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Issue No: 335     Published: 24 Mar 2008

TRANSFORMATION OF THE CHURCH: 3. FROM KINGS TO KINGDOM (continued)

Today, we will summarise the aspects of the five churches that Jesus criticised as operating as 'kings' rather than 'kingdom'.

The root of the problems in the Revelation churches, and still today, can be seen developing way back in the early days of Israel, where the people asked Samuel for a king, so that they would be like the people around them. Both God and Samuel objected then, as God still does now.

6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. 7 And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. 9 Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.” (1 Samuel 8:6-9)

God, then and now, wants to lead His people personally, not through human intermediaries. Although God acceded to the people's wishes it was not the best way. King Saul set the pattern of what was to come. David was an improvement, but still far from perfect, while Solomon who started out with everything, ended up walking away from God, seduced by the world. Little has changed today!

Let's summarise the 5 churches criticised by Jesus.

The people of Ephesus had changed focus from God to survival, one based on their own strength rather than the power of God. While this is highly understandable from a human perspective, it is not God's way. We can appear to be doing great things, yet if they are in our own strength, they are not great in God's sight.

If we don't do things the Lord's way rather than our own, He will remove the full power of Holy Spirit anointing from us.

Two lessons from Pergamum. Prophets are NOT TO ACCEPT MONEY OR GIFTS for the use of their prophetic gift, for the gift is not their own, but belongs to God! Inevitably they will lead people into sin, either physical or spiritual adultery.

Prophets beware! People beware!

We must be very careful to be discerning and not follow prophets who use God's gift to acquire the pleasures of this world.

God is a personal God to each and every one of us, if we will only search Him out individually. He desires a unique relationship with you and with me, not a second hand one through another, irrespective of how godly that person may be.

If we insist in following the old ' Nicolaitan' ways of following a church leader instead of God we will be punished.

As Jesus said to the church at Pergamum licentiousness, both physical and spiritual, will not be tolerated in His church.

Then, and today, false unbiblical teachings were promoting the ways and values of a selfish, manipulative, fallen world, within the church.

The message to the church in Thyratira, and to us today, is to be so careful that the church and our lives are based upon godly values, not those of the society within which we live.

May each one of us be careful to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, seeking daily to become more like Him.

As Christians, we are to be seen to be different to the people of the world.

The church, very grey today, is to become the pure, spotless bride for which Jesus is returning. He wont come until we are! We determine the time of His return by our preparation. If we are not ready, if our robe is soiled, He will wait for another generation. Sobering, isn't it!

But there was however, in the Sardis church, a remnant who were not simply believers, but true disciples, as has been the case down through the ages.

God is seeking people and churches who are completely sold out to Him.

Finally, the church in Laodicea, generally regarded as being a picture of today's church. A church with a lukewarm faith, brought about by riches that lead to self sufficiency.

How much we need to be reminded of the Parable of the Rich Fool so that we don't meet his fate.

‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”(Luke 12:20-21)

God desires for us to be dependent upon Him for our provision.

We all (including me!) need to continually take heed of the warnings Jesus gave to these 5 churches. For we so easily fall into the very human traps that they did.

Jesus is returning for a 'pure spotless bride'. This is a church that will 100% do the will of the Father, following the example of Jesus through the leading of the Holy Spirit. A kingdom church, quite different to the one we know today, for it will be Spirit, not being people (king) led.

I realise this sounds idealistic and impossible to achieve. In our own strength, past experience and understanding, it is! Yet this is the church for which Jesus will return.

6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:6-9)

Amen.

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FROM THE WORD

ISRAEL ASKS FOR A KING
"When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel. The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba. But his sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.” Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.” But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. The LORD answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” Then Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Everyone go back to his town.”" (1 Samuel 8:1-21)

"Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”" (Matthew 22:1-14)

"I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near. Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.” “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." (Revelation 22:8-17)

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THE FOOLISH, THE WISE AND THE GODLY

1. The foolish know their strengths, the wise acknowledge their weaknesses and make allowances for them, while the godly seek to overcome them.

2. The foolish need wisdom, the wise godliness, the godly the character of Christ.

3. The foolish deny God; the wise acknowledge Him, while the godly experience their God.

4. The foolish seek pleasure on earth. The wise build treasure in heaven. But the godly seek to build heaven on earth.

5. Earthly possessions are perceived to be:
- Owned - by the foolish.
- Rented - by the wise.
- Administered - by the godly.

6. Our true heart is found in our wallet:
- The foolish spend all on themselves.
- The wise tithe 10% to the provider.
- The godly use all they have been given on the provider’s behalf.

7. The foolish reject God, the wise respect God, while the godly live for their God.

8. The foolish speak before they think, the wise think before they speak, while the godly let their lives speak for them.

9. The foolish are satisfied with reading the Word, the wise follow the Word, while the godly are as one with the Word.

10. The foolish listen to themselves, the wise listen to others, while the godly submit to spiritual oversight.

11. The lips of the foolish blaspheme God, those of the wise honour God, while the godly ones' lips glorify their God.

12. The foolish love pleasure, the wise find pleasure in love, but to the godly, pleasure is love.

13. Unity of fellowship is spurned by the foolish, acknowledged by the wise, but sought by the godly.

14. Foolishness is effortless, wisdom a gift, but godliness requires submission.

15. Satan loves the foolish, attacks the wise, but fears the godly.

16. Wisdom is easily read, takes time to acquire, but needs to be applied over a lifetime.

17. Fools believe they have all wisdom, the wise are prepared to learn from others, while the godly one's teacher is the Holy Spirit.

18. The foolish heart seeks only God’s blessings, the wise heart seeks to bless others, while the godly heart first blesses God.

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CRANWELL'S CARTOON



38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:38-40)













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LAUGHING AT OURSELVES

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704. DOMESTIC PROBLEMS
Adam was walking outside of the Garden of Eden with Cane and Abel when the boys were young. Cane and Abel looked into the garden and viewed waterfalls, lovely birds, lush forests and fruit trees bending over because of the large amounts of fruit on them.

Then they took a long look at where they lived. It was dry, dusty with weeds and sickly-looking trees.
"Daddy? Why don't we live in there instead of out here?" they asked innocently.

Adam said, "Well sons. Eve and I use to live in there at one time. But your mother ate us out of house and home."

703. A TROUBLESOME FRUIT
It wasn't the apple that caused the trouble in the Garden of Eden, it was the pair on the ground.

702. A STRANGE COMBINATION
What do you get when you cross an atheist with a Jehovahs Witness?....

Someone who knocks at your door for no apparent reason.
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LAST WEEKS QUESTION: Where are all the baby pigeons?

ANSWER: You see pigeons on every sidewalk in the city. But where are
their babies? The answer lies in the way pigeons hide their nests. They
may be city-dwellers now, but way back, were cliff-dwellers. They still like
to build their nests up high on modern cliffs - atop tall buildings or high
window ledges or even stuck inside a bridge somewhere. Pigeons are
dedicated parents. They tend to lay only two eggs at a time, then spoil
the baby pigeons so much that the babies are nearly adult-sized and
plump by the time they leave the nest. (Does plumpness make them
‘pigeon toed?)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: : What's the difference between a turtle and a
tortoise?

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SOME FUN FACTS

558. WINGS OR PADDLES
The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly! (Because the Antarctic scenery ‘aint that great’ to fly over?)

559. WATERLOGGED
A jellyfish is 95 percent water! (Fortunately it lives in the sea, not the desert.)

560. MISLEADING ADVERTISING
There wasn't a single pony to be found in the Pony Express, only horses! (‘Horse Express’ just doesn’t have the same romantic ring to it.)

A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU

Make another word from this word using all the letters.

VOWELS

Answer at the end of A David Musing

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BIBLE QUESTION - WORKERS AND TOOLS

4) What does Joel foretell will be done to pruning hooks?

A - Used no more
B - Sharpened
C - Beaten into spears
D - Hung on the wall

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IF ONLY I'D THOUGHT OF IT!

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CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (Continued)

!!!!! The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

!!!! The Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

!!! We don't change the message, the message changes us.

!! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

! The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.

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GREAT GROANS!

109. MANNERS
The conservative businessman got on the elevator and curtly asked the bellboy to take him to the 18th floor.

When he arrived the young operator said, "Here you are, son!"

"How dare you call me son!?!" exclaimed the outraged man.

"Well," replied the boy, . . . "I brought you up, didn't I?"

110. THE ACCENT
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"Are you a pole vaulter?"

"No, I'm German, but how did you know my name is Walter?"

111. HOSPITAL STAFFING
When a hospital runs out of maternity nurses they have a mid-wife crisis.

112. SOUP DU JOUR
When the waitress in a New York City restaurant brought him the soup du jour, the Englishman was a bit dismayed.

"Goodness gracious!" he said, "What is this?"

"Why, it's bean soup," she replied.

"I don't care what it's been," he replied. "What is it now?"
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THE DONKEY

... or ass, was first mentioned when the Pharaoh gave Abraham several as a gift. (Genesis 12:16) Used at the time solely as a means of transporting goods, they were later utilised for riding, pulling a plough and turning millstones to grind grain.

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AN EARLY EASTER (Now nearly over!)

Have you realized how early Easter is this year?

As you may have heard, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).

This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.

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Here are the facts: 1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now).

The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!). 2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

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WAXING LYRICAL

This poem arose out of the unexpected, untimely death of a very good friend's daughter. Why God, why!

But still, life continues on for us who are left, until our turn comes to meet our maker.

GONE!

Life's short.
Death's caught.
Comes to all.
Small and tall.

It's good to grieve one who did leave,
But life goes on, loved one gone.
How can we cope - sit round and mope?
From dust to dust, in God we trust.

He seems far away,
As we try to pray!
"Where are you now Lord!
You've broken the cord!"

"I am still here for you, my child,
Know that, with Me, you're wild.
But death, it will ever be,
Until earth, is sin free.

Look up, look up, my son,
Into my arms, do now run,
I am always here for you,
Believe it - it is true.

I so understand your sorrow,
As in My path you do follow.
Gave my Son to die for you,
Grief was in My heart, too.

My ways are different to yours,
Yes, mine is a greater cause.
But with death comes eternal life,
No more worry, no more strife...
When your life you do put in my hand,
With me, for eternity, will you stand.

In Jesus now, you must surely rest,
It's through Him, you pass the test.

Come, my friend, rest in my embrace,
Yes, I am with you, in life's race.
One day too, you will reach the finishing line,
I'll meet you there - your hand clasped in mine."

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A DAVID MUSING

As I write this over the Easter weekend, I am forced to muse upon how Easter in New Zealand has changed over the years.

It has now basically become another secular holiday, a long weekend. As I look at the news and read the paper, there is very little mention of Jesus, the real reason for the season. In reality, many of the younger people in New Zealand no longer really know why Easter is celebrated. Our country has certainly become a post-Christian society.

The result of this can be seen on a day to day basis in our shop, Seekers Megamart, where we constantly battle against theft and shoplifting. The fact that we are a charity operation seems to make us a greater target, rather than a lesser one!

In a survey released this week, New Zealand was shown to have the third highest rate of theft of the 40 countries surveyed. This is really unbelievable in a country which has had a reputation as one of the safest and best places in the world to live.

No, I am not simply getting old (just a youngster really- at least at heart if not in the back!) and morbid, looking on the past through rosy coloured spectacles!

But it is important that we understand the signs of the times and as disciples of Jesus live lives that stand out from the crowd, rather than being assimilated into it.

We have the opportunity to be seen as even brighter beacons of light than before, as the world becomes, as promised, a darker and darker place.

Living a godly life is more of challenge now than ever, but the increasing contrast between good and evil means that our good witness can be more effective than ever.

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross. May our lives truly reflect the resurrection victory He then won.

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MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD.

His servant and yours

David Tait

Today's 'Word Puzzle' Answer: WOLVES

TODAY'S 'BIBLE QUESTION': C - Beaten into spears. (Joel 3:10)

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