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Issue No: 585     Published: 31 Dec 2012

TRANSITION FROM 'THE CHURCH' TO 'THE KINGDOM'

A new series, looking at the some of the changes we need to make to move from a 'church' to a 'kingdom' mindset. (See the last 8 weeks of PGIM)

FROM “SALVATION” TO “HOLINESS” (Part 2)

As we saw last week, conversion is just the first step in our 'walk with Jesus'.

The result of conversion is to be continually renewed in an ongoing process of becoming more like Jesus. Paul explained it well.....

9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:9-10)

This is called the process of sanctification. It was commanded of His followers by Jesus.....

17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. (John 17:17-18)

And reinforced by Paul....

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-4)

The end result of sanctification is to be holiness.....

19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. (Romans 6:19)

Holiness, rather than a past memory of conversion, wonderful though that was, is to be the goal of our lives.....

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (2 Corinthians 7:1)

So what is holiness?

Firstly, it is important to understand what holiness is NOT. Sadly, man's religious take on holiness is to create a set of rules. eg, no makeup, no jewelry, wear a hat in church (women) or no hat (men), etc.. It would be so easy if holiness was this simple!

I have related the story before of visiting Holiness Churches in Africa where the people were bound by the many rules imposed on them by their movement. Most graciously, the Holy Spirit came in power and freed them from their religiosity. The change was amazing! The people were now able to smile and laugh! Religion is restricting, while the Holy Spirit brings liberation! As Paul said.....

17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, (Romans 14:17)

Obedience to man made laws will not lead to holiness but obedience to God's Word and will for your life, certainly will.....

16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. (Romans 6:16-19)

The role of the church therefore, is not just to put 'bums on seats' but to encourage and help believers come to maturity, to attain Christ-likeness.

11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

Discipleship, righteousness, holiness, maturity, Christ likeness..... These are the call of the kingdom, through which we will see the fulfillment of the 'Great Commission'.

(Continued next week)

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FROM THE WORD

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

"“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified." (John 17:6-19)

Rules for Holy Living

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:1-17)

Unity in the Body of Christ

"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Living as Children of Light

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:1-31)

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DISCIPLESHIP

214.-235. Discipleship is...

... being prepared to die for our Lord.

... honouring and worshipping God as Lord, rather than a 'holy Father Christmas.'

... being the one God would like us to be.

... placing God's needs and others godly needs ahead of our own.

... helping others attain to their ministries, even to the expense of our own.

... being Jesus to others.

... retaining the joy of the Lord in times of personal sadness.

... putting wrongs right - graciously!

... walking as one with the Lord, night and day.

878. 'A disciple' has no need of 'a title'.

879. A disciple turns words into actions.

880. Believers believe, while disciples live what they believe.

1315. A disciple 'walks the walk', not just 'talks the talk'.

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THIS WEEK: THE NEW COVENANT continues

As we look at the sacrifice and seal of what Jesus has done for us - for you and for me.

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LAUGHING AT OURSELVES

***Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused***

*** Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others. ***


585. BELLY BUTTONS
Did Adam and Eve have belly-buttons?

Of course they did. But they did not get them until God poked each one in the stomach and said; "Your done and your done."

584. WHAT IS GOD LIKE?
A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them in some way to communicate ideas about God.

Here are some of the results:

God is like BAYER ASPIRIN ... He works miracles.

God is like a FORD ... He's got a better idea.

God is like COKE ... He's the real thing.

God is like HALLMARK CARDS ... He cares enough to send His very best.

God is like TIDE ... He gets the stains out that others leave behind.

God is like GENERAL ELECTRIC ... He brings good things to life.

God is like SEARS ... He has everything.

God is like ALKA-SELTZER ... Try Him, you'll like Him.

God is like SCOTCH TAPE ... You can't see him, but you know He's there.

God is like DELTA ... He's ready when you are.

God is like ALLSTATE ... You're in good hands with Him.

God is like VO-5 HAIR SPRAY ... He holds through all kinds of weather.

God is like DIAL SOAP ... Aren't you glad you have Him. Don't you wish everybody did.

583. CHILDREN SING--AND SLAUGHTER--WELL-KNOWN HYMNS
Sometimes kids get things a little......well, maybe these came from kids:

Give us this day our deli bread!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Whole East Coast.
We shall come to Joyce's, bringing in the cheese.
Gladly, the consecrated, cross-eyed bear.
He carrots for you.
Bringing in the Sheets.
Yield Not to Penn Station.
Dust Around the Throne.
Praise God From whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures, here we go.
While shepherds washed their socks by night He socked me and boxed me with His redeeming glove.

- Selected from Pastor Tim's Clean Laugh List.

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FACTS FOR FUN

LAST WEEKS QUESTION: What is a ‘Limey’?

ANSWER: Webster's Dictionary defines ‘Limey’ as ‘slang for a British sailor, so-named because of the enforced consumption of lime juice in the navy to combat the scourge of scurvy.’ Scurvy was a disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C, characterised by spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and extreme weakness. It wasn't until the eighteenth century that Dr. James Lind figured out that scurvy wasn't caused by what sailors ate, but by what they didn’t! Fresh fruits and vegetables. Dr. Lind studied sailors with scurvy - so weak they could barely stand up and near death's door as far as one could tell and how they would remarkably recover in a few days by eating citrus fruits which are full of Vitamin C, as we now know. (‘Cor blimey, it’s a ‘limey’.)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Why is the Dead Sea so salty?

Answer Next Week.

SOME FUN FACTS


930. ‘ROLL OUT THE BARREL’
Annie Taylor, a 63-year-old schoolteacher, was the first daredevil brave enough to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and lucky enough to survive. (She claimed to be 43 at the time, but genealogical records say she was older). On emerging from her barrel after plunging over Niagara Falls, Annie said, "No one ought ever do that again." (Many a wise word is said after a barrel experience. Wisdom suddenly develops!)

931. NOSEPRINT
The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a unique pattern, just like the fingerprint of a human. (Cat burglars are identified by noseprints on windowpanes.)

932. CAN ANIMALS CARRY LEPROSY?
The armadillo can carry leprosy, but the chances of one infecting you are extremely slim. The only cases of transmission from armadillos to humans have occurred when humans ate undercooked armadillo meat. (Make my armadillo steak well done please, waiter.)

A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU

Make another word from this word using all the letters.

STABLING

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66 BOOKS... 66 QUESTIONS

32: Jonah: To which city did Jonah take the message from God instructing them to repent?

a. Jericho
b. Sodom
c. Ashkelon
d. Nineveh

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IF ONLY I'D THOUGHT OF IT!

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!!!!!! There is something wrong if you're always right.

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!!!! People are like tea bags - You never know their strength until they get into hot water.

!!! The easiest crops to grow are weeds and pests.

!!! If you do nothing, nothing will happen. If you do something, something will happen but not necessarily what you intended.

!! Before having a midlife crisis, it's good to have a life.

! For every reason there is for doing something, there are three for not doing it.

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LIFES A LAUGH

65. MORTIFIED
I was self-conscious about going to the gym because I thought the pounds I had put on would make me stand out among the spandex-clad regulars. I chose a treadmill in the corner so that I'd be inconspicuous.

However, as I exercised, my worst fears came true. At least a dozen people turned to stare at me periodically. I thought it might be my imagination, but then one woman even squinted to get a better look. Mortified, I stepped off the machine to leave. When I turned around, I realized that the gym's only wall clock was hung only inches above where my head had been.

66. NOT A GOOD START
During a murder trial in Texas the first words of the assistant district attorney's address to the jury were as follows: "Ladies and gentlemen, have any of you ever been the victim of a homicide?"

67. BIRTHING A GAME?
I'm an obstetrics nurse at a large city hospital, where our patients are from many different countries and cultures. One day while waiting for a new mother to be transferred to our division, I checked the chart and assumed that, because of her last name, she was of European descent. So when she was finally wheeled in, I was surprised to see that she was Asian.

As I was performing the exam, we chatted, and she told me she was Chinese, and her husband's ethnic heritage was Czechoslovakian. After a short pause, she quipped, "I guess that makes my children Chinese Czechers!"

68. MISTEAK OR CHICKEN!
On a flight home after a business trip, Bill was waiting for his meal. By the time the attendant reached his seat, only one dinner remained on her cart. Nonetheless, she followed routine by asking, Steak or chicken?"

Bill stared at the dinner for some time before responding, "Okay, I give up. Which is it?"

69. TOGETHERNESS
My Parents had not been out together in quite some time.

One Saturday, as Mom was finishing the dinner dishes, my father stepped up behind her. "Would you like to go out, girl?" he asked.

Not even turning around, my mother quickly replied, "Oh, yes, I'd love to!"

They had a wonderful evening, and it wasn't until the end of the evening that Dad finally confessed that his question had actually been directed to the family dog, laying near Mom's feet on the kitchen floor.

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BIBLE TRIVIA (The Bible Lands)

THE CIVILIZATION OF THE EGYPTIANS.....

.....was already an ancient one by the time Joseph arrived there, some 3,650 years ago. The 1st pyramid was built round 5,000 years ago. It is known as the Step Pyramid as it rises in a series of steps or terraces to a height of 250' (80m), much like the ziggurats of Babylon.

Adapted from: '1001 Surprising Things You Should Know About The Bible' MacGregor & Prys

THE BISHOP'S BIBLE

An extremely rare version of the Bible, called the Bishop's Bible and printed more than 400 years ago, has been discovered and salvaged in England before it could be thrown out.

"It was rotting away in a cupboard, the wooden and leather covers covered in beetles. The pages were like blotting paper and didn't smell too good," Arthur Brooks, a church reader at St James' Church in Teignmouth told the Telegraph. The book was apparently about to be thrown out by the church, before Brooks recognized its significance and potential value.

The Bishop's Bible, only 70 copies of which are said to have been produced, was first printed in 1568 by the Church of England during the time of Queen Elizabeth I, only 30 years after the Church of England separated from the Vatican and established its own authority.

In 1561, Archbishop Parker, the head of the Church of England at the time, submitted a proposal for a new Bible translation, which Queen Elizabeth I approved. A group of bishops were charged with the ambitious task of translating the Christian holy book into English. It was said to be different from the Geneva Bible, another historically significant translation published in 1560, because it tried to steer clear of the Calvinist tone present in the latter.

The Bishop's Bible did not survive as the official text for the Church of England for long, but it served as the base text for the more famous King James Bible published in 1611, revised versions of which are still used in churches today.

In Nov. 2011, Queen Elizabeth II, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams, and Anglicans from around the world celebrated the 400-year anniversary of the King James Bible, which has been called the "DNA of the English language."

"The temptation is always there for the modern translator to look for strategies that make the text more accessible and when that temptation comes, it doesn't hurt to turn for a moment… to this extraordinary text,'' Dr. Williams said of the significance of the King James Bible.

The Bishop's Bible discovered recently at St James' Church in Teignmouth is said to have been printed by London firm Charles Barker in 1591, and has been cleaned and restored by experts at Exeter Museum.

If sold at auction, the Telegraph notes, the Bishop's Bible could be worth around $16,000, but it has not yet been decided if this copy will be sold.

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WAXING LYRICAL

This poem was 2 years in the writing! The inspiration came, half was written, then I got busy on other things! In the last day or two I have had some spare time, so thought to finish it. (Actually I have had more spare time during the two years but never quite got 'a round tuit'!) I hope the result is worth waiting for!

MR BUMBLE (Part 2)

So our 'brmm-brmm bee' plummeted to the ground,
Fortunately for him, landing on a very soft mound
Of leaves gently fallen from a nearby tree,
Disaster averted, I was so thankful to see.

"Why are you down here Mr Bumble", I asked, surprised,
When suddenly it dawned - my mistake, I now realised.
You shouldn't have taken to heart what I said,
Was only theoretical, straight from my head.

Of course you can fly, everyone knows that fact,
Indeed we would rather like to get in on the act!
For God made you in a very special way,
To humble us humans, each and every day.

For when we see how well you can fly,
We realise, no matter how hard we try,
There's knowledge money can't buy,
That's of our God, up there in the sky.

"But I believed you," Mr Bumble sadly said,
"Look at me now, I could easily be dead!
Thank God for the leaves of the tree,
Now I know, He is looking after me"

"Forgive me please," I cried out loud,
Feeling foolish for being so proud,
So full of worldly knowledge is my brain,
To consider others feelings, too much strain.

"Mr Bumble, you are a scientific miracle,
My understanding, insufficiently empirical,
For it is obvious you can soar far above,
Which I simply can't, for money or love!"

"I feel a lot better now," said Mr Bumble,
"To see you on your knees, so humble,
Maybe I can fly again without a fumble,
I'll give it a good go - LET'S NOW RUMBLE!

Wings flapping,
Slowly at first,
Then revving,
Give it a burst!

Now into the air again, Mr Bumble flew,
"Yes, I can still fly!" that he now knew,
Up, up, into the blue,
Buzz, buzz, it's true!

There are two lessons here, in life to be learned,
Neither pull another down, nor be the one spurned,
For word's are so powerful you see,
When taken and used by our enemy.

We're to encourage one another to fly high,
Sometimes it's difficult, but let's give it a try.
Yes, twill give a whole new outlook on life,
As well as keeping Mr Bumble, out of strife!

For the 'Fruit of the Spirit' we are to develop,
Yes, love, peace and joy, our life will envelop.
So when we meet the Mr Bumbles of our daily walk,
We can help them fly higher, through our godly talk.

('Artistic Lisence' has been taken in describing the nesting habits of the bumble bee. Unlike honey bees, they are solitary creatures! But that would spoil a good story!)

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A DAVID MUSING

Another New Year!

As we progress in life the difference between this one and the last decreases as a percentage of our life. Hence why they seem to occur more frequently! Well, that is my theory!

Speaking to both myself and you, my prayer is that we will listen out for, and respond obediently to, the leading of God in MMXIII. Wherever it takes us!

I can see it now - a year full of surprises! Thank you Lord!

Until next week.....

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD

His servant and yours

David Tait

Today's 'Word Puzzle' Answer: BLASTING

TODAY'S 'BIBLE QUESTION' ANSWER: d. Nineveh (Jonah 3:2)

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