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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.

What do you have need of?
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Thursday, 09 November 2017

Thank the Lord, God in the beginning created all and knows the needs we all have been created with, as He wants to meet our needs according to what we think of Jesus, for He created us all with a desire to achieve our potential. That is the reason we have to surrender our ways to His way, truth and life in order to have a good self-image of who we are.
God created us from the dirt that surrounds us all. This dirt gives life to where we grow the food from which we eat and from which we build our houses. Dirt is life and that life is what we are created from. Genesis 1:26 to 2:7 tells the Story of how we were created for good will and peace. Women was made from the rib of a man, showing how important marriage was to multiply man upon the earth. We need to have partnership between one man and one women that is permanent to produce spiritual unity among themselves, so they can have children in a positive spiritual, sexual way. This is the reason we all have needs for relationship starting in the home, between mom and dad, so children that can be taught values based on morality, not sexuality. This need for relationship is very holy and pure and needs to be honored by our responsibility to one another in love of God, then we can have relationships that honor one another.

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LIVING IN A DISTRACED WORLD
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Friday, 03 November 2017

What is it like living in a distracted world is causing a lot of anxiety as we see adults running a pick up down a bike lane in New York killing 8 and wounding serval others. Then to see another adult in Los Vegas kill 58 and wound hundreds of others, seeing the devastation of Hurricanes and fires, make us realize we are close to death at any time. People are struggling with addictions physical, emotional and relational, that is causing mental abuse that is affecting Adults, teens and children around the world, God is showing us the consequences of sin. His words from the Bible are still Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, so we are prepared to be winners achieving our potential in the Lord.

Last week the Stock Market hit an all-time high, employment highest in 44 years, so economic where at a high positive happening. Then we saw Harvey Weinstein’s dark side of sexual harassment. Women getting respect as many adopted “Me too” hash tag, as sexual harassment is seen in high offices of the business world.

We saw release of uranium’s deal with Russia gain control of 20 % of US uranium stock and how the investigation is going on with the Clinton’s and Obama’s Administration, These changes are affecting and impacting us all for we have forgotten the need to keep our temple clean and pure so we can be holy.

When Solomon built the New Permanent Temple and they furnished it, they prayed humbly seeking the Lords Face, repenting. So, God could heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:12-17 12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: "I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 

13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.


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Reformation October 29, 2017
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Thursday, 26 October 2017


This is taken from Dr Kenyn Cureton who is Vice President for Church Ministries with Family Research Council I felt was very timely for we are celebrating "Reformation Sunday: 500 Years of Biblical Faith"
We all know something of our own family heritage, but when it comes to our collective religious roots, well that's another story. For example, many know dates like October 12, 1492, Columbus reached America and July 4, 1776, 1st Independence Day and certainly September 11, 2001. ISIS Twin Towers  But how many of us know the significance of May 4, 1415  Jon Haus condemned as a Heretic along with John Wycliffe then October 31, 1517. Martin Luther Posted 95 theses on a Church door at Council of Constance. We may know trivia tidbits like the names of 3 ships that Columbus sailed to the new world: the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria. But many if not most have never even heard of John Wycliffe, John Hus, Martin Luther, John Calvin, or John Knox. And yet, these names are far more important to our Protestant faith. 
Well this is Reformation Sunday, commemorating the day 500 years ago when a monk named Martin Luther nailed those 95 Theses to the wooden doors of the Wittenberg Chapel, protesting the excesses of the Church. It was a world-changing moment in history that ultimately impacts the way we view and practice the Christian faith. So ,    I think we need to do more than just sing theaobligatory verse or two out of Luther's "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." Let’s spend some time considering our Reformation heritage and let’s start with the Scripture that changed Luther’s life, Romans 1:16-17: 
Stand please for the reading of God’s word: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:16-17 ESV). Prayer. 
A Bohemian Psalm Book dating from 1572 and preserved in the Prague Library contains a hymn to a Martyr’s memory and three medallions depicting three key figures of the Reformation. In the first, a man is striking sparks from a stone. Below it in the second medallion is a man kindling a fire from the sparks. In the third medallion, a man is holding high a flaming torch. This old Psalter gives a visual survey of the Reformation. The one who struck the spark was John Wycliffe in England. The one who kindled the coals was Jan Hus in Bohemia in what is now the Czech Republic. And the one who picked up the blazing torch and lit up the world was Martin Luther in what is now Germany.1 
The historians refer to the time before the Reformation as the “Dark Ages.” And surely that was so because of the shroud of spiritual darkness and ignorance that hung over the world. The Church was in need of a correction, a change, a reformation, a revival! The Christian religion of the Church was a polluted mixture of legalistic piety, gross hypocrisy, material greed, sexual immorality, and biblical illiteracy. In the Cathedrals and churches across the land, the Scriptures were read in a dead language, known only by the clergy and the elite, so precious few who heard the Scriptures could understand them. Scandals among the priesthood, and even the papacy abounded. Historian Stuart Garver describes the situation: 
“Sunday and Holy Day Masses drew large crowds while priests and friars hawked their relics and indulgences as they mingled with the multitudes in the streets - having no higher motive than to increase the wealth of their already rich monasteries.”2 
A Spaniard of that time wrote: ““I see that we can scarcely get anything from Christ's ministers but for money; at baptism money, at bishoping money, at marriage money, for confession money—no, not extreme unction without money! They will ring no bells without money, no burial in the church without money; so that it seemeth that Paradise is shut up from them that have no money.”3 It was a dark time. And it was in this time that God raised up a man called John from Wyclif in England to strike the spark. 
I. JOHN WYCLIFFE: STRIKING THE SPARK 
You open your Bible today or pull out your smart phone and open your Bible App and read a passage of Scripture in your language (or any language) and probably never give it a second thought as to the instrument God used to make that possible and even permissible. John Wycliffe was the one God used to provide you with a Bible that is in your own language. Because if you had lived 600-700 years ago, you would have had to have a university education or be in the ministry to understand the language of the official version of the Bible: The Latin Vulgate. John Wycliffe was one of the first to protest this situation. He was the first of a long line of protest-ants, Protestants, of which we are a part. 
The future reformer was born about 1324 near the village of Wyclif, Yorkshire, in the diocese of Durham. He was educated at Oxford, earning a doctor of divinity. He became a towering intellectual force at Oxford, writing some 200 works during the course of his career. For most of his life he was a staunch and orthodox Catholic, but the more he studied Scripture, the more he was grieved at the corruption of the Catholic Church. 
There was a papal schism, with rivals claiming to be the legitimate Pope, that happened during Wycliffe’s career and had an important bearing on his views of papal authority. Wycliffe discovered that Peter in the New Testament was nothing like the medieval popes with their pomp and worldly power, but a man of humility and true spiritual power. Peter wore no tall hat, no expensive robes, carried no golden staff, and exercised no political power. Wycliffe argued in his pamphlet De Potestate Papae, “that no man should be pope unless he is the son of Christ and of Peter, imitating them in deeds.”4 
The Bible was a far more trustworthy authority than papal pronouncements or church tradition. Wycliffe held that the Bible is “one perfect word, proceeding from the mouth of God,” and is “the basis for every Catholic opinion.” Wycliffe also claimed that “All law, all philosophy, all logic and all ethics are in Holy Scripture.” Further, to “ignore Scripture is to ignore Christ.” 5 Indeed, Christ as the foundation of all salvation and sole redeemer of man is the subject of the Bible in all of its parts.6 So Wycliffe's approach ran counter to medieval scholasticism, which considered Church tradition as co-equal in authority with Scripture. In fact, many saw the Church as the primary and ultimate authority. As Guido Terreni put it, "the whole authority of Scripture depends upon the Church." However, Wycliffe argued the opposite: "In Holy Scripture is all truth." 7 
He was grieved that the Bible and the true Christian faith were so far removed from common people. What was worse is that instead of instructing the people, the priests kept the people in spiritual ignorance. Wycliffe seethed: "They run fast, over land and sea, in great peril
of body and soul, to secure rich benefices, but they will not go a mile to preach the Gospel, though men are running to hell for lack of the knowledge of God" (cf. Hos. 4:6; Matt. 23:15).8 
As he saw it, the priest's job was to communicate God's Word in a way the people could understand but to make matters worse, the Bible was written in the dead language of Latin and often chained to the pulpit. Wycliffe saw the situation as unacceptable: “Would to God that every parish church... had a good Bible and good expositions on the Gospel, and that priests studied them well, and truly taught the Gospel and His commandments to the people!.. God bring this end to his people.”9 
Well the longer Wycliffe served the Lord, the more it dawned on him that nothing would change until the people had God's word in their own language. So Wycliffe decided to do something about it, and he struck the spark of reformation by taking on the enormous task of translating the Latin Vulgate into the English language during the late 1370's and early 80's. 
He not only worked alone, he was abused, slandered, hated, and viewed as a heretic. He was stripped of his Professor of Divinity he earned at Oxford University. He was branded: “An instrument of the Devil, enemy of the Church...an Author of Schism.”10 But he persevered in this task, fighting against time and death. 
This man who had a heart for God and a mind that was exceedingly brilliant, was the first to translate the New Testament into English in 1382. On the flyleaf, are written these immortal words: "The Bible is translated, and shall make possible a government of the people, by the people, and for the people."11 He didn't have the privilege of knowing that some 500 years later on a blood drenched battlefield in a land yet to be discovered, that an American president would use those very words in his Gettysburg Address. These were first the words, not of Abraham Lincoln, but of John Wycliffe, the man who struck the spark. 
Although he was discredited, he died a peaceful death, but he was not allowed to rest in peace. Some 30 years after Wycliffe's death, a decision was made at the Council of Constance on May 4, 1415 to officially condemn him as a heretic. Wycliffe's remains were exhumed by Papal command, and the bones of his skeleton were burned to ashes as a public act of condemnation. This from a chronicler of that day: 
“They burned his bones to ashes, and cast them into the Swift, a neighboring brook, running hard by. Thus, this brook hath conveyed his ashes into the river Avon. And on into the Severn, and the Severn into the narrow Seas, and they into the mighty ocean. And so the ashes of Wycliffe are the emblem of his doctrines which now are dispersed the world over.”12 
Yet the burning of his bones, nor the scattering of his ashes in no way silenced his message. By that time the protest-ants were growing in number. And instead of persecution discouraging their growth, it only purified and accelerated it. So there was a growing number of men and 
women who were determined to stand alone even if it meant death, and indeed it did. Now the Bible was in the language of the people. Now there was a cause to fight for that was readily understood. And there was a need for someone to kindle the coals of Reformation. And God raised up John Hus as his instrument. 
II. JOHN HUS: KINDLING THE COALS 
John Huss was born of Czech parents in 1369 at Husinec in Southern Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). The word Hus means goose, and its distinguished bearer often applied the literal meaning to himself. For example, he wrote from the same Council of Constance that condemned Wycliffe, expressing the hope that the Goose might be delivered from prison, and he exhorted the Bohemians, "if they loved the Goose," to secure the king’s aid in having him released. His parents were poor and, during his studies in the University of Prague, he supported himself by singing and manual labor jobs. He was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1393, of Divinity a year later, a Masters in 1396, and in 1398 began delivering lectures in the university. 
If Wycliffe was the mind of the reformation, Hus was the heart. Hus was sharp but not the scholar Wycliffe was, yet God blessed him with an unmatched authority and eloquence in the pulpit. Hus preached with fiery passion. Hus kindled the coals.
Now Hus was not only a professor at the university, he was also a Roman Catholic priest, ordained in 1402 as Rector at the Chapel of Bethlehem, which was Prague's national church sanctuary. That ancient cathedral seated 3,000 people, and they packed it out every Sunday to hear Hus preach. And he so in Czech, in their language, not in Latin, which was the official language of the Church. And there are still those in our day who insist that the "official" Bible is the King James Version, which most Americans cannot read and understand. Strikingly similar situation. That's why we need to know history, so we don't make the same mistakes that the Catholic church made. But Hus got into trouble for preaching in the language of the people. 
However, John Hus not only took the heat, he turned up the heat. He spoke of the church being poisoned by greed and materialism. He exposed the scandals and the arrogance of the papacy and the priesthood. And when he was confronted, instead of retreating and recanting, he simply became more determined and more dogmatic. Here's a sample: When Pope John XXIII urged the sale of indulgences (paying to reduce punishment for sin in purgatory and for better “standing” with God), the papal legate went so far as to auction off diocese, deaconships, and parishes. "They were sold," Hus thundered from his Bethlehem pulpit, "to incompetent priests, debauchers and gamblers guilty of scandal, but marvelously skilled in taxing penitents from whom they extorted to enrich themselves quickly." 
When he was confronted by representatives from the Pope sent to silence him, Hus said in their presence: "So far as the commands of the Pope agree with the commands and doctrines of the apostles, and are after the rule of the law of Christ, so far I am heartily prepared to render them obedience. But if I see anything in them at variance with this, I will not obey, even if you kindle the fire for the burning of my body before my eyes.”13 
Well Hus got what he asked for. God used John Hus' message to cause a serious business slump for the Church in Bohemia. The sale of indulgences fell off sharply. Ecclesiastical privileges were openly mocked. And students began to riot on the university campus in protest against the excesses of the Church. The coals were getting hot and were about to burst into flame. 
Finally, John Hus was excommunicated, he was “churched,” as some might put it. He was ordered to report to the Council of Constance, but was jailed for months and his health was broken. Starved and sick, Hus stood trial and he was given ample opportunity to recant. His crime? Church inquisitors called it Wycliffism. He was guilty of preaching the Bible as the ultimate authority. His defense. Simply this: "If you can show me from the Scriptures my error, I will immediately recant. If you cannot, I will not." They could not. And he did not. 
He was publicly declared a heretic, stripped of his pulpit and priesthood, and condemned to die by being burned at the stake. You’ve heard the saying: “His goose was cooked.” Well this is where it came from. Given one last chance to repent, he declared: “God is my witness that the things charged against me I never preached. In the same truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and preached, drawing upon the sayings and positions of the holy doctors, I am ready to die today.”14 
On July 6, 1415, at 5:00 in the afternoon, John Huss was led to the stake to be burned alive, led by three trumpeters riding on black horses, the procession wound its way thru the narrow streets of Constance. Some cried, some mocked, others prayed for Hus, who bravely sang the words of Psalm 31: “In Thee O God I put my trust, bow down Thine ear to me.” The executioner tore his clothes from him and placed a shirt soaked with pitch upon his back. Then with his hands tied firmly to the stake, the executioner squeezed oil drenched wool between his legs and dumped so much oil on his head that it dripped from his beard. As the fire was lit and the smoke began to choke the dying martyr, the hushed mob heard him pray: “O Lord, Sabbaoth, take this sin from them, Lord Jesus Christ, thou Son of the living God, have mercy on me.” 
John Hus, the Goose, was burned alive at the stake for preaching the word of God. Two hours later, his body was fully cremated and his ashes dumped into the river Rhine. But John Hus kindled the coals. 


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