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Issue No: 559     Published: 09 Jul 2012

THINKING GREEK OR HEBREW? continues

We are looking at the differences between the Jewish (Eastern) and Greek (Western) ways of thinking, so that we can better understand the ways and teachings of Jesus. (See the last 24 weeks issues of PGIM!)

EDUCATION (I) v EXPERIENCE (WE)

Greek (Western) In Greek culture, physical conquest was immediately followed by the setting up of educational institutions to train the conquered people in Greek culture and ways.

What we do, after a revelation is given by God, is to set up a new denomination with its own Bible College, to formalise and disseminate the truths that have been revealed.

Here in New Zealand, the pattern of revelation and formalisation has been experienced within all the Pentecostal streams that arose through the various Holy Spirit revelations of the 20th century. Initial revelation, enthusiasm and changed lifestyle of leaders and people, were overtaken by the formality of organisation, position, theological schools, buildings, programmes and growing lukewarmness amongst both leaders and adherents, focusing more on the little that divides than the much that should unite. This is not unique to the Pentecostal Church but simply follows the pattern of denominational church separation since the Reformation.

The focus is on 'I' as an individual, and the 'bigger I' of denominationalism. The emphasis is on transformation, through education, of the mind.

Eastern (Hebrew) Converts into Judaism are absorbed into Jewish society and culture, so the they can learn experientially the ways of G_d (God).

In early Judaism, converts were absorbed into a tradition and experiential lifestyle, where learning came from absorbing the values and experiences of the forefathers as recorded in the Old Testament, as well as the Rabbi's and leaders of the day. There was a greater tolerance of differing views on many matters. There were 3 or 4 main groups, not the thousands we have today in Protestantism.

When a Jewish boy became a disciple of a Rabbi, he would copy his Rabbi in everything he did. Literally. In every way. Sit Stand. Gesture. Walk. Eat.....

Jesus took a group of 'students' (disciples), those not good enough to become disciples of the other Rabbis, and trained them in His ways, living with them, teaching them by word and example, sending them out into the mission field to gain practical experience.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; 10 take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep. (Matthew 10:1-10)


They participated in His miracles.....

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:16-21)

He answered their questions.....

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” 26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. 28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” (Mark 9:25-9)

They participated in the good times.....

The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (Matthew 17:1-4)


And the bad.....

Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Matthew 26:36-41)


Discipleship was a group experience, where the group was more important than the individual, it was both word and deed, and it took place in the school of life, not the academic classroom.

SOME SPIRITUAL IMPLICATIONS FOR TODAY

1. The group, the cause, is more important than any individual within it.

2. Discipleship involves a change in lifestyle, not just academic knowledge.

3. A godly lifestyle change is the measure of a true conversion.

4. True discipleship training requires interactive experience with others more mature in the faith, in order to grow into the image of Jesus.

(The photo is of Gethsemane today)

(To be continued next week.)

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Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

"He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth his keep. “Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town. I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. “Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. “A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household! “So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ”‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”" (Matthew 10:1-42)

The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man

"They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him any more, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you evil spirit!” Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area. A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region. As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed." (Mark 5:1-20)

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TRUTH AND KNOWLEDGE

469. Knowledge is to be desired, faith to be sought.

470. All too often we place our faith in knowledge rather than acknowledging our true need for faith.

471. Knowledge is complex, faith and truth simple.

472. If I had full knowledge of everything, wouldn’t I be God? Fortunately I will never have to answer this question!

473. Knowledge is a golden sceptre, appearing to be so powerful and beautiful to behold, yet it can be quickly disfigured by even the smallest diamond of truth.

474. Faith grows through a conviction of the truth rather than in the understanding of knowledge.

475. Knowledge enhances a faith already secure in the truth.

476. God’s truth is constant, but knowledge is defined by our circumstances.

477. God’s truth is progressively revealed to those with a heart willing to embrace it.

478. Faith is built by embracing God’s truth, enabling further truths to be revealed.

479. Faith and truth are heavenly lovers.

480. Faith and truth is a marriage made in heaven.

481. Genuine faith revels in godly truth, but human faith is dependent upon earthly knowledge.

482. It is so easy to be beguiled by the complexity of knowledge when seeking the simplicity of true faith.

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THIS WEEK: BEYOND THE VEIL – 1 continues
REVELATION FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT PRINCIPLES OF ATONEMENT

A. ATONEMENT PRINCIPLES TOTALLY FULFILLED BY JESUS

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LAUGHING AT OURSELVES

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512. FROM WHERE?
A group of boys at a church camp were asked the meaning of an archangel.

No one knew.

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511. THE CROSS EYED BEAR
"Mommy," said little Heather, "did you ever see a cross-eyed bear?"

"Why no, Heather," chuckled her mother, "but why do you ask?"

"Well, in church this morning, we sang about the 'consecrated cross-eyed bear.'"

510. THE PARTY
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FACTS FOR FUN

LAST WEEKS QUESTION: Does your skin shrink in water?

ANSWER: If you spend time in water, you'll notice that the skin on your hands and feet appears to shrivel. But that's not because the skin is shrinking, rather that the skin is expanding from the absorption of water. The skin on our hands and feet is thicker, so when these areas of thicker skin become saturated, they expand. Because of their denseness, wrinkles appear and the skin becomes whiter with the increased water content. The thinner skin elsewhere in our body has more room to absorb water, so wrinkles take longer to appear. Surprisingly, skin does not wrinkle from seawater, seawater being so similar to the fluids in our body. (If we dry out can we get rid of ageing lines too?)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What literary sisters used male names when they published their novels?

Answer Next Week.

SOME FUN FACTS

1000. THE RIGHT FIT
The metal contraption shoe salesmen use to measure your feet is called the Brannock Device. (Measures in feet and inches?)

1001. HEALTHY EATING?
McDonalds Olympic Restaurants served nearly 1.5 million sandwiches, 188 tonnes of potatoes and 12,000 kilos of lettuce to athletes, coaches, officials and spectators during the Sydney Olympics 2000. (McDonalds were the winners – again.)

1002. CARRY GOLD - IT'S LIGHTER!
It takes 490 crisp new dollar bills to weigh a single pound. (Worth only a fraction of their weight in gold)
A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU

Make another word from this word using all the letters.

KISSER

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ENCOURAGEMENTS WHEN LIFE IS DIFFICULT

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!!!!!! God will work with us in a seemingly hopeless situation.

!!!!! Jesus has promised to answer whatever you ask, if its in His will for you.

!!!! Great problems put you in a perfect position to watch God's big answers.

!!! Just take one small step toward Me and I will meet you there.

!! Concentrating on God and his power will help us see the way out.

! Focus on God and trust him- that is all he needs to begin His work in you.

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WHY!

114. Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?

115. How does the guy who drives the snowplough get to work in the mornings?

116. If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?

117. If you're in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights?

118. Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

119. Why isn't "palindrome" spelled the same way backwards?

120. Why is it that when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it's called cargo?

121. You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes, why can't they make the whole plane out of the same substance?

122. Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?

123. If you have your finger touching the rearview mirror that says - "objects in mirror are closer than they appear", how can that be possible?

124. Why is it so hard to remember how to spell MNEMONIC?

125. If someone invented instant water, what would they mix it with?

126. Why is it called a TV "set" when you only get one?

127. Why does your nose run and your feet smell?

128. Why does an alarm clock "go off" when it begins ringing?

129. If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress?

130. Why does "cleave" mean both split apart and stick together?

131. Why is it, whether you sit up or sit down, the result is the same?

132. Why are people who ride motorcycles called bikers and people who ride bikes called cyclists?

133. If you keep trying to prove Murphy's Law, will something keep going wrong?

134. Why does flammable and inflammable mean the same thing?

135. How can someone "draw a blank"?

136. Shouldn't there be a shorter word for "monosyllabic"?

137. Why is the word "abbreviate" so long?

138. Why doesn't "onomatopoeia" sound like what it is?

139. Why do tourists go to the tops of tall buildings and then put money into telescopes so they can see things on the ground close-up?

140. Why is there only ONE Monopolies Commission?

141. Why is it when two planes almost hit each other it is called a "near miss"? Shouldn't it be called a "near hit"?

142. What does Geronimo say when he jumps out of a plane?

143. How can there be "self help GROUPS"?

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THE SACKBUT.....

..... despite its funny name , is a triangular shaped harp. It has been mistranslated in several versions (Daniel 5:3) but it is a harp.

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'We have found the God particle' Cern scientists

Sophie Goodchild, Health and Social Affairs Correspondent, London Evening Standard.

04 July 2012

Scientists today said they have found strong evidence for the “God particle” which gives matter mass and holds the universe together.

The elusive Higgs boson particle is the key to understanding how the universe is built and why some objects have mass and others possess only energy.

The historic announcement, which is the most important in physics for decades, was made by the team at the world’s biggest atom smasher — the Large Hadron Collider — at Cern, Geneva.

It was greeted with spontaneous applause by physicists present including Briton Peter Higgs, the professor who first suggested that the particle existed.

What has been found at Cern is a new particle which scientists say behaves like Higgs. The team are 99.99  per cent certain that the discovery matches their expectations of the God particle.

Professor John Womersley, chief executive of the Science and technology Facilities Council, hailed it as “a momentous day for science”.

He said: “They have discovered a particle consistent with the Higgs boson. Discovery is the important word. That is confirmed. It’s a momentous day for science.”

Joe Incandela, spokesman for one of the two teams hunting for the Higgs particle, said: “This is a preliminary result, but we think it’s very strong and very solid.”

Finding the Higgs plugs a gaping hole in the theory known as the Standard Model. This describes all the particles, forces and interactions that make up the universe. If the particle were shown not to exist, it would have meant tearing up the Standard Model and going back to the drawing board.

The process of proving the Higgs is real has been a gradual one.

In December last year scientists at the LHC — the “Big Bang” particle accelerator which recreates conditions a billionth of a second after the birth of the universe — revealed they had caught a first tantalising glimpse of the Higgs. Since then they have sifted through vast quantities of data from innumerable high energy collisions in an effort to reduce the odds of being wrong.

PS: From David: May they look for the real God behind the 'God particle'.

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WAXING LYRICAL

My mind is abuzz with lots of different noise as I sit here writing this. A band practicing next door for a ball tonight (Saturday), radio going in the shop, people speaking to me, a Christian conference streaming from the internet! Bombarded with noise! Any wonder my brain is addled! This has been the result. Hope it makes some sense to you!

non(SENSE)

Name is Tait.
Life is great.
Something I ate?
Don't know mate!

A nonsense rhyme!
Basil and thyme.
A taste divine.
It's all thine!

Catch the drift?
Mind miffed.
Spirit to lift.
Paradigm shift.

God is good.
He could,
If you would.
Understood?

Excuse the rave.
Jesus does save.
No more a slave.
Mind to behave.

Nomination!
Salvation!
Maturation!
Graduation!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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A DAVID MUSING

This week has again been notable (many times now!) for those in the USA celebrating my birthday with fireworks! For it is on 4 July, American Independence Day!

This year I got 2 cards (1 hand delivered! Sorry, Post Office!) but numerous calls, texts, emails and Facebook messages. How technology has changed our society.

Yes, I have heard from people all over the world that I never would have done otherwise. So many of them. Thank you all!

We certainly live in an instant and busy society. Communication is better than it has ever been, but inevitably, depth of relationship has suffered under the time pressures we all now face.

Sadly, this is happening with us and God too. Time spent is the only way of deepening our relationship with Him. There is no other way. Forgive me Lord. May I spend more time with you this year.

PS: Had 4 parties! Great for the communication, not so good for the waistline!

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His servant and yours

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Today's 'Word Puzzle' Answer: SKIERS

TODAY'S 'BIBLE QUESTION' ANSWER: b. Deborah (Judges 5)

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