Let’s Take A Shower!


Eph 5:26 So that he might make it holy, having made it clean with the washing of water by the word,

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we did ourselves, but in the measure of his mercy, he gave us salvation, through the washing of the new birth and the giving of new life in the Holy Spirit,

1Pe 1:23 Because you have had a new birth, not from the seed of man, but from eternal seed, through the word of a living and unchanging God.

What occurs if you go more than two days without bath or shower?

What about a week?

The study of the Bible, God’s Word, is the only way which a person can take a  spiritual bath or shower which will renovate them into the new creation which is free, whole, and full of power.

Mind you, I said, the study of the Word.

The social revolution has betrayed us into studying God’s Word through status updates.

How motivated we are to take a physical bath, but how uninterested to take a spiritual.

We are fanatical about removing physical crud.

But don’t mind carrying spiritual crap.

I can go on with my tirade.

Nuf said, you get my gist.

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The $10.00 Spiritual Person Seminar


Now with white board teaching.
Available in South and Central Florida
Reserve one for church, business, or home.
Those who host do not pay
Best taught on Saturdays.
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
$10.00/ person/ session.
Checks or cash payable to “Jose Alvarez”
Brown bag or “fast food restaurant” lunch.
Phone: 305.299.0633
Email: citvnet@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.emergingusa.com/

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

1. Who am I in Christ?
2. What occurs in the new birth?
3. Biblical baptism is not what you think!
4. What is a spiritual person?
5. How do I become a spiritual person?
6. How Do I Reveal Christ
7. Why do I need the cross to reveal Christ?
8. How do I become transformed into Christ’s image?
9. What does it mean to have a renewed mind?
10. MY body has been redeemed?
11. I have been glorified with Christ?

 

WHO AM I IN CHRIST?

Christianity is a superhuman person.

The reality of who I am in Christ is not my conscious reality of my thoughts and feelings.

 

WHAT OCCURS IN THE NEW BIRTH?

Apostle Watchman Nee‘s example of The Book and the new birth.

The six historical events at your new birth.

 

BIBLICAL BAPTISM IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK?

Baptism is becoming a pickle!

 

HOW DO I BECOME A SPIRITUAL PERSON?

A study of 1 Corinthians Chapter Two

The New Man in Ephesians 4: 22 and Colossians 3:9

 

WHY DO I NEED THE CROSS TO REVEAL CHRIST?

Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

 

HOW IS CHRIST REVEALED THROUGH ME?

You will understand the following:
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1.  God’s rhema word

2. The mysteries of God

3. The patterns of God

4. God’s Wisdom

5. The revelation of Christ is all you need.

 

HOW AM I TRANSFORMED INTO CHRIST”S IMAGE?

2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh (worked out) for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE A RENEWED MIND?

Why the mind must be renewed and the human body must not be in opposition to the renewed mind.

Ro 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Ro 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

MY BODY HAS BEEN REDEEMED? HOW?

Ro 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Ro 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

 

I HAVE BEEN GLORIFIED WITH CHRIST? HOW?

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified

 

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The World’s Most Important Laws


Sin as an entity has been blotted out from me by the blood of Jesus.

His blood is the world’s greatest eraser.

 Rom 6:6  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, so that the body of sin may be done away with, that we should no longer serve sin.

The sin producing engine, the sinful nature, or my old man, died with me, when I  died with Christ on His cross.

Here are the three facts.

 # 1 Sin as an entity has been eared from my life by the blood of Christ.

 # 2 The old man, the sin producing engine, which manufactured all the sins which Christ had to erase, died with me, when I died with Christ.

# 3  When I died, I became a corpse.  I was taken out of the way in relationship to sin. A corpse cannot sin, though sin remains in the world. I am dead to sin, because a corpse is dead to sin.  Sin is not dead to me. We will study this in a bit. 

It’s amazing to know that I am not dealing with the monster of sin on these three levels, any more.

Ro 7:23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

What I deal with is not sin as the monster, but with the principle or law of sin, called the law of sin and death which is in my bodily members.

This law is alive and well in the bodily members of every person.

This is what it means that though I am dead to sin because I am corpse, sin is not dead to me because of the law of sin and death.

This law states that every time I sin, it will create death in me.

Romans 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death.

In Christ, if I obey Him, this law is kept at bay, or dormant in my members, by the greater law of the Spirit of life which is in Him.

But if I disobey Him,  or try to obey Him outside of His voice, I remove myself from the protection of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

The law of the Spirit of life is not outside of Christ, it’s in Him.

This sleeping but deadly law awakens and brings  me death because it’s no longer kept at bay by the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

But it’s so important to know that I no longer fight sin, since the engine which produced it in my life is dead, the sins that were left were erased by Christ’s blood, and the fact that I am corpse makes me dead to sin.

If I try to fight sin I deceive myself.

I put my eyes on an object.

 It becomes an  unconquerable and intimidating animal which plagues me with sickness and bondage.

Worse than this is that I give my energies to something that is no longer real, no longer there.  

But how comforting to know, that sin, the mother of death, is gone as long as I follow the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

My fight is simply to keep it inactive by obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit who will  keeps it sleeping by the superior law of the Spirit of life.

Romans 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death.

It’s  easier to fight a principle than an entity.

Ro 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

So if I obey the Holy Spirit everything that God wants fulfilled in my life will come about by the greater principle of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. It’s automatic.

Several facts about these two laws.

Romans 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and of death.

The universe’s two most important laws or principles are these found in Romans 8:2

Most of humanity finds them irrelevant.

Yet, everyone  is controlled by these two in one way or another.

Even Einstein’s theory of relativity, or the law of gravity are  insignificant if there are no people around to be influenced by them.

The law of sin and death is what causes people to get sick, old and die.

It assures us that every time we sin, we will produce  death.

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus guarantees every time  that we obey God through Christ it will produce an  eternal type of life in us.

Because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus is stronger than the law of sin and death those who accept Him can life forever.  

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The Emperor’s New Clothes


Ro 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on <1746> the armour of light.

Ro 13:14  But put ye on <1746> the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on <1746> incorruption, and this mortal must put on <1746> immortality.

1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on <1746> incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on <1746> immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

2Co 5:3  If so be that being clothed <1746> we shall not be found naked.

Ga 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on <1746> Christ.

Eph 4:24  And that ye put on <1746> the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Eph 6:11  Put on <1746> the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on <1746> the breastplate of righteousness;

Col 3:10  And have put on <1746> the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Col 3:12  Put on <1746> therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

1Th 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on <1746> the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

Re 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment <1746> down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Re 15:6  And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed <1746> in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Re 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed <1746> in fine linen, white and clean.

Strong’s Word # 1746 literally means to sink or plunge into new clothes.

The one who follows Jesus Christ has been unclothed of her sinful nature and has slipped into the clothes of the resurrection life

It’s not enough to know that you have been unclothed from the old and clothed with the new. You need to have an  in-depth understanding of your resurrection clothes.

We humans have been clothed so long in sinful clothes that our knowledge is primarily of what we have taken off. Even then, these old clothes, though now removed,  hang on to us like bees swarm to honey.

This is called mistaken identity.

Once the old come off there must be a systematic education  of what we now wear.

1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on <1746> incorruption, and this mortal must put on <1746> immortality.

1Co 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on <1746> incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on <1746> immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Note that for death to be swallowed up in victory there has to be a meticulous accounting of our new resurrection clothes

In the short fable by Hans Christian Andersen, the emperor was promised new clothes, but was in fact naked after being swindled by two tailors.

Though we are arrayed in the glorious apparel of resurrection many will end up like the emperor and his new clothes, that though he we are sovereigns in Christ, we march before the world naked through the un renewing of our minds.

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An Atheist’s Birthday Present!


 I had the pleasure of meeting Bob and Dori  Schnelle at one of our healing meetings in Martin County, Florida, yesterday.

Bob was a professing agnostic and or atheist for 45 years, who encountered Jesus on his 60th birthday.

His story follows the note which he included with it.

 Jose,

It was amazing watching the Holy Spirit work through you and your wife and Alicia last night.  I felt like I had been given a fresh infusion of the Spirit and will do great things in the name of our Lord.  We talked a little about my testimony afterward and I told you I would send it to you.  So, I have attached a copy of it, just as it was written and given, at the Vineyard Church Northwest, in Cincinnati, during the Alpha celebration dinner, November 2011.

Feel free to share it however you like.

God bless you and keep you!

Bob Schnelle

Testimony of Bob Schnelle

November 15, 2012

I come from a poor family.  Both my parents worked nearly all their lives to support their five children.  My older sister and I were taught how to care for our younger siblings; how to cook, how to do dishes, wash and iron clothes, clean the house.  My father was an alcoholic and wasn’t home a lot.  Mom was the real disciplinarian.  And she was really good at it.

I had my first alcoholic drink when I was four years old.  My father gave it to me, so we could have a “man-to-man” talk.  I was six the first time I got drunk.  My father took me to a party where beer was available and I asked if I could have a little.  He said, “Sure,” and just laughed.  It was self-serve so I served myself.  I don’t remember the argument my parents had that night because I was passed out.  My older sister told me about it later.

When I was ten, a race riot broke out in the projects, sparked by a stabbing at a school dance.  And on a mound of dirt piled near the property line between our back yard and the school ball field, someone had erected and burned a cross.  We moved the following summer, into a rented house in Winton Place, now known as Spring Grove Village.  Our church attendance stopped then.

My introduction to church was made possible only by weekly bus trips from the government housing projects we lived in to whatever church would pick us up for free.  My early understanding of Jesus was through the usual Bible stories and memorized verses in Sunday School.  And since the churches with buses were mostly Baptist and Mom didn’t want us learning too many Baptist teachings, we didn’t think much of all of it.

When I was ten, a race riot broke out in the projects, sparked by a stabbing at a school dance.  And on a mound of dirt piled near the property line between our back yard and the school ball field, someone had erected and burned a cross.  We moved the following summer, into a rented house in Winton Place, now known as Spring Grove Village.  Our church attendance stopped then.

I started smoking that same year.  I was drinking on a regular basis when I was thirteen.  The year I started high school, was my re-introduction to church.  I attended Confirmation Class for seven months of Saturdays.  Eventually, I was baptized, the United Church of Christ ceremony for cleansing us of our Original Sin from Adam & Eve, and the beginning of our “adult” membership in the church.  My mother and I were the only ones of our family who attended church, fairly regularly for a couple of years.  It was the closest she and I would ever be.

By the time I was sixteen, our regular church attendance had slowed to intermittent, then to only Good Friday, Easter and Christmas, then stopped altogether.  I had added taking drugs to my repertoire of sins.  I began to feel that being a Christian was too restrictive and the Bible was merely a good, allegorical book written by well-meaning men about one Supreme Being among many (God), and about a teacher (Jesus) who couldn’t possibly have been born the way we were told to believe.  So I quit believing in Jesus as anything other than the main character in Bible stories.  My belief in God quickly followed suit.  I began declaring that I was an atheist, or an agnostic.  I said it often enough to convince myself it was true and I said it sincerely enough to rationalize my life choices.

I began skipping school—a lot.  Going to school seemed almost as pointless as going to church.  I learned to pick locks with a knife.  I broke into churches, cars and schools.  I stole cigarettes and Playboy magazines from the neighborhood stores.  I stole money from my father.  The violence of the 1960s, internationally, nationally, and even in our neighborhood seemed incompatible with a reasonable and merciful God.  I was nearly mugged, in broad daylight, just two blocks from my house.  The only thing that saved me was that I actually knew one of the guys!

By the time I was seventeen, the military seemed the only way out of life as an unemployed, alcoholic, juvenile delinquent, well on his way to becoming an unemployed, alcoholic, adult, with no future beyond being unskilled labor in a low-paying job.  My parents didn’t argue.  I got a G.E.D., thanks to an Army recruiter who drove me to Thomas More College to take the tests.

After the Army, I focused on getting to college.  At least my attitude about school had changed in four years.  I made it my singular focus, much to the detriment of my family life.  I was married and divorced three times in twenty years.  I got my degree, but my life was a mess.  I alternated visitation with two daughters and two stepsons, by two different women, all while working and going to school.  My older sister was murdered in 1977.  My father died four years later, at age forty-eight, of liver disease and, perhaps, a broken heart.

My oldest daughter became a drug addict and ultimately lost custody of all four of her sons, each of whom were by different men.  I testified against her at one of the custody hearings.  My youngest daughter had trouble in all her relationships with men.  She went to Canada and married her lesbian college lover, had a child by in-vitro fertilization and is now back living with her mother—her “marriage” a shambles.  I always felt like that was the legacy I left for my children.

Today, I stand before you twice blessed.  My first blessing is my wonderful wife, Dori.  If not for her, I may not have even been here today.  I mean here, on this earth today, and certainly not here, in this building today.  If not for her, it’s likely I would have gone the way my father did.  I was well on my way.  My brother and my two sisters are alcoholics.  If not for Dori, I would never have come to church.  She didn’t ask me to come, because she knew my feelings about church and religion.  But since I retired three months ago, I began to wonder if I ought to explore this whole religion thing again.  Dori seemed to enjoy it and I wanted to make sure she hadn’t joined a bunch of Jesus Freaks or some kind of cult, so I thought it was a good idea to go to church with my wife.  You know, to check things out and be ready to talk her out of it, or de-program her, if necessary.

The first time I came here with her, it was a day when people were asked to heal others with prayer.  I almost walked out.  I was waiting for the snake-handlers to come out next.  I was skeptical, to say the least, but I didn’t dismiss it out of hand and agreed to continue going, so long as really weird stuff like that didn’t happen every day.

After only a couple more times in church, I decided to sign up for Alpha with Dori, as I thought it would be a good way to get more information about Christianity—I am a firm believer in getting all the information you can before making a decision about anything, including Christianity.  I had lots of questions I had built up over my years of atheism/agnosticism.

In our first Alpha session, we were asked if we thought of ourselves as Christians.  I said, “I can state unequivocally, that I am not a Christian.”  And it was okay to say that, in a group of regular, church-going Christian-type strangers!  Nobody was shocked!  Like a good student (rather ironic, that!), I did my homework and read the Bible verses referenced in the Alpha booklet.  I found myself reading other verses and chapters in the Bible, even reading the wrong passage a couple of times.  And all the questions I’d stored up over the years were answered, even many I failed to ask.

My second blessing came on October 9, 2012, my 60th birthday, while sitting at my dining room table (which doubles as my home office desk), praying for understanding and proclaiming, “Jesus is Lord,” over and over and actually believing it.  I felt a sudden inrush of light and love that took my breath away and I cried because it felt so good.  And I knew then, that the Holy Spirit had come to me.  Immediately, I felt changed, peaceful, content.  That was my heart.  Mentally, I still had to come to grips with what had happened.  So I didn’t tell anyone about it right away, not even my wife.  In Alpha, two days later, I announced to the group that I do believe that Jesus Christ died for me and that I had accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior.

I know that accepting Jesus is only the first step in a journey and that being a Christian takes work!  I have to change some things!  But I also know that I have put to death my old self and have been reborn in Christ and I feel, deep inside of me, different and new.  I’m excited about my new life and I’ve begun to tell others, friends and relatives.  That’s why I wanted to be here tonight, in front of you all.  And I’ve invited my mother to come to church with us and have thought about inviting my sister as well.  I hope they come and I hope they can experience what I have.

Dori and I have had a wonderful marriage and I didn’t know how it could have been much better, but now, we are truly together in Christ and it’s amazing how much more in love we are.  Dori is retiring next week and we don’t know what God has planned for us now, as we begin our new life together as a retired, Christian couple.  We’ve finished Alpha now and have already made new friends in our group and with so many more of you here tonight.  And I can’t wait to participate in another group, or lead a group, and learn even more and get to know more people.

Dori and I make time to read the Bible every day and pray all the time, to give thanks, for understanding, for guidance, for other people, for forgiveness, to praise Him and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  We pray for help in living a Christian life and for God to show us the way to put what gifts we have been given from Him to His use, instead of ours.  I can’t wait to see what He has in store for us!

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Praying for Bob Schnelle!