God’s Purpose: Are YOU Kicking Against the Goads?- 2

Are you kicking against the goads? No, this isn’t Adam Vinatieri kicking against an NFL team such as the Georgetown Goads. The question was directed to the Apostle Paul by Jesus Christ himself. So what are goads?

Ananias was told by Jesus to show Paul how many things he must suffer for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ. Suffering was nothing new to Paul as he caused Christians to suffer when he turned them into prison when he was called Saul.

Paul was a chosen vessel and that vessel was chosen from his mother’s womb according to Galatians 1. Paul, like this author, went through many stop signs before he saw the light. How many stop signs have you run through? Are you too kicking against the goads?

So why do we kick against the goads? Going back to Jeremiah, he had the answer. Oh Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself. It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. Are you kicking against the goads?

Stop kicking against yourself because the only one you are hurting is yourself spiritually. It took a direct intervention by Jesus Christ to help the Apostle Paul become the chosen vessel he was meant to be prior to his birth.

Trying to kick against the goads is like placing yourself against God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit which are one formidable team. I hope this has helped you understand God’s purpose for your life and a timetable to achieve that purpose.

Democratic Party Confusion

Nancy Pelosi is lobbying for Psalm 133:1 where it implies for brethren to get along together in unity.  A group called The Revolutionary Democrats want new leadership or the Democratic Party as that is what their constituents want. The people of the Democratic Party that put these new Democrats in office want these new people to cross party lines and get things done. The Old Guard wants business as usual. So do the new Democrats Kowtow to the old Democrat’s or to what their constituents desire? That may prove to be interesting. It all comes down to listening to the old Democratic Leadership or what the Revolutionary Democrat constituents want to happen. It should be interesting. If the new Democrats want to get reelected they had better heed the voice of their constituents.

As always confusion to the enemy. And the Democratic candidate has plenty of confusion at the present time. Remember what the Republican party went through with the tea party people. Now it’s the Democrats turn through that perilous party.

Catholic Sex Abuse Lawsuits

Make no mistake about it. I believe that priests that are found guilty of sexually abusing children should go to prison. The Catholic hierarchy should be cooperating with authorities instead of covering up a serious problem.

As to the matters of lawsuits, I believe it depends how long after the offense they are filed. Anything after ten years should be dismissed. Parents should file on behalf of their children. And no priest that has died should have anything filed at all. At that point, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.

One thing even I have never mentioned before. Once an offending priest gets out of prison, the Catholic Church should become financially responsible for his spiritual restoration.

Remember That Christ left the 99 Sheep to find the lost sheep of the flock. After punishment by man, spiritual restoration and even retraining for another vocation should be paid by the church. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

Struggling Against the Truth by Father Terry

Last night I was watching a you tube video about how the Mormon Church trains their missionaries. One part grabbed my attention. The young men marched to meals saying Joseph Smith over and over again until they reached the dining room. I thought back when I left the priesthood, my beloved vocation of some 26 years. I recall giving a homily on this subject. once finished I thought about the words, Be ye separate. They haunted me the rest of that day. I have a confession to make. Catholic priests are taught about the Eucharist with same vigor those young Mormon lads marched to but with the same blindness as well. Ttansubstistatioism has always bothered me about the transfer from wafer to flesh. As God is my witness I see it as trickery when it is symbolic.

I’m still in ministry at a Berean church which allows them to address me as Father Terry. When I first started to read this website I was angry as to how Mr. Norris used the word abracadabra. It angered me. About three weeks ago I began praying the scriptures about it and the anger lifted. I found Mr. Norris email address and began to know his passion for the truth. Three days ago I asked him if I could do this piece and to my surprise he said yes.

Come out from among them and be ye separate. I have kept much of what I have said here to myself. What disturbs me is how Catholics in general support their views using Catholic resource sources! Mr. Norris is dead on here. When Satan speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources Saint John 8:44. Same thing exactly!

When Catholics reach out to Christians outside the church and call you brother, they lie to you, my former church believes there is no salvation outside the oldest church. That is a lie from the pit of hell, which does exist. Thank you Brother David for more than you will ever know.

ANOTHER GOSPEL: A Course in Miracles- Part 3

This is the woman who heard an inner voice that said it was Jesus Christ and over the span of time dictated to and through her by channeling A Course in Miracles. The course, though, contradicts the Jesus of the Bible so the Course is from another Jesus channeling another gospel. Son, you sure don’t mean you want some more of a Course in Miracles? Heavily promoted today by presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and her New Age mentor Oprah Winfrey.The crux of the course is love. There are vague similarities here with Christian Science. There is no heaven and hell in the course which really speaks os a simplistic form of love. If Williamson really believes that try it at the House of Representatives and the US Senate and see how it works? By the way, the way here is not Jesus. The inner voice was no doubt a familiar spirit which gave the Course a wide course in which to operate. If you truly desire a miracle in your life stay far away from A Course in Miracles.

The Bible and Lawyers- 1,

You probably aren’t aware of this but Christians are to judge other believers. 1st Corinthians 5:13 says, God judges those outside the body but do you not judge those who are inside referring to the body of Christ? Those outside God judges therefore put away from yourselves that evil person. In 1st Corinthians 6 God tells us that we will be judging angels and if so we can’t even judge the smallest matters? Jesus gave us instructions on this that we are to go to the sinning brother first alone. If he doesn’t hear you alone then you are to take two or three Witnesses with you on the second attempt. Then if he doesn’t hear all of you, your next step is to take it to the church. In the end if he doesn’t hear what the church says you are treat him as an outsider. There are steps to church discipline. Galatians tells us that you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ and that is in Galatians 6:2-3. This section of 1st Corinthians 6 again says that if we are to judge angels we can sure handle the smallest matters. I will start here in part 2.

Why do the Roman Catholics Need Mary?

A young Catholic girl was crying recently and she was asked why? Mary’s been disconnected. She probably moved to another town. Not that Mary. Mother Mary. I keep praying to her and in my mind it says there is no such number. The unction of the Holy Spirit at work Again. The RCC tries to downplay or limit the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It was the Holy Spirit that conceived Jesus being overshadowed by God. In his preincarnate state he was often found in the Old Testament many times as the Angel of the Lord. Oh, there’s that TRANSFORM word again. He transforms human life and not a Eucharist wafer. The latter is done by a mere abracadabra. It means speaking things into existence in Hebrew and Aramaic. With all this why is Mary needed? 1 Timothy 2:5 says Christ is the Only mediator we need. I’m glad I put a smile on that little girls face. She had been delivered from the Mary myth.

An Open Letter to the Body in Christ of Africa

This letter is to my brothers and sisters in Christ from the great continent of Africa. I know that you have many Pentecostal pastors coming to your land with miracles, signs, and wonders. But the real and true miracle is found in the pages of God’s Bible. It is spiritual food for all of you. Jesus when he was at the Passover had many people come before him because of the signs, miracles, feedings, and wonders that he did before them. But the Bible said, Jesus did not commit himself to them. This is found in John 2:23-24. Jesus knew all men and they were there only for his miracles, feedings, and wonders or what I would call the entertainment value of Christ. Jesus didn’t want that. He wanted them to come to him because he was their Messiah. In my companion website called Big Bass Lake and Beyond I speak of a recipe involving the pollen from cattails which can be used to make pancakes and other food items. Someone commented from Africa about the abundance of cattails in your country that can be used for food. But I want to add to your diet spiritual food which is found in the word of God. Feast on it daily. The sword of the spirit is the word of God and that coupled with prayer are the offensive weapons of the full armor of God. My Hope and prayer is that all Africa will come to a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. No Miracles or signs can top that. Then think about these words from Jeremiah 15:16. Feast on the word of God to grow your spiritual faith and you will be made whole in Body, soul, and spirit. I will be praying for your spiritual growth. I hold all of you in my heart and hope and pray that you will follow the lord Jesus Christ even without miracles or wonders. Jesus loves you and he wants you to follow him into eternity. Praise the Lord! Amen and amen!

The Emergent Church- 3

This is one the most overused verses in the Bible without understanding that in order for believers to be reconciled unto God there must be judgment. But it is judgment geared to restoration. Those outside of the body of Christ, God judges and we are not to. Examine the last line of this verse. DO YOU NOT JUDGE THOSE WHO ARE INSIDE? Inside what? Inside the body of Christ. The Emergent Church believes they are more inside the body than anyone else. Those in Laodicea thought they were safe too until God informed them that they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. Jude 23 says that we are to save some with fear, pulling them out of the fire. Our job as believers is to help those in the Emergent Church with scripture. It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Malice in Wonderland: Part Two

Before we tackle part 2, what does believe in him mean to you? Is it a superficial belief or one that is very deep and committing to obey his Commandments. I’m not talking about the Ten Commandments here but more so the two. Do you love your lord and savior with all your heart, soul, and mind? Do you love your neighbor as yourself? On these two Commandments hang all the law and all the prophets. But remember who Jesus is talking to here and that is the Jewish people for he was not sent to the Gentiles. That was a task that he gave Paul to do. Right now the 72 had returned with joy knowing that even the demons are subject to them in the name of Jesus Christ. They were so full of themselves that they were ready to burst. How did Jesus react to this enthusiasm?

You think they got the message yet? I see this today in Pentecostal churches in what I call the hoopla. How did Jesus react to this?

They were rejoicing in the power and not that their names were written in heaven. Jesus saw the 72 much like Satan. They were rejoicing in the power over that of their mission to bring the gospel to every creature. Jesus knew that because he knew all men including you. Have you learned anything from Jesus today?

Malice in Wonderland: Part One

I think that I shall never see a church so crazy as a fallen tree. Doesn’t make sense to you? Well neither does the majority of Pentecostal services to me. I would like to show you some malice in Wonderland. John 2:23 is my starting point.

I can almost hear the Pentecostal Church standing up and clapping about this part of the verse. Many rejoiced when they saw the signs that Jesus performed. And because of this performance they believed in the name of Jesus. All well and good but there is a verse that follows this one.

The fly in the buttermilk shows up. Even though they believed in Jesus, Jesus did not commit himself to them because he knew all men. What does this mean? The people were there for the entertainment value of Jesus Christ. They were all for his miracles, his wondrous signs, his healings, and miraculous feedings. But when he began to spout Doctrine they left him faster than a speeding bullet. They were there for the good stuff but not his teachings. Jesus Christ knew that.

That’s about the size of it. Jesus had made the simple Act of belief in him difficult. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Until part 2, I want you to ponder on part of that verse. Believes in him and what does that mean to you?

Discerning Forgiveness

If you forgive others their trespasses your heavenly father will forgive you your trespasses. Isn’t forgiveness wonderful? It’s like a fresh start everyday. But there’s a downside to forgiveness as well.

If you don’t forgive others their trespasses neither will your heavenly father forgive you your trespasses. You can’t have your trespasses forgiven if you don’t forgive others their trespasses. I used to have this slogan on my desk at work, no one is strong enough to carry a grudge. People try though. Forgiveness is what clears the air. All that Unforgiven smog can nearly choke you to death but the mere act of forgiveness blows all that smog of hate away. So why hold onto a grudge when forgiveness can clear all that away? Forgiveness is the key to clarity it is what your heavenly father wants you to do. Think about that.