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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.

THE CHURCH  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 13 March 2020

THE CHURCH

 

We are seeing today the fastest growing Church in Iran were persecution is rampant. We are in the toughest time of our lives for people are kicking one another as never before in all realms of life. We are just like donkeys back to back kicking one another to death. Violence, ruthlessness, restlessness is rampant now that coronavirus is running wild around the world. 

This is a time when we cannot underestimate the Power of one! People are working at home that are employed by Amazon and Microsoft and other Tech Companies for fear of contamination of coronavirus. Abortion has element billions of people and can’t seem to be controlled and now we have coronavirus killing people.  Yes; we can make changes if we allow the Lord to restore us to common sense with in our imagination times or vividness to see reality that is true, so we are able to address and see our problems defeated. 

When Jesus walk and talk to mankind Rome was in control as a nation and they wanted to kill all the firstborn during Harrods reign. People in Rome worshipped indecency, sexuality was impure, anything was ok. Magic spells was common, demon possession was present. Consciences were hardened and leaders did not seem to care. People were given over to a reprobate mind. It was a time of not knowing God and wanting Him to rue and reign.

We are living in a time of Isiah 61 

The Good News of Salvation

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to [
a]heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To [b]console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
And the sons of the foreigner
Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But you shall be named the priests of the Lord,
They shall call you the servants of our God.
You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
And in their glory you shall boast.
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery [
c]for burnt offering;
I will direct their work in truth,
And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles,
And their offspring among the people.
All who see them shall acknowledge them,
That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.”

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

After the death and resurrection of the Lord the Church was under great trial and error, as the Lords body was placed on a cross for all to see and ridiculed but then placed in a tomb for three days and God rolled the stone away from the tomb where he lay and appeared to women who were told to tell Peter. The Lord appeared for 40 days as a witness He is alive Tomothy could not believe John 20: 24-29. 24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”

So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put itinto My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Jesus said to him, [f]“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed arethose who have not seen and yet have believed.”

That You May Believe

30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Then just before He left to heaven He said to the Disciples Acts 1:4 to 8 The Holy Spirit Promised

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [c]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Jesus Ascends to Heaven

Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”


The we see Stephen in Acts 7:44-60 God’s True Tabernacle
44 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen, 45 which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David, 46 who found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob. 47 But Solomon built Him a house.
48 “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says:
49 ‘Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
What house will you build for Me? says the Lord,
Or what is the place of My rest?
50 Has My hand not made all these things?’
Israel Resists the Holy Spirit
51 You stiff-necked[g] and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, 53 who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.
Stephen the Martyr
54 When they heard these things they were [h]cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Here Stephen is connecting all the dots as he is proof of Gods abiding presence. Then there was a man by the name of Saul taking care of all the garments not needed and had the opportunity to watch what was taking place. He is out to kill and persecute Christian and as he is traveling to Damascus has an encounter with God Acts 9: New King James Version (NKJV)
The Damascus Road: Saul Converted
Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. [a]It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Ananias Baptizes Saul
10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”
And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much [b]harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children[c] of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord [d]Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
25% of the New Testament written by Paul as he was willing to give up all to follow the Lord. We can’t defeat the strongest lust for evil on our own, we need Gods help. Everyone has a conscience that convicts us of wrong, if we are sensitive to God as the way, truth and life, that is ours as we abide in the vine. Our conscience needs to be in love with the Lord, that our imagination and reason along with our memories wants the best God has in store for us. Here Stephen in his dying moments said, Father forgive them they do not know what they are doing. Isn’t that true today, people do not know what they are doing as they hurt one another? Where is loves conviction in our conscience. Who is taking the blame today of our woes no body, we pass the buck it is always some one else’s fault.  It is not who you are? It is what are you doing to be of goodwill and peace. We all are making choices now. Your tradition needs to be one of loving others, allowing you getting better and better with out becoming bitter. The past is gone, what are you doing now. Jesus took bread now. Time is important to us all and it is time to choose Christ. Then your DNA will become Godly like your creator God. We are a part of history and need not be over whelmed by what is going on! Jesus died and rose again to assure us we to do not have to suffer from sins addictions, but be transformed by the Redeeming power of the Holy Spirit of God, love, mercy and grace. I have been in ministry 38 years and want to make sure I have someone to pass the baton off to if possible. I want to work at what God has given me to do and that takes me a lot of studying and preparing for what needs to be done. God told Peter he was going to deny the Lord; no way said Peter, but guess what he denied the Lord three times. Lord help us not to be depressed and hopeless. But call out to you for Help for He is present all the time to assure us we are empowered by the Holy Spirit of God. He is our reason to have a positive personality we are not secular we are spiritual. He is, the jaw bone, the rock, the burning Busch, the Donkey that cries out, the Alpha and Omega. God wants our lives to touch the life of others, so His name can be lifted higher and higher!


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