Some Thoughts On Benghazi, The Twin Towers, and The Scriptures on This 9/11.


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As we commemorate 9/11, this is a bench in a nearby church where firemen slept during the search operation for the dead of the twin towers collapse.

Secondly, we commemorate the attack one year ago on the Benghazi, Libya American Embassy. The USA government, the most powerful and sophisticated in the world has offered one theory in one year as to why the attack occurred, mainly a You Tube Video.

Let us remember these two fateful events in American history, and let us learn the value of history, which is to learn from it, and avoid past errors.

There is no mention of the 9/11 attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Equally tragic to the Twin Towers, but for different reasons.

2 Cor 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

I say that the veil was taken away at my conversion. True, but the veil of double mindedness, vacillation between the old and the new creation, unbelief to accept and live God’s Word, has remained since 1979. My face has not been uncovered from unbelief.

To behold in a glass is to intently gaze at the glory of the Lord as it reflects in a mirror before me. Many a time what has reflected has been the old identity, the image of who I was, and not Christ’s. Since all in God’s kingdom is reckoned or credited by faith, for many years I have credited both the old and the new, and must say that I have not attained to victory. Today as I sought the Lord, He said, “the veil of double mindedness has remained over your face, and the mirror of my glory has only shone opaquely for you. I trust that this revelation has freed me.

2 Cor 3:16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken <4014>away.

Ac 27:40 And when they had taken up <4014> the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.

2 Cor 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The vail shall be taken away is the same as taken up the anchors. It is to remove something which is around something else.

Today, God showed me that after 34 years, there has still been a veil of double mindedness both over my mind and heart. This veil has prohibited me from once and for all receiving the image and identity of Christ. I’ve said that I have this identity but when push comes to shove, I have vacillated between the old and the new even till this day. This has prevented me from really experiencing verse 17; “there is liberty.”

1Co 15:52 In a moment ( atomoo), in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed .

A moment, comes from the compound atomoo, or something that is so tiny that it cannot be cut into something smaller. Hence our word, “atom.”

The scripture can be translated as

1Co 15:52 In an atom of time, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be transformed.

God indeed can work in an atom of time, or above time; a fragment of time so small it can’t be cut anymore. What does that mean to you and me?

1Co_15:49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the heavenly.

Interesting scripture. Some ancient texts have our bearing of the heavenly image in the future active indicative indicating a done deal. “We shall also bear”

Others have it as the volitive aorist active subjunctive describing an act of our will, and translated as: Let us bear”

Either way I find it powerful. None of us can put on the image of the heavenly as a pure act of our will. It’s no doubt that in heaven those within will have a glorified body. At the same time so much of what we do now to come into this process of transformation comes as an act of our wills as we obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.

“We shall also bear” and “let us bear” are both in play. How I love the original languages.

What if the un churched say this of you, “thank you for your generous loving spirit and unconditional acceptance of whom I am!”

Reaching out to those outside the church has become a medicine that if I don’t take I’ll shrivel up spiritually.

Washington DC has given a permit for “The One Million Muslim March” on 9/11 but has denied the “Two Million Bikers To DC” on the same day.

If you are obedient to the Lord most of the deepest and most difficult trials are nothing else than the materials which God uses to forge the ministries that He will use to touch the world through you.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Paul, the genius par excellence, in his usual play of words.

The first Adam became a living soul when he became the passive receptor of the breath of God in him.

The last Adam, Christ Jesus, is a quickening, life giving and vivifying breath or spirit. Whereas the person pre Christ is the receptor of the life giving breath of God, the person with Christ is no longer the receptor of the life giving breath, but carries inside The Very One who imparts this vivifying breath to him, and through him, to others

2Co 9:10 Now he that ministereth <2023> seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

Ga 3:5 He therefore that ministereth <2023> to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Col 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered <2023>, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth <2024>, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Php 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply <2024> of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

Whether epichoregia ( 2024) the noun, or epichoregeo ( 2023) the verb, both talk about abundant , excessive supply or provision. The Greek idea was to provide a choir or chorus of singers with everything that was needed for a journey to sing. Case in point, the Spirit of God is a constant supplier or provider with all that we need. Personal freedom is freedom in the Spirit for this constant river of supply to flow endlessly out of you to others. What differentiates a Christian from other people is the endless flow of love of blessings which they have to give out. This is why personal freedom is so vital. If the Christian is not free what makes him different to anybody else?

For I Pad users. There is new and excellent New Testament Bible app. It costs about 10 dollars. It’s the Scripture Direct Greek Interlinear Bible. This app uses the Louw Nidia Greek Lexicon with Semantic Domains. In 25 years of studying the Greek this is the best and most comprehensive lexicon describing every Greek NT word in their semantic definitions. For me this is becoming an invaluable tool of revelation knowledge. At the end of the day, its revelation knowledge which sets us free.

You gotta see that the Christ that you are growing into, in all things, through your revelation knowledge of Him, is limitless, supernatural, transcendental, a supply coming from an endless fount of blessings. He follows the laws of metamorphosis and you are metamorphosed into Him without limit. Christ does not follow natural laws in this. When Paul talks about growing into Christ in all things, he uses the subjunctive mood. This mood talks about things becoming not automatically but conditionally as an act of the will. In other words, its up to us how far we want to go. God will take us far as we want into this process which will consume you in His fire and transform you into what God is.\

We gotta stop talking about the harvest and go reap the harvest, for the harvest is here.

I saw a post by John Boehner, the GOP head of the Congress. I browsed through 50 of the comments. All of them were intensely critical. Wow, the GOP is in trouble. Mass exodus it seems!

I was looking at am article on the Senate Roll Call on the Syria vote. The whole article was based on this vote being election issue for the senators. I find this so disgustingly sad. People not voting their morals and convictions, but trading what is right or wrong for votes. If I was a politician, I would vote according to the voice of God, my conscience, and my Biblical convictions regardless if I got elected or not. If I did not get elected Id know that God had something better for me. Leading by what the outcome of an election will be, is not leadership.

Tips on neighboring. Do your computer stuff efficiently and quickly and get out to meet your neighbor. Stop texting and looking down at your smart phone and begin looking up and engaging your neighbor. Technology has become a way for us to hide into our comfort zone. In Bogota, no one texts so that they can socialize with their neighbor. There is a whole world waiting to meet you, when you look up. Make it a habit to let the car that is trying to come into your street come in. Inconvenience yourself. Don’t go to the ATM machine to deposit your check. Got to the window teller and be friendly to him or her. When you stop at a fast food place, ask the server how his or her day is going and bless them, if possible. Technology is a horrible temptation for us to withdraw into our natural hermit like existence, isolate ourselves, forget our neighbor, and miss out on what God has for us. God is a people God. Finally, if you are a Christian please stop socializing only with church folk. Many blessings on your new adventures.

I have set a repeating and endless event in my Google calendar and I have entitled it Starbucks. Not that I will go to Starbucks every day. This is a reminder that I must habitually get out of the walls of my home and church and meet my neighbor. Failure to do so will short circuit what the Lord wants to do.

I saw The Butler yesterday and walked out of the theater. My hope was to see entertainment with a reasonable degree of accuracy. It turned to be politically skewed film with a political message to influence the undiscerning. I don’t go to a movie, which is rare for me, to be politically influenced by producers who have a political agenda. Entertainment should stay as entertainment.

“And It was so” This phrase is the tiny Hebrew word “Ken”, which is the modern Hebrew word for yes.

What does this tell you about God and the certainty of what He tells you as coming to pass?

Ge 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. (Yes)

Ge 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. (Yes)

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As we commemorate 9/11, this is a bench in a nearby church where firemen slept during the search operation for the dead of the twin towers collapse.
Secondly, we commemorate the attack one year ago on the Benghazi, Libya American Embassy. The USA government, the most powerful and sophisticated in the world has offered one theory in one year as to why the attack occurred, mainly a You Tube Video. This is Benghazi, Lybia one year ago.
Let us remember these two fateful events in American history, and let us learn the value of history, which is to learn from it, and avoid past errors.

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As we commemorate 9/11, this is a bench in a nearby church where firemen slept during the search operation for the dead of the twin towers collapse.
Secondly, we commemorate the attack one year ago on the Benghazi, Libya American Embassy. The USA government, the most powerful and sophisticated in the world has offered one theory in one year as to why the attack occurred, mainly a You Tube Video.
Let us remember these two fateful events in American history, and let us learn the value of history, which is to learn from it, and avoid past errors.

 

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Putin smells blood in the water. On Syria crisis, Russian leader uses moment to seize global leadership from Obama.


I’ve always likes Rosenberg’s Biblical perspectives on things.

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(Washington, D.C.) — Vladimir Putin smells blood in the water.

Sensing a political vacuum on the global stage — one created by the weakness, dithering and vacillation of President Obama and Secretary Kerry — the Russian leader is seizing the moment to become the dominant world leader.

Consider the moves Putin has made in recent days. He has:

Now Putin has seized on what may have been an off-the-cuff stumble by Secretary Kerry to throw a monkey wrench into the Obama war plans. Rather than leading, the White House and State Department find themselves responding to…

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Hey, Where Are The Anti War Protesters When We Need Them?


Hey, where did all the famous antiwar protesters go?  I don’t hear them anymore! Country Joe McDonald, Joan Baez, David Crosby, Jane Fonda, Gracie Slick, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Matt Damon, Ed Asner. Alec Baldwin, Barbara Streisand, Mike Farell, Tim Robbins, Janeane Garofalo and the likes. Did the proverbial war cat, cut out their tongues? Where are they when we need them?

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The Quote Of The 21st Century


“I want people to understand that gassing innocent people, you know, delivering chemical weapons against children, is not something we do,

To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough. Barack Obama

Mr. Obama is describing abortions !  I thought he was the most radically abortion minded president we’ve ever had?  Has he become pro life? I am confused!

The following links are pictorials of the “real victims” of chemical weapons attacks. Syria and everything else is crap!

http://bit.ly/18gz85M

http://bit.ly/15yhEMX

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The Invasion of the Tares Planters and Other Goodies


Posted one year ago

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These are today’s devotional notes as I get ready for church

Have a great Sunday.

Remember to reach out to someone at church and not be self-focused.

My friends,  ask not what your church can do for you, ask what you can do for your church.

Matt 13:24   Another parable put He forth before them, saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field;

25  but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26  But when the blades had sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

Tares which are in reality weed, look just like the wheat.

For those who are not discerning, both the wheat and the tare look just the same, but their effects are diametrically opposed.

One is edible for eating, the other poisonous.

Unless we…

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Do The Parties Really Exist?


I will not get political, but I think that there is something for us the common American folk that bears watching.

Jesus said that we will know what is in people by their repeated habit patterns, or as He calls it, fruit.

For many years, but now more than ever, the Republicans and the Democrats may squabble on the floors of the Capitol and Senate. Yet, when it comes time for The Vote, especially on major issues, they mysteriously come together and usually vote alike.

Look at Syria, budget issues, spying, taxes, and presidential nominations.  Most of Washington politicians are like TV wrestlers. They beat each other up in a bloody pulp in front of the screen but off it they are best of buddies. I am suspicious that Republican and Democrats are just the same way. They use the American public as pawns while behind the scenes they are much more in sync than what you and I think, and are working towards one agenda which I am not sure what it is. Globalist, socialist or as Matt Drudge called it today, authoritarian?

The parties in many ways don’t really exist. We need to, whether liberals or conservatives, wisen up, for we are being played more than what we think.

I leave you with Matt Drudge’s Face Book Status

“It’s now Authoritarian vs. Libertarian. Since Democrats vs. Republicans has been obliterated, no real difference between parties…
Why would anyone vote Republican? Please give reason. Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?! “

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The Great Pause and Other Goodies


Heb 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Rest ( katapauis): Pausis means “pause’ . Kata is an emphatic word.
I call rest, “ The Great Pause.”

Faith is the eternal pause from looking at circumstances, doubt, double mindedness and unbelief, to being indisputably convinced and fully persuaded that what God has told me will come to pass. It is a rest in that God has settled all accounts, once and for all by His word. Faith is the title deed to God’s house.

My whole Christian life I have sadly lived in these traits and have not entered into The Great Pause, and have been slow to get from the Lord. Yesterday, I got a fresh revelation of faith and how nothing is impossible for God. Not only that, but I know that God wants to give me things sooner than what I have presently received them, but will not short circuit the truth of His word to give me when I’m I asking in error. I am ready to enter the Great Pause 34 year later.

Roma 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Transformed: metamorphosis (present tense: moment by moment)
Renewing: anakainois making new by making novel, unique and out of the box.  This is out of the box, unlimited thinking.
Mind: Nous (the mind, including the brain and all of its processes).

I am not my brother’s keeper when it comes to the way that he or she studies the Bible. My wife is not at all attracted by my studies in the original languages. She says, “It’s all Greek to me”.

Yet, if we are called to be metamorphosed into the image of Christ, what does this process entail? What does it entail for a caterpillar to become a butterfly? Paul tells us that metamorphosis is proportional to the transformation of our mind into that of Christ’s by the revelation of God’s word.

I don’t know how much my brothers and sisters are interested to be metamorphosed into the image of Christ, nor if do they understand the cost of walking in revelation knowledge that renews the mind to the point where metamorphosis can take place.

We live in times in where we want text message Christianity. I can assure that metamorphosis will not fully take place like that. For me the study of the Greek brings me into deep revelation, renewal and metamorphosis.

Are we interested to be metamorphosed into the image of Christ? Are we willing to pay the price of total commitment?

Freedom and healing will not come without it. Prayer lines will not set you free.

Let this be a new day of commitment to the study of God’s Word in the way that He teaches you.

For those who have an I Pad and like to study the Greek nuances of the Biblical texts may I recommend a new application? I think that its $ 9.00 but so well worth the price. In my studies of the Greek I’ve found that the best lexicon or Greek word studies has been the New Testament Greek English Lexicon based on Semantic Domains. I’ve only found this digitally in the Logos Bible program for Windows which can cost up to 1000.00. I was so excited when I found this amazing lexicon now embedded in the new application by the name of Scripture Direct Interlinear Greek Bible” for I Pad. I believe that you will thank me for it. It’s in the Apple Store.

Ro 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
I am discovering that the one thing which I fail to do, is the quickest way of getting to the place which God intends for me to get to. When God created things, He said, “let there be light.” To let, is to allow, or to permit. To allow or to let is to allow the things which God has promised to you to simply begin to happen. To let, is an ascent to receive, by being fully persuaded in your heart that God will do what He said.

So many times through unbelief or looking at circumstances, I end up not permitting or letting what God said He would do to travel its course.

This can be called double minded. It’s been such a struggle for me to simply permit and allow and not go around the mountain of looking at circumstances over and over. Most of the time I don’t permit God to do what He wants to by loving unbelief more than simply permitting and receiving.

The service at Doral Vineyard was colored with a heavy presence of God’s glory. My good friend Pastor Shaun Smith shared with me that there are three ways to teach a person. One is didactic, which is what happens in a sermon. The second is through apprenticeship, where you take someone under your wing. The third is immersion, where you immerse the person fully into the culture of what you do. I love when the Holy Spirit immerses people who have hardly been touched by the waters of Holy Spirit ministry. This is what happened yesterday when the Holy Spirit used folks who have had little opportunity to pray for others, to pray. I love to see their reactions when the Spirit flows through them just like He does through me. I tell them, “Do you see that it’s not about me, but it’s the Holy Spirit?” Final point, I believe that in many cases the Holy Spirit’s favorite way of teaching is through immersion, and I would say, it’s the most effective way. The older I get in the Lord, the more that I lean repeatedly towards immersion ministry.

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