XIV. ACTS 11:27-12:25
SUPERNATURAL GUIDANCE AND INCREASE OF THE CHURCH
The above section was quite long - 5 pages. So I have divided it with the accompanying “NOTE” into two portions: “Interlinear” plus “NOTE”. It makes sense in any case, for in the printing of the Interlinear Greek NT, all notes will be eliminated, as mentioned below. J.A.W.
NOTE: There are now less than 100 of the 260 NT chapters to complete this Interlinear Greek NT format for Laymen, to be printed. These notes which accompany each mailing will be eliminated at the time of printing, but will appear on our Website. The “Notes” are not inspired, and should not accompany the printing of the actual NT Interlinear text. Here is another of the reasons I believe the Lord is notleading for them to be printed along with the text. Let me illustrate this from my readng last night in “Oswald chambers: Abandoned to God” by David McCasland, Discovery House Publishers, 1993, pp. 87-88:
“Chambers' crisis of full surrender to God in 1901 profoundly altered his life. Some time after the experience, he spoke of it in a letter to a friend: - 'You ask a question about the baptism of the Holy Spirit - did I get there all at once or easily? No, I did not. Pride and the possession of the high esteem of my many Christian friends kept me out for long enough. But immediately I was willing to sacrifice all and put myself on the Altar, which is Jesus Himself, all was begun and done.
“Holiness is not an attainment at all, it is the gift of God, and the pietistic tendency is the introspection which makes me worship my own earnestness and not take the Lord seriously at all. It is a pious fraud that suits the natural man immensely. Hemakes holy, Hesanctifies, Hedoes it all. All I have to do is come as a spiritual pauper, not ashamed to beg, to let go of my right to myself and act on Romans 12:1-2. It is never 'Do, do, and you'll be' with the Lord, but 'Be, be, and I will do through you.' It is a case of 'hands up' and letting go, and then entire reliance on Him.'
“During the next five and a half years at Dunoon, Chambers developed into a powerful and much sought after preacher. To his gift of unique and forceful expression he added tactand compassion, qualities evidently lacking in his earlier years. Duncan MacGregor's son Easdale, a close friend and keen observer of Chambers, notes that Oswald's earlier sermons 'seemed to create a fear of God, in the sense of terror, in his hearers rather then of confidence and love.' One request to the principal for a preacher from the college concluded with a prohibition against Oswald: 'Dinna send us young lang-haired swearin' parson!'”
Yesterday I was reading from “One Church Many Tribes” by Richard Twiss, published by Regal Books, 2000, excerpts from pp. 191-197 - “In November 1996, in a remote part of the world, the sleepy and picturesque town of Rotorua, New Zealand, witnessed a turning point in modern Church history. The inaugural World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People (WCGIP) signaled the emergence of indigenous people as a critical factor in God's purposes for nations. I heard and saw there the advent of a new song of reconciliation for the Church coming from indigenous people. Centuries of pain resulting from rejection by their colonial brethren had given birth to a word of forgivenessand healingfor the Body of Christ.
“As I listened to the pain and observed the tears of grief and loss of indigenous people from generations of pain and rejection, one thing was evident: There was a glaring absence of bitterness and resentment. Any hearts that still questioned and harbored ill feelings were softened by deep-seated words of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing at the heart of what was said.
“Approximately 30 Native North Americans from the United States and Canada entered the sports center and slowly walked in a clockwise procession as a traditional-style grand entry, some wearing traditional regalia. We were accompanied by a David Ruis worship song entitled “Let the River Flow,” sung in part in the Saulteax language. In single file we marched and danced around the interior of the arena until we reached the center aisle in the back. I then called my blond-haired, blue-eyed wife to my side and, hand in hand, we led the delegation to the front as we danced a traditional friendship dance. Many told us later that just the sight of us dancing in a traditional way, as a cross-cultural couple, was living proof that reconciliation is possible in Jesus Christ. As we all stood facing the audience, we could see many were crying and rejoicing before the Lord.
“A report reached us the next day that five Maori people, including one who had been in prison, prayed to receive Jesus Christ because they were so deeply touched by our entrance, our music and our dance. One Maori brother said he began weeping when we entered and could not stop for the next hour because of the presence of God and the beauty of the Lord he saw in us. Later, an Aboriginal man from Australia shared his joy with us: When he saw us dancing, he had joined us and danced in the traditional style of his own tribe. He said it was the first time he had felt the liberty to do so as a Christian. He was released, blessed and affirmed by the Lord as he danced.
“A White brother spoke of being acutely aware of the fact that the treasure of indigenous people generally continues to be excluded from the Church and that, as a result, the church rarely has the benefit of “drinking from their wells.” The gathering made me realize more than ever before that this is a story the Church around the earth needs to hear and see.”
The lack of bitterness at this conference of 2000 people from 32 countries and 100 nations - for past mistreatment - has produced a spirit of Jesus that is opening doors of Evangelism in a special way for our First Nations People. I am committed as an Anglo White person to stand with them until like the 12 tribes of Israel, they like Benjamin who was nearly lost as a tribe to Israel (last chapters of the Book of Judges), may take their world place as one of the 12 cultural groups of our earth.
I want a deeper drinking from the wells of Oswald Chambers since 1901, and the World's Aboriginal peoples as manifested in 1996 in New Zealand. Then I trust that my “NOTES” following these Interlinear mailings, may take on more of the spirit above. J.A.W.
Addendum: The prophets of the OT, and John the Baptist and Jesus in the NT, prayed for those in office and authority; but at the same time spoke out openly and forcefully against abuses by those holding such office. A modern prophet and John the Baptist is Dr. David Barton, more of a historian than a Biblical speaker, but very famous for his knowledge of historical facts as well as Biblical truths.
DR. DAVID BARTON - ON OBAMA
Respect the Office? Yes
Respect the man in the Office? No, I am sorry to say.
I have noted that many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, called upon America to unite behind Obama. Well, I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I AM NOT uniting behind Obama!
I will respect the Office which he holds, and I will acknowledge his abilities as an orator and wordsmith and pray for him. BUT that is it. I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term President!
Why am I doing this? it is because:
- I do not share Obama's vision or value system for America;
- I do not share his Abortion beliefs;
- I do not share his radical Marxist's concept of re-distributing wealth;
- I do not share his stated views on raising taxes on those who make $150,000+ (the ceiling has been changed three times since August);
- I do not share his view that America is Arrogant;
- I do not share his view that America is not a Christian Nation;
- I do not share his view that the military should be reduced by 25%;
- I do not share his view of amnesty and giving more to illegals than our American Citizens who need help;
- I do not share his views on homosexuality and his definition of marriage;
- I do not share his views that Radical Islam is our friend and Israel is our enemy who should give up any land;
- I do not share his spiritual beliefs (at least the ones he has made public);
- I do not share his Beliefs on how to re-work the healthcare system in America;
- I do not share his Strategic views of the Middle East; and
- I certainly do not share his plan to sit down with terrorist regimes such as Iran.
Bottom line: my America is vastly different from Obama's, and I have a higher obligation to my Country and my GOD to do what is Right!
For eight (8) years, the Liberals in our Society, led by numerous entertainers who would have no platform and no real credibility but for their celebrity status, have attacked President Bush, his family, and his spiritual beliefs!
They have not moved toward the center in their beliefs and their philosophies, and they never came together nor compromised their personal beliefs for the betterment of our Country!
They have portrayed my America as a land where everything is tolerated except being intolerant!
They have been a vocal and irreverent minority for years!
They have mocked and and attacked the very core values so important to the founding and growth of our Country!
They have made every effort to remove the name of GOD or Jesus Christ from our Society!
They have challenged capital punishment, the right to Bear firearms, and the most basic principles of our criminal code!
They have attacked one of the most fundamental of all Freedoms, the right of free speech!
Unite behind Obama? Never!!!
I am sure many of you who read this think that I am going overboard; but I refuse to retreat one more inch in favor of those whom I believe are the embodiment of Evil! PRESIDENT BUSH made many mistakes during his Presidency, and I am not sure how history will judge him. However, I believe that he weighed his decisions in light of the long established Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers!!!
Majority rules in America, and I will honor the concept; however, I will fight with all of my power to be a voice in opposition to Obama and his “goals for America.”
I am going to be a thorn in the side of those who, if left unchecked, will destroy our Country! Any more compromise is more defeat!
I pray that the results of this election will wake up many who have sat on the sidelines and allowed the Socialist-Marxist anti-GOD crowd to slowly change so much of what has been good in America!
“Error of Opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it.” - Thomas Jefferson
GOD bless you and GOD bless our Country!!!
Thanks for your time; be safe. “In GOD We Trust”