspiring vision of "a better future." That better future must be a here-and-now future -- one that man can create with his imagination. It's the opposite of the glorious future God offers us for all eternity. In this context of worldly change, heaven serves no earthly purpose. Only visions that motivate collective efforts and drive transformation can advance revolutionary plan.
To guide this process, well trained leaders are needed. That's why Mr. Barna gathered "a team of experts that is as awesome as any of you can imagine" to write his manual for the church. "Fifteen people have contributed chapters to this book," he wrote. "I believe that the cumulative efforts of this team have demonstrated the meaning of synergy."[5] emphasis added
 
Mr. Barna wrote the chapter on "The Vision Thing" himself. In it, he explains that vision "is a view of the kind of world God wants us to live within, a world He can create through us if all those He has called as leaders would lead according to the guidance provided by His Spirit."[6]
 
Does that statement sound like an oxymoron? It is. Mr. Barna seems to imply that God will recreate the world around us if today's "change agents" would walk by the Spirit. But these leaders of "managed change" have been trained to follow a formula never given by Holy Spirit. Man may shoot himself in the foot, but God will not give us tools that clash with...
Biblical absolutes
His call to trust Him, not human ways and philosophies.
His call to share in Christ's suffering and persecution
For example, Barna calls for "evaluative tools prepared so you can assess how well you are doing along the way, fine-tuning your implementation efforts as you go along....." But God doesn't tell us to continually assess and evaluate our progress. He tells us to love Him, study His Word and follow His ways, then leave the result with Him. He will produce the fruit. He knows that if we continually measure our successes, we may shift our dependence from Him to our own efforts. That's why David was punished severely when he disobeyed God by measuring (assessing) the size of his victorious army.
 
God's Word and Spirit must guide our daily steps, not our human standards and measurement for success. And His ways tend to clash with the world's vision of prosperity, numbers and success. But that matters little to mentors of "managed change" whose ears are tuned to their methods rather than their Maker.
 
Molding Truth to fit the vision
 
Mr. Barna introduced Jim Van Yperen, another change agent on his team of experts, as "a marketing strategist and creative communications consultant." Van Yperen has "worked with a wide variety of churches, parachurch ministries and non profit organizations in the areas of vision development, strategic planning... resource development and conflict resolution."
 
Note those buzzwords. They help us identify the change process whenever we see it.
 
Mr. Van Yperen is consultant, not a pastor, but he has been "serving several churches as Intentional Interim Pastor." He hires himself out as Interim Pastor after leading a church through the initial phases (assessment, dissatisfaction, vision, etc.) of the change process. Using his strategic surveys to assess church attitudes and needs, he facilitates group dialogues and "diagnoses" the health of the church.
 
Since he speaks persuasively and manages this process well, he can soon inform the members that their church has some good qualities yet current conflicts and dissatisfaction demand drastic measures. To become a "healthy church," it needs leadership, new structures, new schedules, a new way of thinking and a new emphasis on spiritual growth through group relationships.
 
He also teaches a new way of understanding the Bible. His chapter in Barna's book, "Conflict: the Refining Fire of Leadership," contains a section called "Affirm Truth in Community." It helps set the stage for the consensus process by suggesting that the Bible can best be understood in groups where members pool their thoughts and shape their consensus. Notice how his guidelines minimize the New Testament emphasis on a personal love relationship with Jesus and maximize the world's view of the collective:
 
"Nearly all of Scripture is written to and for groups of people, not individuals. We must learn to read our Bibles this way. Instead of asking, 'What is God saying to me?' we need to ask 'What is God saying to us?'
 
"Responding to power with truth places Christ at the center and builds bridges with our brothers and sisters. It acknowledges that no one person knows the truth completely, so we need each other. It opens up the opportunity to own our assumptions honestly, state our convictions directly and allow others to give perspective openly."[7]


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