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BASIC CHRISTIANITY


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CHURCH FUNCTION







We’re going to look at some old truths today. I wanted to start the year off by reviewing the basics of the life of a Believer. Maybe give us a fresh look at our own lives with God and what to do about the parts that don’t measure up.

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Basic Christianity and Church Function

I guess that for believers none of this will be new. Maybe for others it will. But as my Bible teacher used to say, quoting someone else, there are no new truths, we just rediscover the old ones. Solomon said there was nothing new under the sun. Basic Truth has been known by mankind since there were people.

The plains Indians of 1200 AD knew these truths. They are part of the created matrix in which we live. One might say that they are the way things were created to work best.

I’ve put them into three categories. The three Truths are Earth, Man and More/Spirit. These truths are not exclusive to the Bible. They are the way Reality was created to work. In or out of the God frame, the founding principle of these Truths is communication.

We communicate with the earth. One basic truth of the earth is we feed a tree and it feeds us. In our relationship with the earth, if we respect the earth, it will supply our needs. We communicate with the earth by taking care of it. Taking care of it the way it was meant to be taken care of, helping it do what it was meant to do, not what we might come up with as the proper way. It’s not our decision. We don’t have the authority to make that kind of change.

The truth of man is pretty much the same as for the earth. We feed man, and man will feed us. Feed someone honesty and they will give you honesty. Feed someone compassion and you will receive the same. Can you start to see a common thread being formed?

More. By More, I mean some recognized greater “power”, “higher being” “creator”, something “more” than ourselves. As in the first two communications, that thread is here also. In the first two Truths, communication meant giving up something. Did you notice? Additionally, we see that in the second communication we gave up more than in the first. That continues and intensifies with the third.

With the Spirit Truth we give up all of our Self. We ”feed” The Spirit with our spirit. In return, The Spirit feeds us with Its Spirit.

You know, most all the big religions acknowledge a “bigger” Other. People know that there is more than just what they can see. And all the major belief systems teach the elimination of ego. Some use those exact terms, others, while not using those terms, still teach dependence on other than themselves, which winds up ignoring ego.

People have learned that about 90% of all the red flags that Ego puts up can be dismissed as over reacting, knee-jerk survival, based on false notions about reality. Ego only wants to survive. Only 10% of those red flags turn out to be valid cautions. Just a little further thought shows that there really was no threat. But they do get in our face.

Understanding that the 90% is more overreaction than fact will result in our peace of mind, instead of more stress and work. It’s a shame how much energy we put into all the doubts that our egos plant in our minds. My favorite example is taking second spare tire. “Well, what if we have two flats?”

That means that we won’t knee-jerk some inappropriate action when we are challenged. We can take the second or two to calmly evaluate the “threat.” There must be some kind of threat or your ego wouldn’t be putting up that red flag. It wouldn’t be fearful.

The difference between fear and a challenge is the recognition of the Truth. Complete understanding turns fear into challenge. Your ego isn’t interested in Truth, only survival. Once it locks onto what it sees as a threat, it wants to get rid of it. Fight or flight. That’s not clam evaluation.

Once the fear is overcome by understanding, the threat can only be a challenge. Fleeing may be the proper response, but success may not come to one fleeing in fear.

As I see it, if one is fleeing in fear, then the focus is on the fear.

Let’s play a game of Movie. I’ll talk and you try to see the scene in your head.

You’re walking down the street, about 35 yards from the corner. Now, you can imagine you are watching from across the street or see it through the eyes of the person.Suddenly, a big hulking “thing” comes around the corner headed straight at you. Ego wants to turn tail and get away as fast as your legs can carry you. That’s the fear response. Your focus as your run will stay with that fear and you’ll hardly be able to stay on your feet as you scramble away, looking back over your shoulder at the impending doom. And then you run into a light pole.

If you’ve been working on your knee-jerk ego reactions, you may still decide that this threat is real, or at least you’d better use the precautionary principle and get out of the way. Now, devoid of almost all the fear, you’re able to focus ahead as you flee. There, just pulling away from the curb is a delivery truck with the tailgate open. You easily hop on and are away.

Of course, we have to take this example down several notches to our everyday experience. But, Ego acts the same way. It tells us that it’s too much trouble to got back in the market to return that extra nickel you got in change. Or it ties your tongue so you can’t tell the checker that she gave you an extra $5. Survival only cares about how much money you can have. “Feeding” people honesty is the Truth of Man.

But even in our daily lives, opening the door to opportunity, by eliminating fear, results in help from outside ourselves. That open tailgate. This help was added to what we did by putting our ego aside. That in itself is well worth while, but we can double our money in the God frame. There are no open tailgates with God. No lucky breaks. God has supplied lots of information on how to deal with things His way. He’s promised to helpl us in many different ways. If we “feed” His way with our dependence, He’ll put His Spirit to work on our problems, too.

The Believer’s Walk is all about faithing, giving, and edifying.
How we access God, faithing. How we serve Him, giving and edifying.

A person doesn’t just come to God whenever he pleases or the notion strikes him. It’s made clear in the Bible that God always makes the first move in the relationship. It’s called prevenient grace. In the New Testament, it’s when it talks about the call of God. That call, starts with God. He’s the one doing the calling. Another place Jesus says that no man comes to God save the Father draw him. God makes the first move.

But that move isn’t always what we might see it as. Because that first move might only be to nudge some person into a yoga practice or the Seth books on reality. Later on down the line that person will look back on those times as God getting him ready for where he is now. But in the mean time many things have to happen before the person can give up part of his life to someone who as yet is improvable. And make no mistake. The Believer’s Walk is, and must be, a radical change in lifestyle. Going to church isn’t even a baby step in that change.

After being put in touch with a greater reality, ie the spiritual world, the person still has to find a way to benefit from that knowledge. Just understanding the true nature of reality, doesn’t automatically give one the ability to interact with It. The person will be searching for answers. These answers may come from a book or guru, but they will have to be from a source that the person can understand and whose teachings can be put to practical use. Answers like that don’t come easy. Much research is necessary, and verification of sources. You can’t just pick up any of the Seth books and radically change your lifestyle without some kind of confirmation from somewhere. It would, however, be a big mistake to take as confirmation my personal experience. Small successes in practicing some belief system, oh, by way of some “lucky break” that yielded a good sum of money to you. Even many personal events like that are not to be proof that all the system will end in the Final Answer.

So, what to do? The next thing on the list then is proving, beyond any doubt, by court admissible evidence, that the source is infallible. In the person’s quest for answers he will be led to an individual source of some kind. From that position, he may make his way through various individual sources until God presents Himself. God may fit some Truth into a context that the person already accepts as real. This can be startling. A firmly held belief that suddenly applies to God as well.

But we’re still working our way down the list of those many things that have to happen before someone can implement a radical change to the lifestyle of a Believer. We’ve only just gotten to the place where the door was opened. There’s a lot of work ahead. And I think that by the end of this you’ll see just how radical this lifestyle change will be. I’m afraid that it will also expose much of today’s Christianity as a sham driven by ego. It’s money in the bank to bet that not five in a thousand are walking their talk or even know the full extent of the Walk. Not their fault, of course. Well yes, but only in that they weren’t diligent enough to find out that they weren’t being taught what the Bible teaches.

The One with the biggest Ego ever, is Satan. He’s the one running this world. And he knows that appealing to our egos is the way to keep us off track. Satan’s minions, the Illuminati have placed their people at the top of all the major belief systems and denominations. They have skewed the information and the teaching just enough to keep people involved and “religious” through playing on their egos. Either they are condemned for not doing Right or they are applauded for “leading someone to the Lord.”
They get their ego wounded and thereby are goaded into doing what the teacher says. Or their ego is exalted for accomplishing the wrong teaching. And of course, the largest ego around there will be the teacher’s.

But I’m not talking about people who realize the dark side of the leadership up at the regional or denominational level. These lower level folks are all trying to do the right thing. They are doing what they’ve been taught. The teacher got the wrong teaching at seminary and just passed it down to his congregants. I had one preacher tell me that he couldn’t believe the Bible was true. He had no evidence. Well, that’s because of his teacher and his own lack of diligence to follow up and verify what he’s been taught. I could have proved the Bible to him in less than ten hours.

OK, how do we walk through that open door to God? We can’t find out how to access God by sitting on a hill facing south or whatever. If God has beamed a light at us, we’ll be led to the Bible. That’s the easiest place to find out a bunch of stuff about God. Ah, but that’s the first Hard part. So far it’s not been difficult. When seeing the relationship to God, it was neat starting out on an investigation. But now, we’re into the Bible. I mean, everybody else is using it as an infallible source and acting like every word is not only true but that God truly inspired all the writers to say just what they did. But we don’t believe that, at this point, and are very leery of taking someone else’s word for it. And remember, this is only the first Hard part. The Hard parts get Harder, much harder. We’re talking about radical change of lifestyle, right? We’re still on our way to faithing.

This first Hard part is the part where the person has to prove that what the Bible says is true. This isn’t going to happen after reading a few chapters or even the whole book. One person bragged to me that she knew what the Bible was all about. She had read it all the way through, twice. You see, there’s no way that a person can prove that the things that apply to that Final Answer are true or can be trusted as true. It’s like trying to prove that there is the place called heaven. You ever know anyone who went there and came back? How do you prove there’s a heaven? Just saying, “The Bible says so,” doesn’t give anyone the confidence to change their lifestyle to get into heaven. Most all the stuff the person wants to attain can’t be verified as true. That’s why it’s a Hard part. The person is going to have to prove everything else he can about the Bible until he concludes that Bible was indeed written through the inspiration of God. Proving the Bible is true also proves that God is Real. And that carries over into making those improvable statements true, or true enough to give them a try.

Now look. I’ve condensed years of study into a couple paragraphs. Sure a person may be on the Path to God and be working his way through proving the Bible and God, but still be very far from just the basic parts of the Walk.

Well, we’re finally through the door and now trust the Bible and God enough to take up the tasks of being a believer. We read in the New Testament, mostly in the writings of Paul that the way to God is by faith. We also see, by much more study, that the Old Testament talks about the same thing. It lauds people who trust Him. Our additional study takes us to the original language to find out if the translated words we’re reading are really the ideas that were put down in the first place. This is an ongoing procedure. It might be called the Trailer to the first Hard part. This first Hard part never really ends.

Incredibly, I had one Pastor tell me that he thought that not one in a hundred owned a Strong’s concordance or had even looked up a Greek or Hebrew word. Whose fault is that? It’s the fault of the teachers. Whose fault is their bad teaching? The seminaries, who are run by the people Satan has installed at the top.

It is hoped that in this person’s study he will look up the word that’s translated “faith.” It could be seen as the most important word in the New Testament. I mean, if that’s what saves us, then that’s pretty important. I’m sure of the surprise that this person will have. He’s been hearing a lot about faith. It’s on the tongue of every Christian. “We’re saved by faith.” Then they’ll go on to talk about faith. Note please that their talk will be what they’ve been taught. Those volumes of faith-talk will always sound like faith is a noun. It’s something one can have. In fact, if you don’t have faith, you don’t get in. And we must always remember to keep the faith. And, of course, be loyal to the particular faith we belong to. For 99% of Christians faith is synonymous with belief.

Imagine the surprise when our person opens Strong’s and finds that the word faith is translated from the Greek word pistis. The pist is the root and the “is” is the suffix. But there is a number there that indicates that this word pistis comes from a different word. The number is 3982 and is listed as a primary verb. A primary verb!? You mean that the pistis word is a verb? You mean the word contains some kind of action? Oh, wait! I just noticed that two listings above pistis, which is number 4102, is a similar word, pisteuo. It has the same root of pist. It must then also be a verb, contain some action. And what English word is used to translate pisteuo? Believe. Believe is an action word. Even believe. The Greek “believe” isn’t the same as our English “believe.” Our English “believe” is a noun not an act. English “faith” and “believe” are nouns. Greek “faith” and “believe” are verbs. How shocking to the ear of those taught what the devil wants them to hear.

This was easy for the devil to do. You see, the word pietho, which is that primary verb number 3982, defines the action as persuasion, convincing. So pistis contains the idea of being convinced of something. The full meaning is acting on the persuasion. That is easily twisted to make pistis always a noun. The noun state of being convinced, the belief. The proper rendering of pistis has to include the action involved in the persuading, not just the final persuaded state of mind. And the translators had a problem with pistis because we don’t have an English word that conveys believing action. So we can’t put all the blame on them. We have to put our own suffix on our word faith to make it a verb. Normally all that takes is an “ing.” That’s what you always hear me say. Faithing.

OK, finding out that “faith” is really a verb, the person is faced with figuring out what that action might be. Now he can read that, “we’re saved by some believing action.” What action? Any old action? Surely all the actions our person has seen in the Church community. Going to church or occasionally prayer meeting night? Helping out at the food bank or thrift shop. Teaching a Sunday school class. Being a staffer at the summer camp. That’s what everyone else is doing. Don’t the Good people go to heaven? Those actions are based on the Bible aren’t they? Or are they based on what the Pastor and other churchgoers are saying is the Walk?

This is another place the devil gets to play around. If you ask some of these folks, they will tell you that faith is involved in their actions. They are walking by faith and these are the actions that come out. They will even quote the Bible to defend the idea. They will tell you what James says. “Faith without works is dead.” Clearly, the word “faith” used here means belief. “Belief without works is dead.” Dead belief is implied.

Maybe we have to stop here and examine Greek faith more closely. By the definition of Greek faith, ALL actions that we do are of faith, are faithing. The Greek definition is the generic definition of faith. It includes all movement and has nothing to do with God or heaven or being saved. It only has to do with movement. This movement has to be based in some belief. Voluntary movement always has a reason and a founding idea. When you pick up that coffee cup, you’re not thinking about the handle breaking and the coffee spilling down your lap. Why not? You probably have never had that happen before. Just because you’re not thinking about it doesn’t mean that you don’t hold the belief in a solid handle. Every movement we make is based in some belief and carried out to the end of the action by the confidence that the belief is true.

Just to confirm this, let’s imagine reaching out for the mug of coffee, grabbing the handle and lifting the cup, only to have the handle come off in your hand and the coffee going all over everything. Can you see that in your mind? OK. Imagine that this has freakishly happened the last two times you grabbed a coffee cup. How do you pick up this present mug of coffee? You don’t just grab it, do you? You test it out first. Your belief in solid coffee cup handles has been shaken to the point that you don’t automatically grab this one.

So, the Greek word for faith contains a belief. God just took that word and capitalized it by making the saving belief be something that He has said. Whatever action you want to accomplish will be based on some utterance of God. When God says, “Do this and it will be counted to you as Righteousness,” we can appropriate that word for our present circumstances and move forward.

It’s like this. You’re sitting at breakfast with God. You’ve had the last two coffee cup handles break off and spill the coffee. You look to the present cup and see that the handle has been glued together several times. There are cracks up and down the handle. You want to take a sip of coffee, but are skeptical. So you hesitate reaching out for the mug. It might break like the others. It sure looks like it’ll break. But at that moment God says, “It’s OK, I promise that the handle won’t break. I glued it Myself” No problem. Grab the handle.

So, the faith that we read about in the Bible is based only on some promise of God. But let me quickly add that we have to include all those cracks in the handle. If you had looked closely at the handle and there weren’t any signs that it would break, maybe even it was made out of metal and bolted to the mug, then you wouldn’t have been afraid to grab it. In that case, you wouldn’t need any promise from God that the handle wouldn’t break. You only need God’s help of overcome the fear that all those cracks presented to your broken-handle memory. That act, trusting what God said about Him gluing the handle and it not breaking had to overcome the fear. It had to overcome the unknown. If God hadn’t been there you might have not tried the handle at all, just wrapped your hands around the whole mug. The faith acts depending on God always contain some element of the unknown, some fear. No fear, no faithing. I mean, that’s why we need God in the first place. Because we see no way around this unknown part of getting to our goal. We have to give up trying to control the whole process and do what we can, trusting that what God said about the matter would prevail.

Well, our person has come a long way, and has done a great amount of study verifying all this. He’s got the belief, the understanding and the confidence to do the Walk. But the problem is that he has trouble finding ways to implement this faithing thing. He knows he can’t purposely put himself in positions of risk, pretending that God, no matter what, will save his bacon. That would be tempting God. He can go to Hebrews chapter eleven. It’s called the heroes of faith. There’s a bunch of actions told about the various people there. Although this reinforces the idea that faith that counts is action based on God’s word, most of these actions don’t transfer into his daily life. They are just examples of how those heroes acted in their certain circumstances. So the search goes on.

This is where we start to transition into the second area of the Walk. Putting the faithing knowledge to use. Based on his knowledge that it’s God’s word on something that must found his action, our person looks around for the things that he personally can do. Where has God clearly stated something that our person can act on and know that he is meeting all the requirements for a saving faith act? Matthew chapter six has three things that can be used and are clearly stated as acts of “righteousness.”

The chapter starts out by saying that when you do your righteous acts, your “righteousnesses”, don’t do them for everyone to see. The word is translated into “alms”, but the Greek word agreed upon by most scholars and will be found in the margin of most Bibles is not the word for money. It contains the root word dike, which is righteous.

Then it goes on to list three acts. These will be the ones we are told to do in secret. There’s prayer, giving, and fasting. Well, if God says these three are acts of righteousness, then I’ve got his promise to enter into them. What do I have to overcome with prayer? I have to overcome the fact that I can’t hear or see the Person I’m praying to. This extends out when we put the prayer in a different context than us at night praying up at the sky. Imagine praying your personal prayer in the middle of an airport crowd. That same feeling is present, even on a small scale when we pray alone. Just because God says that prayer is a righteous act, that’s not the promise that makes prayer a faith act. What we can use, are the many times when God has said that He’ll hear the prayer of Believers. One down two to go.

Let’s take number three first because number two is the second Hard part. Three is fasting. Well, just not eating isn’t some faith act all by itself. But if we want to make it into a faith act, we can tell God that we are claiming His promise to provide for us, which includes the fact that we aren’t going to get the nourishment we would have gotten had we not fasted. That’s a pretty easy one. Now to the Hard one.

Giving. The first thing we have to remember is that God has given us all kinds of ways to faithe. The whole Bible is full of ways that people faithed. All the rules and the Law were put in place so that the people could have a base for trusting God. God knows that making up ways to faithe if very hard for folks. He told them that they weren’t to plant their fields every seventh year. Now, that’s good for the land, but that’s not the main reason why God ordered it. They had to depend on His promise that they would have enough come in on the sixth year that they’d have even more than needed to make it through the year of no harvest. Don’t you think that took guts to not plant a crop? That was facing the unknown. It took so much courage that reading the stories one could conclude that virtually no one did it. God even said something like that when telling them what the Babylonian captivity would accomplish. It would give the land a “Sabbath rest.” One that they hadn’t kept for 490 years.

One of the most important ways that God provided for us to faithe was to give away some of what He helped us get. Much of the Mosaic Law has to do with giving up stuff. All the sacrifices. I mean, what if you only had three sheep and one lamb. God said that He would see you as OK if you gave Him back that lamb as a sin offering. You have to trust that God will make up for that and provide at least equal value. It may not be an actual lamb, but maybe a bumper olive crop that allows you to buy three lambs.

Another way God set up for people to trust Him is giving money. That’s the second on the Matthew list. It says when you give money give in secret. But money adds a new dimension to the process. Sacrificing a lamb is very specific. It doesn’t say “some kind of cattle.” It says a lamb, or an ox or a dove. But Matthew doesn’t say how much or to whom the money is to be given. So what’s new? More study. The study never ends.

We have to go several different places to answer how much and to whom. Giving benefits us personally, but it’s also meant to accomplish something for God. That sin offering is for us, not God. It doesn’t further God’s agenda for man and the world. Giving money is different. The answer lies in knowing who gets the money. Half of today’s churchgoers have no idea where the money is supposed to go. They’ll give to all kinds of charities thinking that they’re doing the right thing. That’s what they mostly hear at church, don’t’ they? Doesn’t Jesus tell the rich young ruler to give all his money to the poor? They don’t try to reconcile what Jesus told his disciples. They said that the woman who anointed Jesus with costly balm that it could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus said, “You have the poor with you always.” We have to find a place where God tells us where to give our money.

We can’t be like the New Testament Christians and give everything we have to the disciples. God never asked them for that. Not that He didn’t honor it, but His general mandate for giving wasn’t to give it all. How much then? The only place we find Jesus referring to a specific amount is when he told the Pharisees that they were right to tithe. The tithe is a specific we can deal with. But here comes some more study.

Now we have to go where the tithe is outlined. We’ll find out how much money or goods this was and where the people were told to give it. The poor were way down at the bottom of the list of recipients, and only every third year. Remember the tithe was also meant to further God’s agenda. So He told them to put the money where it would help what God wanted to do. He told them to give the first of the three tithes to the priest of the temple. They were the ones that could keep the people informed and reminded of the things God had said and promised. The tithes went to the teachers. The first tithe went to the teachers.

The second tithe was another ten percent. The first tithe was ten percent of the total increase for the year/month./day whatever. That left 90 percent. The second tithe came out of that 90%. It was basically used to go to Jerusalem for the three High Sabbath celebrations. There was Passover, which included Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits. The second gathering was called Pentecost and had to do with a harvest time. The third time was Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kipper and Succoth or Tabernacles. That second tithe was to finance those three trips. They could buy their meals with it. They could buy their sacrifices with it. And they could even buy party stuff like “strong drink.” God never said don’t drink alcohol. He said don’t get drunk.

But every three years they were to use some of that second tithe to sustain the Levites that lived with them and for the “stranger in you gate.”

Wow. You want Hard? Our searcher now has uncovered a very Hard thing. He can total up just the tithes and come up with giving away 19% of what come is every year. But what about all the other things that God has mandated for the believer’s giving. Some of this doesn’t cross over into our world, but the amounts given are still the same. You may not have a farm, so you can’t leave the corners of your field unharvested so that the poor in your area can come and glean the leftovers and have a little to eat. But we can easily relate this to helping local people in need. Supporting the shelter.

And what about First Fruits? That’s something that does transfer into our day. It means that they were to give to God, the priests, the first lamb of the year, the first bushel of barley, the first paycheck on a new job, the first paycheck of the year on an old job. First Fruits can easily add up to two percent of the year’s increase. Now we’re up to a minimum of 21%. Tthere are a few more offerings that God wants, but the overall total can get up to 25%. How that for Hard?

God’s plan is to get the word out about Him. Our person learned from those who had already studied. Don’t’ ever fool yourself that you can do this on your own. No one can sit down with just a Bible and understand the Book. Someone has to point the way. That’s a historical fact.

Well, in order for that teacher to make time to study, so he can help you, some provision for his life has to be made. The people brought their tithes to the Temple so that the Priests would have the time to do the teaching and keeping of God’s word. That hasn’t changed. The New Testament confirms this in every one of Paul’s letters, but one. He always adds something about supporting the teacher of God’s word.

Paul even goes so far as to tell us in 2 Corinthians 8:8 that you prove the Spirit of God is in you by the way you give. He’s telling them that the Philippians giving proves their agape, unconditional love. This kind of love can only come with the help of God, the Holy Spirit. You see, God is the only one capable of unconditional love. That’s the main point about giving. Letting go of $2500 of a $10,000 yearly income can’t be accomplished without the assurance of help. You can’t go on month after month giving away a quarter of everything that comes in. Not unless the implanted Holy Spirit is there to help you. Faithing brings the Holy Spirit. The Spirit makes us givers. Giving is God’s main attribute. He gives in more ways than just money.

No we’re ready for the third part of the Walk, edification. Ephesians 4 tells us around verse 11 what the job of the “gift ministers” is. It says that God gave us gifts of prophets, evangelists and pastoring teachers. Their job is outlined as teaching about God so as to equip the hearers for the work of the ministry. Just to be clear, it goes on in verse 13 to tell what that work is. The goal is for all Believers to be faithing until they become just like Christ. “Till we all come to the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” The work of God is to edify other Believers. Verse 12 “…for the edifying of the body of Christ.” It doesn’t say anything about those not in the body. Believers edify believers.

If you are a Believer, how are you doing this? How can you do this? Do you have to go to seminary? No. You can use Gods prevenient grace model and make it possible for Him to draw other Believers to your points of edification. You get the word out about God’s reality, faithfulness to His promises and the Kingdom He’s going to set up here on earth.

More specifically, you start up a web site. You put an ad in the paper for a Bible study. You write a book. You go on the local radio or public access TV. You open the door to your God-information so God can nudge someone into looking at it.

Now, if taking chances every day with your behavior, and giving up control of your actions to an unseen Person, and using 25% of your income to help those who teach you, and spending more energy and time making known the knowledge of God’s reality and faithfulness to others isn’t a radical change in lifestyle, nothing is. And again, one doesn’t just decide one day to do this.

If you want to talk more about a Believer’s Walk, STAG is a comfortable place to do that. We’re at 88 Briceland Rd. in Redway. The number is 707 923 ALLY (2559). Or on the web at stag.ws and the email is stag@ asis.com.

I’ll be back on Feb 5th to talk some God and faithing.

As you hear me say every time, God is real and He does all the things He says He’ll do. If we ever needed God, it’ll be this coming year.
But you need to take a step, no matter how small, in His direction. You have to give up control of some part of your life and do it His way.
I’m sure you’ll find that He really is there and will help you.
This is Jack, Bye.









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